Vive Le Rock is joining forces with Rock & Roll Cinema, AEG Presents and Cadiz music in the creation of a brand new film festival for London.

Bringing together a programme of new music documentaries, live shows and Q&As, Soundscreen Music & Film Festival will take place from 21 to 27 March at some of the capital’s most iconic venues, including the 100 Club, Koko and Regent Street Cinema.

The festival will culminate in the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 28 March.

The opening night of Soundscreen will feature the premiere of Uncaged, the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated – the band featuring Smith and fellow ex-Fall members Paul and Stephen Hanley – at the 100 Club. The
screening on 21 March will be followed by a live performance by the band.

Thanks to their sweary rants about modern England, Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods have been called “The Voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian, and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop. Jason Williamson, beatmaker Andrew Fearn, and their manager Steve Underwoodhave won over fans with their brutally honest lyrics and DIY ethos. Christine Franz’s documentary Bunch Of Kunst follows them on their journey from Sherwood to chart success, taking on the music business on their own terms. Franz and Underwood will undertake a Q&A at the screening taking place at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema on Tuesday 27 March.

A unique double bill featuring separate documentaries on each of the legendary Davies brothers from The Kinks, in the presence of the director Julien Temple,  Ray Davies – Imaginary Man and Dave Davies – Kinkdom Come will be shown at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 23 March at 7pm.

Saturday 24 March at Regent Street Cinema sees the UK premiere of The Go-Betweens: Right Here, a documentary about the people who created this seminal rock band. Unflinching, insightful and at times painfully honest, the film tells the story of The Go-Betweens from the inside out, from the people who lived it, and from those whose lives were transformed by it.

A Shot Of Whisky, on Sunday 25 March at Regent Street Cinema, is the incredible story of the legendary LA club, Whisky a Go-Go. This is where reputations were built, moulds were broken, rules were torn up and legends were made. No other venue has nurtured generations of music legends such as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Frank Zappa, Love, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, Blondie, The Go Go’s, The Knack, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Motley Crue and many more.

Descent Into The Maelstrom, the story of Australia’s legendary 70s Punks, Radio Birdman, reveals how the band changed their nation by inspiring not only the fans, but also a golden age of independent music, firing up the likes
of Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil and more.

Also confirmed is Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, which tells the story of Ari Up and company from their inception in 1976 to the band’s end in 2010 and the death of Ari. Featuring Tessa Pollitt, Palmolive, Viv Albertine, Bruce Smith, Adrian Sherwood and many more, it’s essential viewing.

Madness’ saxophonist, song and lyric writer Lee Thompson will perform live at a screening of the hilarious One Man’s
Madness rock / mockumentary at the 100 Club. Lee Scratch Perry will also make a rare London live appearance alongside a screening of his trailblazing documentary Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise being shown on the big screen at Koko.

Full details of all screenings can be found at at

Tickets for the Vive Le Rock Awards are on sale here.

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London glam-punks THE DeRELLAS return with a new single and a bunch of UK dates taking them through the summer.

‘High Rise Supersize’ is the band’s first release to feature new singer Joey DeRella and was produced by legendary producer and ex-Vibrator, Pat Collier.

The single is backed with ‘Got Something To Say’ and a cheeky cover of SWEET’S ‘Fox On The Run’. It will be available on &” vinyl, CD and download from 6 April through the band’s own Rockaway Records, and precedes a new full-length album later in the year.

On the same day, the band head off on their High Rise Supersize Tour, kicking off at Duffy’s Bar in Leicester. Along the way they’ll be playing dates with the UK SUBS, CHELSEA and SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS as well as putting in an appearance at this year’s Rebellion Festival. Full dates are…..

April 6 – Duffy’s Bar, Leicester
April 7 – The Chameleon Arts Café, Nottingham
April 12 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol
April 13 – The Three Horseshoes, Bradford on Avon
April 14 – The Dolls’ House, Abertillery
April 20 – Suburbs, Guildford
April 21 – The Arts Centre, Reading
May 10 – Patterns, Brighton (w/UK Subs)
June 1 – The Vic, Swindon
June 2 – The Prince Albert, Stroud
July 13 – The Prince Albert, Brighton (w/Chelsea)
July 14 – The Underworld, London (w/Chelsea)
Aug 3-6 – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (exact date TBA)
Aug 11 – 100 Club, London (w/Slaughter & The Dogs)

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Reinvigorated South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY return to their old stamping ground for an intimate show in April.

The band, still fronted by charismatic Newcastle iconoclast Johny Brown, celebrated one of the most successful of their 33 years in 2017 with high profile dates around the release of their widely acclaimed new album Funambulist We Love You.

The band return to play The Ivy House in Nunhead on Friday 6 April, with support from QUARTERLIGHT, the current band from PENETRATION co-founder Gary Chaplin, and atmospheric art-punks PENDENNIS. MC for the evening will be DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman Richard Strange.

Brown promises, “A night of beastly beatitude and other sonic deviances at the Ivy House, London’s first co-operatively owned pub with the best back room and stage in London. Come and join us for some good old bohemian beatnik post-punk kicks…”

Tickets are on sale here.

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Vive Le Rock is teaming up with ace London gig promoters Some Weird Sin to bring you a weekend of summer fun with our own powerpop festival!

Pump It Up! A Powerpop Weekender is taking place at North London venue The Finsbury over the weekend of 28 & 29 July.

Topping the bill on the Saturday are legendary London hitmakers THE BARRACUDAS, celebrating their 40th Anniversary with their first London show in 3 years and in fact their only show in the capital this year. They’ll be joined by LOS PEPES and TV CRIME.

The Sunday night sees fast-rising New Yorkers DIRTY FENCES closing the night with support from Belfast legends PROTEX and ROLE MODELS. Plus there’s more acts to be announced on both days!

Tickets are on sale now at an insanely reasonable £25 for the weekend or £15 for the Saturday and £12 for the Sunday. Book early as this will sell out!


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Post-punk legends THE CRAVATS and FOLK DEVILS join forces for dates this spring.

Originally signed to iconic label Small Wonder, The Cravats last year released their first new album in 35 years, the acclaimed Dustbin Of Sound through Overground.

West Londoners Folk Devils made a surprise return in 2016, to play shows in support of the retrospective anthology Beautiful Monsters on Optic Nerve.

Both bands will be dusting off classic tracks from their back catalogue as well as demonstrating new material at shows in London, Bristol and Brighton. Full dates are….

Thur 5 April – The Thunderbolt, Bristol (w/ Otalgia) tickets
Fri 6 April – The Water Rats, London (w/ DJ James Endeacott) tickets
Sat 7 April – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton tickets

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CITIZENS OF NOWHERE are a new band featuring 3 ex-members of THE GODFATHERS.

The trio have just unveiled their debut single and video and a preparing to play their first ever gig together in London this spring.

Guitarist Del Bartle had been in Godfathers precursors THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE, later joining the reformed band in 2009, where he played alongside drummer Grant Nicholas on the Live At The 100 Club album. Guitarist Burrows, meanwhile, had replaced original guitarist Kris Dollimore for 1991’s Unreal World, the band’s last album for Epic.

‘Free Life’ is the first track from the forthcoming debut album May You Never Hear Serf Music Again, which was mixed by punk/metal guitar legend Bernie Tormé, set for release through Credible Hulk Productions later this year.

‘Free Life’ is available now through iTunes.

The band make their live debut at New Cross Inn, London on Thursday 12 April with support from THE NURSES and PRISONERS OF MOTHER ENGLAND.

Tickets are on sale here.

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THE COCTEAU TWINS are the cover stars of the new ‘Made In Scotland’ edition of Louder Than War magazine.

Our bumper special also includes new features on BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE JESUS & MARCY CHAIN and FRANZ FERDINAND.

There’s also our tribute to Manc legend MARK E SMITH.


Louder Than War is available to order here now!

Don’t want to miss an issue? Subscribe to Louder Than War now for just £29.99 and receive a copy of MOGWAI’s latest album Every Country’s Sun absolutely FREE!!!

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Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS recently announced that 2018 would be their final year of touring.

Ahead of the band’s show next week at Northampton’s Roadmender club, Vive Le Rock‘s Peter Dennis caught up with the band’s drummer Simon Bowley for a chat….

Peter: Hi. Please introduce yourself and the band.
Simon: My name is Simon, I manage the band and play drums. Dipster plays bass, Rich plays guitar and Barrie Masters is the original vocalist.

Peter: Can you tell me about your musical journey? What was your earliest memory and what made you want to pick up an instrument?
Simon: My uncle is Steve Nicol who along with Barrie formed the band in 1975. Steve was the original drummer so my earliest memory is of them being played on the stereo and watching them on TV. I was 7 when I went to the Rainbow to watch them. I started playing drums properly at the age of 8 or 9. At the age of 13 I joined a show band and did some TV work. All through school I played in different youth bands. When I left school I formed a heavy rock band called Enigma, we were managed by my uncle and we signed to Virgin Records but unfortunately nothing happened. At the age of 26 I joined Eddie and the Hot Rods and 21 years later I’ve toured all over the world, played some of the biggest festivals and had a right good time.

Peter: What other bands were you in before the Hot Rods? How did you join the Hot Rods and how do you feel the new line up gels together?
Simon: I joined the Hot Rods as a stand-in for the guy they had at the time, the band were just doing odd shows and not taking it too seriously. I eventually got the job full-time when the band were offered a 76 date tour with Dr. Feelgood.

Peter: That whole Canvey Island scene was magical with a host of great bands. How does that whole scene compare now with then?
Simon: Dr. Feelgood kick started the whole Canvey Island scene and the music press latched onto it, a bit like the Madchester scene with Oasis. These days there are still good bands coming from the Island but unfortunately they’re stifled by the music press.

Peter: ‘Teenage Depression’ is often cited as the link between pub rock and punk rock. How do you feel about the albums legacy? Do you consider the band to be a pub or punk rock band? Neither? Or something in between?
Simon: I feel the album does have a place in history as the link between pub and punk rock. It was recorded in just a week and sounds raw and energetic. The Hot Rods were a rock band who likened themselves to bands like The MC5. They never got into the whole punk look and never liked the punk tag. Even today we are a high energy rock band with a punk twist.

Peter: You attract a wide demographic to your shows. How does it feel to see young people who weren’t even born in 1977 digging your music?
Simon: It’s great. They often come up to us and say, “My dad told me I must come and see you and I’m so glad I did.” It’s nice that we can still connect with the younger generation.

Peter: You recently toured with John Otway. What was it like touring with such an energetic performer? Were you worried that he might upstage you or did that spur you on?
Simon: It’s funny because John is actually a quiet, sensible chap off stage. No we never feel upstaged and we never go out to upstage anybody either. We appreciate that people have spent their hard earned cash coming to watch us and just try to give them a great show. We have known John for a long time and his show is very different from ours. It’s all great fun.

Peter: You’ve gigged all over the world. Where was your best reception? How to over seas crowds compare with the UK? Any new territories you’d like to play?
Simon: I think I would have to say that the USA is the best, purely because we still appeal to a younger audience over there, they are pretty crazy gigs. Foreign audiences are good. I think they appreciate that we still travel to their countries. The UK audiences are still great too. I would’ve liked to play Australia before we stop but that’s looking unlikely now as 2018 is our final farewell. We don’t generally mind who our touring partners are. I think these days the package tours of bands from the same era do very well.

Peter: The band haven’t played Northampton for a while. How do you feel that this tour is going to hit the town?
Simon: I remember visiting Northampton and The Roadmender on the Naughty Rhythms Tour back in 2000. Strange really because that one went on the ‘must visit again soon’ list. Is it 18 years already?! It was a great gig and venue. The people were really friendly and up for the gig, so were really looking forward to playing there again.

Catch Eddie & The Hot Rods on the road at…

Sat 17 Feb – Roadmender, Northampton
Fri 9 Mar – Hapenden Hall, Harpenden (w/ Department S)
Fri 13 Apr – Undercover Festival, Margate

Tickets available here.

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Vive Le Rock Award nominees THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS return to the UK for a handful of dates in June.

The shows mark a prompt return for the expat post-punks who played their first UK dates in several years last September. Support n all dates comes from DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman Richard Strange.

The ‘Pretty In Pink’ hitmakers play the following dates…

Tues 12 June – O2 Academy, Leicester
Wed 13 June – Tramshed, Cardiff
Sat 16 June – O2 Academy, Liverpool

Tickets are on sale here.

The Furs are on of five nominees in the best live band category in the Vive Le Rock Awards. You can vote here.

Tickets for the the Award Ceremony at the O2 Academy, Islington, London on 28 March – including both standard and VIP packages with access to the exclusive backstage bar and aftershow – are available here.

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French rock’n’roll legend Johnny Hallyday sadly passed away at the end of last year. You can read our full tribute to the great man here….


15/06/1943 – 05/12/2017

Known as the “French Elvis”, Johnny Hallyday sold more than 110 million records and was famous across generations. Although he wasn’t well known outside of the French-speaking world, he was music royalty in his homeland and was the biggest French rock ‘n’ roller ever. With a career spanning over half a century, he sadly passed away in December from lung cancer, aged 74. He released 50 studio and 29 live albums. Following his passing, French president Emmanuel Macron stated, “we will never forget the name, face, the voice or above all the concerts of Johnny Hallyday.” He later added on Twitter, “we’ve all something of Johnny in us”, a reference to Hallyday’s 1985 hit ‘Quelque chose de Tennessee’ (Something of Tennessee). France paid tribute to the man and mourned his loss, with a headline in L’Obs magazine reading “The king is dead” and the Duroc metro stop in Paris being renamed Durock Johnny.

Born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris to a French mother and Belgian father, he was abandoned as a baby by his parents and raised by his aunt, surrounded by cabaret singers and performers. As a teenager he took to the stage, taking the name Hallyday from an American relative. At the age of 14 he saw Elvis Presley’s ‘Lovin’ You’ at the cinema which he later claimed determined the course of his life.

He briefly lived in London as a child, when the relatives who raised him were working there. He also stated that he recorded in the capital of England frequently and had some famous friends. “I was very good friends with Jimi Hendrix, I knew Mick Jagger, John Lennon. Rod Stewart is a friend. We’d all record in the different studios and meet for tea.”

Hallyday was signed to Vogue Records in late 1959 and his first was released in March 1960. The second single from that four-track EP, ‘Souvenirs Souvenirs’, which he performed on television, was his breakthrough hit. His ‘Viens Danser le Twist’ launched the transatlantic dance craze in France and his first album, the hugely successful ‘Salut les Copains’ on Philips resulted in a major tour and near-hysterical fans. President Charles de Gaulle was disgusted at the corruption of France’s youth and suggested they be drafted into road-gangs “because they clearly have too much energy to spare”.

Hallyday went from a young heartthrob who introduced France to American-styled rock ‘n’ roll in the ’60s to an ageing bad boy of French pop, wearing black leather, metal skull jewellery and rarely seen without a cigarette. His music was varied, covering everything from rock ‘n’ roll and blues to country and ballads, even though more than a quarter of his recordings were French adaptations of English language songs. However, Johnny Hallyday was best loved for his energetic and unforgettable live performances. Everything from hip-swinging and smoke and flames to being winched down into a stadium from a helicopter, he was a master performer. Over the course of more than 50 tours he played to more than 28 million people (roughly a third of the population of his homeland) and was so famous in France that Jimi Hendrix once played as his support act. His last legendary (and free) performance was on Bastille Day 2009 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, with a live audience of between 800,000 and 1 million people.

His immense popularity led to alcohol, orgies, fights, tax scandals and fast motorbikes and cars (he walked away from a 125mph crash in his Lamborghini). He was dogged by insecurities and struggles as a result of being abandoned, going on to survive an early suicide attempt in 1966, suffer from depression, need cocaine to work and battle years of health problems. He had four marriages, and gossip magazines followed him around, even though he presented himself as a regular guy.

He wasn’t just a musician either, having acted to critical acclaim in numerous films and once for the auteur-director Jean-Luc Godard in the 1985 film ‘Détective’. Hallyday even won an award in 2003 for his role in Patrice Leconte’s ‘L’Homme du Train’. He was also personal friends with French politicians, including Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.


Receiving a diagnosis of colon cancer in 2009, that was followed by an operation on a herniated disc resulting in him being put in a medically induced coma for three weeks. When the news broke the doctor who did the surgery was attacked in his home by a masked gang. However, Hallyday recovered and released the 2012 album ‘L’Attente’ in 2012, which resulted in his first ever gigs in the UK, at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. Two more followed in 2014 and 2015, as well as a 90-date tour Rester Vivant (Staying Alive) that only finished last year. Speaking of the 2012 Royal Albert Hall gigs, which he cited as his best memory on stage, he recalled, “there was a very ‘rock and roll’ atmosphere. People were getting on to the stage, like they did in the 1960s. I hadn’t seen that for some time.”
Latterly living in Los Angeles with his wife Laeticia and their two daughters, he lived the rock ‘n’ roll dream for over five decades. Rock in peace.

Check out Johnny singing ‘Laisse les Filles’ in 1960

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Rejuvenated power-pop rock’n’rollers LAST GREAT DREAMERS return this Spring with a brand new album and UK tour.

Recorded in deepest Oxfordshire last Autumn with producer Peter Brown, 13th Floor Renegades follows on from the widely acclaimed Transmissions From Oblivion released in 2016.

Originally coming together in London during the early 90s, the band turned a lot of heads with their debut album Retrosexual,  and as support du jour for visiting major US bands. Derailed by the onslaught of Britpop, vocalist Marc Valentine and lead guitarist Slyder convened a new line-up in 2014, issuing the rarities album Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven followed by the all-new Transmissions….  Since then they’ve been touring widely with the likes of The Quireboys, Bernie Tormé and former Runaways singer Cherie Currie.

“Everything fell into place at the right time,” says Valentine of the new album. “We started a Pledge campaign for the album, which had a fantastic response. The fans’ involvement was truly incredible and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. Hopefully with this album we get to repay their faith. It’s really been an organic process from start to finish, with a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in a short space of time.”

With the new album set for release on Friday 13 April through Ray Records, the band have lined up a series of UK dates, including an album launch party in Birmingham on 7 April, a London show at The Black Heart on 12 April and an appearance at Bearded Theory on 25 May. Full dates are…

Fri 9 March GREAT YARMOUTH Legends of Rock Festival

Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
Thu 12 April LONDON The Black Heart
Fri 13 April CANNOCK The Station
Sat 14 April BRIDGEND Hobos
Sun 15 April CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 18 April WAKEFIELD Black Mass
Thu 19 April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
Fri 20 April CARLISLE Embers
Sat 21 April GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy
Sun 22 April NEWCASTLE Trillions

Fri 25 May DERBY Bearded Theory Festival
Sat 26 May BROMSGROVE Breaking Bands Festival
Sun 27 May BIRMINGHAM Dementia Awarefest

Tickets are on sale now via the band’s website.

Check out the video for last year’s single ‘Oblivion Kids’.

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THE CURE frontman Robert Smith is to curate this year’s Meltdown Festival.

Founded in 1993, the Festival takes over venues on London’s South Bank each year with a series of events by artists chosen by a guest director. Past directors have included David Bowie, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, John Peel, Nick Cave, Morrissey, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and David Byrne.

Says Smith, “I am honoured and excited to be curating the 25th Meltdown Festival. More than 30 of my all time favourite artists – some of the most exciting, inspirational, intense and influential performers of the last 40 years – will make sure this 10-night extravaganza at London’s Southbank Centre is the must-see event of the summer!”

This year’s Meltdown will take place from 15-24 June. Tickets go on sale to Southbank Centre members on 13 March, and to the general public on 15 March, when first acts will be announced.

The Cure, whose most recent album was 4:13 Dream in 2008, last played the UK in 2016. They play a one-off sold-out 40th Anniversary show in Hyde Park on 7 July.

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Vive Le Rock favourites JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a new video on the eve of their latest tour of the UK and Ireland.

‘Huddersfield Rain’ – surely the only song written about the West Yorkshire market town – is taken from the band’s latest album A Good Day For The Damned, released last November. The video was shot at their London show during their previous visit in December.

They’re not playing Huddersfield this time around, but are playing….

Feb 8 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
Feb 9 – The Maze, Nottingham
Feb 10 – The Art Department, Belfast
Feb 11 – Fibber McGees, Dublin
Feb 12 – Marr’s Bar, Worcester

Buy A Good Day For The Damned here.

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Tickets are now on sale for the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

Brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, the awards will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers, featuring members of The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Ruts and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind.

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket allowing holders to hang out with the bands and award-winners in the private backstage bar and at the aftershow party, are available here!

Votes are now being taken for the awards for Best Live Band and New Blood. Go here for full details!

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THE STRANGLERS are to have their early albums reissued in expanded form this spring.

The Classic Collection comprises the bands releases for United Artists and Liberty from 1977 to 1981. They include the studio albums Rattus Norvegicus, No More Heroes, Black And White, The Raven, The Gospel According To The Meninblack and La Folie, as well as the 1979 live album Live (X Cert).

The reissues coincide with the bands Definitive Tour, which kicks off on 6 March in Liverpool. Full dates and tickets are available on the band’s website.

Released in expanded single CD form, each album is augmented by non-album singles, B-sides and rarities. Set for release on 2 March through Rhino, the albums are available to pre-order here.

Full tracklistings are as follows…

Rattus Norvegicus (1977)

1. Sometimes
2. Goodbye Toulouse
3. London Lady
4. Princess Of The Streets
5. Hanging Around
6. Peaches
7. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
8. Ugly
9. Down In The Sewer
10. Choosey Susie
11. Peasant In The Big Shitty – live
12. Go Buddy Go – Other side of Peaches
13. Peaches – Airplay version
14. Grip ’89 – (Get A) GRIP (On Yourself)
15. Grip ’89 – Grippin’ Stuff Mix 12”

No More Heroes (1977)

1. I Feel Like A Wog
2. Bitching
3. Dead Ringer
4. Dagenham Dave
5. Bring On The Nubiles
6. Something Better Change
7. No More Heroes
8. Peasant In The Big Shitty
9. Burning Up Time
10. English Towns
11. School Man
12. Straighten Out – B-side of Something Better Change single
13. In The Shadows – B-side of No More Heroes single
14. 5 Minutes – Single
15. Rok It To The Moon – B-side of 5 Minutes single
16. No More Heroes – Edit

Black And White (1978)

1. Tank
2. Nice‘n’Sleazy
3. Outside Tokyo
4. Hey! (Rise Of The Robots)
5. Sweden (All Quiet On The Eastern Front)
6. Toiler On The Sea
7. Curfew
8. Threatened
9. Do You Wanna?
10. Death And Night And Blood (Yukio)
11. In The Shadows
12. Enough Time
13. Shut Up – B side of Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
14. Walk On By
15. Mean To Me
16. Tits” – Live
17. Old Codger – B-side of Walk On By
18. Svergie
19. Walk On By – Single edit

The Raven (1979)

1. Longships
2. The Raven
3. Dead Loss Angeles
4. Ice
5. Baroque Bordello
6. Nuclear Device
7. Shah Shah A Go Go
8. Don’t Bring Harry
9. Duchess
10. Meninblack
11. Genetix
12. Fools Rush Out – B-side of Duchess
13. Yellowcakes UF6 – B-side of Nuclear Device (Wizard Of Aus)
14. In The Shadows – Live from Don’t Bring Harry EP
15. N’Emmenes Pas Harry – Single
16. Bear Cage – Single
17. Bear Cage” – 12” Double A-Side

The Gospel According to the Meninblack (1981)

1. Waltzinblack
2. Just Like Nothing On Earth
3. Second Coming
4. Waiting For The Meninblack
5. Turn The Centuries Turn
6. Two Sunspots
7. Four Horsemen
8. Thrown Away
9. Manna Machine
10. Hallow To Our Men
11. Who Wants The World? – Single
12. The Meninblack (Waiting For ‘Em) – B side of Who Wants The World?
13. Top Secret – B-side of Thrown Away
14. Maninwhite – B-side of Just Like Nothing On Earth
15. Vietnamerica – Non-album track
16. Tomorrow Was The Hearafter – A-side of Stranglers Information Service single
17. G.m.b.H – Extended version of Bear Cage which appeared on the US IRS album ‘IV’

La Folie (1981)

1. Non Stop
2. Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead
3. Tramp
4. Let Me Introduce You To The Family
5. Ain’t Nothing To It
6. The Man They Love To Hate
7. Pin Up
8. It Only Takes Two To Tango
9. Golden Brown
10. How To Find True Love And Happiness In The Present Day
11. La Folie
12. Vietnamerica – B-side of Let Me Introduce You To The Family
13. Love 30 – B side of Golden Brown
14. Waltzinblack – B side of La Folie
15. Strange Little Girl – Single
16. Cruel Garden – B-side of Strange Little Girl
17. You Hold The Key To My Love In Your Hands – From the ‘La Folie’ sessions
18. La Folie – Edit

Live (X Cert) (1979)

1. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
2. Dagenham Dave
3. Burning Up Time
4. Dead Ringer
5. Hanging Around
6. I Feel Like A Wog
7. Straighten Out
8. Curfew
9. Do You Wanna?
10. Death And Night And Blood
11. 5 Minutes
12. Go Buddy Go
13. Down In The Sewer
14. Something Better Change
15. Bring On The Nubiles
16. Bitching
17. Peaches
18. Nice ‘N’ Sleazy
19. Ugly
20. London Lady

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Vive Le Rock is proud to announce the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

The Awards, which are being brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers!

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket including access to the private backstage bar and aftershow party, allowing you to mingle with the bands and award-winners, are available here!

But before then, we need you to vote! Go here for full details!


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THE DAMNED have unveiled a futuristic video for their new single.

‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is taken from the Tony Visconti-produced new album Evil Spirits, which is out in April through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.

The video was directed by band frontman Dave Vanian with renowned video producer Dan Axtell.

Regarding the video’s theme, Vanian says, “The exploration and colonisation of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

The Damned have just embarked on a UK Tour. Remaining dates are….

30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

Tickets are available here.

Evil Spirits is available to pre-order here.

The Damned answer your questions in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! Buy it here!

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Hungarian pirate punks PADDY AND THE RATS are premiering their new video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Join The Riot’ is taken from the band’s new album Riot City Outlaws due out in April through Napalm Records.

Produced by Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the 15-track  album has already been released in their homeland, where it hit No.1, going on to achieve Gold Record status.

Says vocalist Paddy, “The video for ‘Join The Riot’ is the first part of a trilogy. The other parts will be released in the next months. In this video we can follow the life of a pirate who had lost his faith, hope and life but finally he has to fight for it. This first one is about a pirate gang and it shows the life of on a pirateship. We tried to do it in a funny way. Do it like a burlesque.”

Set for release on 6 April, Riot City Outlaws is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on a series of European dates during the spring and summer. Catch them on the high seas at….

11.05.18 DE – Parsberg / Spectaculum Nordgavia
18.05.18 DE – Drachhausen / Spreewald Rock
29.06.18 DE – Tann (Röhn) / Rockwolf Open Air
27./28.07.18 DE – Megesheim / Der Krater Bebt
05.08.18 CH – Fehraltorf / Highlandgames
18.08.18 DE – Wuppertal / Feuertal Festival

Paddy and The Rats

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