JOYS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!

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THE BAND OF HOLY JOY headline a night of post-punk in London next month.

The show, at The Lexington on 17 September, also features sets from ex-FALL guitarist Martin Bramah’s BLUE ORCHIDS and Teddington’s VIC GODARD alumni and Peel Favourites, THE BITTER SPRINGS. Tickets for the show are available here.

The gig follows on from BOHJ’s stunning performance with THE DOCTORS OF MADNESS at the same venue in the spring, and ahead of the release of their new album in October.

Funambulist We Love You, the band’s 18th studio album, is described as a “… literary examination of the malaise set forth by Brexit, Trump, the rise of the far-right and a general disenfranchisement from most post-war liberal values. It rarely names any names, and it’s far from strident, but it’s undeniably a record forged by 2017. (And you don’t need to look it up – a funambulist is a tightrope walker – even we’re not sure if that’s a metaphor or simply an obtusely snappy title.)”

Watch a trailer for the album.

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Funambulist We Love You is set for release by Tiny Global Productions on 27 October and is available to pre-order here.

Rising from the ashes of seminal Newcastle punks SPEED and fronted by charismatic vocalist and songwriter Johny Brown, BOHJ were formed out of the South London squat scene of the early 80s, releasing three albums on Flim Flam Records before signing to Rough Trade. Reaching their (first) commercial peak in the late 80s, the band split in ’93, only to return with a new line-up at the start of the new millennium.

Along the way, Brown has been involved in various media projects including theatre, film and radio, with the band continuing to host their weekly Bad Punk show on Resonance FM.

The Clouds The Break The Sky, a 3 x CD compilation of the band’s Flim Flam recordings, is set for release on 25 August through Rough Trade and is available to pre-order here.

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WRECKLESS ON SEA!

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Legendary Stiff recording artist WRECKLESS ERIC returns to the U.K. for three seaside shows at the end of this month.

A pioneers of DIY punk, Eric’s 1977 debut for Stiff, ‘Whole Wide World’ quickly became a punk disco evergreen, and he was the only artist on the label to participate in both Stiff package tours. He had a second wind in the 80s as part of the Medway garage scene, forming the LEN BRIGHT COMBO with former MILKSHAKES Bruce Brand and Russ Wilkins.

His most recent album is 2015’s AmERICa on Fire Records.

Now based in upstate New York, Eric jets in to play the following dates….

26 Aug – Music Hall, Ramsgate (Waves Festival) tickets
31 Aug – Studio Bar, Penzance tickets
1 Sept – The Tea Tray Cafe, Southsea tickets

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MORE NAMES FOR ILFRACOMBE!

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More names have been added to the ILFRACOMBE PUNK FESTIVAL, which takes place in the Devon resort from 17-19 November.

Saturday headliners THE RUTS DC are joined on the Friday by GBH and with THE REZILLOS closing the show on the Sunday.

Other names appearing at the event at Ilfracombe Holiday Park include SUBHUMANS, DISCHARGE, SHAM 69, CHRON GEN, 999, THE LURKERS, KNOCK OFF, TV SMITH, CHURCH OF EON, SLAUGHTER UK, BUS STATION LOONIES, SUPER FAST GIRLIE SHOW, SEGREGATES, TARA REZ and RESISTANCE 77.

Early bird tickets priced £119 (sharing)/£145 (single occupancy) are available here.

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CHELSEA NEW ALBUM UPDATE!

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Original punk legends CHELSEA have been in the studio recording a brand new album. Bassist Mat Sargent got in touch to let Vive Le Rock know how things have been going down…..

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Saturday Night Sunday Morning in 2014 was Chelsea’s first album in 10 years so the fans were ready for a new album. A killer line-up with James Stevenson from the first recording line-up and Nic Austin from the Evacuate period both on guitar.  The album did very well and for the 40th Anniversary the record company released the three Chelsea Anthology box sets of the complete studio recordings and unreleased demos.  All the studio albums were also reissued on limited edition coloured vinyl, which got the collector fans wanting more.  
 
The record company, Westworld Recordings, asked us to record a new studio album for the bands 40th Anniversary so in January 2016 Nic and I worked on demos, writing 4 tracks together –  ‘You’re No Fun’, ‘Control’, ‘Sun Stop Shining’ and ‘I Can’t take This’.

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Nic and I both wrote the lyrics and music for ‘You’re No Fun’, it was the first track we wrote for the album.  Nic came up with a haunting riff for ‘Control’, I did a ‘Shakin’ All Over’ type bass line for the verses and we wrote the lyrics together, Nic wrote the hooky chorus.   Nic and I jammed ‘I Can’t Take This’, it just happened, it was a telepathy like when we’re on stage, we just knew where we were going with that song. Nic wrote the lyrics for the verses and I wrote the lyrics for the bridge.  ‘Sun Stop Shining’ was a song I wrote with a friend in mind, the late Tony Van Frater (bass player for Cockney Rejects / Red Alert) who had passed away a few months before.  Nic wrote the lyrics for the chorus and added the Chelsea morse code guitar. 
 
Nic had written 4 tracks of his own – ‘Fashion’, ‘Suit In The Spotlight’, ‘Let Me Go’ and ‘Something In The Air’. I’d also written a track ‘Old Town’ whilst I was in Florida visiting my Dad.  I had a dream about going back to my old town in Yorkshire but everything had changed and everyone had moved on.  It was the first time I’d written a song from a dream, I jumped out of bed one morning around 6am and scribbled the lyrics down around.  I remember an alligator swimming past in the lake in front of the house whilst I was writing it.

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I went over to Gene’s place a few times times for writing sessions in February and March 2017, we wrote ‘Jackie Got A Gun’, ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Sands Of Time’. Gene had already written some lyrics so I strummed the guitar and we wrote some extra parts for the songs.   I’d already written the music for ‘Jackie’s Got A Gun’ and Gene’s lyrics fit the track really well.  Gene had the idea for ‘Mission Impossible’, he even had a riff for it which he sang to me whilst I strummed along and wrote the chorus & solo.  When Gene sang me ‘Sands Of Time’, it reminded me of the Dave Goodman ‘Rocks Off’ era of Chelsea. Straight away knew it was asking for an acoustic feel.  
 
James came to a couple of writing sessions at Gene’s place when we wrote ‘I Don’t Know, I Don’t Care’. Gene and James wrote the chorus and Gene and I wrote the verses.  James also played through an old song called ‘Just Like Me’ which he’d written in 1978 for Chelsea but had never got used.  When Gene heard it he said, “That old thing, sounds alright though, why don’t we do that then?”…  So we did. 
 
I went over to Nic’s in April where we demoed the tracks I’d done with Gene and James.  Nic and I also wrote a new song ‘Make It Happen’ which just happened. Again it was the telepathy between us both, it just came from nowhere, we wrote the lyrics and music together.

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After listening to the demos on CD for a few weeks, Nic, Lee and I rehearsed the album in the basement of the ‘Hand In Hand’ pub in Brixton during April and May before we went into the studio to start recording.
 
On the 3rd June we went to Panther Studios in Surrey and ‘Mr. Lee’ laid down all the drums for 15 songs in just under 6 hours. The following day I put all the bass down which took around 5 hours and we started on rhythm guitars.  On the thrid and fourth day we cracked on with guitars and did the backing vocals.  A friend of mine Sam Jones popped over to the studio and played piano and flute on a track, James also recorded some rhythm guitars and did a few solos.  On the sixth and seventh day I worked on tidying the tracks up with producer Dick Crippen getting the backing tracks ready for Gene to do his lead vocal.  I redid a couple of bass tracks and Lee did some tambourine & shakers.

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On Saturday the 10th of June after the first week in the studio, we played at the Camden Underworld for Gene’s birthday bash. Playing a gig just before going into the studio was a great way to warm Gene’s voice up for the recording session.  It was an excellent show with Chron Gen and Department S supporting, opening up the show for us.

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A few days after the gig, Gene came to the studio and spent 3 days recording the vocals.  James came back to the studio and finished his guitar tracks for all the songs.  I spent a couple of days sifting through the tracks with Dick, getting the best takes and getting the tracks ready for mixing.   Nic, Lee and I spent the last few days of the recording session doing final over dubs and mixing the tracks.
 
The album was initially to be called Mission Impossible and with 15 tracks to record & mix in just under 3 weeks it seemed an apt title.  Mission accomplished!

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THE N.J.E. UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

London punk-jazz trio THE N.J.E. release a new single today, unveiling the video with Vive Le Rock!

Their highly original take on JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Voodoo Chile’ heralds the band’s long-awaited debut album Afloat, which is out next month.

The video was shot by Liv Bedford at the trio’s regular haunt, Indo Bar in Whitechapel.

The NJE – or Near Jazz Experience – were formed in 2010 by three musicians with 2 Tone Records connections – sax-player Terry Edwards and drummer Simon Charterton are former members of Norwich punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, while Mark Bedford is the longstanding bassist with MADNESS. Between them, they’ve put in time with the likes of IAN DURY, NICK CAVE, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, SIOUXSIE, SNUFF, ALEX HARVEY, SPIRITUALIZED, TOM WAITS and BIG STAR.

Most recently Edwards has been a member of GALLON DRUNK, PJ HARVEY’S HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT and Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s BOWIE tribute, HOLY HOLY. He also joins Bowie pianist Mike Garson on his Aladdin Sane dates this autumn.

The 11-track album brings together studio recordings and live tracks, recorded at Indo and elsewhere.

Set for release on Friday 1 September through Sartorial Records, Afloat is available to pre-order here.

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LOS FASTIDIOS BACK IN THE U.K!

Ace Italian antifa mob LOS FASTIDIOS have just unveiled a new video.

‘Clandestino’ is a cover of a song by French world-punk legend MANU CHAO and is taken from the band’s current album The Sound Of Revolution which is out now through Kob Records.

The band from Verona have just arrived in the UK and play The Duke Of Wellington, Shoreham tonight and Rebellion over the weekend. Full dates are below….

02.08 Shoreham – Duke of Wellington
03.08 Wrexham – Saith Seren
04.08 Blackpool – Rebellion (Acoustic stage)
05.08 Blackpool – Rebellion
06.08 Glasgow – Stereo Cafe Bar w/The Wakes
07.08 Aberdeen – Vulture Lounge
08.08 Edinburgh – Bannermans Bar w/Oi Polloi
09.08 Hereford – The Booth Hall
10.08 Derby – The Hairy Dog
11.08 London – AWOD – Boston Arms
12.08 Winchester – BoomTown Fair

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SPARKS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

SPARKS have released a new single from their forthcoming new album, ahead of their UK Tour.

‘Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)’ is the third single to be released from Hippopotamus, the pair’s 24th album, due out on 8 September.

Coming as it does after 2009’s ‘pop opera’ album The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman and their 2015 collaboration with FRANZ FERDINAND as FFS, Hippopotamus is their first regular album since 2008’s Exotic Creatures Of The Deep.

Sparks return to the UK in September for a full UK tour, culminating with a pair of dates at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Full dates are….

Monday 18 Sep – Waterfront, Norwich
Tuesday 19 Sep – The Boilershop, Newcastle
Wednesday 20 Sep – Queens Hall, Edinburgh (sold out)
Friday 22 Sep – O2 Ritz, Manchester (sold out)
Saturday 23 Sep – Rock City, Nottingham
Sunday 24 Sep – O2 Institute 1, Birmingham
Tuesday 26 Sep – O2 Academy, Bristol
Wednesday 27 Sep – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
Thursday 28 Sep – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Go here for tickets.

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WIN A SIGNED DAMNED BOOK!!!

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THE DAMNED’s first twenty years are the subject of a fantastic new biography by noted author and longtime fan Barry Hutchinson, and Vive Le Rock has one signed copy to give away!

The Damned – The Chaos Years: an Unofficial Biography records the band’s crazy antics both on and off stage, their often troublesome gigs and their memorable music. With exclusive interviews from all band members past and present, plus never before published photos, this book is a must read for all Damned fans wanting an insight to the band’s iconic history.

At a whopping 400 pages, this weighty tome is available to buy now here.

But one lucky fan can win a signed copy absolutely FREE! Just drop an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Damned Comp’ in the subject box with the answer to this simple question….

What Australian band was bass player Algy Ward in before he joined The Damned?

…and we’ll pick a winner at random!  Good luck!!!

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FLESH FOR LULU DEBUT REISSUED!

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FLESH FOR LULU are to have their debut album reissued for the first time in more than 30 years.

The eponymous album was originally released in 1984 through Polydor and featured the classic singles ‘Subterraneans’ and ‘Restless’.

The album forms the backbone of a new double-CD set The Polydor Years. The 34-track compilation also includes all four tracks from the Brixton band’s 1983 debut Roman Candle EP, plus various b-sides, remixes, rarities and BBC sessions for Janice Long, Kid Jensen and John Peel.

Dropped by the label the following year, the band released records on indies Hybrid and Statik, before signing to Beggars Banquet and going on to US college radio success with the single ‘I Go Crazy’ and album Long Live The New Flesh.

Frontman and founder Nick Marsh put together a new line-up of Flesh For Lulu in 2013, as well as being an integral part of THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, but sadly succumbed to cancer in 2015.

Check out ‘Restless’ live in ’85.

The Polydor Years is set for release through Caroline International on 1 September. It’s available to pre-order here.

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Full tracklisting….

Disc: 1
1. Restless
2. Dog Dog Dog
3. Hyena
4. Coming Down
5. Jigsaw Puzzle
6. Subterraneans
7. Brainburst
8. Peace And Love
9. So Strong
10. Heavy Angel
11. Restless (Kid Jensen Session)
12. Dog Dog Dog (Kid Jensen Session)
13. Lame Train (Kid Jensen Session)
14. Hyena (Kid Jensen Session)
15. Black Tattoo (Janice Long Session)
16. Cat Burglar (Janice Long Session)
17. Peace And Love (Janice Long Session)
18. Endless Sleep (Janice Long Session)

Disc: 2
1. Dancer (John Peel Session)
2. Walk Tired
3. Missionary
4. Spy In Your Mind
5. Roman Candle
6. Coming Down (Original Version)
7. Lame Train
8. The Power Of Suggestion
9. Roman Candle (Extended Mix)
10. Subterraneans (Metro Mix)
11. Why Me?
12. Gurl At The Bar
13. Endless Sleep
14. Ten Foot Tall
15. Cat Burglar
16. Cat Burglar (12″ Version)

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ADAM ANT ANNOUNCES ROUNDHOUSE DATE!

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ADAM ANT brings a successful year of touring to a close with a show at London’s Roundhouse in December.

Having played to more than 75,000 fans on tours of the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Adam will bring his Anthems – The Singles Tour to the legendary Camden Venue on Thursday 21 December.

Tickets are on sale here.

Having toured the UK last year on the back of the release of a deluxe edition of his 1980 breakthrough album Kings Of The Wild Frontier, Adam took the tour to North America at the start of the year, where it was sadly marred by the sudden death of guitarist and musical director Tom Edwards.

In May, Adam and his band undertook the Anthems – The Singles Tour round the UK, playing all his classic hits, plus B-sides and personal favourites, and including a sold-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

In September he takes the tour to the USA before revisiting Kings Of The Wild Frontier for a trek around Australia and New Zealand in October.

Full dates are….

Wednesday, September 6, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse (Broward Center PAC)
Friday, September 8, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Saturday, September 9, Orlando, FL, The Beacham Theatre
Sunday, September 10, Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, September 13, New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 15, Detroit, MI, Sound Board @MotorCity Casino Hotel
Saturday, September 16, Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
Sunday, September 17, Pittsburgh, PA, Palace Theatre
Tuesday, September 19, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Sound Stage
Wednesday, September 20, Richmond, VA, The National
Friday, September 22, Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
Saturday, September 23, Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
Sunday, September 24, Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium
Tuesday, September 26, Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
Thursday, September 28, Saratoga, The Mountain Winery
Friday, September 29, San Francisco, The Masonic
Saturday, September 30, Los Angeles, Greek Theatre, with special guest L7

Monday, October 9, Powerstation, Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday, October 10, Opera House, Wellington, New Zealand
Thursday, October 12, Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
Friday, October 13, Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Sunday, October 15, Palais Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Monday, October 16, Metropolis, Fremantle, Australia

Thursday, December 21, The Roundhouse, London

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TEST TUBE BABIES ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM!

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South Coast punk legends PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES have signed to Arising Empire Records, a division of Nuclear Blast.

The first fruit of the relationship will be a new, ominously-titled, album That Shallot.

Considered by the band to be their “best album ever”, most of the songs were written by band founders Peter Bywaters and Del Strangefish, with two by new bassist Nick Abnett. The album also features contributions from RANCID’s Lars Frederiksen and THE PUKES, and Olga from THE TOY DOLLS was also involved.

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The band play Rebellion on 3 August followed by a run of dates taking them up to the end of the year. Full dates are….

Aug 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Sept 29th – Stoke, Venue 11
Sept 30th- North East Calling, Sunderland.
Oct 1st – Manchester. Venue TBC.
Oct 6th – London, 100 Club
Oct 7th – The Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
Nov 4th – Midlands Calling – Wolverhampton, Wulfrun hall.
Nov 24th – Southampton, Talking Heads
Nov 25th – Ramsgate, Elephant & Castle
Dec 29th – Brighton, The Prince Albert
Dec 30th – London, New Cross Inn

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THE INMATES: SHOTS IN THE DARK!

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In the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, we talk to guitarist Peter Gunn of legendary North London r’n’b band THE INMATES.

For the feature, Peter kindly provided a selection of photos from his own collection. More than we could possibly have room for. As an additional treat for Inmates fans, you can see the rest of them here…..

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The first three albums by The Inmates are now available as a box set from Cherry Red.

Check out the 4-page special on the Inmates in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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DAVE WAKELING’S BEAT ANNOUNCE U.K. DATES!

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THE BEAT, starring original frontman Dave Wakeling, have lined up a rare tour of the UK and Ireland.

With Wakeling based in LA for some years, the band operates independently of Ranking Roger’s UK-based version of The Beat and seldom tours over here. The dates include a London show at the O2 Academy, Islington and a hometown show at the O2 Academy, Birmingham.

Wakeling is currently putting the finishing touches to a new album – tentatively titled Here We Go Love – his first album album the Beat name since 1982’s Special Beat Service.  Guests on the album include former SPECIALS guitarist Roddy ‘Radiation’ Byers and guitarist Luis Maldonado of San Francisco pop-rockers TRAIN.

Having scored 15 chart singles – including five Top 10s – The Beat Split in 1983, with Wakeling and Roger forming GENERAL PUBLIC with Horace Panter from The Specials and Mick Jones from The Clash. The band (minus Jones) went on to score a big US hit with the single ‘Tenderness’. Since then, Wakeling has commanded considerable success and played more than 1,000 gigs with The English Beat.

Full tour dates are….

26 Aug – Isle of Wight, The Balcony Bars
31 Aug – London, O2 Academy Islington
1 Sept – Holmfirth, Picturedome
2 Sept – Thornhill, Electric Fields
3 Sept – Newcastle, Wylam Brewery
5 Sept – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
6 Sept – Edinburgh, The Caves
7 Sept – Dublin, Whelan’s
8 Sept – Cork, Amps
9 Sept – Waterford, Shorrts
10 Sept – Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre
13 Sept – Manchester, Academy 3
15 Sept – Birmingham, O2 Academy
16 Sept – Bournemouth, Mr Kyps

Tickets are available here.

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GROWING UP WITH… NICKY WELLER!

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John Lydon, Debbie Harry, actor Martin Freeman and Crystal Palace chairman, Steve Parish. As well as making for a potentially great dinner-party line-up, they are among contributors to a new book, Growing Up With Punk, in which more than 100 music, arts and media flames offer a personal perspective on one the UK’s last great ‘scenes’.

The ‘beautifully presented coffee table book’ is compiled by journalist Barry Cain and Nicky Weller – sister of his royal mod-liness, Paul. Nicky was 15 in 1977 and she told Andy Gray how life ‘chez Weller’ changed forever when the new wave waters broke…and led to brother Paul wearing a paper boiler suit.

Yourself and Paul grew-up in Woking, which would’ve been considered a bit of a punk outpost. Did it take a while for the scene to travel down the A3 and arrive at your neck of the woods?

“Woking was a little bit behind – It was nothing like London. It was a while before the first Mohican appeared in our high street. No one could afford to go to Vivienne Westwood and buy stuff, it was far too expensive. Round our way it was all rip-up tops. I remember (Jam drummer) Rick Buckler’s mum sewing-up his very expensive jumper. It had strategic holes in it, but she actually darned it. He was so pissed off – he’d spent a lot of money on that jumper. ‘Look what my mum’s fucking done to this jumper’ he said. It was so funny.” 

Before punk (and the Jam) came along, what were you listening to?

“I was a big Bowie and Bryan Ferry fan. I seem to remember my brother sort of saying, ‘what ya listening to that crap for’? He’s obviously since come to realise Bowie is great. I still had my little guilty pleasures like David Essex and stuff. But I absolutely loved Bowie and Roxy Music. Then the whole punk scene kicked in.” 

In interviews, Paul has said his punk epiphany was seeing the Sex Pistols play the Screen on the Green in 1976. Is that how you remember it?

“I remember him and his mates from Woking went to see the Pistols. I think it was the night Paul wore his white boiler suit, one of them papery sort of things. Mum had to get some old spray cans to spray some stuff on the back. It’d be hilarious if we had a picture of it now. You’ve only got to hear The Jam play ‘In the City’ before he saw the Pistols to appreciate the influence punk had on Paul. ‘In the City’ was kind of melodic and slow, and then suddenly it was 100 miles per hour. Punk changed his whole life.” 

With Paul as the ‘face’ of the Jam and your dad, John, as the band’s manager, it must’ve been like a having a full backstage pass to the whole punk era.

“Yeah, talk about being a teenager in the thick of it all. My dad included me and my mum in everything to do with the band in those days. He’d say, ‘don’t go to school today; come to Top of the Pops’, if he knew I was a fan of one of the acts due to appear. Dad would even write the absence note for me. I think I went to pretty much all the Top of the Pops shows with the Jam.” 

For a teenager from the so-called ‘sticks’, did the atmosphere surrounding those early punk shows prove a bit intimidating?

“I remember one night being stuck outside the Rainbow when the Jam did a show there. I remember seeing Johnny Rotten in the queue that night, and my dad coming out and getting us both in. During gigs the crowd would get really aggressive at the front of the stage, with swathes of people pogoing. I never went down the front – I always sat behind, at the back of the stage.” 

Okay, what’s your stand-out gig from that era, starting with the Jam?

“When the Jam played at the 100 Club on my birthday in September 1977. When you go to the 100 club now it’s all kind of serene, but then it was wall-to-wall people – you couldn’t breathe in there. Sweat was dripping down the walls; today’s health and safety people would’ve had a field day. I don’t know how many people would’ve been in there, ‘cause my dad would be like, ‘get as many as you can in’. That night was brilliant, but I remember people spitting. The band never liked it. Bruce (the Jam’s bass player) was like, ‘if you gob at me again, I’m going off’. It was disgusting. I don’t know where the spitting came from, but the Jam’s image was more clean-cut and mod – they weren’t into the whole gobbing thing at all. After the gig, it was my job to sell these big blue ‘Jam’ badges for 10p a time.”

How did the Jam’s early success affect home life?

“People started coming all the way down to Woking to see where Paul lived; knocking at our front door to see if he was at home. Then I started running the fan club. It all went a bit crazy.” 

Now the book, Growing Up With Punk… Does the world really need another retrospective on the era?

“I didn’t think the Punk London thing (held in the capital throughout last year to ‘celebrate 40 years of punk heritage’) did much for Punk. It sort-of came and went without much celebration. Everyone we spoke to in the book said punk really kicked-off in ’77, ‘cause that’s when all the debut albums from bands like the Clash, the Jam, the Pistols and the Stranglers came out. The book’s got a load of photos, flyers, tickets and stuff that people won’t have seen before. So it’s definitely worth seeing.” 

‘It’s like punk never ‘appened’, is your brother’s oft-quoted verdict on the musical dross that followed in the 1980s. Punk definitely happened, but did it achieve anything?

“It completely shook-up the whole music industry – people had never seen anything like it, and will never see anything like it again. The music industry now is a joke, innit? All the bloody X-Factor and reality TV stuff is crap. The kids on these shows…they ain’t gonna be around in two years’ time let alone 10 years’ time. I think punk did a brilliant job, actually. It made kids think, ‘I can do this, I can be in my own band’. It made a huge difference. I was very lucky to be a teenager in 1977. I could’ve been stuck down the Knaphill Disco in Woking on a Friday and Saturday night, which would’ve been pretty crap. Instead, I was going off to the Vortex club and seeing people like Adam Ant performing in bondage, and travelling to London in a van with my dad and my brother to watch the Jam.” 

Thanks Nicky, and be sure to let us know if you find the photo of Paul in his paper boiler suit.

Growing Up With Punk is due for release in July. For details, visit http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/growing-up-with-punk

A Growing Up With Punk exhibition, featuring previously unseen and rare memorabilia from the book’s contributors, is due to be held between August 3rd and 6th as part of Punk Rebellion Weekend at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

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“The Pistols looked great too, so different for the time.  With their sound and Johnny’s voice, they were something I hadn’t heard or seen before. Rotten was totally memorising and had so much front. It was revolutionary at the time, and so were the five blues I’d dropped! After that, we saw them (and the five-piece Clash) at the Punk festival at the 100 club.  Ron Watts was the promoter and he also ran the Nags Head in High Wycombe.  Both bands blew my mind and that was it for me – I wanted to be a part of this new scene.”
Jordan – SEX shop assistant

“I know this is about 1977, but a bit of ’75 had to be included for me mainly because it painted such a vivid picture amongst the grey and beige backdrop of Britain at that time. 430 Kings Road had gained much notoriety,  which led the police to our door and hence the confiscation of what was deemed by the old bill, the fuzz, the wooden tops, as being openly obscene. Malcolm and Vivienne were charged under the 1864 Obscene Exhibition Act of displaying items in the window, more specifically, ‘the naked cowboys’ t-shirt.  This is in their view was likely to corrupt the general public, and in particular minors.”
Hugh Cornwell – The Stranglers

“One of the most bizarre regular gigs was The Speakeasy, in Margaret Street, the late night hangout for the musical elite, and impossible to get into unless you were playing there.  Our ice cream van would roll-up outside and members of the Damned, The Pistols, The Clash, even Elvis Costello would jump out of the back carrying one of our guitars or a cymbal stand. Posing as one of our roadies got them into the club.”

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A RIGHT ROYAL ROCKNEY BEANO!

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Rockney rascals CHAS & DAVE have announced a ‘Spring Beano’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall next year.

The gig on 20 April is the North Londoners’ first time at the venue since their first legendary sold-out show in 2014, and follows a triumphant return to live performance at last week’s British Summer Time festival, after Chas Hodges’ treatment for cancer of the oesophagus earlier in the year.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 14 July here.

Veterans of the London rock’n’roll scene with more than 50 years of service, the pair had played their final tour together in 2013 – including a performance at Rebellion – following Dave Peacock’s decision to retire, but were coaxed back by public demand. Their most recent studio album was That’s What Happens, released through Warner Bros later that year. They released a live album and DVD Not Just Anuvver Beano, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of their debut album, at the end of last year.

Chas & Dave have a full run of dates, both new and rescheduled, taking them up to the end of the year. Check their website for details.

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LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY IN CONVERSATION!

Journalist Anu Shukla recently eavesdropped on a conversation between the legendary LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY and Martin ‘Youth’ Glover of KILLING JOKE backstage at The Boileroom in Guildford…..

A magical mystical tour with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

We raced down the M25 at breakneck speed. Tonight, an hour before he was due on stage, we’d nailed a date with Mr Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Killing Joke bassist Martin ‘Youth’ Glover was to lead the conversation. His contribution to the Scratch version of Golden Clouds with the Orb would no doubt get a mention.

The place was rammed wall-to-wall as we struggled to walk through the doors of Surrey’s Boiler Room Club. We fought through the crowd, scrambled up a flight of stairs and found ourselves facing a crew of unflinching comrades. These cats were serious but somehow, we got the green light, ditched our bags and got cameras prepped for the mayhem below.

He was about to come on stage anytime soon. The crowd was going nuts with anticipation. Rapturous applause and whistling welcomed Scratch to the stage. And as he got into full swing, dreadlocks of fellow punters crashed into my face while I tried to steady my camera. A Scottish dude next to me hollered like man possessed as we stood squashed like sardines inching our way to the front.

Perry has made over a thousand albums and as Youth later told me: “I’ve seen him play countless times but there’s been occasions where I haven’t recognised a single track because he’s made so many.” Iron Shirt though, was at least one everyone did… And it was evident it was the legend that is Scratch most had come to see.

He was in top form and high spirits as fans reached out to light up his joint. Bouncing ecstatically, they moshed like mad. It felt a lot more intense than the Village Underground gig where he had played the previous night.

This was the ultimate LSP magical mystery tour. The night before at a collaborative exhibition with artist Peter Harris, we got a glimpse into the mind of the indefatigable Scratch. From Genesis to Revelation: The Higher Powers Bible was essentially the Bible according to LSP with images which included the artist giving birth to himself, while another depicted the Queen as a ‘blood sucker’. Adrian Sherwood was on the decks and joined by the likes of Coldcut’s Jonathon Moore and the Pop Group’s Mark Stewart amongst a string of others.

This was one mental weekend of pure Perry power. So here we were at its apex. And once again, we found ourselves fighting through 300 die-hard fans to reach him for our scheduled chinwag. Youth was nowhere to be seen amongst the hordes of people but there was no time to lose. Spotting him mid-conversation with a Killing Joke fan, I dragged him up the stairs past a queue of journalists and fans. Beaming insanely into the unsmiling face of a band member, we were greeted with a stern: “You’re Anu, right?” We were in.

Lee walked into the kitchen and the magic began. He exuded an enigmatic energy that filled the room with a bright light, greeting each of us with a big warm hug. There was no way of knowing the direction this conversation would take. But there’s a lot of ground to cover with a legend like Scratch and unless you can manipulate the space-time continuum, there’s only one thing you can do and that’s to go with the flow. Special things happen in life sometimes and this was certainly one of them. We were positively levitating. Hope you enjoy the film.

LEE PERRY

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CHRIS CACAVAS PLAYS RARE U.K. SHOWS!

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GREEN ON RED legend CHRIS CACAVAS flies in for a pair of rare UK dates next week.

As well as being keyboard-player on all the Tucson-via-LA band’s classic recordings up to 1987, Cacavas was a major figure on the 80s ‘paisley underground’ scene, working with GIANT SAND, THE DREAM SYNDICATE, TRUE WEST and NAKED PREY, eventually forming his own band JUNKYARD LOVE.

Based in Germany for some years, in 2013 Cacavas collaborated with Edward Abbiati of Italian roots-rock stars LOWLANDS, resulting in the album Me And The Devil on Harbour Song Records.

Check out the video for ‘Back Against The Wall’.

This year they pair hooked up again to play live with a bespoke backing band THE DIRTY DEVILS, featuring bassist Joe Barreca, drummer Andrea Paradiso and Italian blues guitar legend Maurizio ‘Gnola’ Glielmo.

Unfortunately, Abbiati has had to bow out for health reasons, but Cacavas and the Devils are going ahead with the dates at….

Fri 14 July – Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Sat 15 July – Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Leytonstone, London

They’ll be joined by THE LUCKY STRIKES on both dates, plus BOB COLLUM in Southend and HAWK SOOLD of PLASTIC PALS in London.

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J.D. HANGOVER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Punk-blues outfit J.D. HANGOVER prepare for the long-awaited release of their debut EP with their first ever video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Barrelhouse Queen’ is the opening cut from the 6-track eponymous release which is set to drop this autumn through Annibale Records, also responsible for releases from Dead Coast, Go!Zilla, The Shivas, Kim & The Created, etc.

Steeped in the murky twilight of East London villainy, the minimalist video was shot in the suitably noirish locations of the Greenwich foot tunnel and Hackney’s notorious ‘murder mile’, Lower Clapton Road.

J.D. Hangover is the latest project of Italian punk-blues legend Stiv Cantarelli and Roberto Villa from STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS, whose acclaimed second album Banks Of The Lea (produced by Pete Bennett of MONKEY ISLAND) received a glowing 9 out of 10 review from Vive Le Rock back in 2014.

Written in the back of a van between gigs, and recorded at Villa’s analogue studio in the town of Forli, the songs on the EP meld the influence of Delta bottleneck blues, garage fuzz and the propulsive, motorik drum-machine rhythm of Suicide.

Says Stiv, “We wanted to recreate the same atmosphere of being in one room with all the gear and playing live. So we put a 50s RCA microphone in between us and the tube amps that we used to amplify the instruments and the drum machine. That mic recorded the reverb, the noises, the sights, the moving feet, the crackling chairs in the room. We mixed it with guitar feedback, tape delay and the organ fuzz tone. We played it back and we thought we nailed it.”

The pair are currently planning UK dates for the autumn.

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