Secretive London punks EAT DIRT have unveiled a video ahead of their debut show this weekend.

’48’ is one of four tracks on their Eat Dirt I EP, which is available across all the usual platforms and from their website.

Speaking about the track, the band’s vocalist says, “The song is about growing out of the party life, and not being angry any more. And the struggle of trying to find something to be angry about. Like social media ‘influencers’ and sensationalist journalism.”

The band play their first ever show this Sunday 30 July at The Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green, London with FIGHTS AND FIRES, DELAYED and MIAMI NICE. The show is free entry and doors are at 7pm.

The band then play New Cross Inn, London on Friday 4 August with PEARS.

Born of anger and frustration in late 2016, Eat Dirt brought together members of previously well established UK bands to record the band’s debut EP – clocking in at under five minutes – with producer Justin Hill of SIKTH, taking influence from THE BRONX, COMEBACK KID, GALLOWS and EVERY TIME I DIE.

“I’d given up on music. I wasn’t really angry enough,” their frotnman declares. “I had nothing to sing about anymore. Then the whole Brexit thing happened. I’m mad at people. I’m mad at the world around me. As a group, we need to vent. Eat Dirt is that release.”

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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.


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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Iconic Cleveland art-punks PERE UBU are to release a new album in September.

David Thomas’s avant garde quintet formed out of the ashes of legendary proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS and have been generating consistently pioneering and challenging sounds ever since, save for a period of inactivity in the mid 80s.

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo follows on from 2015’s Carnival Of Souls, and finds the band fielding a three-guitar line-up including Kristof Hahn of SWANS matched with an orchestra of digital and analogue synthesisers.

“The new album is The James Gang teaming up with Tangerine Dream,” explains Thomas. “The Chinese Whispers methodology we worked on the last two albums has been replaced by the Dark Room. Put musicians in a lightless room and by feeling one small section of an unknown object have them figure what it must be.”

The album was recorded once again at Suma Studios in Painseville, Ohio, where the band have worked since their debut album The Modern Dance with engineer Ken Hamann and his son Paul.

Pere Ubu plan to tour the album in the US, returning to Europe in 2018.

20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo is set for release on 29 September. It’s available to pre-order now on vinyl and CD.


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MOTÖRHEAD have announced the release of an album of covers.

The appropriately-titled Under Cöver features a selection of songs covered by the band during their 40-year career, including the SEX PISTOLS’ ‘God Save The Queen’, the RAMONES’ ‘Rockaway Beach’, ‘Breaking The Law’ by JUDAS PRIEST and their Grammy-winning cover of METALLICA’s ‘Whiplash’.

The compilation also includes their previously unreleased rendition of DAVID BOWIE’s ‘Heroes’, recorded during the sessions for their final studio album Bad Magic.

Says guitarist Phil Campbell, “It’s such a great Bowie song, one of his best, and I could only see great things coming out of it from us, and so it proved to be, and Lemmy ended up loving our version.”

Full tracklisting is….

1. Breaking The Law
2. God Save The Queen
3. Heroes
4. Starstruck
5. Cat Scratch Fever
6. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
7. Sympathy For The Devil
8. Hellraiser
9. Rockaway Beach
10.Shoot ‘Em Down
11. Whiplash

Due for release in September, Under Cöver will be available for pre-order shortly via the band’s website.


Check out ‘God Save The Queen’.

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Punk legends COCKNEY REJECTS and ANGELIC UPSTARTS hook up for two one-day festivals this autumn.

The annual North East Calling takes place at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 30 September. Then Midlands Calling returns to Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton on Saturday 4 November.


Tickets are available here.


Hooking up with the headliners in Wolverhampton are GBH, Ruts DC, Anti-Nowhere League, STEVE IGNORANT & PARANOID VISIONS, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions, DRAGSTER, SUPER FIAST GIRLIE SHOW and VOMIT.

Get your tickets here.

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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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Legendary Birmingham musician DAVE KUSWORTH plays a rare London show next week.

Kusworth is an integral figure in the Brum rock family tree. Since forming the infamous Stooges-inspired T.V. EYE as a teenager in the late 70s followed by the notorious SUBTERRANEAN HAWKS with Stephen Duffy and future BLACK BOMBER Dave Twist, Kusworth has taken trash rock’n’roll from the West Midlands to the world, hooking up with NIKKI SUDDEN in supergroup THE JACOBITES before going on a merry-go-round of rock’n’roll rides with DOGS D’AMOUR, THE BOUNY HUNTERS, THE TENDERHOOKS and more.

At this very special Rockaway Beach club night at The Hope & Anchor, Islington on Friday 28 July, Kusworth and his band will be supported by THE VULZ and MOTO VAMP.

Tickets priced £8.25 are available here.

A new compilation of lost tracks by T.V. Eye – earning a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock! – is available now from Seventeen Records/Easy Action.

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THE REPLACEMENTS are to have their first ever official live album released in September.

For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, recorded at the legendary Hoboken NJ venue on 4 February of that year and previously available as a bootleg, will be released on double-CD and double-vinyl. The band’s only previous live album, The Shit Hits The Fans, was released on cassette.

Performed in the wake of the Minneapolis band’s major label debut, Tim, the show would be one of the last to feature the original quartet, prior to the sacking of guitarist Bob Stinson later that year.

While giving prominence to new material from Tim, including ‘Bastards Of Young’, ‘Left Of The Dial’ and ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’, the 29-song set features several ‘Mats classics – including an early rendition of ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ later to appear on ’87’s Pleased To Meet Me – along with covers of The Beatles’ ‘Nowhere Man’, Vanity Fair’s ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’, Sweet’s ‘Fox On The Run’, T Rex’s ‘Baby Strange’ and ‘Black Diamond’ by Kiss.

Although the tapes of the gig were given a proper mix back in 2007, lingering in the Warners tape archive ever since, the album now gets an official release, accompanied by informative sleeve notes by Bob Mehr, author of the best-selling band biography Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements.

Full tracklising is….

Disc One
1. ‘Hayday’
2. ‘Color Me Impressed’
3. ‘Dose Of Thunder’
4. ‘Fox On The Run’
5. ‘Hold My Life’
6. ‘I Will Dare’
7. ‘Favorite Thing’
8. ‘Unsatisfied’
9. ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’
10. ‘Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out’
11. ‘Takin’ A Ride’
12. ‘Bastards Of Young’
13. ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’
14. ‘Black Diamond’

Disc Two
1. ‘Johnny’s Gonna Die’
2. ‘Otto’
3. ‘I’m In Trouble’
4. ‘Left Of The Dial’
5. ‘God Damn Job’
6. ‘Answering Machine’
7. ‘Waitress In The Sky’
8. ‘Take Me Down To The Hospital’
9. ‘Gary’s Got A Boner’
10. ‘If Only You Were Lonely’
11. ‘Baby Strange’
12. ‘Hitchin’ A Ride’
13. ‘Nowhere Man’
14. ‘Go’
15. ‘Fuck School’

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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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Ace Welsh punk-powerpoppers NICOTINE PRETTY have just issue their second single, and you can check it out here.

The suitably named ‘Nicotine Pretty’ follows on from their debut single released through Glunk Records in April. You can download both singles here.

The Bridgend quartet, who comprise Ginge Knievel (vocals/guitar), Lewis Davies (vocals/guitar), Paul Black (vocals/drums) and Ian Pickens (Bass), plan a series of CD EPs for later in the year with a vinyl compilation to follow. In the meantime they have a bunch of dates coming up with the likes of DOGS D’AMOUR, MING CITY ROCKERS, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND and more.

Catch Nicotine Pretty on the road at….

Jul 16 – Gwdihŵ Café Bar, Cardiff
Aug 4 – Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff (w/Dogs D’Amour)
Aug 19 – The Windmill, London (Summer Weird Sin fest)
Sep 23 – Redhouse Cymru, Merthyr Tydfil
Oct 21 – Hobos, Bridgend
Nov 24 – The Institute, Ebbw Vale (Brain Freeze III fest)

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photos 1- Nicky Weller in 1977 at the family home in Stanley Road, Woking where she ran the Jam fan club.

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

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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SISTERS OF MERCY are to issue an expanded vinyl version of their classic early years compilation.

Originally released on CD in 1992, Some Girls Wander By Mistake comprises all the band’s originally singles and b-sides on their own Merciful Release label from 1980 to ’83, including the rare ‘Damage Done’ 7″, featuring only Andrew Eldritch and original guitarist Gary Marx.

The new box set features the compilation as a double-vinyl LP for the first time. It also adds two 12″ singles, including a 1993 rerecording of their 1982 breakthrough single ‘Alice’ and a version of ‘Temple Of Love’ featuring Israeli singer Ofra Haza, a Top 3 hit for the band in 1992.

The album’s title comes from a lyric in the Leonard Cohen song ‘Teachers’,covered live by the band frequently. It appears on the album Songs Of Leonard Cohen, alongside the song ‘Sisters Of Mercy’, from which they take their name.

Some Girls Wander By Mistake is set for release through Rhino on 1 September. Full tracklisting is as follows….

Side One

1. “Alice”
2. “Floorshow”
3. “Phantom”
4. “1969”

Side Two
1. “Kiss The Carpet”
2. “Lights”
3. “Valentine”
4. “Fix”
5. “Burn”
6. “Kiss The Carpet” – Reprise

Side Three
1. “Temple Of Love” – Extended Version 1983
2. “Heartland”
3. “Gimme Shelter”

Side Four
1. “The Damage Done”
2. “Watch”
3. “Home Of The Hit-Men”
4. “Body Electric”
5. “Adrenochrome”
6. “Anaconda”

Temple of Love (12”)
Side One
1. “Temple Of Love” – Touched by the Hands of Ofra Haza

Side Two
1. “Vision Thing” – Canadian Club Remix

Under The Gun (12”)
Side One
1. “Under The Gun” – Metropolis Mix

Side Two
1. “Alice” – 1993 Version
2. “Under The Gun” – Jutland Mix


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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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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.


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Rejuvenated post-punk stalwarts FOLK DEVILS and INCA BABIES hit the road this week on a joint UK tour.

Both bands emerged – from West London and Manchester respectively – during the mid-80s trading on the same dark blues-infused swamp-punk as fellow travellers THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE SCIENTISTS and THE GUN CLUB.

Folk Devils returned last summer on the back of the overdue and much acclaimed anthology Beautiful Monsters through Optic Nerve Recordings. Parting Shots’ Dave Hodgson replaces original frontman Ian Lowery, who sadly died in 2001.

Check out ‘English Disease’.

Based around founder member Harry Stafford, Inca Babies reformed in 2007, releasing their latest album The Stereo Plan in 2014.

Watch them performing ‘Opium Den’ on German TV.

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Full dates are….

Fri 14 July – Manchester, The Whiskey Jar
Sat 15 July – London, The Shacklewell Arms *
Sun 16 July – Northampton, The Charles Bradlaugh *
Thurs 20 July – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Fri 21 July – Glasgow, O2 ABC2
Sat 22 July – Bethesda, North Wales, Neuadd Ogwen

*Also featuring VENUS FY TRAP

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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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Pic by Antonio Spano Greco





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Purveyors of punky spacefolk, SONS OF SOUTHERN ULSTER have three Irish dates lined up next month.

The enigmatic partnership of Justinus J. Kelly and David J. Meagher from Cavan can be experienced at the following dates….

August 3rd World Academy of Music, University of Limerick (lunchtime)
August 4th Arts and Culture Centre, Bailieboro, Co. Cavan
August 5th Washerwoman Bar, Ballina, Co.Tipperary

Check out the video for ‘The Pop Inn’.

Summer tour 2017 SOSU

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Legendary West London punks THE LURKERS are to get a long awaited career overview with a new box set!

Formed on the mean streets of Uxbridge, the band were the first artists to release a record on Beggars Banquet, scoring an impressive FIVE Top 75 singles during their first 18 months, including the punk disco staples ‘Shadow’, ‘Ain’t Got A Clue’ and ‘New Guitar In Town’.

Now Beggars Arkive are redressing the balance with a 4oth Anniversary 5-CD box set, including the band’s first two classic Beggars albums Fulham Fallout and God’s Lonely Men, a disc of single tracks and demos, 21 BBC session tracks and the collaborative album by Lurkers and Boys guitarists Pete Stride and Honest John Plain, New Guitars In Town, released on CD for the first time ever.

The release is accompanied by a reissue of that first classic Beggars 7″ ‘Shadow’ c/w ‘Love Story’. Says Beggars founder Martin Mills, Underneath our Fulham shop (Beggars Banquet record store) we had a basement which we turned into a rehearsal room where punk bands like Generation X went to rehearse. One of the other bands that rehearsed down there was The Lurkers. The manager of the shop, Mike Stone, started to manage the band because they needed help. Then he needed help so we started managing them and trying to get them a deal – but we couldn’t. This was 1976 and at that point there weren’t very many labels, and each one had already signed their one punk band – and that was it. So we set about doing the record ourselves in a way that is now second-nature to almost anyone in a band. But then it was such an unusual thing to do. Then there was no road-map. There were no small independent record companies, so we worked out how to put a record out ourselves. We ended up putting out our first single by The Lurkers soon after Stiff put out ‘Buy 1’ with Nick Lowe and Chiswick put out their first single. So the three of us started at pretty much the same time. It was a lot of fun and a piece of cake, to be honest, because there were so few punk singles around that everyone bought everything there was. There was this completely captive market. So we did another Lurkers single which was just as much fun. Then we thought, let’s put out an album, and we did. Which was Streets, a punk compilation album from all the independent labels that were suddenly springing up. After this we put out the first Lurkers album.”

Set for release on 28 July, the Lurkers box set is available to pre-order here.

Watch The Lurkers perform ‘I Don’t Need To Tell Her’ on Revolver.

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