Legendary 80s New Zealand punk band Desperate Measures are to reform for a one off show supporting Peter and the Test Tube Babies on Jan 3rd in Christchurch New Zealand. The band recently had their postumous album ‘Broken Bottles’ released by Failsafe records.

For more info and to listen to some of the album go to www.myspace.com/desperatemesauresnz

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The East End herberts are currently looking for finance for their movie based on the life and times of the band.  To tell their story from the streets of customhouse to the stages of Top of the Pops its sure to be a great tale. The band have just been playing in Japan. Former Sounds magazine journo and TV pundir Garry Bushell is writing the script. For more info check out www.cockneyrejects.eu for more details.

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If you are looking for any kind  of old punk or new wave poster art go and check a new online store-www.art-i-ficial.co.uk that has tons of great posters from the likes of the Cockney Rejects and Sex Pistols thru to the Exploited and Joy Division. Check em out  now!

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New York Dolls Tap Rundgren to Produce

The New York Dolls are returning to the studio with Todd Rundgren 36 years after the last time the band and the producer teamed up.

The Dolls will team back up with the producer for a still-untitled 2009 album. The team-up last produced 1973’s The New York Dolls. It’ll follow up 2006’s One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (review) (Roadrunner). Let’s not get too excited, though: The last time a punk band dragged Rundgren into the studio, we were stuck with Bad Religion’s The New America (review) (2000, Atlantic).

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Vive Le Punk.net is proud to present the Rezillos . See Faye Fife, Eugene Reynolds and the band at-

10 December: Brook, Southampton
        025 8055 5566

11 December: Islington Bar Academy, London
        0844 477 2000

15 December: Corporation, Sheffield
        0114 276 0262

17 December: Academy 2, Newcastle
        0844 477 2000

18 December: Kinema, Dunfermline
        01585 721 9025

19 December: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
        01224 641 122

21 December: ABC2, Glasgow
        0844 847 2269

22 December: Liquid Room, Edinburgh
        0844 847 2269

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Vive Le Punk proudly presents the ‘70s Edinburgh punk/new wave heroes. Catch them performing the whole of their classic album ‘Can’t Stand The Rezillos’ in December: Southampton The Brook December 10, London Islington Bar Academy 11, Sheffield Corporation (NEW DATE FEB 7), Newcastle Academy II 17, Dunfermline Kinema 18, Aberdeen Lemon Tree 19, Glasgow ABC2 21, Edinburgh Liquid Room 22.


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Today in New York Christies auctioneers held its first Punk Rock auction-as the Village Voice reports-

Christie’s Nov. 24 "Pop Culture: Punk/Rock" auction is now available for online inspection. The sale features "a collection of memorabilia from the Ramones to The Clash and The Sex Pistols". The venerable auction house is older than the United States, so this is presumably not their first sale to dabble in controversy. But it is almost definitely the first Christie’s auction to feature a depiction of elbow-deep fisting, chest-splooging, and no less than five throbbing monster cocks in one lot ("Fuck Your Mother T-Shirt", est. $1,000 – $1,500). Question; if one shells out $1k – $1.5k for a vintage punk porno t-shirt, is it to be worn with an extra helping of pride, or shame?

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Following their October 17th Obama benefit in Akron, Ohio, Devo are working on their first album of new material since 1990’s Smooth Noodle Maps. “We have about 17 songs we’re testing out,” says frontman Mark Mothersbaugh. “We’ve already been contacted by 20 producers — including Snoop Dogg and Fatboy Slim.”

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Check out our SALE with  loads of our cds from the likes of FLETCHER, STORIES AND COMETS, SOMMERSET, NO COMPLY, SONIC BOOM SIX AND THE LIVING END from as little as 99p at
 And then make sure you get down to Londons Monto Water Rats, Kings Cross, London W1 from 7pm this Friday for our 10th Anniversary Party-featuring
Foo Fighter Chris Shifletts’ JACKSON UNITED and Welsh street punks STRAWBERRY BLONDES plus special DJS!!

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Magazine : 2009
Noko / Ipso Facto / Devoto

GO >

Magazine are pleased to end the rumours, right here and right now,
regarding just who is going to walk in the not inconsiderable size
9s of John McGeoch and step up to become the guitarist for the
Magazine shows in February 2009.

After due diligence, and no small amount of fine tuning, it is now
right and proper to announce that Noko will be that man.

Noko’s previous with Magazine related projects include being the
other half to Howard Devoto in Luxuria, who released two albums
between 1988 and 1990 – ‘Unanswerable Lust’ and ‘Beast Box’. The
latter co-produced by Dave Formula. Prior to that Noko replaced
Barry Adamson on bass, and then played guitar with John Doyle and
Buzzcock Pete Shelley, in the amusingly named The Pete Shelley Group.

With Magazine, McGeoch played a Yamaha SG1000 + MXR flanger
+ a few other bits. Noko is substantially duplicating this equipment
set-up, enabling him to create and re-create much of Magazine’s
original dynamic with a flick of his fringe and a switch.

Trust us, he’s the man for the job.
Next up, it can be revealed that Ipso Facto have been invited to open
the shows with a short set of their own making and later will join Magazine
on background vocals for several numbers.

Back in the day, Magazine offered the traditional support slot to up-and-coming
left field acts on the cusp of a breakthrough. Cue Bauhaus and Simple Minds…
Ipso Facto are ripe and ready to carry the mantle.


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 The Damned launch their album tonight at Islington Academy!!! Then catch them on tour!

The Damned 
So, Who’s Paranoid?
(The English Channel)
Release Date: November 17th

”So, Who’s Paranoid?” Certainly not The Damned, who have conjured up yet another collection of genre-defying anthems that sit effortlessly alongside their classic albums, their first since 2001’s critically-acclaimed ‘Grave Disorder’ album. From the catchy, jangly garage rock opener of “A Nation Fit For Heroes” to the lushly psychedelic closing track “Dark Asteroid”, The Damned masterfully affirms their legendary status. Thirty-two years on the heart of The Damned that is David Vanian and Captain Sensible beats stronger than ever, proving with “So, Who’s Paranoid?” that their trademark dark, melodic beauty, tinged with jagged satire is truly timeless and very much intact. They might be a band with an incredible past but The Damned are very much here and now and the thirteen songs featured here are all the proof you’ll need.


1)A Nation Fit For Heroes
2)Under The Wheels
3)Dr. Woofenstein
4)Shallow Diamonds
5)Since I Met You
6)A Danger To Yourself
7)Maid For Pleasure
8)Perfect Sunday
9)Nature’s Dark Passion
10)Little Miss Disaster
11)Just Hangin’
13)Dark Asteroid
See The Damned live at the following dates in the UK:
Sat 15th Talking Heads, Southampton
Sun16th Talking Heads, Southampton
Wed 19th, Islington Academy, London UK
Fri28th Button Factory, Dublin
Sat29th Empire Belfast
Sun30th Carling Academy, Newcastle

Tue 2nd Junction, Cambridge
Wed 3rd Rockhouse, Derby
Thu 4th Irish Centre, Leeds
Fri 5th Academy 2, Manchester
Sat 6th Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Sun 7th All Tomorrow’s Parties, Minehead
Tue 9th Queens Hall, Narbeth
Wed 10th The M Club, Crewe
Thu 11th Waterfront, Norwich
Fri 12th Corporation, Sheffield
Sat 13th The Forum, London
Sun 14th Academy, Bristol
Tue 16th The Point, Cardiff
Wed 17th Guild Gall, Gloucester
Thu 18th  Robin II, Bilston
Fri19th Academy, Oxford
Sat 20th Roadmender, Northampton
Sun 21st Komedia, Brighton

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Mutiny Festival


Bridlington Spa, East Yorkshire


Date: 16th May 2009


£30 Adults


£20 under 16’s

Whilst many mainstream festivals are closing down in the credit crunch the


punk festival scene is booming. Further proof of a strong grass roots


sub-culture is provided by the latest addition to the scene calendar.


Mutiny, named after UK punk rock heroes Goldblade’s recent top album,


is based in Bridlington, East Yorkshire and looks set to be a big


success. Promoted by two newcomers to the scene (Ant Hall and David


Fisher) and fired by the DIY spirit of punk rock, it’s very much a


fan’s event and looks set to be a big hit with hundreds of tickets


being sought even before advertising began. Bands and fans are flying


in from all over the world for this celebration of the roots radical.


The one-day event will be held at the twenty million pound, newly


re-furbished, Bridlington Spa in East Yorkshire. This is a part of the


country that has traditionally been starved of pop culture but with


excellent communications and plenty of accommodation; it is the perfect


location for an event of this scale.


An all day event (2pm till midnight) with a market place of stalls and


a very strong and varied bill that encompasses old school punk, Ska


and new generation UK bands…


Stiff Little Fingers


Neville Staple (ex Specials)


Anti-Nowhere League






Strawberry Blondes


Middle Finger Salute


Tickets are £30, which will be for wristbands and re-entry. Further


proof of the generational reach of new millennium punk rock is that


under 16s are welcome (under adult supervision).


The festival cherishes the memory of Sophie Lancaster the ‘Goth’ girl who


was beaten to death by ‘youths’ in a park in Bacup as she tried to stop


the 5 youths who were attacking her partner, Rob. The event fully supports


The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and S.O.P.H.I.E. campaign
















Because every time a kick and punch was aimed at Sophie and Rob it was


aimed at the whole punk/Goth/alternative community and Sophie was part of


our community.


Sophie’s mother, Sylvia will be at the festival to speak to everyone


like she had been doing at recent GoldBlade gigs


The festival is a celebration of the community of punk rock, a scene


that goes far deeper than the music. It celebrates its brilliant


timeless music and the ability to unite people from all over the


world with exciting bands that genuinely touch people with very


little hype.


If you want any more information please checkout the festival website
www.mutinyfestival.com  or email David Fisher via
mutinyfestival@hotmail.co.uk or shantipunx@hotmail.co.uk





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Dairy Crest is one to avoid as its profit growth stalls


Seeing John Lydon, formerly Johnny Rotten in the Sex Pistols, the popular beat combo, fronting a £5 million television advertisement for Country Life butter may be hard to stomach, but the stock market found a profit warning from the butter’s heavily indebted producer even worse. Shares in Dairy Crest fell by more than a quarter yesterday as the mid-cap food producer said that full-year earnings would miss forecasts.

Like its rival Robert Wiseman Dairies, which last week said much the same, the company is being squeezed by falling ingredients prices. Dairy Crest converts surplus liquid milk into skimmed milk powder, which it sells commercially, but with the price of that powder having fallen 25 per cent over the past three months – in line with a retreat in other commodity foodstuffs – last year’s returns will be hard to match.

Maybe Johnny should have stayed on the marg!

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Acca Dacca get the A-Z treatment!!!

By Malcolm Dome and Jerry Ewin

Chrome Dreams, in association with Malcolm Dome and Jerry Ewing, are proud to announce the publication of this momentous book.
Published concurrently with the release of AC/DC’s hugely anticipated new reco

For many years AC/DC have been considered the thinking man’s rock band. Neither brainless metal nor dull, proggy ‘r-a-w-k’, this perennial group could almost be said to have picked up where the Faces left off in the mid-1970s – providing good time, uptempo and melodic grooves that just about anyone with even a scintilla of adrenalin could get off to.
The popularity of the band has led to a number of biographies over the years, some good, many barely readable. But this book really is something different. Taking the key elements and subjects surrounding ‘DC – songs, albums, personnel, gigs, events and numerous other subjects – and presenting them in alphabetical order, with each entry illustrated accordingly, it gets to the heart of the matter in hundreds of individual ways. Its in all good book stores now!!

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Former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook has a new band called Man Raze.

As is often the case, the most exciting and inspiring new music regularly comes from the most unexpected of sources. You see, Man Raze is not your average debut artist – they are a band whose members have already achieved multi-platinum sales worldwide in previous guises but are going back to their roots in the form of a straight up rock three piece.

Man Raze is:
Phil Collen (vocals/guitar) – Phil joined Def Leppard in 1982, and with band mate and best friend Steve Clark was able to create the bands highly influential and incredibly successful trademark dual guitar sound. Def Leppard have sold over 60 million albums world-wide to date. 20 years on from the release of their seminal “Hysteria” album, the band are fresh out of a sold out UK arena tour and critically acclaimed new album “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge”.

Paul Cook (drums) – Founder member and mainstay with one of the most influential bands of all time – the Sex Pistols. The band’s 1977 album “Never Mind The Bollocks…” has launched a thousand imitators and is constantly name checked by generation after generation of musicians. Paul Cook has also played with the likes of Johnny Thunders, Edwyn Collins and Greedy Bastards (alongside Phil Lynott and Scott Gorham) and is currently back touring with The Sex Pistols.

Simon Laffy (bass) – long time friend of Phil Collen and member of Collen’s pre Def Leppard outfit Girl. Simon handles the bulk of Man Raze’s production duties also.

“Surreal” is a band at its very best. From the punky punch to the face opener “This Is” to the dub tinged “Runnin’ Me Up”, from the pop fused “Every Second Of Every Day” to the angular guitar rock of “Skin Crawl” (originally a limited edition single in late 2005), from the dirty riffage of “Turn It Up” (already used extensively across ESPN sports channel) to the mid tempo ballsy chorus of album closer “Shadowman”, Man Raze is much more than a sum of its parts. Freed from the expectations of their former (or current) outfits, the band can play whatever they like. The sound is truly eclectic – a mix of the classic and contemporary influences that have shaped the individual members as musicians – From the Police and Trojan Records through to Bowie and Nirvana. All recordings are self recorded and produced.

Already given a critically acclaimed release in the USA, the UK album will come with a special European edition bonus disc. The bonus disc will feature 5 previously unreleased tracks – You’re So Wrong, Low live in Burbank 08, Turn It Up (Deep Dub), Runnin’ Me Up (Instrumental Dub) and Can’t Find My Own Way – Live Acoustic (Gary Crowley show).

Man Raze are set to tour the UK in late 2008

Wed 3rd Dec    Manchester Roadhouse 0871 2200 260
Thurs 4th Dec    Birmingham Barfly 0844 847 2424
Mon 8th Dec    London, Barfly 08444 771 000
Tues 9th Dec    London, Water Rats 08700 600 100

Tickets are priced £9 (London £10), subject to booking fee. Tickets available through www.barflyclub.com (both Barflys), www.gigsandtours.com (Manchester) and www.ticketweb.co.uk (Water rats). Doors will be at 7pm. Man Raze will be onstage at 9pm. Support tbc

“Surreal” is released through Surrealist Records on the 1st December 2008. Surrealist Records is released in the UK by Essential Music & Marketing

www.man-raze.com  www.myspace.com/manraze


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The New York Dolls and legendary record producer Todd Rundgren have been reunited for the first time in 36 years.  Rundgren will produce the Dolls’ new album at his studio on the island of Kauai.  Production is scheduled to start in January 2009.

This is the first time in 36 years since Rundgren originally produced the New York Dolls eponymous debut album "The New York Dolls" which included the classic songs "Personality Crisis", "Trash", "Jet Boy" and "Private World". Rundgren will be reunited with original Dolls founding members, David Johansen (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar, vocals).
"We’re really excited to be working with Todd again," says David Johansen. “We’re hoping to recapture the same magic on the forthcoming album."
The album, which is yet untitled, will be released on the Atco label through Warner Brothers.  The Atco label has been specially re-launched.  The New York Dolls are one of the first signings to the label.  The Dolls will follow the release of the new album with a world tour in 2009.

Click here for the full story and brand new photo of the NY Dolls reunited with Rundgren – http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/todd_rundgren/toddrundgren.htm

Rundgren is currently touring Europe with his new album "Arena", and will play Norwich Waterfront (Saturday November 22) and London Kentish Town Forum (Sunday November 23).

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