They may have ended up a bit embarrassing but Ultravox were right at the heart of the punk explosion A new cd /dvd charts their history….


The Very Best Of
Special Edition 2 disc CD/DVD
Release date: 6th April 2009
EMI Marketing
Catalogue number: CHRTV20091

Chrysalis Records will release The Very Best Of Ultravox on 6th April as a Special Edition 2 disc CD/DVD package. Collating 18 tracks with 17 videos, this is the first time everything has been available together and is released to coincide with the bands forthcoming UK tour.

Reunited to play live for the first time in over 20 years, the band line up will feature the original 80s Ultravox incarnation of Midge Ure, Chris Cross, Warren Cann and Billy Currie. One of the primary exponents of British electronic pop in the early 1980s, fans can look forward to hearing all of the band’s hits live including Vienna, The Voice, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes– all of which are included here on this limited Special Edition 2 disc set.

CD tracklist:

1. Sleepwalk (2008 Digital Remaster)
2. Passing Strangers (2008 Digital Remaster)
3. Vienna (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
4. All Stood Still (Album Version) (2008 Digital Remaster)
5. The Thin Wall (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
6. The Voice (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
7. Reap The Wild Wind (2009 Digital Remaster)
8. Hymn (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
9. Visions In Blue (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
10. We Came To Dance (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
11. One Small Day (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
12. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
13. Lament (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)
14. White China (2009 Digital Remaster)
15. Loves Great Adventure (2009 Digital Remaster)
16. Same Old Story (Single Mix) (2009 Digital Remaster)
17. All Fall Down (2009 Digital Remaster)
18. All In One Day (Single Version) (2009 Digital Remaster)

DVD tracklist:

1. Sleepwalk (Live – St Albans 8/80)
2. Vienna (Live – St Albans 8/80)
3. Passing Strangers
4. Vienna (uncut)
5. All Stood Still (Top Of The Pops, June 11th, 1981)
6. The Thin Wall
7. The Voice
8. Reap The Wild Wind
9. Hymn
10.Visions In Blue (uncensored)
11.We Came To Dance
12.One Small Day
13.Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
15.Love’s Great Adventure
16.Same Old Story
17.All Fall Down

As lead singer Midge Ure explains,

“Over the years we have all been caught up with a number of individual projects. When Billy and me were approached by Absolute Radio to perform an acoustic set at their inaugural launch in October at Abbey Road Studios, we took up the offer,” said Midge Ure. “We were overwhelmed by the response of our fans, which confirmed within the band that perhaps the time was right to re-form.”

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Seminal punk band Rancid – Tim Armstrong (guitar/vocals), Lars Frederiksen (guitar/vocals), Matt Freeman (bass/vocals), and Branden Steineckert (drums) – have set June 1st for the release of Let The Dominoes Fall (Hellcat/Epitaph), their first studio album in six years. The platinum-selling band recorded at George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound Studio, with production by Epitaph Records founder/Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz.  Let The Dominoes Fall  features nineteen new songs, all written by Rancid.  Special guest and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Booker T contributes Hammond B3 organ on one track, “Up To No Good.”


“The crew is back doing what we do best,” says Armstrong.  “We approached every element of this record as a team, and the result is my favorite Rancid record to date.”


It’s also their most topical.  From the unflinching observations of “This Place,”  “Lulu” and “Locomotive,” all of which presage the current economic meltdown, to “The Bravest Kids” which rails against media’s kid-glove treatment of the Iraq war, and the mostly acoustic “Civilian Ways,” inspired by the soldier’s journey of Armstrong’s brother to Iraq and back home again, Let The Dominoes Fall feels timely, adamant and alive.


“Last One To Die,” the first single from the new album, will premiere on April 7 via a widget available now on Rancid’s myspace page ( Fans can register to get a personal embed code and then spread the widget to other sites.


Let The Dominoes Fall is Rancid’s seventh album and first studio release since 2003’s Indestructible, which reached #15 on the Billboard Top 200.




1.            East Bay Night

2.            This Place

3.            Up To No Good

4.            Last One To Die

5.            Disconnected

6.            I Ain’t Worried

7.            Damnation

8.            New Orleans

9.            Civilian Ways

10.          The Bravest Kids

11.          Skull City

12.          L.A. River

13.          Lulu

14.          Dominoes Fall

15.          Liberty and Freedom

16.          You Want It, You Got It

17.          Locomotive

18.          That’s Just The Way It Is Now

19.          The Highway


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Punk ‘n’ roll heroes SOCIAL DISTORTION have announced European tour dates for June and July, ending with the only UK show announced, London’s Shephereds Bush Empire on July 8th.

The 2009 Summer run will be the first European tour in three years for the legendary band. “The band and I love playing Europe”, says Mike Ness, “We’ve only been over a couple times, but we have always had a loyal fan base throughout Europe that just keeps growing. We are really looking forward to coming back and this time we are coming back feeling better about being Americans – if you know what I mean!”
Social Distortion is currently writing with plans to record a new album, due for release sometime in 2010. The bands first-ever career spanning collection Greatest Hits is out now through Time Bomb Recordings/Epitaph Records.
Social Distortion Tour Dates
4-JUNE                    Madrid, Riviera (SP)
5-JUNE                    Barcelona, Razzamatazz (SP)
6-JUNE                    Bilbao, Rockstar    (SP)
8-JUNE                    Paris, Bataclan (FR)
11-JUNE                 Vienna, Arena (AU)
12-JUNE                 Interlaken, Greenfield Festival (CH)
13-JUNE                 Milan, Rock In Idro Festival (IT)
15-JUNE                 Munich, Zenith (GER)
16-JUNE                 Offenbach, Stadthalle (GER)
17-JUNE                 Dusseldorf, Phillipshalle (GER)
19-JUNE                 Berlin, Zitadelle (GER)
20-JUNE                 Scheessel, Hurricane Festival (GER)
21-JUNE                 Neuhausen, Southside Festival (GER)
25-JUNE                 Gothenburg, West Coast Riot Festival (SWE)
27-JUNE                 Helsinki, Pitka Kuuma Kesa Festival(FIN)
30-JUNE                 Oslo, Rockefellar (NOR)
2-JULY                    Roskilde, Roskilde Festival (DEN)
4-JULY                    Werchter, Rock Werchter Festival (BEL)
5-JULY                    Roitzschjora (Leipzig), With Full Force XVI Festival (GER)
6-JULY                    Amsterdam, Melkweg (NL)
8-JULY                    London, Shepherds Bush Empire (GB)

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Vive Le Punk is sad to report that Travis Criscola of THE CUTE LEPERS died on Saturday March 28th. The band explain,

"Early the morning of March 28, in Cincinnati our friend and band-mate Travis Criscola passed away in his sleep. He was 24. Travis was guitarist in the Cute Lepers for the last six months and was the perfect addition to the band as it’s developed. He was our friend. His company was always a pleasure. I don’t think I ever heard him say a negative word about any one. He was smart, polite and considerate, always interested in learning more about music and playing guitar… he really loved music. He was passionate about music in a way that only other like minded musicians recognize and relate with.

When Travis joined the band he would not think twice about jumping on the bus from Olympia and making the two hour ride to Seattle for a spur of the moment rehearsal, and then riding the bus two more hours to get back home. In fact Travis was doing this three times a week up until we left for europe to start our tour. His character and his commitment made him the very best we could hope for in a band-mate and a friend. We’re gonna really miss him.

We feel that it’s appropriate and absolutely not in bad taste to disclose the cause of death of our friend. Travis combined alcohol and pills, then went to sleep and never woke up. It was an accident. Travis was not any kind of a habitual drug user. I’m a man who has left drugs and alcohol alone for over a decade and I just wont work with people who are mixed up with narcotics. It is rare to find a rock n’ roll musician in his early twenties who doesn’t get caught up in hitting the bars and going to parties on tour, and Trav was just one of those ones who made a really bad decision. He naively took some type of pills on top of the beer he was drinking and that’s it. I believe that it would be a disservice for us to leave out this information. People would wind up hearing distorted versions of the truth anyways. Also our hope is that other young musicians, or anyone it may apply to who reads this will learn from our tragedy and perhaps wise up a bit. We’re currently traveling across the country back home to Seattle with heavy hearts. Trav’s family and his beautiful longtime girlfriend are in our prayers." –Steve

VLP’s condolences go to Travis’ family and friends.


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Pittsburg punks Anti Flag dont waste time. Hot on the heels of their recent uk dates and album on Hassle records, they have a brand new album in the can, and have signed to Los Angeles Side One Dummy records. The new album will be released in June followed by UK dates.

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I Scream Records welcomes The Last Resort

The Last Resort joins I Scream Records for the release of their long overdue and highly anticipated new studio album "You’ll Never Take Us".
Formed in 1980 in South London, The Last Resort are, together with Cockney Rejects, The 4 Skins and The Business considered one of the leading Oi! bands and an absolute legacy.

Oi! kingpin Gary Bushell wrote: "The Last Resort are a skinhead band from South London via Herne Bay, Kent. Based around the Last Resort shop in Petticoat Lane, East London and financed by the shop’s owner Michael French. They too saw Oi! as being bigger than just for skins".

“Oi! is about uniting punks, skins and everyone”. growler Millwall Roi told Sounds in their first interview ever.

"You’ll Never Take Us" is set for release on May 8th 2009 in Europe and on June 23rd in the USA. The Last Resort will perform at all relevant European festivals after which they’ll head out to the US again. The current line-up consists of Jonesy on drums, former Anti-Nowhere League members JJ Kaos on bass and Beef on guitar of course alongside of Roi.

“You’ll Never Take Us” is THE album the entire Oi! scene has been waiting for.

It’s all go for The Last Resort…Oi! Oi!

Visit The Last Resort on <a href="http:// <> <> ">myspace </a>

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live the Citrus Club Edinburgh,Scotland 20-03-09

Punk is dead, so they say, well sad to disappoint it is alive and kicking more than ever. We may be older and wiser but the music from 25 years ago is still as great as ever.

As soon as Animal uttered the words “We are the league, the Anti Nowhere League” the crowd was off – jumping, pushing, pogo-ing.

I don’t have the energy nowadays to get in amongst the crowd but my buzz is taking photos of the bands and the crowd, which gives me natural high.

We were to hear most of “We are the league” album including Snowman, Streets of London, I hate rock n roll, Woman (one of my favourite all time punk tunes), So What (the infamous b-side to the 1981 single Streets of London that had the British police seize all copies of it from the bands distributor under the obscene publications acts, and is now covered by many bands including Metallica, it has been 28 years since I first heard this song wow) had the place going wild.

The addition of Johnny Skullknuckles from Goldblade on Lead guitar was a master stroke, he brought rock n roll look to the band, and with Shady on bass, Nato on drums and the menacing figure of Animal singing you have one awesome band.

When there was time for one more song Animal said “what would you like” and in unison the crowd shouted “So What” so we got it for the second time that night. The crowd went totally mental, people falling everywhere, being picked up to be knocked down again, all in a friendly manner.

After the show, the band came outside to speak and take photos with members of the crowd. I know many bands will not do this but I think it is great and sometimes just finishes of a great evening.


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Wales finest, the Strawberry Blondes have completed their 18 song second album ‘Fight Back’. Featuring live faves like Revolution Radio and 007, Rudi it also features special guests King Django and the Briggs Joey La Rocca. Fight Back will be released later in the year to coincide with a U.K and European tour.

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Look out in April for this brilliant youth culture exhibition looking at punk, mod, skinhead, and every British youth culture of the last 40 years-

British Youth Culture
at the
     21st April  – 24th May 2009

“These days, it’s unfashionable to be a fashion slave” Ted Polhemus.

“even if you didn’t grow up back in the day, now you can go and live it” Mixmag.

Unordinary People is brought to you by acclaimed youth culture archive, PYMCA.  Celebrating the self-expression, idealism, frustrations, resilience and creative vitality of young people, the exhibition will take place at the Royal Albert Hall, as part of the venue’s reflect exhibition series.

Unordinary People will feature an eclectic selection of rare and exclusive cultural photography, archive video footage and excerpts from essays that will highlight the history, lifestyles, fashions, hairstyles, music and subcultures of British youth culture, from the 1960s to the present day. (This documentary approach provides a fascinating insight into the lives, circumstances and concerns of the subjects.)

To complement the exhibition, PYMCA will also be hosting a talk with prominent guest speaker Ted Polhemus; anthropologist, photographer and author of some of the World’s most influential style tribe books. He has spent his years documenting the culture vultures and explorers of identity that have formed youth movements over the last fifty years. Documentary photographer Paul Hartnett, famed for his exhibitions featuring Leigh Bowery’s Taboo club and ‘Midnight’s Children,’ work will also feature.

Unordinary People heralds the dawn of a new era for PYMCA with the launch of PYMCA Cultural Research.  In 2009, PYMCA’s spectacular imagery collection is to be complemented by extensive research texts from respected authors including Ted Polhemus and Dave Swindells, plus a collaboration with Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster from  The research archive is to be further bolstered by the inclusion of video content from the BBC Motion Gallery and will also include streamed music. This unique youth culture resource has been over ten years in the making and will now be accessible, on a subscriber basis, to consumers, educational establishments and businesses alike.

PYMCA has become renowned its for street culture exhibitions, showcasing images from their extensive archive. Having already celebrated subcultures of Rave and Skinheads, Hip Hop and Taboo club scenes, most recently hosting a next generation art competition that identified some of London’s most promising artistic talents, this exhibition will be no exception. The exhibition will feature within the Royal Albert Hall’s grand circle corridor, leading you on a unique journey through the decades and will be the first time PYMCA has displayed all its archive genres together in one showcase.

In addition to the images on display, PYMCA has selected its most spectacular and best-loved images to be available in one limited edition exhibition book, available at the PYMCA shop online.

Unordinary People – Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
21st April 2009 – 23rd May 2009
‘Streetstyle: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ talk by Ted Polhemus- 23rd of April.
Starts at 6 pm and is £6.50
Public open days:
Friday 15th May             6pm – 9pm
Saturday 16th May        10am – 2pm
Sunday 17th May          11am – 3pm
Saturday 23 May           10am – 2pm

The Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK’s most treasured and magical buildings, recognisable the world over. It is a registered charity and operates without any public subsidy.  Since opening in 1871, the Hall has had an unparalleled history of exceptional performances by the world’s leading artists. Today over 350 events are held in the main auditorium each year and a series for young, just signed artists takes place in the Elgar Room. The Hall also showcases world music and jazz artists through its lunchtime music series, ignite, and a free exhibition series entitled reflect.

PYMCA has built its reputation as the World’s leading photographic youth music culture archive, specialising in global youth culture, lifestyle and music and was established over a decade ago by Jon Swinstead. His aim was to create a collection of images that captured the real essence of life as a young person. PYMCA has been known as an independent, London-based archive, since 1997, sourcing, and collecting quality photography documenting youth and subculture fashions, movements and lifestyles from all over the world, past and present. PYMCA images are unique by delivering an intrinsic understanding of these cultures, as opposed to the typical media stereotyping and pigeonholing. Many of its photographers were deeply involved in the cultures that they captured through the lens, giving their work an added intensity and honesty and delivering a more genuine cultural insight. Over the past few years PYMCA has produced some of London’s most interesting subcultural exhibitions using images from its archive. In 2009, PYMCA continues to develop its unique offering of images to now combine more than just images. If you have a question about youth culture, go to PYMCA. Unordinary People launches its change to become PYMCA Cultural Research.

BBC Motion Gallery, offers media professionals access to the world’s most comprehensive collection of high-quality motion imagery for licensing worldwide.  With more than 500,000 hours of footage, BBC Motion Gallery encompasses a wealth of content covering natural history, sport, news, locations, art, music, celebrities, historic events and more.  BBC Motion Gallery is also the exclusive global representative of the CBS News Archive, and has global distribution deals with NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and CCTV, China’s national television station.  BBC Motion Gallery operates from offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo


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Former Misfits singer Michael Graves is touring America as part of Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg band. On bass and guitar is Clare and Alex Kane from uk band Anti Product. Graves has an awesome voice and does alot of the Ramones songs justice. They are currently touring America-no word yet if they will make it to the UK soon.

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The latest issue of Big Cheese magazine is a US punk special including cover stars NOFX, a history of California punk, New Found Glory plus Captain Sensible ,Gallows and Propagandi! Get it now at

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Vive Le Punk has exclusively got hold of the new garage punk album from 77′ legends the Vibrators. Singer Knox passed a copy onto us and it features 14 tracks including classics like Shaking Street, Brand New Cadillac, Psychotic Reaction and Have Love Will Travel. It will be released later this year on Cleopatra records and from we have heard its storming!

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The Clash


The Clash

The Clash’s Mick Jones has put his memorabilia on display


Mick Jones, guitarist and songwriter with The Clash and producer of The Libertines, today opens his own ‘rock & roll library’.

Jones has been collecting music and culture paraphernalia for most of his 53 years. The collection includes books, magazines, videos, stage clothes, instruments, flight cases, records, amplifiers and recording gear, posters, original song lyrics and much more.

Rarities include rare David Bowie tapes and hand-written poems by Allen Ginsberg.

Jones says: "Since the millennium I’ve been on a mission. The world didn’t end so I thought it was time to share [the collection] with others. On one level it’s a way of finding out if all this stuff from the 20th century means anything in the new century.

"It means something to me. A lot of my life is tied up in this. But does it mean anything to others?"

The collection includes a gold disc for the debut Clash’s debut album.

Jones says: "There’s a funny story connected to this. I didn’t know you could play a gold disc, but we put it on and it was an album by Abba.

"They [the record company] just sprayed it gold, put a label on it, and recycled it."

You can visit the Micks exhibition in Chelsea, London, from 18 March.

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