SPLODGE IS 30!

To celebrate 30 year anniversary of the release and chart success of ‘ Two Pints of Lager’ (June 1980) and ‘Two little boys’ (Sept 1980) Splodgenessabounds will be touring the uk in the run up to the release of ‘ Tommy the christmas Tree’ , we plan to make Tommy this 2009s truly alternative christmas hit.  We have support from all areas of the industry with this and it should attract good media attention.
 

MAX SPLODGE AND SPLODGENESSABOUNDS
It is almost impossible to know how to begin describing the almost legendary Max Splodge and his exploits of the last 30 years.  He is a much loved and successful artist, famous not only for his talent, but also for his wild, weird and wonderful pranks and comic genius.
He is first and foremost a musician, having played in bands and solo worldwide in places as varied as the US, the UK and Europe as well as both the Czech and Slovak republics.
He has had two top ten hits with the self penned and universally known “Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps” and his own anthemic version of the Rolf Harris classic “Two Little Boys” as well as playing with punk legends the Angelic Upstarts for nearly 20 years.
He has written for and performed on television, radio and in the theatre and is also renowned for his stand up comedy routines and punk bingo sessions.
Max still performs regularly both solo and with his band Splodgenessabounds as well as touring every year with acclaimed Ska band Bad Manners.  He is in great demand in both pubs and clubs as well as on the festival circuit and never fails to please any crowd, large or small.
Booking contact – Sarah Pink
Sarah@peafish.com
DISCOGRAPHY.
Simon Templer / 2 Pints Of Lager – Deram 1980
2 Little Boys – Deram 1980
Bicycle Seat – Max Splodge Solo – Deram 1980
Splodgenessabounds (The Album) – Deram 1981
Cowpunk Medlum Ep – Deram 1982
Mouth And Trousers – Razor 1982
In Search Of The 7 Golden Gussetts – Razor 1982
Delilah –  Max & Gal, The Brothers Gonad – Razor 1982
We Are The Fayber Brothers – Rca 1985
Live And Loud – Link 1986
Nightmare On Rude Street – Receiver 1990
I Don’t Know – Captain Oi 2000
The Artful Splodger 2001 – Captain Oi 2001
No Offence (with John Otway) – 2008

 

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MUTINY FEST IS GO!

There is a little less than 4 weeks until Mutiny Fest- the Pirates punk festival that will moor at the Spa, Bridlington on MAY 16TH. Sponsored by Big Cheese magazine , the lineup features Stiff Little Fingers, Neville Staple, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League, Goldblade, Strawberry Blondes , Middle Finger Salute, Sonic Boom Six and more! Its for the Sophie Lancaster charity so get your tockets now at www.ticketline.co.uk/mutiny-festival-tickets

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LYDON, LEMMY N’ DRUGS

Punk icon JOHN LYDON used to sell drugs at HAWKWIND concerts.
Former band member Lemmy, who now fronts hard rockers Motorhead, didn’t have a clue who the Sex Pistols star was when he confronted him at a punk gig in 1977.
Lemmy tells Spin magazine, "I was standing at the bar, and this bush behind me said, ‘I used to sell acid at all-night shows…’ and I turned round and it was Johnny Rotten.
"I remembered him – he used to have long hair, with pockets full of drugs."

 

EVER GET THE FEELING YOUVE BEEN CHEATED INDEED!!!

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DEVO DO FORUM

Legendary weirdos Devo jet into Londond Forum on May 6th and will play their debut album’Q-Are we not men? A-We are Devo in its entirety! They are also playing All Tomorrows Parties festival. 1, 2 ,3 Mongoloid, he was a Mongoloid……. 

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VIVE LE PUNK FEST!

Remember its less than 2 weeks to the first Vive Le Punk festival on April 26th at Leamington Spa -the Assembley . It runs from 3pm till 11pm and bands are-ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE, UK SUBS, THE MEMBERS, 999 THE LURKERS, VICE SQUAD, THE VARUKERS AND SECTION 13. Tickets from www.leamingtonassembley.com or call 01926 523 001

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R.I.P JOEY RAMONE

The greatest bubblegum punk rock singer ever, Joey Ramone passed away on April 15th exactly 8 years ago tomorrow. Joey-along with his brudders, Dee De and Johnny will always be mised by Vive Le Punk and everyone in the punk world! Hey Lets go!!!!!!!

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DOLLS R 100!

Following the announcement of the highly anticipated Todd Rundgren produced new studio album ‘Cause I Sez So’, released in the UK on Monday 4th May, the New York Dolls have announced a rare London concert at the legendary historic punk venue, The 100 Club on Thursday 14th May.

Tickets for the 100 Club show, which will accommodate an audience of 400, go on sale Tuesday 7th April at 9am.  Tickets, priced at £20.00, will be available on a first come, first serve basis and can be ordered from www.seetickets.com and 08700 603 777.

Read the full concert announcement here – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/atco/newyorkdolls.htm

The 100 Club has promoted live music on the same premises since 1942. Originally a restaurant called Mack’s, the venue has gone on to become one of the most historical concert venues in Europe.  The venue’s heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, the Rolling Stones and the White Stripes. 

In 1976 the 100 Club was host to the first ever Punk festival. Seen for the first time in London, on the 100 Club stage were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees the Buzzcocks the Vibrators and Subway Sect. 

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VIVE LE PUNK MAY 6th GIG

The first VIVE LE PUNK CLUB gig with The Fabulous Penetrators, Johnny Throttle and The Hateful on April 9th was a raucous night of raw rock ‘n’ roll. Expect a live review and photos next month on vivelepunk.net.

VLP is proud to present the second VLP club gig on Wednesday May 6th, with WHITE MAN KAMIKAZE (MySpace Page), CYANIDE PILLS (MySpace Page) and one more TBC at South Of The Border (below El Paso bar/restaurant), 350 Old St., London.


You can buy your ticket now by CLICKING HERE.
More info soon.

 

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GOLDBLADE Aberdeen, April 11th 2009

   

GOLDBLADE
Aberdeen
The Moorings 
April 11th
5/5

Goldblade came along and did what they do best. They took the evening by the scruff of the neck and turned it into the best party in town. The name of Goldblade’s game is participation and, right from the off, they had the very enthusiastic crowd pogoing and singing along with their anthemic, football terrace choruses. Opening up with crowd favourite Fighting in the dancehall,followed by strictly hardcore, we then had a minor technical hitch when they lost Pete Birchmore’s guitar midway through the second song. However, after a couple of minutes break, they started at the beginning again with another, even more frenzied run through of Fighting in the dancehall and their theme song, Strictly Hardcore.
The set continued apace, drawing mainly from their last two albums, Rebel Songs and Mutiny. Motormouth front man John Robb never stops moving and it wasn’t long before his shirt was off and he was dripping sweat. There was no let up though as the classics kept on coming. Recent single Jukebox Generation blasted out along side Mutiny along side Riot Riot. Towards the end of their set, John invited someone up on stage to help them out with a final run through Psycho again. The volunteer, although not quite possessing the physique of Mr Robb, got right into the spirit of things, ripping off his shirt and giving it 100% with the lyrics, and a fine job he made of it too. The final song of the night was a sizzling version of Black Elvis which, as ever, had the crowd bellowing along with the words. After that they left the stage and you could see the steam hanging in the air from all the sweating that was going on from both band and crowd.
Goldblade really are one of the best live acts in the country at the moment. Do yourself a favour and check them out when they play your town. You won’t be disappointed.
 
www.myspace.com/dmphotographyaberdeen

 

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PENNYWISE TRAGEDY

 PENNYWISE FAMILY SUFFERS LOSS    KRISTIAN DRAGGE, BROTHER OF FLETCHER DRAGGE, PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND    April 10, 2009— Sadly, the Pennywise family has suffered another loss. On Sunday, April 5, 2009, Kristian Dragge, little brother of Pennywise lead guitarist Fletcher Dragge, tragically passed away at the young age of 39. He left behind his fiancée, Cindy Linn Groeneweg, and their 1-month old baby girl, Avery Nycole Dragge, as well as his mother Karen Dragge.    The following is from older brother Fletcher Dragge:    My brother Kristian has been a member of the South Bay punk rock scene since 1980 and was at one time the guitar player in the infamous Smut Peddlers. He was a legend in the punk rock community and was well know for his hell-raising antics, along with his fierce loyalty to friends and family. He will be greatly missed by everyone. He has been a huge part of the Pennywise family since Day One.    I remember him helping me hang the carpet to soundproof the garage that we formed Pennywise in. I also remember him lugging our equipment from gig to gig, starting mosh pits, as well as the fight he got into the very first time Pennywise ever played live.  It was a backyard party in Redondo Beach.  It was about four songs into the set when he was jumped by three guys. We all stopped playing, dropped our guitars and jumped in to help him, just like he would have done for any of us. That’s what Pennywise has always been about, taking care of family. That’s why we are setting up a trust fund for his month old baby girl Avery Nycole, in order to assure that she has everything she’ll ever need growing up.    Any donations at this time would be greatly appreciated. There is no amount too small, anything will help. Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of love and support in this time of need, it has been overwhelming.    KRISTIAN YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN R.I.P.    Love your brother Fletcher.....Jim, Byron, and Randy.    The charity on behalf of Avery Nycole Dragge will be set up shortly in her name. More details to come.    
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PHIL SPECTOR GUILTY

Legendary record producer and all round nut job Phil Spector has finally been found guilty of the murder of b movie atress Lana Clarkson who was found dead at his mansion in 2003 from a gunshot wound to the head. Spector survived one retrial and was know to have pulled a gun on people several times in the past, including the Ramones when he worked with them. His lawyer said he will appeal.

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HEAR RANCIDS SINGLE!

Head over to Rancid’s MySpace <http://www.myspace.com/rancid>  Page to hear “Last One To Die” – the first single from their new album Let The Dominoes Fall.

 

Let The Dominoes Fall, Rancid’s seventh album and first studio release since 2003’s Indestructible, will be out on June 1st through Epitaph/Hellcat.

 

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JOHN SINCLAIR-MC5

JOIN US FOR THESE FREE EVENTS CELEBRATING THE OFFICIAL WORLDWIDE RELEASE OF THIS MUCH ANTICIPATED ANTHOLOGY

TONIGHT, WED 8TH APRIL- RAYS JAZZ @ FOYLES, 6.00- 8.00pm
113-119 Charing Cross Rd, Westminster, London WC2H, UK
Join us for a jam session with the Barons Of Blues, John Sinclair and Charles Shaar Murray
Music, book signings and more..
featuring Buffalo Bill on the harp
Few chroniclers of the American musical heritage have found themselves as much a part of the story they set out to document as John Sinclair and Charles Shaar Murray. This allows them to draw on their unique credentials as artists, authorities and eyewitnesses, both performing and discussing the music they love. Copies of John Sinclair’s seminal anthology It’s All Good will also be available, and Sincliar himself will be signing them for readers.
 
TOMORROW, THURS 9TH APRIL- HOUSMANNS BOOKSHOP, 3PM
Housmans, Peace House, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N19DX
Londons bedrock of radical writings and progressive politics welcomes back John Sinclair for an afternoon of readings, conversation and booksignings.
 
TUESDAY, 14TH APRIL- ROUGH TRADE EAST, SHOREDITCH, 2PM
91 Brick Ln, London, England E1 6
The largest and most definitive music store the UK has to offer, Rough Trade East, invites you to while away the post-easter blues with an afternoon with John Sinclair… In his distinctive detroit growl Sinclair recounts colourful and controversial anecdotes from his life, with readings from his anthology ITS ALL GOOD. Books available for signing on the day.

WEDNESDAY, 15TH APRIL- BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!!!! @ FILTHY MACNASTYS, 8PM
68 Amwell Street, London EC1
The hub of whiskey, rock and blues FILTHY MACNASTYS, hosts the official launch party of ITS ALL GOOD- a night of raucous blues with special guests Charles Shaar Murray, Gary Lammin and Buffalo Bill, followed by Q and As, shout outs and book signing revelery..
 
 
 
BIOS
JOHN SINCLAIR
In 1969, the poet-provocateur, MC5 manager and White Panther John Sinclair found himself the victim of that decade’s draconian American drug laws, and facing a twenty-year jail sentence for the possession of two joints. The counterculture Sinclair helped create came to his rescue, however, when John Lennon, Stevie Wonder, Phil Ochs and others performed at a successful benefit gig to petition for his release. Since that epochal moment, Sinclair  (whom Ben Edmonds calls the “hardest working poet in showbiz”) has travelled the globe with his beat verses and inimitable growl, performing with some of the world’s finest musicians.

CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY
 Arguably the UK’s foremost rock journalist, Murray has written for Q, Mojo, New Statesman, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Sunday Times and more, aswell as his many published works; in 1989 Hendrix biography (Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix and Post-War Pop) deservedly claimed the prestigious Ralph Gleason Music Book Award.
 

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VIVE LE PUNK CLUB-THURS

KBY, BIG CHEESE MAGAZINE AND WWW.VIVELEPUNK.NET
Presents
VIVE LE PUNK!

With

THE FABULOUS PENETRATORS
JONNY THROTTLE
THE HATEFUL

Plus DJs Hugh Gadgit and El Prez
THURS 9TH APRIL
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
350 OLD ST EC1
£5

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WENDY O WILLIAMS R.I.P

Plasmatics iconic front girl , the wild Wendy O Williams died 11 years ago on April 6th from a self inflicted gunshot wound. The Butcher Baby will never be forgotten by Vive Le Punk!!!!

 

And for those interested Kurt Cobain died 15 years ago last sunday.  

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ACOUSTIC RANCID

Rancid’s upcoming seventh album Let The Dominoes Fall is set to arrive on June 2nd. In addition, Hellcat Records will release a special expanded edition of the record.

Along with the songs from the standard version, the expanded set will feature 2 CDs and a DVD.

The second disc will include a seperate acoustic version of the album featuring unplugged renditions of all 11 songs plus a track not from the regular version, plus a DVD chronicling the making of the record.


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SPEAR OF DESTINY TOUR

 

SPEAR OF DESTINY

  Iconic Brit band embarks on

  25^th Anniversary UK Tour

Spear Of Destiny are proud to announce a 15 date UK tour running through

April and May. The timing could not be more auspicious as 2009 is the

25^th anniversary year of the best loved S.O.D. album “One Eyed Jacks”.

To celebrate this anniversary, performances on this one-off tour will

give fans the chance to hear the album played in full alongside a slew

of classics. The band have had 10 UK Top 75 singles, not least perennial

favourite “Never Take Me Alive”.

Always renowned for their incendiary live performances, Spear of Destiny

were formed in 1983 from the ashes of iconic post punk heroes Theatre of

Hate, who in turn were formed from frontman and songwriter Kirk

Brandon’s first band, original punk rockers, The Pack. Kirk Brandon is

one rock’s most mesmerizing frontmen, recently described in Mojo as “one

of the UK’s best kept secrets”. As well as Brandon, the all-star line up

of SOD now features Robin Goodridge [Bush] on drums, Craig Adams

[Sisters of Mercy/The Mission] on bass and Adrian Portas [New Model

Army] on guitars.

*APRIL *

FRI 17 CREWE LIMELIGHT WW8 EVENT / 01270 251929

SAT 18 CREWE LIMELIGHT WW8 EVENT / 01270 251929

WED 22 LEICESTER THE MUSICIAN 0116 251 0080 / www.wegottickets.com

THU 23 BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2 01273 673311 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

FRI 24 LONDON ISLINGTON ACADEMY 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

SUN 26 OXFORD O2 ACADEMY 2 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

TUE 28 LEEDS RIO’S 01132 436743 / www.crashrecords.com

WED 29 YORK THE DUCHESS 01904 641413 / www.theduchessyork.co.uk

THU 30 SHEFFIELD O2 ACADEMY 2 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

*MAY *

FRI 1 NOTTINGHAM ROCKCITY 0871 3100 000 / www.alt-tickets.co.uk

SAT 2 BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY 2 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

MON 4 BRISTOL THE FLEECE 0117 9299008 / www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

WED 6 NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY 2 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

THU 7 ABERDEEN DRUMMONDS 01224 642662 / one up records

FRI 8 DARWEN LIBRARY THEATRE 01254 706006 / www.darwenlibrarytheatre.com

SAT 9 MANCHESTER ACADEMY 3 0161 832 1111 / www.manchesteracademy.net

SUN 10 LIVERPOOL 02 ACADEMY 2 08444 77 2000 / www.ticketweb.co.uk

<http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/>

A total powerhouse, live S.O.D. take no prisoners, this is maximum

Rock’n’Roll from a real band with real soul. Though the band had a

succession of hit albums, including releases that charted higher, “One

Eyed Jacks” is a true crowd-pleasing classic and this anniversary tour

is chance for fans to plug back into that and S.O.D. as a whole.

www.kirkbrandon.com <http://www.kirkbrandon.com/>

www.myspace.com/spearofdestinyuk <http://www.myspace.com/spearofdestinyuk>

 

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SID VICIOUS

SIDNEY, SAINT SIDNEY

‘Sid By Those Who Really Knew Him’ Premiere.

Alas, poor Sidney, I knew him well. By reputation, of course, Unlike the talking heads on this new documentary, wherein friends, associates and occasional adversaries recall the misadventures of the face that launched a thousand t-shirts. Marking the 30th anniversary of Sid’s last croak, is tonight’s fare another exercise in tomb robbing or something with a bit more substance?

Daft, gormless Sid is now an industry. The former Simon John Ritchie is mentioned in the same breath as Marilyn and James Dean. Ian Curtis has been putting in big strides recently but needs to get his hustle on if he’s going to get a place at the top table. All the aforementioned are now officially ‘icons’. I don’t know who sits on the Icon panel but I’d like to have a word.

So what did Sid bring to the party? Aside from Nancy as his fiendishly annoying plus one? Well, he looked the part. To a small extent he defined it for generations to come. He did a great version of ‘My Way’. The footage of him whacking a redneck with his bass – the most useful purpose to which it ever was put – in ‘The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle’ is a hoot. Beyond that…

Unlike some recent murky efforts to rehabilitate Sid, at least ‘By Those Who Really Knew Him’ is put together with a degree of professionalism. There is no narrator beyond the witness stand; we are left entirely to draw our own conclusions (and by including observations that are frankly contradictory, the edit doesn’t bully you into accepting any grand theory). For example, you know it’s silly season when anyone defines Sid as the epitome of punk; a frankly preposterous observation. Similarly the attempt to set Sid’s sneer above Lydon’s fierce, restless intelligence for pride of place on the punk rock mantelpiece is an utter non-starter. Thankfully, kindly Uncle Marco P is also present to set the record straight; pointing out that Sid was a figure to be pitied rather than deified. Ah, but it’s a bit late for that now.

The finished DVD package includes a sleevenote by Sid biographer Mark Paytress that is far more sober and considered in the treatment of its subject than others doing the rounds. Yet there remain those even in this biopic who believe, unlike Paytress, that Sid was incapable of murdering Nancy. Given the evidence, it’s a strange conclusion; a man with a background of random acts of violence, high as a kite on a bewildering cocktail of drugs who confessed to having knifed Spungen when police arrested him? Makes him a fairly credible suspect in my book (and no, fuck no, I’m not writing one). It’s all a weird kind of make believe for adults that fits ghoulish agendas and the most base human instincts. If the man on the street was indeed a cunt, to coin Sid’s most famous bon mots, he was at least above sewer level.


Peter ‘Kodick’ Gravelle

The premiere was staged at the Proud Galleries, currently hosting Peter ‘Kodick’ Gravelle’s punk era photography (he also appears in the documentary and has the dubious claim to fame of being the one who brought round Sid’s last heroin fix). And very fine work it was too, featuring images readily familiar to the punk vintage audience. Not least the original photos taken for ‘Damned Damned Damned’ and that distinctive ‘suicide’ set piece used on the cover of The Police’s ‘Can’t Stand Losing You’. Back from when most thought they were a punk band too. Perhaps if Sting had followed through on the logic of the shoot he’d be getting all the t-shirt action.


Peter ‘Kodick’ Gravelle’s photographs at the Proud Galleries,
Camden, London.


Jah Wobble

The star of the show – and premiere – is Jah Wobble, one of the original three Johns of punk lore infamy. As weary as I am of this whole sordid Sid’n’Nance tale – a distraction from all that was good and positive about punk – at least here there is insight sufficient to jolt some revision of jaded views. Unquestionably Sid was a product of his troubled background. Who knows where any of us would have ended up had we spent our early years watching mum shoot up, a scene Wobble witnessed? It does give a more human vantage point. If you can’t have some sympathy for that, then you’re a harder-hearted bastard than I am.

Other contributors add pieces to the jigsaw. First girlfriend Simone, quasi-girlfriend (bed, but no bonking) Viv Albertine, 100 Club promoter Ron Watts, Glen Matlock, Banshee Steve Severin, Dave Vanian (the intended recipient of the pint pot that eventually half-blinded a girl in the 100 Club audience), Caroline Coon, etc. There’s also archive from ITN and scrubbed up footage of McLaren and Westwood.

It does a decent job at profiling the man and the myth and the scent of the real Sidney (eau de Newcastle Brown and piss, as Albertine attests) hangs around like cheap perfume. He’s not with us to argue his case, of course. But the toy dolls and the t-shirts are.


‘Sid By Those Who Really Knew Him’ is out now on Odeon Entertainment.

Alex Ogg

 

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