MORE BLONDIE IN UK

BLONDIE EXTEND UK STAY 

There’s a new date, and a couple of shows have moved…

 

 

New York new wave lengends BLONDIE have added an extra date to their forthcoming UK tour, and have also rescheduled a couple of dates .

The band will now play Hull Arena on June 12. The previously announced Brighton Dome show on June 13 has been moved to June 3, with the Nottingham Royal Centre show moving from June 17 to 16.

The revised dates are:
Brighton Centre (June 3)
Bournemouth International Centre (June 5)
Cardiff International Centre (6)
Bristol Colston Hall (8)
Plymouth Pavilions (9)
Hull Arena (June 12)
London Hammersmith Apollo (14)
Nottingham Royal Centre (16)
Birmingham NIA Academy (18)
Glasgow Armadillo (22)
Edinburgh Playhouse (23)
Newcastle City Hall (24)

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PENNYWISE UK DATES

Tue 11 May Pennywise   O2 Academy Bristol
Bristol
Wed 12 May Pennywise   O2 Academy Sheffield
Sheffield
Wed 12 May CANCELLED
Pennywise

This show has moved to O2 Academy Sheffield. All tickets remain valid for the new venue.
O2 Academy Leeds
Leeds
Thu 13 May Pennywise   O2 Academy Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne
Fri 14 May Pennywise   O2 ABC Glasgow (ABC1 & ABC2)
Glasgow
Sat 15 May Pennywise + Templeton Pek   O2 Academy Birmingham
Birmingham
Sun 16 May Pennywise   O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
London

 

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THE SKIDS, Dunfermline Alhambra Theatre, Mar 2010

The Skids @ the Alhambra Theatre Dunfermline 06-03-10
 
So this was to be the last ever Skids gig at the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline, the band’s home town. The Band for tonight is Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson, Mike Baillie and Bruce & Jamie Watson.
 
The intro CD comes on, a roar goes up and they are on. Richard Jobson swinging his arms and legs about like a mad man possessed. The first two songs were over in a flash. As I catch my breath Richard tell us the next song was written in the library and “Working for the Yankee Dollar” is played. The crowd go mad.
 
They then go on to dedicate the next song to Stuart Adamson who was a special guy to them all. The crowd agree and we are played “The Saints are Coming”. Jobson says “too many bands from our era just go through the motions nowadays but we play from the heart,” and this receives a rapturous applause.
 
“Masquerade” is up next and the crowd are getting more excited as each song passes. They end the evening with “Into the Valley” and this had the building shaking. Everyone in the theatre are on their feet, from the moshpit to all the people up in the balcony seats, all singing along. Jobson holds the mic towards them and it is the loudest and best sing along I have ever heard. The fans are still singing when the band goes off.
 
But that surely cant be it – they come back on to do acoustic versions of  “Saints are Coming” and “Into the Valley” which mellows the crowd out before they play “Fields”, which according to Jobson they have never played live before.
And finally it is time for “that song that is like a lead weight around our necks all evening and you have been waiting for” says Jobson – “Albert Tatlock” is screamed out! “TV Stars” is played and the roof of the Alhambra is nearly lifted off its hinges.
And that was it – two hours of sheer brilliance and the last ever gig, if so they did their hometown and the fans proud but most of all they did themselves proud.
 
As they walk off Bruce stands alone and shouts see ya soon.
 
The end or the beginning…?

Words & photos: Dod Morrison
 
http://www.safeconcerts.com/dod/gallery.asp

http://www.myspace.com/dmphotographyaberdeen

 

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WIN COCK SPARRER BOOK!

We have a killer competition for all you street punks out there this month. Thanks to our friends at Cherry Red Books, we have two copies of the fascinating new book ‘Best Seat In The House – The Cock Sparrer Story’ to give away.

Cock Sparrer are widely considered to be one of the most influential streetpunk bands in history, and helped pave the way for the late-1970s punk scene and the significant Oi! subgenre. After battling through the 1970s and 1980s, the 1990s’ punk revival saw them rediscovered by hordes of fans old and new and, as a result, they now enjoy huge success as a live attraction, particularly in the UK and Europe, and find themselves headlining festival bills and performing their own shows to large ecstatic crowds all over the western world.

Best Seat In The House tells the band’s story from the perspective of their driving force, Steve Bruce. From their beginnings in London’s East End, through the mid seventies’ punk boom, Malcolm McLaren’s attempts to mould them prior to his adventures with The Sex Pistols and entanglements with Carrere Records, into the eighties and the reality of civvy street, and on into the nineties and beyond, a period which sees them as surprised as anybody to find themselves touring the world, releasing new material and enjoying the respect and love of the punk and Oi! community.

The book is packed with photographs, memorabilia, tales and anecdotes – a must for any fan. Its initial run will feature a numbered limited edition of one thousand copies, with advance mail order buyers being named in a special section at the back of the book.
In Steve Bruce’s own words: “I’m 54 years old and am a founder member of the band that was to become Cock Sparrer, which we formed at school in the year 1972. The four original members are still together as friends and a band today. We’ve never been on "Top of the Pops", but these days we seem to be Top of the Bill”.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of the new book, just answer this easy question:

Q: WHAT INSTRUMENT DOES ‘BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE’ AUTHOR STEVE BRUCE PLAY IN COCK SPARRER?

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PARANOID VISIONS


This legendary band formed in Dublin way back in 1982 and, despite splitting in recent years, they have reformed and been a regular attraction at Rebellion fest. Releasing 2 new albums recently we spoke to the band about their history and the future.

V: So what was the punk scene like in Dublin in 1982?
D: The Dublin punk scene was always quite intense and fractured. Being in Ireland all the punks and punk bands developed in different ways, there was less peer pressure and less bandwagon jumping, because there simply wasn’t a bandwagon to jump on!
Most gigs were violent episodes, in fact we used to stack our best songs into the beginning of the set and run them all together, because we usually didn’t get past the 5th one. There were very few venues and gigs on anyway, so it made every gig an event, punks had trouble getting into pubs so inevitably when there was a gig on there would be a couple of hundred drunks getting wound up by the music and tempers tended to fray. On the one hand it wasn’t a great time, but on the other hand there was a great spirit of defiance!

V: Were Paranoid Visions influenced by the UK82 scene?
D: We never really felt part of any scene, we were just a punk band. We gravitated towards the Anarcho side of things as politically we felt we had something in common, and our favourite bands were from that sort of scene, but we were equally influenced by killing joke, dead kennedys and loads of ’77 bands like atv, 999, ramones, pistols, the fall, tv personalities etc. So the UK82 scene was a label we weren’t even aware of. On retrospect, looking at all the bands in Ian Glaspers book, we had loads of mates in that scene, and played that circuit with bands like decadent few, disorder, cowboy killers, chaos uk etc. So in a way I suppose we must have fitted right in.
 
 
 
 
 


V: A lot of the big Irish punk bands from the time seemed to come from the 
North-ie SLF, Undertones, Outcasts. Did you play in Northern Ireland and 
what was the reaction?
D: We played quite a lot of gigs in northern Ireland. At one stage, when we couldn’t get gigs in Dublin, we regularly took a train the Belfast and played at the labour club on a Sunday afternoon. It was always brilliant, great people and a great spirit…still is to this day and we have remained friends with a lot of the early warzone people. Its weird because at the time it was obviously a bit deal and a big barrier breaker for a southern band to play in a predominately loyalist area to people from that tradition who had embraced the Anarcho punk aesthetic to the full and, as such, had genuinely bridged the gaps. Whats particularly relevant is that we had absolutely no idea that this was a big deal, we all genuinely subscribed to the “people are people” concept, and it never became anything like a self conscious effort to bridge any gaps! However we found that once we played outside the warzone comfort zone there was outside influences that caused problems. We played one venue and as soon as we hit the stage a riot started, there were a lot of loyalist skinheads who had been biding their time to go paddy-bashing. I think we managed to get through about 30 seconds of our set before ending up barricaded in to the venue with Deko and a couple of others throwing gas heater canisters at them out the window of the first floor. Another time we managed to tune up before the venue erupted, that time was loyalist bashing rather than paddy bashing, the barman leapt over the bar clutching a baseball bat and just stared swinging….not a good night! We also had our borrowed van smashed in outside another gig up there. But…it was all worth it!!!!!!! We played up, there recently and it was astounding, the crowds are really into punk rock!!!
 
 
 


V: What was the idea behind your pisstake ep-I Will Wallow-and your campaign 
against U2? 

D: Well it comes down to total frustration on our part. In the early 80’s U2 were quite a good new wave band, they had come from punk roots and were really into wire and the ramones and sounded like it too, when they started getting successful it just seemed that they were pretending to be american and started affecting American accents and American imagery, pandering to the American paddy thing it seemed. But what was worse was that ever decent, or not decent band, in Dublin started to copy their sound to get a record deal, there were dozens of U2 clones around, we would see them in rehearsal studios and at gigs wearing cowboy hats and sleeveless jackets. Echo units became a must….
So anyway, I had been asked to review the album the Joshua tree on tv, but I really hated it and had intended on smashing it over my knee saying something like “this album has broken a load of records…here’s another one CRACK” but when I tried it at home I had difficulty and ws worried I would look stupid on live TV FAILING TO BREAK IT FIRST TIME. So instead I just slagged it off. It didn’t go down well with the studio audience or the record company who complained about the little oik. Obviously this was red rag to a bull in paranoid visions land, so one evening in the studio after a few pints we decided to re-record a track we had written called ‘moving statues’ with new lyrics taking the piss out of U2. It caused quite a stir in that anyone who was on the fence leapt off it to either embrace or rebuff U2. There were people spraypainting FOAD2U2 all over the place, however my proudest moment was when someone spraypainted PVOD2US and another one FOAD2PV, that’s when we realised we were really hitting home!!! Bono referred to us in an interview saying “we have been criticized by Ireland supposed answer to the clash, but they are a load of rubbish”. The record sold really well and had we chartlisted it, it would have been nestling in the top 10 alongside U2’s ‘with or without you’. We got offered record deals from majors, but told them all to fuck off. We had PA companies saying “FOAD2U2 eh?, no you cant have a PA”, bands refusing to play with us, mutual friends with U2 distancing themselves from us and at the other end of the scale people stopping us in the street a dn saying it was brilliant! Even Porky from the mastering studio in London didn’t put his trademark “porky prime cut” in the run out grooves..he was scared of legal action, so were all the madmen and rough trade. Personally I hate the bleedin record, but we had such a laugh doing it!!!!
 
 


V: Do you see them about these days?
D: Not for a while, last direct contact was when we re-released the record in 1991 and the edge asked our drummer were we ever going to leave them alone and Bono stuck his two fingers up at deko out of a car! In fairness to larry mullen, he was seen wearing a baseball hat on TV which had FOAD2SELLAFIELD printed on it!
 
 
 
 


V: Whats it like playing again after such a long break? 

D: We had a couple of reunions in the intervening years between 1993 and 2005, in 1996 we reformed to play a couple of the gigs on the sex pistols filthy lucre tour, but they were cancelled (I still have the poster) so we played the night after Iggy in a smaller venue and the after show party that had been organised. We also got together in 2001 to play wasted and to support the damned on their 25th anniversary gigs and the dickies on their Irish dates. When we got together in 2005 in support of the back catalogue being re-released we tried to get the schizophrenia line up together, but its was proving very difficult so we just eneded up forming a new line up. Since we had put so much work in for what was meant to be 3 gigs, we decided to do a few more since it was proving to be a great laugh and very liberating. I was also blown away at the audience reactions and that so many people knew who we were still. So we decided to try ourt a few new songs I had in my head and that led the way to some more and a permanent line up was forged. Since then we have recorded 2 albums and 5 singles and are halfway through our next album at the moment
 
 


V:: And tell us about the new album and whats next for Paranoid Visions?
D: We have 3 new albums and 2 new singles underway!!!!!!!!!!!!! First up will be a live, vinyl only, limited edition picture disc (as soon as we find a partner company to co release it…anyone out there interested?) Strobelight and torture is an ep which has already hit #3 in the Irish indie charts and will be released in the UK in June on cd and 7” on FOAD via code7 / Plastichead (7” co released by strawberry punx records in Switzerland and Australia) Then we will have the retrospective double album “black operations in the red mist” that overground are putting out, it’s a double album of material spanning 1984 – 2010 and has a load of sleeve notes and band history etc in a 20 page booklet. Then we have a split single with trashcat, which is part 2 in our tribute to early Irish underground punk bands, this one will be a 7” featuring two tracks by napalm Sunday, a highly influential Dublin punk band from the early 80’s. Meanwhile we are writing and recording our next album, provisionally entitled “dichotomy” it will be a double album on vinyl and double cd which will have two distinct strains of our music, one album of punk rock, in all the genres we work within, and the other will be very experimental in a kind of pil-esque, dark, brooding and unpleasant way..the idea being that if people don’t like that sort of stuff they don’t have to listen to it clogging up a single disc!

www.myspace.com/paranoidvisions

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MALCOLM McLAREN


Vive Le Punk salutes the recently deceased cultural provocateur. 



Malcolm will not be fondly remembered in all quarters. As a self-styled managerial svengali, punk rock’s arch manipulator left a number of highly disgruntled parties in his wake and was successfully sued by his most famous former clients the Sex Pistols. The public perception of McLaren as a villainous Fagin figure was something he would tend to play up to, but whatever the truth behind that, as a cultural innovator Malcolm was peerless.

After some early dabbling in political provocation, Malcolm set up his Kings Road clothing emporium Let It Rock – later rechristened Sex – with his then-girlfriend Vivienne Westwood. When US proto-punks the New York Dolls paid a visit, Malcolm was smitten and followed the band to New York with ambitions of managing them.

Dressing the drug-ravaged Dolls in fetish-club communist gear didn’t prove an entirely successful enterprise, but it enabled Malcolm to bring some valuable lessons back home to London, where he set about forming a new band with various shop regulars, a pack of spiky misfits who became the Pistols. While McLaren’s managerial style resulted in many years of bad feeling on the part of the group, he took the Pistols from nowhere to worldwide notoriety, giving disaffected 1970s youth a vital focal point, providing inspiration and tabloid revulsion in equal measure. Music, society and culture would never quite recover.

Timing the release of the royalty-baiting single ‘God Save The Queen’ to coincide with the 1977 Silver Jubilee, McLaren pulled off one of the music’s greatest publicity coups, although it practically guaranteed his charges could no longer hope to walk the streets without fear of physical attack.

But Malcolm sought infamy on a worldwide level, booking the Pistols on a tour of some of the USA’s least liberal states, a messy undertaking which was to prove the band’s undoing. With the group in tatters, McLaren then set off to mythologize his handling of the Pistols with the film ‘The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle’, a highly distorted account of the band’s career that makes nonsense of history but is nevertheless highly entertaining. Malcolm kept a hand in with management, famously bringing Burundi Beat to the masses via Adam And The Ants and Bow Wow Wow, further courting controversy with the latter in recruiting the 14-year-old Annabella Lu Win as vocalist. He also delved into performance himself, foraging into world music and hip hop on 1983’s groundbreaking ‘Duck Rock’. Diversifying into film and television as well as music, Malcolm brought an anarchic sense of mischief to all his undertakings, and when he pushed societal and cultural buttons, sparks flew. For that, we can thank him.

Malcolm McLaren, 22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010

‘The Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle’ is out now on EMI



Hugh Gulland

MALCOLM MCLAREN DISCOGRAPHY

Albums

Year
Title
Artist credit

1983
Duck Rock
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team
D’ya Like Scratchin’?
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team
1984
Would Ya Like More Scratchin’
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team
Fans
Malcolm McLaren
1985
Swamp Thing
Malcolm McLaren
1989
Waltz Darling
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
1990
Malcolm McLaren presents the World’s Famous Supreme Team Show – Round the Outside, Round the Outside
Malcolm McLaren & The Shake City Productions
1991
Carry On Columbus
Malcolm McLaren, Fantastic Plastic
1992
LUST 2 – Seven Deadly Sins
Soundtrack by Malcolm McLaren, Film by Maria Beatty
1994
Paris
Malcolm McLaren
Largest Movie House in Paris (Ambient Remixes)
Malcolm McLaren
1995
Paris (Double Album)
Malcolm McLaren
1998
Jungk DEMO Tracks
Jungk, by Malcolm McLaren
Buffalo Gals – Back to Skool
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team, Rakim, Soulson, KRS-One, De la Soul, Hannibal Lechter, uvm.
2005
Tranquilize
Malcolm McLaren
2009
Shallow – Musical Paintings
Malcolm McLaren

Singles
Year
Title
Artist credit

1982
"Buffalo Gals"
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team
1983
"Soweto"
Malcolm McLaren & The Mclarenettes
"Double Dutch"
Malcolm McLaren & The Ebbonettes
"Duck for the Oyster"
Malcolm McLaren & The Main Hilltopper Man
1984
"Madam Butterfly (Un bel di vedremo)"
1985
"Carmen"
Malcolm McLaren
"Duck Rock Cheer"
Malcolm McLaren
1989
"Waltz Darling"
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
"Something’s Jumpin’ in Your Shirt"
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra feat. Lisa Marie
"Deep In Vogue"
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
1990
"House of the Blue Danube"
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
"Call a Wave"
Malcolm McLaren & The Bootzilla Orchestra
"Operaa House"
Malcolm McLaren Presents The World Famous Supreme Team Show
1991
"Magic’s back" (Theme from ‘The Ghosts of Oxford Street’)
Malcolm McLaren feat. Alison Limerick
1994
"Paris Paris"
Malcolm McLaren & Catherine Deneuve
1995
"Revenge of the Flowers"
Françoise Hardy & Malcolm McLaren
1998
"Buffalo Gals Stampede"
Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team versus Rakim & Roger Sanchez
2004
"Fashion Beast Party"
Malcolm McLaren

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POLL RESULTS (APRIL)

Last month we asked:

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC TO READ ABOUT?

PSYCHOBILLY 58.2%

PUNK 31.8%
SKA/MOD/’60s 5.2%
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL 4.1%
GLAM/’70s 0.7%

Now vote for your favourite part of the Vive Le Punk website!

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APRIL REVIEWS

ACEY SLADE & THE DARK PARTY
ACEY SLADE & THE DARK PARTY
(TrashPit)
Former Murderdolls, Dope and Trashlight Vision man returns.
4/5
Known for his work in a range of dark glam rock/punk bands, it’s refreshing to hear New York musician Acey Slade explore a more experimental sound with his new project, The Dark Party. Working with English drum and bass producer Shaun Morris (DJ Stakka), this is a collision of sneering punk vocals, pop rock melodies and electronic atmospherics. Slade’s trademark dark themes and gloomy lyrics give this intriguing (poisoned) cocktail an added kick on tracks such as ‘Sugarcum’, ‘Spiders In A Snowglobe’ and a throbbing electro cover of The Cult’s ‘She Sells Sanctuary’. Fans of Placebo, Bowie and Murderdolls should join this spellbinding dark party.
Rachel Owen

BACKYARD BABIES
Them XX
(Spinefarm)
Their first ‘best of’ but with only 12 tracks?
3/5
The dozen tracks that you get here are as you would expect from the Swedish veteran rockers. If you have nothing by them in your collection and you are curious you get some killer sleaze punk rock tracks and an extensive 32-page booklet. If you are a fan already and have the previous six albums there is little reason to buy this. They have been knocking about for 20 years and it begs the question – why such a half-arsed go at a ‘best of’ now they’ve finally done one? However, you can’t argue with the quality of the songs and it’s a great starting point for newcomers.
Simon Nott

Beans On Toast
Standing On A Chair
(Xtra Mile)
Massive fifty-track double album from this cheeky Essex songsmith.
4/5
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the quirky acoustic ramblings of one-man band Beans On Toast just think Frank Turner with his tongue firmly wedged in his cheek. His raspy doodlings on life, drugs and politics are brimming with an inimitable humour that sets him aside from most alt-singer-songwriters. There is an awful lot to digest here but tracks like ‘M-D-M-Amazing’, ‘Fuck The Smoking Ban’ and ‘An Afternoon With Henry Rollins’ are short yet sweet and will leave a wry smile embossed across your face. Beans On Toast is a welcome breath of thought-provoking yet amusing fresh air.
Miles Hackett

THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS
THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS
(Fuel Injection)
Former Cock Sparrer man’s blues-soaked return.
4/5
Gary Lammin penned many of street punk legends Cock Sparrer’s greatest songs, including the glorious ‘Running Riot’. Since then he’s had various musical projects, worked with Joe Strummer and become a regular actor on shows like ‘The Bill’. Now he’s back with an album recorded in just 12 hours that’s a fantastic mix of Sparrer style rock ‘n’ roll mixed with slide guitar and a dose of the Rolling Stones. It’s lo-fi, it’s pub-rock and, with members of Chelsea and the Heavy Metal Kids keeping rhythm, the Joyriders are a great burnout live. It ain’t reinventing the wheel kid, but it’s a retrotastic, blues-soaked cruise down the highway. Count me in!
Eugene Big Cheese

Black Box Revelation
SILVER THREATS
(T For Tunes)
Enticing garage-blues from the Brussels duo.
4/5
I’m not sure what’s stirring in the Low Countries, but along with last year’s offering from the Hickey Underworld, this third album from Black Box Revelation seems to indicate a healthy Belgian scene poised to break big. With their uniquely fried take on the garage-blues, Black Box Revelation exhibit that spiky quality that characterises the current Benelux underground. The upbeat roadhouse stomp of ‘High On A Wire’ opens proceedings and there’s similarly energetic fare on the frazzled juke-joint raver ‘Run Wild’. But it’s the downbeat ruminations of the sinuous ‘Love Licks’ that provide ‘Silver Threats’ with more evocative moments, and closing cut ‘Here Comes The Kick’ is a haunting mantra.
Hugh Gulland

Black Breath
Heavy Breathing
(Southern Lord)
New anger-fuelled hardcore debut from Seattle.
5/5
When you mix an influence of Swedish black metal and US hardcore the result is going to be something special, and Black Breath certainly are. Blasting drums, screaming vocals and technical guitar riffs are what this quintet is all about. One listen to their dark, heavy first full-length will make you angry as hell – in a good way. Sounding as if The Banner and Trap Them made a deal with the devil, this is pure rage. It is no surprise that hardcore giants Converge have asked the band to go on tour with them as main support and tear up the States. 2010 is going to bring big things for Black Breath.
Tim Birkbeck

CHAINS OF HATE
COLD HARSH REALITY
(Rucktion)
South Wales bruisers keep it simple but impressively effective.
4/5
Self-proclaimed ‘South Wales heavyweights’ Chains Of Hate certainly deliver the goods on this, their debut EP. Right from the off, it’s obvious this lot aren’t ones to mess around, as the intro’s meaty chug and intense drumming promises plenty of vein-popping muscle to follow, which the ensuing six tracks more than deliver. Taking obvious influence from the mid-90’s hardcore scene (especially Madball), ‘Cold Harsh Reality’ is no-frills stuff, but, what numbers like ‘C.H.R.’ and ‘Fading Fast’ lack in subtlety and invention, they more than make up for in sheer brute force.
Nick Mann

I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone
(Bridge Nine)
Sophomore B9 release from the Long Island quintet.
4/5
Crime In Stereo’s last album ‘…Is Dead’ saw the band stray from their early hardcore sound into a more post-hardcore vibe. ‘I Was Trying..’ heads deeper into that territory, leaving behind the influence of Lifetime for a sound more akin to ‘Deja Entendu’-era Brand New (the production is handled ably by long-time Brand New
producer Mike Sapone). Intricate songwriting with bold and striking sonic execution make this a really progressive listen. Complex and dynamic yet absorbing is the only way to describe what Crime In Stereo have achieved here, giving a stagnant genre a precision kick to the groin.
Miles Hackett

Elvis Jackson
Against The Gravity
(Antstreet)
Slovenians mix styles on fourth album.
3/5
How many Slovenian bands can you name? Me neither. With a string of impressive support slots fulfilled (Faith No More, Offspring), this fourth record even has FNM’s Billy Gould twiddling the knobs. Considering the potential disaster likely to occur when attempting to mash together ska, reggae, metal and punk, ‘Against The Gravity’ is really quite palatable. In the same way that FNM enjoyed keeping their fans guessing, EJ have a knack for writing particularly catchy songs that transcend various genres. If Faith No More, Pennywise and Devildriver had kids… well, you get the idea. It’s good, but Elvis Jackson, who are you?
Gary Lancaster

The Fallen Leaves
THAT’S RIGHT
(Parliament records)
Second installment of tasty mod-pop from the ex-Subway Secters
4/5
Spiritually rooted in the Marquee club when it still boasted a Wardour Street address, the Fallen Leaves continue to explore a rich seam of maximum R&B with this characteristic set of tightly-cranked mod-pop janglers. With the gain turned up high on the amps and an economical directness, That’s Right packs in succinct jabs from the songwriting team of Rob Green and Rob Symmons. Shades of vintage Townshend and Davies are conjured up on cuts like My Phantoms or Misdemeanour, while the band’s historical fascinations are touched on in The International Brigade. Closing with the sublime and tender When You’re Gone, the Leaves’ second is another concise and energetic statement.
Hugh Gulland

Falling Red
Shake The Faith
(Rocksector)
Sex, rock ‘n’ roll and er… sheep?
4/5
This is high-octane sleaze rock at its filthiest – the kind that dirt-mongers Motley Crüe would be proud of. Think powering, thundering rock that was made for ladies in skimpy undies to gyrate to, men to rock out to and for large amounts of whiskey to be drunk to. Yet despite their strong American sound that feels like it was destined for the sun-drenched coast of California (albeit maybe a good generation ago), this foursome hail from the less glamorous fields of Cumbria. Nonetheless, tracks such as ‘Out Of Control’ and title track ‘Shake The Faith’ are anthemic and energetic. Get down to a gig and shake your tail feathers.
Sarah Cakebread

Harrington Saints
Dead Broke in the USA
(Pirate Press)
Bay Area punk bravado with a Brit attitude.
4/5
Old Blighty may have given birth to the genre, but it’s the New World that’s most responsible for shunting street punk into the 21st century. Still, the British aftertaste has never really faded and the Harrington Saints are no exception, playing ballsy Californian Oi! that you’d swear came from the heart of London’s East End. Akin to Roger Miret and chock-a-block with working class clichés, boisterous gang vocals and three-chord melodies, ‘Dead Broke In The USA’ marks the band’s debut full-length effort and, while it may not be on Hellcat, it’s sure to rouse a rabble or two.
Tom Williams

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs
Medicine County
(Damaged Goods)
Pure Americana wrapped up in a limey package.
3/5
Making her name through garage rock roots and an established career of collaborations and solo projects, British singer/songwriter Holly Golightly is back with long-time bandmate Lawyer Dave in tow for a third album of bluesy alternative rock. Mixing equal measures of traditional US folk tunes and the band’s own originals, ‘Medicine County’ walks a swarthy, bourbon soaked road between ‘60s psychedelia and honky-tonk blues. Capped off by the Nancy Sinatra crooning of Miss Golightly herself, the record oozes southern charm by the bushel and shows evidently that this English rose completed the transition to American splendour.
Tom Williams

IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS
Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: The Essential Collection 
(DMG)
More reasons to be cheerful.

4/5
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since Ian Dury’s untimely passing. So, hot on the heels of Andy Serkis’ recent gritty portrayal of him in the film of the same name, this collection serves as a timely reminder of his lyrical genius and how these songs have stood the test of time. That said, die-hard fans will already have most, if not all, of these songs as they’ve been previously available in some form or other over the years. But the inclusion of a hefty chunk of material from ‘New Boots & Panties’ is a plus. If the film wetted your appetite, this is a great introduction to a uniquely British and sorely missed talent.
Lee Cotterell

JACK RABBIT SLIM 
Hairdos & Heartaches
(Western Star)
The kings of sleaze-abilly on top form.
5/5

Having established themselves as one of the leading lights of contemporary UK rockabilly, with a succession of critically acclaimed albums, this latest record shows Jack Rabbit Slim are not a band to rest on their laurels. The ‘Sleaze-abilly’ remains intact (‘21st Century Bettie Page’ will have the pit wrecking) but they’ve got a few surprises up their sleeves. The title-track is a fairly mellow affair followed by a dose of harmonica-driven R&B with ‘Shake Rag’. ‘The Gift’ hints at Hank Mizell’s ‘Jungle Rock’, ‘Skin’ goes way out there with a nod to Adam Ant and ‘Need You’ would do The Kinks proud. A nicely varied album that doesn’t compromise the band’s trademark sound.
Lee Cotterell

THE PEACOCKS
AFTER ALL
(People Like You)
Swiss rockabilly punk veterans keep bopping.
4/5
Having survived a lot more touring, health problems and stress, Switzerland’s finest are back and the long-standing trio of Hasu Langhart (vocals/guitar), Simon Langhard (upright bass) and Jurg Luder (drums) have produced another belting record of energetic and fun rockabilly punk. Tracks such as the anthemic title track opener, the angry ‘Stuck Again’ and the catchy ‘Not Your Man’ bounce along with driving double bass and booze-soaked vocals. The black-clad, quiff-sporting Peacocks are arguably Europe’s finest rockabilly band and these 15 tracks are further proof of their skills. They’re cooler than you too.
Rachel Owen

SICK ON THE BUS/ THE DESTRUCTORS
TORMENTUM INSOMNIAE
(Rowdy Farrago)
UK punk 2010 style.
4/5
Rowdy Farrago Records just keep the punk coming with this in yer’ face showdown between Sick On The Bus and the Destructors. The Bus kick things off with three slabs of GBH style power designed to offend and blow you to bits in equal measure. Meanwhile, the Destructors slow it down a bit with a brutal cover of the Saints’ ‘This Perfect Day’ and a couple of their own members. As it says on the tin: ‘punk as fuck’.
Eugene Big Cheese

THE SMOKING HEARTS
PRIDE OF NOWHERE
(GSR)
Full-on party rock ‘n’ roll.
4/5
The Smoking Hearts’ punk ‘n’ roll assault brings to mind the likes of the Supersuckers and a (slightly less manic) Zeke. You pretty much know what you’re going to get when a band decides to give their songs titles such as ‘Thrash B4 Gash’ and ‘Shred And Destroy’. The Smoking Hearts don’t disappoint, blasting through their debut album with admirable joy, gusto and adrenaline. It really does sound like the soundtrack to the drunkest, wildest party you’ve ever been to. Clearly, they’re the sort of band you have to see live to full appreciate their anarchic energy but they do an excellent job of capturing their unrestrained, care-free and hyperactive sound here.
Paul Hagen

SPANISH GAMBLE
IT’S ALL COMING DOWN
(Paper + Plastick)
Anthemic debut from the Gainesville gruff melodic punks.
4/5
Formerly known as Dirty Money, the first full-length from Gainesville, FL’s Spanish Gamble has spent the last few years honing their sound on the road. Thankfully it’s been worth the wait as ‘It’s All Coming Down’ is bursting with melodic but raw and gritty sing-alongs, from energetic opener ‘There Is No God Tonight’ and infectious album highlight ‘Science Can’t Explain Magic’ to the rousing ‘Four Letter Word’ and ‘Can I Live?’ Fans of American Steel, Hot Water Music and The Riot Before should definitely check these guys out, as, far from all coming down, this debut proves Spanish Gamble are building something spectacular.
Ian Chaddock

TICKING BOMBS
CRASH COURSE IN BRUTALITY
(Concrete Jungle)
Swedish street punk ‘n’ rollers bludgeon your ears in.
5/5
Ticking Bombs is an apt name for this blazing punk ‘n’ roll four-piece. Despite having been a band for a decade, they sound hungrier and more dangerous on ever on this thundering fourth full-length, with the opening Molotov cocktail of ‘Riot In The Streets’ and the blistering pace and wild guitar solo-filled ‘Streets Up Streets Down’ showing their unstoppable force. Recorded at Millencolin’s studio in Orebro, the 11 tracks are full of raw vocals and lyrics about crises, violence and monotony. Sounding like Peter Pan Speedrock in a brawl with Bombshell Rocks, this album deserves to be the one which sees Ticking Bombs explode into the hearts of punks and rockers worldwide.
John Damon

Tim Barry 
28th And Stonewall 
(Suburban Home)
Third full-length from the Avail man turned folk singer.
5/5
There’s something very humbling about listening to Tim Barry’s acoustic-led tales of life, loss, consumerism and drinking and ‘28th And Stonewall’ is his most consistent and experimental work to date. His country-tinged acoustic folk songs are both humorous and touching in
equal measure and, although he may not be the most eloquent lyricist, it’s his powerful delivery that has the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end. Tim Barry is a hobo poet for the jilted generation and whether you like his hardcore punk roots or the likes of Frank Turner, this album is for you. Essential.
Miles Hackett

TONY SLY
12 Song Program
(Fat Wreck)
Another frontman plies his solo wares.
3/5
Mostly the stuff these frontmen turned solo artists are churning out has no relevance to the band they front and it’s the case with Tony Sly from No Use For A Name. Fine if vocalists want to go it alone but any NUFAN fans that buy this because of the sticker on the front explaining who Tony is are going to feel cheated if they expect that connection to mean anything at all. This is a showcase for his songwriting talents, displayed in this album of ‘soothing and captivating melodies’. However, it’s actually not bad if that’s what you are after.
Simon Nott

THE VERMIN POETS
Poets of England
(Damaged Goods)
Billy Childish and his lo-fi cohorts commit vaticide (the murder of poets).
4/5
Featuring Neil Palmer on guitar and vocals, the Vermin Poets have an unmistakeable Billy Childish influence, with the man himself lurking there on bass and backing vocals. They really enjoy themselves on this one with some colourful lyrics delivered in an often tone-deaf but always endearing manner. The vibe is all lo-fi garage goodness, as you’d expect from the people involved. The rough edges are there and all the better for it, though there are parts where you half-expect an engineer to pipe in and say “Give it another go from the top guys”. Terms like ‘engineer’ and ‘more than one take’ are clearly fantasy though.
Simon Nott

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THE LIMIT CLUB – SHEFFIELD

Never mind the Sex Pistols, here’s the story of The Limit…

Whilst it wasn’t uncommon for local councils to order venues to cancel gigs by the Sex Pistols in the media storm that followed their infamous appearance on Bill Grundy’s Tonight programme in 1976, one northern venue was forced to go further – much further.

The chair of Sheffield licensing magistrates refused to let the city’s legendary Limit club open at all unless it agreed to never to book the band in its lifetime.

It wasn’t the best start for city’s first official home of punk.

The story is told in ‘Take It To The Limit’ – the new book chronicling the life of the city centre venue that ran from 1978 to 1991.

Sex Pistols bassist, Glen Matlock who did end up playing the club in the guise of the Rich Kids said: "I look at it as a bit of a back-handed compliment really. He was probably a very wise man. People often think they know best but they invariably don’t."

The Limit was Sheffield’s answer to The Hacienda but whilst its Lancashire counterpart famously lost a fortune, The Limit became a licence to print money with its management living the life of rock stars.

The club went on to host virtually every other punk band under the sun bar the Sex Pistols – Siouxsie and the Banshees were the first out of town band to play. They were closely followed by the likes of Adam and the Ants,
Generation X, Rezillos, Skids, Slaughter and the Dogs, Punishment of Luxury, Chelsea, Cockney Rejects, UK Subs, Ruts, Undertones, Dickies and scores more.

Bands performing at The Limit:


The Cramps


Siouxsie Sioux


The Photos

Sheffield, bizarrely, didn’t have much success in producing any hit punk bands in the seventies.

But whilst the club was promoting punk bands from out of town it also became pivotal to Sheffield’s electro revolution of the early ’80s staging seminal gigs by the likes of Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Comsat Angels and Vice Versa (who went on to become ABC).

Neil Anderson said: "The venue was a true one-off. It helped break bands that went onto national and international domination – everyone from U2 to B-52s played landmark shows there.

"It was also subject to one of UK nightlife’s biggest, ever undercover Custom and Excise raids, with every member of senior management arrest in dawn raids in a bid to find a missing £250,000 – a huge sum of money in the late seventies/early eighties."

The Limit machine was untouched by the Winter of Discontent, the early ’80s recession and the miners’ strike and went on to host 13 years of club nights from early punk, mid-eighties goth to early rave and dance.

It was so successful that it bankrolled the transformation of Sheffield Lyceum from derelict eyesore to state-of-the-art live music venue staging shows spanning The Clash to The Damned.

A sell-out Limit reunion took place in Sheffield in November 2009 that attracted scores of musicians from local bands that started out at the club including members of Human League, Pulp, ABC and many more.

A second reunion night is planned for Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the city’s Casbah venue.

More book/reunion information at www.takeittothelimit.info

 

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NEW BANDS – BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS & BATTLEFLASK

THE BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS
Former Cock Sparrer man’s revved up return.
(Photos by Ila Desai)

Swaggering onto the stage of Oxford Streets’ packed 100 Club, the Bermondsey Joyriders look like extras off Guy Ritchies’ latest flick. And considereing lead Joyrider Gary Lammins’ acting CV that might not be too far away either. The man, who as a former member wrote many of streetpunk legends’ Cock Sparrers’ greatest early numbers like Running Riot, Gary has worked with Joe Strummer in the past but has only just returned to music with this slide guitar slinging, pub rock outfit..With bass and drums filled by experienced pros from legendary bands,Chelsea and the Heavy Metal kids, this lot make goodtime, punked up rock n’ roll that fans, young n’ old of the Rolling Stones and Cocksparrer will lap up. They’re off to tour America soon, but catch them gigging around London over the next few months because their foot to the floor feel good factor is bang on.


Rocks like:

DR FEELGOOD.-Oil City Confidential(soundtrack)

COCK SPARRER-Shock Troops

SMALL FACES-Small Faces

Vive Le Punk tracked down main Rider-Gary Lammin just before the band headed off for a US tour with the Damned legend Rat Scabies guesting on drums.



V: You’ve had a bit of a break from music Gary. What have you been upto?

G: 
Hi Eugene…Yeah sure I had a break from music..infact I had too. I was forgetting where Id parked me car…or even if Id brought the car in the first place…To say I was canning it would not be untrue. A lot of crap was happening to me and I was going though a lot of emotional pain. Splitting up with girlfriends, falling out with me mates…yeah I was in a bad way for sure but all this was good for the other form of performance that I was being offered…Acting. All that inner turmoil was earning me a fortune from TV acting roles, money which I unfortunately mainly wasted on the inevitable intoxications that are often available to the lost and the lonely. I ended up in Harlow hospital for 3 weeks after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitus. A diagnosis which, seeing as I was passing blood several times a day, as well as during the night, was a diagnosis not as bad as I thought it was going to be…you know I thought it was bowel cancer. Id been drinking cognac for breakfast for some time to wash various mood enhancing substances down. Id also developed a taste for using English Colemans mustard on a truely absurd scale. It started off as just using it as a dip and spread for pitta bread. After a while though I just started to eat the Colemans mustard neat off of a tea spoon and I could get though quite a few jars before having to go for the cognac. It was mental. They said at the hospital that Id stripped the mucus membranes out of me guts. I wanted to come back to playing my guitar for a long but the timing had to be right. I had to get a few things sorted out in my head.

V: 




And tell us about the band.You’ve known each other for a long time?
 

G:Yeah Marty Stacey and me have been friends for over 40 odd years and its a bit of a story but here goes.
My Dad was a docker and Martys Dad was a lighterman…thats the blokes who bring the tugs in to tow the cargo ships into the docks so the dockers can unload the cargo ships and both our familys are originally from the Isle of Dogs, Millwall. However though my Dad and Martys Dad when workmates in the docks that was the only connection,me and Marty didnt know each other. At some point my Dad decides to take his severance money, thats the money that the docks offer you to take early retirement and with the cash sum plans to buy a smart new gaff to live in out in the East London Essex suburb known as Hornchurch. My Dad still has a few months to go at the docks till the deal is finally compleated but Ive started school in Hornchurch. Martys Dad decides also to move to Hornchurch.One day my Dad comes in and says "Are you learning to play guitar at school ? " and I say yeah, and my Dad says "What with another lad called Marty Stacey ?" and again I say yeah. My Dad then says "Did you know Marty before we moved here ? " and I say Nah..Ive only just met him. I then ask me Dad what all the questions are about and my Dad just says Ive known his Dad for years in the docks and he just told me that his son Marty had settled into a new school and was learning to play guitar with a lad called Gary. So Ive always thought that this was an interesting thing…that my Dad and his Dad were good friends in the docks but it wasnt until both families moved from The Isle Of Dogs, 18 miles out of the Eastend to Hornchurch that I met Marty. Marty moved back to London many years ago and owns a massive old Victorian gaff on The Old Kent Road where I rent a small room from him. 
Keith Boyce formerly of The Heavy Metal Kids Ive known for about 30years from various gigs in and around London and so Ive finally got the band that Ive been dreaming of playing in for as long as Ive been playing guitar. A band that can play passionate and soulful Rock n Roll. Ive been in enough crash bang wallop bands thankyou very much. Sure it has to be loud and yeah it has to be brazen, no good writing songs about needle point, but it has to groove as well and I havnt had that luxary until now. You need a special kind of drummer to be able to understand "The Groove" theres too many drummers about who can only make it rock…sorry but you gotta make it roll as well for me baby otherwise I dont stick around too long.

V: 




How would you describe the Joyriders sound?

G: 
Imagine if Ian Dury had been in The New York Dolls or The MC5.







V: Any personal heroes/influenes?

G: 
Well one day whilst going though my Dads record collection in amongst the Frank Sinatra records I also find an Iggy Pop record… Cool ! (Thats Iggy as well as my Dad who is cool.)







V: So wheres the next stop for the Bermonsey Joyriders?
 

G: No stops at the moment Eugene. We got a full tank of high octane fuel and the brakes are a bit iffy…So I reckon best we just let it roll on for a while.






V: Cheers geezer!! See you at a show soon, Eugene

www.myspace.com/thebermondseyjoyridersofficial



G: Yeah God Bless man..thanks for the questions.
LAMMIN


BATTLEFLASK
Outlaw political songs from Hollywood’s seedy underbelly.


Since 2006, this quartet have been kicking up a storm with raucous punk rock songs, with a hint of country-esque guitar twanging for good measure. These western and rock ‘n’ roll elements make their sound fun and different, not to mention bursting with energy. No doubt a great live band, the powerful, driving rhythms from Rich (drums) and Mike (bass), racing guitar work of Tim and frontman Philippe’s aggressive and distinctive vocals (reminiscent of Jello Biafra) combine into a high octane musical Molotov cocktail. With politically charged lyrics and a raging style, they’ve shared a stage with legends such as The Dead Kennedys, MDC, Blitz, The Vibrators and Sham 69, as well as younger bands such as Strung Out and Street Dogs. Having released their debut, ‘Pledge Your Allegiance’, back in 2008, they’re back better and brasher than ever with their new album ‘Smile… Tomorrow Will Be Worse’. Keeping the spirit of punk rock alive and kicking, this LA four-piece will make you grin from ear to ear.

‘Smile… Tomorrow Will Be Worse’ is out now on Fallen Angel.

ROCKS LIKE:
COBRA SKULLS – American Rubicon
ONE MAN ARMY – Rumors And Headlines
DROPKICK MURPHYS – The Meanest Of Times
Battleflask.com

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MICHAEL MONROE

VIVE LE PUNK You must be pretty excited, you’ve got a great band together.

Michael Monroe: Yeah, looking forward to playing some live shows and getting into the studio. It’s going to be a while until we get into the studio, but we’ve got a bunch of stuff were ready with, were going to write some more.

V: So youre writing songs with Sammi Yaffa?

M: Yeah, with Sammi and with Ginger (Wildhearts) and stuff.

V: Ginger writes the catchiest tunes in the world, doesn’t he?

M: Yeah, he’s a great writer. We just haven’t had a chance to write much with him, but yeah we have a couple of things, were going to write a lot more, I’m sure. Ginger writes lyrics, I mean, he’s the only one in the band apart from me that writes lyrics as well, so that’s fun for me. Usually, I actually always think that the singer should write most of his lyrics himself, but we think the same way with Ginger. We have the same kind of ideas and stuff.

V: You’ve got the same history?

M: Yeah, we’ve got the same record collection. The same kind of way we look at the world and stuff.

V: So when do you think you’ll be recording the album, and when will that be out?

M: Its too early to say. We were going to try to get something out, you know, summer tour (?) for the summer, but I don’t want to promise anything. Well get something out by the end of the year anyway. We just haven’t decided on…Right now were in discussing different possibilities for producers and we don’t even know where were going to record yet. So were getting there. We are going to play some new songs live though.

V: That was what I was going to ask you. So you’re doing a mini world tour now?

M: Yeah, were doing the West coast, about five or six shows, and then we’ve got the South by Southwest in Austin. Were playing at the Finnish Embassy. There’s like a party for us, but that’s invitation only I guess.

V: Is that in London?

M: No, thats in LA. Yeah, we go down on the 11th and LA on the 12th, and San Diego, Orange County, Las Vegas. Then we’ve got to play at the South by Southwest. Were actually playing, I think, three or four different things, one show with Motorhead.

V: You must be an old friend of Lemmy?

M: Oh yeah. Very good friend, I love Lemmy.

V: Yeah, he’s a great guy to interview. He’s a great man.

M: Yeah. But we’re coming to play in London, we’re playing London April 9th.

V: Wicked man.

M: Yeah, Islington Academy.

V: I’ll be there. So what sort of style are the early songs starting to sound like? Are they punky like Demolition 23?

M: Well, there’s punky stuff and there’s rock and roll kind of stuff. There’s no ballads, really. Just pretty hard rock and wicked melodies and pretty smart lyrics too. Yeah, its pretty hard rocking .

V: Rock and roll style?

M: Yeah. I like that and Demolition 23 and good melodies and good lyrics and there’s a couple of really different kinds of tracks to keep it interesting we’ve come up with. Yeah, so I’m really excited. We have a really really strong record. But we want to take our time and make sure its absolutely perfect.

V: And this is definitely the end of Hanoi Rocks?

M: Oh yeah. Over and done with.

V: You’ve always done a few covers of a lot of English punk bands like X-Ray Spex and Eddie And The Hotrods, UK Subs, haven’t you? You must like a lot of the old English punk stuff?

M: Yeah, I do. And also Crusaders and the Dead Boys. But yeah, the UK stuff, and yeah, I love all that stuff.

V: What’s with the mobile phone application stuff you’ve got going on?

M: Oh, yeah, well that’s the mobile backstage. It’s a thing that fans can join in and have it installed on their mobile phones. They get messages from the band members. We can take photos and write stories or video clips, and we post it up there and, simultaneously, the fans will get it on their phone, get like messages from us, like text messages or pictures and, you know, stories. It’s kind of like the next step up from Twitter. But it’s more personal because if you join it, you just get messages from us to your own phone.

V: Nice.

M: It’s a fun kind of thing, yeah. Its fun keeping in touch with, now that Ginger is in England and Sammi’s in New York and I’m in Finland, so it’s also fun to see what everybody’s sending.

V: That sounds good, man. I suppose it’s the next way of staying in touch with your fans a little bit closer.

M: Yeah, and not many bands have done it yet. We’re at the cutting edge I guess you could say.

V: I’d like to ask you a few questions for the tour piece were going to put in prior to the gig in London. I mean, you’ve got a hell of an all-star band put together. What sort of songs can the fans expect to hear?

M: I’d say the best of everything, really. We’re playing, apart from the new songs, we’re playing stuff from my solo career, Michael Monroe, and then Demolition 23, and the best of the old Hanoi. You know, the stuff from the ‘80s, we’re doing a bunch of those too. It really is the best of all worlds. Michael Monroe solo, Demolition 23 and Hanoi Rocks in the ‘80s, and some new songs too.

V: You’ve got a big repertoire of great songs, so that’s going to be cool.

M: Yeah, there’s so much to choose from, its hard to choose. But it’s a pretty hard rocking set.

V: That’s what we want from you, man.

M: Cool, that’s what you’re going to get.

V: You’ve done a lot of tours obviously over the years and been on the road a long time over the years. Is it still all about sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll?

M: Well, it’s never really been about that for me.

V: No?

M: It’s never really been about that for me. I always go to bed early and, you know, its pretty hard work, what I’m doing on stage. There’s not much drugs and drinking and, you know, I don’t even drink, myself. But just, I keep in shape, I exercise. Except, when on tour, you don’t have to exercise that much because you get a good workout on stage. But there’s no sex, drugs and rock and roll. That’s an old cliche. rock ‘n’ roll is more realistic. So, yeah, nope. And these guys, everybody’s pretty much not…we were just laughing at the rehearsal because when we were taking our break, we were just like, everyone’s getting into the little bag of food, and picking all this healthy stuff. And we were laughing like, whoa, times have changed, really. No one’s getting fucked up any more in this game.

V: Are you still playing the saxophone live?

M: Yeah, I’ll pull out the sax for a song.

V: What three things should a fan bring to a Mike Monroe live show?

M: What three things? Well, themselves, mainly. And a good state of mind and, you know, they’ve got to be ready to rock.

MICHAEL MONROE WILL PLAY THE DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL AND RELEASE HIS NEW ALBUM IN EARLY 2011.
EUGENE BIG CHEESE

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RAT SCABIES

A Champion Chat With Rat Scabies

If you’re a long haul reader of this blog (Planet Mondo), you’ll know The Damned are ever-cherished favourites of mine. So a platinum-plated result then to spend an evening of pints and pizza with Rat Scabies, the legendary drummer with a roll call of credits that reads The Damned, Sid Vicious, Joe Strummer, Tony James and Jimmy Page.

‘One of the most personable blokes on the scene – no airs and graces with Rat, what you see is what you get’ is how Barry Cain describes him. All true and a thoroughly pretension-free, down to earth chap he is too. Rat, is now a fully fledged Grail-chaser and star of the soon to be seen special Rat Scabies Grailhunter. I met Rat, Rockmother and later Barry Cain at the Champion pub recently (thanks for the tip Cocktails) for a chat about his interest in the history and mystery of the Holy Grail and Rennes-le-Chateau………..

It’s not unusual for rock star’s to have hobbies – flying planes, racing cars, model train sets even. But a crusade to find the Holy Grail -that’s a bit special isn’t it. How do you go from drumming legend to Grail hunter..
I’m stuck with it ’cause of my parents. They’d been on a tour of the Rennes-le-Chateau trail, after the TV programme by Henry Lincoln from ’71 or ’72, so I’ve grown up with it all around me. I’ve always known the story really well: the priest, the missing treasure and the curse. When I left the band I had this idea for a film script, I renewed my interest in it again, I started writing it all down, once you do that you find out new things. You get to talk to people, they tell you stuff and it just ends up taking over.

Would you say it’s taken over your life now.
There’s a lot of it in my life now. A lot more than I wanted.

How would you describe a layman’s or beginners guide the Grail Mystery.
The trouble is there’s about three or four different interpretations of what the Grail is. Even if you want to the beginners guide that’s hard work, but to summarise – it’s either the cup used at the Last Supper that caught Christ’s blood at the Crucifixion. Or the other extreme is when it’s happiness beyond being satisfied with your life. You’re content, you’ve got to Arcadia.

Do you need or have to have any spiritual or religious belief to be involved
Well that’s my problem, and why I don’t really go for the cup of Christ, I’m not really a Christian I’m an Atheist – so, for me the thing of it being a spiritual awareness seems a bit more likely.

Is it a physical grail or an analogy to something else
I know where there’s about three physical grails.

What fake or genuine ones
It only needs one to be genuine. But, the thing is they all say they’re genuine.

Do you think it will ever be found?
It’s the journey – that’s more fun than arriving.

What about Dan Brown has he been a help or hindrance to Grail hunters.
He’s quite good at writing crime fiction – but pretty much everything in the Dan Brown novels has already been said by someone else Henry Lincoln etc. What’s good about it is, people read it and gave them a different take – that it’s good to question the physical version of events. I don’t necessarily buy into the whole Da Vinci, Mary Magdalene thing – because if that is the Last Supper and that is Mary Magdalene sitting next to Christ then actually they’re a disciple short..

Does your research spin into other areas
Oh yeah, you end up in Egypt or scaling a pot hole – in a lot of ways that’s why Rennes-le-Chateau is the important place. There’s a lot other belief systems. There’s a lot of new age Tibetan gong banging goes on down there, holding hands at midnight. But at the same time there’s people watching flying saucers coming over the nearest mountain ranges – not that I’ve seen any. Anything that’s left bank can be found down there

Is there an British equivalent to the area.
Glastonbury’s pretty close – there’s a few places around the world. Joshua tree in America where weird things happen

Do you look for lines or links between between these locations.
No, the thing is any two points make a straight line. People can whittle a shape out of most things.

It’s like the constellations isn’t it how do you make a bear or plough out of that.
I think human consciousness probably evolved around the same time somebody ate mushrooms and was lying there looking at the sky

You’ve got children, what’s their take on the mystery and Dad as a Grail hunter
They call it Rennes-le-Shithole.

Do they get involved
They quite like the place, some of them, because it’s beautiful – they like going down there and hanging out.


A Champion pub window, featuring W G Grace – who, appears as the face of God in Monty Python and The Holy Grail

How do you do your research – old bookshops, libraries, the British museum
Everything really. Visit a lot of old churches and castles. A lot of reading, various ideas . I end up with a lot of symbolism. A lot of similar things keep re-appearing re-emerging. Before people could read and write that was how they signposted something. Rosslyn chapel’s like a book full of them. Have you been there?

No, but it looks incredible.
The amazing thing about is Rossalyn is the way built. It’s brilliant. there’s no cement holding it together. It’s just perfectly cut lumps of rock. Some people have said it’s a showcase for the Masons. There’s a great deal of debate about it. The version I heard was it started out as Templar building but The Masons took it over.

Where have you met the most oddbods and bizarre characters Grail hunting or drumming with The Damned
Grail hunting. The first thing I realised was: just because I don’t believe it – doesn’t mean the other persons wrong. So when somebody tells me they’ve floated down a mountain side. I don’t believe it – but it doesn’t mean they haven’t managed to do it. There’s also a lot of one-upmanship and everybody wants to be the one with the latest theory and to have found something that nobody else has discovered.

Do you get splinter groups and spin offs
No it’s much more basic belief level than that. Like minded people stick together, so the ones that are a bit Sword and sorcery or get naked round a fire at midnight tend to go off for a ding-dong. I prefer practical things you can see, touch and smash a window with.

Any misconceptions you’d like to clarify?
People that try to debunk the theory of Rennes-le-Chateau and Saunier. The rest of it’s pretty much up in the air. You do get a lot of opinions.


You’ve made the trailer – what’s next?
Romo – To try and get it commissioned, although we are continuing to film.
Rat – A lot of the people involved like Henry Lincoln are knocking on a bit now, so it’s important to get them while they’re still warm.

There’s been plenty of good feedback on your style as presenter.
I find it really hard work. I’ve got a memory like a sieve. I’ll pace up and down for ten minutes over three lines.

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve thought what am I doing here.
The part in the trailer where we’re going down the mines – it doesn’t look anything like as rugged as it was. The floor is incredibly fine quicksand – and rocks with a lot of quartz in there, when the water comes through parts break off and it becomes like shards of glass. So you’re either sinking or cutting your feet. And every fifteen feet there’s a sandbank – so you have to drag this dingy over quartz, crystal and sand – there’s five of us in a two man dingy after the third bank the dingy’s leaking.

Is there anything you’d have done differently
Not really. I never really expected to find anything all I wanted from it was the good stories.
And that really helps, because everytime you talk to the villagers they’re a bit cautious. As soon as you say you don’t want to do a book about Geometry or UFOs they come round to it. By the time you’ve got end of a second glass of wine they start telling you stuff off the record. There are conspiracies down there – the whole village is in on something. You get to a certain point in a conversation and they’ll suddenly clam up. You get to too close to a certain subject and they change the topic.

Some of you earliest gigs where at the Mont De Marsan festival, which, geographically isn’t that far from Rennes-le-Château. Do you feel you’ve come full circle and are the French more tolerant too ‘outsider’ ideas?
Hmmm, not full circle, cos I was already Rennes aware when I joined the band, and to be honest I doubt if the French have become more tolerant to anything, other than the tourist trade

Your Grailhunting adventures have led to a book and film . Would you be tempted with working your stories and experiences into an album?
I have already include some esoteric (UFO’s in this instance) material in my music, anybody interested in listening should check out the track "Floydian slip" on my Myspace page Rat Scabies Grailhunter. In the meantime I’m trying to hustle up the cash to buy some new recording equipment so I can resume work on Sauniere the musical..

Are there any tunes or tracks that make you think of your experiences

Flipron’s Raindrops Keep Falling on The Dead – it could really summarise Saunier and his housekeeper’s relationship. Even though Flipron knew nothing about it they’d written a perfect background to this part of the story.


So an almighty thank you is due to Rat and Romo for making this meet happen, and to Barry for an evening of trading trench tales from the punk-wars with Rat. Which, is one of the most heady spectator sports you could ever wish to sit in on (although almost all are unprintable here)..

Rat Scabies will return with some drum talk at a later date…



Dave Collins
Planet Mondo

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ADAM ANT LIVE APRIL 30TH

 

Adam Ant, in partnership with Flag Promotions and Monsta Entertainments, has announced a return to The Scala, London for the Adam Ant Pirate Metal Extravaganza (R) on Friday 30 April 2010.It will be the second time the 80s heartthrob has played the venue recently after he retuened to the stage after his long break.

 

THE SCALA

275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross
London N1 9NL
United Kingdom

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EL DUCE -R.I.P/HELL?

El Duce

DIED Apr. 19, 1997 (aged 39)

El Duce † Apr.             19, 1997

Birth name
Eldon Hoke

Born
* Mar. 23, 1958
Seattle, Washington, USA

Died
† Apr. 19, 1997
Riverside, CA, USA

Cause of Death
Hit by a Train, while intoxicated

MENTORS-VOCALIST

Biography
El Duce was best known as the drummer and lead singer of the rock group The Mentors. He rose to national prominence in 1985 as a result of the U.S. Senate ( P.M.R.C. ) hearings regarding "obscene lyrics" in rock music, which named publicly the Mentors as the worst exponent of such lyrics in music. In addition to his musical career El Duce also was employed frequently as a bit player or extra in many motion picture, music video, and television productions. His comic visage and friendly manner made him a show business natural. In January 1997 El Duce had appeared on the Jerry Springer Show in a show devoted to Shock Rock, and in the National Enquirer and other tabloids domestically and internationally regarding his claim that he was approached by Courtney Love to kill Kurt Cobain. The last musical performance by El Duce was given on Friday, April 18th, at Al’s Bar in Downtown Los Angeles.

Related Links
http://www.churchofelduce.com

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KILLING JOKE UPDATE

NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘XIII: FEAST OF FOOLS’ RESCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 6th 2010 VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS UK; ACCOMPANYING UK SHOWS RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER…

WITH A reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits.

Now, 30 years since first bonding in blood, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman (vocals), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson (drums) are about to complete work on their 13th studio album, the first fruits
of a new worldwide deal with the Spinefarm Records label, and word from inside the camp is that ‘XIII: Feast Of Fools’ is shaping up to be something very special indeed…

“We have survived equipment being hi-jacked, tapes being withheld, nervous breakdowns, family bereavements,
blood lettings, and a host of other challenges of Biblical proportions,” comments Youth. “But we are now at the final ascent, and I have to say it’s one of the greatest albums I have ever had the privilege to be involved with…
EVER! I have been living and breathing it for over four months now, and I’m still jaw-droppingly amazed at its power & beauty.

“It is with great pain that we had to make the decision to postpone the European & American tour until later in the year, but the wait will be worth it. I guarantee double orgasms all round when you hear the sound of Big
Paul’s drum kit reducing your senses to a pulp!”

Produced by the band, mixed by engineer Clive Goddard, and now set for release on September 6th 2010, this latest set of recordings – put together in London, Spain & Prague – has seen the aforementioned musicians sharing
studio space for the first time in 28 years, having already road-tested their relationship with sold-out shows around the world, kicking off in Tokyo last Autumn.

AS A RESULT of the new album moving back to September, the band have also rescheduled their two UK shows. The new dates are as follows:

October 2010
15 UK Picture House, Edinburgh
16 UK Hammersmith Apollo, London

OVER THE years, the four musicians have chosen to develop their talents in a variety of ways: triple Grammy winner Jaz Coleman, for instance, has established an international reputation working with some of the world’s greatest
symphony orchestras, whilst Martin ‘Youth’ Glover has become one of the UK’s most celebrated producers, supervising albums from the Verve & Primal Scream amongst others, as well as achieving major success as one half
of highly-regarded duo, The Orb

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke’s apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band’s considerable musical legacy can be heard
in the works of Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and the like – artists whose rise to fame never saw them cutting ties with the underground/alternative scene.

Once described by Paul Ferguson as ‘the sound of the earth vomiting’, Killing Joke are now poised to take their music of resistance to a whole new level, both in the studio and on the road.

As ever, the journey won’t be easily forgotten… whether those involved wish to do so or not!

Tomorrow’s World: Jaz And Youth Play Us The New Killing Joke Album

"Nothing says Christmas like a Killing Joke playback”, announces Youth with a twinkle in his eye as he turns the volume up to floorboard rattling volumes in his library-like front room. All around him are shelves sagging under the weight of volumes of poetry, tomes on the occult and world religion, music reference books, encyclopaedias and expanses of dusty looking classics. He looks like a groovy college professor about to go on his winter holidays to Goa, with a knitted hat and loose fitting bohemian clothes. Stood behind him is Jaz Coleman – looking trim and healthy since quitting the booze – dressed all in back with fat joint hanging out of the corner of his mouth, arms in the air, bellowing along to one of his band’s new demos. “ABSOLUTE DISSENT!” he roars tunefully along with what, on first play, sounds like one of the catchiest yet heavy tunes they’ve written since the early 80s. Youth notices one of his many cats stood by the door, arched and hissing like an upside down letter U and sighs: “Jaz, for Christ’s sake, will you let the cat out? I don’t want the RSPCA coming round on Christmas Eve accusing me of torturing my pets with the new Killing Joke album.”

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JOEY RAMONE RIP

Joey Ramone Died Apr. 15, 2001 (aged 49) Birth name Jeffrey Ross Hyman Born * May. 19, 1951 Queens, NY, USA Died † Apr. 15, 2001 New York City, NY, USA Cause of Death Joey Ramone died of lymphoma at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Joey was singer of one of the greatest punk bands ever-and he will never be forgotten!! Vive Le Ramones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Ramone

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RECORD STORE DAY

Tomorrow-Saturday is National Record Store day. For a full list of shops taking part go to: http://www.recordstoreday.com theres a ton of limited vinyl available for one day only. keep the music alive!!!! ?

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