Siouxsie and the Banshees are reportedly planning to release a 20-disc compilation of their work. Slicing Up Eyeballs has the details from bassist Steven Severin, who says:

"It’s intended as the ‘complete’ box. All the studio albums plus singles plus non BBC live recordings & TV clips. So, if you have this plus At the BBC plus Downside Up you will have EVERYTHING bar the promo videos which I presume will surface as a stand-alone set eventually."

Severin has also explained that there are more pieces that are possibly in the cards for the release, but nothing else is confirmed as of yet, and no release date has been announced. You can read more at his facebook here, including his insistance that, unfortunately for fans, "There is more liklihood of Peter Hook touring a Banshees tribute band than there is of seeing the real thing tread the boards again. It’s over. Done. Dusted."

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The International Swingers is a new supergroup that features Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Rich Kids, The Faces), Clem Burke (Blondie, The Romantics, Eurythmics), James Stevenson (Generation X, The Cult, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Alarm) and Gary Twinn (HoneyDrippers, Speedtwinn, Twenty Flight Rockers, Supernaut). Supporting The International Swingers will be sets by The Checkers and Patrolled By Radar.

Setlist will include countless classics from their respected catalogs including hits from Blondie, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Alarm, Generation X, The Cult, Gene Loves Jezebel, Billy Idol, Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls, The Stooges and more!

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£10 in advance, £12 at door, concs (including members) £9/£11. Advance tickets here: http://​​134917 .

Memphis based Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber) was a founding member of the garage-bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivans but he has contributed to a dizzying array of projects over the years, including Andre Williams, Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, The Cool Jerks, ’68 Comeback, King Louie & His Loose Diamonds, Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops, Jack Oblivian & The Cigarillos, The Natural Kicks and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns.​officialjackoblivian

Even after his debut release, Too Much Love, captured the imagination of Memphis’ music lovers, Harlan T. Bobo still remains a mystery. Arriving in Memphis nine years ago after traveling a route as circuitous as that of any fugitive, Harlan has been busy endearing himself to local fans and soaking up as much of the city’s rich musical history as possible. Instead of shedding light on the man behind the music, his intensely personal lyrics have actually served to help perpetuate his enigmatic persona. However, with the release of his second album, I’m Your Man, one thing about Harlan T. Bobo can no longer remain an uncertainty — his musical talent is the real thing. It’s true, the man with a name that could’ve come straight from A Confederacy of Dunces can write classic heartbreaker songs with the best of ’em.​harlantbobo

In a town full of musical hermits and legends, it may seem trite to call
anyone the town’s best kept secret. But truck-driving rocker Shawn
Cripps and his revolving cast of characters collectively known as
Limes have been making lovable late-night rackets at midtown dives
for nearly a decade with very little to show for it. For a while, he lived on a boat in the Mississippi River; there were rumors he went a little kooky at some
point and wouldn’t listen to anything but Exile on Main Street for
months. He was a frequent collaborator with Harlan T. Bobo—the
two are both reclusive songsters with more than their fair share of talent
and bad luck. Catching Limes live, you never knew who will be
there or how it’ll turn out. Could be the best show of the year—or the
worst. Sometimes the worse they play, the better the show is.​l_i_m_e_s

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(Fat Wreck)
Socio-political punk rock anthems from Reno trio.

Setting their sites squarely on the struggling economy, the xenophobia that has increased since 9/11 and how prisons are run like businesses. Opener ‘Six Degrees’ show this anger before the upbeat and energetic ‘Iron Lung’ and ‘Now You Know’ kick in. Other album highlights are the mighty ‘On & On’, the speeding ‘Drones’ with its jazz/funk intro, and the ripping, fast-paced ‘The Minimum’. Cobra Skulls have done it again, with a varied and absorbing album that deserves to win them new fans whilst pleasing existing fans. Not much to get agitated about at all, just the rest of the world!
Rachel Owen

(White Label)
Ethereal fem-led goth rock from Down Under.

Representing a largely overlooked corner of the alternative genres, Sydney based The Dark Shadows combine the brooding, vaudevillian mystique of The Damned, the cut-throat candy sweetness of Debbie Harry and the rockabilly talent of Gene Vincent into a wonderfully unique sound that’s both alluring and slightly sinister. This seven track EP marks the latest in a slew of mini-releases from the all-woman three-piece and serves as the perfect precursor to their upcoming European tour. Haunting and atmospheric, yet retaining all the heart of ’70s punk rock, fans of similar moody outfits like Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cramps should definitely get involved.
Tom Williams


(Bombed Out)
Another endearing slab of gruff Northern sing-along melodic punk.

Along with Wakefield’s Milloy, Leeds gritty but infectious punks The Dauntless Elite are the best band from Yorkshire. The long-awaited follow-up to their anthemic 2007 debut album ‘Graft’, the second album is always difficult but Dauntless have managed to come out with a great album. While it may not be as instant or powerful as ‘Graft’, these songs are still proudly Northern – listen to the accents and song titles like ‘Better Than Nowt’ and ‘Sod This For A Game Of Soldiers’ – and tracks such as opening sing-along ‘Saliva’ and ‘Sod This…’ prove they can still pen killer dual vocalled punk songs. Join the ‘Elite!
Ian Chaddock

(Fat Wreck)

San Francisco punk rockers unleash third infectious full-length.

This follow-up to 2009’s superb ‘African Elephants’ features yet another different line-up, with guitarist/vocalist Nathan Grice replaced by Sam Johnson (VRGNS, New Mexican Disaster Squad and guitarist Ken Yamazaki (ex-Enemy You, Western Addiction), joining Tyson ‘Chicken’ Annicharico and Ian Anderson. The album grows on you quickly, with punchy opener ‘Undertow’ offering up plenty of energy and ‘Reckless Behavior’ and ‘Dead Pigeon Tricks’ showing Johnson’s vocals add a lot. Chicken’s singing is still powerful, with ‘The Trials Of Oscar Wilde’ and ‘The Monarach Hotel’ two of the highlights. Ante up again, DTM are becoming one of the best punk bands on the scene.
Ian Chaddock



(Rowdy Farrago)
Peterborough punk rock double header.

Two punk bands from Peterborough from different eras with distinctly different styles team up. Don’t Look Down are the relative newcomers in this partnership. ‘The Duvet Song’ is very Bad Religion influenced, right down to the vocal harmonies, and that’s no bad thing. ‘People Are People’ meanwhile gives the old Depeche Mode standard a bit of a street punk makeover. Widely recognised as Peterborough’s most prolific punk band, the Destructors have been around since 1976 and include an inspired cover of Jonathan Richman’s ‘Road Runner’ and a psychobilly-tinged ‘Trash Man’. A nicely balanced split EP that does both bands justice.
Lee Cotterell



(Sub Pop)
Sublimely ghostly girl-pop.
Following on from their 2010 entrée I Will Be, this second album from the California-based outfit is a glorious melding of four-to-the-floor garage-band aesthetics with the timeless teen-opera sensibilities of the Ronettes or the Shangri-Las, which is no small order in itself. Tellingly, former Blondie producer Richard Gottehrer handles the faders here, and it’s an inspired marriage; Only In Dreams is a shimmering tour-de-force of Spectoresque femme-pop, a faultless progression of three-minute symphonies, front ‘Girl Dee Dee Penny opening up her inner diary to spill out her tales of smeared mascara. There’s a sharp emotional punch at the heart of this recording that goes far beyond the boundaries of teenage trauma, with the recent passing of Dee Dee’s mother and other personal upheavals directly informing material such as Coming Down and Teardrops On My Pillow; beneath the girl-pop sparkle, the sense displacement and loss hovers, infusing Only In Dreams with a curious disembodied spookiness.
Hugh Gulland


Two great punk bands for the price of one.

A great 12 track, split release from Seattle’s Sledgeback and South Wales punk stalwarts Foreign Legion. Arguably one of the most underrated Welsh punk bands of all time, Foreign Legion are the only band from the valleys to play at CBGBs and to have been produced by The Clash’s Mick Jones. With a Vans Warped Tour and Flogging Molly supports under their belts, Sledgeback are no slouches either. Sledgeback sound somewhere between The Freeze and Naked Raygun, complemented by Foreign Legion’s Ruts influenced punk. Rather than the bands having a ‘side’ each, the songs are interspersed, making for a more interesting listen.
Lee Cotterell

First original album in over a decade from the horror punk legends.

The dark lords of horrorcore are back and what do the men behind the iconic skull have in store after all this wait? Well, Misfits 2011 is a stripped down beast, with ‘The Devils Rain’ snorting smoke through its sixteen tracks of punk ‘n’ roll horror clichés. Musically this incarnation bears resemblance to the likes of Volbeat, with its ’50s rock ‘n’ roll vibe and buzzing punk rifforama. Ever more cartoon-like, the vault of cheesy horror films has been raided to provide lyrical inspiration and bassist Jerry Only croons in a Danzig-esque style that should silence his critics. It’s a worthy Misfits record, if a little long. Still, spooky fun all the same.
Miles Hackett

Grimy, lo-fi surf punk from Canada.

This is an 11-track cacophony of sounds all held together in a thick blanket of fuzz and drenched in surf guitar. Hammond organ, thick bass lines and reverb drums up images of punked out ’70s ‘surfers’ that got no nearer the raging sea than the pavement, their skateboards and the sounds of The Barracudas, then follow them through the 1980s where they can dig the Pixies and The Cure. Odonis Odonis are a live band but were a studio project first and that sort of tells. Not for the faint-hearted, but if your pulse is pumping at the aural image my words have conjured up then you won’t be disappointed.
Simon Nott

(Cooking Vinyl)

Electro rockers’ sixth album takes you back to the ’80s.

Having blasted out grubby party anthems since 1986, Pop Will Eat Itself have kept that party going. Or at least sole original member Graham Crabb, who continues to work under the name, is. ‘New Noise…’ packs in the baggy-shorted stroboscopic electro rock, spruced up with the odd recognisable sample – ‘Old Skool Cool’ for example lifts a riff from the Psychedelic Furs’ classic ‘Dumb Waiters’ single. ‘Seek And Destroy’ meanwhile is a lot of belligerent shouting yammering over an acid-house chug. Although at times it sounds dated, at other points things lift off into some enjoyable electro-goth terrain.
Hugh Gulland


Fiery full-length debut from Stoke’s premier skacore merchants.

One of the newest acts to join the rapidly burgeoning TNS family are Rising Strike; a belligerent skacore act with an incendiary political agenda. Recently recruiting a saxophonist and taking a break from touring to record this, their debut full-length, the band are fully prepared to rip 2011 a new one. Fast, punchy and punctuated with brutal death metal vocals, fierce ska riffs, juggernaut drums and socially challenging lyrical themes, ‘Bite the Hand…’ is a winning first effort with a sound further honed from that of their ‘Not For Public Consumption’ EP. A sure-fire listen for fans of Voodoo Glow Skulls, Random Hand and Leftover Crack.
Tom Williams


(Kiss Of Death)
Stunning debut full-length from Minneapolis punk supergroup.

Featuring (ex-)members of Pretty Boy Thorson and the Falling Angels, The Ergs!, The Soviettes, Dear Landlord and many more, it’s fair to say that The Slow Death are pretty much any melodic gritty punk/pop punk fan’s dream come true. And somehow this debut album lives up to all the high expectations too. From the male/female vocals of opener ‘Ticks Of The Clock’ to anthemic standout ‘Phantom Limbs’ and the country punk-tinged ‘Stay High’, these gruff, melodic and punchy tunes about Jesse Thorson’s drinking, relationships and living on sofa beds is nothing less than addictive. One of the albums of the year and an exhilarating new band on the scene. Catch them on tour in November/December. 
Ian Chaddock


(Bomber Music)
Second album of Celtic punk fun from Reading whiskey swiggers.

Last year’s ‘Popping Up The Floor’ set the bar quite high for Smokey Bastard but they’ve cleared it with ease with sophomore effort ‘Tales From The Wasteland’. When they’re going full tilt on the likes of single ‘Yuppie Dracula’ or ‘Aspirations, I Have Some’, they’re enormous fun. There’s more of a trad-folk feel to ‘Bad Reception’. More varied and dynamic than most folk punk albums, ‘Tales From The Wasteland’ is well worth a read. Fans of Flogging Molly and The Pogues take note, Smokey Bastard are a band you need in your life. Cheers!
John Damon


Sonic Youth ‘best of’ in a different guise.


Sonic Youth being Sonic Youth were never going to just release some kind of lame ‘Greatest Hits’ type package and so they have come up with the rather novel idea of having their friends and admirers choose their favourite aspects of their ridiculously brilliant career to date. Mike D, Radiohead, Chole Sevigny and Michelle Williams, amongst others, have curated a record which to Sonic Youth fans says as much about them as it does the band’s back catalogue. The choices span the decades and in a wonderful way exemplify all that is undisputedly special about the work of one of the most astonishingly brilliant bands it has been my generation’s privilege to enjoy. 
James Batty



(Kiss Of Death)
Change of direction for New Jersey punk rockers.

Static Radio NJ’s last two releases have seen them emulating to their melodic hardcore heroes such as Kid Dynamite but this first album for Kiss Of Death Records is an evolution in their sound that sees them trying to find their own sound, with some success. After almost a decade together, their songwriting has taken on elements of their New Jersey heritage, with the mature yet melodic punk rock of opener ‘Favorite Name’, the infectious ‘Kill The Harmony’ and the album highlight ‘Addict’. However, on the acoustic ‘Geeks’ and closer ‘Incestuous Friends’, they take a clear Nirvana obsession too far. I can’t help but miss the energy of their earlier days but at least they’re switching things up.
Ian Chaddock

(Damaged Goods)

Garage/pop punk infectious anthems on second album from East Londoners.

The way that Thee Spivs manage to take the buzzsaw pop punk sound of the late ’70s finest (Buzzcocks, Ramones, Undertones) and add a modern freshness is what makes them so appealing. First single ‘TV Screen’ seems a little dated now – with most people not watching TV but a computer monitor or an iPhone screen instead but it’s still a buzzing slice of retro punk. There’s a good chance that you won’t have heard songs as fun as ’15 Minutes’ and ‘Flickin’ V’s’ all year. Thee Spivs may have black and white memories but today they’re a colourful and irrepressible good time. Join the fuckin’ party!
Gem Pitt

(Fat Wreck)

No Use For A Name frontman’s second acoustic solo album.

Last year’s ’12 Song Program’ was Tony Sly’s first dip into the punk frontman turned acoustic troubadour territory and, following lots of touring with the likes of Joey Cape and Jon Snodgrass, he’s back with a more confident, angry and emotional second acoustic album, in the form of ‘Sad Bear’. With lyrics about poverty, love, self-medication, getting older, faith, having kids and still being as confused as ever. With this new level of honesty and added instrumentation (that thankfully avoids the Americana trap), songs such as ‘Dark Corner’ and ‘Hey God’ are some of the best material he’s written in years. There’s definitely filler and he’s not the greatest singer/songwriter type, but ‘Sad Bear’ proves Sly has good reason to cheer up.
Ian Chaddock


The soundtrack to the weird and rocking world of Vince Ray.

Vince Ray’s artwork is revered worldwide in the rockabilly community and has graced the covers of many a goliath of the scene. What may surprise fans of his art is that he has been pumping out quality music for some years, ranging from garage to rock ‘n’ roll. This is without a doubt the strongest offering yet, whilst firmly planted in the furiously-paced slap bass rockabilly camp he does a fair bit of genre blending here too, creating a ripping audio experience to equally match the delightfully twisted imagery he creates.
Simon Nott

SESSIONS 1981-83
Raw hardcore rage from the early ’80s gets a second outing.

They may have never had the profile of peers like Black Flag and Dead Kennedys but, alongside bands like Government Issue and, of course, Minor Threat, Void were one of the bands that helped to establish Washington DC as one the most important bases in the burgeoning late ’70s/early ’80s American hardcore scene. As such, this 34-track compilation of unreleased and rare-to-find tracks is a valuable document of the youthful abandon that helped to shape hardcore. Sure, the production is far from amazing and the playing is sloppy but numbers like ‘Organised Sports’ and ‘Controller’ still perfectly convey the rebellious danger of those early days.
Nick Mann

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London Brixton The Electric

This is the opening night at the newly refurbished … Electric in Brixton (The old Fridge ) the first that hits you is the smell of fresh paint, as expecting the Queen to come.
Well tonight it is the King’s of Uk Punk, the Original (except the Drummer) line up of Sham 69 for a "one -off" show ….

The Skets were the 1st band on and reminded me of The Blaggers ITA with punk duel singers … with subliminal ska – punk tunes – something Beastie Boy esqe about them too.

Control (ex Beerzone / Intensive Care, Scottish group) were next up, delivering a Passionate blast of Punk Rock, not breaking out of the mould , yet the Real Deal!

This much anticipated reunion Sham gig, part of a mini Punk weekend / SLF playing the following night (that’s another story!) has brought all the old Punx , Skins and Herbets out of the woodwork to a sold out venue.

When Sham come on to a whole String of old song’s ….the crowd take a while to gear up, more in awe that Jimmy is back on stage; thankfully with his Ballet period, well behind.
From the first song in, "What have we Got" to the more better know "Angel with Dirty Faces" where Jimmy misses the timing and passes it off, professionally. The band themselves look all relatively good for over 35 years of "Rock n Roll" (albeit with a short hiatus thrown in.)

Sham really did come from the place they were singing about…. and formed way back in 1976, the original working class .. so when Jimmy has a costume change, and treat the crowd to "Hersham Boys" ..the crowd chant a long to the classic lines "Hersham Boys …laced up boots and corduroys’" a feeling of unity is already forming in the crowd.

Along side "Tell us the Truth" and "questions and Answers" this ending up quite a spectacular night; when they begin the unmistakable power chords to my personal Favourite "Borstal Breakout" the whole crowd pogo, until puffed out….. 3 and half minutes later .

Sham 69 …go off and knowing they would be lynched if they didn’t play their All time Anthem, come back on and blast, "If the kids are United" …really Jimmy’s lyrics are nothing less than genius and such a simple message for all Ears the world over …covered by many bands, including Rancid.

This was an early show, with the usual "crap" club after …so as much as Sham were welcomed back by their loyal fans… the light went on…so unfortunately, no "Sunday Morning Nightmare" – never mind …lets just pray that this is not going to be a "one-off" and the original band can carry on … for "012 and beyond"

Indeed the Cockney Kids are innocent"

Nicola Hull

Tues 18th Oct.,

Stiff Little Fingers, formed way back in 1978, and were and Still are The Best Punk Rock Band in the world ….. tonight they play Southend as about 300 eager Fan’s pack Chinnery’s out!
SLF are just back from a USA tour, where I heard ; the powerhouse of a drummer, Steve Grantly was not too well yet still managed, somehow, to do the whole Tour, proving how much of a true Warrior he is….

They take the stage to the usual instrumental "Go For It" and it’s a "1234" straight into "Wasted Life," the B side to their very first single (D.I.Y. Rigid Digits label)
First 3 songs all hammered out, like rapid machine gun fire – only slowing down so, the audience can have a little breather to the Motown inspired.." Silver Lining" albeit the opportunity to have a dance too.

An unrecorded "Liar’s Club" is a taster of what’s to come from a New forthcoming Album, in the pipeline. There is some really nice Surprise songs in this "All of The Best" set list tonight, enough to put a grin on the most avid fans face. One such tune is the amazing "Back to Front " an Anti Racist track with the very apt line’s … "Buckets and spades to make your day with …he’s not like us he must be done." Another classic single from ..back in the day, enter "Straw Dogs" the bands first 7" single for Chrysalis (The contract they almost wrote themselves) this is a real gruff, punky number; with Jakes voice still holding the Passion of 1000 street protesters. As if this is not enough for the ardent fan’s, they then treat us to another old tune called "Wait and See," dedicated to their prestigious life time achievement award from the City of Belfast. I personally have not heard this tune live for at least 20 years.

Now this in all fairness, may just be the most biased live review ever … as this is my all time Favourite band, when I heard "Johnny Was" coming from my Big brothers bedroom; aged 6, my lifelong affair started there. First seeing them live in 1983 (Last ever show, Sun 6th Feb) then when they reformed in 1987, I hitched – hiked too see them at every single show in the Uk, losing count at roughly 200 times, give or take!

So when I say this is one of the best time’s I have ever seen them, I really do mean it. There is 3 cover versions thrown into this mix, including "The Specials -Doesn’t make it Alright," a version that Roddy Radiation prefers to his own bands original. Another two reggae tune’s called "Love of the Common people" and "Roots Radicals and Rockers," proving the band ‘s love of Jamaican music and giving the very happy audience a chance to Skank along.

A newly revamped expression of "Tin Soldiers" is soaked up with the real life story of a young and naive, Scottish Soldier who indeed "Swapped boy scout hat for army cap, he thought he’d be prepared". Then the band have a minute respite, before a (silly) Encore, "Schools out for Summer" Alice Cooper, which seems to go over a lot of the young one’s heads…. mostly son’s and daughters of first timers.

The cherry on the cake comes with, the bands two most revered classic’s played back to back, "Suspect Device" and "Alternative Ulster" (This really could be an National Anthem !!)

Well what a night, an amazing set by an amazing bandand the truly amazing thing is next year will be SLF’s 35th year and they are still Burning…… glad I will be seeing them in London the following week. If for any reason you do not know this great band, this please go and check them on their next Tour dates… April / March in 2012 – for a "Punky, Reggae party, one you will never forget. Hanx !

Nicola Hull

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The story of London’s toughest and poorest part as told through the eyes of its most iconic band, THE COCKNEY REJECTS. From the bombs that flew in World War II and from the greatest industrial docks the world ever saw, to the formation of the original and best Terrace Band of them all, the battles, living outside the law, the wilderness years of both the band and the area that spawned them, and eventually to the rebirth and transformation of the band into a worldwide cult, this is the rockumentary to beat them all.

Feel the mighty heart that beats to the rhythm of rivet hammers upon a background of claret and blue.

This is East End Babylon!


Jeff ‘Stinky’ Turner was only 15 when, along with his brother Mick, he crashed onto the nation’s TV screens with his band THE COCKNEY REJECTS and lit a worldwide street punk revolution. After releasing the awesome but modestly titled album ‘Greatest Hits Vol. 1’, followed by a second and third, as well as a run of chart hits, they took a new hard rock direction and it all went a bit pear-shaped, with the band splitting a mere five years later. But it seems you can’t keep a ‘Reject down and next month sees the band out on the road headlining the Concrete Jungle Festival and releasing the rather tasty, brand new album ‘Unforgiven’. Big Cheese caught up with Jeff and Mick at an Irish boozer on Holloway Road to get their story, in their words…


Jeff: “Me and Mick first formed the band, we blagged the bass player who was going out with me sister. We didn’t have a drummer and we hadn’t even played a gig when Mick went up to see Gary Bushell and told him we were this new band and he liked the name. The next thing Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69 vocalist) was on the phone. We started off big time doing twenty four tracks at Polydor studios after only ever having sung into a little tape recorder. After that we got signed to Small Wonder Records to make our first EP, ‘Flares And Slippers’, which sold fabulously well. We started the band in March ’79, by the end of October ’79 we’d recorded ‘I’m Not A Fool’ (second EP) one Sunday afternoon and in the next two days we had five record companies fighting for our signatures – Warner Bros., Polydor, Decca… I think we was gonna go with Polydor but then EMI stepped in with a big offer. That was it, we was away, signed and we’d only ever played four gigs. I appeared on ‘Top Of The Pops’ at fifteen years old.”

Mick: “The emphasis was on the songwriting and if we wouldn’t have thought it was worth a carrot, we wouldn’t have ever gone for it. We liked what we was hearing obviously, especially the first time we walked into a big mainframe studio like Polydor and listening to what we was capable of. We’d earned this contract and we’re worth our weight, you know?”

Jeff: “There was a lot of bands coming through but we was more influenced by the older, first punk bands like The Ramones, The Clash and all that – still the great ones for me. Even though our sound moved on, Mick’s guitar sound had a sound all of its own. They was good, poppy songs, even though there was shouted lyrics, because we didn’t know anything else, and big choruses. But it all seemed to gel and before we knew it, ‘Volume 1’ (1980) had been made, bang, and we’re into the Top 50, then the Top 30 and we stayed there for weeks and weeks.”


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Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers:
Where are they now?

Johnny Thunders was a name as much associated with chaotic punk rock as with hard living and self-destruction. Thunders, who took his moniker from a DC comic book hero known for his luck and ability to wield ‘The Thunderbolt’, was a founding father of proto punk as a guitarist and singer-songwriter. Thunders’ was also an infamous drug user and tangled with the demons of fame and substance abuse. His death in 1991 sparked rumors and speculation regarding the American guitarist’s final hours, only to be further muddled when police hesitated to open any real investigation. Whether an overdose, a premeditated murder or a violent robbery gone wrong, Thunders’ death in a dingy New Orleans hotel room marked the passing of punk’s fiercest icon. But now, 20 years after his passing, what has become of The Heartbreakers?

The Heartbreakers were formed from the ashes of the New York Dolls when Thunders and Jerry Nolan split in 1975. The New York Dolls continued the Florida tour and tried to piece the band together while Thunders and Nolan began to plant the seeds of what would become Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers. They picked up free-floating Richard Hell of Television to play bass and sing, though his stint with the band was brief. Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers saw a number of musicians come and go during the tumultuous life of the band and while a few have croaked, some are still kicking and screaming.

Jerry Nolan
Iconic drummer for the New York Dolls, Nolan was at the heart of the band from the beginning. The native New Yorker toured and recorded with The Heartbreakers, including the famous and ill-fated British Anarchy Tour (alongside the likes of The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned). Even as the band began to dissolve, Nolan remained strongly connected to Johnny Thunders as they both went their separate ways musically. He quit after the release of ‘L.A.M.F’ because the album was mixed properly and never sounded how he envisioned, but continued to play with The Heartbreakers as a hired drummer. Nolan was collaborating with singer-songwriter Greg Allen and bassist Chicago Van Earnshaw when he fell ill. Then in 1992, only a few months after Thunders’ death, Nolan was admitted to St. Vincent’s hospital in New York and suffered a stroke. Jerry Nolan then passed away on January 14th, 1992. Thunders and Nolan are both buried in Queens and Nolan’s legacy still lives on, best captured by David Johansen’s famous phrase, ‘Give me one Jerry!’

Richard Hell
A man that needs no introduction, Richard Hell joined The Heartbreakers in May 1975 after playing with The Neon Boys (who later became Television). Hell’s time with The Heartbreakers only lasted about a year, until 1976 when he quit and started Richard Hell and The Voidoids (also known as simply the Voidoids). This project was part of the first wave of punk rock and released two studio albums, ‘Blank Generation’ and ‘Destiny Street,’ and is credited for introducing and developing the classic punk rock look. Hell played bass and sang lead vocals for The Voidoids before releasing ‘R.I.P’ (a collection outtakes and unreleased material) in 1984, which marked his retirement. Hell briefly reentered the music world in the early 90s for Dim Stars, a short-lived super group with Thurston Moore and Steven Shelley of Sonic Youth, Gumball’s Don Flemming and Robert Quine of The Voidoids. Hell has also written a number of novels, non-fiction books, poems, essays and drawings that have been published as well as has appeared in several films. Richard Hell is 62 and lives in the East Village with his wife.

Walter Lure
Walter ‘Waldo’ Lure joined forces with Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan and Richard Hell in the early stages of The Heartbreakers as a second guitarist and vocalist. Lure was pulled into The Heartbreakers from his earlier band, The Demons, as a result of mutual friends and a shared rehearsal space. Lure performed and recorded with The Heartbreakers and had a major role in songwriting. He went on to work with The Ramones on ‘Subterranean Jungle’ and ‘Too Tough To Die,’ contributing significant guitar work, though he was confined to studio sessions and did not perform with the band live. Walter Lure played with a number of musicians and bands following his career with The Heartbreakers including The Hurricanes, which later became The Heroes. Lure put out some music with a band that he formed called The Waldos in the mid-80s. The Waldos saw a continually rotating line up because a number of members died in quick succession.

Billy Rath
Following Richard Hell’s dramatic departure, Billy Rath jumped aboard The Heartbreakers as the replacement bass player. Rumors circulated that Rath was a former gigolo and though he did not have quite the stage presence that Hell did, he was very musically talented and helped hold The Heartbreakers together. Rath also played with many major names like Iggy Pop, Nico, Lenny Kay, The Muggers and Ronnie Spector. He has also put together a project called ‘Billy Rath’s Street Pirates’ and recently toured with UK with The Broken Hearts, alongside Steve Dior.

Nathan Greenberg

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Hugh Gulland talks to Mr. Vive Le Rock himself in the new issue (no. 5), which you can order HERE.

Here’s some extra web-exclusive questions our man put to Prince Charming.

How did it hit you when Malcolm MacLaren ousted you from the original band?
"Well you know I was very upset really, because Malcolm was, you know… that was a necessary thing to happen. I hired him for a couple of weeks, and during this couple of weeks he said ‘look, there’s this album Dirk Wears White Sox, which is very good, but is that the kind of thing you want to do? Do you want to do a cult record?’ I said ‘Not really, I wanna make hit records’, because in my mind when I put Young Parisians out or Zerox out I was aiming for the top slot. He said ‘you’re going the wrong way about it, you’ve got to use what you’ve got which is your lips, your muscles, get it on the cover, get it on the front, and you’ve got to listen to the structure of pop music, rock’n’roll…’ so he gave me a whole very solid history of, not just rock’n’roll, but the construction of things, how to scan, that kind of stuff, and it was immeasurably helpful. During the process of that, by the same token, I wasn’t going to let him take over Adam And The Ants, the idea. It was plainly obvious that he didn’t want Adam And The Ants, he just wanted the guys who were in Adam And The Ants, the rhythm section. He already had the idea for Bow Wow Wow, with Anabella. So in a way, it was painful, but we’re all still pretty good mates, sadly Matthew Ashman has passed away. But I’ve also done a bit of work with Annabella. And Dave Barbarossa came on tour with me in America, (Lee Gouldman) worked on an album I did… so we’ve all come back into the fold. It’s just the way it went. Sometimes you’ve got to have your heart broken, and you kind of move on.

"He was one of the great rock’n’roll managers in the whole of history; that’d be Tom Parker, Epstein, Peter Grant and him. Malcolm was ultimately more intellectual than the other three, which is probably what got him his way, because he wasn’t money orientated. He was very bad with money, Malcolm, he was more one for ideas, and stirring things up, getting a revolt. So that was generally the way he worked, he wasn’t someone who was in it for money, if he was into money, he’d have been like robbing a bank. He wasn’t one for negotiation, he was a very clever guy."

What do you remember of your time with Bazooka Joe – you were headlining at the Pistols’ first gig?
"It was that horrible pub rock era, where, you just couldn’t get a deal, and Bazooka Joe hung about with Ducks Deluxe, Kilburn And The High Roads, Eddie And The Hot Rods, and the best of the lot being Dr Feelgood. I remember at Feelgood gigs seeing John Rotten turn up you know, they were the best of the best, but they were having it hard. The music papers held a lot of influence, so it wasn’t really going for it. It really took the riot at the National, I actually attended that gig, where the Pistols attacked the audience, things changed a bit, and they didn’t know what to do. It was a catalyst really, Malcolm and the Pistols were a catalyst for what was going to happen, and I was lucky to be at the first gig and just dropped tools and got out of doing nostalgic songs and got on with the future, got on with it. I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time!"

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 KITTY DAISY & LEWIS                                 UK TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK!                                   Kitty Daisy & Lewis' hotly anticipated UK tour starts this week and there are limited numbers of tickets still available to buy for some of what are sure to be incredible shows. Get in there quick people!                                                                   24/11/11: Scala, London (sold out)                                  26/11/11: Leadmill, Sheffield (tickets)                                  27/11/11: Masque Theatre, Liverpool ( tickets)                                  28/11/11: Lancaster Library, Lancaster (tickets)                                  29/11/11: Junction 2, Cambridge ( tickets)                                  30/11/11: Komedia, Brighton (sold out)                                    SUNDAY BEST ARTIST LIVE CALENDAR                                  22nd Nov - Sound Of Rum supporting Billy Bragg @ London HMV Forum                                  24th Nov - Kitty, Daisy And Lewis @ Scala, London, UK                                  24th Nov - Sound Of Rum supporting Billy Bragg @ Leicester O2 Academy                                  25th Nov - Beardyman @ House Of Fun Weekender, Butlins  Minehead                                  25th Nov - Sound Of Rum supporting Billy Bragg @ Liverpool Picket                                   26th Nov – Beardyman STRP Festival @ Klokgebouw, Eindhoven                                  26th Nov – dan le sac vs scroobious pip @ Madness House Of Fun Weekender, Minehead                                  26th Nov – Dub Pistols @ Cambridge Junction, UK                                  26th Nov - Kitty Daisy And Lewis @ Leadmill, Sheffield                                  26th Nov - Sound Of Rum supporting Billy Bragg @ Liverpool Picket                                  27th Nov - Kitty Daisy And Lewis @ Masque Theatre, Liverpool                                  28th Nov - Kitty Daisy And Lewis @ Lancaster Library, Lancaster                                  28th Nov - Sound Of Rum supporting Billy Bragg @Bristol University                                  29th Nov - Kitty Daisy And Lewis @ Junction 2,  Cambridge                                  30th Nov - Kitty Daisy And Lewis @ Komedia, Brighton                                  2nd Dec - Sound Of Rum @ Hootenanny, London                                  8th Dec - Beardyman @ Electric Brixton, London                                  9th Dec – Beardyman @ Motion, Bristol                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SMOKING IN HEAVEN                                 THE ALBUM OUT NOW                                  Click on the cover above to get the album on CD, 2xLP or 8x10" 78rpm Record Album from the KD&L online store. Also on iTunes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DON'T MAKE A FOOL OUT OF ME                                 THE LATEST SINGLE                                  The latest single from Kitty, Daisy & Lewis ‘Don’t Make A Fool Out Of Me’ features Lewis on vocals and is out now featuring new B-side ‘Don’t Make A Fool Out Of Me (Version)’.                                                                   The heavy-weight vinyl 45rpm 7” and ltd edition 78rpm 10” are available via the KD&L online store and from HMV. Or there's iTunes.                                  Check the stylish video here...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     KITTY DAISY & LEWIS ONLINE                                                          Facebook                                  Twitter (@KDandL)                                  YouTube                                                                      
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November 23 London Corsica Studios
 November 26 Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
November 27 Holland Groningen Vera Club basement
 November 28 Travel
 November 29 Germany TBD
 November 30 Belgium Brusselles Les Ateliers Claus
 December 1 Germany Berlin Festaal Kreuzberg
 December 2 Germany Frankfurt Pony Hoff
 December 3 Switzerland Zurich Helsinki Club
 December 4 OFF
 December 5 Austria Vienna Chelsea
 December 7 France Roubaix La Caves aux Poétes
 December 8 Belgium Charleroi Le Vecteur
 December 9 France Paris La Boule Noire
December 10 France La Roche/Yon Fuzz Yon
 December 11 France Lorient Le Galion
 December 13 France Bordeaux L’Heretic
 December 14 France Nimes Industrie
 December 15 Spain Madrid Nasti
 December 16 Portugal Porto Armazem Do Cha
December 17 Spain Vitoria Helldorado

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Department S the post-punk legends who brought you the classics ‘Is Vic There?’, ‘Going Left-Right’ and ‘I Want’ are back and touring with their amazing new album ‘Mr Nutley’s Strange Delusionarium’. They play Londons’ 100 Club on Dec 2nd with support from the Priscillas and Electric River. see you all there! ticket details below-

2nd December 2011 – The 100 Club, London – with the Priscillas

10th December 2011 – The Green Door Store, Brighton – with The Fallen Leaves



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Punk and Beyond

Date: 25th Nov – 17th Dec 11

Following last years hit show ‘Beyond Punk’, we have asked Gaye Advert to curate another show featuring the work of Punk musicians. There is an impressive new line-up of Punk artists and photographers, so it promises to outshine last years show. So far the line-up is:

Gaye Black (Adverts)

Ben Browton (The Shapes)

Billy Childish (Pop Rivets)

Michael Davis (MC5)

Ben Edge (Thee Spivs)

Ray Gange (Clash DJ)

Grant Hart (Husker Du)

Jowe Head (Swell Maps/Television Personalities)

Robyn Hitchcock (Soft Boys)

Bron Jones (Eve Libertine, Crass)

Dick Lucas (Subhumans/Citizen Fish)

Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth)

Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo)

Christian Paris (Wire/The Bears)

Savage Pencil (the Art Attacks)

Marco Pirroni (Siouxsie & the Banshees/Adam & the Ants)

Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices)

Jamie Reid

Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3)

Penny Rimbaud (Crass)

Paul Simonon (the Clash)

Tom Spencer (the Lurkers)


 Ian Dickson

Jill Furmanovsky

Ray Stevenson


Chris Brief (The Briefs)

Charlie Harper (UK Subs)

Knox (The Vibrators)

Private View 24th November 6 – 9pm (email us to be put on the list)

Open to the public – 25th November – 17th December Tuesday – Saturday

On each of the four Saturdays of the shows run, musicians from the show will be performing sets in the gallery.These performances will be free. Details of the line-up for these events will be announced nearer to the time,

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 AGMP & SENBLA  Presents     BAD MANNERS  Live at The Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall Upper Street, London, N1 2UD     Saturday 18 February 2012      Tickets £20 Standing, £25 Balcony Seating – Doors 7pm  Buy tickets:     The infamous larger- than- life and outlandish cult Ska band is back for exclusive London show     Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were at school together, and among their early incarnations were known as Stoop Solo and the Sheet Starchers. None of the members had any formal musical training, not even the ability to play any instruments. They became popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when lots of similar ska bands filled the charts. Some of their hits include "My Girl Lollipop", "Lip Up Fatty", "Special Brew" and "Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu". One of the main reasons for their notoriety was because of their outlandish, larger-than-life, huge tongued & shaven-headed front man. Buster's exploits got them banned from the British TV chart show Top of the Pops (which included dressing as Henry VIII and singing to a blow-up doll for the song "Lorraine", pouring a large can of baked beans over his head, and dressing in a can-can dancer's dress to promote their single "Can-Can").  By 1979, the Bad Manners spectacle was created and there was a firm following for the band in North and East London's venues. Fronted by the enormous and outrageous BUSTER BLOODVESSEL this nine-piece musical mini-orchestra took the scene by storm with a diet of luscious and endearing lunacy that is still kicking today, except today they are recognized and welcomed across continents, oceans and especially Finland. Their early forays into the pubs and clubs created a cult live following that enabled them to be signed by Magnet Records for an 'undisclosed' sum of money without even recording a demo tape. They had succeeded in creating a unique blend of SKA, jump blues and boogie known as Ska'N'B which became the name of their first album in 1980.  Between 1980 and 1983, they spent 111 weeks in the pop charts and had 15 hit singles. Their time in the charts exceeded that of Little Richard, Fats Domino, The Moody Blues, Culture Club and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.  The band were always far more than a simple charting prospect however as anyone who has seen them live will know. They are an unbelievable live act with a cult status that transcends anything the less charitable critic might dare to write.    
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 SIMPLE MINDS  5 X 5 LIVE   Simple Minds to perform a never-before-played set dedicated solely to their highly acclaimed   and hugely influential early albums     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Simple Minds are pleased to announce a very rare and exciting opportunity to see them perform material from their first five albums at four intimate UK venues, in February and March 2012. These landmark shows, lasting over two and half hours, will be part of a 16-date European tour beginning in Portugal on 14th February with the first UK shows taking place at Birmingham Academy and in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, at Barrowland, on 24th and 25th February respectively, with the final two shows at London’s Roundhouse (3rd March) and the Manchester Ritz the following evening.      The band will exclusively play five songs from each of their first five albums – Life In A Day, Real To Real Cacophony, Empires and Dance, Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Calling and New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84), which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year – which were released in a prolific period from 1979 to 1982. These five albums have had a massive cultural impact from the time of their release during the birth of the new wave electro scene in the late 1970s, through the dance revolution of the ‘80s and ‘90s, to the music of the Manic Street Preachers and the recent sound of The Horrors’ Skying album, making them five of the most vital albums of the post-punk period and the last 35 years.                                                                                                                 “This is the set that so many who appreciate Simple Minds have been begging us to play and finally this is that one-off chance to see it.” Jim Kerr.                        5 X 5 LIVE, TOUR DATES:  February  14th      Coliseum, Lisbon, Portugal   15th      Riviera, Madrid, Spain  16th      Razzamatazz, Barcelona, Spain  18th      Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands  19th      Admiralpalast, Berlin, Germany  20th      Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark  21st      Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway  23rd      Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium  24th      Birmingham Academy  25th      Glasgow Barrowland   27th      Casino De Paris, France  28th      Alcatraz, Milan, Italy   29th      Komplex 457, Zurich, Switzerland      March  2nd        London Roundhouse    3rd        Manchester Ritz   4th        Olympia Theatre, Dublin      Tickets will go on sale at 9am on 25th November. Birmingham, London and Manchester tickets available from:  and Glasgow tickets available from:  or      To coincide with 5x5 Live, on 13th February, EMI Music will release the box set Simple Minds X5. The box will feature all five of the albums over six discs - with Sons and Fascination and Sister Feelings Calling as separate discs in a gatefold sleeve – as well as bonus material on each disc including rare and previously unavailable b-sides and remixes.    
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 The UNDERTONES celebrate their 35th anniversary with a tour in December. These are the dates:     01/12/2011 Inverness Ironworks   02/12/2011 Darlington Inside / Out  03/12/2011 Leamington Spa The Assembly  04/12/2011 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms  08/12/2011 Gloucester Guildhall  09/12/2011 Leeds Cockpit  10/12/2011 Brighton Concorde 2 
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Metallica and Lou Reeds ‘Brilliant ‘ new album Lulu² sold a little over 3,000 copies copies in the United States in its
second week of release, bringing the CD¹s cumulative sales to 16,000. The
effort has already dropped off The Billboard 200 chart after debuting at
position No. 36 with first-week sales of 13,000.Metallica have previously sold 400,000 copies in their first week-so well done boys! You really shat that one out!


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 Richie is now working on fresh recordings of his six Ramones songs and new originals as well as preparing to tour with Tommy Mills of The Jade Amenity.  Richie is also the only surviving Ramone to be featured on the upcoming second Joey Ramone solo album and is recording with Irish punk band The Gobshites and Cait O’Riordan of the Pogues in November of 2011.

The Underworld Camden presents:

Richie Ramone and The Ramonas (All girl Ramone tribute band)


Tuesday 29 November @ Underworld, London

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