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"Reggae king Jimmy Cliff takes back his crown…Cliff cuts his best music in decades.” Rolling Stone

"Since 1972…Cliff has established himself as one of the most important — and profoundly influential — reggae artists ever to emerge from Jamaica.”- Stereogum

They say the world is spinning around -I say the world is upside down” Jimmy Cliff



Following his legendary appearance at Glastonbury Festival last year, Jimmy Cliff is set to return to the UK playing London’s indigO2 on May 18th and the Birmingham Ballroom on May 20th.


Singer, songwriter, musician and actor, Jimmy Cliff will be performing all of his greatest hits including “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, “The Harder they Come” (soundtrack to the film in which Jimmy starred) and “Many Rivers To Cross”.   The shows precede the release of his much-anticipated new album RE.BIRTH due this summer.



With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honorable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. With a catalogue that ranks among the most influential in global culture, Cliff  remains a forceful voice of power and conscience, creating new music as vital and vibrant as ever. Teamed with producer Tim Armstrong – the Rancid front man who has cited Cliff as his most admired artist – Cliff is set to release ‘RE.BIRTH’ his first full length album in seven years, a set which builds on his unparalleled history and points to a wide open future.


View a short clip about the new album here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=17IgE10P4fk



14-17th March                    SXSW

13th April 2012                  COACHELLA

20th April 2012                  COACHELLA

18th May 2012                   indigO2 at The O2 London, UK

20th May 2012                   Ballroom, Birmingham, UK

23rd May 2012                   Mawazine Festival, Rabat, Morocco

25th May 2012                   Afro-Pfingsten Festival, Winterthur, Switzerland

26th May 2012                   Bataclan, Paris, France



Tickets are on sale now ranging from £20 – £45 + BF via www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Doors open 7pm.






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Click to enlargeThe ever-excellent Fishbones Glover (Fishbones Photography) who provided the photos for the U.K. Subs’ last studio album ‘Work In Progress’ is currently offering a magnificent limited edition U.K. Subs Canvas Print.

It features four stunning photos by Fish – of Charlie, Alvin, Jet and Jamie – and is strictly limited to TEN COPIES ONLY! Click the image to enlarge…

Priced at £90-00 plus £6-00 postage and packaging, this lovely printed canvas stretches over a 38mm true 100% pine gallery frame.

The canvas comes ready for hanging and measures 28" in height and 20" width. This is a never to be repeated piece of collectable Subs memorablia.More detaisl www.uksubstimeandmatter.net


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2nd March – Leamington, Assembly (UK)


Fri 2nd Mar Girlschool

The Assembly
Leamington Spa

Sat 3rd Mar Girlschool + Psychobabylon + Asomvel + NG26


Fri 9th Mar Girlschool

Manchester Academy

Sat 10th Mar Girlschool

The Garage

Fri 23rd Mar Girlschool + Stop Stop

The Patriot Inn

Fri 15th Jun
Sun 17th Jun
Sonic Rock Solstice

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Builth Wells

3rd March – York, Fibbers (UK)

9th March – Manchester, 03 Academy (UK)

10th March – London, Garage (UK)

23rd March – Crumlin, The Patriot, Wales (UK)


25th May – Rock Hard Festival (Germany)


8th June – Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden)


15th June –  Sonicrocksolstice Festival, Wales (UK)


17th June – Hellfest Festival (France)


15th September – EMF Festival (Luxembourg)


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 we have now set up a Soundcloud page for the Retrosonic Podcast, where you can listen, download and pass comment. We've featured The Rezillos, The Playn Jayn, The Ruts, The Godfathers, Frowning Clouds, The Len Price 3, Dr. Feelgood, Chambers Brothers, The Jetsonics, Elephant Stone, Radio Birdman, The Carpettes, The Past Tense and The Saints amongst others. There's also a "Bonus Track" interview with legendary Rock Photographer Paul Slattery too. We hope you like it! http://soundcloud.com/retrosonic-podcast
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  • Punk legends Stiff Little Fingers are featured in the latest issue of Vive Le Rock with a massive interview and history. Meanwhile they head out on their VIVE LE ROCK sponsored tour this March at-
  • Wednesday, March 14
  • Lemon Tree
  • Aberdeen, Scotland (MAP)
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  • Saturday, March 17
  • Barrowland
  • Glasgow, Scotland (MAP)
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 he Skints announce UK headline tour New album ‘Part & Parcel’ set for release 9th April, 2012  (Bomber Music)     www.facebook.com/theskints     London-based reggae & dub upstarts The Skints will embark on a long-awaited headline tour of the UK in October this year. All dates will be on sale from this Friday. Josh from the band has the following to say about The Skints’ excitement at announcing the run –     "We're extremely pleased and proud to announce that we'll be headlining our own tour this October in support of our new album "Part & Parcel"! These are easily the biggest headline slots we've ever done and we're so stoked to be doing a headline run after doing so many support slots with artists like Gym Class Heroes, Reel Big Fish, You Me at Six, Gogol Bordello… the list goes on! We can't wait to see what kinds of crazy cats will be at the shows to hang out, and after a few months of our record being out, this is gonna be a no holds barred, all singing, ALL dancing punky-reggae party! We're hitting all of our favourite UK cities, the other artists will be incredible, did I mention we're excited?"     The Skints will also be playing at Passing Clouds in London on 2nd March. The band release their second album ‘Part & Parcel’ on 9th April, 2012. Produced by Prince Fatty, the album mixes Jamaican styles with pop hooks, grimey raps, filthy basslines and a punk rock work ethic to create a sound familiar to newcomers, yet unique below the surface. The Skints’ first album ‘Live , Breathe, Build, Believe’ crossed the boundaries between the punk scene they grew up in and distinct reggae grooves, providing them with an underground hit.      HEADLINE DATES   Tue 02 Oct 2012     Bristol                     The Fleece              www.bristolticketshop.co.uk   Wed 03 Oct 2012    Cardiff                     Ifor Bach                 www.seetickets.com   Thu 04 Oct 2012     Nottingham            Maze                       http://bit.ly/x7CzAF   Fri 05 Oct 2012       Birmingham            Academy 2              www.gigsandtours.com   Sat 06 Oct 2012      Manchester             Academy 3              www.gigsandtours.com   Sun 07 Oct 2012     Glasgow                  King Tuts                 www.gigsinscotland.com   Mon 08 Oct 2012    Newcastle               Trillions     Tue 09 Oct 2012     Leeds                       Cockpit                    https://www.lunatickets.co.uk/   Wed 10 Oct 2012    Norwich                  Norwich Arts Centrewww.gigsandtours.com   Thu 11 Oct 2012     London                    The Scala                www.gigsandtours.com      FURTHER LIVE DATES   Fri 02 March 2012  Vibes & Pressure at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, London E8 4AA  https://www.facebook.com/events/277055105701632/      SUPPORTING YOU ME AT SIX – March 2012          SAT        17           O2 Academy              Leicester  SUN       18           Rock City                    Nottingham  TUE        20           O2 Academy              Bournemouth  WED      21           Westland Centre        Yeovil  FRI          23           Great Hall                 Cardiff  SAT        24           University Guild of Students       Liverpool  SUN       25           O2 Academy              Newcastle Upon Tyne  TUE        27           SECC Hall 3                Glasgow  WED      28           Apollo                         Manchester  THU       29           Apollo                        Manchester  SAT        31           The Ballroom             Birmingham  April 2012             SUN       01           The Ballroom             Birmingham  MON     02           Brixton Academy        London  TUE        03          Brixton Academy        London    
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 The DeRellas "STICK IT TO THE MAN TOUR" new single out in Mach                                                     Thursday 15th March - DNA Cafe, Brussels, BELGIUM Friday 16th March - Hauptquartier, Aachen, GERMANY Saturday 17th March - Schäferei, Schaffhausen, SWITZERLAND Sunday 18th March - Les Passagers du Zinc, Besançon, France Monday 19th March - Thunderbird Lounge, St Etienne, FRANCE Tuesday 20th March -  United Club, Torino, ITALY (with the FLESHTONES) Wednesday 21st March - Titty Twister, Villadossola, ITALY Thursday 22nd March - to be confirmed, ITALY Friday 23rd March - to be confirmed, ITALY Saturday 24th March - Shack Club, Codroipo, Udine, ITALY Friday 30th March - Nambucca, London UK                             www.facebook.com/thederellas  www.thederellas.com                                               
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Vive Le Rock only recently interviewed this rock n roll legend. our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

MC5 Bassist Michael Davis Dead at 68

The rock band rose to prominence from 1964 to 1972, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early-punk sound.

Michael Davis, the bassist of legendary rock band the MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68.

Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, said Angela Davis.

Born on June 5, 1943, the bassist gained attention in the MC5 and later played in a version of the group called DKT-MC5 with former MC5 members Wayne Kramer on guitar and Dennis Thompson on drums. The latter two are now the only surviving members of the classic MC5 lineup: singer Rob Tyner died in 1991 and guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, who married singer Patti Smith in 1980, in 1994.

The original MC5 rose to prominence from 1964 to 1972, making waves with incendiary anti-establishment lyrics and a blistering early-punk sound, starting with their first album  Kick Out the Jams,  which was recorded live and released in 1969. The excellent studio albums Back in the USA  and High Time followed in 1970 and 1971 before the band imploded due to substance abuse and middling commercial success. The group soon received its due, at least in historic terms, as the the first wave of punk rock bands nearly universally cited the MC5, the New York Dolls and the Stooges as key influences. The bandmembers were active during those years — Davis with former Stooge Ron Ashton in Destroy All Monsters, Smith in Sonic’s Rendezvous Band — but did not break out of cult status.

A series of posthumous releases of varying quality have emerged in the years since the MC5’s demise, but several live recordings from the group’s peak years capture it in all its raucous glory.

An active bassist and also producer, Davis was planning to be in Belgium this week recording with punk rock musician Sonny Vincent, said Davis’ wife.

Davis had a scare in 2006 when he injured his back in a motorcycle accident on a Southern California freeway. He later co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.

In the last few years, Davis also returned to a love of painting, fostered when he first studied fine arts at Wayne State University in Michigan. He dropped out of the program in 1964 to play music, but started studying art again recently in Oregon and California, with the intention of finishing his bachelor’s degree in fine arts.

Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage. Memorial plans were pending,

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Unfortunately due to an injury to the Drummer of Lydia Lunch’s band the LYDIA LUNCH’S BIG SEXY NOISE shows scheduled for 15th Feb at Manchester Ruby Lounge, and Sunday 19th Feb at O2 Bar Academy2, London have had to be POSTPONED UNTIL A NEW DATE CAN BE ARRANGED. Gallon Drunk meanwhile will be playing in May, on the 24th at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton, and 25th at Nambucca, Holloway Road, London.

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Issue 6 will be in shops late next week and here’s what you can expect…


The rise, fall and rebirth. As John Lydon prepares to re-stoke the fires of Public Image Limited, will it equal past glories? We talk to a host of people with varying opinions and look at the history of the seminal pioneering post-punks.





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The mighty Adam Ant goes out on tour in Australia and America this year. We wish him well!! and Vive Le Rock!!!!

Australian tour

23rd – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
27th – Perth, Metro City
30th – Melbourne, Palace Theatre

April 2012

5th – Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
8th – Brisbane, The Tivoli

June 2012

3rd – The Apple Cart

July 2012

13th – Ipswich
20th – Northampton
21st – Silverstone
22nd – Perth, Rewind
27th – Camp Bestival

August 2012

19th – Henley-on-Thames, Rewind
25th – Warrington

September 2012

North American tour

13th – Los Angeles, CA, The Mayan Theatre
14th – Las Vegas, NV, Hard Rock on the Strip
15th – San Diego, CA, 4th & B
21st – Dallas, TX, Granada Theater
27th – Tampa, FL, Hard Rock Seminole
28th – Miami, FL, Hard Rock Pavilion
29th – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live

October 2012

North American tour

3rd – Norfolk, VA, NorVa
5th – Philadelphia, PA, Trocadero Theatre
6th – New York, NY, Best Buy Theatre
11th – Pontiac, MI, The Crofoot Ballroom
13th – Chicago, IL, Cubby Bear
14th – Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
18th – San Francisco, CA, The Regency Ballroom
19th – Ventura, CA, Ventura Theater
20th – Anaheim, CA, The Grove of Anaheim

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Mick Jones and Paul Simonon working on Clash ‘London Calling’ film

Pair acting as advisors for new biopic


Photo Gallery: The Clash




Mick Jones


Paul Simonon

are working on a new biopic based on the recording of their classic 1979 album

‘London Calling’


The pair are working as executive producers for the film, which is being written by playwright

Jez Butterworth

, reports

BBC News


Alison Owen

, mother of

Lily Allen

, is producing the film, along with

Ruby Film And Television


Paul Trijbits


Cast details are yet to be announced. Shooting will begin in 2011.

A new

biopic about The Clash’s late frontman Joe Strummer

is also in the works.

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 THE CHORDS  Live at Islington Assembly Hall, Islington Town Hall Upper Street, London, N1 2UD  Friday 30 March 2012   Doors 7pm         Healing from South East London the Chords formed in 1978 when singer/guitarist Billy Hassett and his bassist cousin, Martin Mason, advertised for musicians in the NME and found guitarist and songwriter, Chris Pope. Original drummer Paul Halpin did not stay long, at least behind his drum kit, and eventually became the group's tour manager. In his place came Brett "Buddy" Ascott, and by March 1979 The Chords were taking the stage. They gigged continuously over the spring and summer, headlining two mod festivals at London's Marquee Club and recording their first BBC Radio 1 session for DJ John Peel in early July. Amongst their early supporters were Paul Weller, who caught one of their first shows, and Sham 69's Jimmy Pursey, who signed the group to his JP Productions company.     The quartet recorded a handful of demos for Pursey, before the relationship soured after he heckled The Undertones at a concert which the Chords had opened. Polydor then signed the band to a recording contract. For their debut single, the Chords chose one of the songs recorded for Pursey, "Now It's Gone", re-recorded it and had it released in September 1979. It rose to Number 63 in the UK Singles Chart.     They followed it up in January 1980 with "Maybe Tomorrow", which, bolstered by rave reviews in the press, shot in to the UK Top 40. A second Peel session was recorded in March, and the next month their third single, "Something's Missing", arrived. This taster for their debut album, So Far Away, reached number 55. The album made number 30 in the UK Albums Chart in May, bolstered by a UK tour. The album included two cover versions; Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and The Beatles' "She Said She Said". Allmusic gave So Far Away 4.5 stars, the second highest rating possible.     "The British Way of Life" single arrived in July and reached number 55, and "In My Street", released in October, topped out at number 50. The group continued touring, until a show at London's Music Machine in November 1980. Hassett was relieved of his duties and the former Vibrators' singer Kip Herring stepped in. The old line-up was featured on the cover of their next single, "One More Minute", which arrived in May 1981  In 1986 a live album entitled No One's Listening Anymore was issued, which was recorded back in 1980. A decade later, the two-CD compilation This Is What They Want gave fans precisely that, while the band's Peel sessions landed in shops the following year. In August 2010 The Chords were back out on the road promoting a new single 'Another Thing Coming'. 
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 Bob Mould Copper Blue - Live 4 Classic Albums to be re-issued - June 2012  Bob Mould announces three exclusive European dates to coincide with the  re-issue of Copper Blue (1992) and File Under Easy Listening (1994) -- the  two seminal albums from his iconic early ‘90s band Sugar.  In addition to the aforementioned Sugar releases, Bob Mould’s 1996  self-titled third solo album (fondly known amongst fans as Hubcap due to the  cover shot) will also be reissued, as well as its follow up opus, 1998’s The  Last Dog and Pony Show.  All four albums will be released on Edsel Records (of the Demon Group) in  June 2012 as Deluxe Expanded editions. As a bonus, Copper Blue will also  include in its package Sugar’s six-song Beaster mini album, originally  released in 1993.  Through both his solo work and as frontman for late 1970’s post-hardcore  legends Husker Du, Bob Mould pioneered a guitar sound that has imprinted a  defining influence on a generation; but in the three decades that have  encompassed his career thus far, Mould’s greatest success was his stint as  lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for Sugar. Internationally hailed at  the time of its release, Sugar’s Copper Blue (named ‘Album of the Year' by  NME in 1992) has since become cemented as a landmark album.  Bob Mould will be performing Copper Blue live in its entirety at a very  limited number of shows to mark the album’s 20th anniversary. Accompanied by  his current band, drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats) on  drums and Jason Narducy on bass, these shows will be Bob Mould’s first  European dates since 2009. Tickets go on sale from Friday 10th February.  Live Dates:  1st June – London-Shepherd’s Bush Empire http://www.alttickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_Bob_Mould.html  3rd June – Brussels –AB www.abconcerts  6th August – Helsinki - Tavastia http://www.tiketti.fi
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 UK SUBS are back on the road. The European tour kicks off in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France this Friday 10th February and we have a very special guest TV Smith supporting all the dates!              More info check: www.uksubs.com / www.tvsmith.com              All UK SUBS tour dates(till September) including European, Japan and UK tours are listed on Facebook page. Check them out and invite your friends as well!               European tour 2012 + TV Smith             February             10 Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France - La Clef             11 Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil (Afternoon show)             12 Karlsruhe, Germany - Alte Hackerei             14 Düsseldorf, Germany - Stone             15 Frankfurt, Germany - AU             16 Göttingen, Germany - Musa             17 Berlin, Germany - Lido             18 Cottbus, Germany - Glad-House             19 Warsaw, Poland - Klub Proxima             21 Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar             22 Vienna, Austria - Arena             23 Ostrava, Czech Republic - Barrák             24 Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic - M-Klub             25 Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal Club             26 Martin, Slovakia - FBC Club             28 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala              March             01 Pescara, Italy - Zu Bar             02 Milan, Italy - Leoncavallo             03 Siena, Italy - Sonar             04 Bari, Italy - Demodé             05 Rome, Italy - Traffic Club             07 Regensburg, Germany - Alte Mälzerei             08 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk             09 Lucerne, Switzerland - Sedel             10 Freiburg, Germany - Walfisch             11 Strasbourg, France - Molodoï             13 Pforzheim, Germany - Haus der Jugend             14 Aachen, Germany - Musikbunker             16 Hamburg, Germany - Fabrik             17 Husum, Germany - Speicher             18 The Hague, Netherlands - Bazart         --------------------------------------------------------------------------       Jet 13 Records       www.jet13records.co.uk 
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Many songs started as nascent ideas captured on a cassette unearthed by Pierce’s latter day collaborator Cypress Grove while clearing out his loft. Harking back to the collective ethos of Pierce’s beloved jazz, artists spill into each other’s tracks, reinterpreting or finishing lyrical and melodic sketches while some chose personal favorites from his catalogue.

This time, the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project includes Nick Cave (who also takes part in a return duet with Debbie Harry on ‘The Breaking Hands’), Mick Harvey, Debbie Harry & Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, The Jim Jones Revue, Kid Congo Powers, Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Youth’s Vertical Smile, Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Warren Ellis, Barry Adamson, Bertrand Cantat & Pascal Humbert, Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw, Hugo Race, Dom Beken and Kris & Michelle Needs, sometimes in different combinations.

“The idea was that, these are not our songs, we merely interpret them,” explains Cypress Grove. “This is not a tribute project, which usually consists of third rate re-treads of an artist’s most famous work, but brand new material from beyond the grave. In some cases the artists have had to finish the songs, so there can be no nonsense about this not being as good as the original version as these are the original versions! It’s a musical collective of artists who have come together to interpret or complete skeletal, unfinished material by Jeffrey. Where possible we have used Jeffrey’s contributions, so he actually appears posthumously on this album.
“Also, many of the artists appear on each others tracks, like a true collective, so it is not merely a series of individual tracks. For Example, Warren Ellis appears on the Nick Cave tracks, but also plays with Lydia and Bertrand Cantat. Lydia Lunch sings with Tex Perkins and Barry Adamson, as well as doing her own track. Barry plays bass on Lydia’s track and Nick Cave’s ‘The Breaking Hands’, and so on. I like to think of it as being like Josh Homme’s The Dessert Sessions.”

Pierce and his ever-changing Gun Club lineups poured America’s roots music forms into a blender of hard drugs and liquor, wrenching the udders of America’s bloated cow to spew out toxic, low-life hollers and swamped-up songs of love and desperation.

He seemed to have located the dark main artery of the blues, loaded up an overblown hypo and set the plunger to permanent stun as first the group released seminal eighties classic albums including Fire Of Love, Miami and The Las Vegas Story, then later solo works such as Wildweed and Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee & Cypress Grove. Jeffrey was infamous for his hard-drinking, drugging and hell-raising, dying from a brain haemorrhage in March, 1996. Since then, his influence has been increasingly acknowledged on musical forms like blues-punk and Americana. Those who knew him all have a tale to tell, seeing the Jeffrey Lee Pierce Project as one way of marking their affection and memories.

The album is released on 9th April on German label Glitterhouse on both CD and double vinyl, with 20 page booklet featuring memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Kris Needs. Proceeds from the first volume went to Amnesty International, but Pierce’s sister Jacqui is setting up The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Foundation to help fulfil her brother’s long-standing desire to provide musical instruments for under-privileged kids in LA.

A third and final volume called The Task Has Overwhelmed Us is already in production for release later in the year.

Track Listing:
1. City In Pain – Nick Cave
2. I’m Going Upstairs – Hugo Race
3. From Death To Texas – Steve Wynn
4. The Breaking Hands – Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell
5. The Jungle Book – The Amber Lights
6. Rose’s Blues – Bertrand Cantat, Pascal Humbert, Warren Ellis, Cypress Grove
7. Zonar Roze – Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw
8. L.A. County Jail Blues – Cypress Grove
9. I Wanna Be You – Barry Adamson
10. Sonny Boy – Mick Harvey
11. Book of Love – Vertical Smile
12. Body and Soul – Astro-Unicorn
13. The Brink – Lydia Lunch
14. The Breaking Hands – Nick Cave & Deborah Harry
15. In My Room – Tex Perkins & Lydia Lunch
16. The Jungle Book – Tav Falco’s Panther Burns
17. St Marks Place – Mick Harvey
18. Ain’t My Problem Baby – The Jim Jones Revue

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