Fire Records Reissue two classic punk albums by The Boys
The Boys and Alternative Chartbusters
3 June
Listen to classic tracks from each album (feel free to post!)

"Brickfield Nights" from Alternative Chartbusters
You can also watch the original video for "Brickfield Nights" here:

Along with the Sex Pistols, Clash and the Damned, The Boys were part of the first wave of the mid-1970’s UK punk explosion. Armed with an arsenal of killer Steel/Dangerfield songs The Boys became the first UK punk band to sign an album deal in January 1977 and subsequently released two albums, their self-titled debut and the follow-up “Alternative Chartbusters” in quick succession. Highly regarded by the music press and their contemporaries, their well-crafted songs, together with Steel and Dangerfield’s layered harmonies, even led to them being described as ‘The Beatles of Punk’, but they could (and should) just as deservedly have been heralded as the English Ramones – fast, alternately brattish and tongue-in-cheek, and gloriously anthemic.
On the 35th anniversary of the original release of “Alternative Chartbusters” these two classic albums have been given a special edition deluxe release on both CD & vinyl by Fire Records. Both albums have been digitally remastered to the highest quality (personally overseen by Dangerfield) and feature sleeve notes by Dave Henderson of Mojo along with song listing notes by Dangerfield. The albums also come with bonus CDs featuring previously unreleased material including Dangerfield’s original home demo of “Brickfield Nights” and Plain’s first vocal outing on “It Only Hurts When I Cry”.

“The Boys” eponymously titled debut album, produced by Dangerfield & Steel, was released on 23 September 1977 and entered the UK charts the following week. In the intervening years, the history of punk rock has been written and re-written and a whole heap of bands have been sidelined. The Boys’ debut album, re-mastered here some 35 years later still sounds as fresh and immediate as it did back then and it also includes two classic punk rock singles in ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘First Time’ (the latter, along with The Undertones "Teenage Kicks", the ultimate punk anthem of teenage romance and adolescent angst). The album ("The Boys") was filled with the pop punk gems, the kind of immediate salvos that would elevate Buzzcocks into the charts.
A mere six months later on 17 March 1978 their second album “Alternative Chartbusters” followed – once again produced by Dangerfield & Steel. But, as the AllMusic site now recognizes, “Alternative Chartbusters” was way ahead of its time, a buried treasure that only got dusted off much later: “Condemned at the time for offering up little more than a straight carbon copy of its predecessor, the second Boys’ album has since ascended to the pantheon of power pop greats, a combination of the band’s own inestimable position at the forefront of what, by early 1978, was already a burgeoning movement, and their seemingly effortless grasp of the rudiments of, indeed, a great pop song.”

And people were still noticing many years later. Take this from Amazon in 2004: “If this album was released today, The Boys would be as big as The Strokes.”  The Boys remain a timeless concept, a flash of short, sharp angst, a fleeting Beatles-esque harmony, a crunching but melodic set of chords that it’s hard not to be excited by.

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Wilko cancels final gigs

Wilko cancels final gigsWilko cancels final gigs

LEGENDARY Canvey musician Wilko Johnson has had to cancel his final two gigs.

The ex-Dr Feelgood guitarist, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer,  had been due to take to the stage at the Oysterfleet on Canvey tonight and tomorrow but is not well enough to perform.

Just on Friday night he performed at an outdoor gig alongside 80s band Madness at the closure of BBC Television Centre in London.

His manager Bob Hoy said: "He’s not in bad spirits but he feels too physically unwell to perform. If he could get up on stage and perform he would love to do it but sadly he can’t."

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 UK hard rock bands are launching a campaign to raise money for BLESMA – the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.

Stormzone, Pat McManus, Stampede and Agincourt are all confirmed to play the first Rockin’ For BLESMA fund-raiser which will take place at the Robin 2 in Wolverhampton on November 9th this year.

Organiser Russ Williams of Agincourt says: “If any bigger band wants to join the bill as a headliner, we would appreciate it. This is a very worthwhile cause. BLESMA do a terrific job for our servicemen, but the charity does not get the support or exposure it deserves.”

BLESMA is the national charity for limbless serving and ex service men and women and their dependants and widows. They aim to raise £2million a year to meet all its objectives.

These include:

a.            To provide challenging and effective rehabilitation for those who have recently suffered amputation or loss of use of limb.

b.    To provide permanent residential care and respite convalescence at our BLESMA Homes in Blackpool and Crieff in Scotland.

c.    To make grants to ease the effects of disability and hardship.

d.    To provide a comprehensive and effective welfare service for all Members and Widows to include:

    • Provision of comprehensive advice on war pensions, compensation and care and disability allowances.
    • Making representation to government departments and local government officers on behalf of Members and Widows.
    • Represents Members and Widows at War Pension and Armed Forces Compensation Tribunals.
    • Provision of a counselling service pre and post amputation.
    • To ensure prosthetic provision meets the requirements of our Members.

e.    To represent the collective interest of all Members and Widows to national and local government.


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 Legendary British punk band The Toy Dolls tour the UK in November for the first time since 2007! 

Expect utter madness including spinning guitars, choreographed jumps and one of the most frantic punk shows ever witnessed on stage. Touring in support of their new 12th album ‘The Album After The Last One’ the tour has been appropriately deemed as ‘The Tour After The Last One’ and will include a number of songs from their latest album as well as their old classics such as ‘She Goes To Finos’, ‘Tommy Kowey’s Car’, ‘Nellie The Elephant’ and more.

Prepare yourselves for one of the craziest punk shows this year!


For more information please visit their website here – or for a taster you can watch the entire The Toy Dolls DVD ‘Our Last DVD?’ on the Secret Records YouTube channel here –




1st  UK

Manchester Academy 3


2nd UK

Sunderland North Shore


3rd UK 

Glasgow Cathouse


4th UK

Birminghm 02 Academy 2


6th UK

Brighton The Haunt


7th: UK

Bristol The Fleece


8th UK

London Electric Ballroom


9th UK

Nottingham Rock City Basement


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Dates: 16 – 18 AUGUST 2013






Influential Scottish rock band Primal Scream, Britpop veterans Ocean Colour Scene and festival founders Levellers will headline the main stage at Beautiful Days 2013 in Devon.


They will be joined on the main stage bill by Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, hip hop legends Arrested Development, Irish rockabilly revivalist Imelda May, English rock band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, festival favourites The Wonder Stuff, French ska and reggae ensemble Babylon Circus, Jamaican ska legends The Skatalites, 2 Tone ska band The Selecter, gypsy/dubstep/swing group Molotov Jukebox, plus alt rock 5 piece Brother & Bones and French ska outfit Skamanians.


Headliners in The Big Top include legendary English folk/rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Roy Harper and Irish folk legends Clannad who are joined on the bill by traditional folk music duo Spiers & Boden, acoustic trio of sisters The Staves, 11 piece Scottish folk super group Treacherous Orchestra, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, solo singer-songwriter Viv Albertine formerly of The Slits, Irish folk musician and accordion player Sharon Shannon, festival stalwarts Headmix Collective and jazz-folk group Sheelanagig.


Also playing in The Big Top are acoustic singer-songwriter Gaz Brookfield, German folk rock band The Emily Brothers, award-winning stomp band from Orkney The Chair, Irish folk singer Heidi Talbot, alt-folk band Moulettes, Sam Lee and the unique ensemble that are The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys. The first acts announced for The Little Big Top are Andy C and Banco De Gaia.


The last remaining acts for the two main stages will be announced over the coming months and full line-ups for The Little Big Top, The Bimble Inn, The Band Stand and The Theatre Tent. The festival’s Sunday Theme has not been announced yet. New and unsigned acts and bands can apply now to play at the festival by submitting details here Applications for traders and caterers are also open now and you can get application forms by emailing


Beautiful Days is a family music festival which takes place at Escot Park in Devon with six stages, site art, a huge children’s area in the centre of the festival, comedy, theatre, family camping, licensed real ale bars from Otter Brewery & carefully selected food and craft stalls. The festival has no corporate sponsorship or branding and does not advertise.


Tickets are on sale now and all prices have been held from last year. Adult Weekend Camping Tickets are £120, 10 to Under 16’s Weekend Camping Tickets £60, 5 to Under 10’s Weekend Camping Tickets £30, Under 5’s Weekend Camping Tickets £5, Car routing/parking tickets £15 and Campervan tickets £40. All tickets are subject to booking fee. There are no day tickets available. Weekend Camping Tickets allow access from Thursday at 2pm and allow the holder to camp on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. All tickets are available to buy from





Primal Scream | Ocean Colour Scene | Levellers | Sinead O’Connor | Arrested Development | Roy Harper | Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel | Imelda May | The Selecter | The Skatalites | The Wonder Stuff | Clannad | Babylon Circus | Spiers & Boden | The Staves | Treacherous Orchestra | Damien Dempsey | Viv Albertine | Molotov Jukebox | Brother & Bones | Andy C | Banco De Gaia | Skamanians | Sharon Shannon | Headmix Collective | The Chair | Sheelanagig | Gaz Brookfield | The Emily Brothers | Heidi Talbot | Moulettes | Sam Lee | The Fabulous Good Time Party Boys



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 BEI INCUBI “Beautiful Nightmares”

An Exhibition Of Photographs By Nick Rhodes

To Celebrate The Launch Of

TV MANIA’s new album: “Bored With Prozac And The Internet ?”

London Premiere 7th March Exhibiting 8th March – 5th April

DURAN DURAN keyboardist and founding member NICK RHODES is to exhibit a collection of original photographic works in London, from March 7 – April 5, 2013, to celebrate the release of his forthcoming TV MANIA album, “Bored With Prozac And The Internet?”, with former DURAN DURAN guitarist Warren Cuccurullo.

BEI INCUBI – translated as “Beautiful Nightmares”, will be premiered on March 7 at a private, star-studded event at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea, in London, which has recently hosted a number of other high profile exhibitions, including Dinos Chapman, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, and Leee Black Childers. From March 8 – April 5 the exhibition will be open to the public.

The London show will feature a collection of twenty Polaroids, and more than thirty original photographs and prints, all taken and signed by Nick Rhodes, and available for private viewing before going on sale to collectors and the general public.

BEI INCUBI was inspired by TV MANIA’s new conceptual music album “Bored With Prozac And The Internet?”, that Rhodes collaborated on with former DURAN DURAN member Warren Cuccurullo, and that will be released a few days after the launch of the exhibition (on March 11).

Explaining the creative concept behind BEI INCUBI Nick Rhodes said; “The photographs are all of the same girl, but she is a complete chameleon and thus takes on entirely different guises throughout the show. The shoot was initially planned to create album art for the forthcoming TV Mania release, that is based on a fictional, futuristic, dysfunctional family, living out their lives under the microscopic lens of a reality TV show.

Within this construct the daughter is obsessed with becoming famous at any cost, so when we were planning the cover shoot, she was the ideal subject upon which to base the session. As the day unfolded, I realised that I had created a broad spectrum of images that somehow worked together as a series, hence the idea of doing an exhibition was born.”

Commenting further on the works themselves Rhodes added “The title, Bei Incubi, suits the mood of the show. I’m drawn to images that have perfect flaws, where you can see that everything is not quite as it should be, yet somehow you still want to keep looking. I wanted the photos to look cinematic, like missing frames from an Italian cult movie that no-one has ever seen. One of the main challenges for me was to try to create photographs that looked like paintings, treating pixels like paint, but doing it ‘in camera’, without using computers in post-production. The magical thing about Polaroid is that unlike any other modern film medium, each picture is unique and cannot be changed or duplicated in the same format. Nowadays, you can never be quite sure how much computer tampering has taken place to create a particular image. There was something rather special about clicking a button and watching a unique print develop. I felt I was living more dangerously than if I had had the option of ‘fixing it in the mix’! ”

Rhodes a scholar of fashion, art, photography and literature, is renowned as the creative driving force behind Duran Duran’s visual imagery. Although already an accomplished photographer, he has rarely exhibited his work, this being only the second time he has shown in his career.


The exhibition is both inspired by and celebrates the album release of TV MANIA’s “Bored With Prozac And The Internet?”, which will be available worldwide on March 11, 2013.

In the mid-‘90s Duran Duran’s keyboardist Nick Rhodes and guitarist Warren Cuccurullo, had what turned out to be a premonition of a society in which voyeurism was woven into the cultural fabric. In wanting to share their vision of the future, they

created its soundtrack in the form of an album called “Bored With Prozac and The Internet?” that explores reality TV, virtual shopping, surveillance, pharmaceutical drugs, fashion, film, fame and faith – all themes of the utmost relevance today.

The tracks were constructed by blending television samples and looping rhythm tracks to create a sonically sophisticated collection of songs, that now serve as the perfect backdrop for the frenetic energy and atmosphere of today’s digital age. Shortly after completion of the final mixes, the original tapes were stored and the project was shelved as other priorities took hold.

The intention was always to find the time between Duran Duran record cycles to go back and release the album – perhaps around some anniversary of the project’s inception. Although they discussed it often over the years, it wasn’t until recently when going through material at an out-of-town storage facility, to digitize old masters that were held there, that Rhodes discovered the original TV Mania tapes misfiled, and he decided they were long overdue for a release.

Produced by TV Mania (Rhodes and Cuccurullo), Mark Tinley and Anthony J Resta, and mixed by Bob St. John, this body of work, with its pastiche of cool beats and conceptual content, proved more prescient than its creators could ever have anticipated at the time.

“We were envisioning a world where a family would give up their day-to-day privacy and allow their existence to be televised to the masses, and this was two years before the film, The Truman Show and four years before Survivor,” said Cuccurullo. “Now everyone is broadcasting their most intimate details online and on reality TV.”

“When I found the master recordings, I thought ‘Wow, this sounds unbelievably contemporary’" said Rhodes. "When we stumbled upon them and put them up on the system, it was not only a wonderful surprise, given that we thought they’d actually been lost, but it was also literally like finding a painting and blowing the dust off of it. Times have certainly changed since we made the record, but the subject matter that inspired this album happens to be at the forefront of today’s world, so the songs have weathered the test of time in a strangely beautiful way.”

The Vinyl Factory will release both limited Boxed and Gatefold editions of “Bored With Prozac And The Internet?”. In addition to the vinyl featured in the gatefold, each limited edition boxed set will also include an exclusive Polaroid photograph shot and signed by Nick Rhodes, screen printed artwork, a personally authored note byWarren Cuccurrullo, and an oversized glossy booklet featuring exclusive imagery.

The Vinyl Factory collaborates with musicians and artists to create premium vinyl editions. In 2012 the label released records by artists including Florence + the Machine, Roxy Music, Massive Attack, David Byrne and Martin Creed.


“Beautiful Nightmares”

07-03-13 – 05-04-13

Exhibits at

The Vinyl Factory Chelsea, 91 Walton Street London SW3


“Bored With Prozac & The Internet?”


Vinyl & Limited Edition Box Set 

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