Director Phil Strongman’s new documentary Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang gets a very special screening at London’s legendary 100 Club at 6pm this Saturday 17 September! And Vive Le Rock has three pairs of tickets to give away!
Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang is about so much more than the short-lived punk phenomenon and explores the notion of Malcolm McLaren as the great architect of British punk. The film includes candid interviews with McLaren conducted in Paris and London, some stunning unseen footage about his childhood, his 1960’s activism, meeting with Vivienne Westwood, the Kings Road shops, and focuses on his key role in the punk ‘anti-fashion’ and the Sex Pistols and many others. Three films in one: it’s a history of European Anarchism; a biog of McLaren and a compelling exposé of the real birth of the Sex Pistols (with contributions from The Clash, 101ers, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson, Tracey Emin, Stuart Christie, Nick Egan, Vivienne Westwood).
The screening comes nearly 40 years to the day since the original 100 Club punk shows.
To be in with a chance of winning a FREE pair of tickets, just send an email to email@example.com with ‘McLaren Westwood Film’ in the subject box, and answer the simple question:
Which member of the Sex Pistols recently celebrated his 61st birthday?
…and we’ll pick three winners at random. Good luck!
Ace London punks WONK UNIT have unveiled a first video from their new album, and they’ve chosen to launch it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘I Told You So’ is taken from Mr Splashy which is set for release on 23 September through TNS Records on yellow, white and black vinyl and CD. Pre-order here.
“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Well, you should if you are ignorant of the air, leanings and grandeur of Wonk Unit, London’s improbable heroes. Heroes of community, of politics and melody. Champions of Wonkfest, the ever growing London festival that is key to the punk rock calendar. Yes, punk rock. Individual, ironic, poignant and occasionally wistful, Wonk Unit deliver Mr Splashy in your ears and it resonates in a contemporary way, legitimizing the mantra of ‘21st century punks’. My mate Sean brought home the latest Descendents effort on vinyl recently and spun a few tunes. My reaction? ‘This sounds like Wonk Unit’. Case closed. Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Honk If You Wonk.” Johnny Takeaway
Wonk Unit are off on tour to Germany and the USA, before returning to the UK for dates in November and December. Catch them at….
10th Exeter – Cavern
11th Bristol – Louisiana
12th Abertillery – The Dolls House
13th Leeds – Pie Race
18th Nottingham – Dog House
19th Liverpool – Dead Good Gathering
20th Keighley – the Exchange
24th Canterbury – Lady Luck
25th Brighton – Sticky Mikes
26th London – New Cross Inn
27th Derby – Hairy Dog
28th Cambridge – Portland Arms
29th Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms
30th Newcastle – Jumping Jacks
1st Glasgow – Bar Bloc
2nd Dundee – BYAF
3rd Sheffield – Lughole
4th Cardiff – Full Moon
6th Stafford – Cellar Bar
7th Norwich – Owl Sanctuary
8th Manchester – Retro Bar
9th Stamford – Mama Liz’s
10th Kidderminster – Boars Head
11th Porstmouth – Drift Bar
16th High Wycombe – Phoenix Bar
17th Basingstoke – Sanctuary
RUTS D.C. have just issued a brand new video for the title track of their forthcoming new album.
The video was shot in Edinburgh and features Henry Rollins, who previously sang with the band at the benefit show for guitarist Paul Fox at Islington Academy in 2007.
Music Must Destroy is set for release on 16 September through Sosumi/Westworld. It can be pre-ordered here.
The band play a Vive Le Rock-promoted album launch show on 16 September at Camden Underworld, London. Support comes from DEPARTMENT S.
They then play NorthEast Calling at Northumbria University, Newcastle on 1 October, and Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton on 7 October. They then play Vive Le Rock‘s own Punk Rock Pins & Pin-Ups event at Brooklyn Bowl, London on 8 October.
Everybody’s favourite East Midlanders, SLEAFORD MODS have revealed a video for the title track of their new EP.
The five-track TCR EP is their first release for Rough Trade and is set to hit the streets on 14 October. It’s available to pre-order here.
The EP’s title track is inspired by the 80s car-racing set Total Control Racing. Says the Mods’ Jason Williamson, “The idea behind the TCR video was to show and use the actual 1980’s toy racing kit in its original environment which would of most probably been the living room floor for most kids at that time It’s a pretty crap device and I thought it married perfectly to the idea of life’s (at times) rotating dross. The narration/vocal over the song is just that, an account of a bloke reacting to what he feels is a routine laden existence by ‘escaping’ for the night to the pub only to realize this is also a limited experience and in turn all options kind of merge into a circular experience of never ending repetition that he tries to navigate.”
Catch Sleaford Mods on tour at the following dates….
9th October – Glasgow ABC 02
24th October – Newcastle Academy
26th October – Leeds Beckett SU
27th October – Manchester Academy
28th October – Liverpool Mountford Hall
31st – October – Brighton Corn Exchange
3rd – November – Nottingham Rock City SOLD OUT
4th November – Nottingham Rock City
7th – November – Coventry Empire
8th – November – Bristol Academy
10 – November – Camden Roundhouse
Vive Le Rock is greatly saddened by the news of the death of ska legend PRINCE BUSTER.
Buster passed away at the age of 78 in a hospital Miami, after having suffered a number of strokes.
Born in Orange Street in Kingston, Jamaica in 1938, the young Cecil Bustamente Campbell becme involved in the nascent sound system scene, before his boxing talents earned him a role as minder for sound system boss and record producer Clement ‘Sir Coxone’ Dodd. Before long, Buster set up his own sound system and a recording career followed, resulting in such classic sides as ‘Madness’, ‘Al Capone’ and ‘One Step Beyond’.
Staples on mod dancefloors, Buster’s records influenced a new generation of ska fans more than a decade later, leading to the foundation of Coventry’s 2Tone Records, the North London Invaders getting a new name and issuing their debut single ‘The Prince’ in his honour.
Space-rock legends HAWKWIND have their fluid late-70s and early-80s periods compiled in two new box sets.
The Charisma Years 1976-1979 compiles the four albums they made for Tony Stratton-Smith’s label following their departure from long-term label United Artists.
The 1976 album Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music saw a marked change in style – completely in tune with the times – with poet Robert Calvert stepping up to the plate as songwriter and frontman, while the following year’s Quark, Strangeness & Charm is still, rightly, regarded as one of the band’s finest. Hawklords: 25 Years On – an attempt to reinvent the band – and the half-studio/half-live PXR5 complete the set.
After a brief dalliance with Bronze Records, which included the Levitation album, featuring Ginger Baker, Hawkwind signed to RCA’s new rock imprint, Active. The accordingly-titled The RCA Active Years 1981-1982 for three albums – Sonic Attack, Church Of Hawkwind and Choose Your Masques – that have gone on to become highly collectable. Re-recruiting drummer Martin Griffin from the Hawklords period, the albums saw the increased reliance on sequencers, while revisiting Hawkwind classics ‘Sonic Attack’ and ‘Silver Machine’. Choose Your Masques also heralded the brief return of sax- and flute-player Nik Turner to the band.
Released by Cherry Red imprint Atomhenge, each set is presented in a clamshell box with replica album sleeves and an illustrated poster. The Charisma Years is scheduled for release on 30 September and is available to pre-order here. The RCA Active Years is scheduled for released on 28 October and is available to pre-order here.
Still going strong after 47 years, Hawkwind released their latest album The Machine Stops this spring.
Anarcho-punk label Grow Your Own Records are to stage their first ever minifest in London in November.
Taking place at The Dublin Castle in Camden on 26 November, the one-day event features label bosses ANTHRAX (UK) plus HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), FLOWERS IN THE DUSTBIN, ANARCHISTWOOD, HYSTERIA WARD and THE FLEAS.
Heavy Bristol post-punks IDLES rock back with a visceral new single and video.
‘Divide and Conquer’, the first single to be taken from the band’s debut album Brutalism, was inspired by their perspective on the plight of the National Health Service. In a statement, the band says, “It was written at a time where I watched my mother deteriorate in a hospital that was itself dying. The song was an observation on how simple financial cuts and the mere action of writing a cross in a box can cut someone’s life short. Today the Tories have started the campaign to sell whatever is left of our NHS or the Sustainability and Transformation Plan as they’ve put it. Fuck off.”
Idles play The Blackheart, Camden on Wednesday 7 September.
As promised, Scottish punk legends THE SKIDS will be playing a series of UK shows this Spring, followed by an appearance at REBELLION.
The shows, which celebrate the Dunfermline band’s 40th anniversary, will include a London show at the Roundhouse, their first gig in the capital since 1981. The line-up will consist of former members Richard Jobson, Bill Simpson and Mike Baillie, plus BIG COUNTRY guitarists Bruce and Jamie Watson. They play….
26 May Academy, Dublin
27 May Limelight, Belfast
1 June Picturedome, Holmfirth
2 June O2 Ritz, Manchester
15 June Junction, Cambridge
16 June Roundhouse, London
17 June Concorde 2, Brighton
30 June Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline
3-6 Aug Rebellion, Blackpool
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday 7 September here.
Formed in 1977, The Skids supported The Clash before signing to Virgin and releasing a string of hit singles including ‘Into The Valley, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working For The Yankee Dollar’. They released four increasingly ambitious albums, splintering towards the end, with guitarist Stuart Adamson going on to achieve worldwide success with Big Country, before taking his own life in 2001. The band has reunited for a handful of gigs since 2007.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of punk, Cherry Red Records have announced a new box set that they promise is, “not just another punk comp, hopefully!”
Subtitled “A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1976-1979”, Action Time Vision comprises 111 tracks across four CDs. Focusing on both landmark tracks and obscuritIes, the set charts some of the lesser known corners of of the small label scene of the late 70s.
So while the set kicks off with ‘New Rose’ by THE DAMNED and features other punk disco faves like the UK SUBS’ ‘CID’, THE RUTS ‘In A Rut’, THE REZILLOS ‘I Can’t Stand My Baby’ and of course ALTERNATIVE TV’s ‘Action Time Vision’, it also shines a light on the likes of PUNCTURE, THE STOAT, THE PIGS, SOME CHICKEN, THE TIGHTS, HORRORCOMIC and more, as well as less obvious choices by better known bands.
Scheduled for release in early December, the full tracklisting is….
1. THE DAMNED New Rose
2. EATER Outside View
3. THE RADIATORS FROM SPACE Television Screen
4. THE CORTINAS Fascist Dictator
5. THE DRONES Lookalikes
6. THE LURKERS Shadow
7. THE REZILLOS I Can’t Stand My Baby
8. 999 I’m Alive
9. JOHNNY MOPED No One
10. SHAM 69 I Don’t Wanna
11. PUNCTURE Mucky Pup
12. THE SNIVELLING SHITS Terminal Stupid
13. THE VACANTS Worthless Trash
14. THE ZEROS Hungry
15. MANIACS Chelsea 77
16. THE OUTSIDERS One To Infinity
17. THE KILLJOYS Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven
18. JOHNNY AND THE SELF ABUSERS Saints And Sinners
19. THE UNWANTED Withdrawal
20. THE WASPS Teenage Treats
21. THE PIGS Youthanasia
22. LOCKJAW Radio Call Sign
23. NEON HEARTS Venus Eccentric
24. JERKS Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me
25. THE PANIK Modern Politics
26. SOME CHICKEN New Religion
27. THE CARPETTES Radio Wunderbar
28. THE FLYS Love And A Molotov Cocktail
29. ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS Gobbing On Life
30. THE ONLY ONES Lovers Of Today
31. SUSPECTS Nothing To Declare (Live at The Vortex)
1. SWELL MAPS Read About Seymour
2. PATRIK FITZGERALD Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart
3. THE BOYS No Leaders (Demo)
4. THE STOAT Office Girl
5. ACME SEWAGE CO. I Don’t Need You
6. V2 Speed Freak
7. BAZOOMIS Give It All To Me
8. RAPED Moving Target
9. BIG G I Hate The Whole Human Race
10. SUBS Gimme Your Heart
11. TUBEWAY ARMY That’s Too Bad
12. THE XTRAVERTS Blank Generation
13. FRUIT EATING BEARS Door In My Face
14. FRONT System
15. SATAN’S RATS You Make Me Sick
16. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS Suspect Device
17. MENACE G.L.C.
18. THE DYAKS Gutter Kids
19. SKIDS Reasons
20. RUDI Big Time
21. THE ART ATTACKS I Am A Dalek
22. BEARS On Me
23. ‘O’ LEVEL Pseudo Punk
24. THE MEMBERS Solitary Confinement
25. NIPPLE ERECTORS King Of The Bop
26. ANGELIC UPSTARTS The Murder Of Liddle Towers
27. MEAN STREET Bunch Of Stiffs (Live at The Vortex)
1. ALTERNATIVE TV Action Time Vision
2. SOCIAL SECURITY I Don’t Want My Heart To Rule My Head
3. THE TIGHTS Bad Hearts
4. RIFF RAFF Cosmonaut
5. THE DOLE New Wave Love
6. JOY DIVISION Failures
7. LEYTON BUZZARDS 19 And Mad
8. DEMON PREACHER Little Miss Perfect
9. THE OUTCASTS Just Another Teenage Rebel
10. THE FALL Psycho Mafia
11. CHELSEA Urban Kids
12. PROTEX Don’t Ring Me Up
13. THE CRAVATS Gordon
14. HORRORCOMIC England ’77
15. U.K. SUBS C.I.D.
16. SPIZZOIL 6,000 Crazy
17. THE DODGEMS I Don’t Care (Full Version)
18. THE USERS Kicks In Style
19. PETER AND TEST TUBE BABIES Elvis Is Dead
20. THE RUTS In A Rut
21. DISCO ZOMBIES Drums Over London
22. NICKY & THE DOTS Never Been So Stuck
23. THE SHAPES Wot’s For Lunch Mum ? (Not B****s Again!)
24. NO WAY Breaking Point
25. THE WALL New Way
26. THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS Sick On You
1. ADAM AND THE ANTS Zerox
2. NOTSENSIBLES Death To Disco
3. THE VICE CREEMS Danger Love
4. MURDER THE DISTURBED D.N.A.
5. COCKNEY REJECTS Flares ‘N’ Slippers
6. PSYKIK VOLTS Totally Useless
7. THE MOLESTERS The End Of Civilisation
8. THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS Hypocrite
9. PURE HELL These Boots Are Made For Walking
10. FIRE EXIT Timewall
11. THE PACK King Of Kings
12. STEROID KIDDIES Dumb Dumb
13. ENGLISH SUBTITLES Time Tunnel
14. THE PROLES Soft Ground
15. THE ADICTS Easy Way Out
16. THE DARK My Friends
17. WOODY & THE SPLINTERS I Must Be Mad
18. VICTIM Why Are Fire Engines Red
19. THE X-CERTS Anthem
20. F-X Slag
21. THE RIVALS Future Rights
22. SILENT NOISE I’ve Been Hurt (So Many Times Before)
23. VICE SQUAD Nothing
24. THE PREFECTS Things In General
25. THE LICKS 1970’s Have Been Made In Hong Kong
26. FATAL MICROBES Violence Grows
27. POISON GIRLS Under The Doctor
Essex folk-punks THE LUCKY STRIKES return this month with a new album.
The Motion And The Moving On is the band’s fifth album and comes ten years into the Southenders’ career. To celebrate, they’ve issued a video slideshow for the single ‘War Drums’ which shows every band member throughout the past decade. The song is an uncharacteristically bleak statement for uncertain times.
The band describe this as theirmost personal album to date, covering everything from dead-end jobs and missing home to overwhelming grief and mental turmoil. But ultimately this is an album about salvation through music. That life on the road, with your brothers, can save your soul.
The release, which received a 9 out of 10 review in the current edition of Vive Le Rock, comes three years after their last studio album The Exile And The Sea, a period which saw frontman M G Boulter achieve considerable success with his own solo career.
The Motion And The Moving On is released on 30 September, but is available to pre-order now through Harbour Song Records.
Following on from last month’s headline show at the Graze Festival in Berkshire, The Lucky Strikes play a hometown show at Chinnery’s, Southend with DODGY on Friday 9 September.
Meanwhile, M G Boulter embarks on his own solo tour during October and November.
Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to sponsor LONDON EDGE lifestyle fashion show.
The event this year returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington from 4-6 September.
Along with the usual catwalk displays, from the likes of Collectif, Jawbreaker, Queen Of Darkness and Voodoo Vixen, there will be seminars from Tish & Snooky – First Generation NYC Punks; Dark Fashion On the Runway – a discussion about subculture fashion; the Sophie Lancaster Foundation – Stamp Out Prejudice Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere; Dr Matt Lodder – The Untold History of Tattooing, and loads more.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS have today released a video from their forthcoming album and film.
‘Jesus Alone’ is the first track to be taken from the album Skeleton Tree which is released on Friday 9 September. It’s being launched globally with the cinema screening of a full-length feature film One More Time With Feeling on Thursday 8 September.
The album is available to pre-order on CD, vinyl and download from Cave’s website, along with tickets for the film’s screening.
THE GODFATHERS have announced a special London date next year to coincide with the release of their eighth studio album.
This will be the first to feature the newly retooled five-piece line-up – guitarists Mauro Venegas and Steve Crittall, bassist Darren Birch and drummer Tim James joining original frontman Peter Coyne – which tore the roof off the Vive Le Rock stage at this year’s Camden Rocks and headlined the Motorbeach Festival in northern Spain.
The band have spent the past month recording the album in Birmingham with engineer Paul Gray, the man responsible for the no frills/all action sound on the hotly-rated debut album by BLACK BOMBERS.
The Godfather play the O2 Academy, Islington on Saturday 11 February. Tickets are on sale here.
Just over a week to go now to the UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL, which this year moves to a new home on Brighton Racecourse.
Now in its fourth year, the festival has assembled a typically great line-up of punk and alternative music over the weekend of 9-10 September.
This year, headliners THE SELECTER and DREADZONE are joined by SPEAR OF DESTINY (pictured) EDDIE & THE HOT RODS, CHELSEA, 999, PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES, THE CRAVATS, DEPARTMENT S, WITCHDOKTORS, SONIC BOOM SIX, RADICAL DANCE FACTION, XSLF, SPIZZENERGI, PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS, DRAGSTER, MENACE, THE TUTS, CRIMINAL MIND and many more across three stages….
Rejuvenated 70s rockers SHARKS issue a new single later this month and are launching the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Even though the band was formed back in 1972, ‘One Last Thrill’ will be the first attempt by Sharks to penetrate the UK singles market.
The video was directed by Sharks vocalist Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and edited by Jack Judd at Floodwater Films. Snips comments, “We tried to make sure that the clip is infused with the distinctive aroma of the early seventies – you had to be there to know that particular smell. It features not only Sharks old and new (8 in all) but other artists who were involved with the band such as John Entwistle, Brian Eno and Leslie West. There is of course a Womble involved.”
Chris Spedding will be interviewed about these and other matters on Jools Holland’s BBC Radio 2 show to be broadcast on 19 September. The single will be released digitally on 30 September through 3Ms Records to coincide with the climax of Sharks’ first UK tour in 42 years. Full dates are…
10 Sept Esquires, Bedford
13 Sept Robin 2, Wolverhampton
14 Sept Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne (w/Jasmine Rodgers)
22 Sept The Stage, Basingstoke (w/Du Bellows)
23 Sept Talking Heads, Southampton
29 Sept Con Club, Lewes (w/Idle Talk and Caleb Mckaine)
30 Sept The Borderline, London (w/Deadcuts)
Acclaimed director Tim Pope will film a free afternoon pop-up-gig on the main concourse of Kings Cross Station in London on 24 September for inclusion in a documentary film.