Essex r’n’b guitar legend WILKO JOHNSON has a new ‘best of’ compilation out next month.

I Keep It To Myself: the Best of Wilko Johnson is being released on 24 February on the iconic Chess label through Universal. The double-disc album comprises a comprehensive overview of Johnson’s career, including re-recordings of such DR FEELGOOD classics as ‘Roxette’, ‘She Does It Right’ and ‘Twenty Yards Behind’, bringing it right up to date(ish) with recordings from his 2014 collaboration with ROGER DALTREY.

The full tracklisting is….

Disc One
‘She Does It Right’
‘I Keep It To Myself’
‘Ice On The Motorway’
‘Back In The Night’
‘Turned 21’
‘Barbed Wire Blues’
‘Dr Dupree’
‘Sneaking Suspicion’
‘Living In The Heart Of Love’
‘Some Kind Of Hero’

Disc Two
‘Twenty Yards Behind’
‘Out In The Traffic’
‘Cairo Blues’
‘The Hook’
‘Keep On Loving You’
‘All Right’
‘When I’m Gone’
‘Come Back And Love Me’
‘She’s Good Like That’
‘The Beautiful Madrilena’
‘Underneath Orion’
‘Down By The Waterside’
‘I Really Love Your Rock’n’Roll’

I Keep It To Myself is available to pre-order here.


Check out ‘Sneaking Suspicion’ on YouTube.

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Legendary UK rock’n’roll dons THE GODFATHERS return next month with their first new album in four years!

The appropriately-titled A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is the first Godfathers album to feature the new revitalised line-up – with founder Peter Coyne joined by Steve Crittall and Mauro Venegas (guitars), Darren Birch (bass) and Tim James (drums) – that rocked various festival stages last summer, including the Isle Of Wight, Camden Rocks and Spain’s Motorbeach.

As previously announced, the band will accompany the album with a UK tour and they’ve been declared match-fit having successfully seen off a series of shows in Greece in December.

Speaking of the release, Coyne says, “I can honestly say I really am proud of every single song on this record. We wanted to make a contemporary Rock’n’Roll album that kicked like a mule, and I think we’ve achieved that. Be warned though! A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is a very addictive album and you just might get hooked!”

A Big Bad Beautiful Noise is released on the newly formed Godfathers Recordings2 label through Cargo on 10 February. It’s available to pre-order on CD and 180g deluxe limited edition vinyl here and as a download here.

Check out the video trailer.

The album is preceded by a single ‘You Don’t Love Me’ on 3 February as a download and on limited edition pillar-box red vinyl.

The Godfathers play the following UK shows….

9 February Westgarth Social Club – Middlesbrough
10 February Hare & Hounds – Birmingham (with special guests THE HIP PRIESTS)
11 February O2 Academy Islington – London (with special guests THE MEMBRANES)
16 February Cluny 2 – Newcastle
17 February Ivory Blacks – Glasgow
18 February Trades Club – Hebden Bridge

Ticket details at the band’s website.


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ANDY BLADE, frontman of legendary first-wave punks EATER, plays a one-off solo show next week in South London.

He’ll be playing an afternoon gig at Raven, 74 Bromley Road, Beckenham from 1pm on Saturday 14 January, but get their early – the first 20 people through the door get a free beer and Eater badge!

Blade recently released a new album Plastic Penny & The Strange Wooden Horse through Flycatcher Records, which will be available at the and through his Facebook page.

Check out ‘Welcome To Raqqa’.


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Rejuvenated psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new album this month.

Journey To X is their second full-length album since their 2012 reunification and follows hot on the heels of 2015’s acclaimed Exploding Universe.

Once more it was recorded at Alchemy Studios in North London with producer Kenny Jones, and is the first Brainiac 5 album to feature new drummer Joe ‘From San Diego’ Malone.

Say the band, “After experimenting with sax and flute for our last album, we thought that this time we would revert to our core four-piece psych/punk guitar orientated template. With the introduction of the powerhouse drumming of Joe Malone, we’ve certainly come up with some blistering music in this vein. However, somewhere along the journey we seem to have also wandered off on some other new paths… The journey has been exciting and fulfilling and has resulted in what we feel is our most complete and accomplished work to date.”

Formed in Cornwall in 1976, The Brainiac 5 were regulars on the South-West free festival circuit before heading up to London to join the late-70s/early-80s psych scene, alongside the likes of THE BARRACUDAS and THE SOFT BOYS, where they counted John Peel and Alex Chilton as fans. They released a single  and EP produced by HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin, but their debut album World Inside didn’t emerge until after they’d split. They recently appeared on Cherry Red’s psych revival box set, Another Splash Of Colour.

The band celebrate Journey To X with an 8-hour album launch party at The Gunners, 204 Blackstock Road, London N5 on Saturday 21 January. Kicking off at 4pm, it will feature the band playing the album in full, plus sets from MORTON VALENCE, MARK & THE CLOUDS, THE GREEN RAY, RICHARD BOOTH (of PLUMMET AIRLINES) and PROUDFOOT. Admission is FREE.

Journey To X is released on Friday 20 January as a download, CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl, and is available to pre-order now through Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.


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CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have just unveiled a video for their new single.

The elegantly Moddish ballad ‘Dreams Of Yesterday’ is taken from the band’s recent album Take On Life, and casts a reflective eye over London’s music history – not least Chris’s role as guitarist and songwriter in Mod revivalists THE CHORDS.

The single is available now from Chris’s website.


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