Rejuvenated anarcho darlings HAGAR THE WOMB have their new record out just in time for their Rebellion appearance.
The six-track Hagitate EP was recorded by Medway legend Jim Riley at Ranscombe Studios in Rochester and is released via Kent DIY label Grow Your Own on 10″ black/red marbled vinyl and CD and is available through Bandcamp and at Rebellion.
The six-piece band are arguably even more popular now than when they formed in the bogs of Wapping Autonomy Centre in 1981, releasing the infamous EPs Word Of The Womb on CONFLICT’s Mortarhate label and Funnery In A Nunnery on Abstract. They were later cited as a huge influence on the 90s Riot Grrrl movement.
Since reconvening for the release of the US compilation A Brighter shade Of Black in 2012, they’ve issued new material on All The Madmen and Grow Your Own and the comprehensive anthology Hagiography in 2016.
Hagar The Womb play the Saturday at Rebellion, at 8.50pm on the Pavilion Stage.
On 15 September, the band play their first ever US show at the Near Dark Festival in Oakland, California.
As previously announced, they also headline LOUD WOMEN’s Fourth Birthday Party at The Hope & Anchor, Islington, London on 12 October.
Check out our anarcho-punk special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!
MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a lyric video for the title track from his new album.
One Man Gang is set for release on 18 October.
As previously announced, Michael and his band play a series of UK dates during October and November. They’ll be joined on all dates by Japanese rockers ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK, with Soho legends DOGS D’AMOUR as special guests at the London show. Full dates below…
Rockabillies will be descending on the Leicestershire village of Bruntingthorpe next Spring for the Hangar Stomp.
The all-day event takes place, oddly enough, in a hangar at the former RAF Bruntingthorpe airfield near Lutterworth on 16 May 2020, and features headliner SONNY WEST – author of BUDDY HOLLY’s ‘Oh Boy’ and ‘Rave On’ hits – plus sets from CRAZY CAVAN & THE RHYTHM ROCKERS, MATCHBOX, THE POLECATS (pictured), RESTLESS, THE BLUE CATS, DARREL HIGHAM & THE ENFORCERS, THE REVOLUTIONARIES and THE HICKSVILLE BOMBERS.
There’ll also be a classic cars, hot-rods, bikes and vintage clothes and record fairs.
NEW MODEL ARMY have just unveiled a windswept video for their new single.
‘Never Arriving’ is the second single to be taken from the Bradford band’s new album From Here, which received a stunning 9/10 review in Vive Le Rock! It’s due out on 23 August through Ear Music and is available to pre-order here.
The video was shot in the wilds of Yorkshire on an inclement May day by Stacy Picard and Vaughn Matthews.
As previously announced the band head out on tour in support of the album during the autumn and winter. Full dates are…
08/10 – 1865, Southampton 13/11 – SWX, Bristol 14/11 – Electric Ballroom, London 15/11 – Junction, Cambridge 16/11 – Stylus, Leeds 17/11 – Tramshed, Cardiff 19/11 – Live Rooms, Chester 20/11 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle 21/11 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 22/11 – O2 Ritz, Manchester 23/11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham 12/12 – Concorde 2, Brighton 21/12 – Rock City, Nottingham
There’s a six-page New Model Army feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!!
Aussie punks THE CHATS have unveiled a new video ahead of their appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month.
‘Identity Theft’ is the band’s third single, following on from the internet smash ‘Smoko’ from 2018 and ‘Pub Feed’ from earlier this year. The Queensland trio began their recording career with two EPs – The Chats and Get This In Ya!! – in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
‘Identity Theft’ “…is about when you buy drugs on the internet and a hacker steals your credit card number and your identity,” explains front man Eamon Sandwith.
‘Identity Theft’ is available now through Bargain Bin records on Spotfiy and all the usual platforms.
The band return to the UK at the end of November for a sting of dates culminating in a show at London’s O2 Forum. Full dates are…
Nov 30th – Brighton, Concorde 2 Dec 1st – Oxford, 02 Academy Dec 2nd – Norwich, Waterfront Dec 3rd – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms Dec 4th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club Dec 5th – Newcastle, Riverside Dec 6th – Edinburgh, Summerhall Dec 7th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree Dec 9th – Glasgow, Garage Dec 10th – Manchester, 02 Ritz Dec 11th – Birmingham, 02 Institute Dec 12th – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach Dec 13th – Bristol, 02 Academy Dec 14th – London, 02 Forum
THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS are back with another new video from their current album, and more dates.
‘High Horse’, taken from their acclaimed album Grazie Governo, gives a candid lighthearted look at behind the scenes life on the road for the band, and features cameos from members of JAYA THE CAT, STREET DOGS and THE INTERRUPTERS.
Recently seen on tour with THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, the band are back in the UK for Rebellion before heading back out for North American dates with THE BOUNCING SOULS and THE BRONX. Full dates are…
THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS
1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
1st BLACKPOOL, UK – Rebellion Festival, Winter Gardens
4th COMPTON MARTIN, UK – Outcider Festival, Fernhill Farm
Bouncing Souls + The Bronx + THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS
9th MONTREAL, QC, Canada – Foufounes Electriques
10th TORONTO, ON, Canada – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11th PITTSBURGH PA, USA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
13th CLEVELAND, OH, USA – Grog Shop
14th DETROIT, MI, USA – Saint Andrews Hall
17th CHICAGO, IL, USA – Metro
18th MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA – Varsity Theater
19th MILWAUKEE, WI – X-Ray Arcade
THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS + The Raging Nathans
20th DAYTON, OH – Blind Bob‘s
21st LANCASTER, PA – American Bar & Grill
22nd ASBURY PARK, NJ – Asbury Park Brewery
23rd ALLSTON, MA – O‘Brien‘s
24th DOVER, NH – Brickhouse
THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS
13th KINGSTON, UK – Fighting Cocks
14th DERBY, UK – Hairy Dog
15th MANCHESTER, UK – Star ’N Garter
16th LEEDS, UK – Brudenell Club
17th NEWCASTLE, UK – Trillians
18th GLASGOW, UK – Stereo Cafe
19th CARLISLE, UK – Brickyard
20th BLACKPOOL, UK – Waterloo Bar
21st CARDIFF, UK – Club For Bach
22nd ILSON, UK – Latch Lifter (ALL AGES)
Iconic Russian rock star VIKTOR TSOI has his life celebrated in a new movie Leto. And we’re premiering the trailer exclusively at Vive Le Rock!
Sometimes remembered as the Russian Kurt Cobain, Tsoi fronted the rock band KINO, who came together in Leningrad in 1982 and went on to become the biggest and most influential band of the Soviet era, filling stadiums while Tsoi held down his dayjob working in the boiler-room of a Leningrad apartment block.
Tsoi appeared in several movies, starring in the leading role in drug thriller The Needle in 1988, before tragically dying in a car crash in 1990 aged just 28. His funeral was attended by thousands.
Described as a Soviet version of 24 Hour Party People, the biopic Leto by director Kirill Serebrennikov and starring Teo Yoo, charts Tsoi’s life and career in evocative cold-war black-and-white, a freewheeling snapshot of youthful rebellion in the underground scene of 1980s Leningrad.
Leto launches on movie streaming site MUBI on 16 August as well as screening at various cinemas around the UK including the ICA, London; Watershed, Bristol; GFT, Glasgow; HOME, Manchester, and Showroom Cinema, Sheffield.
MOTÖRHEAD are to have their two classic 1979 albums reissued in celebration of their 40th Anniversaries.
Overkill, released in March ’79, and Bomber, which followed in October, catapulted the trio into the major league, scooting up the album charts,with their title tracks breaching the Top 30 of the singles charts, paving the way for the following year’s Ace Of Spades.
Each album will be available in deluxe hardback book format in double-CD and triple-vinyl editions.
The releases will be accompanied by a spectacular collectors’ box set, 1979. The set will feature both the original Overkill and Bomber albums half-speed mastered and pressed on 180 gram vinyl created from the original master tapes; two double-live albums of previously unheard concert material from ’79 shows at Aylesbury Friars and La Rotunde in Le Mans; a 40-page period-accurate ‘music magazine’ featuring unseen photos and fresh interviews regarding the era; The Rest of ’79 vinyl, featuring B-sides, outtakes and rare tracks; ‘No Class’ 7” single with gatefold art; the Bomber tour programme; Overkill sheet music book, and finally, a ’79 badge set.
All this comes encased in an elaborate black biker jacket box.
Years in the making, these projects came to fruition with the assistance of key people who were part of their ’79 circle of friends, crew, and accomplices and with access to the band’s extensive private archives. The same level of attention to detail is promised on future projects.
Watch a previously unreleased live version of ‘Bomber’…
Set for release on 25 October through BMG, both Overkill and Bomber and the 1979 box set are available to pre-order here.
JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND return this autumn with a UK tour and a limited edition single.
Back in the studio for the first time since last year’s acclaimed CollectiV album, the band have laid down a stage favourite, an explosive cover of the Little Richard and Slade chartbuster ‘Get Down And Get With It’.
“’Get Down Get With It’ became the rallying cry for the CollectiV tour, so it made sense to go back into the studio, turn everything up to 11 and totally rip it up,” testifies Jones. “Liars and charlatans have got the world tearing itself apart right now, when really, we should be coming together. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, this absolutely does that and lives up to its name.”
Released on 7″ pink vinyl on the band’s Masonic label on 20 September and limited to 1,000 copies, the single will only be available at tour venues and select independent record stores.
The tour kicks off in York on 19 Sept and features a special London show at The Garage with a 2.30am late licence and a full supporting bill. Full dates are…
19 Sept – York, Fulford Arms 20 Sept – Manchester, Night & Day 21 Sept – London, The Garage 22 Sept – Bristol, The Exchange 26 Sept – Norwich, Waterfront 27 Sept – Brighton, Green Door 28 Sept– Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach 29 Sept – Southampton, Joiners 3 Oct – Southend, The Railway Hotel 4 Oct – Hastings, The Piper 5 Oct – Bedford, Esquires
Just a few days to go until Some Weird Sin’s Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender! We thought we’d give you a quick run-thru of some of the fantastic bands on offer. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, make haste as they’re nearly all gone!!
Saturday’s headliners THE NUMBER ONES hail from Dublin. Their 2011 debut EP cassette Italia ’90 is like gold-dust so don’t even bother looking. Much more findable is last year’s four-track Another Side Of The Number Ones for Static Shock, featuring this A1 tale of lost love, ‘You’re So Happy I Could Cry’…
DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS need no introduction: the former bassist of punky powerpop legends THE BOYS has come into his own in recent years with a pair of explemplary albums. ‘April Fool’ is from the first of these, the newly reissued Little Big Head.
A lot of folk missed out on LAST GREAT DREAMERS first time around, so they got back together in 2014 to make good on their fantastic powerpop dream. This eponymous anthem is from their debut album Retrosexual which gets a 25th Anniversary deluxe reissue this autumn.
Infusing their powerpop hooks with punk crunch and glam style, THE PRISCILLAS have been one of North London’s rock’n’roll treasures for more than a decade. They’re just breaking in a new line-up, but here’s a blast from the past to set you up for the weekend.
A gen-u-whine Detroit legend, NIKKI CORVETTE shot to fame with Class of 77 punk-poppers THE CORVETTES. Her appearance at Pump It Up is a real feather in the cap and her Sunday night headline show shouldn’t be missed.
Marquee favourites THE PENCILS were forged in the post-punk crucible of powerpop alongside the likes of The Jags, The Pleasers and Tonight. The 1980 Reading Festival could’ve been their second chance, if they hadn’t had their gear nicked the night before. If any band’s worthy of a second chance, it’s these guys – still sharp after all these years.
Former ROLE MODELS man RICH RAGANY is a big favourite of Vive Le Rock! We even premiered his new video a couple of months back. Here it is again for good jangle-tastic measure.
Newcomers AUTOGRAMM a veritable supergroup, their members coming from Brooklyn, Berlin and London to converge on Vancouver, British Columbia. One of ’em even used to be in BLACK MOUNTAIN! How’s that for pedigree? Check out their new single ‘Cool Kids Radio’.
More new kids on the block – although we suspect they’re older than they look! – THE SPEEDWAYS recently opened the prestigious Somerstown Festival, playing one end of a bill that had the reformed THE ONLY ONES at the other!! Kudos or what?!?! They’ve only just dropped this killer video of Kirsty’s ‘They Don’t Know’ which we reckon will have you swaying misty-eyed in the arms of your loved one on the night. You have been warned.
The Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender takes place at The Lexington, Pentonville Road, London on 27 & 28 July. For details of full line-up, day splits and tickets, go here.
LOUD WOMEN celebrate their fourth birthday with a wave of activity this autumn, including two major live events and a compilation album.
A not-for-profit initiative set up by musician Cassie Fox, Loud Women is a response to the lack of female representation in music. Since 2015, they’ve hosted 85 events at numerous venues around the capital, going on to establish chapters in New York, LA and Australia.
“The most interesting and powerful new music right now is coming from women,” explains Fox. “Why? Women are free of the monotonous tropes of dull ‘cock rock’ – they experiment and innovate, with world-changing results. LOUD WOMEN provides a conduit for this awesome music, so that we can help maybe a few of these incredible artists emerge from the DIY curtain, and have ourselves hella fun along the way! Happy birthday to us.”
On Saturday 14 September, the fourth annual Loud Women Fest will take place at The Dome in London’s Tufnell Park, featuring 21 acts across two stages from as far afield as the USA, Canada and Turkey. Bands line up are PETROL GIRLS, LILITH AI, T-BITCH, I, DORIS, ARXX, HURTLING, THE CLEOPATRAS, JEMMA FREEMAN & THE COSMIC SOMETHING, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, PEACH CLUB, THE BABY SEALS, GAPTOOTH, GGALLAN PARTRIDGE, SAMBA SISTERS COLLECTIVE, NERVOUS TWITCH, PERSONAL BEST, VAGINAS, WHAT ELSE?, SECONDHAND UNDERPANTS, THE TXLIPS, PLEASURE VENOM and HELLO DELAWARE.
The fest will be followed a few weeks later on Saturday 12 October by Loud Women’s 4th Birthday Party at Islington’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Headlined by recently reignited anarcho mob HAGAR THE WOMB (pictured), the half-day event will also feature sets from RABIES BABIES, I, DORIS, THE MENSTRUAL CRAMPS, MINDFRAME and hotly-tipped Italian newcomers SMALLTOWN TIGERS.
Ones-to-watch punk rockers MC16 have an incendiary new video and they’re premiering it exlusively with Vive Le Rock! ahead of their second appearance at Rebellion.
‘Burn It Down’ is taken from the trio’s debut four-track EP Outvoted By Robots. Produced by Dave Draper (The Professionals, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision) it’s released via the newly formed Neverlution Records label.
MC16 believe that music should challenge, confront, question and entertain – capturing the spirit of true punk rock music.
“It’s a title inspired by a bleak look at the future on earth,” guitarist and singer Tom Carson of Outvoted By Robots. “When AI eventually takes over evolution, Google announces they are taking over the world and we are all fucked as we become data rather than human beings.”
The EP tracks reflect a view of just how fucked-up society is and its inequalities within – each song offering a strong vantage point on thorny subject matters. From the anarchic frustrations of ‘Burn It Down’ – a song about the relationship with fire; ‘City Killer’ points the finger at the failure of city councils around the UK to tackle homelessness adequately; tales of toxic masculinity and false hopes and dreams of military recruitment on ‘The Sergeant’; right through to the irony within closer ‘Vive La France’ – with the strange combination of power in words of inspiration and words of fear.
Musically, MC16 are a short sharp shock of classic punk rock – a whirlwind of snarl and bite, mixed with a ragged melody and street-wise energies.
Outvoted By Robots is available on CD here and digitally via all the regular platforms.
Rebellion takes places at Blackpool Winter Gardens August 1-4. You can catch MC16 on the Pavilion Stage on the Sunday at 2.30pm. As well as MC16, the weekend line-up also features sets from The Damned, The Skids, The Stranglers, UK Subs, The Descendants, Conflict, Cock Sparrer, Subhumans, Ruts DC, Penetration, Bar Stool Preachers, Cockney Rejects, Los Fastidios, Giuda, Spear Of Destiny, The Godfathers and many, many more.
STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE return with a new album next month.
Don’t Turn Away follows on from the band’s 2014 debut Love And A Lamp-post and its reflective acoustic arrangement of piano, guitar and bass is a marked departure from the angry punk of Steve’s CRASS days. For all that, though, his songs are no less incisive.
The album was trailed earlier this year by the video for ‘S.A.D.’, a song of depression, despair and loss.
Don’t Turn Away is out on 23 August through Overground.
Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life play the following dates…
25 JUL – Camp Bestival, Wareham 5 SEP – Salty Dog, Northwich 7 SEP – The Blue Arrow, Glasgow 21 SEP – 229 The Venue, London (London Punk Festival)
JAMIE BARRIER, frontman of US folk-punk legends THE PINE HILL HAINTS has lined up a UK tour this September.
The Haints, based in Auburn, Alabama and steeped in folk, bluegrass and hardcore punk, were formed in 1998 by Barrier aka James The Fang, also a onetime member of infamous Southern trash rockers THE QUADRAJETS alongside future IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS founder Chet Weise.
Active since 1998, they’ve toured widely – frequently alongside the likes of J.D. WILKES and TH’ LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS – and have released numerous singles, EPs and albums on CD and vinyl, mostly through their own Arkam label. Their most recent new album was 2017’s Smoke, followed by a deluxe reissue of their 2007 classic Ghost Dance last year.
Barrier toured the UK last summer together with Yorkshire musician SERIOUS SAM BARRETT with whom he’s released two joint album, North Country Steed and The Dime Horseshoe.
The pair reconnect to play the following dates…
15 Sept – Coach & Horses, Dronfield 16 Sept – Harry’s Bar, Wakefield 17 Sept – The New Inn, Canterbury 18 Sept – Green Note, Camden, London 19 Sept – Topic Folk Club, Bradford. 20 Sept – Bloomfield Square, Otley 21 Sept – The Flying Duck, Ilkley 22 Sept – The Cricketers Arms, Horbury 23 Sept – Caledonia, Liverpool 24 Sept – Kwas, Huddersfield 25 Sept – Major Tom’s Social, Harrogate 26 Sept – TBC 27 Sept – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds 28 Sept – Roman Lakes, Marple 29 Sept – The Lantern, Halifax 30 Sept – Chip n Ern, Bingley 1st Oct – The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe
The UK’s top glam-punks The DeRellas play a bunch of shows in the coming weeks around their appearance at Rebellion.
The band kick off the dates by headlining their own Rockaway Beach club night at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor on Friday 26 July, with MOTO VAMP in support. Next month they go on to play two shows at the 100 Club, opening for HEARTBREAKERS guitarist Walter Lure on the 10th and DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH legend Brian James on the 23rd.
Full dates are…
Fri 26 July – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Moto Vamp) Sat 27 July – Prince Albert, Brighton (w/ Scare Taxi & Young Francis) Sat 3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool Fri 9 Aug – Rebellion Club, Manchester (w/ Walter Lure) Sat 10 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Walter Lure) Fri 23 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Brian James & The Electrics)
Hot new London punk’n’roll trio SUZITOY have announced their debut single and a short UK tour to back it up.
The band, who feature former FLESH FOR LULU drummer Bish Bishop, alongside basist Ko-Chun Lee and guitarist Marlon Woods from WE BUY GOLD, unleash the download single ‘Gangs’ on 20 July, with a physical EP to follow in the autumn.
“’Gangs’ is our response to the corporate and corrupt powers that enslave the people,” says Bish of the new single. “It’s dark and dangerous, but at the same time you can dance to it. That’s a really potent mix and not for the faint of heart.”
The band head out on tour next week, kicking off in Edinburgh on the 18th and winding up in London on the 26th. Full dates are…
18 Jul – Edinburgh, Bannerman’s Bar 19 Jul – Newcastle, The Black Bull 20 Jul – Whitchurch, Percy’s Café Bar 21 Jul – Rotherham, The Trades 26 Jul – London, The Amersham Arms
It’s only three weeks ’til Rebellion. We asked some of the acts playing this year to give us some of their favourite Rebellion memories…
Alex – Wonk Unit Nothing particularly glamorous or rock n roll but a couple of years back when we were playing that amazing slot in the Empress Ballroom between Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Slaves, we’d got all set up on time and I was twiddling my thumbs with 15 minutes to go before show time. I hate waiting around so as our hotel was only 5 minutes around the corner, I decided to just walk back to kill time. So, check this, I opened the door, went in, cracked open a can of Coke and I shit my pants??? Like literally no warning, no feeling, I didn’t fart, I didn’t sneeze or do anything, just suddenly I found I just shit my fuckin pants??? Like WTF??? I guess I was lucky to be in our hotel room, but it was a pretty traumatic few minutes of cleaning up and changing my shorts before running back to the Ballroom to a packed 3000 strong crowd. Was a wicked gig! Xx
Fat Bob – Hard Skin Rebellion 2016 – It’s Sunday early afternoon and I’ve had enough. I’m just fucking leaving, and I hear some winging American voice on the outside stage and the missus’ asks who that is. Some geezer in the street suggests it’s Jelly Biafra or something but I’ve no fucking idea and I don’t care.
Walk a bit further down the road and bump into Daryl from Cock Sparrer. We are chatting on – usual Bollocks and then these fat balding middle-aged German geezers stop the conversation – getting excited they’ve met a legend. They are all over me like most balding middle-aged men who try to chat to me on Grinder. Anyway, they want a selfie with the legend that is Fat Bob. Both of them are wearing Cock Sparrer T-Shirts and ask Daryl without a clue who he is, if he minds taking a picture of them with me.
Being an Oi! celebrity is hard but it’s about time Cock Sparrer swapped their pay check with Hard Skin.
TV Smith The first time I was invited to perform at Rebellion was 1996. I’d never played a solo set at a punk festival before, and Rebellion had never had a solo artist before either, so I was a little nervous to say the least. Festivals being what they are, there was no opportunity for a soundcheck so when I walked on stage, I knew it was ‘now or never’. For a moment it looked like it would be “never”: I looked over to the mixing desk halfway down the hall – past the crowds of people in the audience waiting to see what I would come up with – and saw there was no one manning it. I plugged in. No sound. Was this going to be a truly acoustic gig, in front of nearly a thousand people? I’d expected it to be nerve-wracking – but not this nerve-wracking. Time stretched out before me and after what seemed like the longest couple of minutes, I had ever experienced a figure appeared behind the desk and I had sound. Not a good sound, to tell the truth – through the monitors on the stage, my guitar sounded like a distant tinny wasp, and I played it so hard to compensate that I almost immediately broke a string and the gig came to an abrupt stop. I didn’t have a spare guitar with me, so to the audience’s bemusement I had to put a new string on the guitar on stage. I then attempted to play ‘Bombsite Boy’ for the first time since the Adverts – I’d promised an acoustic Adverts set and that was what I was bloody well going to play – only to find out the song was far too complicated for acoustic guitar, and twenty years after my youthful former self wrote it, also too high to sing. Bizarrely, the audience loved it, and after a (for me) tortuous 40 minutes I left the stage to resounding applause and demands for encores.
It was a trial by fire, but I’m happy to say that I’ve played solo every year since then, and the acoustic scene at Rebellion has grown so popular that artists and audiences queue up to play, and get into the Almost Acoustic venue over the entire three days of the event. In fact, I’ve had so many complaints over the past few years from people who couldn’t actually squeeze into the room while I was playing that this year, I’m doing my solo show in the Opera House. Classy or wot?
Segs – Ruts DC It’s a strange phenomenon at Rebellion festival that whatever time you intend on going to bed, you always seem to be coming back to the hotel as the sun’s coming up, you miss breakfast (again) after not eating properly the day before.
After 5/6 years of this routine, I decided last year to get home while the night was relatively young. Still, gig done I did need to chill out with a beer or something, somewhere. “Come around to our hotel.” said Tom, singer of The Professionals. So off we went. So, there I was, sitting outside chatting to one Paul Cook (I have to mention, yes, he of The Sex Pistols fame, about our upcoming Crack 40 tour and other things).
“Last orders,” shouted one of the barmen – it was 3.30 am. “I’ve managed it!”, I thought. A relatively early night…but … “Rambo’s on the phone”, said Chris McCormack, the Proffs’ guitarist. “John wants a few people back to his hotel, he needs cheering up, don’t bring any idiots!” So, Chris said to me and girlfriend Tara Rez, “Come on you two, you’re not idiots”.
“Jesus!”, I said. Was he talking about John Lydon? -Yes, he was! Cookie said that he wasn’t gonna go and I said that there was no way I was going to meet JL, pissed, at 3.30 in the morning! I’m just about ready for my early night.
So, Cookie left and then , as we were starting off on our walk back to our safe haven, I got a text with hotel address. “Maybe we’ll just go for a little while …hmm.” So, we jumped a cab, the hotel was a way away and we had to get met at the gates by a security man who escorted us in.
We walk into the outside area and there was Mr Lydon, and a few friends/band members and Cookie had turned up in the end, so I walk up to introduce myself to John Lydon: “Hello Mr Lydon, I’m Segs from the Ruts – last time I saw you was in 1979 – you were looking at our album cover (The Crack). “We had just entered the press room at Virgin Records that day and proudly seen (the) Johnny Rotten holding up our up first LP .” Then I told him with a smile on my face, “You said ‘bunch of faggots’!”
He just said, “I deny it! I deny anything that I’ve ever been accused of.” He shook my hand warmly and told us that the bar was open “Get yourselves a drink and come and join us.”
So, there I was chatting away to John Lydon, he was actually really friendly to everyone. We rolled him a joint and sat down, the conversations were pretty deep and I even had the dutch courage to sing him a couple of lyrics from Music Must Destroy! What was happening? After an hour or so the evening drew naturally to a close, he said he had to go and take care of a few things and next minute he was gone. We said our goodbyes and got in a taxi —you guessed it —as our driver transported us along the Blackpool’s well-trodden promenade, the sky was well into its morning. The land of the rising sun indeed.
DINOSAUR JR are to have four classic albums reissued in expanded form on CD and vinyl.
Green Mind, Where You Been, Without A Sound and Hand It Over were originally released by the legendary Massachusetts band between 1991 and ’97 when they were signed to Warner Bros, and were seen as a second wind for the band following their implosion after their UK breakthrough album Bug in 1998.
Each of the releases, curated with full input from band founder J Mascis, and including new sleevenotes from noted journalist Keith Cameron, will be available on double vinyl and double CD from 27 September through Cherry Red.
Green Mind surfaced in 1991 and featured Mascis playing most instruments on most songs, with contributions from original drummer Murph, along with briefly recruited bassist Don Fleming and drummer Dan Spiegel from the band Gumball.
The rerelease features copious bonus tracks, including the Whatever’s Cool With Me EP, while the CD version also has a previously unreleased live set from Hollywood Palladium.
Where You Been, released in ’93, was a major commercial success, reaching the UK Top 10, with the accompanying single ‘Start Choppin’ making the Top 20. It saw a return of Murph to fulltime duties and the arrival of bassist Mike Johnson, as well as the unlikely presence of a string quartet.
Bonus tracks include a version of The Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘Hot Burrito #2’ and a selection of Peel Session tracks. The CD also includes a previously unreleased live set from St Paul Civic Centre.
Released in ’94, Without A Sound was the first Dinosaur J not to feature Murph, with Mascis handling the drums himself. It yielded the hit single ‘Feel The Pain’. Bonus tracks on this edition include tracks recorded live in London, with the CD adding instrumental versions of album tracks.
Their last album for a decade, although ’97’s Hand It Over sold poorly, offering no radio hits, it’s apparently regarded by Mascis as his favourite album from the Warner period. Opening track ‘I Don’t Think’ featured vocals from My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields, who produced the track.
Bonus tracks include an EP of songs recorded for the Matt Dillon movie Grace Of My Heart and tracks from an Australian TV broadcast, with the CD adding an unreleased set from a show in Stockholm.