Ahead of his UK tour later this month, Vive Le Rock cornered Glen Matlock to ask him his favourite TV and video appearances…

So It Goes is a TV show. It was our first proper TV appearance in Manchester. It was Tony Wilson’s ‘What’s On’ kind of programme. That’s when all the shit really hit the fan for the first time. It was the one with Jordan in and John had a big barney with Clive James. It was all quite funny. I spoke to Tony Wilson (Factory Records) years later and he said, ‘That was the day that Clive James became and old man.’ He just didn’t get it! It was great to play, we did two songs but they didn’t broadcast one. ‘Problems’ was a warm up and ‘Anarchy In The UK’.”

“We were supposed to play live but all the camera men downed tools because it was too loud for them. We recorded it live but then when the camera came on we had to sort of mime. With early stuff, there’s not really any dedicated videos around.”

“The one broadcast on the show was ‘I’m Bored’. We went there and had worked out four songs to play. When we got there they asked us what songs we were gunna play and we told them four. They said, ‘Oh we were only expecting a couple of songs.’ And it caused a problem. The video director said ‘You got seven minutes.’ So we cobbled together a medley of three of them and then did ‘I’m Bored’. The medley was ‘Billy Is A Runaway’, ‘Fortune Teller’ and an old version of another song. Iggy was stubborn and wanted to do four. That night I remember I had the very first mod suit from Johnson’s and a red pork pie hat. When we walked in there was this guy dressed like a BBC sessions jazz player going, ‘What songs do you know then?’ And it was Tom Waits. As we walked in, he nicked my hat.”

“I played with Ronnie Wood and Mick Hucknell fronted on vocals. It was a proper TV thing at O2 Stadium. A great night playing with those guys.”

“The track takes on Pharell Williams ‘Happy’. It was produced by Mario McNulty and the video was directed by Paul Cockcroft. I’m proud of it, it’s got Earl Slick on guitar and Slim Jim Phantom on drums. I like it.”

“We’ve got nine show in the UK, we’re gunna do Finland and I’m gunna play with Dropkick Murphys in Boston and Canada. I keep writing songs and I keep going. It’s sounding good.”

Tickets on sale here.

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THE PEDALJETS have unveiled a first video from their brand new album.

The effortlessly anthemic ‘Disassociation Blues’ is the opening cut from Twist The Lens, the Kansas City band’s fourth full-length, which comes more than six years after its predecessor What’s In Between.

The video by Luke McKinney, a time-lapse travelogue of another night on the town, might ring a lot of bells for a lot of people.

First formed back in 1984, The Pedaljets cut their teeth on the Midwest bar circuit alongside the likes of Hüsker Dü, The Replacements and Flaming Lips, splitting in ’89 after the release of their eponymous second album. It was a desire to give that album a proper, remastered, release that brought the band back together in 2008, a reunion that eventually led to What’s In Between in 2013.

Twist The Lens is the first album to feature new guitarist Cody Wyoming, while previous guitarist Paul Malinowski was in the production chair. Alt-rock studio legend John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile) mixed the album, while old friend Archer Prewitt from The Sea And Cake provided the artwork.

Set for release on 14 February through Electric Moth Records, Twist The Lens is available to pre-order here.

Read a review of Twist The Lens in the new issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

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Brighton punks ĠENN have just unveiled a new video ahead of a string of tour dates.

The super-vibrant party-smart ‘Du Da Dance’, which frontwoman Leona says is about “not caring about what other people think of you or say about you, and just enjoying life,” is available now from Bandcamp, Spotfiy and all usual platforms.

The Anglo-Maltese quartet, whose name is taken from the Maltese word for craziness, have a bunch of shows lined up for the spring, including an appearance at Manchester’s 0161 Festival. Full dates are…

16 Feb – Patterns, Brighton
12 Mar – Camden Assembly, London
5 Apr – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
16 Apr – Suburbstheholroyd, Guildford
18 Apr – The Grace, London
19 Apr – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
29 Apr – Musician, Leicester
30 Apr – 0161 Festival, Manchester

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Australian post-punk iconoclasts THE CHURCH are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a major European Tour.

The band formed in Sydney in 1980 and have gone on to become one of Australia’s most enduring and intriguing musical exports, releasing seventeen studio albums, including the 1988 international breakthrough album Starfish and its accompanying hit single ‘Under The Milky Way’, which made the US Top 30.

The tour, wittily titled In The Wake Of The Zeitgeist, will find the band visiting cities and countries they rarely visit, and will culminate in a sole UK show, at the O2 Forum in London’s Kentish Town, scene of some of their career-peak shows when it was the Town & Country Club in the late 90s, and indicative of the recent revival in the band’s popularity. In the past few years, the band have played special guest slots with Fields Of The Nephilim and Psychedelic Furs, with whom they toured extensively in the US and played a high profiles as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown in London.

The anniversary will be a bittersweet one for the band, however, finding bassist/frontman Steve Kilbey as the sole original member, following the departure of co-founding guitarist Peter Koppes last year. Announcing Koppes’ departure on Facebook on 1 February, Kilbey said, “A band is like a family and over 40 years it is only natural that families will change and that members will come and go. Therefore it is with great sadness that we must announce the departure of Peter Koppes from our ranks to explore his own musical path. Peter has made the hugest contribution to the Church’s sound and he will be sorely missed.”

Koppes had previously left the band from 1992 to ’97. He’s currently working with SYNCRETISM, a new project with Dave Scotland, previously a member of Koppes and Kilbey’s pre-Church band Baby Grande.

Koppes’ fellow guitarist Marty Willson-Piper left The Church in 2013, and was replaced by Ian Haug from the band Powderfinger. The latest line-up features Koppes’ replacement Ashley Naylor and drummer Tim Powles, while touring musician Jeffrey Cain is promoted to full-time membership. The quintet are currently in the process of recording a new album, which may or may not be out in time for the tour.

Full tour dates are…

17 May – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
18 May – RCA Club, Lisboa
19 May – Hard Club, Porto
21 May – Plaza de la Catedral, Santiago de Compostela
22 May – Sala Mon Madrid Conciertos, Madrid
23 May – Sala Moon, Valencia
24 May – Sala Bikini, Barcelona
25 May – Petit Bain, Paris
26 May – Wizeman, Stuttgart
27 May – Das Bett, Frankfurt
28 May – Club Volta, Köln
29 May – Wave Gotik Treffen, Westerland
30 May – BAM Festival, Hengelo
2 June – Loppen, Copenhagen
3 June – Kulturbogalet, Malmö
4 June – Fåfängani, Stockholm
5 June – Salt Art & Music, Oslo
10 June – Monkeys Music Club, Hamburg
12 June – Paard, Den Haag
13 June – O2 Forum, London

Tickets for the Forum show are on sale here from Friday 7 February.

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