FUNK’S NOT DEAD!

A new box set anthologises that period in the immediate aftermath of punk when musicians began drawing influence from US funk.

Bands – most notably Gang Of Four and The Pop Group – began marrying often confrontational lyrics and exploratory, experimental sounds with the bass and drum rhythms of Funkadelic and the Fatback Band, and emboldened by New York’s no-wave movement brought post-punk to the dancefloor.

Compiled and with sleevenotes by noted DJ and writer Bill Brewster, the 3-disc Shake The Foundations: Militant Funk & The Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984 features a raft rarely heard floorfillers from familiar bands like THE HIGSONS (pictured), A CERTAIN RATIO, SIMPLE MINDS, 23 SKIDOO and JAH WOBBLE to the less familiar – QUANDO QUANGO, PLAYGROUP, THE CHICKEN GRANNY etc…

Set for release through Cherry Red on 26 March, Shake The Foundations is available to pre-order here.

Track Listing

DISC ONE

  1. GUESS WHO? – A Certain Ratio
  2. COUP – 23 Skidoo
  3. 100 EVIL SMOKESTACKING BABY – Haircut 100
  4. THIS FEAR OF GODS – Simple Minds
  5. LOVE 30 – The Stranglers
  6. BORN EVERY MINUTE – The Passage
  7. SARAVA – Blue Rondo A La Turk
  8. SERBIAN VILLAGE – Medium Medium
  9. PUSH OUT THE BOAT – The Higsons
  10. POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS – John Cooper Clarke
  11. SKIN DEEP – The Passions
  12. INVADERS OF THE HEART (MIX ONE) –Jah Wobble
  13. CAN YOU MOVE – Modern Romance
  14. SLANG TEACHER – Wide Boy Awake
  15. HYPNOTISED – C Cat Trance
  16. STRETCH – Maximum Joy

DISC TWO:

  1. LIONS – Tones On Tail
  2. TRUST IS A MUST – Ian Dury
  3. WHAT DANCE IS THIS? – Perfect Zebras
  4. FAITH & HOPE & CHARITY – The Fun Boy Three
  5. DREAM GAMES – Shock
  6. RUSHA – Jesse Rae
  7. DON’T – Thomas Leer
  8. BIG MAN RESTLESS – Kissing The Pink
  9. BLUE FOR YOU – Paul Haig
  10. FREQUENCY 7 – Visage
  11. BANG EM RIGHT – Six Sed Red
  12. TINGLE – Quando Quango
  13. CCCAN’T YOU SEE – Vicious Pink
  14. MOVE ON – Fashiøn
  15. SET FIGHTER – Wide Boy Awake

DISC THREE:

  1. WHEN ARE WE? (NOW WE ARE) – Surface Mutants
  2. WHY ARE WE IN LOVE – Furniture
  3. ROB A BANK – The Pop Group
  4. GET IT RIGHT – Animal Magic
  5. BLACK LEATHER – Nightmares In Wax
  6. OBEDIENCE – Normil Hawaiians
  7. ASBESTOS LEAD ASBESTOS – The 012
  8. KEEP BEAT – Vee VV
  9. LIVING WILD – Mataya Clifford
  10. SO MANY WAYS – Electric Chairs
  11. DREAMS ARE BETTER – London Underground
  12. ARTY-FACT – Group Therapy
  13. WE ARE ALL ANIMALS – The Diagram Brothers
  14. QUIT THE BODY – The Chicken Granny
  15. BED BOUND SAGA – Machine Gunn Hogg And Co
  16. HOGGS MIGHT FLY – Playgroup
  17. SHAKE (THE FOUNDATIONS) – Glaxo Babies
  18. DISCO PURGE – Family Fodder

Pic by Steve Rapport

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PUTTING THE HOOT IN!

Former MICRODISNEY and FATIMA MANSIONS frontman CATHAL COUGHLAN is back with his first new album in more than a decade.

The Cork singer-songwriter is trailing the release with a video for the brooding, nightmarish ‘Owl In The Parlour’.

His sixth solo album, Song Of Co-Aklan comprises 12 new original songs and features guest appearances from friends and former bandmates including Sean O’ Hagan, Jon Fell and John Bennett (Microdisney/High Llamas), Luke Haines (Auteurs/Black Box Recorder), Rhodri Marsden (Scritti Politti), Aindrías Ó Gruama (Fatima Mansions), Cory Gray (The Delines) and Dublin singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan.

Coughlan formed Microdisney with O’Hagan in 1980, forming Fatima Mansions after their dissolution in 1988. In recent years he’s maintained with his solo career as well as collaborating with Blixa Bargeld, Ute Lemper and Gavin Friday on Change The World, a reimagining of the works of Bertold Brecht at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. This year will see the results of his partnership with producer and musician Jacknife Lee under the name Telefis.

Set for release on 26 March through Dimple Discs, Song Of Co-Aklan is available to pre-order here.

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WHEEL COOL TIME!

US punks THE WHEELZ have just dropped a video for their brand new single.

Just the latest in an impressive collection of shoutalong anthems, ‘Politicians’ is taken from the band’s new EP Twenty / Twenty, their first new material since their 2018 debut album.

Kicking back in the same dayglo buzzsaw punk alley as the Toy Dolls, Rezillos, The Briefs and Cyanide Pills, The Wheelz stay true to the ‘no future’ spit’n’glue spirit of ’77 punk, declaring that they are “Going nowhere and not going anywhere. Both at the same time. . .”

Twenty / Twenty is out now on vinyl from No Front Teeth in the UK and Boulevard Trash in the US. It’s also available on cassette from Berlin’s Tape Or Die.

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CELEBRITY DRAW TO BENEFIT ROAD CREW!

Not content with raising 1.17m for the nation’s struggling musical roadcrew last year, Aylesbury Friars founder David Stopps has teamed up with music icons and industry leaders to raise even more cash for the deserving cause.

Last year’s auction, which featured items by Mark Knopfler and Glastonbury Festival was a roaring success, with participants buying tickets for £5 to be in with a chance of getting their hands on money-can’t-buy memorabilia.

And this time, artists including Foo Fighters (pictured), Iron Maiden, Mumford and Sons, Spice Girls, Queen, Genesis and The Levellers are taking part.

Foo Fighters are a band boasting two iconic drummers Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, and a drum head signed by the band is up for grabs.

Industry figureheads David Stopps, Ian McAndrew and Tom Schroeder, alongside Andrew Lenthall and Mike Lowe from Stagehand, began the #ILoveLive Prize Draw campaign to help raise funds for all the music stage and road crew in the live music events industry that have been affected by the pandemic.

David Stopps said, “When I heard about the tenth suicide among stage crew in late August, I knew I had to do something. Stage crew are not only suffering great financial hardship but most are also experiencing mental ill health. Money raised from these prize draws will actually save lives and help to safeguard their future.”

Stagehand is the only UK charity that specifically helps music stage and road crew and is dedicated to providing hardship funding for live events industry workers. In September 2020 the Stagehand Covid 19 Crew Relief Fund was launched, with a target of raising £1m (including donations) by the end of 2020. This was achieved with the current total at £1.17m which has enabled Stagehand to issue over 900 grants to crew, with many more to follow in 2021.

And this is why it matters, one lighting designer said, “I feel as if live events/touring crew have been completely forgotten about.

“Whilst the arts as a whole has struggled, I have seen a lot more financial support for theatre and television professionals.

“Thankfully the US Live Nation fund generously offered me a grant ($1000), but it was just a scratch on the income I have lost for the past 6 months and the expensive cost of living in London.

“I have not just been under financial strain, but mentally I have seen a change in myself. It’s been really difficult to stay positive and motivated; I wake up each morning and struggle to find a sense of purpose.

“Not knowing when I will be able to return to the work and lifestyle I have worked hard towards and been used to for so long, has left me feeling anxious and quite frankly depressed. The end is still not in sight, and we will be the very last to go back to work. We need supporting, urgently.”

And a band crew member added, “I have been in the entertainment industry in one form or another since the 1980s. I have a family who look to me to provide for them, and as there is nothing allowed to happen where I might get any employment, we are in a disastrous predicament.

“Sadly it’s not a case of we MIGHT run out of money and have no way to pay the bills, we HAVE run out of money and have no way to pay the bills.

“Credit cards exhausted, savings depleted, assets liquidated. I’ve never in my life had to sell my car to make sure the electricity stays on for my son to be able to do his home schooling.

“Mentally, financially and socially, my family have been left destitute.”

The #ILoveLive prize draw campaign, in partnership with the Crowdfunder platform, gives music fans the chance to give something back to the people who make life-affirming live events happen and to win money-can’t-buy prizes from their favourite artists.

This is not an auction. It’s a series of prize draws where each artist has their own prize draw. With an auction, only a few fans with the deepest pockets get involved, whereas with a prize draw the whole fanbase can participate. Fans from all over the world can enter for £5 via the artist’s #ILoveLive Crowdfunder page. If a fan enters multiple times, they stand a better chance of winning.

To find out more about what is on offer, and to buy your tickets go here.

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THE RAT AND THE RABBIT!

ONE THOUSAND MOTELS, the collaboration between Rat Scabies and Chris Constantinou, have a new album on the way which they’re heralding with a brand new video.

‘When The Rabbit’s Got The Gun’ is taken from Get In Where You Fit In, the follow up to the duo’s debut 2% Out Of Sync, and features Sean Wheeler (Josh Homme, Lemmy, Mad Caddies) on vocals.

The album was recorded in London, Memphis and Palm Springs and features an impressive roll-call of special guests including Marc Franklin and Arthur Edmaiston from the legendary Memphis Horns, Dire Straits guitarist Hal Lindes, The Specials Horns, Essex harp ace Steve ‘West’ Weston, noted session drummer Preston Heyman and pianist Diz Watson of London pub R&B legends Diz and The Doormen.

The video is by RudeGRL

Get In Where You Fit In is due for release through Universal on 30 April.

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JAKOB MIND VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Swedish punk-rocker JAKOB MIND heralds his debut solo album with a video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Known to his folks as Jakob Arvidsson, he leads a double life as the guitarist and singer with Uppsala punks ROTTEN MIND and ‘Let Them Know’ is taken from the album The One Who Got Away.

Arvidsson’s actually got a track record going back over a decade, starting out as a member of hardcore mob AGENT ATTITUDE who managed to turn out a trio of full-lengths before imploding in 2015, at which point Rotten Mind began.

Prior to sessions for his band’s most recent album Rat City Dog Boy, Jakob slipped into the studio to lay down the tracks that comprise The One Who Got Away, drawing on an array of influences from the Velvet Underground and Roky Erickson to the Ramones, Buzzcocks and Dead Boys.

“It’s a bit different when you play all the instruments by yourself,” he says. “You can’t rehearse it before so pretty much all the drum takes are the first time I play the songs. I just used my acoustic guitar at home and tried to figure out in my head how the songs will sound and then try to re-create that in the studio. It’s not easy all the time but it’s good fun.”

‘Let Them Know’ is out on Friday 5 February through Lövely Records while The One Who Got Away follows in 16 April.

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MIDDLE-AGE WARNING!

Notts punks VERBAL WARNING are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a movie! And we’re not talking a DVD and a takeaway!

Alongside RESISTANCE 77, Verbal Warning are the area’s longest serving punk band.

Unable to gig because of Covid lockdown, the band didn’t want to miss the momentous occasion, though, so have put together a feature-length documentary comprising live and archive footage, as well as old photographs to tell the band’s amazing story from their inception to demise and eventual rebirth.

The band are currently in the process of writing songs for their next album and are looking forward to getting back out on the road just as soon as they are able.

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MARIACHI EL MIDLANDS!

The world’s number one mariachi-sleaze band GYPSY PISTOLEROS have just unveiled the first video from their forthcoming new album.

‘Lost In A Town Called Nowhere’ is the taken from the album The Mescalito Vampires, which follows quickly on the heels of last year’s self-descriptively titled The Greatest Flamenco Glam Sleaze Band Ever!, their debut for Golden Robot Records.

Hailing from the lawless badlands of Worcestershire, the Pistoleros have been described as the ideal house band for The Titty Twister, the club in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s classic ’96 Tex-Mex vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn, fusing Hanoi Rocks-style glam-punk with mariachi horns and flamenco guitars.

Set for release on 26 February, ‘Lost In A Town Called Nowhere’ will be available on Riot Records on limited edition red-and-gold splatter vinyl 7″. Pre-order it from Carnival Records from 12 February.

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KEEP US ON THE RODENT!

Swedish punks ROTTEN MIND have just unveiled a new video.

The four-piece from Uppsala have been going since 2015 and are one of the four original bands associated with leading alternative rock label Lövely Records.

‘City Rats’ is the opening cut from the band’s fourth album Rat City Dog Boy, released last year.

The video, presumably depicting a typical Friday night in Uppsala, was filmed and edited by Daniel Wiberg. Rats in leather jackets: now that we can handle!

Rat City Dog Boy is available here.

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DINNER IS SERVED!

Liverpool kitchencore band PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES have just unveiled a new video.

After the year we’ve had and little hope on the horizon, the lockdown video for ‘Life Is Beautiful’ can’t help but inspire positivity with the help of various members of the DIY punk community, including members of Eastfield, Interrobang!? Bratakus, Delinquents, Werecats, Salt the Snail, Crash Mats, Biteback, Riviera Kid, Spam Javelin and Pascal Briggs.

If you enjoy the video – even if you don’t! – you’re encouraged to donate to the Music Venue Trust #saveourvenues crowdfunder.

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