BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS has launched to showcase Bristol artists and provide a historical account of the scene from 1977 onwards. Many of the releases are very rare and the material has been lovingly digitally remastered from vinyl, dat and cassettes. The original vinyl releases were generally limited to runs of 1000 or less copies.

Take a look at Bristol Archive Records at

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THE DAMNED have just finished recording their first new album since 2001’s
‘Grave Disorder’. They are holding a launch party at London’s Islington
Academy on Wed 19th November and tour the following dates:

15 Southampton Talking Heads (ltd avail.)
16 Southampton Talking Heads (ltd avail.)
19 London Islington Academy (ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW)
28 Dublin Button Factory
29 Belfast Empire
30 Newcastle Academy

2 Cambridge Junction
4 Leeds Irish Centre
5 Manchester Academy2
6 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
7 ATP Fest, Minehead
10 Crewe M Club
11 Norwich Waterfront
12 Sheffield Corporation
13 London The Forum (Rebellion Festival)
14 Bristol Academy
16 Cardiff The Point
17 Gloucester Guild Hall
18 Bilston Robin II
19 Oxford Academy
20 Northampton Roadmender
21 Brighton Komedia



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Former Dexys Midnight Runners members and former Style Council keyboardist,Mick Talbot, have reunited the legendary British funk Northern soul band THE BUREAU. The band will release the new album ‘And Another Thing’ on Monday 6th October (available to buy from ‘And Another Thing’ is the first new studio album release that follows the 2005 reissue of the Bureau’s 1981 self-titled debut album.

The Bureau will support the release with a series of rare concerts at Birmingham’s Sound Bar on 3rd October, Newcastle’s The Cluny on 8th October and London’s Jazz Café on 9th October.


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EMI are releasing KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Peel Sessions ’79-’81’ on 8th September. This is the first time the tracks will be available on CD (and digital download), showing a raw sound and in some cases predating their studio recordings by some months. There are also 3 bonus tracks from a Richard Skinner session from the same period.

Liner notes come courtesy of Alex Paterson, who was the  band’s roadie before founding The Orb. The following extract paints a vivid  picture of what to expect from the album:
“Killing Joke went  up to Maida Vale to the BBC studios for the first of many sessions… We  weren’t used to this, but we had to record four songs & mix them all in a  day, Jaz smashed his hand hitting a glass BBC jar with a drum stick and had to  go to hospital. I did the woos on Malicious Boogie and hit the cow bell too!  Geordie has a fractured guitar noise, Godlike in his walls of sound, Big Paul  is all power, raw, brutal & pristine, Youth, best mate, funking all the  time & coming up with the best fuzzed opus bass lines & Jaz Coleman,  classical madman & Requiem to our gods, the OBX was his sound, melodic  & searching, echoing into your soul.”
Full liner notes  are available on request.
The album features the original Killing  Joke line-up, and this release marks the start of a world tour of that  line-up, including now top producer Youth, playing tracks only from this era  during two night residencies at each venue. The band hit these shores on 03  & 04 October @ The Forum, London.
John Peel – 17/10/79:
1/ Psyche
2/ Wardance
3/  Nuclear Boy
4/ Malicious Boogie
John Peel – 5/3/80:
5/  Change
6/ Tomorrow’s World
7/ Complication
John Peel –  27/4/81:
8/ The Fall Of Because
9/ Tension
John Peel – 16/12/81:
11/The Hum 
12/Empire Song
13/We Have Joy
14/Chop Chop
Bonus  session:
Richard Skinner – 29/5/81:

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By popular demand THE STRANGLERS have announced an extra date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of their upcoming Greatest Hits Tour. The band will now play the venue on the 14th and 15th November to close their 24-date tour.

Prior to the Greatest Hits Tour, which commences in October, SonyBMG will release a superb TV advertised collection of the band’s works, in celebration of no less than 42 Top 40 hits, spanning over 4 decades, and aptly named 4240. The album, out 15th September, will be released as a single CD as well as a Limited Edition CD/DVD, featuring all of the Epic promo videos on DVD for the first time plus clips from their 2007 show at London’s Roundhouse.

Greatest Hits Worldwide Tour 2008 (Eire & UK)

October 2008

Mon 13                         Dublin                                      Ambassador

Tue 14                          Belfast                                     Mandela Hall

Thu 16                          Cardiff                                      University

Fri 17                           Aberystwyth                             Arts Centre

Sat 18                          Cambridge                               Corn Exchange

Mon 20                         Southampton                           Guildhall

Tue 21                          Reading                                   Hexagon

Wed 22                        Bristol                                      Academy

Fri 24                           Exeter                                      Great Hall

Sat 25                          Birmingham                             Academy

Tue 28                          Douglas, Isle of Man                Villa Marina

Thu 30                          Inverness                                 Ironworks

Fri 31                           Dundee                                    Fat Sams

November 2008

Sat 01                          Glasgow                                  Academy

Mon 03                         Newcastle                                Academy

Tue 04                          Leeds                                       Academy

Thu 06                          Lincoln                                    Engine Room

Fri 07                           Manchester                              Academy

Sun 09                         Hull                                          City Hall

Mon 10                         Norwich                                   UEA

Tue 11                          Southend                                 The Cliffs Pavilion                               

Wed 12                         Folkestone                               Leas Cliff Hall

Fri 14                           London                                    Shepherds Bush Empire

Fri 15                           London                                    Shepherds Bush Empire


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Manchester post punk pioneers Magazine have reformed and are scheduled to
paly at Londons Forum on Feb 13th. No news on who is in this lineup as
original guitarist John McGeoch passed away a few years ago. But stay tuned
for more news from Vive Le Punk!


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BUTTHOLE SURFERS Washington DC, USA, June 26th 2008

Washington DC
9:30 Club
26th June


The Butthole Surfers were preceeded by local Washington, D.C. group the Apes, well worth checking out if you’re a Butthole Surfers fan. Their stage presence and musical style were similar enough to the Butthole Surfers to complement them but were individual enough to make for a great opening act.

The Butthole Surfers didn’t disappoint long-time fans with their classic ‘80s line-up of Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus, King Coffey and Teresa Taylor. It was a somewhat religious experience that included multiple projectors playing on the same screen, occasional bursts of dry ice and a light show all set to the unique sound that only the Butthole Surfers have managed to achieve. The live show is worth the trek, tickets and traffic.

Performing with the Butthole Surfers was The Paul Green School of Rock All-Stars, who took to the stage with surprising talent and professionalism. In the end, though, it wasn’t hard to remember they were just kids. I was jealous of their reckless abandon as they wrestled on stage, threw empty water bottles at the fans, tore up setlists, duct taped themselves and each other, revelled in a cacophany of instrumental chaos and shouted through the megaphone as the Butthole Surfers slipped out the back door.

Kellie Morton

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After 30 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – Henry Priestman is finally releasing his debut solo album!  The Chronicles of Modern Life is the sound of a man who’s seen the music world explode from punk (he supported the Sex Pistols in 1977) through to pop (three million albums with The Christians; a top five single for Mark Owen) through to the digital age (soundtracks for James Bond/Xbox; sessions with Sarah Cracknell and Ricky Maymi of Brian Jonestown Massacre) and still has something worth singing about.

Henry Priestman’s "got form," his "previous" including The Yachts (described in Gene Sculatti’s The Catalog of Cool as "the Cole Porter of Punk"!), Bette Bright (alongside Glen Matlock and Suggs), It’s Immaterial, The Christians (writing all songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney.  To say nothing of a roll call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb and Echo  The Bunnymen, plus vocals on Jools Holland/Tom Jones’ 2004 CD.

Don’t You Love Me No More? is the lead track and is a song that anyone whose ever slaved their hearts out for the corporate machine, only to be given a big fat kick in the teeth, will find is their new anthem.  Elsewhere you’ll hear a beautifully ragged Nashville-influenced backing to more biting wit and wisdom on all manner of subjects close to our hearts like Grey’s the New Blonde, Old and – tackling the changing face of ‘the biz’ – Did I Fight in The Punk Wars For This? and The Sacred Scrolls of Pop.  But is this music for grumpy old men? "No!" Henry disagrees, "I’m just trying to write scruffy pop songs of pith, wit and poignancy. With the emphasis on scruffy," (referring to the fact that he played almost everything on the album himself).

In the run up to this very long-awaited debut solo album, Henry recently played his debut solo gigs: in May he supported 10cc at London’s 02 Arena and in July supported Jools Holland at the 10,000-seater Liverpool Echo Arena!  Chronicles is also a homecoming to Stiff Records who released Henry’s first ever single – and his first ever composition – Suffice to Say by aforementioned indie pioneers Yachts more than 30 years ago.  October 1977 to be precise!  But don’t let it make you feel old.

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With just over 5 weeks to go until the reformed X RAY SPEX hit the Roundhouse, the show is nearly sold out. Supported by Goldblade, if you don’t want to miss this historic gig get your tickets now at

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