New film about The Cockney Rejects in cinemas nationally from 8 Nov 2012
The Cockney Rejects are the stars of a feature length documentary, ‘East End Babylon’, which will be shown nationally in 40 – 50 cinemas on 8 November. The film was given four stars in the new MOJO magazine, which said that it, “Manages to articulate more about the UK in the late 70s and early 80s than any sane person could rightfully expect”.
With Pussy Riot covering “I Am Not A Fool” and The Rejects recently joining special guests at the Stone Roses “Village Underground” show in London alongside Bradley Wiggins, Jessica Ennis and Jimmy Page, there has never been a better time to check out the band that inspired a generation. Formed in the turbulence of late Seventies East London as an answer to the art school punk that had dominated until then, The Cockney Rejects soon cornered their patch with their timeless brand of terrace singalong classics and white hot live set.
The band release a new album, also called ‘East End Babylon’, on 12 November 2012 through Cadiz Music. In recent years the band were discovered by a new fanbase such as US bands Rancid [whom The Rejects will support in Glasgow on 2nd December and Liverpool on 3rd] and Green Day. The Rejects were fiercely working class in stance and attitude, the band eschewed the political ramblings of punk’s first wave and sang about their own circumstances - police harassment, street battles and football to name three. Signed by EMI after playing four local gigs (less than The Pistols!) they found themselves playing sell out tours the length and breadth of the UK and seeing their debut album storm the charts. Top of the Pops appearances followed, which became the stuff of legend as the band generally ran amok in the hallowed White City studios, finally getting banned from the show for their boisterous behaviour.
Due to overwhelming demand, the band returned to the live circuit in 2000, and have since gone from strength to strength, playing to hundreds of thousands of people across the globe with a live set that is so energetic that it has to be seen to be believed – UK dates in 2013 are to be announced shortly.
This UK cinema release of ‘East End Babylon’ on 8 Nov is a true one off, the film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in 2013.