NICK MARSH RIP

Vive Le Rock is extremely saddened to learn that Nick Marsh of Flesh For Lulu and Urban Voodoo Machine has passed away following surgery for cancer. A statement from the Urban Voodoo Machine reads as follows….

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with tremendously heavy hearts that we must announce that our dear brother Nick Marsh lost his courageous battle with cancer this morning. As you can imagine The Urban Voodoo Machine and it’s entire extended family are deeply saddened and reeling at this sudden and horrible news. Our immediate thoughts go out to Nicks family, most especially his partner Katharine Blake and their daughters Ava and Rosa.

A full tribute will follow on http:theurbanvoodoomachine.com, in the meantime should you wish to send messages of the support to Katharine and the girls please do so by visiting the Marsh Family Cancer Crisis Fund page at http://www.gofundme.com/marshfamily and perhaps leave a small donation whilst you are there.

The Urban Voodoo Machine”

Marsh formed Flesh For Lulu in South London in 1982, going on to achieve hits in the USA with ‘Postcards From  Paradise’ and ‘I Go Crazy’. After a brief solo career, he became an integral part of Urban Voodoo Machine and recently launched a new Flesh For Lulu.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and many fans.

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WIN A COPY OF THE NEW ‘NO MORE HEROES’ PUNK & NEW WAVE ANTHEMS COMPILATION!

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the birth of punk rock – the cultural explosion that changed music forever! This three CD collection features 60 punk and new wave classics, including the Ramones’ ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’, The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’, the Stranglers’ ‘No More Heroes’, Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids Are United’ and John Peel’s all-time favourite song ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. There’s also new wave/post-punk hits such as Blondie’s ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ and the Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Pretty in Pink’.

Release on June 8th through Union Square Music, this box set is packed with some of punk and new wave’s best songs ever, perfect to blast over the upcoming summer weeks!

Order your copy now from Amazon or iTunes.

 

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To be in with a chance of winning one of ten copies of the ‘No More Heroes’ compilation we have to give away, just answer this simple question:

Q: THE COLLECTION ‘NO MORE HEROES’ TAKE ITS TITLE FROM WHICH PUNK BAND’S CLASSIC SINGLE?

Send your answer, name and address to info@vivelerock.net

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LEATHERFACE OPEN A PANDORA’S BOX!

Much-loved Sunderland punks LEATHERFACE are celebrated with a new box-set from Fire Records, compiling their three albums for the label’s Roughneck imprint.

Following on from the release of their debut album in 1989, Razor Blades And Aspirin 1990-1993 features the subsequent albums Fill Your Boots, Minx and the stonecold punk classic Mush, plus a wealth of bonus material, including tracks from EPs released during this period. Completely remastered, the set is completed with extensive liner notes and interviews.

Listen to ‘I Want the Moon’.

Known for the distinctive gravelly voice and thoughtful, emotive songwriting of inimitable frontman Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface took the influence of Hüsker Dü and ran with it, becoming themselves an influence on a new generation of bands, including Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Although they initially split in 1994, with Stubbs going on to the bands Jesse and Pope and a solo career, he and guitarist Dickie Hammond have since reformed the band. Gigging sporadically, their most recent album was 2010’s The Stormy Petrel on Big Ugly Fish.

Razor Blades And Aspirin is out on 10 July but you can pre-order it here.

http://www.leatherface.biz/

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MOTORHEAD WORK THEIR MAGIC

MOTORHEAD have announced the release of their twenty-second studio album for this, their 40th Anniversary year. And they’re supporting the release with extensive US and European touring during the second half of the year. Proof, if any were needed that, despite Lemmy’s recent health wobbles, they’re not quite ready to bow out gracefully.

Bad Magic was written, worked up and recorded by Leemy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee in the studio – a first for this line-up of the band – and produced by longtime producer Cameron Webb. It features thirteen tracks including the ballad ‘Until The End’ – a musical departure that the old warhorse has proved himself surprisingly good at in the past – and a boneshaking delivery of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’.

Bad Magic is released via UDR Music / Motorhead Records on 28 August.

From mid-August, the band will embark on a North American tour with Anthrax, ending with their now legendary Motorboat cruise, before heading for Europe. The only UK date currently on the horizon is Glastonbury on 24 June and the Eden Project on 27 June. More dates are set to be added so keep an eye on the band’s website.

Listen to ‘Thunder & Lightning’.

Pic by Robert John.

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THEE FACTION GET THEIR R’S IN GEAR!

Surrey Socialist R’n’B collective THEE FACTION release their new album next week, together with a batch of festival dates and a brand new video, premiered by Vive Le Rock today!

Reading Writing Revolution is the band’s fifth album since the original 80s line-up were spurred into reforming by the discovery of the tapes of their Live At Ebbw Vale album and follows 2013’s Good Politics.

Subtitled The Tendency Of The Rate Of Profit To Fall and released through Soviet Beret, the album features eleven brand new tracks, including the new download single ‘(You’ve Got The) Numbers (Why Don’t You Use It?)’ – check out the video here!

The band will be playing three festival shows this Summer, including the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg. The dates are…

Sat 27 June: Left Field Stage, Glastonbury (6pm)

Sat 4 July: Matchwomen’s Festival, London

Sun19 July: Tolpuddle Festival, Dorset

You can buy Reading Writing Revolution here.

http://theefaction.org/

 

Pic: Robin Boot

 

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MANICS’ BIBLICAL RETURN IN EDINBURGH

MANIC STREET PREACHERS opened their The Holy Bible 20th Anniversary tour in Edinburgh last Saturday. Vive Le Rock’s Andrew Welsh was on the scene…

MANIC STREET PREACHERS / Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Few bands have enjoyed a relevance over the past quarter century like Manic Street Preachers.
Plenty have been around for at least as long and similarly prolific, like Killing Joke and Therapy?, but have long since ceased to puncture the public consciousness beyond a fervent, if limited, fanbase despite producing consistently excellent material. Then there are your Blue Nile types, those who pop up fleetingly with a new album every seven or eight years, take the critical plaudits and vanish again.

With 12 studio albums and the equivalent of at least another half dozen in assorted B-sides and rareties behind them since 1990, Manic Street Preachers have never been afraid of failure. Last year’s Futurology was a bold step into the realm of Krautrock, but surely their biggest gamble was 1994’s dark masterpiece The Holy Bible, a searing diatribe that covered subject matter such as anorexia, prostitution, the Holocaust, capital punishment and suicide with brutal honesty. Its principal lyric architect Richey Edwards went into meltdown post-Holy Bible and disappeared aged 27 in 1995, with his fate still unknown.

It is precisely because his childhood friends James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore subsequently went on to greater success that seeing them reconnect with Edwards’ uncompromising youthful lyrics in their mid-40s has an emotional significance for the band’s fans. The industrial rock opener ‘Yes’ set the tone at the Usher Hall, with the bouncing massed ranks firing back every word to the Welsh trio in their forces-style garb, the stage similarly bedecked in camouflage netting a la the band’s original Holy Bible tour 21 years ago.

Shafts of humour amid a set made up of such compellingly bleak material were inevitably few, but the chorus of pantomime boos that greeted mention of Margaret Thatcher in the haunting sample that pressaged the militaristic stomp of ‘Ifwhiteamerica…’ raised a smile from Bradfield. The rugged frontman clearly relishes the challenge of reproducing his astonishing guitar-and-vocals performance on the album, and in a century-old venue noted for faithful recitals the intricacies of such visceral tracks as ‘Archives Of Pain’, ‘Mausoleum’ and ‘Faster’ rightly came across as the technical achievements that they are.

The second half of the show was an enjoyable selection from the Manics’ bulky back catalogue. Bradfield went solo on a heartfelt acoustic rendition of ‘The Everlasting’, “something a little more touchy-feely” as he understatedly put it following the first hour’s confrontational content. By contrast, the Guns’n’Roses-like anthem ‘Condemned To Rock’n’Roll’ was a flashback to the original Generation Terrorists, all slogans and spraypaint, with Wire saying the song had never been played live by the four-piece because he and Edwards had been unable to learn it.

Futurology‘s ‘Walk Me To The Bridge’ stood up well beside MSP classics ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’ and ‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’, while the leviathans ‘If You Tolerate This’ and ‘A Design For Life’ were delivered with feeling and intensity.

As the 20th anniversary of 1996’s Everything Must Go album approaches, speculation is rife that they might be about to embark on another themed tour next year. With the throng at Usher Hall made up of feather boa and mascara-wearing veterans and 20-somethings alike, all keen to grab a slice of thrilling ’90s celebration, there appears to be no shortage of demand. Certainly, if the trio handle their commercial breakthrough LP with the same reverence and total commitment as they showed to The Holy Bible then a must-see experience lies in prospect.

Andrew Welsh

http://www.manicstreetpreachers.com/

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THE MEMBRANES DELIVER A KICK IN THE PARTICLES!

Blackpool’s finest THE MEMBRANES return this month with their first new album since 1989.

Founded in 1977 by punk journalist – and Vive Le Rock contributor – John Robb, Dark Matter / Dark Energy features fourteen tracks including ‘Do The Supernova’, which was previously released as a Record Store Day 7-inch. It’s out on 22 June through Cherry Red as a CD, download and limited edition double-vinyl LP.

The album was inspired by a chance meeting between Robb and CERN Project Head, Joe Incandela about the Higgs boson particle, and concerns the life and death of the universe. It’s also about Robb’s father who sadly passed away during the album’s recording.

The band are currently playing a series of UK dates. You can catch them at….

June 6 – York Fibbers

June 12 – Edinburgh Citrus Club

June 13 – Glasgow Broadcast

July 4 – Leeds Brudenell

Inspired by the original punks, The Membranes quickly became favourites of John Peel and their explorations into noise aligned them with contemporaries Einsturzende Neubauten, Swans and Sonic Youth. They’ve since been cited as an influence by such a diverse array of bands as Big Black, Godflesh, Lambchop, Atari Teenage Riot, The Wedding Present and Napalm Death.

Originally splitting in 1990, Robb went on to form Sensurround and Goldblade, reactivating The Membranes in 2009 for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at the request of curators My Bloody Valentine.

Pre-order Dark Matter / Dark Energy here.

 

 

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NFD RELEASE DUSTY NEW VIDEO!

Goth-rockers NFD are back with a stunning new video for the track ‘Return To Dust’ from current album Waking The Dead.

Now domiciled in the California desert, frontman Peter ‘Bob’ White was joined for the shoot by guitarist Chris Milden and drummer Mazzucconi.

NFD – an abbreviation of Noise For Destruction – were formed in 2002 out of the ashes of The Nefilim and Sensorium, originally featuring Fields Of The Nephilim founder member Tony Pettitt. The current line-up is completed by Cradle Of Filth’s James McIlroy on lead guitar. Waking The Dead is their first full album since 2006 and is out now via Jungle.

Check out their Facebook page.

 

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SLEAFORD MODS GO TO MARKET!

SLEAFORD MODS have announced a major headline tour for the Autumn. The dates follow on from the release of their third album in July and a run round the Summer festivals, including Glastonbury and Hyde Park with The Who.

The tour is the electro-rant double-acts biggest to date and sees them supported on most dates by legendary CRASS frontman STEVE IGNORANT and his SLICE OF LIFE. It kicks off in Manchester on 23 September

“This is our first ‘posh’ tour; big bus, everything,” states frontman Jason Williamson. “It’s a big deal. Sleaford Mods at Rock City, The Forum, Manchester Ritz etc. Who would of thought it? Not f***ing me.”

The duo’s new album Key Markets is released through abstract punk label Harbinger Sound on 10 July, but they’re giving away a track ‘Face To Faces’, available now when you pre-order the album online. The download album is available via iTunes, or if you’d prefer vinyl, you can get that through Cargo.

Full dates are below. MARK WYNN is second support on all dates. Tickets are available here….

JUNE

4th Sheffield, The Leadmill

5th London, Koko

24th – 28th Pilton, Glastonbury

26th Hyde Park, London (with The Who)

 

SEPTEMBER

4th – 6th Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival

10th – 13th Isle Of Wight, Bestival

 

SEPTEMBER

23rd Manchester, Ritz

24th Carlisle, Brickyard

25th Newcastle, Northumbria Uni

28th Leeds, Irish Centre

29th Birmingham, Institute

 

OCTOBER

1st Cardiff, Y-Plan

2nd London, Forum

4th Bristol, Bierkeller

5th Bournemouth, Fire Station

6th Brighton, The Old Market

8th Cambridge, Junction

9th Nottingham, Rock City

http://www.sleafordmods.com/

 

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ENGLISH DOGS OFF THE LEASH!

Revered Lincolnshire punks ENGLISH DOGS will be playing three shows with Bay Area thrashers Exodus at the end of June.

The Dogs, who along with Discharge and GBH are widely considered to be progenitors of thrash, join Exodus at The Underworld, London on 23 / 24 June and Academy 3, Manchester on 25 June.

They’ll be playing their own headline shows in October and November (see below) with more to be added.

Originally formed in Grantham in 1981, the current line-up – not to be confused with the other English Dogs, fronted by original singer Wakey – came together in 2012 featuring original drummer Pinch, vocalist Adie Bailey and guitarist Gizz Butt (Destructors, Prodigy), plus Californian tattooist twins Craig and Ryan Christy. Their current album The Thing With Two Heads was released last year on Candlelight Records.

June 23rd London Underworld (with Exodus)

June 24th London Underworld (with Exodus)

June 25th Manchester Academy 3 (with Exodus)

October 23rd Dublin Fibber Magees

October 24th Belfast Voodoo

November 13th Norwich Brickmakers B2

November 14th Wakefield Players Bar

 

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TOY DOLLS – UNPLUGGED AND ON THE ROAD!

THE TOY DOLLS celebrate their 35th Anniversary this year with a string of dates across Europe, kicking off in Spain on 25 June.

In the meantime, frontman Olga has just released Olgacoustic! through Secret Records, which – as its name suggests – is an acoustic album of Toy Dolls classics.

He says, “I recorded everything in me bedroom, no overdubs or 2nd vocal or 2nd guitar tracks or anything.”

You can sample the fruits of his labours in the video for ‘Idle Gossip’.

As if that’s not enough, they’re even launching their own beer, available here.

Tour dates so far are….

JUNE 26th   SPAIN          MURCIA GARAJE CLUB

JUNE 27th   SPAIN          LEGANES MADSKATE DAY FESTIVAL

JULY 3rd      FRANCE      LES FEUX DE LâETE FESTIVAL

JULY 4th       SPAIN         PINEDA DE MAR, PYSCHOBILLY MEETING

JULY 11th    FRANCE     AIX LES BAINS MUISILAC FESTIVAL

JULY 17th   NORWAY    MALAKOFF ROCK FESTIVAL

JULY 24th   GERMANY   ESSEN, NORD OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

JULY 25th   GERMANY   KOBLENZ RIEZ OPEN AIR FESTIVAL

JULY 26th   HOLLAND    LICTENWOORDE ZWARTE CROSS FEST

AUG 1st       SPAIN            ALMERIA JUERGAâS ROCK FESTIVAL

AUG 21st     FRANCE       CABERET VERT FESTIVAL

AUG 28th     POLAND      STRASECIN CZAD FESTIVAL

SEP 5th        BASQUE       VITORIA GASTEIZ CALLING FESTIVAL

NOV 28th    HOLLAND    SNEEK  BOLWERK

http://www.thetoydolls.com/

 

 

 

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PUNK IN CAMERA

PROUD GALLERIES in Camden are hosting a major exhibition of photographs by punk photographer ANDY ROSEN.

THE END OF GENERATION X – Rosen’s first exhibition in more than 20 years – features a wealth of recently rediscovered shots that have been hidden away in storage since the early 80s. Casting a new light on London’s original punk era, the exhibition includes outtakes from The Jam’s album cover sessions, intimate portraits of Johnny Rotten, unseen live shots of The Clash and a pre-Culture Club Boy George, working the cloakroom at the Blitz club.

The End Of Generation X runs from 11 June to 19 July. Further details can be found on the Proud website.

Image © Andy Rosen

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SICK LIVERS’ SECOND ALBUM CRISIS!

Welsh glam punk rock’n’rollers THE SICK LIVERS launch pre-orders for their second album on Monday 1 June.

Mid Liver Crisis was recorded at Le Pub in Newport and features a guest appearance from Andy Cairns on Therapy?

They recently unveiled a new track ‘Dark, Dangerous & Delicious’ which none other than the UK Subs’ Charlie Harper reckoned was “the best song Hanoi Rocks never wrote”! Listen to it here.

A range of pre-order packages, featuring vinyl, CDs, cassettes, t-shirts, etc will be available from the band’s website.

Mid Liver Crisis is due for release through Glunk Records in the UK in August.

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DAMNED DOC HITS THE UK!

Filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s documentary THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead gets its long-awaited European premiere next week.

The film, charting the career of Croydon’s finest, will screen at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square at 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 3 June. Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski at both screenings for Q&As.

The film will then tour the UK, with Scabies partaking in a Q&A at the Arthouse in Crouch End, London on 4 June. Former Damned bassists Paul Gray and Bryn Merrick will appear in the post-film chat at Chapter Arts, Cardiff on 8 June. Brian James and current Damned keyboardist Monty Oxymoron will answer questions at Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton on 10 June.

The follow-up to Orshoski’s acclaimed documentary LEMMY, THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead received its world premiere at SXSW in Austin in March. Shot over three years, it covers the band’s complex and volatile history, from the early days to their 35th anniversary Tour.

The film features appearances by the Motorhead legend himself, plus Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Duff McKagan, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Melvins, T.S.O.L., Buzzcocks, Adverts and Offspring, and not forgetting Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, unlikely producer of The Damned’s Music For Pleasure album.

Watch the trailer here!

Full screening dates are below. You can book tickets here.

June 3, London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

June 4, London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.

June 5, Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.

June 6, Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.

June 7, Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.

June 7, Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.

June 8, Cardiff, Chapter Arts, 8:15 p.m.

June 9, Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.

June 10, Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.

June 11, Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.

June 12, Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.

June 13, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.

June 14, Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.

June 15-18, Dundee, DCA, TBD

June 19, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.

June 20, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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FREE WILKO JOHNSON DVD WHEN YOU SUBSCRIBE!

SUBSCRIBE to Vive Le Rock for a year (now 9 issues) and get…

WILKO JOHNSON’S ‘LIVE AT KOKO’DVD – FREE!!!

Taking place on 10th March 2013, the sold out crowd at London’s Camden Town Koko witnessed an extraordinary event: what, at the time, was the last stand of former Dr Feelgood guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson. Having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given mere months to live (he has since defied doctors’ opinions and recovered), the 83-minute DVD showcases Wilko in his purest form: live, raw and firing out high voltage rock ‘n’ roll music. Released via Cadiz Music (who will also soon be releasing the Adam Ant film ‘The Blueblack Hussar’, visit Cadizmusic.co.uk for more information on this and other titles), ‘Live At Koko’ is a life-affirming affair filled to the brim with extras and deserves pride of place in your DVD collection, right next to the Cadiz-released ‘Oil City Confidential’.

OFFER LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 SUBSCRIBERS, THEN AN ALTERNATIVE CD WILL BE PROVIDED.

SELECT THE ‘SUBSCRIBE’ OPTION ON THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE.

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MICHAEL MONROE UNVEILS NEW ALBUM!

Former HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has announced the release of a brand new album, Blackout States via Spinefarm on 16 October.

Following on from 2013’s Horns & Halos and 2011’s award-winning Sensory Overdrive, the album was produced by Chips Kiesbye and features his regular band, including Hanoi sparring partner Sam Yaffa, Steve Conte of the New York Dolls, Rich Jones and Karl Rockfist.

“I’m extremely excited about our new album, Blackout States,” he says. “It has all the ingredients of a perfect rock‘n’roll record – strong melodic songs with great meaningful lyrics that defy all clichés, delivered with a punky, ballsy attitude by a killer band. I highly recommend Blackout States to anyone who’s even a little bit interested in what real, authentic, high energy rock‘n’roll at its best sounds like today.”

As previously announced, Monroe plays Proud Camden as part of the Camden Rocks festival this Saturday 30 May.

http://www.michaelmonroe.com/

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HOT RODS HIT 40!

Essex legends EDDIE & THE HOT RODS celebrate their 40th Anniversary next month with two very special shows. The band will be reuniting their classic ’77 line-up of Barrie Masters, Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray and Steve Nicol for the gigs. Current Hot Rods guitarist Richard Holgarth will be filling the role of original member Dave Higgs, who sadly died in 2013.

They play The Square in Harlow, Essex on Thursday 18 June – tickets, and the 229 Club in London on Friday 19 June – tickets.

Eddie & The Hot Rods followed fellow Canvey Islanders Dr Feelgood onto the Pub Rock circuit before their ferocious live shows brought them to the attention of punk, performing a legendary show at London’s Marquee supported by the Sex Pistols.

Releasing their half-live debut album Teenage Depression in ’76, they hit the Top 10 with the classic single ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’ the following year, teaming up with the MC5’s Rob Tyner for a one-off single soon after. Gray and Nicol briefly backed Johnny Thunders before Gray joined The Damned for The Black Album.

http://www.eddieandthehotrods.com/

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