RUSSIA, HERE WE COME!

Members of the PROFESSIONALS, THE WILDHEARTS and THE TOY DOLLS have teamed up to send England on their way to the World Cup with a new anthem and video!

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ by THE TALLYWAGS celebrates England’s past World Cup campaigns, through thin and thinner, hopefully sending a resounding and reassuring message to our boys that things probably can’t get any worse, and at all costs to maintain the traditional stiff upper lip in the face of adversity.

‘Charge Of The Light Brigade’ is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

Show our boys your support and get sharing!

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TOP OF THE POPPERS!

Oz-punk sensations AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS are set to make their UK debut this month with a series of dates and their debut release for Damaged Goods.

The band formed in Melbourne in 2016, writing, recording and releasing their debut EP Giddy Up in a mind-numbing 12 hours. It was followed last year by a second EP, Big Attraction. Combined on a single album, the release has been flying out of the racks ever since. Big Attraction & Giddy Up is now getting a much-needed re-release by Damaged Goods on 18 May. It’s available to order here.

the band play two shows in Brighton as part of The Great Escape festival this weekend before heading to London for a string of shows, culminating in an already sold-out gig at The Lexington on Wednesday 23 May. Full dates are…

Fri 18th Prince Albert, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sat 19th Australian BBQ – The Beach 12.50pm – 1.15pm, Brighton (TGE Festival)
Sun 20th Australian BBQ – Hoxton Square – London. 2.10pm – 2.40pm
Tue 22nd Rough Trade East Instore 7pm
Tue 22nd Lock Tavern, London
Wed 23rd Lexington, London SOLD OUT

Check out the new single ‘Cup Of Destiny’.

Read more about Amyl and The Sniffers in the forthcoming edition of Vive Le Rock!

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PETER MURPHY ISSUES ALBUMS SET!

Beggars Arkive has announced the release of a comprehensive box set from BAUHAUS founder PETER MURPHY.

The appropriately-titled 5 Albums comprises the singers first 5 albums from 1986 to 1995: Should The World Fail To Fall Apart, Love Hysteria, Deep, Holy Smoke and Cascade.

Each disc features a plethora of bonus tracks, including demos, radio edits and alternate mixes.

Throughout June and July, Murphy will also be embarking on his long awaited three-week residency at The Chapel in San Francisco, where he will be performing the seminal albums in their entirety, alongside three special Ruby Anniversary Bauhaus shows. Original Bauhaus bassist David J will be special guest for these three shows. Full dates are…

June 26th – Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
June 28th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 29th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J) (SOLD OUT)
June 30th – Mr Moonlight (Bauhaus set) (featuring David J)
July 4th – Cascade (early show)
July 4th – Holy Smoke (late show)
July 6th – Dust (early show)
July 6th – Ninth (late show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (early show)
July 7th – Love Hysteria (late show)
July 8th – Stripped
July 12th – Deep + special encore of selections from Love Hysteria
July 13th – Deep
July 14th – Deep
July 15th – Deep

Tickets are available here.

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BIG BOY BLOATER VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS have another new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking’ is the second video to be taken from their new album Pills, which is set for release on 15 June on Provogue/Mascot Label GroupMascot Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

Speaking about the track, Bloater says, “Every single line in this song refers to something that’s happened to me where I live, so this is a very personal song. With the video I wanted to get the idea across of rising above what’s going on around you and not getting drawn in. And of course, given the chance I don’t mind a small tipple and a good bit of music on a Friday night!”

The band have lined up a tour in support of the album. Catch them on the road at…

Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club

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WINSTON SMITH LONDON EXHIBITION!

U.S. graphic artist WINSTON SMITH will host an exhibition of his work in London next month.

Graphic Anarchy will take place at Oribital Comics on Great Newport Street on Saturday 19 May from 5pm.

Winston will be signing his work, with a slideshow and an interview with legendary UK illustrator Savage Pencil, followed by a Q&A session.

Winston’s work will also be available for viewing the following day.

Taking his name from the central figure in George Orwell’s 1984, Winston is renowned in the punk world for his work with Jello Biafra and Dead Kennedys, for whom he’s provided numerous sleeves, inserts, fliers and ads as well as the band’s iconic DK logo and the Alternative Tentacles label logo. He’s designed more than 50 sleeves in total, including work for Green Day, Lard, Swag and The Leaving Trains and his work has featured in Maximumrocknroll, Punk Planet, National Lampoon, Playboy and on the cover of The New Yorker.

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DAMNED ANNOUNCE MORE DATES!

Putting a cap on what has already been an amazing year for the band, THE DAMNED have announced a series of UK headline shows for November and December.

Last month the punk legends picked up the Band Of The Year award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing the roof off our ceremony at Islington Academy in the process.

Two weeks later, they released their first new album in a decade, the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which rocketed to No.7 in the UK album chart, their highest ever chart placing.

The band have now announced a series of dated kicking off at Brighton Dome on 19 November and including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 23 November. Full dates below….

Tickets go on sale this Friday 27 April here.

As previously announced, the band have four shows in June as support to HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

…followed by four headline dates at….

August 22nd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival

Evil Spirits is available to buy here.

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Read all about our wild and debauched awards night in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! OUT NOW!

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CLASSIC POSTER BOOK REISSUED!

Extradition Books, the book publishing sister company of Vive Le Rock, is proud to reissue the classic book Pin-Ups 1972-82: Ten Years Of Classic Posters From The Punk, New Wave And Glam Era in a softcover coffee-table format.

Bolstered by dozens of new images and new insights from those who were there, this collection of over 200 posters  – featuring iconic images of timeless artists like Bowie, Blondie, Ramones, The Damned, Adam Ant, Motörhead, Suicide, Iggy Pop, Tom Robinson Band and Lou Reed – celebrates a decade’s music and design.

Drawing on scores of personal interviews with stars, artists, photographers and fly-posting mafiosi, Alwyn Turner and Roger Crimlis tell the stories behind the pictures from a golden age of rock & roll.  Adam Ant – eminently qualified as both art student and popstar – has provided a brand new and insightful foreword to this edition.

Due for publication on 11 May, Pin-Ups is available for pre-order now from Viveleshop.com.

The book will be launched at a pair of events in London next week at…

Daunt’s, Marylebone
Tuesday 24th April 6:30-8:00 pm

The Flood Gallery, Greenwich
Thursday 26th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission is free by guestlist only. Contact Chris Hewlett at chris@chrishewlett.com to arrange admission.

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NIKKI SUDDEN’S DUBLIN SESSIONS REISSUED!

NIKKI SUDDEN is to have a collection of rare recordings reissued for Record Store Day.

Originally released on the Irish label Hotwire in 1986, The Last Bandits In The World was recorded in Dublin the previous year, following the initial demise of Sudden and Dave Kusworth’s band, The Jacobites. For the recording, Sudden hooked up with guitarist Johnny Fean of Irish folk-rock legends HORSLIPS and Simon Carmody from garage-psychers THE GOLDEN HORDE for sessions produced by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr.

The Last Bandits In The World – Complete sees the original 10-track release expanded with the addition of the rare ‘Christmas Morning’ single – with Sudden and Carmody joined by sometime WINGS and DR FEELGOOD guitarist Henry McCullough, future Supernatural actor Mark Sheppard and Sam Steiger and John Connors from The Golden Horde  – and the 1989 12″ ‘The Angels Are Calling’, recorded with members of THE WATERBOYS. The set is completed by the inclusion of one previously unreleased studio outtake, ‘Tell Me’.

Fully remastered at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa by Carmody with longtime Sudden producer/engineer John A Rivers, The Last Bandits In The World – Complete is being released through Seventeen Records as a limited edition deluxe gatefold 18-track double-album for Record Store Day (21 April), followed in May by a CD release, available to pre-order here.

Listen to ‘Winter’.

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RADIO BIRDMAN FLY IN!

Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have announced another string of European dates for the autumn.

First formed in 1974, the band have been increasingly active in the live stakes, having last played the UK in 2016.

These latest dates follow on from the success of Descent Into The Maelstrom: The Radio Birdman Story, a full length documentary by Jonathan J Sequeira. The film recently made its UK debut as part of the Vive Le Rock sponsored Soundscreen Film Festival, where Sequeira and the band’s original drummer Ron Keeley were grilled in a Q&A by Vive Le Rock‘s esteemed editor Eugene Butcher.

Inclduding one UK at their regular haunt of The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, Radio Birdman play the following dates….

10 Oct – Patronaat Haarlem, Harlem (ND)
11 Oct – Het Burgerweeshuis, Deventer (ND)
12 Oct – Paard, Den Haag (ND)
13 Oct – Het Bos, Antwerp (BE)
14 Oct – Wilde Westen, Kortrijk (BE)
16 Oct – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (UK)
17 Oct – Alhambra, Paris (FR)
18 Oct – tba, France
19 Oct – Carnavalorock, St Brieuc (FR)
20 Oct – tba, France
22 Oct – Molotow, Hamburg (DE)
23 Oct – Lido Berlin, Berlin (DE)
25 Oct – Fuzz Live Music Club, Athens (GR)
26 Oct – Locomotiv Club, Bologna (IT)
27 Oct – Otis Tours B-Day at Druso, Bergamo (IT)
28 Oct – Spazio 211, Turin (IT)
30 Oct – Hell Dorado, Vitoria-Gasteiz (SP)
31 Oct – Caracol, Madrid (SP)
1 Nov – Sala Planta Baja, Granada (SP)
2 Nov – Funstastic Dracula, Benidorm (SP)
3 Nov – Sala Zero, Tarragona (SP)

Watch a trailer for Descent Into The Maelstrom.

 

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THE DAMNED’S EVIL SPIRITS – TRACK BY TRACK!

Following a hugely successful UK tour, THE DAMNED returned last month with a double A-side single culled from their forthcoming Evil Spirits album – their first new album in 10 years – which is released on 13 April via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records. The single featured the tracks ‘Look Left’ and ‘Devil In Disguise’, two songs that perfectly represent the album’s many shifting moods and styles.

Last week the band put a cap on the first quarter of the year when they headlined the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing to the roof of the O2 Academy, Islington and picking up the award for Band Of The Year into the bargain.

They now take a bit of a breather before heading off round Europe in May, returning in June to play a series of UK arena shows as special guests to Alice Cooper’s HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES.

In the meantime, read on for a track-by-track run-down of Evil Spirits….

 

‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ (watch video)

Up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia that gallops like Scott Walker’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, amid ominous ‘dies irae’ chorale and mucho post-millennial frustration. Vanian: “An optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject. In a world obsessed by ‘self’, this is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

‘The Devil In Disguise’ (listen)

Another energetic garage-punk monster, replete with Monty Oxy Moron’s era-specific Farfisa organ. Pinch: “People gravitate towards blaming individuals rather than the systems they are part of. Figureheads are only puppets. It’s the puppet masters we should be concerned about. The enemy of our enemy is our friend, apparently.”

‘We’re So Nice’

“Where there’s dispute you’ll find us there…” Sensible’s broadside against Anglo-American imperialist meddling around the world bops along gleefully on a Motown beat amid a deluge of melodic excellence. Sensible: “With all that we know about the Iraq war, and its consequences, does anyone still think we were the ‘heroes’?”

‘Look Left’ (listen)

Sugar coated mind grenade, addressing post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” Vanian: “The weird thing about Pinch is, he listens to the most obnoxious music a lot of the time – all the real hardcore punk stuff – and he a very loud drummer, too, but then he goes and writes this great big show tune – like a massive ensemble cast coming on to sing at the end of the play!” Pinch: “While everybody’s looking left, what the hell is happening right? Tough subject matter is easier to digest when coated in honey rather than vinegar and the message in this song is so important, I couldn’t risk it being a throw away aggro punk tune that was immediately overlooked. I see it more as a love song to the human race. The future is here, and until you awaken your mind, I’ll wait for you.”

‘Evil Spirits’

Fantastically searching, in the best sense ‘progressive’, rocker, with vague echoes of The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’, and some commensurately exploratory soloing from Sensible. An urgently free-spirited riposte to today’s political stasis. Sensible: “Whoever you vote for, nothing changes. Labour or Tory, two cheeks of same bum.” Vanian: “The Who are never far away from The Damned’s sound. We’ve had some big noses in this band, too. I suppose there are some parallels between us, because they were a high-energy band, too, but then Pete started writing his rock-opera stuff, stretching out, looking for different ways of writing. Queen did the same sort of thing as well – we’re one of those bands whose music can cover different genres of music, within one song.”

‘Shadow Evocation’

Quintessential Vanianism, about espousing the night and finding a better way forward than “chasing ghosts of the past”. Features acrobatic backing vocals from American singer-songwriter Kristeen Young. Vanian: ”Kristeen has a remarkable vocal range reminiscent of Yma Sumac [1950’s Peruvian-American soprano]. Her singing at the end of the song was originally played on a Theramin but once Kristeen sang the part, there was no need for the instrument anymore.”

‘Sonar Deceit’

Another garage-psych belter, propelled by a jaunty His Latest Flame-style bassline. “What makes a fish desert the sea?” ponders the Captain in this hard-hitting critique of whales and dolphins being driven insane by bombardment by deafening sonar.

Sensible: “What could it possibly be that drives whales and dolphins to prostrate themselves on beaches around the world?”

‘Procrastination’

Noel Coward-esque study of creative deferral, with more mid-’60s Farfisa from Mr Oxy Moron. Sensible: “One of Monty’s, this one. A bit of self-analysis here: what could be the reason that this band’s last album was recorded back in 2008? It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself – well, at least I think he’s talking about himself there… Isn’t he? Or is it me? Blimey!”

‘Daily Liar’

Co-written by Sensible (tune) and Vanian (lyric), another anger-fuelled barnstormer, with a Kinksian introductory fanfare, a driving beat, and a stirring melodic ascent. All together now: say “no, no, no…no-no” to media misinformation! Sensible: “For his own selfish reasons, Trump started a discussion about ‘fake news’, but it’s one that some might say has been long overdue. Not a pinch of salt required – you need a whole cellar of the stuff these days.”

‘I Don’t Care’

Punk heedlessness rebooted as a triptych of political disaffection, spanning moody piano balladry, Who-y explosiveness, and nocturnal jazz

Vanian: “This should have been a short song, perhaps only a minute long, written on a rainy afternoon in my study. Demoing the song, I almost forgot that there were two more sections, turning it into a three-part epic in about the same amount of minutes, which seems longer because of the differing moods.”

Evil Spirits is available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available to pre-order HERE

Catch The Damned live at….

EUROPE:

May 17 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
May 19 – Lausanne – Les Docks
May 20 – Milan – Magnolia
May 22 – Munich – Strom
May 23 – Berlin – SO36

May 25 – Hamburg – Fabrik
May 26 – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
May 27 – Amsterdam – Melkweg Oude Zaal

May 29 – Paris – Petit Bain

UK:

June 16 – Birmingham – Genting Arena *

June 17 – Manchester – Arena *

June 19 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro *

June 20 – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley *

US:
July 1 – Oakland – Burger Boogaloo Festival

July 5 – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom (on sale 4/6 10am PST)
July 6 – Portland – Crystal Ballroom (on sale 4/6 10am PST)
July 7 – Seattle – Showbox at the Market (on sale 4/6 10am PST)

UK:

August 22 – Southampton – 02 Guildhall

August 23 – Holmfirth – Holmfirth Picture House

August 24 – Warrington – Warrington Parr Hall

August 25 – Belfast – Belsonic Festival (main support to Stiff Little Fingers)

* supporting the Hollywood Vampires

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KILLING JOKE ANNOUNCE AUTUMN DATES!

KILLING JOKE have announced a string of UK dates for the autumn.

Announced via the band’s Gathering newsletter the UK leg of the Laugh At Your Peril tour, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, kicks off in Nottingham on 2 November and culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse on 17 November.

Full dates are…

Fri 2 Nov – Rock City, Nottingham
Sat 3 Nov – O2 Academy, Leeds
Sun 4 Nov – Northumbria University, Newcastle
Tue 6 Nov – Barrowland, Glasgow
Wed 7 Nov – Manchester Academy, Manchester
Fri 9 Nov – The Institute (The O2), Birmingham
Sat 10 Nov – O2 Academy, Bristol
Sun 11 Nov – Guildhall, Southampton
Tues 13 Nov – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Wed 14 Nov – UEA, Norwich
Fri 16 Nov – O2 Academy, Oxford
Sat 17 Nov – Roundhouse, London

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MILLER ON THE LOOSE!

Purveyor of Gothic-Americana and desert-blues, TRENT MILLER returns with his long-awaited fourth album next week.

Time Between Us is trailed by the video for the track ‘How Soon Is Never’ by film-maker Trevor Moss.

Hailing from Northern Italy, Miller has been resident in London for some years, gigging solidly both solo and with his band The Skeleton Jive. He released his debut album Cerberus on his own label, before signing to Bucketfull Of Brains for Welcome To Inferno Valley and Burnt Offerings.

Earning a reputation for leaning towards the dark side, Miller cites various influences from infamous post-punk neo-industrialists DEATH IN JUNE, through JOHNNY CASH and GENE CLARK, to THE GUN CLUB and THIN WHITE ROPE, contributing to a tribute album to the latter, Hidden Desert.

Time Between Us is set for release on 6 April through Bucketfull Of Brains. It’s available to pre-order here.

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WIRE REISSUE FIRST THREE ALBUMS!

WIRE are to have their first three classic albums reissued in expanded deluxe form this spring.

Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 – released in 1977, ’78 and ’79 respectively – are the foundation stones on which the band’s reputation is built. Originally issued on EMI’s ‘prog’ label, the albums caused a few raised eyebrows at the time and weren’t huge sellers, but went on to become hugely influential, particularly on U.S. bands like R.E.M, Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Minor Threat and Spoon.

Reissued through the band’s own Pinkflag label, the albums will be available in ‘book’ format, featuring a wealth of unreleased and rare material. Pink Flag will be expanded over 2 CDs, while Chairs Missing and 154 will cover 3 CDs each.

Set for release on Friday 18 May, the reissues will be launched with a special Q&A/singing session at Rough Trade East, London on Saturday 19 May. Full tracklistings and pre-orders can be had here.

The deluxe reissues will be followed by standard CD and LP editions on 22 June.

  

As previously announced, the band are to release a special 7″ vinyl box set on Record Store Day, 21 April.

Nine Sevens features the replica editions of the band’s first six singles for Harvest, the rare 4-track EP given away with initial editions of 154, a single previously released on Rough Trade and a single recorded in 1980 but never released on 7″.

The singles will be released digitally after Record Store Day, but will not be compiled onto a singles or greatest hits album.

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SIXTY SMASHES FROM ’78!!!

In the new issue of Vive Le Rock we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of some of the great records that surfaced during 1978. And as usual, we had so much good stuff, there was no way we could squeeze it all in!
So here, as a taster, are 60 of the greatest sounds from the year when punk and power-pop got pally….
Elvis Costello – ‘Radio Radio’
The Jam – ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’
Stranglers – ‘5 Minutes’
Chelsea – ‘Urban Kids’
The Motors  – ‘Airport’
The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’
Blondie – ‘(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear’
The Undertones – ‘Teenage Kicks’
Only Ones – ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’
Ramones – ‘Don’t Come Close’
The Dickies – ‘Paranoid’
The Records – ‘Starry Eyes’
Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have’)
XTC – ‘Statue Of Liberty’
Penetration – ‘Life’s A Gamble’
Adam and the Ants – ‘Young Parisians’
Generation X – ‘Ready Steady Go’
Tom Robinson Band – ‘Up Against The Wall’
The Depressions – ‘Messing With Your Heart’
The Fall – ‘Bingo Master’s Break Out’
The Saints – ‘Know Your Product’
The Flys – ‘Waikiki Beach Refugees’
Desperate Bicycles – ‘New Cross, New Cross’
Alternative TV – ‘Action Time Vision’
Automatics – ‘When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again’
The Boys – ‘Brickfield Nights’
Devo – ‘Come Back Jonee’
Public Image Ltd – ‘Public Image’
Vibrators – ‘Automatic Lover’
Bethnal – ‘ Nothing New’
Thin Lizzy – ‘Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song (Medley)’
AC/DC – ‘Rock’n’Roll Damnation’
Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Hong Kong Garden’
Wire – ‘Dot Dash’
Magazine – ‘Shot By Both Sides’
Mekons – ‘Never Been In A Riot’
Suburban Reptiles – ‘Megaton’
Swell Maps – ‘Read About Seymour’
Throbbing Gristle – ‘United’
Nick Lowe – ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’
Metal Urbain – ‘Paris Marquis’
Johnny Moped – ‘Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby’
Last Words – ‘Animal World’
Stiff Little Fingers – ‘Suspect Device’
Subway Sect – ‘Nobody’s Scared’
The Cramps – ‘Surfin’ Bird’
The Normal – ‘TVOD’
Television Personalities – ’14th Floor’
Rudi – ‘Big Time’
Victim – ‘Strange Thing By Night’
Germs – ‘Lexicon Devil’
Plastic Bertrand – ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’
Nipple Erectors – ‘King Of The Bop’
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks – ‘Orphans’
O Level – ‘East Sheen’
Spizz Oil – ‘6000 Crazy’
Kleenex – ‘Ain’t You’
Read our mammoth 16-page feature on 1978 in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock available here!
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27 CLUB MOVIE EXCLUSIVE!

The untimely deaths of BRIAN JONES, JIMI HENDRIX, AMY WINEHOUSE, KURT COBAIN and others are the focus of a new documentary film to be released this month. And Vive Le Rock is trailing it with this exclusive clip.

Directed by music industry legend, Simon Napier-Bell, 27: Gone Too Soon examines the circumstances of the demise of these musicians who all checked out at this coincidental yet significant age, drawing on rare and unseen footage and interviews with a host of musicians, journalists, industry figures and broadcasters, including Gary Numan, Tom Robinson, Keith Cameron, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Gambaccini. Peter Jenner and more.

The film is being screened at Regent Street Cinema, London on Monday 26 March – tickets – and will be released on DVD the same day.

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MONSTER MAGNET VIDEO PREMIERE!

MONSTER MAGNET are back with a brand new video which they’re launching today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Ejection’ is the second single from the New Jersey rockers’ 11th album Mindfucker which is due out through Napalm Records on 23 March. You can pre-order it here.

The single is a great version of a track by the late HAWKWIND genius Robert Calvert, and originally featured on his first solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters in 1974.

Monster Magnet are set to return to Europe in May with a mammoth tour kicking off in Wiesbaden Germany on 3 May and including a headlining performance alongside Hawkwind at the Roundhouse, London on 6 May as part of Desertfest. Full dates are….

03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UK – London / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli

Support on most dates comes from fast-rising Birmingham psych-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.

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FINAL SHOW FOR ORIGINAL VIBRATORS!

THE VIBRATORS’ original line-up is to reunite for one final gig together.

Having first come together in 1976, Knox, John Ellis, Pat Collier and Eddie will take to the stage one more time for a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall (just down the road from The Hope & Anchor, scene of so many Vibrators victories) on Saturday 26 May, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

The original line-up remained together for the band’s classic debut Pure Mania, before bassist Collier jumped ship to be replaced on their ’78 second album V2 by Gary Tibbs, who’ll also be putting in an appearance on the night.

The show will also feature Phil Ram, Nick Peckham and Pete and Nigel Bennett from the current Vibrators line-up.

Support on the night comes from fellow first-wave punks MENACE.

Tickets priced £22.00 are on sale here.

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VOTE IN THE VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

Vive Le Rock is proud to announce the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

The Awards, which are being brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers!

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket including access to the private backstage bar and aftershow party, allowing you to mingle with the bands and award-winners, are available here!

But before then, we need you to vote! Go here for full details!

 

Vive Le Rock Awards 2018

 

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