LOS PEPES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

London powerpop rockers LOS PEPES have a new video to show off and they’re doing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Positive Negative’ is the title track from the band’s fourth album, which is set for release this Spring through Wanda Records / Adrenalin Fix Music. The video was directed by Ryan Quarterman of Future Human Design Co.

“‘Positive Negative’ is the title track of our upcoming new album. Therefore as a song it represents the whole record’s concept of doing exactly what people say you shouldn’t do,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Perrier. “Wrong is normally right in our experience. To capture the energy of this unhealthy attitude of wrongdoing we made this short clip in which we fail to defuse a bomb. All set to a Beat Club TV-esqe backdrop of green screen explosions and non stop action. Enjoy it folks.”

Described as the Motörhead of powerpop, Los Pepes came together in 2013, sporting a truly international line-up, originating in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Poland. Tearing several strips off clubs, bars and festivals across the UK and Europe, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Kids, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, The Detroit Cobras, The Stems, The Sonics and many many more…

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SUZI QUATRO ANNOUNCES ALBUM AND TOUR!

SUZI QUATRO has announced a new album and a major tour for 2019.

The glam rock legend has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will release No Control on 29 March. It will be preceded by the single ‘No Soul / No Control’ on 15 February.

Suzi and her band embark on an Australian Tour on 16 February, reaching the UK in April for a series of arena dates, including a show at London’s SSE Arena on 11 April.

The Detroit-born bassist has been releasing records since 1966, when she recorded her first sides with The Pleasure Seekers. Moving to the UK, she enjoyed her first No.1 with ‘Can The Can’ in May ’73, going on to achieve no fewer than eleven Top 40 hits. She’s continued releasing albums into the 21st Century with Back To The Drive in 2006, In The Spotlight in 2011 and Quatro, Scott & Powell – featuring Sweet’s Andy Scott and Don Powell from Slade – in 2016.

“These albums were thought about and planned out in great detail,” she says. “I’m proud of all three releases, very proud. But my new album No Control is its own animal.”

Speaking of her new record deal, she adds, “I am very pleased to be releasing my new album on SPV/Steamhammer. I am more than ready to rock n roll my way into 2019!”

Suzi’s full dates are…

Australian Tour
16.02. AUS-Barossa Valley – Seppeltsfield Wines
17.02. AUS-Hobart – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
23.02. AUS-Bendigo – Bendigo Racecourse
24.02. AUS-Canberra – Stage 88 Commonwealth Park
02.03. AUS-Wodonga – Gateway Lakes
03.03. AUS-Kiama – Kiama Showground
09.03. AUS-Kariong – Mount Penang Parklands
10.03. AUS-Jacobs Well – Harrigans Drift Inn
16.03. AUS-Port Macquarie – Westport Park

UK Tour
04.04. UK-Manchester – O2 Apollo
05.04. UK-Leeds – First Direct Arena
06.04. UK-Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
07.04. UK-Brighton – Brighton Centre
09.04. UK-Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10.04. UK-Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11.04. UK-London – The SSE Arena
12.04. UK-Birmingham – Genting Arena
13.04. UK-Liverpool – Echo Arena
14.04. UK-Bournemouth – BIC

German Tour
24.04. DE-Berlin – Friedrichstadt Palast
30.04. DE-Schopfheim – Stadthalle
06.05. DE-Hamburg – Laeiszhalle
11.05. DE-Bremen – Metropol Theater
12.05. DE-Neuruppin – Kultur-Kirche
14.05. DE-Rostock – Stadthalle
15.05. DE-Hannover – Theater am Aegi
29.05. DE-Munich – Circus Krone
30.05. DE-Frankfurt – Alte Oper
30.08. DE-Plauen – Parktheater
31.08. DE-Thale – Bergtheater
01.09. DE-Kranichfeld – Freilichtbühne Niederburg
22.09. DE-Leipzig – Gewandhaus
28.09. DE-Dortmund – Westfallenhalle 3A
01.10. DE-Reutlingen – Stadthalle
02.10. DE-Kassel – Stadthalle
04.10. DE-Wuppertal – Stadthalle
05.10. DE-Osnabrück – Osnabrückhalle
07.12. DE-Heilbronn – Harmonie
13.12. DE-Dresden – Kulturpalast
14.12. DE-Jena – Sparkassen Arena
15.12. DE-Nürnberg – Löwensaal

European Tour
22.03. SLO-Trencin – Sportova Hala
23.03. SLO-Bratislava – Istropolis
24.03. CZ-Olomouc – Clarion Congress Hotel
27.07. CH-Fahrwangen – Open Air
14.09. DK- Knebel – Fuglsocentret

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OH WHAT A CIRCUS!

Fast-rising Carlisle band HARDWICKE CIRCUS see in the New Year with a run of shows, including three dates in London.

Formed in the Cumbrian city a couple of years ago, the seven-piece band recently came to the attention of Pub Rock impressario and Stiff Records co-founder Dave Robinson, who quickly arranged for them to play a monthly residency at – where else? – the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, scene of so many Pub Rock triumphs.

The band play the final night of the residency tonight (Wed 2 Jan), followed by outer London shows in Walthamstow and Wimbledon, before heading back north. Full dates are…

WED 2 JAN – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
FRI 4 JAN – Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London
SAT 5 JAN – The Cavern Freehouse, Wimbledon, London
SAT 26 JAN – Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries
SUN 27 JAN – The Green Hotel, Kinross

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ZIPHEADS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Hertfordshire psychobillies THE ZIPHEADS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Having taken inspiration from Mad Max in previous videos, the St Albans trio have gone back in time to the age of The Flintstones in the video for ‘Dinosaur Rock’.

“We had the idea for the video when the album Prehistoric Beat was originally released in 2013,” they say. “Our friend Tom Malins is an unbelievably talented animator so we were talking to him about this idea but at the time nobody had the money or the time to make it happen. But when Bomber Music re-released the album in July we got together and made it happen. The video is influenced by the Hannah-Barbera style cartoons of the 1960s with some Ren & Stimpy 90s influences chucked in.

Formed in 2006, The Zipheads releaed their debut album Prehistoric Beat on their own label, before signing to Bomber Music for the follow-up Z2: Rampage! in 2016. Their punk-infused rockabilly has earned them serious props on the international psychobilly scene, with the trio invited to play festivals in Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.S.A, sharing stages with the likes of Tiger Army, Rev Horton Heat, The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more.

Catch the band on the following dates…

Sat 22 Dec The Horn, St Albans
Fri 11 Jan The Kings Head, Cromer
Sat 12 Jan The New Adelphi, Hull
Fri 25 Jan Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Thu 31 Jan Fulford Arms, York
Fri 1 Feb Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 3 Feb The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Fri 15 Feb Fish Fabrique Novelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sat 16 Feb Glastonberry Pub, Moscow, Russia
Fri 1 Mar Lewes Con Club, Lewes
Sun 3 Mar Bar 42, Worthing
Sat 23 Mar The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames
Thu 28 Mar Gambrinus Music Club, Paris, France
Sat 6 Apr The Green Door Store, Brighton
Fri 19 Apr Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
Sun 5 May 2 Night Stand, Watford
Fri 24 May Black Heart, Camden, London
Sat 25 May Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
Fri 12 Jul Once Upon A Time in the West, Wiltshire
Sat 17 Aug Exchange, Bristol

The reissued Prehistoric Beat is out now through Bomber Music.

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GLAM RACKET!

The loose ends of 70s junk-shop glam and boot-boy rock are tied up on a new box set, out next month.

All The Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks follows on from previous compilations Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs, released on RPM through Cherry Red.

Compiled by junk-shop glam archivist and musician Phil King, the three CD set features a handful of well-known names, including MOTT THE HOOPLE, IGGY & THE STOOGES, BE BOP DELUXE, TASTE and THIRD WORLD WAR.

There’s also a smattering of Down Under gems from the likes of SUPERNAUT featuring Garry Twinn of Twenty Flight Rockers fame, Steve Kilbey’s pre-Church band BABY GRANDE and STEVIE WRIGHT ex of The Easybeats.

For the most part, though, the running order represents a refreshing roll-call of shouldabeens and also-rans like RAY OWEN’S MOON, MILK’N’COOKIES, THE BRATS, GLO MACARI, IRON VIRGIN, HECTOR, HOT ROD, REDHEAD, HUSTLER, BILBO BAGGINS, STUD LEATHER, BUSTER, BRETT SMILEY, JOHN HOWARD, HELTER SKELTER and loads more.

The whole set is illuminated by a glamorous 36-page booklet.

All The Young Droogs is set for release on 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out Supernaut’s ‘I Like It Both Ways’….

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ASTRONAUTS TOUCH DOWN!

Legendary Hertfordshire psych-punks THE ASTRONAUTS are to play a super-rare London show next week.

Formed over forty years ago in Welwyn Garden City by frontman Mark Astronaut, the band released their debut EP in 1979 and have released numerous records on various labels over the years, notably The Mob’s All The Madmen label, to whom they returned in 2013 for the single ‘Typically English Day’ and career-spanning compilation Urban Planning 1979-2013.

Along the way, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Hawkwind, Crass, Psychic TV, John Cooper Clarke, The Redskins, Dire Straits and Duran Duran!

Appearing at a special one-off occurrence of author Martin Dowsing’s Dogfishtrombone nights at The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Wednesday 19 December, they’re joined by MUR-MAN, PROPERTY an SPINMASTER PLANTPOT. Admission is a very reasonable £6 on the door.

Check out ‘Survivors’ from The Astronauts EP.

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T.V. SMITH ANNOUNCES BAND DATES!

THE ADVERTS frontman T.V. SMITH will be reuniting with Catalonian band THE BORED TEENAGERS for a string of UK dates next spring.

Smith first hooked up with the band – also known as SUZY & LOS QUATTRO – for Spanish dates in 2003, recording the single ‘What If?’ c/w ‘New Church’.  The band, who are all huge Adverts fans, went on to learn the entire Crossing The Red Sea album, which they played in full with TV on his fiftieth birthday at London‘s esteemed 100 Club in 2007,  later released on CD by Boss Tuneage. TV and the band went on to tour …Red Sea in Germany and the UK, and in 2016 wowed the main stage at Rebellion with a set comprising songs from …Red Sea and the Adverts’ second album Cast Of Thousands.

Already booked for a return to Rebellion with the band next year, Smith will be taking them round the UK for four dates in May. Catch them at…

22 May – NOTTINGHAM – Maze
23 May – LEEDS – Brudenell (with The Cyanide Pills)
24 May – BRISTOL – Exchange
25 May – MORECAMBE – Nice‘n‘Sleazy Festival
26 May – SOUTHWICK – Glastonwick Festival

Smith also has some solo dates coming up, where he’ll doubtless be playing tracks from his latest album Land Of The Overdose. He’ll be performing at…

21 Dec – LEICESTER – Duffy‘s Bar
22 Dec – MANCHESTER – Star & Garter
19 Jan – WORCESTER – Marr‘s Bar
20 Jan – NOTTINGHAM – Foremans
19 Apr – HARPENDEN – Revelations Festival.
20 Apr – SOUTHEND – The Venue @ The Cricketers

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CHRISTMAS CRYBABYS!

London’s Rockaway Beach club celebrates Xmas with a bang this year, with a rare show by Soho sleaze-punks THE CRYBABYS.

The band were put together in  1990 by guitarists Honest John Plain from The Boys and Darrell Bath (Dogs D’Amour, Vibrators, Ian Hunter) with ex-Whiz Kids drummer Robbie Rushton and Vibrators/Fallen Angels bassist Mark Duncan. Shortlived with occasional subsequent reunions, their gigs are the stuff of legend.

Taking place at Islington’s fabled Hope & Anchor on Friday 7 December, the gig features support from Basingstoke five-piece THE BLACK BULLETS and SCANT REGARD featuring Flesh For Lulu and Adam Ant guitarist Will Crewdson.

Tickets are on sale here.

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LAST GREAT DREAMERS’ POWERPOP TOP 10!

Powerpop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS put a seal on their most successful year yet with a series of December dates.

They follow on from the release of their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades and steady touring which has seen them play up and down the UK, as well as their first ever shows in Norway and Spain. They’ve also begun making plans for their first ever US shows, having had their tracks rotated on legendary powerpop DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s radio show in LA.

Following their headline shows in December, they’re back out on the road in the new year as special guests to Chicago glamsters Enuff Z’Nuff.

Catch them live at…

Fri 7th Dec BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2
8th Sat Dec GLASGOW Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
9th Sun Dec SHEFFIELD Corporation
15th Sat Dec LONDON Camden Black Heart
16th Sun Dec SOUTHAMPTON Heartbreakers

Sat 19th Jan WOLVERHAMPTON Giffard Arms (Dementia Awarefest)
Sat 26th Jan LONDON Monarch (Camden Rocks all-dayer)
Wed 13th Feb EDINBURGH Bannermans (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Thu 14th Feb LONDON Underworld (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Fri 15th Feb NUNEATON Queens Hall (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sat 16th Feb BRADFORD Trash (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Sun 17th Feb BUCKLEY Tivoli (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)
Mon 18th Feb STOKE ON TRENT Eleven (w/Enuff Z’Nuff)

To celebrate, Vive Le Rock asked guitarist Slyder to come up with his Top 10 powerpop nuggets…

Hanoi Rocks – ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’
The band probably responsible for Last Great Dreamers’ existence, Marc [Valentine, guitar/vocals] and I both being huge fans; nothing like them before and nothing close to them since, you can hear the likes of The Clash and Mott in there but they had a real unique sound and look. Hard to pick a favourite song, love them all but I think on the Two Steps From The Move album they really came of age, obviously on the verge of great things until tragedy struck. The production on this record, the harmonies etc, just moved up a notch. This song is a great example of that and they look so damn cool in this video too.

Redd Kross – ‘Stay Away From Downtown’
Redd Kross are one of my favourite bands. First I heard of them was Third Eye, introduced to me by Marc, and then the subsequent albums, saw them once in London on the Show World tour in the 90s and again more recently touring Researching The Blues. When I heard ‘Stay Away From Downtown’ I was instantly hooked by the riff and the chorus. I played this song to death and still do, it was instrumental in getting me back into playing again after a 10-year break. I’d just got back in touch with Marc again when this came out, it excited me and made me want to get back on stage again!

Blondie – ‘I’m Gonna Love You Too’
From Parallel Lines, hard to pick any individual track again but this is a great example of their reinvented 1950s sound in the late 70s, a bit Buddly Hollyesque. Fun and vibrant, always showcasing Clem’s brilliant drumming and Debbie is just fantastically talented and beautiful, love her scream into the rip roaring guitar solo!

Squeeze – ‘Is That Love?’
I think Squeeze are similar to The Kinks in their ‘storytelling’ style of lyric writing. This is a perfect example of the classic 2½ minute pop song. Straight into a short and sweet riff and verse 1, Glen Tilbrook’s soulful voice with a country edge, sweet harmonies and perfect little rockabilly/country guitar solo.

Silversun – ‘Golden Skin’
Came across this in the late 90s on the soundtrack to British romcom movie Shooting Fish. Great catchy opening riff that’s a theme throughout, layered vocal harmonies and simple melodic octave guitar solo, perfect pop song!

The Kinks – ‘Till The End Of The Day’
The Kinks were the ultimate storytellers, quintessentially English, trashy guitar sound & excellent harmonies. This song we earmarked to cover whilst on tour, we jammed it in a soundcheck or two but it never came to anything, maybe one day. The lyrics seemed to fit with the whole vibe of touring & the happy bubble you are in…“you and me we’re free, we do as we please. From the morning till the end of the day”.

The Ramones – ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’
Another completely unique band with so many songs, it’s so very hard to pick a favourite. Great production on this record, very tight squelchy guitars, repetitive catchy singalong lyrics, impossible not to love this, The Ramones at their best.

The Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love’
Fabulous pop song, simple but meaningful lyrics, great jangly guitars, perfect chorus and harmonies from a band that churned out tons of catchy, camp 3-minute pop punk classics. Saw them most recently at Exeter a few years back and never heard a guitar as loud as Steve Diggle’s. He played and performed like he’d just been given his guitar back after having had it confiscated for 10 years!

The Hives – ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’
While I was browsing through YouTube this song started playing and I’d earlier had the CD in my hands when thinking of tracks to include for this, so decided to put it in. Loads of energy, attitude & aggression, cool look and sound.

Boomtown Rats – ‘Rat Trap’
A favourite band as a kid, again very unique in their sound. Great songs, look and attitude. I do remember hearing that this song was like an homage or sequel to The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’, not sure if there’s any truth in that though.

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BEDDERS’ SKA AND REGGAE TOP 10!

MADNESS return to their House Of Fun weekender at Minehead Butlin’s at the end of the month.

Over the weekend of 30 November-2 December, the Nutty Boys play host to a range of live acts and DJs including MUNGO JERRY, DAVID RODIGAN, CHRIS DIFFORD, HORACE ANDY, GENO WASHINGTON, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, DENNIS BOVELL, JANET KAY, HUEY MORGAN, Bez and Rowetta from HAPPY MONDAYS, EARL GATESHEAD, CHAINSKA BRASSIKA, THE ESKIES, THE SKATA TONES and more….

There’s still some tickets available here.

To celebrate, we asked the band’s longstanding bass supremo Mark ‘Bedders’ Bedford for his Top 10 ska and reggae tracks….

 

“It’s the worst thing in the world to ask a musician his or her favourite tracks. There are normally so many in a musician’s head. Groups and sub-groups of suitable bits of music for every occasion. But asking them to pick ten will elicit hand-wringing on a monumental scale. This list is a touch easier because the brief was to stick to ska and reggae. But I could have drawn up a list for Top Ten of All-Time records – this would have taken weeks, of course. Or a jazz list; a blues list; a punk list. So, here it is – for today – because it will probably change tomorrow or next week?”

‘Eastern Standard Time’ – Don Drummond: “This lovely, lazy and loping tune, by The Skatalites, is really part of the roots of ska. You can hear the jazz influence, which featured in a lot of early ska tunes. Jazz was what this stellar band of musicians was listening to and playing before making this record. You can also hear, unsurprisingly, the Caribbean music as well. A lot of The Skatalites, individually, went on to make important ska and reggae records.”

‘Ali Baba’ – John Holt: “John Holt’s vocal on this track is super cool. He’s singing in such an easy way. This is counterpoint to the lyrics which are fantastic, in the truest sense of the word. John lays out the lyrics in a way which says, this tune is about a heavily psychedelic dream I had but, hey, no big deal. The experts say that this tune is technically ‘Rocksteady’. It also features a really nice horn section.”

‘East of the River Nile’ – Augustus Pablo: “This instrumental has one of my favourite introductions. It could easily be the start of an old film. What follows is a lovely slow groove with minimal instrumentation – where every instrument sounds just right. Then in comes Augustus Pablo’s melodica. Great use of reverb to create atmosphere, helped by some nice dub. This came out in 1977 but could have fitted into any reggae era.”

‘Ring The Alarm’ – Tenor Saw: “Tenor Saw is regarded as one of the great dancehall-style singers. He was working in the early period where reggae was discovering digital music. He’s young and confident on this track and his vocal style and inflections are so good. A brilliant rhythm, as well. Tenor Saw died aged 21 – a massive loss.”

‘Mr Brown’ – Bob Marley & The Wailers with The Upsetters: “Produced by Lee Perry; written by The Upsetters’ Glen Adams and given to The Wailers. It’s the story about a ghost being seen around town. So we get ‘creepy’ sounds and scary vocals. We also get great harmonies from The Wailers. I always think of it as a stand-alone reggae record – there’s not much like it? Just imagine if reggae had gone totally psychedelic?”

‘Cuss Cuss’ – Lloyd Robinson : “This brilliant, driving rhythm became one of the most covered in Jamaica. The urgency matches Lloyd Robinson’s vocal: ‘Get out of my life with your fuss and fight; I don’t want it’. Then up pops an organ hook line. 2’33” of a short, sharp plea.”

‘CB 200’ – Dillinger: “Title track from Dillinger’s superb album of the same name. This brought reggae and dub to the Punks and a wider audience. An album for every collection.”

‘Tunnel One’ – Tommy McCook: “Tommy McCook was one of the founders of The Skatalites and he leads this tune with his beautiful sax playing. Not only can you hear John Coltrane in his playing but you can also hear Miles Davis in the trumpet that follows him. Built on a rock solid rhythm, it’s over too soon.”

‘Sit and Wonder’ – Prince Buster: “This track, I think, is influenced by the Nyabinghi rhythm, which comes from the chants that are used by Rastafarians? It’s certainly one I haven’t heard on many records? Prince Buster delivers a trademark vocal with nice doo-wop harmonies and a cheeky sax part.”

‘All Will Be Well In The Garden’ – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Adrian Sherwood. “A great and intriguing combination. Their work together is so good and you could pick many tracks. Nice mournful horns, harmonica and a sliding double bass(?). Reggae is in a healthy state here.”

You can also catch Bedders playing with the NEAR JAZZ EXPERIENCE at Indo, Whitechapel on the last Tuesday of every month. Their debut album Afloat is out now through Sartorial Records.

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BRIAN JAMES’ TOP 10!

Punk legend BRIAN JAMES returns to the stage next month with a very special show in London.

On Friday 7 December, the DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH founder and, let’s not forget, writer of the first ever Brit punk single ‘New Rose’, will play the intimate Nell’s Jazz & Blues club in West Kensington. Performing with his regular trio, The Brian James Gang, he’ll be recording the set for a possible live album.

Tickets are on sale here.

Vive Le Rock caught up with Brian over a bottle of red to find out what songs inspired him. Here’s his Top 10….

1. ‘You really got me’ – The Kinks “The boss of all riffs, the first I learnt to play and probably the most influential for guitar players everywhere.”

2. ‘Stone Free’ – Jimi Hendrix Experience “The B side of his first single, ‘Hey Joe’, this is the definitive version, with my favourite Hendrix guitar solo. He re recorded it a few times later on, but go for this one. Wild and off the wall, wonderful.

3. ‘Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere’ – The Who  “Sheer musical anarchy, first in-your-face feedback, maniacal drums and guitar. This threw the conventional music rule book in the fire, total attitude, play as loud as it goes.”

4. ‘Do It’ – Pink Fairies  “The B-side of their first single, ‘The Snake’, total rock n roll energy. This is the attitude version, don’t bother with any others, these guys kept attitude afloat in England during the early 70’s.

5. ‘I Put A Spell On You’ – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown  “From their debut album, Nina Simone’s haunting song turned inside out, a la Screaming Jay Hawkins. What a voice and what demonic Hammond organ playing by the grossly underrated Vincent Crane, timeless.”

6. ‘Sister Anne’ – The MC5  “During the 60s I was a big fan of the groups and artists on Detroit’s Tamla Motown label, then I discovered the MC5, also a Detroit act, and they couldn’t be more different: twin guitars, like double Chuck Berry on speed, machine-gun drums and great rock’n’roll songs.  ‘Sister Anne’ is from their third album High Time. If you don’t already have it, then get it.”

7. ‘Boredom’ – The Buzzcocks  “This is from the Spiral Scratch EP, which featured Howard Devoto on vocals and sums up 76-77 punk London and particularly the early few months of the Roxy club in Covent Garden, London.”

8. ‘Blank Generation’ – Richard Hell  “If ‘Boredom’ sums up early Punk London, then ‘Blank Generation’ sums up the early New York Punk scene. Particularly the club CBGB’s in the Bowery area. A great slightly avant garde sound from the ex Television and Heartbreakers innovator.”

9. ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ – The Stooges  “The first of my two favourite singers is Iggy Pop and this track from the Stooges first album is probably the best example of why. Another amazing Detroit band who paved the way for the Punk scenes.”

10. ‘Learning The Blues’ – Frank Sinatra  “My other favourite singer, from the Sinatra-Basie album.  My parents were always playing Sinatra around the house when I was a kid and it really got in my heart and soul, what an amazing voice and what a powerful band, the Count Basie orchestra was. Recorded in 1962, my advice is to give it a shot.”

Brian’s reissued debut solo album Brian James is out now on deluxe vinyl from Easy Action.

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MICHAEL MONROE’S TOP 10 PUNK COVERS!

As much a fan as he is an artist, our mate MICHAEL MONROE enjoys a good cover version as much as the next man, be it Hoyt Axton’s ‘Lightnin’ Bar Blues’ or Creedence’s ‘Up Around The Bend’ in the  days of HANOI ROCKS, or the storming version of ‘Kick Out The Jams’ he delivered at Vive Le Rock‘s inaugural awards bash earlier this year.

Michael’s in the UK this week, supporting Wayne Kramer’s MC50 on tour at Glasgow Academy (10 Nov), Manchester Albert Hall (11 Nov), and London Shepherds Bush Empire (12 Nov), so we dragged him out of rehearsals to ask him what his top ten favourite punk covers that he’s recorded are. This is what he told us…. enjoy!

1) The Damned: ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

2) Dead Boys: ‘Ain’t Nothin’ To Do’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

3) Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: ‘I Wanna Be Loved’ (on the Demolition 23 album)


4) U.K. Subs: ‘Endangered Species’ (on the Demolition 23 album)

5) Dead Boys: Ain’t It Fun (Duet with Axl on the Guns N’Roses Spaghetti Incident album)

6) Dead Boys: ‘What Love Is’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

7) U.K. Subs: ‘I Won’t Lie Down And Die’ (on the Whatcha Want album)

8) Dead Boys: ‘Not Anymore’ (on the Peace Of Mind album)

9) Stiv Bators: ‘A Million Miles Away’ (on the Nights Are So Long album)

10) Heavy Metal Kids: ‘Delirious’ (on the Hanoi Rocks Twelve Shots On The
Rocks album)

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NEVILLE & SUGARY STAPLE VIDEO PREMIERE!

Former Special NEVILLE STAPLE and co-conspirator SUGARY STAPLE have a brand new video out, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Way Of Life’ is taken from the pair’s new album Rude Rebels which is out now through Cleopatra.

Produced by Sugary and Neville alongside Specials producer Tom Lowry at Planet Studios, Coventry, the album also sees them reunited with another former Specials alumnus, Roddy Radiation aka Roddy Byers on guitar.

“The album was produced with our love of punk, ska, 2tone and reggae, which we mixed into an indulgent sub-culture blend. A bit like me,” says Sugary Staple. “Working alongside Neville on the production was just perfect. He gets me, and he understands where I am at musically and about my promotion of women going for it, regardless of age and situation. We both still have something to say in our productions, while still creating a dancing beat or a sing-along vocal.”

“I felt really free on this production,” adds Neville. “Having the freedom to be creative with someone on your wave-length is really refreshing for me. I love how we celebrate the great musical genres of my 40-year career. There’s a little taste of The Specials in there, a Clash type of punk vibe and even Trojan Records styles. We’ve been touring some of the songs and the fans have gone nuts for it. Great to have my buddy Roddy on board too.”

Rude Rebels is available on CD and limited edition clear black’n’white splatter vinyl from Cleopatra and digitally via Bandcamp.

You can catch Neville & Sugary Staple on tour at….

Nov 10 Bognor – Butlins
Nov 16 Llangollen – Sun Inn
Nov 17 Bristol – Fleece
Nov 23 Skamouth – DJ Party
Dec 01 Hastings – Black Market VIP
Dec 08 Devon (TBA)
Dec 21 Frome – Cheese & Grain
Dec 22 Swansea – The Garage

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HOW’S THIS FOR A STOCKING-FILLER?!

BLONDIE bombshell Debbie Harry is the cover-star of the Vive Le Rock Annual Vol.3 which is available to order now!

The latest edition of the UK’s number one punk mag covers the very best of issues 11 to 16 with the story of CBGB’s New York punk explosion, including RAMONES, DEAD BOYS, TALKING HEADS, JAYNE COUNTY, JOHNNY THUNDERS & THE HEARTBREAKERS and more.

Plus this bumper volume also has room for THE SWEET, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, THE DAMNED, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ADAM ANT, DROPKICK MURPHYS, THE ALARM, GEORGE THOROGOOD, THE GODFATHERS, THE B-52s, THE ADVERTS, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, MICHAEL MONROE, WILKO JOHNSON, HAMMERSMITH GORILLAS and much, much more.

Plus! We hear from YOU about your first gigs!!!

Plus! Each issue comes with a FREE doublesided STRANGLERS/GENE VINCENT art print and a FREE Vive Le Rock! badge!

Priced just £20 and limited to just 500 copies, the Vive Le Rock Annual Vol.3 is not available in shops!

The perfect stocking-filler for the serious punk/rocker in your life, order here for Xmas!!!!

And if you haven’t already got Volumes 1 and 2, you can order them together here at a special price, while stocks last!

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HAWKWIND AND ARTHUR: STRINGS ATTACHED!

God of Hellfire ARTHUR BROWN has been added as special guest vocalist on HAWKWIND’s current orchestral tour.

The Ladbroke Grove groovers are currently touring the UK with a full orchestra, playing shows in support of their latest, Mike Batt-produced, album Road To Utopia.

The tour initially started out as a one-off date at London’s celebrated Palladium theatre, but tickets sold out so quickly that they decided to add more shows. Remaining dates, with support from The Black Heart Orchestra, are….

Sun 4th Nov – London, Palladium (sold out)
Mon 5th Nov – London, Palladium
Sat 24th Nov – Bath, Forum
Sun 25th Nov – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Tickets are available at www.themjrgroup.com and www.hawkwind.com.

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STRAY CATS ANNOUNCE ALBUM AND TOUR!

THE STRAY CATS make good on their recent reunion by announcing a tour AND a new album next year!

The Massapequa threesome will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2019 and are promising to make it a good one.

The as-yet unnamed album – their first in 25 years! – will be recorded in Nashville with British producer Peter Collins – whose credits include Alvin Stardust and Middlesex rockabilly rebels Matchbox – and engineer Vance Powell (Buddy Guy, Jack White, Seasick Steve), and released through Surfdog Records.

The album will be accompanied by tour dates as yet to be confirmed.

Having formed in 1979, the trio enjoyed considerable worldwide success with several hit singles and three albums, initially splitting in 1984. Since then they’ve reunited on various occasions, periodically releasing albums. They played a farewell tour in 2008/9, returning this summer for a handful of wildly-received US dates.

“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” explains guitarist/singer Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

“Making a new Stray Cats album for 2019 in Nashville seems like the exact right thing, right time, right place, and right band for the gig! We have an album’s worth of new songs that are classic rockabilly while keeping the music and style current and fresh, like always. In other words…A Stray Cats album,” agrees drummer Slim Jim Phantom.

Bassist Lee Rocker adds, “They say history repeats itself and I now know that’s true. 40 years after Brian, Jim and I formed the Stray Cats, we are back! I’m so excited to be in the studio with my brothers. I can tell you that this will be the best Stray Cats album we have ever made. The time is right, the songs are great and we’re ready to rock.”

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XMAS WITH BRIAN JAMES!

Punk legend BRIAN JAMES has announced a special one-off London show with his band THE BRIAN JAMES GANG in December. Plans are afoot to record the show for a new live album.

In the year that his old band THE DAMNED have returned with a new album and a newfound appetite for touring, their founder and original songwriter has also received a boost in profile as his long out-of-print debut solo album got a deluxe vinyl reissue from Easy Action Records.

Brian and the Gang will bring the year to a close with a seasonal show on Friday 7 December at Nell’s Jazz & Blues in West Kensington, just a stone’s throw from the site of the legendary Nashville Rooms, scene of so many early Damned gigs in the heyday of punk.

“Well, I figure it’s about time to host an Xmas party and where better to make a whole lotta noise than Nell’s Jazz and Blues Club in West Kensington. It’s looking like the Brian James Gang are going to record the gig on the 7 December for a future live album, so be prepared to scream your bleeding heads off.”

Tickets for the gig are on sale now here.

Check out the video for ‘Slow It Down’

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BACK IN BUSINESS!

Oi legends THE BUSINESS are set to return, when they headline the final day of the Punk & Disorderly festival in Berlin next year, which they’ve announced with a video message to their many fans…

The long-serving and much-loved band formed in Lewisham, South-East London in 1979 but came to a halt with the tragic death of founding frontman Micky Fitz from cancer at the end of 2016.

For the festival, at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin on 14 April, The Business will feature, for the first time on one stage together, early days members Steve Kent, Steve Whale and Mick Fairbairn. Of course the inimitable Fitz is irreplaceable, but for this show, the band will feature a trio of special guest singers – Al Barr from DROPKICK MURPHYS, Roi Pearce from THE LAST RESORT and COCKNEY REJECTS’ Jeff Turner.

The rest of the bill for the day features the Rejects, The Last Resort, DISCHARGE, BOOZE & GLORY, THE DETAINED, RUDE PRIDE, TANK SHOT and CUT MY SKIN.

Tickets are on sale here.

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