A new EP by Tyneside punks THE WALL showcases rare and unreleased material.

Formed in 1978 by future SKI PATROL and FOLK DEVILS frontman Ian Lowery alongside friends from Sunderland Poly art school, The Wall released the now classic debut single ‘New Way’ for Small Wonder Records.

Relocating to London, the band recorded sessions at Polydor Studios with Jimmy Pursey and Pete Wilson before Lowery and the band parted ways, the songs rerecorded and released with new lyrics.

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Ian Lowery’s Long Lost Tracks With The Wall brings together three of those original recordings alongside a fourth, previously, unreleased track. Fully digitally remastered, you can hear them all here…

The EP is available as a download or CD from Bandcamp.

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Rock’n’roll revivalists FUMBLE have their complete recordings compiled on a new box set.

Formed in Weston-super-Mare in 1967, the band were regulars on the pub and college circuit in the early 70s, releasing a pair of major label albums – Fumble and Poetry In Lotion – with memorable Hipgnosis sleeves (the latter photographed by Throbbing Gristle’s Peter ‘Sleazey’ Christopherson).

The band were recruited by David Bowie as support on two separate tours, inculding the US Ziggy Stardust jaunt, and keyboard-player Sean Mayes was later co-opted by Bowie for the 1978 Isolar II tour, documented on Stage, and also for the ’79 album Lodger.

The band also featured alongside Shakin’ Stevens in the West End production of Elvis! The Musical and the remake of the 50s TV show Oh Boy!

Over four CDs, Not Fade Away: The Complete Recordings 1964 – 1982 features both Fumble’s original albums plus the ’79 ‘official bootleg’ live album Rumble With Fumble and their final release, the Germany-only It’s Only A Rock’n’Roll Game from ’82. The set is rounded out with tracks from Elvis! and Oh Boy!, stand alone singles, album outtakes, a BBC session and tracks by mid-60s Fumble precursor, The Iveys.

Set for release by Cherry Red on 27 November, Not Fade Away is available to pre-order here.

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Remembering the greatness of Eddie Van Halen, Digressions mainman Rich Ragany shares a coming of age story…

My first concert was the VAN HALEN 1984 Tour.

I was 12. My older brother got me and my next door pal Susan tix. She was a year older, very pretty Italian girl. And she DID NOT wanna go! Hahahaha! She styled herself more of a Go Go’s fan (which I was as well haha). My brother was like, “C’mon Susan! It’ll be nice for Rich to have someone his age around!” Poor Susan. She had already endured years of me standing on the sofa with a pink plastic badminton racket pretending to be Johnny Thunders (‘Stranded In The Jungle’) or Ace Frehely (‘Strutter’).

“I wanna play house!”

“Well, we’ll play one hour of house if ya LET me play half an hour of Rock Star!”

Thus began my education of compromise with the ladies. Hahaha! She would sit and pretend to applaud. Poor Susan.

The day of the concert arrived and I was just racked with nervous energy! Seriously freaking out. Susan? Couldn’t care less. “Their music is BORING!”

We got to the Calgary Saddledome and took our seats (just PERFECT seats! Facing the stage. Right on the first balcony, first row. Where the Queen would sit, ya know hahaha!)

Then… You know when the lights go down and IT’S time? That rush of young adrenaline washed over me! That feeling you become addicted too? (Well I did anyway) The first chords came rushing out and WHAMMO! Sorry for the language but Holy Fuck! Just the loudest, best noise I’ve ever heard. Eddie just seemed to be the kingpin and orchestrator of the most IMMENSE sound!

And two songs in it was apparent we were at David Lee Roth’s personal barbecue as well hahaha! He forgot lyrics (I knew them all) and exuded an attitude that just included EVERYONE. Believe it or not, very vaudeville and pretty punk hahaha! That band was on fire.

Then a slow rush of a chant gathered momentum… “Eddie! Eddie! EDDEEEEEEE!” And WHO joined RIGHT in? That Italian girl who I had a crush on (WHOOOOOPS! This thing on???) I just stared at her. She didn’t notice. She was busy adoring someone she told me was boring…..

And I, people, had that movie moment. That moment that really, really changed my life. REALLY!!!
“I gotta get a guitar. HAVE TO! Because guitars change people’s minds!”

Guitars can change people’s minds.

I played a live video to my daughter Jeannie a while back and told her this story.

She approached her mom Justine and I later and said, “I’m sure glad Dad went to that silly loud concert… if he didn’t see that man play guitar then maybe he never would have started… he never would have been on the radio and gone to England and met you. We might never have been a family.”

Sweetheart… put that all together in her 8-year-old-head all on her own. Angel. She got it immediately.

That is how Eddie Van Halen would reach your spirit. He CHANGED people’s lives far beyond tapping on a fretboard (though come on… that was pretty cool!) …he made the world more fun and joyous… inspired us in how music could sound and gave us the courage to be ourselves and take chances… be brave with our lives… all the while flashing that smile, reminding us to enjoy it.

… and his songs coming through a speaker could take a Wednesday noon and transform it into a Friday midnight at the drop of a dime.

The soundtrack to the best times, the greatest parties… the bravest decisions… and the adrenaline to get up and get going.

The memories of driving with my brother George in his car… windows down and blasting ‘Unchained’… the sound transforming a Canadian summer sky into California… will fill my heart all my days.

We are so lucky to have been in this world with him.

The quote of his that I always held in my heart…

“If it sounds good, it is good”

Translation… Be yourself.

Thank you King Edward.

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Legendary music journalist and author Kris Needs has seen it all. From rock ‘n’ roll tours with the likes of The Clash, Blondie and Motorhead, to doing the last ever interview with Bob Marley, there’s no point in music history from the past 50 years that Kris hasn’t witnessed front and centre. As an editor or writer for a slew of magazines Kris has secured his legacy.

But nothing prepared him for what would happen when his beloved dog Jack came along.

Absolute Beginners

From the age of five, I’d always been a rabbit person; keeping, unwittingly breeding and drawing them on Christmas and birthday cards for family and friends.

There’d been three family dogs who I loved but my mum mainly doted on because I was always running off to gigs, before moving out when I was 21.

Rock the Casbah

By that time, I’d become involved with running David Bowie’s fan club, which led to running one for Mott The Hoople for a couple of years – my entry into the music business and world of rock ‘n’ roll! After starting my working life on the local Bucks Advertiser, a major turning point came with taking over as editor of Zigzag magazine in 1977.

For the next five years, I was in the front-line of punk, interviewing, touring and hanging out with bands including The Clash, Blondie, Motorhead, Ramones, Sex Pistols, PiL, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Killing Joke and many more.

It was incredible fun going on tour with, in particular, The Clash, Blondie and Motorhead – mania every night while they became close friends. I also developed a healthy relationship with Keith Richards that could see an afternoon interview go on for two days! I also did the last interview with Bob Marley before he passed away.


After that, I worked for various publications, including editing a teenie mag called Flexipop!, spent five years chaotic years in the danger zones of New York City, then came back to the UK and got involved with The Orb, Andrew Weatherall and the acid house movement that had erupted while I’d been away.

This led to making records with my American girlfriend Wonder, an incredible singer who saved my life in so many ways. We had a project called Secret Knowledge that released singles like ‘Sugar Daddy’ on Andrew and Nina Walsh’s Sabres Of Paradise label. At the same time, I knocked out hundreds of remixes and recommenced the DJing I’d starting doing in the 70s, playing clubs around the world and touring with Primal Scream and Prodigy.

Life started quietening down in the 2000s when I began writing for music mags including MOJORecord CollectorShindigClassic Rock, etc, and putting these experiences into books, including my autobiography then biographies of Keith Richards, The Clash, Primal Scream, Blondie and the New York Dolls. But I was still a staunch rabbit devotee – even in 2012 I had about ten!

Parallel Lives

Then I met Helen, who was doing press for my Blondie book and asked if I’d do some interviews to promote it. Initially, we developed an online penpal-type relationship. I talked about my rabbits and Helen told me about her dog Jack, who she’d been given in 2004 by a lovely lady from Milan called Cecilia when she was living on Ibiza. Jack’s mum Lily was a Papillon and his dad a Schnauzer and all sorts.

For many years, one of my specialities had been painting rabbits for friends, but when Helen sent me photos of Jack I instantly fell in love and offered to do his portrait. I could see he was a total character, with deeply magnetic eyes and a beautiful smile. By now, I was living in deepest Cornwall and Helen had moved to the picturesque village of Thaxted in Essex

When I’d done the painting of Jack – as a space dog because I was then writing a book about Funkadelic – we arranged to meet in Hampstead in September 2013 on one of my trips back into civilisation so I could give it to her in person. It was love at first sight and she loved the painting.

Our first proper date was a Mott the Hoople reunion show in November. It was somehow great that the band who’d played such a part in my teenage years catalysed the start of my relationship with Helen. After I missed the last train back to my mum’s house in Aylesbury, she suggested I stay at her cottage. That’s when I met Jack for the first time.


The first thing I noticed was the smile. It lit up his face and the room. He soon emerged as a real character who wondered what this strange new bloke was doing in his cottage. Helen told me how he’d been a handful as a puppy, wearing a lit-up collar so she could spot him roaming in the hills above the Ibiza beaches and the only dog ever to get thrown out of training classes on the island.

Now he was known as “The happiest dog in Thaxted”, loving his Friday pigs ear ritual and walking by the nearby windmill.

I fell for Jack at the same time as Helen, soon drawing him on cards and trying to paint him for Helen. I’d never met a dog like this before; such a little character with his own routines and relentlessly hilarious antics. Soon a bond was forming.

When Helen started falling ill around 2016, it increasingly fell on me to take Jack for his walks and feed him, etc. He became more of my constant companion, lying asleep next to me while I was writing and doing something that made me smile every day while I nursed his mummy.

Helen told me before she passed away in Jun 2018 that she’d deliberately eased off from fussing over Jack so me and him could develop a bond (although I’d still catch them having what she called a “love-in” cuddle if I’d gone out of the room, a tradition I’ve upheld). During that very difficult time, I would take Jack for two or three hour walks around the Essex countryside; where we’d gone with his mummy and beyond. He was my lifeline and, as ever, demonstrated such intuition and ability to lift the spirits.

Where Are We Now?

Nearly two years ago now, Jack and I came to live with my mum in the house in Aylesbury where I’d grown up. Now 93, my mum needs me now and I’m happy to be looking after her after all she’s done for me (probably not the easiest task in the past!).

Although she’d met him before, she fell in love with Jack instantly, and the feeling’s mutual as he spends a lot of the time lying next to her chair.

The rest of the time, Jack’s with me the whole time, his walks a daily highlight. He’s also made firm friends with Loftus, my last remaining rabbit; always going out to kiss him on the nose good morning and good night.

He’s a remarkable dog who undoubtedly got me through the darkest days after Helen was taken away and now makes life under lockdown bearable as I protect my mum.   Words can’t express how I feel about Jack but a day goes by when he doesn’t send some feeling of joy soaring through my heart (I’ve never encountered this before with a pet or even a human, except Helen).

Although he’s now 16, Jack still boasts an incredible spirit (his mum Lilly was still bouncing around at 18). His recent haircut worked wonders and, despite a touch of arthritis, is prompting puppy-like behaviour.

Jack’s quite fussy with his food so I spend a lot of time (and money!) trying to find something he likes. We’re looking forward to trying out Bone Idol!

Love, Kris

Kris’ latest books Just a Shot Away: 1969 Revisited, parts one and two are out now.

Thanks to boneidol.co.uk for allowing us to use this piece.

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This year’s Doc’n’Roll Film Festival will open with the premiere of the hotly anticipated documentary on Phil Lynott, Songs For While I’m Away.

The live screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with director Emer Reynolds, will take place at London’s Alexandra Palace Theatre on 24th October at 5pm.

Now in it’s seventh instalment, the festival will be screening the best in music documentaries from around the world at four separate London venues – Alexandra Palace Theatre, the Barbican, Dalston Rio and BFI Southbank.

The festival will include eight world premieres, four UK and two London premieres. This year, there will also be fourteen online premieres.

Other films being shown during the festival include Don’t Go Gentle: A Film About IDLES; Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement; Chris Holmes: Mean Man; It’s Not All Rock & Roll – Dave Doughman & Swearing At Motorists; JoyCut – Robert Smith’s Meltdown; The Sweet France of Rachid; The Holy Gift – inspired by Tool’s music; Persian Black Metal Story and many more.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 7 October.

Full details of all films, dates and times can be found here.

Watch a trailer for Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away

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On 19 September, DAVE KUSWORTH passed away. A veteran of Midlands rock’n’roll since co-founding seminal garage-rockers TV Eye as a teenager in Birmingham in ’77, Kusworth was revered as a songwriter, and as a member of The Jacobites (with Nikki Sudden), The Rag Dolls, Dogs D’Amour, The Bounty Hunters and more, recently returning with new material in The Dave Kusworth Group. Longtime bandmate and friend Dave Twist pays tribute with his Top 10 Kusworth moments…


“This was the Dave that I first encountered on 15 August 1977. How can I pinpoint the date? I still have the dayglo orange signwritten poster for Barbarella’s little sister club Rebecca’s ‘New Wave Monday’. They were booked in as TVI, presumably having secured their place on the bill by telephone. I was there with John Taylor to play our first ‘professional’ show as Shock Treatment. We’d totally bought into the ‘here’s one chord, here’s another… ‘ manifesto, but had taken that further and skipped the part where you actually learned the chord. Neither of us were in the role that we’d later take up – John was on a viciously high-actioned telecaster copy which he thrashed until his hand bled from the raw metal edge of the uncovered bridge. I ‘sang’… a camp approximation of something I hoped might sound a little like Howard Devoto. It didn’t. But the Prefects had been good enough to lend us their Fender combo and John just buzzed on the air it shifted around us.

“And then came TV Eye. Same age as us, 17, from a tougher part of the South side of the city and undistracted by ‘A’ levels. They had everything, breathtakingly, together. On guitar was a kid who looked like Johnny Ramone or Mick Jones when you could clock the profile. Which was hard because Dave had this thing where he’d blast away with one leg raised and he’d whirl the foot around fast in a tight kicking circle – until the momentum was almost enough to topple him. At which point he’d buck and swivel like Johnny Thunders on The Whistle Test, if they’d run the film double time like a silent comedy chase. Then he’d find a new part of the stage, and repeat the whole thing again.”


“Not a Dave song at all, Stephen Duffy had brought this with him from his time in Duran Duran. But Dave loved this song and took it on with him again to The Jacobites, where it appears on their Robespierre’s Velvet Basement long player. I’d borrowed / stolen the parts of something approximating a kit from a discarded snare gifted by The Prefects’ drummer Paul Apperley and a 1950s relic I’d spirited out of my school’s store cupboard. So now I’m Dave’s drummer. I was so thrilled by that, and by this song, that my joy transmitted into my speeding up, very noticeably, within the opening bars of this and almost every other song. I wonder why we weren’t signed? When Simon Colley quit the band, a little after we recorded this, Dave switched to bass guitar. Like Ron Asheton, like Ronnie Wood, like Keith – Dave was a great bass guitarist too.”


“The Hawks folded when Stephen and Dave both decided that they needed to do their own things, apart. I was, of course, bereft. Even while my expressive stylings were limiting our prospects to a proto-scene in between that didn’t exist yet, I’d believed in us as some new Beatle-band. We’d had two of the greatest songwriters of the era in that one place at that one time, and I knew we’d given up on the toppermost even as our rivals were cresting the summit and pitching their colours. We stayed friends, Dave and I, fooling around with a revolving door of a side project we called The Bible Belt. Nikki Sudden had Dave guesting on his second solo album for Flicknife around then, and lifted our name for his album title. Dave was a curious mix of shy and, if not self-deprecating, at least grounded. But he was also someone who’d stand his ground on what he had achieved. ‘All of the lead guitar on those records is me, you know…’.

“Then came The Jacobites, whereby Nikki and Dave made their unlikely partnership a thing – and here’s where we first heard Dave as lead vocalist, and how very affecting. What a natural he turned out to be. ‘Kings And Queens’ is the song from this era that remained in any Dave set until the end, although he was maybe a little bored with it by our last show together at Christmas 2019. On what became his last full band show, he instructed me to play it like the Iggy Pop Party also-ran ‘Pumpin’ For Jill’. And what do you know, it worked very well.”


“So now I’m the sleeve designer. In the era of Prittstick, scalpel, fineliner and Tipex I’m considered something of a whizz kid. The sleeve of Robespierre’s Velvet Basement goes to the printers and comes back all wrong. Luckily the record is ace. According to legend, in some ‘five records you’re currently grooving on…’ list somewhere, Tom Waits picked this album out as a fave-rave. I’m not sure if he did or not and, outside of a press release, it doesn’t really matter anyway. Dave’s hair is bloody fantastic on the cover shot. I often wonder if that fabulous accident of a front cover didn’t fix Dave right there in 1985 for most people. Quite understandably, everyone gets giddy around Robespierre’s…, losing their bearings in that crazy lo-budget 80s reverb and never finding their way out the other side…”


“He got close. Signed to Creation and the zeitgeist halfway between the cheap thrill of Appetite For Destruction and the dull thud of Use Your Illusion. It seemed there might be a chance that a flying ember flung from Keith Richards’ smouldering Redlands closet would catch light again. That’s how the boys look in the hot glow of Bleddyn Butcher’s cover image anyway. Then again, Dave detested Heavy Metal so there was nothing for the Kerrang Krew here.”



“I’m making personal choices, and I’m very much aware of that. It’s unforgivable that there’s nothing here from Wives, Weddings and Roses or All The Heartbreak Stories. I’d re-enlisted early in the grim new millennium to form The Tenderhooks, and that reunion prompted the co-write ‘Dandelion Boy’. With all those autobiographical, self-mythologising Mott The Hoople songs in our heads, here we are swapping lines to come to terms with glorious failure, romanticising those blood-to-the-head teenage choices. Break ups and reunions were inevitable in Dave-world. You’d spend time there until the relentlessness of Dave being Dave, and Dave’s friends being Dave’s friends, became too much, at which point you’d have to step back and let someone else come on from the bench. ‘Wonderland Avenue…’ documents such a time, with things becoming quite dark on the edges of Moseley Village.”


“I wanted to choose the mid-sixties baroque of ‘Are You The Girl’ with its lovely harpsichord part, then I realise that I haven’t picked an all-out rocker… So how about ‘Someone Else’s Shoes’ or the Stooges rush of ‘Blood on The Knife’? Maybe I should choose something to represent the album he made temping with Dogs D’Amour? Dave could do a great Johnny Thunders, but we can only pick ten songs, so why pick anything that isn’t just Dave being Dave? Here’s ‘For All The Perfect People’.”


“Another lovely autobiographical song with our reliable friend, Go-Cart Mozart’s Terry Miles on Hammond. This has a shamefully low number of views on YouTube as I write, so here’s your chance to join an inexplicably exclusive club.”

“There hasn’t been an hour in the last week that my thoughts haven’t turned to Dave, and the soundtrack in my head has been this. Dave wrote this in the week after his father passed, then sang it at his funeral. He took his acoustic to the front of the chapel and sang his heart out. When it was time to record I asked that he put it to tape just like that, no clatter of drums, no added sweeteners. Playing it again now helps a little.”

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Hollywood rockers FRANKIE & THE STUDS are back with a brand new single and video.

The swaggering, buzzsaw-riffing, irrepressibly melodic ‘(Not Your) Victim’ is the band’s first fruit of a new deal with Australia’s Punktured Media. It was produced at Buzzbomb Studios by Paul Miner of Orange County punks Death By Stereo.

“‘(Not Your) Victim’ is a song inspired by the inherent strength women possess,” explains frontwoman Frankie Clarke. “Through the challenges of living in a patriarchal society, we can never have enough reminders of our innate superpowers as women. Women supporting women is a powerful force to be reckoned with and this song reminds us to do just that.”

‘Not Your’ Victim’ is available from Apple, Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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Desert rockers STONE DEAF have just dropped a video for their brand new single.

The bulldozing ‘Polaroid’ is taken from the Colorado band’s third album Killers, which is due out later this year on Coffin & Bolt Records through Golden Robot. It follows on from their 2015 self-titled debut and 2018’s Royal Burnout.

The band was born in a pizza shop owned by singer/guitarist/songwriter Dust Chapin in the small town of New Castle on the Colorado River. Writing and recording the band’s debut album on his own, Chapin says, “The idea was to capture the spontaneity of previous punk bands I played in only having a few hundred bucks to make a record. I’d start at 9 a.m. with nothing tracked and whatever was done by midnight was the end of that song.”

Before long, Chapin recruited pizza shop employee Cody Isaman on bass, drummer Kristofer Petross and second guitarist Scott Anderson. The result is a band sludgy like Kyuss but with the energy of Hellacopters’ action rock and a smattering of post-punk darkness.

‘Polaroid’ is available digitally here.

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Former ALL ABOUT EVE and THE CHURCH guitarist Marty Willson-Piper returns with a new release by one of his many current projects.

MOAT sees him teaming up with Swedish-German musician Niko Röhlcke from the band WEEPING WILLOWS.

The Scott Walker-ish ‘Gone By Noon’ is a taster for the second MOAT album Poison Stream which follows on from 2013’s eponymous debut and is due for release in early 2021 through Schoolkids Records.


‘Gone By Noon’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Read Marty’s blog every day at martywillson-piper.com.

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Pic by Olivia Willson-Piper

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Rejuvenated post-punks FOLK DEVILS have unveiled another video from their new comeback EP.

‘My Slum Soul’ is taken from the Forever EP, which features the band’s first new music in more than three decades. Along with this and the brand new, previously revealed, title track, the release also features a new recording of the live favourite ‘Ink Runs Dry’.

The poignant video is the work of the band’s new singer Dave Hodgson, who joined in place of the late Ian Lowery when the band reconvened in 2016.

Forming out of the Notting Hill punk scene in 1983, Folk Devils quickly caught the attention of the inkies and John Peel, who awarded them three of his legendary sessions. They also found kindred spirits on support dates with the likes of The Fall, The Gun Club, Screaming Blue Messiahs and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Recorded at London’s iconic Konk Studios with Grammy-winning producer Rik Simpson, the Forever EP is set for release on 18 September through Optic Nerve Recordings. Available on limited edition translucent red 10″ vinyl, CD and download, it’s available to pre-order here.

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While carrying out interviews for our Mod vs 2Tone special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, our man Guy Shankland put the thumbscrews on Pauline Black from THE SELECTER and Chris Pope from THE CHORDS in and engaged them in quickfire interviews with one word answers…


VLR. Loafers or Dr Martens? P.B. “Doc Martens.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? P.B. “Tea.”
VLR. The Specials or The Beat? P.B. “Mmmm… (a pause and a sigh) The Specials.”
VLR. Coventry or Romford? P.B. “Oh Coventry (Laughing loudly!) “
VLR. Hat or Gloves? P.B. “Hat.”
VLR. Dogs or Cats? P.B. “Dogs.”
VLR. ‘Too Much Pressure’ or ‘Celebrate The Bullet’? P.B. “’Celebrate The Bullet’.”’
VLR. NME or Sounds? P.B. “Errrrrm… NME.”
VLR. Rock or Punk? P.B. “Mmmm… Punk.”
VLR. Bad Manners or Madness? P.B. “(Laughing) Just put a question mark!”


VLR. Loafers or Doc Martens? C.P. “Loafers, no Martens.”
VLR. 2-Tone or Punk? C.P. “Mmm… Punk.”
VLR. Highbury or The Emirates? C.P. “Highbury, all day, mate.”
VLR. Tea or Coffee? C.P. “Tea.”
VLR. The Jam or The Style Council? C.P. “The Jam.”
VLR. The Kinks or The Who? C.P. “The Who.”
VLR. Tommy or Quadrophenia? C.P. “Quadrophenia.”
VLR. London or Brighton? C.P. “London.”
VLR. Top Of The Pops or Cheggers Plays Pop? C.P. “(laughing) Top Of The Pops.”
VLR. NME or Sounds? C.P. “Mmm… Sounds was a bit more streetwise, no I’ll have to go NME as I used to buy it as a kid.”

The full Selecter and The Chords features can be found in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

The final few copies of Vive Lee Rock‘s 2Tone Special featuring The Selecter, The Specials, Interrupters, Rhoda Dakar, Madness and The Beat are available here!

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Southcoast sisterhood MAID OF ACE are back with a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The irresistibly anthemic ‘Live Fast Or Die’ is the title track from the band’s brand new album, the band’s third following on from 2014’s self-titled debut and 2016’s Maid In England. The video is the work of acclaimed punk filmmaker Mark Richards.

Produced once again by Dan Lucas, the 11-track album includes previous singles ‘The Terror’ and ‘Repent’. The band are looking forward to touring the new album in 2021.

Live Fast Or Die is available to download now from Bandcamp and pre-order on vinyl and CD here. It will be available on all digital platforms here soon.

Read a new interview about the making of the album and what the band’s been up to in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, available here.

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PAULINE MURRAY has revealed a video for her new solo single.

The presence of an acoustic guitar in the video belies the upbeat synth-pop of ‘Shadow In My Mind’, the second single to be taken from the PENETRATION and INVISIBLE GIRLS frontwoman’s third solo album Elemental.

“Shadow In My Mind’ has only ever been performed as part of my acoustic set,” explains Pauline. “The song is about the dialogue we constantly have with ourselves both positive and negative and how we can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy.”

The video was filmed at Polestar Studios, the recording and rehearsal space established by Pauline in 1990, based in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

“I am rocking my new suit, which was bought just before lockdown, for the first time,” she adds. “It’s not the most groundbreaking video but was fun to do on a sweltering hot day (last Saturday). The song was originally performed acoustically so it’s nice to get back to that.”

The track features ROXY MUSIC legend Paul Thompson on drums, plus the Invisible Girls’ Steve Hopkins on keys and Penetration bassist Robert Blamire, who also produced the record.

Pauline will be performing tracks from Elemental, as well as revisiting material from the Invisible Girls era when she supports PSYCHEDELIC FURS on tour next spring. Dates are…

April 28 – Nottingham Rock City
April 29 – Bristol Academy
May 1 – Liverpool Academy
May 2 – Glasgow Barrowland
May 3 – Manchester Academy 2
May 5 – Cambridge Junction

Buy ‘Shadow In My Mind’ here.

Elemental is out through Polestar Records on 25 September. It’s available to pre-order here.

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Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Bitter’ is the third single to be taken from the band’s debut album Telling Truths, Breaking Ties, which is due out in October.

The single throws a spotlight on the realities of domestic violence and the resultant bitterness that can affect the survivors.

To tie in with the release, the band have created a limited edition vest and t-shirt, available from their website, with £5 from each sale going to The Survivors Trust – an umbrella charity for the survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Set for release on 23 October, Telling Truths, Breaking Ties is available to pre-order here.

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London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled another new video in the run-up to the release of their debut album.

‘They’re Not Listening’, a sharp commentary on government arrogance and inaction, is the third single to be taken from Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, following on from ‘Pressure’ and ‘The Images Agree’.

The album has been delayed because of Covid-19, but is now set for release on 18 August via Harbinger Sound, the label that brought us Sleaford Mods.

The band still have four gigs lined up in the hope that they’ll be allowed to take place…

Thurs 15 Oct – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
Fri 16 Oct – Nottingham, Chameleon Arts Cafe
Sat 17 Oct – Manchester, The Talleyrand
Fri 23 Oct – London, Shacklewell Arms

Read the Girls In Synthesis feature in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Hampshire punks PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A sardonic psychotic reaction to the social media age, ‘Knee Jerk’ is the first single to be taken from the Basingstoke trio’s fourth album Beast, their first under a new deal with ace German garage label Hound Gawd!

Says frontwoman Puss Johnson, “I wrote this song a couple of years ago after hearing about that white woman who called the police on a black family minding their own business having a barbeque, and then it grew into a song that was also about reactionary people on social media. Since then the rise of the ‘Karen’ has escalated and people in general seem to have a ridiculous sense of entitlement and violence in the ‘opinions’ they post online.”

One of the hardest working bands on the UK scene, Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons tour widely and regularly, sharing stages with the likes of Jon Spencer, Thee Oh Sees, The Fuzztones, The Polecats, The Rezillos, Bow Wow Wow, Mad Sin and The Damned along the way. An incendiary set at last year’s Azkena Festival led to an invitation to tour Spain this spring. That obviously had to be cancelled but the band hope to be back on the prowl asap.

Recorded at Bear Bites Horse studio in East London with producer/engineer Wayne Adams, Beast is set for release on 28 August. It’s available to pre-order here.

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Here’s something a bit different!

Bassist-about-town Chris Constantinou of THE MUTANTS, LOU REED and ADAM ANT notoriety has hooked up with BASEMENT JAXX rapper Jenna Dickens alias RudeGRL and “international twerk of art” Bunni Morretto on a cover of ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Made famous by THE CLASH on their classic London Calling, the song actually started life as a 1959 b-side for leather-clad rock’n’roll maverick VINCE TAYLOR, the original inspiration for Ziggy Stardust.

RudeGRL+CC are currently putting the finishing touches to an album and at least two EPs, the first of which – Like Wow! – is set to drop on 4 September via Firefly Entertainment.

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Aussie legends HOODOO GURUS are back with a brand new single and video.

Pulling zero punches, ‘Hung Out To Dry’ is a classic Gurus put-down song, proving that the Sydney band have lost none of their bite over the years, and there are no prizes for guessing who it’s aimed at.

“He’s offended us for years and now we’re giving some back. If he’s looking for songs to play at his rallies he’s welcome to this one!” smirks frontman Dave Faulkner.

The video, meanwhile, is a nod towards Dylan, Quadrophenia and Thelma & Louise.

‘Hung Out To Dry’ is the latest stage in a wave of new activity from the band which began last year with the single ‘Answered Prayers’, and was set to continue this year with a major US our. This has now been put on hold until 2021 when they’ll also be releasing a new album.

‘Hung Out To Dry’ is available now digitally through Spotify and all the usual platforms.

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