THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT play London’s Tufnell Park Dirty Water Club on September 18th, with special guests Teasing Lulu.
THE LORDS OF ALTAMONT play London’s Tufnell Park Dirty Water Club on September 18th, with special guests Teasing Lulu.
90’S London guitar slingers THE GODFATHERS bring their rock n roll machine to Islington Academy again on Oct 24th. They just had a greatest hits cd released by Cargo.
Former Dexys Midnight Runners members and former Style Council keyboardist,Mick Talbot, have reunited the legendary British funk Northern soul band THE BUREAU. The band will release the new album ‘And Another Thing’ on Monday 6th October (available to buy from www.bureau.org.uk). ‘And Another Thing’ is the first new studio album release that follows the 2005 reissue of the Bureau’s 1981 self-titled debut album.
The Bureau will support the release with a series of rare concerts at Birmingham’s Sound Bar on 3rd October, Newcastle’s The Cluny on 8th October and London’s Jazz Café on 9th October.
EMI are releasing KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Peel Sessions ’79-’81’ on 8th September. This is the first time the tracks will be available on CD (and digital download), showing a raw sound and in some cases predating their studio recordings by some months. There are also 3 bonus tracks from a Richard Skinner session from the same period.
Liner notes come courtesy of Alex Paterson, who was the band’s roadie before founding The Orb. The following extract paints a vivid picture of what to expect from the album:
“Killing Joke went up to Maida Vale to the BBC studios for the first of many sessions… We weren’t used to this, but we had to record four songs & mix them all in a day, Jaz smashed his hand hitting a glass BBC jar with a drum stick and had to go to hospital. I did the woos on Malicious Boogie and hit the cow bell too! Geordie has a fractured guitar noise, Godlike in his walls of sound, Big Paul is all power, raw, brutal & pristine, Youth, best mate, funking all the time & coming up with the best fuzzed opus bass lines & Jaz Coleman, classical madman & Requiem to our gods, the OBX was his sound, melodic & searching, echoing into your soul.”
Full liner notes are available on request.
The album features the original Killing Joke line-up, and this release marks the start of a world tour of that line-up, including now top producer Youth, playing tracks only from this era during two night residencies at each venue. The band hit these shores on 03 & 04 October @ The Forum, London.
John Peel – 17/10/79:
3/ Nuclear Boy
4/ Malicious Boogie
John Peel – 5/3/80:
6/ Tomorrow’s World
John Peel – 27/4/81:
8/ The Fall Of Because
John Peel – 16/12/81:
13/We Have Joy
Richard Skinner – 29/5/81:
By popular demand THE STRANGLERS have announced an extra date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of their upcoming Greatest Hits Tour. The band will now play the venue on the 14th and 15th November to close their 24-date tour.
Prior to the Greatest Hits Tour, which commences in October, SonyBMG will release a superb TV advertised collection of the band’s works, in celebration of no less than 42 Top 40 hits, spanning over 4 decades, and aptly named 4240. The album, out 15th September, will be released as a single CD as well as a Limited Edition CD/DVD, featuring all of the Epic promo videos on DVD for the first time plus clips from their 2007 show at London’s Roundhouse.
Greatest Hits Worldwide Tour 2008 (Eire & UK)
Mon 13 Dublin Ambassador
Tue 14 Belfast Mandela Hall
Thu 16 Cardiff University
Fri 17 Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Sat 18 Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mon 20 Southampton Guildhall
Tue 21 Reading Hexagon
Wed 22 Bristol Academy
Fri 24 Exeter Great Hall
Sat 25 Birmingham Academy
Tue 28 Douglas, Isle of Man Villa Marina
Thu 30 Inverness Ironworks
Fri 31 Dundee Fat Sams
Sat 01 Glasgow Academy
Mon 03 Newcastle Academy
Tue 04 Leeds Academy
Thu 06 Lincoln Engine Room
Fri 07 Manchester Academy
Sun 09 Hull City Hall
Mon 10 Norwich UEA
Tue 11 Southend The Cliffs Pavilion
Wed 12 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Fri 14 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 15 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Stoke Newingtons bourbon soaked punk, folk, rock n roll gyysies have finally
completed their debut album for release later in the year. Featuring 15
original tracks, the Voodoo Machine host their month club night at Stoke
Newingtons Bardens Boudoir on August 16th.
Manchester post punk pioneers Magazine have reformed and are scheduled to
paly at Londons Forum on Feb 13th. No news on who is in this lineup as
original guitarist John McGeoch passed away a few years ago. But stay tuned
for more news from Vive Le Punk!
There are still day tickets available for REBELLION FESTIVAL 2008 in Blackpool from 7th-10th August. Tickets will be available on the door, with day tickets just £30. Don’t miss the punk weekend of the year! For full band listings and more booking info, head over to www.rebellionfestivals.com
After 30 years in the music business – and with a credit list longer than both your arms – Henry Priestman is finally releasing his debut solo album! The Chronicles of Modern Life is the sound of a man who’s seen the music world explode from punk (he supported the Sex Pistols in 1977) through to pop (three million albums with The Christians; a top five single for Mark Owen) through to the digital age (soundtracks for James Bond/Xbox; sessions with Sarah Cracknell and Ricky Maymi of Brian Jonestown Massacre) and still has something worth singing about.
Henry Priestman’s "got form," his "previous" including The Yachts (described in Gene Sculatti’s The Catalog of Cool as "the Cole Porter of Punk"!), Bette Bright (alongside Glen Matlock and Suggs), It’s Immaterial, The Christians (writing all songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney. To say nothing of a roll call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb and Echo The Bunnymen, plus vocals on Jools Holland/Tom Jones’ 2004 CD.
Don’t You Love Me No More? is the lead track and is a song that anyone whose ever slaved their hearts out for the corporate machine, only to be given a big fat kick in the teeth, will find is their new anthem. Elsewhere you’ll hear a beautifully ragged Nashville-influenced backing to more biting wit and wisdom on all manner of subjects close to our hearts like Grey’s the New Blonde, Old and – tackling the changing face of ‘the biz’ – Did I Fight in The Punk Wars For This? and The Sacred Scrolls of Pop. But is this music for grumpy old men? "No!" Henry disagrees, "I’m just trying to write scruffy pop songs of pith, wit and poignancy. With the emphasis on scruffy," (referring to the fact that he played almost everything on the album himself).
In the run up to this very long-awaited debut solo album, Henry recently played his debut solo gigs: in May he supported 10cc at London’s 02 Arena and in July supported Jools Holland at the 10,000-seater Liverpool Echo Arena! Chronicles is also a homecoming to Stiff Records who released Henry’s first ever single – and his first ever composition – Suffice to Say by aforementioned indie pioneers Yachts more than 30 years ago. October 1977 to be precise! But don’t let it make you feel old.
With just over 5 weeks to go until the reformed X RAY SPEX hit the Roundhouse, the show is nearly sold out. Supported by Goldblade, if you don’t want to miss this historic gig get your tickets now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk
WARPED TOUR will have a classic punk stage on some dates this year. Playing on the stage will be THE GERMS, FEAR, AGENT ORANGE, BIG DRILL CAR, THE DICKIES, D.I., H2O, M.I.A. and T.S.O.L.
The ‘Old School’ stage will feature in August at:
Chula Vista, CA 14
Mountain View, CA 15
Wheatland, CA 16
Carson, CA 18
Stiff Records has announced that they will release the debut album from WRECKLESS ERIC & AMY RIGBY.
Wreckless Eric was one of the original Stiff artists, releasing the legendary ‘Whole Wide World’ back in 1977. Since then he has made countless albums in different genres, remaining true to the DIY spirit of his early Stiff days. Amy Rigby started a country band in eighties New York City, went on to form girl group The Shams, and began her solo career in 1996 with the US hit album ‘Diary Of A Mod Housewife’.
‘Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby’ is a beautifully raw and touching album: vocal harmonies, crackling, buzzing atmospheres and the upbeat/downbeat lyrics of a couple that have been one too many times around the dance floor. There are no other musicians involved here, just Eric on guitars, bass guitar and organ, Amy on guitars and piano, plus the odd sample, some well placed percussion and an old bossa nova beatbox.
Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby have been touring together for over two years now. They describe themselves as ‘a two piece rock ‘n’ roll group with vocal harmonies’. They will be following a 25 date US tour in the autumn with a UK tour in November in support of the album.
Sex Pistols frontman JOHN LYDON has been accused of a racial attack on Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke at Barcelona’s Summercase Festival. Bloc Party’s management have explained that Okereke approach Lydon backstage to ask about a reunion of his post-Pistols band Public Image Ltd when:
“The Sex Pistols singer became intimidating and aggressive while his entourage responded with a racist tirade including the statement, ‘your problem is your black attitude.’ Kele was then set upon by three members of Lydon’s crew who punched him in the face and head as well as attacking people who tried to protect Kele from the assault including Yannis Philippakis from Foals and Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson. The incident was broken up by festival security and was later reported to Spanish police. Kele also reported the incident to police in the UK after returning from Spain.”
“It’s not an issue of the physical assault, even though it was an unprovoked attack, it is the fact that race was brought into the matter so readily. Someone as respected and as intelligent as Lydon should know better than to bring race into the equation, or socialise with and encourage those who hold such narrow-minded attitudes. I am disappointed that someone I held with such high regard turns out to be such a bigot.”
Lydon’s statement tells a very different story:
“After the show John Rotten and management remained behind to sign autographs, which we did for four solid hours without incident and had a great time talking to other Spanish bands, this seems to have sparked jealousy in certain bands. We are in the middle of a wonderful tour, after 30 years we are achieving a true unity in our audience. They are multi-varied, all ages, all races, creeds and colours. When you are at a festival with bands who are jealous fools, lies and confusion usually follow.”
“I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening.” In Lydon’s version of events, the Sex Pistols singer claims that, “trouble was brought us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security. If they need publicity so badly this is the allegation universe they run into."
Big Cheese Magazine is proud to present…
Drongos for Europe
Radio City Riot
The Ghost Notes
There will burlesque dancers- Femme Ferale will perform some tantalising brulesque shorts, stalls and a rock raffle for a signed pair of Ringo Starr’s from The Beatles sticks to give away, a 1 of 300 EVER made GBH signed Skateboards, Undergound shoes voucher, band t-s +more.
There will also be models walking around in rubber dresses with charity boxes in hand!! It should be a great day.
July 13th @ Walkabout Croydon 12-18 Crown Hill
For tickets please go to www.skiddle.com or call 0844 884 2920 £7 adv or £9 on the door. Or tickets can be bought from Walkabout Croydon.
More info at www.myspace.com/punkstockrocks.
Next months issue of Big Cheese magazine is a Punks Not Dead Special, with everyone from Greenday thru to the Dead Kennedys.Plus it will feature a Vive Le Punk mini magazine with classic interviews from the Damned, Ramones, Marco Pironni and more. It will hit the streets on July 23rd.
Only 4 weeks to go till REBELLION FESTIVAL in Blackpool. In the meantime the London Rebellion will take over the Forum on Dec 13 with the DAMNED, THE SHAPES, 999, GOLDBLADE and more to come.
Paul Simonons post Clash band "Havana 3AM' will have their album from 1991 re released by Cherry Red end of July . They were a solid mix of rockabilly and latino influences.