RIP JOE STRUMMER 21.8.52-22.12.02

The greatest frontman in rock n roll, the Clashs’ Joe Strummer died 2 years ago on Monday. He will never be forgotten-a true Punk Rock Warlord. Vive Le Punk salutes Joe and will be playing White Riot on Monday in his honour!!

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Jail Guitar Doors is a charity set up by Billy Bragg to supply musical instruments to prisoners locked up by Her Majesty. Its a good cause-so go to  to  check it out.

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I am delighted to invite you to the Jim Jones Revue Christmas rave up to end all rave ups at Whats Cookin’s in The East End this Saturday.

Admission is totally FREE and the ‘Revue will hit the stage at 10 pm

Whats Cookin’ is upstairs at The Sheep Walk, 692 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3AA. Nearest tube is Leytonstone which is on the Central Line a couple of stops down from Liverpool Street.

What’s Cookin’ is quite unlike any other club night in London. Its situated above a rowdy  East End boozer full of West Ham fans either celebrating or commiserating, depending on their teams performance. However if you venture upstairs you are transported into an oasis of rock’n’roll heaven with a room decorated with garlands of flowers and portraits of the great and the good   of rockin’ including Hank Williams, Little Richard, Jerry Lee and many more.

Hope to see you on Saturday



Jim Jones Revue press…..

"Like The Killer smoking the bones of Link Wray" Album of the year # 10 Big Cheese Magazine, December 2008


" If Little Richard had written this, he’d still be boasting about it today"  **** Mojo Magazine, September 2008


" This extraordinary debut…….The JJR positively redefine raw, untamed, born-with-a-tail rock ‘n’ roll" 8/10 Classic Rock Magazine, September 2008 & top 45 record of 2008


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Fresh from Saturdays brilliant London Rebellion fest, we can let you know that in keeping with recent years addition of ‘Glam’ style bands-Rebellion 2009 will feature Erik Faulkners Bay City Rollers. Which one Erik was we cant remember-but he was an original.! He will join other recent additions like Roxy Legends the Banned, plus the Stupids and the rather brilliant Kunt and the Gang!


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SEX PISTOLS bassist Glen Matlock has spoken about how the band are yet to decide for certain whether or not to record a new album.

The Sex Pistols? We’ve done our bit this year…we’ll meet again in the new year and see what we want to do. We were not recording a new album – I think that journalists are making it up, but you can never say never. We all got ideas between us. It’s a double-edged sword if you do it not good as the original, and if you don’t do it people want to know why – but it’s up to us. We are the masters of our own destiny.

Will they? Won’t they? 2009 may well hold the answer. 


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With the new MUTINY FESTIVAL offering up a stunning line-up of punk and ska, old and new, and supporting a very worthy cause, this could be one of the festivals of next year!

On 16th May 2009, the newly refurbished Bridlington Spa in East Yorkshire will be flooded with punk rockers for an all-dayer event (2pm – midnight) celebrating the strength of underground music. The impressive bill includes Stiff Little Fingers, Neville Staple (ex-The Specials), Anti-Nowhere League, UK Subs, Goldblade, Strawberry Blondes and Middle Finger Salute. There will also market stalls and children under 16 are welcome (with adult supervision). Tickets are priced at a very reasonable £30 for adults and £20 for under 16’s.

The festival fully supports The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and S.O.P.H.I.E. campaign (Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred and Intolerance Everywhere). Sophie Lancaster was beaten to death by five youths in Bacup park for her goth image when she tried to stop them attacking her boyfriend Rob. Mutiny Festival is the chance to celebrate the punk scene and the entire punk/goth/alternative community – something Big Cheese is completely supportive of. See you at Mutiny Fest ’09!

For more details, head over to:

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 An Anthology: 02.78 – 06.81
Re-mastered with singes & b-sides
Release date: 9 February 2009
To coincide with Magazine’s first UK tour since 1981, EMI is proud to announce the release of a definitive, double-anthology, CD retrospective of the band’s highly-influential career, including singles and b-sides.
Featuring songs from the band’s four studio albums – Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, The Correct Use Of Soap and Magic, Murder And The Weather – in chronological order, the anthology highlights the breadth of Magazine’s diversity and talent.  Founded in 1977 by former Buzzcock Howard Devoto, the band wilfully ignored the prevailing musical orthodoxy of the punk era, rejecting punk’s reductiveness for a musical template which incorporated keyboards and a textuality that had blinkered and faint-hearted critics crying out that prog rock had returned. Magazine were progressive, but their music was focused, concise: never an overblown showcase for musical virtuosity. Melody was never sacrificed. It says volumes for Magazine’s scope that they were lauding John Barry at a time when the world was seemingly trying to be The Clash or re-write The Ramones songbook.
As well as Devoto, the band featured the talents of Guitarist John McGeoch (who sadly passed away in 2004) – an inimitable stylist who later went on to join Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Ltd; and bassist Barry Adamson who has carved out a notable solo career, in addition to working with Nick Cave. Magazine’s producers included John Leckie (The Stone Roses) and the legendary Martin Hannett. Devoto’s adroit choice of collaborators helped make Magazine unique.
The Anthology includes all the band’s singles and b-sides (listed below). The album artwork will be designed by Malcolm Garrett (Buzzcocks, Magazine, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, etc).
1.                       Shot By Both Sides – Original Single Version
2.                       My Tulpa
3.                       Definitive Gaze
4.                       Parade
5.                       The Light Pours Out Of Me (co-write with Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley)
6.                       My Mind Ain’t So Open
7.                       Touch And Go
8.                       Goldfinger
9.                       Rhythm Of Cruelty – Original Single Version
10.                   Back To Nature
11.                   Permafrost
12.                   Feed The Enemy
13.                   Give Me Everything
14.                   I Love You, You Big Dummy
15.                   TV Baby
1.                       A Song From Under the Floorboards
2.                       Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
3.                       Sweetheart Contract
4.                       Because You’re Frightened
5.                       I Want To Burn Again
6.                       Model Worker
7.                       Twenty Years Ago
8.                       The Book
9.                       Upside Down
10.                   About The Weather
11.                   Vigilance
12.                   Come Alive
13.                   The Garden
14.                   In The Dark
15.                   The Operative
1-5: from Real Life
6: Shot by Both Sides b-side
7-8: non-album single & accompanying b-side
9-12: from Secondhand Daylight
13-14: non-album single & accompanying b-side
15: b-side of Rhythm of Cruelty
1-6: from The Correct Use Of Soap
7: b-side of A Song From Under The Under The Floorbaords
8: b-side of Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
9: non-album single
10-13: from Magic, Murder and the Weather
14-15: b-sides of About The Weather 12”
Magazine will play the following live dates – their first live for 28 years – in 2009:
12 Feb @ The Forum, London
13 Feb @ The Forum, London
14 Feb @ Club Academy, Manchester
16 Feb @ Academy, Glasgow
17 Feb @ Club Academy, Manchester
The line-up will include Howard Devoto, who formed the band after he left Buzzcocks in 1977; Dave Formula, who joined after post-punk anthem and debut single ‘Shot By Both Sides’; Barry Adamson and John Doyle. The replacement for the much missed John McGeoch will be Noko, who was the co-member of Luxuria with Devoto, and in Apollo 440.

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The Damned Announce Second Brighton Date As Final Night Of UK Tour 22nd December
Catch the band at the following dates:
Fri 12th Corporation, Sheffield
Sat 13th The Forum, London
Sun 14th Academy, Bristol
Tue 16th The Point, Cardiff
Wed 17th Guild Gall, Gloucester
Thu 18th  Robin II, Bilston
Fri19th Academy, Oxford
Sat 20th Roadmender, Northampton
Sun 21st Komedia, Brighton
Mon 22nd Komedia, Brighton EXTRA DATE JUST ANNOUNCED!
Some nice things that people have said about new album ‘So, Who’s Paranoid?’  – out now on The English Channel Records.
“An album of tune-heavy “classic-rock”. They sound terrific.” – The Daily Telegraph
“Their first album in seven years and their best in much longer… Fabulous pop anthems” – The Guardian
“Their best record in years” – Mojo
“When it comes to innovating and creating, there’s few better than Captain Sensible’s mob!” – Big Cheese
“The first album released by these punk rock supermos in seven years turns out to be work the wait… The Damned still have it.” – The Sun

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Killing Joke bass player Raven, who tragically passed away last year was playing with his new project Mob Research shortly before his death. Now it looks like their album will come out in March next yer. Containing guitarist Mark Thaiwaite from the Mission and Warrior Soul singer/legend Kory Clarke, Mob Research are heavy, industrial and a bit like a more metal Killing Joke.

Check em out at

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The Specials have added further dates to their previously announced UK tour for April/May 2009 and over 45,000 tickets sold out this morning in just over an hour.  The band, who are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut single ‘Gangsters’ are thrilled to announced 3 further Brixton Academy dates and extra shows in Glasgow and Manchester.

Responding to a statement Jerry Dammers has made to the press the band have responded:   “We don’t agree with what Jerry has said, but we don’t want to talk about it, not least because it is in the hands of our lawyers.  We are all very excited about the overwhelming support shown to us, and the rush to buy tickets would appear to prove that the fans are looking forward to joining us in these dancehalls across the country next year as much as we are looking forward to playing them.”  

“nothing ever change” Do Nothing – The Specials

Live in 2009

22 April    NEWCASTLE, Academy        SOLD OUT
23 April    SHEFFIELD, Academy        SOLD OUT
25 April    BIRMINGHAM, Academy        SOLD OUT
26 April    BIRMINGHAM, Academy        SOLD OUT
28 April    GLASGOW, Academy        SOLD OUT
29 April    GLASGOW, Academy        08444 999 990 – NEW DATE
  3 May    MANCHESTER, Apollo        SOLD OUT
  4 May    MANCHESTER, Apollo        SOLD OUT – NEW DATE
  6 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        SOLD OUT
  7 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        SOLD OUT
  8 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        SOLD OUT – NEW DATE
11 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        0844 477 2000 – NEW DATE
12 May    LONDON, Brixton Academy        0844 477 2000 – NEW DATE

Tickets on sale now priced £32.50 in advance except London £35.
24 hr CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260 / online:
Doors 7pm except * tbc and ** 6pm.


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The Scottish new wave punks play tonight in Southampton, then London Islington Academy 11, Newcastle 17,Dunfermline 18,Aberdeen 19, Glasgow 21, Edinburgh 22 on their Vive Le Punk sponsored tour! Everyones Gone Top of the Pops!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rocking into Londons Forum this saturday, Rebellion ids the last big punk show of the year. Headliners the Damned are joined by a brilliant supporting cast including Johnny Moped, Penetration, the Yobs, Goldblade, U.K Subs, TV Smith, Radio Stars, Picture Frame Seduction, 999 and the reformed 70s punks the Shapes/. It all kicks off from 12.30. There are still tickets available. For more info go to

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New York hardcore legends Sick Of It All hit Londons Forum tomorrow as part of the Big Cheese sponsored Persistance tour. Other bands include H20, Terror, Born From Pain and Discipline. It kicks off at around 4.30 pm. See you down the front!!! 

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Rocking into Londons Forum this saturday, Rebellion ids the last big punk show of the year. Headliners the Damned are joined by a brilliant supporting cast including Johnny Moped, Penetration, the Yobs, Goldblade, U.K Subs, TV Smith, Radio Stars, Picture Frame Seduction, 999 and the reformed 70s punks the Shapes/. It all kicks off from 12.30. There are still tickets available. For more info go to

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Well actually Darby Crash-lead singer of L.A punk legends died 28 years ago on Dec 7th 1980. RIP Darby. Of course the Germa are now reformed and still playing in the U.S without him. If you know of anyone from the world of punk, rock n roll or new wave that has passed away let us know at

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