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.


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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:
1/ Psyche
2/ Wardance
3/  Nuclear Boy
4/ Malicious Boogie
John Peel – 5/3/80:
5/  Change
6/ Tomorrow’s World
7/ Complication
John Peel –  27/4/81:
8/ The Fall Of Because
9/ Tension
John Peel – 16/12/81:
11/The Hum 
12/Empire Song
13/We Have Joy
14/Chop Chop
Bonus  session:
Richard Skinner – 29/5/81:

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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)

October 2008

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

November 2008

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


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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!


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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.”

Okereke stated:

“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.”

He added,
“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."

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Big Cheese Magazine is proud to present…


Drongos for Europe
The Loyalties
Dead IDentities
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.
Doors: 4.30pm

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 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.


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