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

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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 or call 0844 884 2920 £7 adv or £9 on the door. Or tickets can be bought from Walkabout Croydon.
More info at
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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With no less than 42 Top 40 hits spanning over 4 decades, SonyBMG celebrate with the release, this September, of a superb TV advertised collection of THE STRANGLERS works, aptly named ‘4240’. The album 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.
Formed in 1974, The Stranglers’ straight-talking approach earned them the reputation of being aggressive and confrontational, a notoriety that was later embraced by the punk movement of 1977. This led to their debut single Grip and their legendary first album, Rattus Norvegicus. A whole series of hits followed including Peaches, No More Heroes, 5 Minutes, Duchess, Something Better Change, Always The Sun and their ultimate classic Golden Brown.
To date The Stranglers boast a total of 24 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums.
After re-signing to EMI in 2004, The Stranglers last two studio albums, Norfolk Coast and Suite XVI have been hailed as their best for many years, with hit singles Big Thing Coming and Spectre of Love allowing the band the rare accolade of maintaining Top 40 hits over four decades.
They continue to play sell out shows at home and abroad and this summer the band will play a series of major UK festivals, including T in the Park, V Festival, Isle of White, Hyde Park, Oxegen and Liverpool Pops as well as appearing at key festivals throughout Europe.
In October The Stranglers will embark on a Greatest Hits Worldwide Tour in support of ‘4240‘. UK dates attached.

  1. All Day And All Of The  Night (1987)
  2. Always The Sun (1986)  
  3. Big Thing Coming (2004)  
  4. Duchess (1979)  
  5. European Female  (1982)    
  6. Five Minutes (1978)  
  7. Golden Brown (1981)  
  8. Go Buddy Go (1977)  
  9. Let Me Down Easy (1981)  
  10. Midnight Summer Dream (1983)  
  11. Nice In Nice (1986)  
  12. Nice ‘n’ Sleazy (1978)  
  13. 96 Tears (1990)  
  14. No Mercy (1984)  
  15. No More Heroes (1977)  
  16. Paradise (1983)  
  17. Peaches (1977)  
  18. Shakin’ Like A Leaf  (1987)
  19. Skin Deep (1984)  
  20. Something Better Change  (1977)
  21. Spectre Of Love (2006)  
  22. Strange Little Girl  (1982)

The Stranglers UK & Ireland Dates

June 2008

Fri 13                           Isle of Wight                            Isle of Wight Festival

Sun 29                         London                                    Hyde Park Festival

July 2008

Sat 12                          Kinross                                     T in the Park

Sun 13                         Co. Kildare                              Oxegen

Tue 22                          Liverpool                                 Summer Pops

August 2008

Sat 16                          Stafford                                    V Festival

Sun 17                         Chelmsford                              V Festival

Greatest Hits Worldwide Tour 2008

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


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A host of punk stars from 1977 will line up at the HYDE PARK CALLING show in London this Sunday. Topping the bill are the Police, and included in the supports are Mick Jones and Tony James new band Carbon/Silicon, the Stranglers, and original Police guitarist Henry Padovani’s Flying Padovanis, who also feature original UK Subs bass player Paul Slack. Who said punk’s dead?

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Thought punk was dead?  Course you didn’t, but if there are any doubters still out there, then the pioneers of the genre, THE SEX PISTOLS may be able to change your mind.  Frontman John Lydon and his crew are in talks over a follow up to their monumental 1977 album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’, but only if the ‘attitude’s’ right. Lydon commented at this weekend’s Isle of White Festival that he’d love to make another album but is adamant that it must come ‘from the heart’. Currently set for a summer tour of Europe, it might still be some time before we hear something new, but if you can’t wait ‘til then, then the boys are back in the homelands for a show in Hammersmith this September.  

Sex Pistols play: Tuesday 2 September at Hammersmith Apollo

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After over two years of absence, BILLY IDOL hits home shores this July, bringing his Idolize Yourself tour to our doorstep for just two dates.  In regards to his return, the spiky blond haired punkstar commented,

“I always look forward to returning home to the UK. British audiences are the best and as always we will rock ‘em to their core. Brace yourselves; we’re comin’!”

Following the release of his new single ‘John Wayne’ and the upcoming release of ‘The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself’ this mini tour looks pretty tasty, with Mr. Idol dusting off all the classics like ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Rebel Yell’, with a spattering of new hits thrown in for good measure.  Get those tickets fast though.
Billy Idols plays:
Wednesday 30 July at Manchester Apollo
Thursday 31 July at Hammersmith Apollo


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It’s 30 years since The Jam hit our shelves with their debut album, ‘In The City’ and in celebration, the band are reuniting, at least in part, for a groundbreaking UK tour this December.  Calling themselves FROM THE JAM, this new incarnation features two thirds of the original line-up, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, complete with new members Russel Hastings on guitar and vocals and Dave Moore on guitar and keyboards.  Described by Paul Weller as a ‘cabaret’ act, the original front man has refused to join his former band mates for the reunion.  However, currently working on new material and promising to play all our best loved hits from the original trio, this event should be one for the records.  A must for all diehard fans of the Mod era.
Catch From The Jam on their December tour:
Friday 5th December – NORWICH UEA
Saturday 6th December – LEEDS Carling Academy
Monday 8th December – SHEFFIELD Carling Academy
Tuesday 9th December – LIVERPOOL Carling Academy
Wednesday 10th December – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Friday 12th December – NEWCASTLE Carling Academy
Saturday 13th December – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Tuesday 16th December – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
Thursday 18th December – BRISTOL Carling Academy
Friday 19th December – MARGATE Winter Gardens 
Saturday 20th December – BIRMINGHAM Carling Academy
Monday 22nd December – LONDON Hammersmith Apoll

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Spacelords and acid kings HAWKWIND are banged up in Dave Brocks studio working on their new album. It will be released in 2009-to mark the bands 40th anniversary and will include a number of guests-possibly Lemmy?

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