KEEP US ON THE RODENT!

Swedish punks ROTTEN MIND have just unveiled a new video.

The four-piece from Uppsala have been going since 2015 and are one of the four original bands associated with leading alternative rock label Lövely Records.

‘City Rats’ is the opening cut from the band’s fourth album Rat City Dog Boy, released last year.

The video, presumably depicting a typical Friday night in Uppsala, was filmed and edited by Daniel Wiberg. Rats in leather jackets: now that we can handle!

Rat City Dog Boy is available here.

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RETURN TO OZ!

One of the most important books on Australian underground rock is to be republished next month.

Stranded by Clinton Walker was first published back in 1996 and, subtitled Australian Independent Music 1976 – 1992 examines in intimate detail one of the most vibrant and fertile periods in world punk and post-punk history.

Something of a companion piece to Walker’s seminal book Inner City Sound, published in 1981, Stranded casts an eye over the first stirring of Australia’s independent scene built around such labels as Missing Link, Phantom, Au-Go-Go, Waterfront, Hot, Red Eye and Half-a-Cow and such musically and historically significant bands as THE SAINTS, RADIO BIRDMAN, BOYS NEXT DOOR/BIRTHDAY PARTY (pictured), GO-BETWEENS, X, VICTIMS, SPK, LIPSTICK KILLERS, SCIENTISTS, LAUGHING CLOWNS, SEVERED HEADS, MOODISTS, TRIFFIDS, CELIBATE RIFLES, HARD-ONS, DIED PRETTY, BEASTS OF BOURBON, NEW CHRISTS, GOD, RATCAT, SPIDERBAIT, YOU AM I, THE DIRTY 3 and many more…

One of Australia’s most important rock writers, with unequalled insider access to the scene from day one and numerous insightful, incisive books and articles to his name, Walker has substantially expanded Stranded with new foreword and afterword, extensive and revealing footnotes that “now actually tell the whole truth!”, and many new illustrations.

Stranded: Australian Independent Music 1976-1992, Revised & Expanded Edition is set to be republished by The Visible Spectrum on 26 February.

Check out the Stranded Spotify playlist…

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FLAMING SIDEBURNS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Finnish garage-rock legends THE FLAMING SIDEBURNS herald their new album with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘A Song For Robert’ is taken from the album Silver Flames, the first to feature all five original members of the band in twenty years. The song itself is a tribute to Hellacopters and Thunder Express guitarist Robert Dahlqvist who sadly passed away in 2017.

Formed in Helsinki in 1995, and quickly proving themselves in the Premier League of Northern European garage-rock, the original line-up lasted until their now classic debut album Hallelujah Rock’n’Rollah in 2001, before guitarist Arimatti Jutila moved to the US, forcing the band into a prolonged game of musical chairs.

After two more albums and hundreds of shows, the band finally ground to a halt in 2016, only for the founder members to reunite two years later for reunion dates. Realising the old magic was still there, it wasn’t long before the band returned to the studio with a bunch of arse-kicking new material and longtime friend and producer Jürgen Hendlmeier in the chair.

Silver Flames is set for release through Svart Records on 23 April and is available for pre-order here.

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WHAT A CARRY ON!

GRAND ROYALE have just dropped a new video as a taster for their brand new album.

The track ‘Just As Bad As You’ is the third single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth album Carry On and features special guest singer Dregen of Hellacopters and Backyard Babies fame.

The Swedish action rockers are no strangers to working with members of Hellacopters having previously corralled Nicke Andersson to produce their third album Breaking News, their debut for The Sign Records.

This time around, the band have opted to produce the record themselves, with mixing by Robert Pehrsson from the band Humbucker, achieving a much rawer, back to basics sound.

”On our previous record Take It Easy we experimented a lot with different instruments and sounds to challenge ourselves,” says guitarist and singer Gustav Wremer. “To make something that, to us, is a bit unusual and that stands out from our other albums. On ’Carry On’ we’re focusing on what we’re best at – dirty garage rock n roll. We’ve basically recorded and produced the entire record ourselves. I think it ended up great. No fuzz, no muss, just rock!”

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DANDY IN CAMERA!

MARC BOLAN and T REX are celebrated in a new high quality coffee table book.

Published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of his first ever No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, Marc brings together more than 300 rare and seldom seen photos.

Compiled by T Rex fan Carlton Sandercock, owner of UK record label Easy Action, the book has been two years in the making and spans Marc’s career from 1965 with photos from the Evening standard announcing a new pop sensation to Marc’s untimely and tragic death in 1977. The final double page spread features fan Polaroids, which would turn out to be the last photos taken of Marc, catching him in a happy and fun moment with two of his fans. “It was important that the last chapter of the book be as positive as it was possible to be under the circumstances,” says Sandercock.

Clocking in at 300 pages, this hefty hardback volume measures 14″ x 11″ and weighs in at a hefty 2.6 kilos. Published in an initial run of 500 copies, the first 100 will be hand numbered and will feature two professional prints not included in the book.

“Many of the photographers I knew from licencing photos for Easy Action projects.” says Sandercock. “It was good to talk to and meet with some of them but sadly during the process of this book, some we lost along the way -Michael Putland, Richard Fitzgerald, Terry O Neil, Keiron ‘Spud’ Murphy (who took the cover image at Trident Studios during the recording of the classic Electric Warrior album).

“One highlight was meeting Peter Sanders who was Marc’s best man and also introduced him to percussionist Mickey Finn. Peter photographed three of the first four Tyrannosaurus Rex LPs as well as the iconic first T Rex album.

“One of the key frustrations was that many many original negs have since neem lost stolen over the years. It was practice in some instances for photographers to take a load of shots and send the actual negs to pop magazines as they couldn’t afford to copy them. The magazine wouldn’t ever return them, and most would end up in the bin. Classic images that as a teenager you grew up with, lost forever!

“Many of the photographers that shot Marc went on to become big names in the fashion world or well-known famous photographers who at the time were just getting a portfolio together such as Alec Byrne, Terry O Neill, Richard Imrie (who I tracked down to an island on Hawaii), David Steen….”

The Book is split into five chapters. The 60s – 1967-1970; Tyrannosaurus Rex – 1971-1973; the classic T Rex – 1974-1976; the wilderness years – 1977; the Return of the Dandy. Intensively researched, the book includes photos from UK, France, Holland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark and the USA, with live action shots amid posed sessions and album cover outtakes. The book is embellished with quotes from Marc himself as well as his fellow artists, with an exclusive introduction by famed T Rex publicist BP Fallon along with T Rex drummer Bill Legend and Marc’s partner Gloria Jones. 

Marc is only available form the Official Marc Bolan Merch Co.

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SPIZZ CELEBRATES BOWIE!

SPIZZ ENERGI celebrate the majesty of DAVID BOWIE on their new single out today!

Rather than channelling glam Bowie, Berlin Bowie or 80s funk Bowie, they’ve chosen to revisit the later years with a cover of ‘Valentine’s Day’ from his 2013 album The Next Day.

Mixed by longtime Bowie confidante and producer Tony Visconti, the release both commemorates the Starman’s passing as well as getting in early for St Valentine’s day, less than a month away.

“I’ve reached the difficult age where family and friends find it impossible to choose a birthday present for me,” says frontman Spizz about the decision to cover the track . “Fed up with the nagging I took the initiative and bought tickets to see David Bowie’s acclaimed play Lazarus at the giant pop up theatre in Kings Cross London (on my birthday – 11 Jan). After various drop outs and declines, SpizzEnergi guitarist Luca Comencini and I saw the show and were both knocked out by ‘Valentine’s Day’ which featured prominently in the performance. We, there and then, decided to include the song in our live-set as the band were booked for the upcoming BowieCon later that year”.

‘Valentine’s Day’ is available to stream/download here.

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NOFX HIT THE LINO!

L.A. punk legends NOFX herald their forthcoming album with a new video.

New single ‘Linewleum’ celebrates one of the band’s most famous – and most covered – songs, ‘Linoleum’, taken from their classic 1994 album Punk In Drublic. The new track features a guest appearance from Huntington Beach metallers Avenged Sevenfold.

“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum’ is the NOFX song that is covered by so many bands while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention,” says bassist/singer Fat Mike. “‘Linoleum’ wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF! So, one night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing ‘Linoleum’ was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout-out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics. Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song. Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones! A song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!”

The band’s 14th album, Single Album was recorded at San Francisco’s Motor Studios with Jason Livermore and Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson producing.

Single Album is set for release on 26 February through Fat Wreck and is available to pre-order here.

‘Linewleum’ is available to stream/download here.

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BRINSLEY SCHWARZ VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Pub rock legend BRINSLEY SCHWARZ has a new video which he’s launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Guitarist, singer and keyboard-player Schwarz gave his name to the band Brinsley Schwarz, also featuring Nick Lowe, when they morphed out of pop band Kippington Lodge at the end of the 60s. Darlings of the thriving early-70s London pub rock scene, they released six albums during their lifetime, along with the classic single ‘What’s So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding’. They split up in ’75 with Schwarz joining The Rumour to back Graham Parker, with who he’s collaborated on and off for the past forty years.

New single ‘Storm In The Hills’, a commentary on climate change, politics and modern times, is taken from Schwarz’s second solo album Tangled, due out later in the year through Fretsore Records. It follows on from his debut solo release Unexpected which came out in 2016 and is also due for reissue.

‘Storm In The Hills’ is available to stream here.

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SUN LOVIN’ SPEEDWAYS!

London powerpoppers THE SPEEDWAYS have unveiled another new video from their latest album.

The shimmering, slightly shoegazey ‘This Is About A Girl Who Loves The Sun’ is taken from the band’s second album Radio Sounds. It also features on the AA-side single, the video for whose other side ‘The Day I Call You Mine’ was launched last month.

The video, by Jez Leather, was shot in Windmill Gardens, Brixton.

The single, released through Spanish label Snap! / Hurrah Musica on 5 February, is available to pre-order as a download or limited edition yellow vinyl 7-inch (with extra live track ‘Just Another Regular Summer’) here.

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STEVE JONES T.V. DRAMA

Sex Pistol Steve Jones is to be the subject of a new six-part TV series from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle.

Pistol is based on Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales From A Sex Pistol and was scripted by Craig Pearce and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Pistol stars Toby Wallace (Babyteeth, Acute Misfortune) as Steve Jones, Anson Boon (Crawl, 1917, Blackbird) as John Lydon, Louis Partridge (Enola Homes, Medici) as Sid Vicious, Jacob Slater as Paul Cook, Fabien Frankel (The Serpent, NYPD Blue) as Glen Matlock, Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls) as Wally Nightingale, Sydney Chandler (Don’t Worry Darling) as Chrissie Hynde, Emma Appleton (The Witcher, Traitors) as Nancy Spungen, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as punk icon Jordan.

Produced by FX Productions, Pistol is set to begin production on March 7.

“Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent,” says Boyle. “This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever. It is the detonation point for British street culture…where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion…and everyone had to watch & listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols. At its centre was a young charming illiterate kleptomaniac – a hero for the times – Steve Jones, who became in his own words, the 94th greatest guitarist of all time. This is how he got there.”

“It’s great to be back in business with Danny Boyle, an exceptional artist responsible for so many great feature films and TV series,” says Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. “Steve Jones was at the centre of the storm that shook the rock establishment and we’re thrilled to have Danny and the rest of the creative team tell his story as a member of one of music’s most notorious bands – the Sex Pistols.”

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ARACHNIDS IN THE UK!

Sheffield rockers BLACK SPIDERS make good on their return with the announcement of a brand new album.

The self-titled album will be the band’s third, following on from Sons Of The North, released in 2011.

After nearly a decade as one of the UK’s best loved and fastest rising rock bands, the Spiders checked out in 2017. However, during the summer of 2019, singer/guitarist Pete Spiby and guitarist Ozzy Lister reconnected and new songs began emerging thick and fast, resulting in nearly forty new tracks. Before they could hit the studio, though, the world was knocked sideways by Covid-19. Not to be deterred, and thanks to the magic of the Internet, the band reconvened virtually, only entering a real studio (Axis in Doncaster) with regular producer and engineer Matt Elliss when it was deemed pandemically safe to do so.

“It’s certainly been a strange process, in unfamiliar territory,” explains Spiby. “We started to look at how we could do it given the restrictions and not only that, but we had to replace our original drummer too. More obstacles throw in our way to smash through. We found a way. For us and probably most other bands, we would usually take a riff or song idea to a rehearsal and thrash it out ‘till we either had something or it ended up in the song graveyard! This time around we couldn’t do that, so myself, Ozzy and on occasion Adam Irwin (bass player) started to send ideas back and forth until we had something to work with in GarageBand. We got to a point where we had enough song ideas with basic structure to go into a studio proper, at a convenient time, to put something down. It was at this point when we had to look for a new drummer.”

The lucky recipient of the band’s drumstool is none other than Planet Rock Radio DJ Wyatt Wendel…

“I’ve never joined or worked with a band in this way EVER,” he laughs. “2020 certainly made it surreal. One minute I’m making some online drum videos for a radio station and then Pete pops up and asks if I’m busy. In the second minute I’m asked if I’d like to record some tracks. The third minute I agree. Soon after I’m in a studio recording tracks I’ve only heard demos of, having NEVER met the band or rehearsed, and it was all done on a wing and a prayer. In a weird twist of fate none of this would have happened without the pandemic of 2020! Funny how things can work out….”

The band made their reappearance in November 2020 with the release of the brand new digital single ‘Fly In The Soup’, the first new Black Spiders music in six years.

The reception to the track more than convinced the band that the world was indeed ready for a new Black Spiders album. With all the tracks in place, they just had to come up with a title…

“It wasn’t hard picking a title for the album,” says Spiby, “as we decided that the focus should be on the band, not the album title, so we decided not to have one. It was the easiest thing of the whole process. Let the music do the talking….”

Released through Cargo Records on 26 March, Black Spiders is available to pre-order here.

Check out the album trailer…

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MIDDLE-AGE ROMEOS!

Aussie legends the HOODOO GURUS are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with the screening of a new mini-documentary on New Year’s Eve, four decades to the day since they first decided to form a band.

The untitled 37-minute doc was put together by band frontman and founder Dave Faulkner from Zoom conversations with co-founders Kimble Rendall and Rod Radalj, who were at that fateful NYE party in Sydney, along with drummer James Baker who joined a few months later.

Veterans of the Perth punk scene, Faulkner and Baker had been in The Victims, while Radalj was in The Scientists. Relocating to Sydney, they hooked up with Rendall who’d been in the XL Capris. It would be nearly two years before the band, then known as Le Hoodoo Gurus, would release their debut single ‘Leilani’, by which time Rendall had left for a career in film.

“To mark the (anniversary of) the occasion I have put together a 37-minute documentary talking about that night we first got the idea of playing together and some other stories from the early days of the band, said Faulkner in a Facebook post. “I say ‘documentary’ but I’m using the term very loosely: it’s really just a couple of Zoom conversations I had with Kimble and Rod, firstly, and then James a week later (James was unable to join us all for the first one). I intercut those two Zoom chats together and tried to piece together the story of the band during those heady days of 1981 and ’82.

“It’s a bit long-winded in places but, hell, it’s free and it’s the unvarnished truth – or as best as we can remember it. I’m going to put it up on YouTube at around 10pm AEST (12 noon GMT). I’ll leave it up for 36 hours so that, wherever you are in the world, you can relive that New Year’s Eve with us from 40 years ago as we all get ready for the arrival of 2021.”

The doc will be available to watch on the Hoodoo Gurus YouTube channel.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR: THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS

If you’ve been reading the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!, you’ll know by now that we’ve made THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS’ Made Of Rain our Album Of The Year.

The Vive Le Rock! team includes several ardent Furs-watchers, some of whom have been following the band since their earliest days, and the album has been unanimously greeted with approval since it first dropped onto the office Radiogram last spring. We reckoned it was a masterpiece at the time and we’re not going back on that now.

Since their beginnings in Surrey via Muswell Hill in ’77, the band have gone through several guises, from their Velvets-inspired self-titled 1980 debut, to the raised eyebrow art-punk of Talk Talk Talk and its to-die-for hit single ‘Pretty In Pink’, then courting the US market with the Todd Rundgren-produced Forever Now.

There have been blips along the way: some left-turns, right-turns and u-turns, ’til things went quiet after World Outside in 1991. There were two albums from spin-off band Love Spit Love and a solo album from Richard Butler. But there was always a sense of unfinished business…

The Furs reconvened in 2000, touring the hits, which seemed like a dream come true at the time. But so successful was the return that, from a fan’s view, new music seemed the logical next step. But dared we hope…?

Hope we did, and we were rewarded. Released in July through Cooking Vinyl, Made Of Rain is not so much a return to form as a new form, its lush, haunting, sometimes quite intense, soundscapes the work of an older, wiser band who, looking back on their career, recognise the best in themselves and build on it, making something greater.

“It’s awesome,” Richard Butler told us. “I am thrilled that the general reaction has been really good but when a magazine gives your release its Album Of The Year award, there is no greater accolade than that. It is just amazing!”

Like we said, a masterpiece. Welcome back!

Buy Made Of Rain

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WIN A MAHONES GOODIE BAG!

Rabble-rousing Irish punks THE MAHONES have a new ‘best of’ album out and we’re giving away a signed copy of it, along with other lovely Mahones merch!

The lucky winner will get…

  • a signed copy of This Is All We Got To Show For It – The Best Of 30 Years
  • a keychain
  • scarf
  • hat
  • stickers

To be in a chance of winning, all you have to do is send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Mahones Competition’ in the subject box, with the answer to this question…

Q. What does the word ‘mahone’ mean in English?

Good luck!

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TOP 20 VIDEOS OF 2020!

What a year it’s been! We may not have had any gigs, but there’s been no shortage of videos, particularly with Covid restrictions forcing bands to get more inventive.
Unsurprisingly, given all the political turmoil as well as the pandemic, there’s a lot of anger and frustration about, but there’s also a determination to make the most of a bad situation, and have fun while you still can, which is good advice for anybody. But make sure you wash your hands and wear a mask!
Anyway, here’s Vive Le Rock‘s top 20 videos for what it’s worth…

20. THE HEAT INC. – RAPTORS – Now this is how you do social distancing! This London-based multinational band took us all by surprised. From their debut 5-track EP, they’re a band to look out for in the New Year.

19. SPIZZENERGI – CHRISTMAS IN DENMARK STREET – A haunting lament to Soho from Spizz. London’s live music centre has been decimated by grasping developers this past decade, and this year has been a real kick in the balls. ‘Til things are brighter…

18. BABY SHAKES – SWEET’N’SOUR PART 2 – A marriage made in glam-pop heaven: NYC’s garage goddesses team up with a couple of Undertones to inject a little sweetness into our sour lives.

17. TABLE SCRAPS – DOOM GENERATION – Crikey! Don’t let the colourful video fool you: these feisty Brummies are back and boy! Are they cheesed off. A ‘War Pigs’ for the craft beer generation?

16. SVETLANAS – JUMP – One of our favourite bands from the past few years, this lot are on course for world domination, and once this itchy-scratchy track gets under your skin it will. Not. Leave. Check out the profile in the current mag.

15. PEDALJETS – DISASSOCIATION BLUES – Contemporaries of Hüsker Dü on the 80s Midwest circuit, these guys have been back a few years and always drop great vids. This was made when you could still go to gigs, obviously.

14. HOODOO GURUS – HUNG OUT TO DRY – These Aussies were just entering a phase of renewed activity when Covid struck. Another of their brilliant put-down songs, proof that they’ve still got humour and bile in equal measure.

13. FOLK DEVILS – MY SLUM SOULS – The perpetually belligerent West London post-punks returned this year with a new, crushingly relevant, EP. Proof, if it were needed, that they’ve still got plenty to be annoyed about.

12. SMALLTOWN TIGERS – FIVE THINGS – These Italian lasses had all their dates cancelled thanks to Covid, but it didn’t stop their debut album going ballistic! Expect big things next year, while you enjoy this souvenir of sunny Dalston and their first UK gig.

11. BAD COP BAD COP – SIMPLE GIRL – Great to see so many women knocking ’em out of the punk park, this L.A. bunch made our Top 3 Albums Of The Year with ‘The Ride’. Catch ’em when you can!

10. CULT FIGURES – LIGHTS OUT – Spawned on the same Solihull post-punk scene as the great Swell Maps, these guys have reconvened with a brand new album set for the New Year, from which this tasty morsel comes. They’re also skilled animators; a handy skill to have in the YouTube age.

9. PSYCHEDELIC FURS – COME ALL YE FAITHFUL – The post-punk legends’ comeback could’ve been derailed by Covid, had their first new album in nearly 30 years been so damn good. Read all about it in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

8. BOB MOULD – AMERICAN CRISIS – Big bad Bob returned this year with ‘Blue Hearts’, a totally necessary, striking and relevant return to form. And as low budget lyric vids go, this nails you to the floor with the first sentence!

7. IDLES – WAR – Continuing the Bristol lineage (possibly) that brought us The Pop Group, Idles much anticipated third album ‘Ultra Mono’ continued their assault on popular culture. Read the feature in the latest mag.

6. VIAGRA BOYS WITH AMY TAYLOR – IN SPITE OF OURSELVES – Hugely respected Chicago songwriting legend John Prine was one of the first musical casualties of Covid. Teaming up with Amyl & The Sniffers’ Amy Taylor, Stockholm’s Viagra Boys deliver this unexpected, skronky but no less touching version of Prine’s quirky celebration of love in tribute.

5. AERIAL SALAD – ROMANCE – Second time lucky, Manchester’s Aerial Salad stole a lot of heart with sophomore album ‘Dirt Mall’, and this cheap but extraordinarily effective video. Looking forward to the sitcom.

4. CHUBBY AND THE GANG – ALL ALONG THE UXBRIDGE ROAD – Spiritual descendents, surely, of the Cockney Rejects, these West London roustabouts divined that what the world needed was a breakneck Oi/pub rock hybrid. Who knew? We’re certainly not knocking it!

3. MAID OF ACE – LIVE FAST OR DIE – Still doing it on their own terms, the sisters from Hastings have released a string of brilliant videos over the past couple of years. This one, though, hitched to a commendable punk call to arms, takes some beating.

2. JAZ COLEMAN & ONDREJ SMEYKAL – ON THE DAY THE EARTH WENT MAD – In this most apocalyptic of years, who do you call but the most apocalyptic of artists. The Killing Joke frontman teams up with Czech musician Smeykal for this near 8-minute state of the nation address cast against an explosive newsreel montage. Chilling.

  1. BOB VYLAN – WE LIVE HERE – Crashing out of nowhere, this strident, raging punk/metal/rap crossover took no prisoners. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted, but nor is it meant to be. Not for nothing is the album of the same name one of our Top 5 albums of the year.

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BABY SHAKES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

BABY SHAKES finish the year on a high with another new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Really Really’ is a cover of an Undertones song written by drummer Billy Doherty, which was first heard on the B-side of the Derry legends’ second single ‘Get Over You’. It follows on from ‘Sweet’n’Sour Part 2′, written by Undertones’ guitarist Damian O’Neill, which was released this summer. The video was made under Covid conditions in repsonse to popular demand.

Both tracks were recorded at Small Town America Studios by Damian and Billy along with Billy’s nephew Stephen Mailey, with Mary, Judy and Claudia from the Shakes flying in from NYC to add their vocals.

“Billy’s tune ‘Really, Really’ has always been one of our favourite Undertones songs,” say the Shakes. “It made sense as a cover since it was originally the B-side to ‘Get Over You’ the song we covered at the start of our band that initially linked us up and wound up bringing us all back together years later. It’s almost like things came full circle. We had fun reimaging this song as a modern take on a 60’s girl group tune, Billy being the Phil Spectoresque force behind it.”

“I really, really love the new Baby Shakes version of ‘Really Really,” says Billy. “Working with them, Damian and my nephew Stephen Mailey was such a tonic. It was so wonderful, enjoyable and refreshing to be intoxicated with everyone’s enthusiasm. Yes, for me it was truly magical and I can’t wait to do it again.”

“It’s obvious that Baby Shakes live can shake any joint to its very core,” adds Damian. “They have a pop sensibility and general enthusiasm that could win over the most hardened critics. But it wasn’t until working with them that we discovered a steely determination that they were gonna nail these songs no matter what. They really worked hard to get it right and their humour and enthusiasm made it one of the most fun sessions we’ve ever done.”

‘Really Really’ and ‘Sweet’n’Sour Part 2’ are available through Dimple Discs on a limited edition 7-inch and as downloads here, if you’re in the UK, or here if you’re in the US.

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TALK ABOUT TIMING!

Aussie rockers DEAD DIRTY DINOSAURS have unveiled a video for their new single.

An energising slab of post-punk pop, ‘Bad Timing’ is the band’s third single under their new deal with Golden Robot imprint Riot Records, following on from previous releases ‘Monica’ and ‘Revenge’.

Hailing from Brisbane, a city with a fantastic rock’n’roll pedigree, the Dinosaurs don’t give away a great deal about themselves, other than that they “met in the snow fields of Europe”, and that they’ve been tipped to open for Pixies when they come to town, just as soon as Covid allows.

Judging by the aptly-titled ‘Bad Timing’, though, their debut album will be well worth checking out. Whenever that happens.

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