ON THE FREE VLR COVERMOUNT CD…
VIVE LE ROCK! PRESENTS…
GOD SAVE ROCK N’ ROLL
Your guide to Issue 1’s free Vive Le Rock covermount CD…
1) ADAM ANT – VIVE LE ROCK
The ultimate anthem to kick off the very first CD on the debut issue of Vive Le Rock ,a classic by Adam and the Ants from their Apollo 13 album from 1985. Written with guitarist Marco Pirroni, this proves that, when he’s on top of his game, there’s nobody better than Adam.
The most iconic frontman in new wave has just finished recording his brand new studio album which is scheduled for a 2011 release.Catch him live in London in November for the memorial show for former Ant, Mathew Ashman.
2) SPEAR OF DESTINY – SUICIDE GOD (REMIX)
Formed by Kirk Brandon from the remains of the lauded Theatre Of Hate in the early 1980s, Spear Of Destiny are currently gearing up for their Vive Le Rock-sponsored tour. If you needed any further swaying as to why this is one for the diary then this exclusive, remixed ‘Suicide God’ is one hell of a sonic reason.
3) THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE – CHEERS FOR THE TEARS
London’s premier bourbon-soaked gypsy bop ‘n’ strollers return with an exclusive taster from their upcoming new album. Turning the blues inside out, ‘Cheers For The Tears’ is a barroom brawl set to music, throwing horns, stripper-inciting percussion and a real sense of swing into the mix. Read more about them on P52.
4) ELECTRIC RIVER – BABYLON
Kicking out punk ‘n’ roll jams like they’re going out of style, Electric River bring a whole lotta soul to the punky party. A five-strong wrecking crew hailing from London and the South East, they’re touring up until the end of December – miss them at your peril!
5) MARKY RAMONES BLITZKRIEG – WHEN WE WERE ANGELS
Having become a punk icon as drummer with this month’s Vive Le Rock coverstars the Ramones, Marky Ramone is still keeping the soul and the spirit of the bruddas alive and kicking with his new band Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg, currently on a world tour. Joined by former Misfits frontman Michale Graves (who wrote it, with Ramone handling production), this brand new song is an anthemic track powered by Ramone’s powerful beats and Graves’ distinctive vocals. 1, 2, 3, 4!
6) P. PAUL FENECH – LEGIONS SONG
When you’re talking about legendary figures within the psychobilly scene, they don’t come much bigger than P. Paul Fenech. As frontman for the unstoppable Meteors he’s a force to be reckoned with – something he’s compounded on with his solo work. Dripping with attitude and filthy licks, ‘Legions Song’ is taken from album ‘International Superbastard’. It rocks like one too.
7) KILLING JOKE – ENDGAME
Sonic innovators and political agitators, Jaz Coleman’s Killing Joke have returned with a new album in the form of the colossal ‘Absolute Dissent’. A state of the world address that pulls no punches and aims as much for the head as it does the jugular, ‘Endgame’ is one of the standout tracks on an album of genius.
8) ANDY J GALLAGHER – SOMETHING ELSE
Influenced by the likes of The New York Dolls and the Velvet Underground, Andy J Gallagher first came to the fore with offbeat Britpop group The Shopkeeper Appeared. Hailed by former Damned member Roman Jugg as “a lyrical genius”, there’s plenty of evidence of that here on ‘Something Else’.
9) VICE SQUAD – PUNX UNITED
Fronted by the phenomenal Becki Bondage, Vice Squad have been standing strong and proud in the UK punk scene since they formed in 1978. Still hungry after all these years, ‘Punx United’, taken from latest album ‘London Underground’, roars out of the speakers like a tiger escaping captivity in a zoo.
10) DEPARTMENT S – WONDERFUL DAY
The famed ‘70s band who hit the charts with the immortal ‘Is Vic There?’ have returned. While singer Vaughan Toulouse might no longer be with us (he passed away in 1991), the band are back together and re-stoking the fire that drove them in the first place with this jazzed up, slice of new wave .
11) THE CREEPSHOW – THEY ALL FALL DOWN
Straight out of Canada, the Creepshow continue to represent all that’s glamorous and deadly in the world of psychobilly. With new album ‘They All Fall Down’ (from which this track is taken) the band have taken their sound to the next level – and how.
12) THE ZERO POINT – LIFE’S A BITCH (AND THEN YOU DIE)
One of Denmark’s oldest and longest running punk rock bands, The Zero Point continue to astound and amaze. Releasing latest album ‘Shameless Selfpromotion’ recently, they continue to put bands half their age to shame.
13) VOLBEAT – A WARRIOR’S CALL
Part Elvis and part Misfits, Denmark’s Volbeat combine hard rock, elements of rockabilly and ‘50s style crooning to winning effect. Taken from new album ‘Beyond Hell/Above Heaven’, you’ll have already read about them in our Down On The Street section, now hear them for yourself!
14) GOLDBLADE – JUKEBOX GENERATION
Goldblade frontman John Robb is a busy man. When he’s not writing for Vive Le Rock he’s busy being number one punk soul brother for the mighty Goldblade. A stone cold classic, ‘Jukebox Generation’ is the perfect way to end the very first Vive Le Rock CD!
MEET THE ARTIST: HOP74
A rising star in the art world, the visual skills of Hop74 are undeniable. Whether he’s working with stencils and spray cans to create pop art and portraits or carving the face of Arnie into pumpkins, the punk rock spirit runs through all of Hop74’s work – just check out the Queen/Elvis mash up of this month’s Vive Le Rock CD! To find out more visit Hop74.com
Responsible for the effects on the cover to this month’s CD, Steve Kitchen is a master of graphic design and illustration. Check out more of his work over at Combination13.com