TOP 20 VIDEOS OF 2021!

As with last year, the lack of opportunities to play gigs has forced bands to use their initiative and consequently we’ve showered with some excellent videos, many of them being premiered here on the Vive Le Rock website. Competition has unsurprisingly been very tough, but here are just some of the ones that we loved…

20. CHELSEA – CA$H

You’d think original ’76 punks Chelsea should be taking it easy but no, latest album Meanwhile Gardens represents a new lease of life that many of the current crop of young pretenders would have a job following.

19. HOODOO GURUS – WORLD OF PAIN

With a wave of touring inked in just as Covid struck, the Aussie legend have showered us with a raft of excellent new singles and videos, of which this – celebrating their nation’s barroom culture – is the best. Look out for a new album in 2022.

18. THE BLUE CARPET BAND – B-MOVIE BOOGIE

These north Londoners go from strength to strength, their boisterous psychobilly revival now given fetching new go-faster stripes by a couple of members of the legendary Demented Are Go.

17. DEALING WITH DAMAGE – SLOW SHADOW

A supergroup of 90s punks, for this mindbending video from their debut album Ask More Questions, Dealing With Damage journeyed to the wilds of Surrey where they spent their idyllic childhoods. Recreating their first acid trips or something…

16. JAMES DOMESTIC – FAZE OUT

Frontman of East Anglian DIY punk pioneers, James Domestic channels a brown acid B52s on this track from his forthcoming debut album, due out this Spring.

15. THE MEFFS – SCUM

Staying in East Anglia, one of a number of angry young bands emerging from Britain’s oldest town (that’s Colchester), The Meffs offer this searing demolition of the UK’s most reviled tabloid.

14. PROFESSIONALS – SPIKE ME BABY

Filmed in West London’s iconic Olympia building, The Professionals offer this evidence that their reunion was no nostalgia act, delivering their second excellent album since their retooling in SNAFU.

13. OFF – HOLIER THAN THOU

SoCal punk supergroup deliver a decimating cover from Metallica’s Blacklist album, accompanied by this brilliant long-form video featuring a fully Oscar-deserving lead role Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow.

12. THE SCIENTISTS – SCIENCE OF SUAVE

At the time of their recent reformation, Aussie post-punk legends The Scientists swore they’d never make another album. Well guess what! Always unpredictable, they delivered this brilliant clip as a taste, proof that you shouldn’t believe want you read on the ‘net and should always listen to the scientists.

11. DAN SARTAIN – I DON’T CARE (OOH LA LA LA)

In a year full of sad departures, the loss of Dan Sartain bit particularly deep, not least because he’d just recorded (and made videos for) one of the best albums of his career. The guy clearly had a lot to give.

10. CULT FIGURES – CHICKEN BONES

In a year when the phrase ‘Birmingham post-punk’ was on everybody’s lips – well some of them – Solihull’s Cult Figures made good on their recent comeback with Deritend, a career high, from which ‘Chicken Bones’ is taken.

9. MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT-UP – PANIC

We had to go right back to the start of the year for this one. Taken from one of our albums of 2020, this eco-anthem was a wake-up call the world. A year on, how many woke up?

8. AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS – HERTZ

We said they were going to be huge, and these Aussie reprobates look like proving us right – aren’t we always? Just one of a number of great tracks from this year’s Comfort To Me, an album that shows real growth.

7. MAD DADDY – RIDE WITH ME

The Isle of Man isn’t over burdened with ball-tearing punk rock’n’roll, as far as we can tell, so the arrival on the Vive Le Rock turntable of Mad Daddy’s debut album was both a surprise and a headbanging delight. We can’t wait to catch ’em live.

6. DESPERATE MEASURES – SCARS & MEMORIES

It took 40 years to get here but Desperate Measure have finally arrived. So out of control they had to make this video twice, their mini-album Rinsed and support dates with The Professionals showed a band teetering on the brink of greasy rock’n’roll revolution, brothers and sisters.

5. CHUBBY AND THE GANG – COMING UP TOUGH

If you’d told us twenty years ago that in 2021 the kids would be getting off on a fusion of Oi and Highway To Hell-period AC/DC reared in a West London squat, we’d have laughed in your face, but been secretly delighted. Chubby And The Gang deserve the praise.

4. BOB VYLAN – GDP

We’ve never needed someone like Bob Vylan so bad, continuing to challenge and tell it like it is. Bob for PM? He gets our vote.

3. FEROCIOUS DOG – WILL YOU

Delivering possibly the album of their career with The Hope, the Notts folk-punks took the Hazel O’Connor hit (with help from Hazel herself), delivering a truly touching video that goes to the heart of the sense of isolation and loneliness, and indeed the glimmer of hope, that many of us have felt over the past year.

2. THE STRANGLERS – AND IF YOU SHOULD SEE DAVE

The tragic loss of Dave Greenfield last year hit many of us hard, not least his bandmate in The Stranglers. Yet somehow the recovered enough to deliver this poignant, and incredibly frank, tribute. How could they follow that?

1. THE STRANGLERS – THIS SONG

By getting Stuart Pearce to star – who knew he was so good at parkour?! You can read interviews with Stuart and The Stranglers in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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REBELLION DIARY!

Sobered up from Rebellion yet?  Then have a read of Paula Frost’s report and relive all those sunny Blackpool memories….

This year the Vive Le Rock! crew made our way up to Blackpool for a long weekend of punk rock at the Winter Gardens! The festival has been running for 22 years and this year featured 350 bands across 4 days and 7 stages. Needless to say it’s the biggest event in the punk rock calendar year on year and one we look forward to.

Every day Max Splodge, the singer of ‘Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps’ kicks the Rebellion day off with his comedy bingo show. You won’t want to win one of his prizes, I’ve seen him give out a bag of out-of-date Bad Manners flyers.

Thursday kicked off with some Vive Le Rock! flyering outside the venue. Frontman Djamel from The Blue Carpet Band took a break from his usual role of playing Cramps style rock’n’roll and was recruited as part of our street team! We swerved through the busy crowds of punks enjoying another hot summer’s day and spoke to everyone we could, making sure they knew about Vive Le Rock, the only punk magazine in the UK. It was a great way of getting to know more of the punk family.

Backstage we bumped into Lynda and Coppo, two infamous punks who’d been on the scene since ’77 and knew all the bands (Coppo has most of them tattooed on his back!). Then someone called my name, it was John, the drummer of IDLES! They were playing the Empress Ballroom later and the rest of the band came over for a quick chat, including the big bushy bearded bassist known for his dancing in the ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ video.

It was time to venture further into the Winter Gardens, on the way I caught up with Jenna Talia of Glitter Trash, then met the controversial Soap Girls who had their boobs out as usual. There were tons of punks I hadn’t seen in years and it was great to link up with everyone again. We caught Call Me Malcolm on the introducing stage and then The Bar Stool Preachers hijacked me and lead singer T.J. McFaull took me to see one of his favourite bands The Menzingers. Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life played the introducing stage. His acoustic crew of seated musicians drew a big crowd of singalong punks to the Opera House. Accompanied by Carol Hodge on piano, Ignorant performed a theatrical set dressed in a smart suit and braces with a trilby. Their moving performances of songs like ‘The Way Things Are’ and ‘Slice of Life’ brought some punks to tears.

IDLES played at 20:55 and sheered through ‘Mother’, ‘Well Done’ and ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ plus their new pro-love pro-immigration anthem ‘Danny Nedelko’ during their fifty-minute set. Frontman Joe climbed all over the stage and got into the audience whilst the rest of the band rolled around thrashing guitars in a frenzied intoxicating performance.

Later that night legendary punks the Buzzcocks headlined the Empress Ballroom and instilled that mystic feeling of revolution in a chandeliered, elegant room filled with punk rockers losing their minds. It was the flawless beginning to a weekend of anarchy and protest music.

There are too many other incredible moments to recount but you can read all about Rebellion 2018 in full in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, on sale now.

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