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!