Sept 21. Gal recorded his latest podcast today with special guests Buster Shuffle and an eclectic mix of sounds ranging from Brummie reggae herberts 1 Eye to the very angry Antagonizers from Atlanta, Georgia. Other featured bands include the Riders Of The Night, The Wrath, The Q, Blackwolf, The Courtesans and more who we'll announce in full when the pod is up and running later this week. In a related story Carrie Griffiths is co-writing new song 'Bermondsey Cocktail' for Gal's solo album next year and will also be taking part in a yard of ale challenge at the next big Street Sounds event in a couple of months time.
Sept 20. Seen at tonight's Buster Shuffle album launch party in Camden, England legend Peter Crouch dancing through the entire set... and also towering over the crowd like a tipsy giraffe...
Talk about lowering the tone, Emma and Tiffany a couple of self-styled Gonads groupies from way back turned up at a photo session organised by Fat Col for the next album in Lewisham today. They were making such a racket that nothing was getting done. "Shhh," said Em eventually. "Col is trying to focus." "What," replied Tiff. "Both of us?" She then leered coquettishly at Gannon who made his excuses and left.
*Rhoda Dakar tells us that contrary to rumour, she is NOT re-forming her seminal 2-Tone band The Bodysnatchers. She is however recording an album of unreleased Bodysnatchers' songs, many perhaps as cheerful as 'The Boiler'. And if you want to make that happen you can pledge towards it here. Rhoda has already got 86 per cent of the dosh, and plans to launch the platter at an exclusive 'Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers' show at Camden Town's legendary Jazz Cafe on Halloween (Friday 31st October). The seven piece all-girl group never released an album back in the day, and did a lot of covers, but clearly they'd been writing new material before their split in 1981. Most of them went on to become the Belle Stars which is when our mate Jennie enters the story and the big bouncy hits start rolling in.
Sept 16. Saturday night in London town is busier than a one-legged man in a forest fire. You've got Buster Shuffle's album launch at the Jazz Café in Camden; The Uppercuts are playing with Pope at the 12 Bar in Denmark Street, while The Phobics from Deptford play the Shacklewell Arms in Hackney, along with The Homosexuals and the Featherz. Alternatively Dale Winton's on the telly.
Random news: tickets for November's Cockney Rejects + Argy Bargy O2 Academy show are on sale here... Evil Conduct's new album, Today's Rebellion is released on 1st October on Randale in Europe and Six Feet Under in the USA... New York hc legends Sick Of It All are streaming new song 'DNC (Do Not Comply)' from their latest album, The Last Act Of Defiance (due out at the end of the month)...
It's the big question of the week, and every other week: what exactly will Gal's long-awaited solo project sound like? Could the picture on the right possibly be a clue? (I doubt it - weary Ed). Other questions include: is he dyeing his hair (again)? Isn't Fat Col normally the one of the fiddle? And isn't that showbiz legend Joe Longthorne with the squeezebox?
BTW, a list of prominent punks and herberts partial to a drop of Just For Men hair dye will be published here unless the usual consideration is forthcoming. You know who you are. You know what to do. Cash only.
Pranksters announcement (advertisement): please welcome our latest recruits: Norman 'Mr Spoons' Stirrer (Sidcup & Old Bexley), Lyndsey Lustall (Fanny Barks, Durham), Ranting Sean Forgan ("he's always right", Mottingham), Connie Macready (Juggs Close, East Sussex), Sid The Lip (rejoined) – keeper of the goat, Billy Muffet (Likar Moor, Northumberland), Georgie Lashwood (Birmingham), Vic Valenti (Dollis Hill, formerly of Italy's feared Giocatori Umoristici), Petrina McGoblin (Little Horwood, Bucks), and Harry Relph (Cudham, Kent). For ad rates, see your Tyler.
Sept 13. These fine metallic Buckfast badges are being sold in Oi Oi The Shop, in Camden – all the proceeds will go to the family of the late, great Buckfast enthusiast Colin Mcquillan of Runnin’ Riot. Another good reason to visit Oi Oi The Shop, London’s premier oi emporium.
Sept 9. We're back, bitches, and we've brought you news of an early Christmas present: the Bootboy Xmas Knees-Up hits the 100 Club on Friday 19th December, with the Last Resort, Infa Riot, The Pukes, Hazard and Knock Off. It's also likely to feature our own Fat Col in the prestigious role of 'first drunken prick getting slung out by the bouncers'. All for £16.50 in advance - a John King/Human Punk Promotion. Good tidings of comfort and Oi!
The Gonads' England song 'A Line In The Sand' is rebooted here by Kid Punk's new band The Fallen.
Random guff: Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of Pussy Riot have formed a news service called Mediazona focusing on abuses by the Russian prison system... Bruce Springsteen is to play a mortuary boss in the Norwegian gangster series Lilyhammer, which already stars Stevie Zan Vandt as fictional New York mobster, Frank 'The Fixer' Tagliano... Out now. Noi!se's debut album THE SCARS WE HIDE on CD & vinyl from Randale Records. Produced by some geezer called Lars Frederiksen...