April 30. We’re not sure if this is a wind-up but those secretive
souls at Contra Records have finally put the 30th anniversary
Oi! compilation, ‘Never Surrender’ on their shop
page. Naturally they have not told us, or anyone else, that
the album is finished and available, and even Gal, who compiled
it, does not know which bands made the final cut. But Contra watchers
claim that this is “a major break-through” which “could signify
an imminent release date” (imminent in this context meaning sometime
this decade). Halle-fucken-lujah.
Definitely out now is a re-release of Crass’s ‘Christ - The Album’
(or as it’s known at Nads HQ ‘Christ – The Racket’). It’s been
‘re-mastered from the original tapes’ (very Led Zep) and comes
with a second CD featuring a recording of their June 1981 live
show at the 100 Club plus rarities. Fat Col calls it “hippy-shit
Much more to our liking is the latest Cock Sparrer release ‘Back
In San Francisco 2009’, a two LP plus DVD package recorded at
Pirates Press' 5th anniversary knees-up in Frisco back in November
2009. This great collectors’ item comes with a whopping great
poster featuring tons of photo booth pictures and ‘candid post-gig
snapshots’. Available as a double album on coloured virgin vinyl
or DVD digipak with bonus CD. PS Sparrer play Conne Island in
Leipzig on June 25th with Bovver Boys and Towerblocks.
Yesterday’s Royal Wedding split punk opinion, even in Gonadian
circles. While Fat Col hosted a packed-out street party in Plumstead,
Bev Elliott and Jennie Bellestar were at the Not The Royal Wedding
shindig up at Red Lion Square. Waistrel of course was at Westminster
Abbey for the ceremony but not the actual Buckingham Palace party.
According to Scrotum, his wrinkled retainer: “Hunfortunately ’Is
Lordship got stuck up a Duchess and was not able to make it back
to Buck ’Arse.” Could happen to anyone.
This blog returns to semi-hibernation now due to work commitments,
until there’s something more to say. But tune back next week for
the word on Amsterdam Rebellion from our man in the public bar,
April 29. Congratulations to the happy couple – Wattie Buchan
and his bride-to-be who tie the knot in Vegas next week. It’s
Wattie’s third marriage, a triumph of hope over experience. But
with Kev The Hammer as best man, what could possibly go wrong?
The Heavy Metal Kids have joined the bill for our BLESMA benefit
gig on August 13th. Full line-up and ticket details to follow.
US of Oi news: there’s going to be a major punk and Oi fest
in Connecticut later this year. 2000 Tons Of TNT will take place
over the US Labour Day weekend (3rd/4th of September.) The line-up
will be announced officially in a couple days, but our sources
reveal that the thirty-band bill is likely to include Evil Conduct,
the Cro-Mags, Patriot, Forced Reality, the Last Resort, Pist N
Broke, Control, Sheer Terror, Section 5, maybe legendary New York
Oi band The Press (who’d have to come out of retirement for it),
possibly Infa Riot, possibly even the Rejects. More details when
we hear ’em.
2-Tone legends The Selecter play the O2 Academy in Islington
on July 23, this line-up features Gappa and of course Pauline
who tells us she’s releasing a new seven inch...and we think we’ll
leave that there.
Fat Col’s right royal street-party kicks off at noon today (a
bit late for the first pint! – The Beast). As well as London Pride
bitter, the cuddly curmudgeon will be serving deep-fried pigs’
ears, curried rabbit, cockles and mussels, eels (stewed and jellies),
and “proper pie and mash”. His message to the knockers: “Congratulations
Wills and Kate. Long live Punk Rock! God save the Queen!”
A perfumed epistle, written in crimson lip-stick, arrives from
Shazza Slutt (Mensi’s favourite transvestite slapper) saying she’s
briefly retired from public life but will be back on the scene
in June, when she’ll be supporting Spizz. No doubt like a rope
supports a hanging man.
Jello Biafra has joined the Blackpool Rebellion bill, Sunday
night, with his Guantanamo School of Medicine.
April 28. the big ‘Ska For Heroes’ ep has been put back until
August to tie in with the start of the football season and give
us time to come up with a better band name than The Gonads Vs
The Coverup featuring Buster Bloodvessel, Jennie Bellestar & Liberty
Hayes (Buster & The All-Stars? Ed).
Cricket-loving oi-sters, Geoffrey Oi!Cott’s debut LP, 'No 1
Hits - A Tribute to Geoffrey Oi!Cott' is recorded and will be
released, artwork permitting, sometime early summer. The lads
have a new guitarist, Tom Bowler, and are looking to play nationwide
gigs at the back end of the year. Promoters should get in touch,
especially dahn south where they never play. They’re particularly
keen on performing with the reformed Case.
Mick Geggus tells us that everything is on track for the new
Rejects album and documentary to be released next February, and
there’s talk of a very special single...
While a lot of ‘punk’ bands are pretending to be angry about
the Royal Wedding, controversialist Fat Col is hosting a Kate
& Wills street-party in Plumstead with a Ska disco, a Royal menu
(well take-aways from Burger King) and a raffle with “a regal
prize” – apparently you can ‘Win a week in Greenwich Park’, and
enjoy ‘all the trees you can eat.’
Ruck n Roll, US-style: there’re been a punch-up between ‘crunkcore’
band Brokencyde and pop-punkers Punchline. Cory Muro, Punchline’s
drummer, had a pop at Brokencyde about their “misogynist lyrics”
and when he got whacked he filed a complaint to the Old Bill.
Muro is alleged to have said, "I don't like your band and what
you stand for, you give music a bad name"; chaos ensued. Fat Col
opines: “So he called it on, got walloped, and then grassed like
a girl. He’s about as punk as Justin Bieber.”
The PM has turned up, and reveals that he was only AWOL while
he helped set up an elite ‘Templars-style’ spin-off from the Jolly
Pranksters, about which non-brethren need to know bugger-all.
Such is the national well-spring of affection for the PM that
we hear Walker's Crisps are considering approaching him with a
view to taking over from Gary Lineker.
Random News: Cobra Skulls are currently recording their third
album. This will be the band’s first album for Fat Wreck Chords...
Those ‘rogues in brogues’ Set The Tone bring their Ska, Rocksteady
& Reggae Night to London on Saturday with special guests The JJs
– all @ The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, London W1. Admission
free before 9pm, £5 afterwards... Section Five have confirmed
the following June gigs:3rd - 'Tournament of Bae' @ Centro Sociale
Rivolta, Venice, Italy, 4th - Traffica Club, Rome; 25th - Boston
Arms, London UK.
April 27. Frequently Asked Questions: How hard has it proved
to organise Buster Bloodvessel for the forthcoming Nads charity
single? Not hard at all; certainly no harder than mastering Chinese
algebra or splitting the atom while immersed in a tank of boiling
water and wearing handcuffs. Will Wattsie Watts ever sing with
you again? We hope so. Wattsie should be re-recording her vocals
for the clean version of ‘Badly Done’ over the coming months,
following the emergence of “blackmail quality photographs.” Why
is Fat Col so rarely seen at Gonads gigs? Because he believes
that us playing outside of “the three boroughs” (Woolwich, Greenwich,
Lewisham) is a betrayal of our founding principles and consequently
a sell-out. Why did the great Tony Feedback leave the band? Tony
left us to become a transvestite called Sharron Slutt. Did Tone
really try and charge the band for his beer and fags as well as
his petrol? Yes, but that was okay. We weren’t so happy about
paying for his lipstick and tights, though. And when he tried
to charge us for tampons, that was too much. We are still on good
terms with the old Mod however; he is our dauphin across the water,
the Bonnie Princess Charlotte of Oi. One day he may return to
reclaim his throne, and that will be the day he runs out of mascara.
Bad news: Our gig with The Wurzels is OFF following a shock intervention
by The Beast and his enforcer, Vince Riordan. Channelling the
spirit of Ari Gold, the Beast stormed: “There is no fucking way
this great band will be playing in a backwater beer tent for a
bunch of cock-sucking yokels.” Oh, okay then.
Our pals the Heavy Metal Kids play The Winning Post, Twickenham
on Sunday, with supports Four Wheel Drive, The Royal Cartel and
Prezence. The gig is billed pleasantly as ‘Never Mind The Wedding
This Is The Bollox.’ And not as fact-fiend Snoozy Suzy originally
informed us, “Never mind scratching your bollocks, get on with
The Last Great Act Of Defiance Scooter Club’s Mad Mod All-Dayer
is on for the 4th June in Wootton Bassett. Big Millwall Mic has
helped organise it; Small World, DC Fontana and The Universal
are among the bands confirmed, and all profits will go to Help
US news: Punk Rock Bowling organisers have added a blinding
opening night knees-up to the Vegas tournament, featuring The
Cadillac Tramps, The Swinging Utters, Cobra Skulls and Punk Is
Dead. The party, at Club Azul Tequila, also includes Joe Sib’s
one-man spoken-word show about growing up punk... The Templars,
Iron Cross and Stomper 98 play the Brooklyn Huckleberry Bar, NYC
on May 21. Also on the bill Pist N Broke, On Trial and the 45
Adapters. Organisers state boldly: ‘Fuck off all politics, troublemakers
will be brutalized.’ Our feelings exactly.
A new MARCHING ORDERS album ‘Brothers In Arms’ is out next month:
a 20 tracks CD Digipack of Aussie Oi, which appears to be a comp
of their sold-out stuff.
Fears grow for the new Pranksters PM, who is reported to have
“gone off on a funny one” since his grand elevation at the weekend.
One source whispers that “he hasn’t collected his robes, or even
his plaque for Best Dressed Man of 1981 (awarded last week)...
the pressure of exalted high office has clearly got to him.” The
matter is being investigated. Unfortunately a super-injunction
prevents us from revealing more, but if matters aren’t resolved
swiftly an acting WM “of sound repute” will be appointed.
Out now: the infectious new ep from the Shirks, ‘Cry Cry Cry’
on the Grave Mistake label. Good stuff.
April 26. Word has filtered back from the great Pranksters’ St
George’s weekender. It seems that the true purpose of the gathering
had been hidden from ‘profane’ eyes by Prankster elders, and although
there were the usual festivities and musical delights, Saturday
afternoon was the real main event - a very special ceremony indeed:
the elevation of Terence Hayes, WM, to the more prestigious position
of ‘PM’ or ‘Perfect Master’. This rare honour, unheard of for
several decades, was bestowed upon our glorious leader “in recognition
of his services to Pranksterdom and skulduggery,” according to
the Order’s official spokesman Effete El. He adds “This is the
supreme elevation, no-one can rise higher in our Fraternal Brotherhood.”
This promotion, an expert explains, establishes Terence as ‘a
guru’s guru, a prince amongst Pranksters’. After the moving ritual,
Tel was hoisted aloft by eight stout lodge officers dressed in
ceremonial shooting-tweed and carried to the High Prankster altar
(or public bar) – our place of communion with the Supreme Architect
(or landlord). Here he was toasted at some length by a number
of brothers. After several hours of festivities, many brethren
reached such heights of spiritual enlightenment that they were
heard “speaking in tongues.” The last WM so elevated was Lord
Waistrel himself back in the 1960s. The new PM said that he was
“greatly moved” by the honour, but added sourly “You took yer
bleedin’ time, didn’t yer?”
The weekend events took place in an East Sussex village in “a
part of Merrie England that has not as yet been spoiled.” They
were organised by the Lodge of Synchronicity and attended by representatives
of the long-dormant League of Herbert Gentlefolk. Entertainment
included bands, a circus strongman, two DJs, a bondage tent, Gina
(aka the bad news Tarot Card reader), arm-wrestling, an obese
“sausage-swallower”, a rock ‘n’ roll Ferris wheel and two curvaceous
punkette fire jugglers. The proceedings were not without controversy,
however. On Friday night, before Skaliwag were due to play, stewards
discovered that the Harvey’s beer tent had been infested by a
small group of stealth round-dodgers from the Petts Wood area,
trained, it was rumoured, by the Zen master of this dark and disgusting
practice Paul Devine himself (may God rot his twisted soul). These
weasel-like transgressors were given a stern lecture on the Pranksters’
founding principles (‘mate-ship’, chivalry and pub etiquette)
before being forcibly ejected by the ferocious event Tyler. Glasses
were then raised to absent friends (FB, Garry Johnson, Frankie
Flame, Oxo Tom, Paul ‘Stalin of Style’ Hallam, Supreme NY Prankster
André Schlesinger etc) before Sunday night closed with a rousing
three-hour pub piano sing-along. The Pranksters would like to
thank “Fertile Myrtle”, Emma “the people’s pianist”, Tanya and
Dave for supplying buckshee accommodation, and “everyone who made
this historic weekend a soar-away success.” The next event is
the May Day AV debate. This is NOT an official Pranksters affair
(the Brotherhood remains vehemently anti-politics) but for security
reasons only brethren are invited. It will climax with Fat Col
of RCPSA, the self-styled “darling of White Van Men everywhere”,
taking on a masked representative of the secretive left-wing English
Liberation Front (ELF), and will take place in “that Kent place.”
Further instructions by email to brethren only. So mote it be.
Random news: Control’s launch party for their latest album is
at the Brighton Hydrant next Saturday, from 5pm... Big Audio Dynamite
will play at the Royal Festival Hall on July 23 as part of the
Southbank Centre's Festival Of Britain... Out today: Polly Styrene’s
‘Generation Indigo’ album, the Swinging Utters’ ‘Here, Under Protest’
and Green Day’s ‘Awesome As Fuck’. Out already: The Bouncing Souls’
new album, ‘Live At Generation Records, NYC: April 18, 2009’ –
the acoustic in-store set the lads played at New York’s Generation
Records store. Limited edition of 1,500 copies from Generation
Records. Out soon: The Caroloregians’s album ‘From The Congo Square’
STOP Press. RIP punk legend Poly Styrene. The X Ray Spex star
has died at the age of 53 after suffering from cancer of the spine
and breast. Gal, who first knew Poly (real name Marianne Elliot-Said)
back in 1977 said: “She was one of the great individualists
of punk, a free-thinker, an inspiring performer and lyricist,
and also a well-rounded human being. X Ray Spex were unique: shambolic,
joyful and inspirational. Poly will be sadly missed.” All
together:"Some people think little girls should be seen and
not heard - well I think, oh bondage, up yours!"
April 23rd. Happy St George’s Day! Normal (lack of) service
returns next week.
Okay we’re off for a while, TTFN and see you after St George’s
Day. Toodle pip! Waistrel.
April 15. Here’s some last minute news to chew on. It’s looking
likely that our BLESMA benefit gig will go ahead at the Garage,
North London on Saturday, August 13th. Watch this space for full
line-up and ticket details.
Also 99per cent on is the forces charity e.p. that Gal is organising.
This three-track Ska gem will be released in July (marking the
95th anniversary of The Somme). The download ep will feature the
Gonads, Jennie Bellestar, the Cover-up and almost certainly Buster
Bloodvessel. The physical e.p., released a month later, will also
include a track by Resistance 77 and the wonderful Liberty Hayes.
All proceeds will be split between the Erskine Hospital (for British
forces war veterans), Help 4 Heroes and the Royal Chelsea Pensioners
– again, more details to come when we know them ourselves.
Tickets for Gal’s blue collar comedy theatre show FUNNY OLD
BASTARDS are available now. The show at the Woodville Halls, Gravesend,
will star three pukka Cockney comics – Mick Pugh, Dave Cook and
Willie Thompson – and will be hosted by Gal. Tickets £16. To buy,
call 01474 337774
Yo! Memo to all our New York readers, the mighty Maninblack play
the Double Down Saloon on April 30th. More details here.
Veteran anti-racist Washington DC Oi!-Core band Immoral Discipline
ask us to tell you they’re released a retrospective CD on DSI
Archives: 26 tracks and over 72 minutes of vintage D.C Oi!-Core,
plus 20 page insert with cover art by Jeff Lamm and label art
by Alex Roehner. Available from Dischord
Direct or email email@example.com
Snoozy Suzy Unreliable Fact of the Week: the rings of Saturn
consist entirely of lost airline luggage. FACT!
April 14. There is NO truth in the rumour that Gal will be replacing
John 'Nasty Nick' Altman in the Heavy Metal Kids. It is true that
John has left the band, however. We can’t contact Gal, who has
gone to Portugal on a one-man mission to bolster their ailing
economy. But a Kids spokesperson tells us: “There was a rumour
going around that Garry was joining us a year ago. It wasn’t true
then, and it isn’t true now.” And Fit Bird confirms it. “There
is only one band for Gal,” she tells us. “And that is the Gonads.”
(Erh, what about the Orgasm Guerrillas? – Ed). Fit Bird claims
(unfeasibly) that Gal has gone to the Algarve to “show his solidarity
with the Portuguese people who are England’s oldest ally.” His
last trip there was for the filming of One Foot In The Algarve.
The story involving Richard Wilson and a donkey will no doubt
appear in On The Rampage II.
April 13. American Idiot, the Broadway musical based on Green
Day's nifty album of the same name, is being made into a movie.
Universal are in negotiations to pick up the screen rights and
have hired Michael Mayer, the director of the stage production,
to shoot it. Tom Hanks and the band will produce, and Oscar winner
Dustin Lance Black, who wrote Milk, is on board to script the
screenplay... Meanwhile, there’s renewed interest in the Cockney
Rejects film Join The Rejects, Get Yourself Killed (written by
Gal and Mick Geggus). Jeff tells us: “It’s in the hands of a couple
of producers now. Nick Love was keen at one stage. He said it
was a £2million movie and if we raised £1mill he’d get the rest
of the dough together. We were just £999,999.50 short.” No word
as yet on our film, Curry On Up The Gonads (screenplay by Mick
Pugh) but as Universal are on the hunt for other musical projects
we may be prepared to discuss Franken-Skin The Movie – if the
price is right and they don’t dodge their round.
Note for Pranksters: the St George’s Day event is on but the
venue has changed from That Kent Place to That Sussex Place. See
your Tyler or the WM for details. Members only.
April 12. Rangers fans have launched a campaign to get ‘Penny
Arcade’ into the charts. The song, written by Sammy King and made
famous by Roy Orbison, may not be punk (“or even listenable” -
Steve Whale), but it’s long been a favourite with Gers supporters,
and all proceeds from the re-release will go to the Erskine Hospital
which has cared for injured servicemen since World War I. Even
if you’d rather stick hot coals in your ears while gargling stale
goat urine than hear the bloody thing, everyone who wants to raise
money for the Erskine Appeal and annoy Steve should download Sammy
King’s ‘Penny Arcade’ from iTunes between next Monday (18th April)
and St George’s Day. Further details here.
Meanwhile the previously mentioned official Erskine ep (featuring
Buster Bloodvessel and us) is still a distinct possibility for
a July release, pending technophobe Dougie replying to our carrier
Resistance 77 play a free gig at the Hawthorns, South Normanton,
Alfreton on St. George's Day and a Concert For Heroes at Nottingham
Rock City on Sun 24th – ten bands for a tenner.
The Cockney Rejects, Superyob, Evil Conduct, Gewohnheiststrinker,
Jenny Woo and Raufhindel play the Randale Records Meeting in the
Black Forest next month (May 7th). All followed on Sunday morning
(May 8th) with a lively, liver-garroting ‘beer-breakfast
with Franky ‘Boy’ Flame’. Sounds like ein cracker.
But girls be warned: Franky’s ‘white sausage’
is not a traditional breakfast meat. And as for Stinky Turner’s
We are still in intense negotiations with Randale dominatrix
Diana about a Gonads gig there later in the year. Once our modest
terms are agreed (Schweinebraten, Doppelbock, a platoon of barmaids
called Helga, a crate of Jägermeister and a medium-sized private
Strahl) the deal will be as sealed as the Growler’s lips around
a hot throbber.
Random whispers: the Last Resort have been tucked away recording
a new seven inch... Superyob’s ‘Ghettoblaster’ album has been
re-released... Steve Bruce suggests that the next official Oi
compilation should be sponsored by SAGA. (Listen mate, by the
time that Contra comp comes out, we’ll all be brown bread)...
and U2’s 360 tour has just become the highest grossing ever, which
just goes to show that there are still a lot of arseholes in the
Def Leppard’s new single ‘Undefeated’ gets
its world premiere this morning on Rob Birnie’s Planet Rock
show (starting 9am). It’s one of the three brand new studio
recordings from their new live album Mirrorball, out in June on
Leppard’s own Bludgeon Riffola label. Other new songs are
‘Kings Of The World’ and ‘It’s All About
April 10. Nacho Jase and a small party of Bournemouth Pranksters
laid flowers on the grave of Mary Shelley today. Author Shelley,
the creator of Frankenstein, is buried in a family tomb in the
St Peter’s graveyard. Said Jase: “Without her, there would be
no Franken-Skin.” We’re sure she’d be very proud. Next stop, Tilbury,
where the Yeti is buried in a Y-shaped coffin.
Various: Billy Rath from the Heartbreakers will be appearing
at the 100 Club with Steve Dior of the Idols on October 22 as
part of Punk Special 2. Official announcement to follow... Joe
Elliott turned up at the HM Kids’ Putney Half Moon gig last night,
and joined the boys on stage for ‘She’s No Angel’. (How much longer,
technically, can they call themselves ‘Kids’? Surely ‘Codgers’
is more appropriate - Ed)... Buster Shuffle’s new single ‘At
The Bank’ is out now... The Business, Control, Citizen Keyne
and 16 Guns play Bedford Esquires next Saturday (April 16th)
West Country Oi fans are fuming after misguided political activists
(“po-faced middle class twats” says our man on the ground) forced
the cancellation of the weekend’s Last Resort show in Bristol,
claiming falsely that Roi and co were “a right-wing band” and
objecting to the Union Jack on the gig posters. Oi fan and ex-squaddie
Harry Monti May tells us that no attempt was made to speak to
the Resort, the activists just decided the band had to be dodgy
on the strength of the United Kingdom flag alone (Fat Col’s got
a protest song about this, see below...). Hmm. And the Left wonder
why they’ve lost touch with the working class...
Fat Col and his guitarist Frank unveiled their new songs last
night in the back bar of a pub near Dartford, Kent. The numbers
included ‘Cameron Ain’t No Tory’, ‘Guardian Mugs’, ‘Stand On Your
Own Two Feet’, ‘Bully State’, and ‘Oi! Just Cos I Love My Flag
Don’t Make Me A Nazi.’ Now that’s what we call a rightwing band.
Sandra Lane’s face was a picture; her language would have made
April 9. For a while these bulletins will continue to be as
irregular as Fat Col’s bowels, but here’s a quick update on the
whispers front. Gal and Kiria are in talks about a forthcoming
duet, which will apparently involve Kiria and a bullwhip. Brace
yerself, Mick boy!
More top-quality Nads gigs are on the horizon. We should be
able to confirm the BLESMA benefit show (for the British Limbless
Ex-Servicemen Association) shortly; the venue will now be London
not the Midlands and new NWBHM sensations Agincourt will be on
the bill along with us, Tainted Nation and more. Also convention-busting
Nacho Jase is negotiating a spot for us in a country fair beer
tent. The Beast went nuts when he heard about this saying such
gigs “devalue the band” but such sensible objections were over-ruled
when we discovered that The Wurzels were headlining, The Gonads
and the Wurzels! It’s a match made in low-brow heaven. If only
Judge Dread were still alive to join us. Ivor Biggun, come on
Check out our fave new-to-us punk band, the Sydney Ducks from
Snoozy Suzy’s latest unreliable fact! She informed the 335 that
Rod Hull of Emu fame had died after a fight with Gal on the roof
of his house! In fact Rod fell to his death while fixing his TV
aerial. He had a fight on stage with Gal while they were in panto
at Southend some years before. (The audience loved it, says Gal,
they thought it was part of the show!)
Serious punk noos: Against Me have recorded a split single with
Face To Face... Teenage Bottlerocket’s new three-track ep Mutilate
Me is out on Tuesday... Goldblade will be supporting Steve Ignorant’s
band The Last Supper on their US tour... Bad Religion played Jimmy
Kimmel’s late night US chat show last Monday, bound to be on YouTube
if you wanna see it. British TV should nick this idea, we reckon;
nothing would brighten up ‘Fern’ more than a quick blast of The
The Gonads song ‘Billy McFadzean (The Somme)’ will feature on
a forthcoming compilation album which will raise money for forces’
charities. Other bands involved include The Buzzcocks, and possibly
April 6. Our man in the field, Chelsea Dom, has finally recovered
from the weekend's excesses long enough to file this highly informative
Punk & Disorderly report from Berlin: 'Attended by many from the
UK, P&D 2011 was a resounding success. You will have to excuse
this reporter's hazy memory, as I got more mangled than your great-grandmother's
drawers. But here goes. Argy Bargy were on fine form on Friday
night and even treated us to a new number: 'Burning Skies'. Although
maybe a re-write of one of their older numbers would be more appropriate
at this juncture - 'all those beers are coming back to haunt me'
- as I can't remember much else from the evening. Rumours that
I got so lashed up I ended up at the Justin Bieber concert at
the neighbouring O2 arena are scurrilous and uncalled for. You
can fake any picture with PhotoShop.'
Okay, so that's Friday, bands seen: one;
beers consumed: seventeen. Dom continues: 'The following day,
after some beers watching football in the Oscar Wilde and a quick
trip to the Ramones museum, we made it back to the venue in time
for TV Smith who played a set of timeless Adverts classics with
a full backing band. Other notable Saturday night mentions must
go to Deadline and the Last Resort.' So Saturday, bands seen:
three, beers consumed: 22. Dom goes on: 'Sunday started off with
a river boat tour, but after the umpteenth square building and
"oldest church in Berlin", we retreated ashore for the safety
of the hotel bar, which had been open the entire time for the
previous 48 hours. Here we found the more hardened drinkers carrying
on from the night before with a few breakfast liveners. (Some
of us had made it to our beds, others ended up just kipping in
The final night saw punk 'n' rollers the Grit
put on a highly-charged, energetic performance, ending with Little
Kirk (Lil Kirk?) playing his double bass down among the crowd.
Next up were Klass Kriminale, who ended on a rousing cover of
'If The Kids Are United', with Watford Jon joining Marco on vocals
and Marco jumping the barrier to sing along with the crowd. (The
nimbly athletic Watford stayed on stage.) Finally, with the hall
rammed, the opening strains of Overture were greeted with a Chelsea-sized
cheer before Sparrer roared into action, powering straight into
'Riot Squad'. They proceeded to play all the classics to a hugely
enthusiastic audience. It never ceases to amaze me how everyone
outside the UK goes ballistic for 'England Belongs to Me'. But
then I suppose much of our scene does belong to them these days.'
Sunday, bands seen: three, beers downed: 27. He concludes: 'It
was a great end to a terrific weekend, and the party carried on
in the hotel bar for umpteen hours later. Special thanks to Berliner
Beer, Argy, Sparrer & extended families, Pirates Press, Lee Wilson,
our friends from Berlin, Bielefeld, Leipzig, Eindhoven, Belgrade
and beyond and of course Marc & the MAD crew for putting the show
together. Chelsea Dom, News At Ten, not yet sober.' So to sum
all that up: Dom went to Berlin for four days, got as smashed
as a train wreck, and squeezed in seven bands between 93 pints...
you've certainly got the hang of this journalism lark, mate. The
APRIL 5th. Our ‘Charlton Boys’ ep, scheduled for a September
release, will now be dedicated to Chris Slattery, one of the original
Charlton skinheads and all-round good egg, who died recently.
Gonads’ Rogue Crew organizer Chris Weeks writes: ‘Chris was the
Top Boy of our day (1969 to 1973), and for some time after that.
He was a true Charlton Boy, loyal to the bone. He never let the
Covered End down. He’d always stand in the same spot, with his
‘side planks’ and sheepskin coat, and the red and white scarf
he always wore regardless of whether it was hot or cold. He was
always there to help in a ruck, always there up front, and he
wasn’t bothered about anything. He never missed a tear-up. ‘The
Spirit of 69’ - Chris had all that. He’d still be there at our
side now, if he could, if it came to an altercation. As the Gonads’
song says: ‘On the day I pop me clogs, scrape me up from Crayford
Dogs, and here is what to do my friend, bury my heart in the Covered
End!’ A fitting line for a fitting person... On behalf of all
the Charlton from the past - Middle Park, Coombe Avenue, the Woolwich
Boys, and the all the old Covered End - we salute you, Chris.
You will be sadly missed. Our condolences to your family. You
were a great bloke. Respect to you.’
Leading Japanese Ska band The Ska Flames have had to pull out
of the London International Ska Festival after the devastating
disasters in that beautiful country. Okawa Takeshi says: “All
The Ska Flames and their families are okay, but the situation
around us is changing every day, effecting our friends, relatives
and businesses, which makes it impossible for the band to leave
Tokyo now. We are running out of food and fuel not only in stricken
areas but also in the capitol. We have friends who were injured.
Some of them lost their houses and have no food, water or electricity.
Some died. We have lost a lot of important things. I'm so sorry
to say that we cannot go to London at this time.” But Okawa will
still be making the trip alone to DJ on the opening night (21
April) and festival organisers will be collecting for the Save
The Children - Japanese Appeal over the weekend.
On the left-wing Oi front, the Freebooters have just released
an infectious ska-tinged streetpunk album called ‘Ordinary Level
Oi!’. The Paddy herberts are as anti-fascist as The Oppressed
and funny with it. Check ’em out here.
Coming at ska-punk from a slightly different political angle is
Fat Col who as well as pushing ahead with his Revolutionary Conservative
Punks & Skins Alliance tells us he is forming “a shit-hot band”
to publicise the cause. Possible names include Iron Lads, Tebbit,
Fright Of Centre, Hayes & Confused, and The U-Kippers. Sandra
Lane reckons the most appropriate moniker would be: Fat Col &
The Tory Tossers. But Waistrel cautions against the move. “Politics
in music always ends in tears,” his Lordship advises sagely.
Snoozy Suzy Quote Of The Year (verbatim): “Those snakes bite,
so if you stick your hand in there you’d better have an anecdote
at the ready.”
April 4. We were hoping to bring you news from Punk & Disorderly,
but all our ‘reporters’ in the field are still recovering. Mad
Marc tells us the weekend was “nice”; we may be able to flesh
that out by the weekend. PS. Marc has already signed Infa-Riot
(and us, natch) for P&D 2012.
Oi The Dan’s wedding in Cardiff was an enormous success. The
speeches were conducted in front of a huge projected picture of
him as a nipper from the Son Of Oi cover, and the ranks of family
and friends were swelled by the likes of Si Spanner (“Sex Shop
Simon!”), Fat Col, Captain Oi’s gardener, leading brethren from
the South Wales Pranksters, and a large Millwall away contingent.
Gal (Dad of Son of Oi) tells us he was “choked up with pride”.
While we’re on a wedding theme, congrats also to our old mate
Wattie from the Exploited who gets married in Vegas next month.
Kev The Hammer will be best man.
Hollie Cook, daughter of Paul, has released her debut single
Very Night’. Her album comes out in June. Meanwhile Sex Pistol
Paul is keeping busy with his other band Man Raze (also featuring
Phil Collen from Def Leppard and Simon Laffy from Girl), who are
recording their new album this summer.
Vince Riordan Update: it still looks likely that Vince will
re-join the Rejects but not, says our source, until the end of
Record news: available again, The Business single ‘One Common
Voice’ b/w ‘One Thing Left To Say’ - two tracks from their 1997
LP, ‘The Truth’, which as you’ll know was produced by Lars Fredricksen
(out now on Taang! Records). And Roger Miret & The Disasters have
released ‘We're Gonna Find A Way’ on a limited edition colour
seven inch (Durty Mick Records). On the b-side are two exclusive
April 1st. Like a trappy kid on Jamie’s Dream School, we just
can’t put a sock in it. Here are a couple of small updates before
we do finally eff off. Our pal Snoozy Suzy, blonde bombshell manager
of blues boys the 335, got tangled up in the big anarchist tear-up
last weekend shortly after the band had performed on Gal’s pod-cast.
She tells us: “After I left the 12 Bar, I ended up slap bang in
the centre of the anarchists who were gathered just round the
corner at Centre Point. I was just six feet away from their leader
when a police helicopter caught up with the mob and we all started
to leg it, with me at the front. For a brief while I became the
movement’s mascot! It wasn’t until I was on the train home that
I realised I was dressed all in black with matching shades so
I fitted right in.” So did Suzy end up rampaging around the Dilly?
“Did I ****,” she replies. “I ran straight back to the 12 Bar
and ordered a large one.” A girl after our own hearts.
In a semi-related story Fat Col tells us he wants to compile
an album to “celebrate the cuts” and “call for more”. Mad with
notoriety, Col says it’s time for the RCPSA: a “Revolutionary
Conservative Punk & Skinhead Alliance” dedicated to “the Iron
Lady and the spirit of Thatcherism.” He goes on “Don’t smash the
state, slash the state! All power to the people.” What would the
League of Labour Skins say?
Rebellion update: Pennywise are the latest additions to the
Blackpool bill. Infa-Riot are absolutely confirmed and so are
Lars’s Old Firm Casuals, and Matt Freeman’s Devil’s Brigade (both
on the Thursday). And it’s still a £100 for a four-day ticket
until the end of April. See you next week with reports from Punk
& Disorderly, more Snoozy Suzy facts and mayhaps even some actual