April 30. People who are saying we are winding down the Gonads
to concentrate on the SkaNads are “completely wrong,” says management
consultant FB. In fact we can reveal that Gal has pulled the SkaNads
out of this year’s SkaMouth festival saying that there would be
“no more SkaNads gigs booked anywhere in the world until the sound
and the set is bang on.” Says FB: “The SkaNads were always a complimentary
venture, they were never meant to be a rival to or a replacement
for the Gonads themselves.”
The Gonads Greater Hits Volume 3: The Complete Cobblers will
come with “state-of-the-art holograms of the band” and a “blow-up
Yeti doll” according to an email we received last night from Fat
Col. Wow. That sounds incredible. Sadly when we contacted him
this morning for clarifications, he grunted “Sorry, too much skunk”
and hung up. Oaf.
Paul ‘Stalin of Style’ Hallam tells us that Street Sounds issue
#3 has been slightly delayed because of record labels “dicking
about with adverts”. The editorial “is ready to roll,” he says.
“But we are still waiting for advert art and cursing people who
promised to take ads and then pulled out at the last minute.”
Paul is still confident the mag will be on sale by “May 6th at
the latest.” No year specified.
Reports of Team Gonad’s incredible Quasar victory at the weekend
are still reaching us. Eye witness Fit Bird says “Gal was a one-man
army, ’e was like Arnie in Commando”, while Fat Col has announced
his intention of writing a poem immortalising the day called ‘The
Battle Of Bromley’ adding “which I trust the band will see fit
to turn into a song.” Hmm. Don’t hold yer breath.
Random guff: a live album by ancient South London band the Pitiful
called the Deptford Sessions 1978 including a studio version of
‘Working Class Gourmet’ is now out on Fit For The Bin Records...
the new Control album is imminent and according to sources “shit-hot”...
the two surviving Beastie Boys are writing a book about the band’s
30-odd year story, expected in 2015; they say they want to "challenge
the form" of the rock memoir and are structuring it as a "multidimensional
experience" (So it’ll come with a DVD then – Cynical Ed).
Calling our mates in New York City: Maninblack will be playing
their 7th annual showcase event in Manhattan tonight, along with
Les Mis & the Angry Inch and DJ Black Dalek at the Double Down
Saloon. The bar is located at 14 Ave. A, NYC, 10009, near Houston
and it kicks off at 7pm. Admission free, booze cheap.
April 29. In our time this blog has delivered hot breaking punk
news, outrageous gossip, vicious back-stabbing and Dick Emery
related smear stories. But finally we have something proper to
tell you, something big. Yes, this is as serious as it get – the
Gonads Quasar team came out of retirement yesterday, playing their
first full on match for about eighteen months. The result was
a magnificent victory, with the final score, The Gonads: 2775,
Bromley Herberts: minus 800!!! What’s more Gal himself managed
a frankly gob-smacking individual score of 84,500 in one half
hour game. Fat Col, who is still dripping with sweat told us:
“We are back with a bang, and clearly the best punk rock laser
gun team in England if not the world. Our message to the Rejects,
Sparrer, Argy, Donkey Laugh, the Eltham Young Hounds and the rest
is ‘Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough’... in
the Quasar pit, obviously... ”
April 27. Like Tom Jones on a Viagra drip it’s been a long time
coming... but his hangover is gone, his beer belly replenished,
and so here at last and worth the wait is Chelsea Dom’s review
of Punk & Disorderly 2013:
Everywhere has good and bad, a yin to its yang. Take Germany,
the sausages are the wurst, yet they put on a damn fine festival.
Punk & Disorderly for example, not as extensive as say Rebellion,
but an established regular in the punk rock diary. Berlin is a
true 24-hour city, where it’s compulsory to wear beer goggles,
and with this in mind I staggered, stumbled and strummed my way
through the weekend. (Don’t women strum? – Confused Ed). Following
our warm up with 1-litre cocktails in Kreuzburg on Thursday, we
watched the festival open on Friday with Louise Distras, whose
voice mixes a gentle yet haunting vocal with some fearsome growls.
It takes a brave person to open a festival single-handed, but
Louise more than capably handled this and drew much applause from
the gathering crowd, including fellow female songstress Jenny
I have to be completely honest, as it was at this point the
weekend descended into the usual haze, although I managed to catch
snatches of Middle
Finger Salute and Booze
& Glory both putting in well-received sets, before Argy Bargy
took to the stage. Since I first started going to P&D many moons
ago, I've seen Bargy grow, not just their girths (Ooh-erh – Sid
The Sexist), but musically as a band, in their general standing
within the scene and popularity with the Berlin crowd. The new
album ‘Hopes Dreams Pies & Schemes’ has rightfully drawn glowing
reviews and much of this was in evidence tonight, with numbers
such as ‘Looking
For Glory’ and ‘Homeward
Having just about caught the end of Foreign Legion, we settled
back to watch Deadline who have to be one of the hardest working
bands on the scene. Like many others they have been through several
line-up changes, however the current band have to be one of the
strongest yet, which was matched by a storming set exemplified
by a great version of ‘Liar’
This was followed by a welcome return from muscle-bound Dutch
having recently resumed following a break and introduction of
a new singer. It was the new guy's third gig and he is now starting
to find his feet, although for the audience it was very much business
The full-on street punk onslaught was then interrupted the cheeky
chappies (& chappesses) from Buster
Shuffle who entertained the audience with their quirky Ska
sound , fresh from an acoustic appearance at the local Fred Perry
shop. One unkind observer, however, remarked that Jed the singer
bears a close resemblance to Dick Van Dyke (Does this mean to
say the PM has a doppelganger? Now that IS a scary thought). After
this brief respite, Infa Riot stormed the stage to the sounds
of an air raid siren and straight into ‘Emergency’, Lee Wilson
waving his arms like a demented Magnus Pyke. Since last year's
debacle, the Infas are much tighter (no, not Lee's wallet), more
polished and have a new bass player (having ditched the wannabe
rock star who couldn't quite comprehend Norwich is not exactly
where it's happening, dude!). The
Infas rightfully deserved their place just below Sparrer on
the bill. And then came Sparrer,
but what can I add to what has already been said? Despite some
technical hitches, yet again the whole crowd had their arms in
the air and yet again they delivered . It's very much a family
affair, band and crowd as one, emphasised by the final number
‘We're Coming Back’, with Colin joined by son Tom on vocals for
the final refrain.
By Sunday, I was well and truly flagging. I missed Donkey Laugh
but managed to drag myself away from the hotel bar in time to
catch the Last
Resort . Many bands reform and don't quite match past glories,
but the Resort have managed to build on their repertoire whilst
staying faithful to the original sound. Old numbers accompanied
by new classics, with a smidgeon of 4-Skins thrown in. I just
about managed to watch some of the Exploited
who played a fitting end to the festival with their apocalyptic
sound, rousing the crowd with ‘Dead Cities’, ‘Alternative’, ‘Dogs
of War’ and so on. And so ended another weekend Berlin, it was
almost like I'd never been away...
Gal recorded his latest podcast yesterday with guests Den Stratton
and Stief A Billy. To say it was chaotic would be like calling
a monsoon a light drizzle. The studio’s new technology had so
many hitches that the gang became convinced that the show was
being secretly recorded by the ghost of Jeremy Beadle. A theory
that has yet to be discounted. CDs wouldn’t register, tracks shuffled
about willy nilly or started to play themselves... . Den was in
stitches, Stalin was dumbstruck, Gal was on the verge of a breakdown
(Stief just “glowed prettily”). However IF the pod show can be
salvaged it will, we’re told, feature tasty tracks from the Great
Malarkey, Noise Agents, Missing Andy, the Upsessions, Booze &
Glory, the Straps, The Tennysons, Goldblade, Close Shave, Remus
Down Boulevard, the Skoidats, the Noxious Toyz and Bonecrusher.
Phew. Almost inevitably the stress was washed away in a 20-pint
session with Hoxton Tom, followed by the inevitable Ruby...
April 26. The Outcasts play the Garage in North London tonight,
with The Defects and Hooligan Dublin. (It’s billed as ‘THE BEST
OF NORTHERN IRELAND PUNK’ although Dublin was quite clearly in
the South the last time we looked. Perhaps it’s moved.) Doors
6.30pm. Curfew 10:30pm. Tickets
£15 in advance.
*GBH play the 100 Club on Saturday 22nd June, with Barb Wire
Dolls, Louise Distras and the Charred Hearts.
Finally Kiria's next gig is on June 15th at the Boston Arms,
where she appears as part of a tribute night to The Ruts' Paul
Fox. Also appearing: Menace, Rock 'n' Roll Gypsies, Eat This,
Donkey Laugh & The Bears. (What are we a fecking gig guide all
of a sudden? Gertcha – Ed)
April 25. We are the Gonads. We’re fucking off for good in seven
months time. Our farewell message is: Oi! – Oi! to the world!...
And live free, die free. Our two messages are Oi! to the world,
live free, die free and never surrender... Our THREE messages
are Oi! to the world, live free, die free, never surrender...
and expect the unexpected... Our FOUR... no... Amongst our messages
are such elements as Oi! to the world, never surrender, live free,
die free, expect the unexpected, and stay fanatically devoted
to Charlton Athletic FC... we'll come back when we sort this out.
Coming soon... the Mod/Ska/Scooter event of the Summer...
SkaNads on a mission: Gentleman John, Wattsie and
Mercy get distracted in Soho en route to auditions for our spin-off
band's new keyboardist...
April 24. More big news. We are planning to re-record three of
our earliest ever songs for Greater Hits Volume Three. The songs
are ‘The Legend of Sam Bartram’, ‘Darling Harold’, and ‘Antigallican
Last Bell’, plus ‘Filthy Rich’ (a cover of a Small Faces track).
Says an emotional Fat Col: “These precious numbers dripping with
tunes and sing-along sensibilities were never recorded back in
the day and were only ever played live at a handful of gigs in
and around Charlton, SE7. We’d also like to appeal to anyone who
has ‘Ripper’s Delight’ in any form to contact us as Gal can’t
remember the words or the chords or what day it is.” Harrumph.
Greater Hits Vol 3 will be the Gonads final album, it will follow
Built For Destruction and will probably be released ‘posthumously’,
i.e. next year.
Retirement Update: it’s our own fault, we suppose, we’ve been
part of so many wind-ups that the news that we will stop playing
at the end of this year has been greeted with cynicism. But please
be assured that we are NOT joking. Croydon was our last ever London
show. A couple more gigs will be announced shortly but at midnight
on Old Year’s Night, the Gonads will walk away from it all – just
like Ziggy did on July 3rd 1973. Time takes a cigarette, puts
it in your mouth... Sayonara sweethearts...
COMING SOON from Lord Waistrel’s House of Tat – The South Coast
Steve Pescetarian Recipe Book including: stir fried frogs spawn,
toasted tofu on a stick, toasted stick on tofu, fish eyes broiled
in urine with yellow peas, and the Sally Lane strap-on cucumber
surprise. Yum. Delicious or what?
Random guff: US Oi vets Forced Reality are putting the finishing
touches to their new album... Louise Distras will play the Left
Field stage at Glastonbury this year... the Street Dogs are planning
to release a new album by the end of the year... there’s a League
of Labour Skins reunion May 1st in Battersea... our brother band
Maninblack are giving their annual free performance on April 30th
at the infamous Double Down Saloon in Manhattan. It kicks off
at 7pm with DJ Black Dalek spinning various punk sub genres for
the duration, special guests Les Miz & the Angry Inch will be
breaking a leg at 8 and those bolshy boys in black starting their
set at 9pm. It's free admission but if you don’t buy Sally a drink
she’s likely to smack you in the gob. (If you do buy her a drink
and try it on, ditto).
April 23. Happy St George’s Day! Oi For England! England for
Random news: Our mates Buster Shuffle are on the bill for this
year’s Endless Summer open air festival in Torgau (August 8 –
10) along with Agnostic Front, Perkele, Madball, 4 Promille, The
Bones, Discipline, Third Choice, Beer Patriots, Street Dog, Volxstrum,
Donkey Laugh, Evergreen Terrace and more... The Levellers have
released a new video for their forthcoming ep, ‘The Recruiting
Sergeant’ in aid of the War Child charity. The title track features
English folk stalwarts The Copper Family...
April 22. Here’s our pal Nick Welsh signing the 2-Tone wall of
fame, just under Gal’s signature. Mad knifeman Roddy Radiation’s
moniker is above that. You can see the lot at 2-Tone Central in
Coventry, where there’s a cafe, a shop, and the Simmer Down restaurant.
A music museum and a Rudies Room are currently under construction.
STOP PRESS: Today's tabloids expose our talented friend Francine
Lewis's alleged fling with Leonardi DiCaprio. Impressionist Francine,
who stormed Britain's Got Talent last night, is said to have spent
the night with the movie star back in 1999. Fran rightly dismisses
this as "old news" but this won't stop the hacks muck-raking.
We just pray they don't get their hands on this shock picture
of the brilliant mimic in bed with our Garry! Gal's PR Fit Bird
sniffs: "There was nothing smutty about it, they were just filming
a scene for the Bushell On The Box DVD." Correct. Fran's Gonads
connection goes way back - hear her do Peggy and Sharon Mitchell
on 'SkaEnders'. We're glad her talent is finally getting recognised.
April 21. If you love the Gonads but can’t afford to book us,
we’re offering a cheaper alternative. Gal and Jase are now available
as punk rock DJs the Brothers Gonad! You can also book Gal and
Paul Hallam for Ska/Mod/Punk DJing. And Gal and a 2-Tone legend
for a pure Ska DJ night. For details/prices email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gonads – keeping it affordable!! (Blue collar comedy packages
are also available.)
*Disturbing news. Bloodstock (formerly Total Rock) Radio are
getting the Spanish Archer. Yep, the people’s station is being
evicted from its deluxe Shoreditch squat, sorry HQ, at the end
of May. The shed will be demolished, the greenhouse smashed to
smithereens and Malcolm Dome’s lock-up of top quality tat is unlikely
to survive. Says boss Tony Wilson: “We need to find cheap accommodation
elsewhere in a hurry.” Any offers??? (No, but according to Fat
Col, Romania’s likely to be pretty empty on January 1st.)
Some stuff: we think – think! – that East End Babylon will be
out on DVD next month, but even the Rejects can’t get an actual
release date out of Cadiz... Oi! This is StreetPunk volume 3 is
available on vinyl in the UK only from our shop page... Congratulations
to Steve Whale on his engagement... the next Punk Rock Curry Club
is confirmed for the first week of May, see Gal or Steve for details...
Black Sabbath have posted a brand new song ‘God Is Dead’ this
week but that’s ridiculous, we spoke to the PM only yesterday.
The great and historic Randale meeting takes place over the
second weekend of May, launched with a pre-fest party DJ’ed between
pints of wallop by Watford Jon and the Fat Man from Argy Bargy.
The next two nights of unbridled mayhem feature performances from
Stomper, Argy, the Old Firm Casuals, Stigma, the Templars and
our pin-up Jenny Woo and her band of Muscovite madmen. The mighty
Arthur Kitchener is also involved.
April 20. That Dropkick Murphys benefit t-shirt has already
raised more than £65,000 for the victims and families of the Boston
bombings. The front boasts the slogan ‘For Boston’ over the city
skyline. Four Boston hardcore bands are following suit - Death
Before Dishonour, DYS, Have Heart and American Nightmare have
all rushed out exclusive new t-shirts to raise cash for the victims
of the callous attack. All proceeds from their shirts will be
donated via onefundboston.org. Meanwhile 130 local bands have
donated music to be part of a relief mix-tape to help raise money
for the same fund. It’s available to download for 66p. Three people
died and over 170 were injured when two bombs exploded near the
finishing line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
April 18. The Dropkick Murphys are selling a benefit shirt from
their web store for the survivors of the senseless Boston Marathon
tragedy, and the families of the victims. You can order the shirt
– the band has pledged that 100% of the proceeds will go to those
April 17. Just dropping by to announce that the Street Sounds
team will be launching a new youth cult-based fiction imprint
for unpublished working class authors later this year. Full details
in issue #3.
Naturally there’s still no sign of Chelsea Dom’s big P&D review
but the beefy bard of the beer barrel does suggest that we tease
you with this question: Which of the following statements is true
of last weekend: a) David Cameron was seen walking along (and
was spoken to) by the Berlin Wall or b) Lee Wilson got a round
in? (If he’d asked if an alien had been seen by the Wall or Lee
had got a round in, we’d plump for the alien).
Random news: the Bouncing Souls are re-issuing their debut The
Greenball Crew ep to celebrate its 20th anniversary; you can pre-order
it from these
April 15. Gal reveals today that he has signed up to publish
the third part of The Face trilogy of pulp fiction novels. The
new book, Face Down is said to be more brutal and sexier than
the first two and is due out this Autumn.
a Sky News numbskull totally failing to grasp that the Notsensibles
are taking the piss with ‘I’m In Love With Margaret Thatcher’.
(Haggis and co give Gal a shout out too!). A stern-faced Fat Col
recommends Thatcher-lovers purchase Jim Davidson’s ‘Maggie’ instead,
although most feel this would be a step beyond what is acceptable,
even in the name of irony. ‘Iron Maiden’ by Iron Maiden is more
If you’re looking for St George’s Day events this year, there
are a few here.
Two of London’s most celebrated Mod DJs and promoters, Rob Bailey
(The New Untouchables/Le Beat Bespoke) and Rhys Webb (The Horrors
/The Cave Club) will launch a new Maximum R&B club night with
a Bank Holiday special on Sunday 5th May at The Phoenix in Central
London (37 Cavendish Square W1G 0PP), 9pm – 3am. Entry: £6 before
10, £8 after.
April 13. Okay folks, this blog is shutting down until we have
something to tell you or until our intrepid correspondent Chelsea
Dom scrapes himself off the Berlin bierkeller floor long enough
to file his review of Punk & Disorderly – the odds are split evenly
on which will happen first, although we hope to have definitive
news on Built For Destruction and more overseas gigs by the end
of the month.
For those following the Porno Cassettes saga, Dizzy has solved
the mystery – you’ll find the whole story here.
New from Sailors Grave, the latest album from psychobilly horror-punks
The Brains. Called The Monster Within it mashes up rockabilly,
punk and rock 'n' roll. Also just out the debut album from Noi!se,
called Rising Tide on GMM Records, which is very Oi!some; while
lovers of the Damned should check out Neon Piss.
April 10. Here’s
a new video from the Last Resort, for ‘Never Get A Job’, in
advance of their brand new studio album This Is My England which
is out next month.
The death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has divided
the country – and the punk scene. Although many are jumping on
the bash Maggie bandwagon, we can report that Lord Waistrel, the
PM and other “free-thinking” Oi-Oi luminaries are planning to
attend the Iron Lady’s funeral next Wednesday.
Our pal Stief A Billy tragically died in a violent incident on
Sunday involving a babe with a blade. Mercifully this was in a
scene for the forthcoming movie Babes With Blades. Stief’s finest
thespian performances are of course on stage with us as the FrankenSkin.
April 9. The reviews are coming in thick and fast for Saturday’s
last-ever Gonads London show. Chelsea Dom notes that “the Nads
were the best I’ve ever seen them”. Stief A Billy reports: “Brilliant
night, you’re back on top form.” Fluff says “It was a top night,
a great gig”. Ally calls it “Brilliant, a supremely confident
performance, the Nads have never been mightier.” While top music
expert Chris Weeks observes: “A great night, it’s tragic that
this was your last London show.” The only sour note was struck
by the PM who dismissed the show with a curt: “You were all pissed
and clearly hadn’t rehearsed the two new songs. Or any of the
others.” Ouch. More apologies for absence have filtered through
too. Louise Distras couldn’t get along as she was playing a gig
in Brighton, Dale Winton was “in Florida” (what kind of excuse
is that?) while Infa Riot’s Lee Wilson confesses: “Sorry I couldn’t
make it Saturday night, but it was too far and I’m too tight!”
South Coast Steve wins the award for understatement with his semi-apologetic
text: “Okay maybe a couple of songs were a bit too fast but the
vibe was good.” Oaf. These pictures from the gig, supplied by
Chris, are only hazy because they were taken through his tears:
Wattsie and Mandy join Gal on SE7 Dole Day – we’ll all be signing
Mick Mav backs the Moscow rebels who have never knowingly ruptured
The Jase-meister in rare ukulele-free shot, scans crowd for Buckfast
Charlton boys Frazzle and Jel want some – do you?
South Coast caught in background thanks to time-freezing Klingon
Mere mention of horse porn has drawn an immediate confession
from Lee Wilson, who says he was in a Swedish hotel when he “asked
at reception if they had internet and they pointed to a machine
in the lobby, so I politely asked if it was ok to look at horse
porn just to see the look on their faces!” (That old one!) He
goes on: “When I finished I made sure there was a screen saver
of naked erect men, it’s what any civilised English punk band
do whilst visiting another country.” Yeah? We like to shag their
women and drink their beer, but each to his own mate.
April 8. Questions of the week: Why is Dick Emery listed among
the Argy Bargy tracks on YouTube? Is there more to this than meets
the eye? And what is the connection between Lee Wilson and horse
porn? Check back soon for the answers...
Thought for the day:
Band statement: The Gonads stand absolutely for freedom of speech,
thought and association. We don't try and tell people how to think.
Anyone can come to our gigs as long as they can live with the
fact that we are by definition, instinct and inclination against
all forms of bigotry, intolerance and narrow-mindedness. If you
want to know what we are in favour of, see below.
STOP PRESS. We’re saddened to hear of the death of the brilliant
Harry Johnson, better known as Harry J of The Harry J All-Stars
whose biggest hit was the skinhead reggae classic ‘Liquidator’.
The legendary musician-producer died in hospital in western Jamaica
on Wednesday after a long battle with diabetes. He was 67. Bob
Marley & The Wailers recorded their first four Island Records
albums at Harry’s studio, which was also used by Peter Tosh, Bunny
Wailer and Burning Spear, as well as becoming a draw for the likes
of Mick Jagger, Grace Jones and Chris Blackwell. Other Johnson
produced hits include Boris Gardiner’s ‘Elizabethan Reggae’ and
The Beltones’ ‘No More Heartaches’.
April 7. Thanks to all who came to last night’s show in Croydon,
especially to Mandy Shaw from the Crows who joined us on stage
for a couple of ditties, Chris Weeks and the Charlton Boys, ravishing
Wattsie Watts, flag-girl Allyson Maverick of the MK Dons, Stief
O’FrankenSkin and Jennie Bellestar’s pissed-as-a-pudding publisher
who insisted on buying rounds. Other luminaries of backstreet
culture in attendance included the PM, Chelsea Dom, Dave Straps,
and Fluff and Tracy who came down from Doncaster because unlike
some of you unbelievers they realised we were serious and this
really was the Gonads’ last ever London show. As the PM said,
between dodging rounds: “Gentlemen in England now-a-bed shall
think themselves accurs’d they were not here, and hold their manhoods
cheap whiles any speaks that drank with us upon Lord Waistrel’s
day... .” The set was: intro music – Liquidator, Punk Rock Till
I Die, The Growler, Alconaut, Oi Mate, Hey You, SE7 Dole Day,
Grant Mitchell, The FrankenSkin, Valhallaballoo, Oily Rag, Charlton
Boys, Jobs Not Jails, England In Our Blood (first ever live performance),
Tucker’s Ruckers, I Lost My Love to a UK Sub. Encore: Ruptured
Foreskin Blues (first ever live performance), Pink Tent, Oi Nutter.
Some pictures may follow. Apologies for absence were received
from Stinky Turner (in Holland), Cass Pennant (watching himself
on TV), Frankie Flame (lost his bus pass), The Beast (arrived
five hours early and you know how it is) and Iain Kilgallon (in
the studio with Control recording their blinding new album: Ballad
Of The Working Man). There are now just eight months left to book
and see the Gonads live. Or not. Over to you...
Matters arising from the Croydon show: 1) South Coast Steve
needs to fucking slow down 2) South Coast Steve needs to fucking
slow down 3) South Coast Steve needs to fucking slow down.
RANDOM delights: Sarah Black has joined the SkaNads as backing
vocalist, apparently she was won over by ‘Badly Done’ which clearly
rang a bell – the band still needs a keyboard player... watch
website for a big non-Gonads-related announcement next week...
Jimmy Edwards tells us he’s playing the Constitution in Camden
on the 12th July... issue three of Street Sounds will be published
at the end of the month.
*BIG love to our old pal Eddie Pillar who is just out of hospital
following a major operation on his neck. Get well soon, buddy.
April 6. Don’t forget we’re playing the Scream Lounge Croydon
tonight in what will almost certainly be our LAST EVER LONDON
GIG before the Gonads retire Ziggy-style on New Year’s Eve 2013.
So it’d be good to see ya.
*We asked Fat Col to write a review of the sold-out Orgasm Guerrillas/Donkey
Laugh show from last Monday but after editing out the references
to Charlton Athletic, Stella Artois and the various vexations
of women, there was precious little left of it. Col did rave about
the Orgasm Guerrillas who he says have “moved away from punk and
into the manic mainstream,” adding poetically: “They are the Goons
for droogs, vaudeville for the modern world, and all our yesterdays
tomorrow.” The Guerrillas embody “everything English” he says
– “folk, Music Hall, Benny Hill, beer, fish n chips and the Jolly
Pranksters (even if Ska and curry influences are also prominent.)”
Other helpful references include Madness, Monty Python and the
Magical Mystery Tour. So a mighty long way from the early days
of ‘Aloha’ and ‘Frankie Goes To Pot’. All-girl trio Donkey Laugh
didn’t fare so well. Fans say Donkey Laugh swagger between aggressive
pop, obnoxious rock and the Crucifucks but Col reports that they
“make a terrifying racket, a bit like the Civets shagging Crass
as they’re being fed into Stephen King’s blender.” He claims he
was left “traumatised” and insists the band are “in the place
where humour dies and horror begins.”
Exciting! Smartphone users can now add The Gonads
website to their phones by scanning the QR code. Try it!
*The Rock’s Back Pages Album Club, in association with The Idler,
are putting on a special Bob Marley night next Thursday (April
11th) at the Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, London W2
5QH. The evening features acclaimed Marley biographer Chris Salewicz
and punky-reggae DJ legend Don Letts playing and discussing Bob
& the Wailers' majestic 1977 album Exodus Full details here.
April 2. OK, it’s too effin’ cold. This blog is relocating to
Puerto Banus. We’ll be back in time for Croydon, probably...
If/when we return, we’ll have a review from last night’s Orgasm
Guerrillas/Donkey Laugh show... Meantime, Cass Pennant tells us
that his rather splendid award-winning Casuals documentary film
gets its first TV airing this Saturday (April 6th) at 9pm on the
Community Channel (539 on Sky, 233 on Virgin).
April 1st. Not an April Fool’s Day wind-up. Oi! The Boat is
teaming up with Randale, Longshot, Contra, Pirates Press and Rebellion
to serve up 52 seven-inch e.p.s over 52 weeks. This ‘Under One
Flag’ singles series kicks off on 20th April and there’s some
sort of subscription deal involved but we’re too busy sun-bathing
(cough) to look into the details. The Boat boys tell us: “The
intention is to unite Streetpunk and Oi! vinyl collectors worldwide,
to celebrate the loyalty of this sub-genre, and to prove how strong
we are when we come together as a one team, under one flag! Releasing
one 7" record each week and limited to editions of only 350 records
per title, this series will kick off on Records Store Day 2013.
All records will be housed in a simple 'old school' full colour
printed paper inner sleeve with printed centre labels, inserted
into a custom-printed shipping envelope. All six record companies
involved are contributing material for between 6-10 weeks. This
series aims to highlight great bands that fans of Punk and Oi!
will already know, while also introducing the base to new and
upcoming bands that are destined to be future favourites of the
scene... ” Let’s hope they give Donkey Laugh a break.
Louise Distras released her new four-track acoustic e.p. ‘Shades
Of Hate’ today; you can download it for free just by entering
your email address on Louise’s website.