28. We have added a date in Cheltenham, Gloucester, in May. On
May Day - 1st May - we headline The Night Owl in the High Street.
ALL May gigs, including Germany and Poland, will be played by
the Gonads Mark II: Gal, Nacho Jase, RD and Mick Gonad.
Feb 27. Plans for an unofficial oi oi World Cup anthem featuring
Gal, the Badoes and Tony Barker from Angela Rippon's Bum have
hit the bumpers as Gal and the WM are temporarily potless (Gal
is reeling from an unexpected tax demand, Tel from the escalating
costs of Liberty's weekly wine in-take). "What are they, some
kind of tight c***s?" fumed Barker, who at no time has offered
to contribute to the costs himself. Still the Beast is confident
that with the WM organising the recording it will happen in
time for the World Cup opening game... in 2014.
* The WM has been on. The London Diehards have a new drummer
and a new bassist. Great. But who, Tel, who? "Some bloke called
Steve and another bloke called Steve." Yeah, great. Thanks for
Cherry ain't too sad about being outed from the Diehards and
the Badoes. He's got himself a new gig - as Tweedledum and Tweedledee
in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland flick.
Gal's podcast is up here: http://www.totalrock.com/podcast/GarryBushellsRancidSounds.xml
New this week: Flogging Molly's 'Live At The Greek Theatre'
- a DVD plus 2 CD set featuring their titanic performance at
the Greek Theatre, LA, on September 12, 2009. The DVD is shot
in HD using ten cameras. A little bit more professional than
Rude Boy Sounds, know what I mean?
26. Gal recorded his latest pod-cast today with guests Gary
Lammin and Martin Stacey from the Bermondsey Joyriders and Alison
from Bubblegum Slut. Although blitzed by a mystery virus (Was
it gin agin? - Ed), Gal gamely struggled to keep awake and the
typically shambolic show features some absolutely blinding tracks
from Darkbuster, The Blades, King Kool, Raising Sand, The Simmertones,
Underclass, the Oi-Oi All-Stars and many more. We'll let you
know when it's up and running. (Gary Hodges was due to be on
the pod too, but was held up in traffic, finally arriving at
the 12 Bar 25 minutes after the show started). Our Gal, dosed
up on pills and powders, was feeling rough. He said: "My head
was pounding, I felt old, and my breath stank like an anchovy's
chuff... so it was pretty much condition normal." Gal blamed
the Night Nurse for him being knackered and disorientated. Sandy,
her name was... Apologies to Gary H for the mix up. Bev Elliott
did wait in the bar for twenty minutes on the off-chance you
turned up late. Not that she's complaining about having to wait
in a bar.
Songs arising from Hodges arriving too late for the show: 'ACAB'
- all clocks are bastards; 'Chaos' - chaos in the 12 Bar, pod-cast's
starting now; 'Sorry' - shout it out, shout it out, I know it's
a pain, I should have come by train...
news from RD MacGonad. The intrepid drummer has been injured
in a motorbike accident. Early reports indicate that it's not
too serious but he may need an operation on his tendons. Good
luck with that mate. In a related story, an operation to remove
a five pound note from Jim's wallet has proved unsuccessful.
*The paperback version of Cockney Reject will be published on
*Our old pal Charley Anderson from The Selecter has been in
touch to tell us that the band (who have reformed without Pauline)
have released a new version of 'James Bond'. Top man.
*Long Tall Shorty took a box of Gonads album to Germany. Here's
an interesting response to the question, how did the sales go?
Wattsie: "Great, they did loads of merch." Tony: "We sold nothing,
the kids weren't buying a thing." Hmm. Clearly a communications
breakdown. But we're sure it'll all make sense once we see the
Feb 25. Lord Waistrel has blocked special guest Jimmy Edwards
from joining us on stage at The Garage. Seems that when his
Lordship gave the go-ahead he was thinking of the late comic
actor with the handlebar moustache and a life-long love of spanking...and
not Jimmy Edwards from 1970s punk band Masterswitch. Jim will
jump up and join us for a version of 'Action Replay' on another
Feb 24. The Gonads' Greater Hits project is officially underway.
Tracks are likely to include SE7 DOLE DAY, BRITISH STEEL, PUNK
ROCK TILL I DIE, I LOST MY LOVE TO A UK SUB, LAGER TOP, HITLER
WAS AN HOMO, TUCKER'S RUCKERS, ALCONAUT, EAT THE RICH, THESE
ARE OUR STREETS, GOT ANY WRIGLEYS JOHN, KARL MARX SUPPORTED
MILLWALL, SANDRA BIGG REALLY BIG, and a 2010 version of THE
JOYS OF OI
* The Gonads mark II warm-up gigs include a headliner at Bournemouth
Champions on May 21st - Glen Matlock is no longer on the bill...Meanwhile
The Gonads mark I will have a special guest when we support
the Upstarts on April 10th at the Garage. What was that about
*Gal is putting together a 'Funny Old Bastards' comedy tour
with great neglected working class comics who couldn't give
a stuff about PC. We'll let you know when it happens.
Feb 23. Some of Gal's books will be available on Kindle via
Comet Press in the US this summer. Cake-based books, who knew
it was even possible?
*Despite the Oi-Oi All Stars, Gal and the WM are also attempting
to release their own World Cup song, England In Our Blood. All
they need is some mug, sorry, a discerning invester with 300
sovs to spare.
Legal note: In a previous blog entry we may have given an unfair
impression of Mssrs Mickey Fitz, Slim Jim, Paul Devine and others.
The words we used could have led some readers to believe that
the aforementioned upstanding citizens were mean-spirited, round-dodging
tightwads of the worst kind, when clearly (some lawyer twat
reckons) they are radical idealists living Tolstoy's dream of
'freedom through frugality'. We stand corrected... but at least
we stand our round.
Feb 22. This year's Punk Rowl Bowling & Music Fest in Las Vegas
will be the biggest ever. Confirmed bands include Flogging Molly,
NOFX, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Youth Brigade, Teenage Bottlerockets,
Cobra Skulls, TSOL and many more. Early bird tickets are available
at a special discount rate of all three days for 70 bucks. There
are discounts on hotel rooms too, and a Punk Rock Texas Hold'em
tournament. The event runs between May 6th and May 9th. More
details at: http://www.punkrockbowling.com/
Whale calls, it seems the Oi-Oi All-Stars have changed the name
of 'Spirit Of England' to 'Spirit of England World Cup 2010'.
Listen out for it on Gal's next pod-cast.
* Our mates Long Tall Shorty had their Saturday night gig in
Cologne rudely interrupted by the local Old Bill (the Aged Wilhelm?).
Gentleman John tells us, "We were so loud the police came to
the club and made them turn down the PA." John reckons the German
plod also banned Shorty from doing encores (That old one! -
Cynical Ed.) No word on whether the police were followed by
a visit from HM Revenue & Customs looking in to a series of
falsified diesel receipts...
*Mark Brezezicki, the former Big Country drummer with a name
like a Countdown Conundrum, has now joined Thunderclap Newman!
Here are a couple of digi-clips of their debut gig last Friday
in Lewes, East Sussex:
*Flustered Gonads mark II guitar ace Nacho Jase, currently moving
house, mistakenly belled Lord Waistrel today instead of his
new landlord. Not missing a beat, Waistrel told him he expected
six month's rent upfront and in cash by Wednesday...
Feb 20. Big trouble in Little Hornchurch: the drummer formerly
known as 'Cherry', now known as 'On Yer Bike Pike' has been
formally sacked from both the London Diehards and the East End
Badoes for "taking a liberty with Liberty". We don't know if
he's still in the Fuckwit Fridays, and neither do we care.
*As Cherry goes a new oaf lumbers in to view: step forward Top
Cat of Tottenham who has been making a nuisance of himself trying
to join the Central London branch of the Jolly Pranksters. You
can't request to join the Pranksters, you have to be asked;
so local lodge master, the Bishop of Soho, decided to teach
TC a lesson. He told him that the girls in a certain Soho massage
parlour "finish you off" for £60. Top Cat paid up front for
a rather feeble massage and when he demanded "satisfaction"
the girl asked for a further £190. Says the Bish: "TC was standing
there wearing just his socks and a boner accusing her of robbing
him. The bird turned round and said, 'What you going to do about
it, call the Old Bill?' Classic." The next night TC turned up
in the Pranksters' Dean Street bar and bought himself a drink,
not getting a round in. Outraged, the Brethren told the barmaid
that Top Cat was in the chair and piled into two taxis, leaving
TC to pick up an £80 bar tab. Effete El tells us: "We think
he's got the message."
*Gal is in talks with a German label about recording the Gonads
Greater Hits album this summer. It will be produced by Steve
Feb 19. Steve Whale finished the mix of 'Spirit Of England'
last night, and it's blinding. Hand on heart this is the best
patriotic streetpunk song for 25 years.
Feb 18. The Gonads Mark II will open for Glen Matlock in Bournemouth
in May as part of our warm-up gigs for Europe. But in a move
certain to wind up the Beast, RD MacGonad has already ousted
Fat Col and taken over as tour manager. Is he also planning
a management coup?
*Gonads albums are now for sale in the excellent punk store
All Ages Records of Camden.
Feb 16. The project known for now as the Oi-Oi All-Stars were
in the studio yesterday and the resulting song 'Spirit Of England'
sounds the dog's cobs. Legends joining the chorus included Millwall
Roi, Steve Whale, Terence Hayes (WM), Gal Gonad, JJ from the
Last Resort, Jeniera Blade and Robin Guy (Kemical Chaos, ex-Business).
All profits from the track, which will be released as a download,
will go to the Help 4 Heroes charity.
*Millwall Roi tells us there were "no incidents" on the Resort's
recent Euro tour, "except someone dropped dead at the venue
in Rome." This was pretty much the quote of the day.
*Disturbing stories reach our ears concerning a certain fat
ginger drummer (now known as Pike cos he's a stupid boy.) It
seems he used the occasion of some US dates to persuade a young
Yank fan into an act of "backdoor love". Unfortunately, at the
moment of truth the lumbering great oaf realised he hadn't packed
any KY Jelly and was forced to use his own spot cream as a lubricant.
We don't know how effective it was, but by all accounts her
anal warts have cleared up lovely.
Feb 15. The Gonads mark II line-up is now complete with Nacho
Jase on guitar, RD MacGonad on drums and Mick Gonad on bass.
This is our new band for the USA, Asia and Europe. The lads
will undertake a series of low-key warm-up UK dates through-out
May. The mark I line-up will play the Garage with the mighty
Angelic Upstarts on April 10th. By all accounts Mensi could
fill the gaff with his kids alone...
* Fatty Lol calls, scotching rumours that he'd died in a tragic
black bin-liner jogging incident. The Ska-let Pimpernel of Oi
has had the either mad or visionary idea that Gal should do
his Ska solo project under the name of the Skanads. Hmm. Many
claim the veggie-hoolie dodgepot formerly known as Ron Rouman
has become aloof since he got loved up but we still stand by
the great man. His own pet project the excellent Dub City Rockers
release their debut album in April.
* Vanessa from French oi band Les Misogynes tells us she is
in the UK to improve her English. Great, except she's living
in Glasgow! Isn't that like moving to Knightsbridge to improve
*Steve Whale has produced two tracks by his new protégées the
Blades. He reckons they turned out "the business."
Feb 14. Senior Pranksters gathered in The Usual Place tonight
to hear an impassioned plea for the order to throw its might
behind John King's new street-socialist party. Sadly the motion
was roundly defeated, with Old Eric of the East Sussex Pranksters
furiously denouncing the scheme as an "attempt to undermine
the apolitical nature of our frivolous brotherhood." Brother
Barry dubbed it "farcical" adding "the Pranksters are above
such mundane nonsense." Mr King's representative was sent away
with a flea in his ear after being made to pick up the tab by
the WM. However, the Pranksters are endorsing the Oi-Oi All-Stars
*Stories about Mick Fitz lifted the post-meeting "festive board"
(held at Chinese Tim's). It seems that since he has given up
the bottle, Fitzy has become a total shopping bore, ringing
up mates from supermarkets and DIY stores to ask their advice
on retail prices. He was also seen in Blackpool nipping out
of a pound shop with a bag full of mobile phone covers that
he attempted to flog on at an inflated price. He is a man after
Dodgy Dave Long's own heart. (All 'Mick Fitz mean bastard' stories
appreciated) We'd like to see him, Scoops, Dave Cairns and Franky
in a round-dodging contest with Paul Devine. It wouldn't exactly
be a photo-finish. They'd all die of thirst before they put
their hands in their pockets. A fly fell in Devine's beer once
and he wouldn't let it go until it had spat out every last drop.
12. Manic Esso's exciting new musical project is lumbering to
fruition with the all the natural grace of a prototype Cylon
on low battery in lead-lined boots. As you may recall, Manic
has been writing and rehearsing with former Lurkers Pete Stride
and Nigel Moore. They are now calling themselves GLM (God's
Lonely Men) and reckon on having a website set up and a download
song available by the end of April. No year is specified.(Let
the first song be 'Bad Charlotte' lads...)
hear whispers of a planned Oi mini-concert on the Saturday afternoon
in Blackpool at the same time as Rebellion...more to follow.
Feb 11. Wattsie is rapidly becoming the most popular Gonadette
since Annie Auldiron. She is also the only fully-fledged Gonadette
since Annie but never mind. Wattsie has everyone from German
toyboys to aging Welshmen (wotcha Roddy) via randy Italians
eating out of her hands. But can she ever find it in her heart
to forgive one particular mean, moody and misunderstood Scotsman?
Aye. MacGonad. As the song goes: 'He wiped his bogies on her
flag, MacGonad, the man is fucking bad...' But he's back, baby...
poor choice on offer at the forthcoming General Election has
spurred even the non-political Jolly Pranksters to consider
whether or not to endorse John King's planned new working class
alternative street-socialist party. Well-placed sources say
that it is "unlikely" that the Pranksters can be coaxed from
their position of bemused neutrality but a high-level meeting
will be held in The Usual Place this coming Sunday nevertheless.
When better than Valentine's Day to take a stab at a steamy
new (political) union?
10. Looks like the This Is Oi website won't be coming back.
It was shut down a couple of weeks ago amid hysterical but unproven
claims that it had been hacked by Millwall's F Troop. (Judging
by some of the appalling rants on there, we'd assumed it was
being hacked by Alf Garnett). As ever, this web page remains
the one semi-reliable source of oi-oi information.
Help 4 Heroes oi show, originally planned for Swindon, will
now go ahead in Wootton Bassett with the London Diehards, Control,
the Crack, Charred Hearts, Code 1 and Long Tall Shorty among
others. Venue: Riffs. Date: June 5. Tickets: £15.
more than a bit pissed off about St George's Day. First that
clown of a promoter ruined the big do at the Tavern (but has
yet to cancel the event with Ticketmaster). Then we were approached
to do an alternative show with the 4 Skins and the Badoes at
BH2, only to hear second-hand that it was off and the show would
now feature the Anti-Nowhere League and the London Diehards.
Which leaves us with just under ten weeks to try and set something
up from scratch...or go down the pub instead. Poor show all
round. And just wait till the Badoes singer finds out what that
dirty rotten Diehards vocalist has been up to. Oh, hang on...
9. Our pal Vanessa from French oi band the Misogynes tells us
that Contra Records have been in touch. She says: "The lads
from Contra offer us later in the year to make a 7", which is
GREAT." Yeah? Listen love, don't get yer hopes up. We've seen
them in the shower and you'd be lucky to get 5".
8. The Beast reckons he has a solution to our on-going band
crisis. He's advocating the formation of TWO Gonads: one for
the UK, one for the rest of the world. Gonads Mark II would
handle the long-haul gigs and overseas mini-tours - this line-up,
disturbingly, is likely to include the legendary RD MacGonad
on drums. Gonads Mark I would carry on as normal with maybe
one or two line-up changes. It's a possible short-term fix,
with a couple of minor complications that we're working on.
The Beast is "hopeful" that we'll be back on track for the Garage
gig in April, in one form or another.
Feb 7. The Oppressed were on top form last night, according
to Wattsie. Apparently the audience for the North London anti-fascist
Oi fest was a mixture of skins, hooligans, and "the great unwashed",
with plenty of Continental crusties in attendance. There were
skirmishes all night and one big one punch-up while Roddy and
the lads were on stage - with ten geezers piling in to one poor
bloke, but no-one seems to know why. Meanwhile in Bedford the
4-Skins show was sold out and trouble free...
Gal finally surfaced in Paris today, presumably after taking
a "trip up the WM's ladder". (This may or may not be an arcane
reference to the extremely advanced 32nd degree of Pranksterism).
He claimed to be out there in the hope that la belle Vanessa
Perroncel has a sister.
Feb 6. Internet rumours that the Gonads have split spurred Lord
Waistrel into action last night. When he couldn’t get
hold of Gal, Waistrel dispatched the Beast to scour the pubs
of North West Kent to no avail. According to Fit Bird, Gal has
quit the band. All Gonads gigs are cancelled pending confirmation.
Said the Beast: “It’s an unfortunate situation.
I’d been in negotiations with Asian and US promoters which
would have necessitated line-up changes anyway. For the moment,
the band is disbanded. The Gonads are on a break. Whether they
return is a matter for Gal alone.” Watch the news page
for official confirmation.
Coming this summer, new book: Why Be Something That You're Not
- Detroit Hardcore '79 to '85 by Tony Rettman; an oral history
full of in-depth interviews with scene veterans, photos and
5. Mad Marc’s line-up for this year’s Punk &
Disorderly in Berlin is like a punk rock wet dream. Bands confirmed
are: the BUZZCOCKS - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - THE OPPRESSED -
STOMPER 98 - COCKNEY REJECTS - THE PARTISANS - STREET DOGS -
ARGY BARGY – DISCIPLINE - THE BUSINESS - BAD CO. PROJECT
- ANGELIC UPSTARTS - IRON CROSS – TOXPACK – SKARFACE
– OHL - THE WARRIORS - THE CRUSHING CASPARS - THE RABBLE
- MOPED LADS – NECK - OI THE ARRASE – OBTRUSIVE
- COWBOY PROSTITUTES - LEFT ALONE - HAT TRICKERS – BERSERKER
– TOWERBLOCKS - HARD TIMES - MELANIE AND THE SECRET ARMY
- STAGE BOTTLES - PRODUZENTEN DER FROIDE - THE ZERO POINT -
DIE TORNADOS. Oh, and the Bay Shitty Rollers. Plus Marc’s
got a deal going for anyone coming with at least four mates.
If you order five tickets from www.punk-disorderly.de you don't have to pay the pre-sale fee. Five tickets cost E255
(about £222) + postage. It’s the bank holiday weekend
2nd – 4th April. The location is KABELWERKE, Gartenfelderstraße
14 – 28, 13955 Berlin. It’s the same venue as last
year, but Marc is promising more beer stalls and bogs. We
would have been on the bill of course but Gal and Leah are effing
off to Vegas that weekend.
Feb 4. Rumours are rife of an oi-oi Help 4 Heroes concert this
summer in Wootton Bassett... we’ll let you know if it
materialises. At the moment it's going ahead in Swindon with
the London Diehards, Control and Long Tall Shorty. (Are these
bastards stealing our shows now as well as our beer? Or just
craftily trying to reposition themselves in the gig market after
the Mod Renewal revival fizzled out? - Ed) One day they might
even learn how to spell Heroes.
3. Calling all US readers: If you want to get your mitts on
the punky magnificence of ‘Glorious Bastards’ but
don’t fancy paying the airmail prices, you can now get
the album direct from www.longshotmusic.com.
Go on, treat yerself, you’re worth it.
2. Should the Gonads play political benefits, asks Fat Col?
Probably not. Lord Wasitrel is advocating a tour that is “anti-fascist,
anti-Communist and anti-capitalist but pro-feudal reaction”
but there are few takers for that. Rock Against Gordon sounds
good, but is too vague. Rock Against Nuisances would be better.
We’d do a St George’s Day show, but that isn’t
political. We’d do strike benefits and anti-unemployment
shows, depending on who was organising them. Anti-EU too. We’d
all do a ‘Help The Heroes’ event, which is political
with a small p (like Two Jags, according to the unfortunate
woman he slept with), although we’d prefer to play for
the lads in Afghanistan itself. Trouble is, it’s hard
to trust any politician and harder still to agree on a cause
worth backing. ‘Anti-fascist’ dos are generally
organised by Marxists, ‘anti-Communist’ ones by
Nazis...both sides thoroughly discredited. So until John King's
oi-the-party materialises, in the spirit of f*** art, let’s
dance, we say f*** politics, let’s drink. Oh, and live
free, die free.
1. The latest shambolic podcast is up and running at Total Rock. Tracks
from Pama, Buster Shuffle, Last Resort, Contol, Rebelation,
Middle Finger Salute, Long Tall Shorty and many more... studio
guests Steve and Ciaran from the London Diehards.
There’s a big bike run in support of Wootton Bassett on
Mothers’ Day, Sunday 14th March, to support the fallen
and their families, as well as the indomitable spirit of the
town itself. So far over 4000 bikes have registered for the
group ride which will go through Wootton Bassett and on to RAF
Lyneham. More details at afghanheroes.org.uk or on facebook...
Our pals Klasse Kriminale are coming over for next Saturday’s
big anti-fascist Oi show at the Dome in Tufnell Park - but only
to watch. The Oppressed headline, with the Blaggers AKA, Stage
Bottles, Bull Brigade, Runnin’ Riot, Bottlejob, S-Molest,
Tear Me Down and the wonderfully named Hobophobic. No sign here
of Condemned 84. Surely some mistake?