Feb 29. R.I.P. Davy Jones. He eventually caught the Last Train
The mighty Skatalites have announced their 48th anniversary
tour. The musicians who formed the band in 1964 had been playing
together for producers such as Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid & Vincent
Chin in various combinations since the 50's and backed the top
singers of the day including. Stranger Cole, Alton Ellis, Ken
Boothe, Toots & The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Peter Tosh and Jimmy
Cliff. Early Studio One recordings were the first Skatalites songs,
including Simmer Down’ – Bob Marley’s first Jamaican Number One.
Roland Alphonso, Johnny Moore, Lester Sterling, Don Drummond,
Lloyd Knibb, Lloyd Brevett, Jerome Hinds and Jackie Mittoo recruited
Tommy McCook from his stint as a bandleader in the Bahamas, giving
the group that 'big band' feel so popular at the time among the
hotel circuit and dancehalls. Their UK dates are 21 May: Bournemouth,
The Old Fire Station; 22 May: London, Islington Assembly Hall.
23 May: Leeds, The Wardrobe. 24 May: Manchester, Band on the Wall.
25 May: Birmingham, o2 Academy, 26 May: Oxford, o2 Academy, 27
May: Sheffield, o2 Academy; 28 May: Liverpool, o2 Academy, 29
May: Newcastle, o2 Academy, 30 May: Glasgow, o2 ABC
Thought for the week: If there was hope, it must lie in the
proles – Winston Smith, 1984.
Feb 24. Weekly update # 2: Rumours abound as to why this blog
has gone off-air, one internet site reckons that Gal ate a couple
of ‘Guatemalan insanity peppers’ and has disappeared on a fantastical
hallucinatory journey with his spiritual guide the Space Coyote,
voiced by Johnny Cash. Although we think that was actually an
episode of the Simpsons. Other theories speculate that Gal and
Mick Maverick are about to be exposed by a Sunday newspaper following
‘orgies with showgirls’ involving ‘a kilo of un-cut cocaine, two-way
mirrors, handcuffs, and slight masochism’ but we can’t put any
of these to Gal as he appears to be in Brussels (“the heart of
the beast”) for reasons no-one will tell us.
In the meantime, our new album, Greater Hits Volume Two: The
Mutt’s Nuts, is out now! We’ll let you know when we have copies
in stock. While we’re waiting, here is a detailed review of the
prime platter by Garry Johnson: ‘Volume One: Plums was so strong
we wondered how the Gonads could ever follow it. But The Mutt’s
Nuts has “raised the bar” even higher, with TWENTY brilliant songs
that combine Oi, Ska and pure punk aggression with the band’s
trademark passion and humour. The album kicks off with the old
crowd-pleaser ‘Go Mad With The Gonads’ first played in the Lads
Of The Village pub in Charlton SE7 nearly 35 years ago. Other
golden oldies include the classic ‘The Joys Of Oi’ with its addictive
sing-along chorus, the angry stomp of ‘Rob A Bank’ which hits
like a gang of armed blaggers going “over the pavement”, and the
mighty ‘Conquest’ with its lyrics inspired by the Lord Of The
Rings, and featuring Steve Whale on lead guitar. The hardest hitting
tracks are ‘England In My Blood’ - a heart-felt anthem calling
on the people to fight for our lost democratic rights and civil
liberties – and ‘These Are Our Street’, a handsome hardcore inferno
about backstreet power. But who is the ‘Judas Pig’ referred to
in the lyrics? This is likely to provoke as much heated debate
as the identity of ‘Unky Bunk’ did! There are big surprises on
this album too. For starters, ‘Skinhead Girl’ sounds like AC/DC
in Doctor Marten books and comes with the classic Gal line: ‘feather-cut
and eyes that smoulder/I’d really like to Noddy Holder’. Then
there’s ‘Beki Bondage Please’ which was first played live in Leeds
as ‘Rebecca Pollard Please’ by the Unidentified Cockney Gonads,
a one-off ‘super-group’ featuring Gal, Mickey Geggus from the
Cockney Rejects and rock legend Pete Way (this was at punk-and-oi
website mistress Rebecca’s wedding). The album is packed with
gems! My favourite is the new version of ‘Sandra Bigg (Really
Big)’ a song from the band’s first ep, ‘Pure Punk For Row People’
which now include Sandra’s spunky response: ‘Hey my name is Sandra/And
for 30 years you’ve persecuted me/Hey, it’s close to slander/About
my looks and about my double Ds’. ‘Got Any Wrigleys, John?’ was
on that ep as well but it didn’t sound as powerful then as it
does now! Everyone loved ‘Oi Mate’ from Volume One, and Volume
Two brings us more infectious Ska songs – ‘Lotto’, about winning
the Lottery, ‘Getting Pissed’ (cheers!) and ‘Stop That Drumming’
which features the ravishing Wattsie Watts playing a nagging wife
(something she does frighteningly well!). The band calls these
songs “Oi-Tone, the place where Oi and Ska collide after eighteen
pints of wallop and a vindaloo”. Guest singers include blues rock
veteran Fin Muir from Waysted (and The Office!) on ‘Lager Top
Blues’, Leah McCaffrey who belts out ‘She Can’t Whip Me’, and
old Gonads vocalist Annie Auldiron who returns after thirty years
to sing ‘I Don’t Wanna’, a duet with teenage fan Kamber Wells.
‘Karl Marx Supported Millwall’ is another of Gal’s hilariously
unlikely historical revelations, while ‘Haemorrhoid’ pays homage
to the late great Phil Lynott. And that’s it, twenty monster Gonads
songs that deliver everything you want from this veteran, free-thinking
Oi band who are still ‘having a laugh and having a say after 35
years and yet still manage to sound fresh and exciting. They have
the energy of a thousand milkmen and clearly enjoy every minute.
How on earth will they ever top this? – Garry Johnson 2012. Cheers
Gal, maybe we’ll discuss Volume Three if the gloom ever lifts...
There’s a lot of actual news about, but first, here’s a new occasional
feature: The Paul Devine Memorial Round Dodgers List Of Shame:
We’re pleased to announce that Acid Jazz guru Eddie Piller is
a new entry to this disgraceful list, for persistent and inventive
swerving over a 32-year period, but he’ll have to go some to over-take
Scoops and Jim ‘The Piddler’. Send your round-dodger nominations
to firstname.lastname@example.org while singing ‘Buy
me a drink you bastards, buy me a drink...’
Random news: Lemmy has attacked new Motörhead box-set The Complete
Early Years which is selling for over £400. It’s a handsome package
but even so... Lemmy says: “Unfortunately greed once again rears
its yapping head. I would advise against it even for the most
rabid completists. Motörhead have no control over what's done
with these early songs, and don't want fans to think that the
band is involved in putting out such a costly box set”... Spit
Like This have signed a new album deal, something we report solely
so we can run a new picture of Vikki Spit. Their first release
will be the album ‘Normalityville Horror’ on 7th May 2012.
Out this week: The Menzingers’ LP ‘On The Impossible Past’ (Epitaph),
which Effete El says is chock-full of sing-along choruses and
down to earth lyrics; the CD version comes with the vinyl... plus
the debut album from French Oi band the Warrior Kids, ‘Les Enfants
De L'Espoir’ has been re-issued in the US by Katorga Works...and
at the poppy end of punk the Cheap Girls’ ‘Giant Orange’ LP is
out on colour vinyl from Rise Records.
Shit-hot new Tommy Schitt punkabilly spin-off Dead Fez were filmed
at the 12-Bar on Sunday for a new TV pilot, along with great friends
of this blog including Buster Shuffle, the 335, OCD, Shakey’s
Brother and the Sidewalk Doctors. The show also featured comedians
including red-hot blue collar stand-up Mark Rough (formerly of
NE punk band Disorder). On top of that, the very voluptuous Kiria
did interviews with Dead Fez and Buster Shuffle’s sexy backing
singers Debz and Carrie who claimed their life-long ambition was
to play with Gal's "lovely Gonads" in Berlin (“I'm sure that can
be arranged, but what about a gig as well?" - Fat Col). Nathan
from the Sidewalk Doctors reckons the show has “recreated the
spirit of The Tube” – so let’s hope it gets commissioned pronto.
Apparently there is already strong interest from discerning TV
*Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has announced his UK
tour dates. Following his appearance at Glastonbury last year,
Jimmy is playing London’s indigO2 on May 18th and the Birmingham
Ballroom on May 20th. We’re told the great man will be performing
all of his greatest hits including ‘You Can Get It If You Really
Want’, ‘The Harder they Come’ and ‘Many Rivers To Cross’. His
new album RE.BIRTH produced by Tim Armstrong is due out this summer.
a clip abhart it.
RIP Michael Davis, bass player with rock legends the MC5, who
has died of liver failure. He was 68. Mike passed away at Enloe
Medical Center in Chico, California, on Friday following a month
of treatment for liver disease. Our thoughts are with his family.
Out now, the latest Maximumrocknroll ftrg interviews with Night
Birds, Globsters, Kromosom’s Japan tour diary and much more.
the day I pop me clogs (wo-oh, wo-oh), scrape me up from Crayford
Dogs (wo-oh, wo-oh), and here is what to do, my friends, bury
my heart in the COVERED END (wo-oh, wo-oh-oh, wo-oh).
Oi, Oi muckers! Fat Col here, interrupting the silence to announce
that the new Gonads album is OUT NOW! 'Greater Hits Volume Two:
The Mutt's Nuts' is available from Randale Records, shipping worldwide
for 14,90€. It’s got TWENTY great tracks! It’s even better than
'Plums'! And we ain’t even got copies yet! Track-list: 1) Go Mad
with the Gonads 2) Rob A Bank 3) England in our blood 4) Oi Nutter!
5) Sandra Bigg 6) Lotto 7) Oily Rag 8) Beki Bondage, Please 9)
She Can’t Whip Me 10) Karl Marx supported Millwall 11) These Are
Our Streets 12) Got Any Wrigleys, John? 13) Getting Pissed 14)
Conquest 15) The Joys of Oi! 16) Lager Top Blues 17) Skinhead
Girl 18) I Don’t Wanna 19) Haemorrhoid 20) Stop that Drumming.
Feb 18. Weekly up-date #1: The Gonads are happy to announce
that we have tied in with Kay Kimberley’s KK Introduces booking
agency which represents a fine stable of acts including Roddy
Radiation & The Skabilly Rebels, King Hammond, Charlie & The Martyrs,
Rebel City Radio and more. For practical and professional reasons
all future bookings should be done either via Kay or directly
via Lord Waistrel. Please do not ask any band members, including
Gal, about gigs – they will only refer you to this message.
Here is the fully confirmed line-up for Europe’s premier punk
and oi festival, Punk & Disorderly: Troopers, Perkele, Stomper
98, Peter & The Test-Tube Babies, The Business, Argy-Bargy, Vice
Squad, Berliner Weisse, Sondaschule, the Old Firm Casuals, Buster
Shuffle, Nabat, The Gonads, Booze & Glory, OHL, The Mahones, Fertil
Miseria, PROTERVIA, Guida, and NoToken. Wannabe flag-girls please
note, we’re on at 8.30pm on the Saturday (April 14) and “wir party,
als ob es 1979 war.”
Quick catch-up: we’ve half-finished our tracks for the new Gonads/Uprisers
split EP; yeah, half, and there’s a story that can wait till we’re
in a better mood... early word on the Cockney Rejects film East
End Babylon is that it’s gritty, truthful and top-hole...
Our pals Bad Manners headline a big old St
George’s Day Ska bash at Bedford Corn Exchange on April 21.
Random guff: new albums are coming next month from The Dualers
and The Phoenix City All-Stars; the legendary Dave Barker guests
on three of the Phoenix tracks... NOFX have announced UK dates
in June... Green Day have started recording their new studio album...
a couple of South London Pranksters who went to the Dropkick Murphys’
London show say they bumped into Katie ‘the Weasel’ Waissel from
X Factor there; asked what she thought of the Murphys Katie replied
simply and accurately “they rock!” failing to add “But I don’t.”
Drum roll please... Maninblack have recruited a new drummer,
Nick Fuse, a veteran of the original New York Punk scene, who
arrives we’re told “without excuses, not afraid to play in front
of a crowded room or hammer electronic drums on top of a pool
table with a spotlight on him.” Maninblack's André Schlesinger
says: “I tried to recruit Nick several times over the past few
years but he's always been busy with other projects, I knew this
guy had a little bit of Keith Moon blood in him and always felt
he'd be a complement to the band"; while bassist Michael Brown
was reported saying, when ask what he thought of Nick's audition,
"fuck yeah!" Can we expect this line-up to last longer than a
snowman in Dubai, though? It’d make a nice change.
* Punk Rock Bowling 2012 will star Rancid, Pennywise, Sham 69
(Pursey & Parsons line-up), NOFX, The Addicts, Hepcat, Hot Water
Music, Youth of Today, Street Dogs, Youth Of Yesterday (Are you
sure? – Ed), Old Man Markley, the Beltones, The Real McKenzies,
and Dead Ending among others. Tickets on sale, March 5th. They
have asked us and we will be there... just as long as our Lotto
numbers come up tonight.
The London International Ska Festival returns to the capital
from Thursday 3rd – 6th May 2012 and promises 40 glorious acts
from around the world. The organisers tell us the line up will
“showcase all Ska has to offer from its roots in rhythm and blues,
mento and calypso, to the Jamaican originators, the progression
through rocksteady and reggae, 2 Tone, ska-punk and right up-to-date
with 21st century Ska sounds.” The four day fest will see musical
legends take to the stage. Dandy Livingstone will play his world
exclusive comeback show and first in 40 years on Friday 4th May
at O2 Academy Islington. Dandy released some all-time classic
reggae songs including the original 'Rudy A Message To You', as
well as being Britain's leading reggae producer and instrumental
in establishing Trojan Records. Other headliners across the weekend
include The Pioneers starring Jackie Robinson and George Dekker
('Let Your Yeah Be Yeah' and 'Long Shot Kick De Bucket'), Dawn
Penn ('No, No, No'), the voice of Dave and Ansell Collins - Dave
Barker and Rico Rodriguez MBE. From the 2 Tone era comes the founder,
guitarist and songwriter of The Selecter - Neol Davies, the original
Hotknives celebrating their 30th anniversary, California’s Fishbone
and multi-award winning Ska Cubano. Plus contemporary acts The
Dualers, the Phoenix City All-Stars, and London’s very own Buster
Shuffle. DJs will include Jerry Dammers, Don Letts, Gaz Mayall,
Andy Smith, the Dreadzone Sound System and many more. Full details
and running order here.
Normal fuck-you silence is now resumed.
Feb 16. RIP Darren Murphy of Wasted Youth.
PLEASE NOTE: this blog is closing down for the immediate future
due to the unwanted intrusion into our affairs of The Real World.
We will try and post weekly updates but no promises. Pranksters:
this is a code red situation. To everyone else, it’s what Fat
Col would call Complete & Utter Nuclear Toss. Thought for the
day: ‘Arseholes, bastards, fucking cunts and pricks’ – Ian Dury.
Meanwhile Gal’s new podcast
is up now. Enjoy it, there won’t be another for some time. Ta-ta,
sayonara, toodle-pip, adios and all that. Cheerio and keep the
faith. You can listen to it via the direct link here.
Feb 11. No thoughts for the day today, too hung-over. But here’s
a nice picture of Wattsie Watts inspecting Mick Maverick’s arse
for frost-bite. How cold was it yesterday, Gal? “So cold Paul
Hallam went outside for a piss and had to snap it off. So cold
Wattsie was chatting up a snowman. So cold MIA’s middle finger
had to be treated for hypothermia. So cold the Bethnal Green hookers
were handing out goose-down condoms...” But at least the snow
reduced the congestion. Shoreditch apparently had “less traffic
than the Orgasm Guerrillas’ website.”
Fascinating Mik Whitnall facts: he has a Cockney Rejects ‘Power
& The Glory’ tattoo on his left arm, he’s a huge fan of Burial,
he co-wrote Amy Winehouse’s last album...
Out this week: ‘Police’ by Canada’s Fucked Up, vinyl 7” (Deranged
Records); a 12-track album from Israel’s Useless ID: ‘Symptons’
(Fat Wreck Chords); The Koffin Kats’ psychobilly-punk extravaganza
‘Our Way & The Highway’ now out on coloured vinyl (Sailor’s Grave)...
and Fat Col’s quite excited about Goatwhore.
Feb 10. Gal recorded his latest Total Rock podcast today with
special guests Mik Whitnall from Babyshambles and Mod DJ Paul
Hallam; the show includes tasty tracks from Argy-Bargy, The Selecter,
Geoffrey Oi!Cott, The Old Firm Casuals, Come Sunrise, Bovver Boys,
Plasmajam, Jonny Cola & The A-Grades, Phyllis Dillon and many
more. Mik, who was also in 90s Ska band 100 Men (and 80s Oi band
Skin Deep) played two acoustic Ska songs and spoke about his time
writing with Amy Winehouse, R.I.P. We’ll let you know when it’s
up. The ravishing Wattsie Watts burst in five minutes from the
end of the recording accusing Gal of “starting before I was ready
and finishing before I could get started.” Yeah, we know, save
the gags for the divorce hearing.
Random news: Pennywise working on their first album for four
years... newly confirmed for Rebellion: Public Image, Neville
Staple, Ruts DC and Case... Dexy’s Midnight Runners are bringing
out a brand new album in June; called ‘One Day I'm Going To Soar'
it’ll be their first new release since 1985's 'Don't Stand Me
Down'... Clarence Clemons’s nephew Jake will replace the Big Man
in the E Street Band; Bruce’s latest is up here.
Advance notice: a major new open air Ska festival will launch
in South London this summer. The family-friendly Heritage Of Ska
Fest will take place in Brockwell Park over the weekend of July
7th and 8th. Acts will include major Ska performers plus exponents
of roots reggae, dub-step and hip-hop (Wot? No Oi-Tone?); plus
there will be talks, work-shops, photo exhibitions, DJs, fashion
and buckets of Caribbean grub. In the build-up, there is going
to be a promo party a month for three months (starting March)
in Shoreditch, and two events in South London – of which more
details to come. Strangely, the organizers have rejected Gal’s
suggestion that, as it’s Olympic year, each party should open
with a big dude running into view clutching a giant flaming spliff.
This may even be a better cause than the PM Appeal: the
Specialized charity album. Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson, King Hammond,
Rico, Rhoda Dakar and various other 2-Tone legends are involved
in this Paul Williams charity project. All the tracks are modern
versions of old Specials songs, including a masterful re-tread
of ‘You’re Wondering Now’ by The Values featuring Roland Gift
who say “We’re really pleased to be involved because every single
penny raised from people buying the compilation goes directly
to the Teenage Cancer Trust.”
Feb 9. Thought for the day: Giving money and power to government
is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O’Rourke
Fears grow for the safety and sanity of Terence Hayes, PM, who
has recently cancelled two important meetings and a high-ranking
Prankster gathering at the last minute citing vague and unexplained
“boiler problems.” Some brethren fear that the PM is being “got
at” by the MPL (Midget Protection League) who want to secure an
exclusive deal for his services, but Effete El whispers that this
is merely “a PR smokescreen.” According to El, Tel is actually
“terrified of coming to South London as he owes at least 73 people
a slap-up Chinese banquet”. Eric goes on: “At the moment, he will
only meet people after midnight by the tea-hut on Blackheath when
no restaurants are open, in caffs at breakfast time or in the
safety of football grounds. Why, last Saturday he was seen at
West Ham/Millwall in the home end trying to avoid anyone he might
owe a knife and fork. It’s like the Greek debt crisis in miniature,
only with chicken fried rice instead of cash.” Today the Gonads
launch PM Appeal to help El Tel out of his mess. In true EU style
19pence in every pound you send will go to Terry. The rest will
pay off his creditors. Dig deep, folks, spare ribs don’t barbecue
Random Ska snippets: King Hammond’s 50th Birthday Bash is on
April 22nd at the Buffalo Bar, London N1, with supports Too Many
Crooks, The Skanx and Swagga... Our pals P45 open for The Beat
and The Selecter at Ipswich Corn Exchange on April 1st... Pauline
Black has started writing her first novel, working title The Last
Supper... Montreal Ska vets The Planet Smashers have just posted
a video for their song ‘Death Theats’ here.
Feb 8. Thought for the day: “The great are only great because
we are on our knees – let us rise!” – Proudhon.
Meanwhile here’s some semi-confirmed gossip disguised as a news
item: Kiria is on board for the Ska-Nads project. Yes live-sex-on-stage
aficionado Kiria Le Pink will be guesting on the eagerly-awaited
Ska-Nads ep. Kiria, who co-sang ‘Re-Infected’ so brilliantly on
‘Glorious Bastards’, celebrated the news by mounting a large pink
elephant, as you do. Lucky pachyderm. No wonder his trunk’s up...
Kiria will be paid in vodka, the elephant works for peanuts.
Random guff: Cock Sparrer are playing Philly and Boston in May...
The Business’s 23-date US tour kicks off in Seattle on 24th Feb,
and carries on until Chicago on 24th March... and here’s
Soho face and Cockney tailor Mark Powell interviewed. Says Gal:
“This guy dresses so sharp, he makes you want to look in a mirror
and work out where you’re going wrong.”
Former Sniffin’ Glue guru Danny Baker reckons he is “Mulling
over an offer to invest £11m in a plot of land near the Rock 'n'
Roll Hall Of Fame for a similar project: Get Off! A History Of
Feb 7. R.I.P. King Stitt, the pioneering Jamaican toaster has
died aged 72. Born Winston Spark in Kingston, Stitt was best known
for his songs ‘Fire Corner’, ‘Vigorton 2’ and ‘Herbman Shuffle’.
The ‘Stitt’ nickname came from his childhood stutter, and he was
also known as “The Ugly One” years before Mensi was. Stitt’s slang-driven
toasting was credited with inspiring rap music, but then nobody’s
We’re back in the studio this month recording two new tracks
for our split ep with the Uprisers for US release. Our songs are
‘Glorious’ and ‘We Are The Boys’, and (technology permitting),
Pete Morcey from Forced Reality will be singing guest vocals on
‘Glorious’. Both songs are Bushell/Ward/Poole compositions. Fit
Bird whispers that ‘Glorious’ aims for “a modern Slade feel” while
‘We Are The Boys’ is a “proper brick-wall terrace chant stomper”
– a technical term that you will of course be familiar with.
The Whiskey Rebels new vinyl album pre-sale starts tomorrow at
Oi! The Boat. “17 tracks of unreleased and rare shit from ’99-‘09”.
You get the digital download on checkout when you pre-order...
and NOFX release a limited edition deluxe vinyl box-set containing
18 of their classic 7” singles on April 24; called 126 Inches
of NOFX. (For 126 inches of the Gonads, girls, see us after the
Southend gig... it might take some time...)
Feb 6. Story of the week must surely be today’s news of a musician
returning “from the dead” claiming he’d been living for two years
with zombies. Oddly this wasn’t Pete Way or even Max Splodge but
award-winning South African performer Khulekani Kwakhe "Mgqumeni"
Mseleku. Mugqumeni was thought to have died in December 2009 after
drinking a poisonous concoction supplied by a dodgy witch doctor.
But last week a man claiming to be the star waltzed back to his
home in Mquthu, near Dundee, in northern KwaZulu-Natal telling
fans: "I have been suffering a lot at the place where I was kept
with zombies. It was hell there and I am so grateful that I was
able to free myself and return to my family and you, my supporters.
I promise to continue singing once I gather enough strength.”
The folk troubadour told how he had been trapped in a cave outside
of Johannesburg where his captors had shaved his hair (zombie
barbers!) and changed his physical attributes. "My facial and
body appearance has changed," he admitted. Blimey, just like Ben
Mitchell on EastEnders. (Or Hustle – Ed). The zombies also forged
an identity card for him with a false name (his undead moniker
is "Sphamanda Gcabashe"). The local cops are now investigating
the thoroughly believable story. Police spokesman Colonel Jay
Naicker (Naicker of the Yard!) said: "We have opened an inquiry
and will be taking some samples to verify whether it is him or
Feb 5. A mischievous child whispers that one of the reasons the
East End Badoes split was “an absurd attempt to re-brand” the
vintage Oi hooligan combo as “Teenage Terry and The Toi-Boys”.
Sources confirm that this was actually suggested by one band member
and was “a major sticking point.” Mercifully, the “hare-brained
scheme” was rejected by the formidable tactician Terence Hayes,
PM, who is determined to keep the Badoes brand alive until they
achieve the success that has mysteriously eluded the band since
1982. However with El Tel, 97, at the helm again and the band
running “on Contra time”, there appears to be little chance of
the excellent four-track ‘Poplar Boys’ ep by the original line-up
coming out before Easter. So why not treat
yourselves to some ‘Charlton Boys’ instead? “Superior in every
way” – The Nosher.
The Mutt’s Nuts is at the pressing plant now, after a late minute
hiccup with the booklet. We’re still not entirely sure of the
running order, but we can confirm that the fabled recipe for the
Gonads Gut-Buster Curry is included. Who knows, maybe a Punk Rock
Cook Book could follow, featuring Nacho Jase’s ‘Nacho Feast’,
Stinky Turner’s Chilli Con Carnage, Millwall Roi’s Broken
Leg Of Lamb, Charlie Harper’s Old Goat’s Cheese with a cracker,
Argy-Bargy’s Onion Bhajis and Gal’s spicy pie and mash – as featured
on ITV! Care is advised however, whenever Shazza Stiletto offers
you her notorious Sausage Suprise.
PS The Nosher called Fat Col about the recipe book volunteering
a Spunketti Bollocknaize. "I'll be blowed," he said.
"That'll be a fiver," she replied. Ever tight, Gannon
says he settled for a ham shank.
The great Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson brings his Ska Orchestra to Islington
Assembly Hall Saturday 05 May 2012. The orchestra were formed
in the back streets of Hackney last year. As well as his usual
sax duties, Lee takes on the lead vocals in a hand-picked line
up that features fellow Madness original Mark 'Bedders' Bedford
on bass, as well as Steve 'Roo-B-Doo' Rooney (drums), Kevin 'Born
Ready' Burdett (guitar), Louis 'Diamond Legs' Vause (joanna),
Seamus 'Nice Man' Beaghen (organ), Steve 'Ice Man' Turner (tenor
sax), Darren 'Mr Reliable' Smith (alto), Steve 'Chalky' White
(trumpet), Bob 'The Bone' Dowell (trombone), Darren 'Fordie' Fordham
Feb 4. Well here it is folks, the first look at the magnificent
cover of Greater Hits Volume Two: The Mutt’s Nuts, which is on
course to be released on March 3rd. The twenty-song strong album
features: Go Mad With The Gonads, Rob A Bank, England In Our Blood,
Oily Rag, Sandra Bigg (Really Big), The Joys Of Oi, Getting Pissed,
Beki Bondage Please, She Can’t Whip Me, Karl Marx Supported Millwall,
These Are Our Streets, Oi! Nutter, Got Any Wrigleys John, Lotto,
Lager Top Blues, Conquest, Skinhead Girl, I Don’t Wanna, Haemorrhoid,
and Stop That Drumming. And if that’s not enough for you, there
is wild talk of releasing a three or four track Mutt’s Nuts Extra
ep later in the year featuring some of the songs we demoed for
this album but ran out of space for... we’ll let you know if that’s
* Advance notice: Gal’s next Dance Craze book signing and reading
in the UK will be at the 2-Tone village in Coventry at 2pm on
March 24. Admission: £2. Later that night Mr. Gonad and Paul ‘Stalin
of Style’ Hallam will join Lady Cardboard as guest DJs at a fund-raising
gig starring The 2-Tone Collection (including Horace Panter, Charley
‘Red Dreads’ Anderson and more) plus supports.
Random news: Captain Oi has just re-released the Ramones 1991
live album ‘Loco Live’ in a deluxe clamshell box. The 2-CD set
features 37 tracks and is the first time that the Ramones’ gig
in Barcelona has appeared in full on one collection (the UK and
US releases had different track-listings originally)... Roddy
Byers’s Skabilly Rebels start their first US on 24th Feb... Our
mates the Cundeez support The Damned at a Scottish Help 4 Heroes
festival 4-6th May... Dave Grohl is developing a comedy series
with Dana Gould for FX... just re-released on colour vinyl The
Explosion’s ‘Bury Me Standing’ (Chunksaah).
Heads up, Germany: we’ll be back to a pure punk and oi set for
the big Black Forest gig: all killer, no filler!
Feb 3. SkaNads News: after an intensive rehearsal day today,
the first four SkaNads songs are now officially ready to be recorded.
These are: the almost soulful male-female duet, ‘It’s Getting
Harder’, the filthy and funny up-tempo ‘Threes Up’ (co-written
with Nick Welsh), the rather jaunty ‘Spotty Dick’, and the laid-back,
life-affirming sing-along ‘Avoid The Vexation Of Women’. Harvey
Gardens tells us that the Ska-Nads now have “more than enough
songs for an album, but we’re taking it slowly, know what I mean?”
Not really, mate, but we do know that the e.p. will be recorded
at Easter with all-female SkaNads horn section Trumpet Crumpet
and outrageous backing singers the Happy Slappers.
Dead this week: artist Mike Kelley, who is sadly thought to
have topped himself on Tuesday at his home in South Pasadena,
California. He was 57. Kelley, from Detroit, co-founded the "anti-rock"
mega cult band Destroy All Monsters. A photo of one of his trademark
dolls was used on Sonic Youth’s 1992 album Dirty. Even sadder,
we also learned of the recent death of composer Ted Dicks who
co-wrote the Bernard Cribbins hit ‘Hole In The Ground’ as well
as the theme song for Carry On Camping. And that was pure genius.
Ted popped his clogs on Jan 27.
Hardcore corner: just re-released, the split single from Capitalist
Casualties and Lack Of Interest on Six Weeks Records. And new
from Harley’s War ‘2012’ (MVD), featuring ex-Cro-Mag Harley Flanagan
and Rocky George of Suicidal Tendencies: five new songs plus 13
Feb 1. Just dropping by because we remembered an unusual snatch
of conversation from the Dance Craze launch party last week –
when our own Wattsie Watts met Carol Harrison for the first time
and told her: “’Ere your ex-father-in-law murdered my ex-father-in-law.”
And it’s true! The former EastEnders star was married to Jamie
Foreman, son of London gangster ‘Brown Bread’ Fred, while Wattsie’s
ex-pa-in-law was used car dealer Tommy ‘Ginger’ Marks who was
kidnapped outside the Repton Boys Club and killed by Freddie back
in 1965. What a small world! The women immediately got on like
an insurance job on fire. (Freddie Foreman was acquitted of the
murder but later confessed to it; he’d shot Ginger in revenge
for shooting his brother George in the legs – and Ginger did that
because Geo was pogering Mrs Marks at the time. Better than a
soap, this...) Actually, when we come back, we might start up
a Dear Dreary style Problem Page to help with the love lives of
the stars. Say for example you were an aging punk singer whose
family home was being dramatically staked out by the Other Woman,
who could you turn to? Deidre Sanders? Do us a favour! Ask the
Gonads, we’re your saviours!
When we come back we may also have news on a developing story
that could see the Gonads playing a private party in the Playboy
Mansion in LA this summer. It’s most likely someone trying to
wind us up. But we have been approached, the recipient of the
surprise party, a big-name Hollywood bod, is known to be a major
street-punk fan and stranger things have happened. We will of
course carry on expressing our horror at the foul sexist nature
of the Playboy operation right up until the e-tickets arrive in
While we’re here, Sparrer play San Francisco with Rancid on March
23rd and 24th (The Warfield)...Watford Jon wants to set up a joint
Argy-Bargy/Gonads gig in 2013... US Ska punk leg-ends Reel Big
Fish are demoing songs for their first new album in five years...
we’ll be back at the weekend
*Chelsea Dom selflessly missed our Saturday show so he could
review the Argy-Bargy gig instead. (Well he doesn’t like crowds
- Ed). The great man writes: So Saturday night off to the 12 Bar.
An early meet in the Ship with John King & Lee 'Daktari' Wilson,
who had fortunately left his elephant gun at home, for a few precursory
beers (no more than twelve, no less than nine) and then the short
crawl to the venue. First band up Ministers Dead didn't really
float my boat, so not much to say on them. (Why not? Slaughter
the bastards! – Critical Ed) After a short break, Watford stalwarts
The Booze Boys hit the stage resplendent in Hawaiian shirts and
hit us with a wave of abuse from the stage; singer Nick Parker's
verbal onslaught is certainly sharper than his fashion sense.
Old favourites such as ‘Barry Bethel’, ‘16 Pints’ and a cover
of the Macc Lads’ ‘Sweaty Betty’ hit the mark and got the crowd
in the right mood. Hopefully more gigs from them soon. At around
10:30, Bargy cranked up the energy levels and thrashed their way
through a plethora of favourites old and new as the watching audience
equally thrashed in appreciation. Highlights were ‘Immaterial
Girl’, the increasingly popular ‘Burning Sky’ and ‘Drinks Drugs
Football Thugs’. My only complaint was why no ‘Saturday's Glory’?
The set finished with some classic standards ending on a rousing
cover of ‘If the Kids Are United’. It was great night, how it
should be with everyone enjoying themselves, no politics or decorators
in sight. More of the same please.
Fat Col adds: “If Lee is Daktari, which one of the Infas is
Clarence the cross-eyed lion?”
STOP PRESS: we’re sorry to announce that our Bolton and Blackpool
gigs have been cancelled for reasons entirely beyond our control
(in the case of the Pineapple Inn, Bolton, the brewery is shutting
the pub – presumably as a precaution.) We will try and reschedule
Blackpool soon as possible. Our next confirmed gigs are Schramberg,
Germany, March 3rd, Southend, Essex, March 23rd, Berlin, Germany
(P&D) April 14th and Beauvais, France April 21st. This blog may
sleep for a while now. Toodle pip.