Please note the items you are about to read consist largely
of scurrilous gossip, vicious back-stabbing and idle speculation.
As Jon Stewart might say, its stories are not fact checked.
Its informants are not journalists. And its opinions are not
fully thought through.
Jan 31. We end the month on a subversive note. Fat Col has
invoked the spirit of “the widow’s son” to summon Waistrel, the
Beast and FB to appear before a ‘revolutionary Gonads tribunal’
to answer a number of complaints about their behaviour; to wit
their dismal failure to procure worthwhile (or indeed any) gigs
in this country or abroad. The Beast also faces “nuisance charges”
for his endearing habit of ringing us up when we’re busy and then
passing the phone on to drunks. An insider whispers: “It’s like
1794 at Nads HQ with Col and his Charlton Boy enforcers whipping
the lads into an angry Parisian-style frenzy. The old order is
under attack, purges have been called for, and promises are no
longer enough. What we have here is the beginning of a new ‘Grand
Terreur.’ The management will be asked ‘what have you done for
us lately?’ and if the answer is fuck all, then they will face
Madame Guillotine – metaphorically at least.” We’re sorry to hear
it (specifically we’re sorry to hear that the guillotine is only
a metaphor.) This is big, buddies! This is Egypt and Tunisia with
a side order of Robespierre! To the barricades! Talk is cheap.
Now is the time for action!
Superyob’s Bedford gig for Frankie Flame’s birthday was a triumph.
Our mole in the hole tells us: “It was mayhem! Frank got so carried
away with all the excitement that the band were hanging on for
dear life with some of his 'interpretations' of the songs. The
old boy really enjoyed himself...with more people on the stage
than in the crowd by the end of it!” Good old Frank! They would
have given him the bumps as well but didn’t have half an hour
to spare – “105, 106, 107...” Meanwhile, we’re intrigued to spot
an interview with the great man’s missus, Jill Flame, in German
fanzine Der Randalierer in which she reveals that Frankie “loves
my dumplings” (insert Andy Gray quote here), and that he “vacuums,
irons and washes the dishes” (“A man after my own heart!” – Sharron
Slutt). Jill adds “we are still on our honeymoon every day.” So
if that joanna’s a-rocking, don’t come knocking...
Jan 30. Our ‘Greater Hits’ album (Volume One: Plums) is launched
officially on Feb 26th. Invites for the party will go out shortly.
If you don’t receive one and want to come email Waistrel
to get on the guest list. The evening at the 12 Bar - the dirty,
beating, heaving heart of London rock n roll – will be a punk
rock party of two halves: the launch do for invited guests and
assorted rapscallions, which will include a full album playback;
and a paying gig later that night featuring us and Viva Las Vegas.
The Cockney Rejects documentary, East End Babylon, is due for
release this Autumn, although there is still some filming to do.
The lads are just finishing off their new album, which will probably
be released early summer. It’s said to be the punkiest they’ve
been since 1980, with bucket-loads of power, melody and fat-arse
Sandy Lane asks us to tell you that Woody Sez, a new musical
about US folker Woody Guthrie is running at the Arts Theatre in
Great Newport Street, London WC2, until April 2. Not keen on the
old Stalinist’s politics, but a wrote a few good songs...
Captain Oi are discontinuing their picture disc vinyl range.
For a limited time the first three classic Oi comps are available
for just £7.99 a pop. In other record news: Me First & The Gimme
Gimmes have just released five new songs in a double 7in vinyl
package. ‘Go Down Under’ (Fat Wreck Chords) features covers of
Aussie songs made famous by the likes of INXS, Air Supply and
Olivia Newton-John (Wot? No Skippy? No Rolf?)... Control’s new
album ‘Punk Rock Ruined My Life’ will be released in April...
and Daggermouth’s album ‘Stallone’ is now available on coloured
vinyl in a limited 500 copy edition (Animal Style Records.)
Jan 29. Woah! Another Gonadette made it onto TV yesterday. Antonia
Moore (aka the Black Marilyn, our former flag-girl and one-time
band photographer) appeared on ITV’s May The Best House Win. Antonia’s
tasteful pad (complete with her picture of Gal and Clyde on the
khazi wall) triumphed over all-comers and won £1,000. Her confession
to “shopping” in skips raised a few eyebrows and the sight of
her boudoir raised a few other things besides. But after Angelica
last week, Antonia and very soon Harriett, the moral is clear:
girls, if you want to get on TV, become a Gonadette. Don’t be
shy, just lay back and think of ‘England’s Glory’...
Bruce Springsteen will guest on the new Dropkick Murphys’ album.
The Boss, and Fat Mike from NOFX, will be yelping along on the
band’s cover of the 1913 song ‘Peg O’ My Heart’. 1913? Strewth.
Wasn’t that the year Frankie was born? On the strength of this,
we’d like to invite Bruce down to our next recording session in
South London so he can sing along on our version of ‘Pal Of My
Cradle Days.’ Yes, we know it would be a compromise and an inconvenience
and all that old palaver, but as long as he gets his round in
he’ll fit in just fine.
Happy birthday to Frankie ‘Boy’ Flame, 65 (he says) today, and
Terence Hayes, WM, 52. That’s El Tel, sometimes known as Two Bands,
sometimes No Band, behind his back, Hair Band, and according to
some clearly deranged bloggers ‘Should be Banned’. But always
the “Paul Newman of Oi”... in his own mind at least.
Hear Danny Diablo's cover of Exploited's ‘Sex and Violence’
featuring Tim Armstrong and Everlast here.
All of the Clash’s London Calling album (except for ‘Train In
Vain’) will soon be available through Rock Band 3. You can buy
it either whole or track by track from Tuesday for Xbox360, PlayStation
3 and Wii. Punk rock? Not really. Fun though.
Ska News: tickets for the London Ska Fest are going like hot
rude girls. Friday 22nd April (when Dave & Ansell Collins, the
Trojans, the Loafers, the Hotknives & more are on the bill) has
almost sold out completely. Ticket details and full line up here:
www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk Meanwhile Gal is hard
at work compiling a new Ska sampler, which will feature brand
spanking ditties by Ska turns old and new. More details when we
Gig news: the Cockney Rejects headline Amsterdam Rebellion on
May 1st alongside the UK Subs, with the Street Dogs, Argy Bargy,
Criminal Class, The Defects and tons more... Ronnie Wood’s old
sixties R&B band The Birds play the 100 Club on 12th Feb, with
original singer Ali McKenzie. They’re also releasing their ‘lost
single’, ‘That's All That I Need You For' (heard in the film The
Deadly Bees) as a vinyl 45 for the first time...and Long Tall
Shorty headline the 100 Club on 17th Feb with the Craven Braves
. (DJ Chelsea Jeff).
RIP Marvelettes co-founder Gladys Horton who died yesterday,
Talking of Shorty, a tired and emotional Lord Waistrel last night
backed Sharron Slutt’s right to have Prince Abdullah’s baby. Quoth
Waistrel: “Even though ‘she’ can’t actually have children, not
having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Coalition’s,
she can have the theoretical right to have babies.” Channelling
the spirit of the Life of Brian (or drunkenly misquoting it –
delete to taste) his Lordship concluded: “Shazza’s struggle is
symbolic of our own struggle against oppression of all kinds...
And also symbolic of her life-long struggle against reality.”
These all night sittings in the Lords have clearly done the old
boy’s brain in.
Jan 28. Today’s news is the mutt’s nuts. Oi The Book has now
been officially commissioned. The whole story of Oi! will be recalled
in detail. It won’t be a PC re-write of history, it won’t have
a political axe to grind. It will just tell the truth as it happened,
warts and all (not a Ross Halfin reference.) Every effort will
be made to include every band who was ever part of or connected
to the incredible Oi! dynasty – pathetique punk, streetpunk and
all. But at the same time, the authors and editors need your help
with facts, anecdotes and pictures. If you were in a smaller band,
or followed one, make sure you remind them about it. Nobody’s
knowledge is encyclopaedic.
Meanwhile, it’s unsurprising news on the ‘Oi! Never Surrender’
front. Contra have now put the release date for the long-awaited
30th anniversary Oi comp back from February to April (making in
the 30th anniversary of ‘Strength Thru’ rather than ‘Oi The Album’).
Still no word on the track listing...
Please note, Reggae Britannia, featuring Neville Staple and
Pauline Black at the Barbican on Saturday week (Feb 5th) has now
sold out. So if you haven’t got a ticket it’s tout time, baby...
Sharron Slutt, the popular transvestite tramp, tells us that
she has had a proposal of marriage from “His Royal Highness Prince
Abdullah Abdallah”. Shazza reckons she was shopping in the Louboutin
store in Bond Street when the Prince’s bodyguard invited her to
afternoon tea “in his penthouse in Claridges”. She goes on: “Over
cakes and sarnies, HRH told me he was here to sign the documents
for his top floor apartment at 1 Hyde Park and then suddenly he
asked me to be his wife in London! I of course accepted, after
all, who wouldn't? And once a few loose ends are tied up, i.e.
the trifling fact I'm a married bloke already, I shall become
Princess Sharron of Knightsbridge and have access to all the wealth
one could dream of.” We do worry about the boy. Mind you we hear
the old Arab royals are partial to a little “backdoor action”
– one up bum, no harm done and all that. Brace yerself Shazza
and think of the tiara. PS. Sharron will be Abdullah’s 17th “wife”.
Says Fat Col: “One more and he’ll have a golf course.” Colin will
not be taking over from Andy Gray any time soon.
Jan 27. Okay, we interrupt this self-imposed blog silence to
inflict an avalanche of trivia, sorry vital news on you. First
off, The Gonads ‘Greater Hits’ CD exists! It has arrived in Germany
fresh from the pressing plant. Oli at Randale Record reports that
it “looks fantastic and sounds like hell. Fucking great release!”
Cheers, mate. It’s just got to get to us now... invitations for
the launch party will go out shortly, but we’re pleased to report
that we’ve already had acceptances from the dream girl trio of
Wattsie, Kiria and, er, Sharron Slutt. Says Kiria: "We'll be competing
for the biggest slapper of the night!”
PLUS we’ve sorted the Punk & Disorderly situation. We are NOT
playing this April, but we will be on the bill in 2012 (just as
soon as MAD guarantee our vigorous rider requirements - lager,
curry, Buckfast, bar billiards, pork scratchings and a platoon
of skinhead girls called Helga).
Gal’s Funny Old Bastards stand-up comedy show launch has been
postponed – because Willie Thompson’s foot operation means he
can’t actually stand up right now. It’ll be back on track this
*The legendary Johnny Moped plays a rare date at the Dome in
Tufnell Park on Friday 1st April 2011. Supports are The Roolettes,
Monkish, and The Ten O Sevens. Tickets are £8 and available from
Jan 23. Superyob’s gig next Friday at Bedford Esquires is a
very special occasion - Frankie Flame’s birthday. And it’s a big
one. How old will Frankie Boy be? 65, the great man tells us.
But in human years it’s a lot more... Don’t forget Nick Welsh
plays the 12Bar next Saturday too. He tells us he’s doing an acoustic
version of our own ‘Re-Infected’ which will be blinding for sure,
and even better if he gets Kiria in for the female part, but the
Dizzee Rascal take on ‘Oi Mate’ is what we’re waiting for. (Mention
of Kiria’s female part has left Fat Col quite wobbly...)
*Shock Stock (& one scraping barrel) Announcement: we have now
sold out of the ‘Back & Barking’ album. All stock has gone. Ditto
Schizoi. They are both now officially collectors’ items... for
*New Roger Miret q&a and the title track of the new Disasters
*Aussie label Resist Records has started an Ebay
auction to help the victims of the Australian floods. They're
flogging rare records, discontinued discs and some white label
test pressings, all donated by record labels around the world.
All proceeds go to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. It ends
*That Frustrators’ ep we mentioned is out on 18th Feb on vinyl,
CD and as a digital download. Mike Dimt’s side project will also
do a short Californian tour.
This blog is temporarily closing down for ‘crisis management’.
No further details are forthcoming.
Jan 22. No Nads In Berlin Shocker: Please note we are NOT currently
playing Punk & Disorderly in April even though our name is on the
poster and we’d really love to be there. The problem is we can’t
find any evidence of us actually being asked to play this year.
And it’s not like we can drop everything and go because Dan (Son
Of Oi) gets married in Cardiff that Saturday.
A frustrated Beast tells us: “It may be that Gal and Mad Marc discussed
this a year ago and Gal forgot – we know what his memory is like
– but there is no paper trail to follow and we were definitely under
the impression that we were not booked for the gig.” He goes on:
“We would obviously love to play, Punk & Disorderly is our favourite
punk festival by a country mile.
But it will all come down to how feasible it would be to airlift
Gal from South Wales on Sunday morning. I’m not holding my breath.
If it’s impossible we can only apologise to Marc and to the many
discerning punters who were looking forward to some hardcore Nads
action.” Bugger, bollocks and double bollocks. Sparrer, Deadline,
Argy-Bargy, the Last Resort, the Grit and the League are among the
many bands who are definitely on the bill.
Jan 21. Dust off your balls chaps and chapesses. The 13th annual
Punk Rock Bowling Tournament in Las Vegas will take place between
the 27th and 30th May (that’s the US Memorial Day Weekend) at
a new location. Hotel deals, band and bowling info to come shortly.
In a related story, Fat Col is appealing to UK punk bands to enter
teams for the Pranksters Annual Quasar Challenge in beautiful
down-town Bromley this summer.
RIP Alex Kirst. Iggy Pop’s old drummer has been killed in a hit-and-run
accident in California. Kirst was knocked down by a white van
in Cathedral City while walking on foot on January 13. His brother
Whitey, who played guitar for Iggy. said Alex had "just went to
the store to get a pack of cigarettes.” Police are appealing for
potential witnesses to help identify the vehicle.
*Brian Fallon from the Gaslight Anthem has launched a side-project
called The Horrible Crowes, with his guitar tech Ian Perkins.
(For horrible blows see Francine Lewis, allegedly). They’re planning
an album later this year. Some tour dates may follow. Meanwhile
Gaslight are back in the studio in the Autumn.
Jan 20. Gonadette Angelica Fenney popped up on a C4 diet show
last night. Scouse Angelica was on some kind of cabbage soup diet
– and initially put on weight (maybe no one told her she was supposed
to have the soup instead of pie and chips, and not as well) before
losing an impressive two stone (“about the weight of one breast”
– Fat Col). Rumours that Angelica was there as an advance guard
for FB and the Beast are inaccurate and uncalled for. The show
was called Will My Crash Diet Kill Me? To which the answer is:
not as surely as Fat Col’s Crash Driving.
Can’t tell you much about this yet, but Buster Bloodvessel, Gal
and Steve Whale have agreed to take part in a charity project
(for the Erskine hospital) which could be very good indeed.
We’ve just heard that the US news media tried crassly to rope
in Anti-Flag to the Arizona shooting scandal. Responding to reports
that suspect Jared Lee Loughner was a fan, the band issued a statement
saying: ‘For well over a decade Anti-Flag has endorsed non-violent
progressive change and has lobbied for peace, equality, justice,
and health care (including mental health care) for all people
of America and the world. Anti-Flag unconditionally condemns the
heinous actions of Mr. Loughner and our heartfelt condolences
and best wishes go out to every single person affected by Mr.
Loughner's senseless act of violence. Our message is and always
has been very clear, violence in any form is unacceptable.’
Jan 19. The Dropkicks have posted 'Memorial Day', the first
new track from the forthcoming album, on Rolling Stone, here.
Apparently it's a concept album about an 18th century Irish immigrant
to the US called Cornelius... and what's that? A shamrock on the
front cover? We didn't see that coming.
As discussed yesterday, Jimmy Pursey and Day 21's debut album
is called 'Who Killed Sham 69?'. Says Chelsea Dom: "So surely
the next Sham album should be called, 'You Did, Jim'. " Rim-shot!
Sham are apparently still working on their new album, but the
Dave Parsons solo album is out - Gal played a taster on the podcast,
Bev Elliott thinks it sounds like the Professionals. Just to complicate
matters, 'Dare To Win' (featuring Sham and Jimmy Edwards) will
be released under the guise of Sham 79. And Jimmy (Edwards, not
Pursey) has put together a new line-up of Masterswitch with two
of Flintlock. Confused? Take comfort in the fact that you aren't
BTW, those 100 green vinyl pressings of 'Gonads Greater Hits
Vol 1: Plums' look suspiciously blue to us...a nice surprise for
everyone... we suspect German record labels may actually be run
by a committee comprised of Mr Bean, Bobby Ball and the Three
Jan 18. Anyone know what’s going on with Day 21, the band Jimmy
Pursey and Mat Sargent formed with The Rev & Snell from Towers
of London a couple of years back? They wrote and recorded most
of their debut album in 2007 and finished it in 2008. They even
did four gigs. In January 2009, they stuck their first song ‘Having
It Rock’n’Roll’ up on YouTube and it came out as a single in March.
The album ‘Who Killed Sham 69?’ was due to come out last October.
According to their website it has been released. Only it hasn’t.
It isn’t even available as a download. So what’s going on? One
of our spies has done some digging and she came back with this
report: “The album was finished but Pursey keeps re-writing stuff.
He’s never happy with the words. He had one song about Haiti which
he has now changed into a song about the London Olympics (!).
It’s a bit frustrating, but that’s Jimmy. Everyone he works with
thinks he’s nuts.” You don’t say! Pursey was as mad as a wet hen
back in the 80s and he hasn’t got any saner. But if there’s any
news of a release date or gigs (Jim’s last show was the Love Music
Hate Racism festival in Budapest last August, in an all-star band
with one of Babyshambles) we’ll pass it on. Expect to see the
album on Day 2100.
Jan 17. Our tour manager and fixer, FB. today called on Gonads
fans, and Nads pin-up Wattsie Watts, to remove any footage of
the band that they have posted on YouTube. He said: “We ask you
to remove this footage because it does not present an accurate
picture of the current band. I’m not criticising previous line-ups,
just emphasising that the Gonads were a different and more shambolic
beast back then and we do not want people to think we are still
operating on that lackadaisical level.” FB, aka the man the A
Team go to for help, continued: “The current line-up is committed
to Professionalism. It’s like comparing a juggernaut to a penny
farthing, both vehicles can make the same journey but the look,
feel, sound and power is completely different.”
*Album of the month? ‘The Bully Breed’ by Murderers Row (Durty
Mick Records). This blinding Oi band from Troy, NY, are still
a menace to sobriety steaming straight in with their mission statement:
"We like to drink and we like to fight/But most of all we drink
all night." (Wot? No shagging?) Another anthem declares: “We’re
the piss-poor working class working every day/Staring at the time
clock/Wishing the time away/Can’t wait for the weekend/We’ll get
drunk in every way/We’re the piss poor working class working every
day/Pissing our life away.” Right now they’re flogging the album
and a t-shirt for $12. (But it’s a tenner on amazon.co.uk with
a February release date.) Cheers!
Jan 15. Our official album launch party will be at the 12 Bar
on Saturday February 26th, followed by a gig with the legendary
Viva Las Vegas. Details to follow. Those lucky folk invited to
the party will enjoy free Gonads wine, a chance to rub shoulders
with oi-oi royalty and very special guests as well as the full
album playback. Note for collectors: the first 100 copies of the
album will be pressed on green vinyl to emphasise our strong political
affiliation with all things green, e.g. the Hulk, cannabis, Kermit
the frog, green chartreuse, green enchiladas, Green Lantern, Green
Hornet, the Green Manalishi, emeralds, the Yeti’s under-crackers...
(continued the Green Man, Hodsoll Street)
Record news: Poly Styrene is releasing a new solo album at the
end of March. Called Generation Indigo, it’s been produced by
Youth. The Dropkick Murphys release their new studio album on
1st March. The thirteen song platter, called Going Out In Style,
is their seventh to date. Slackers! And Work In Progress, the
brand new studio album from the U.K. Subs is out now on Captain
Oi, featuring 12 new Subs songs plus a number co-written with
Lars Fredericksen and a cover of ‘Strychnine’ by The Sonics. Track
by track overview here.
Kiria called last night from her sickbed to assure us that her
gig at the 100 Club tonight is ON. Odd that both she and Sharron
Slutt have been laid low with ‘swine flu’ this week. The dirty-minded
might draw the wrong conclusion, picturing those two brazen hussies
half-naked and exchanging saliva in a sleazy hotel room. We prefer
simply to picture Kiria with a gob full of Night Nurse. Apparently
the symptoms of swine flu are sweating, excessive body odour and
extreme laziness. Fat Col had it all Christmas and no-one noticed.
The wonderful Jennie Bellestar releases her new One Stop Experience
album ‘Peeping Tom’ on April 8th, with a launch party gig at the
Gaff, followed a week later with an Oxford show with nutty boy
Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra. Jen tells us the album is all recorded
and mixed, and is just waiting to be mastered...
Some serious news from the Jolly Pranksters. After a suspected
incident of police infiltration, the Pranksters are going underground
while an internal inquiry is conducted. No news of the brethren’s
nefarious activities will be published here until the WM lifts
reporting restrictions. So mote it be.
Jan 14. As well as coming out as an all-action CD, our Greater
Hits album will also be available on vinyl comprising of a thirteen
track album and a three track 7” ep. The track-listing will be:
Side A 1) Punk Rock Till I Die 2) Alconaut 3) Tucker's Ruckers
Ain't No Suckers 4) Gob 5) Oi Mate 6) Jobs Not Jails 7) SE7 Dole
Day. Side B. 1) Lager Louts 2) Franken-Skin 3) Grant Mitchell
4) Hitler Was An 'Omo 5) Tattooed Love Girl 6) Hey You. The ep
will feature I Lost My Love To A UK Sub, Big Balls and British
Fit Bird tells us that Gal will start recording his solo album
in earnest in May/June this year. It will she says be “an album
of all the talents”, featuring musicians from Ska, punk, rock
and Mod bands, a brass section, and a selection of “big name guest
vocalists.” How big? Scoff not, unbelievers, for as well as such
luminaries as Jenny Bellestar, the WM and other heroes of this
blog, one name firmly in the frame is...Engelbert! Another is
Chas Hodges! And hold up, who’s that we hear in the distance,
merrily a-chomping on a hamster...?
*Campaigners in Stoke-on-Trent have handed in a petition to
have statues of Lemmy and Slash erected in the city. Slash was
born in Hampstead but lived in Stoke until he was six; the Lemster
was born and raised in nearby Burslem. We haven’t forgotten our
own plan to campaign for an Ian Dury statue in Upminster (or Harrow)
but Benny Hill’s erection must come first. Or so his angels tell
Adam Ant is charging £75 a ticket for his gig at Madame JoJo’s
on Monday. 75 fecking sovs! His 100 Club tickets are £50 a pop.
Adam Ant: doing it for the kids, mannn.
Album News: Green Day have revealed the track-listing for their
live album, Awesome As Fuck (released in March). The tracks are:
21st Century Breakdown (recorded in London), Know Your Enemy (Manchester),
East Jesus Nowhere (Glasgow), Holiday (Dublin), Gloria (Dallas,
Texas), Cigarettes & Valentines (Phoenix, Arizona), Burnout (Irvine,
California), Pasalaqua (Chula Vista, CA), J.A.R. (Detroit, Michigan),
Holden Caulfield (New York), Geek Stink Breath (Saitama-shi, Japan),
When I Come Around (Berlin), She (Brisbane, Australia), 21 Guns
(Mountain View, CA), American Idiot (Montreal, Canada), Wake Me
Up (Nickelsdorf, Austria), Good Riddance (Nickelsdorf, Austria).
Elsewhere Civet release new album Love & War on Hellkat next
month. And Superyob are back in the studio shortly recording their
fifth album. Titles are believed not to include ‘Drinks On Me’,
‘Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow’ and ‘David Icke’s Barmy Army’.
Jan 13. Bonjour! In the unlikely event that you’re in Paris
tonight, try to catch the Salvation City Rockers (Alteau’s rather
fine rocksteady and punk combo). Also on the bill at Les Combustibles,
14 Rue Abel, are the Street Kids and Street Poison. Nearest metro:
Gare de Lyon. Meanwhile back in London, if you were planning to
see the Street Dogs at Underworld on Saturday and are now at a
loose end, then GBH are playing BH2 with Left For Dead, Segismundo
Toxicomano and Blatoidea. Doors: 5.30pm. (For an even looser end
see Fat Col ‘I shouldn’t have had the vindaloo’ Gannon.)
12. Our London gig with the Heavy Metal Kids is confirmed for
Thursday 3rd March at the 100 Club. One stage: two legends!
Plus LAMF and compere Max Splodge. In other news, the Teutonic
temptress Diana Schuler assures us that Gonads ‘Greater Hits
Vol 1: Plums’ will definitely be available by the end of February.
We’re like butter, baby, we’re on a roll. Why, tour dates may
even follow shortly. We are also in talks with the delightful
Angel Sinclair, pictured left, about playing a benefit for her
Models Of Diversity organisation later this year. The MoD campaigns
ceaselessly to over-throw the fashion industry’s obsession with
anorexic models and to open up opportunities for women of more
ample proportions. It’s a crucial fight against cruel injustice
and prejudice, and one that we’re proud to support. Especially,
adds Fat Col, if we get to share a dressing room with some top-heavy
Record news: You can listen to the entire new Social Distortion
while Swedish oi-sters Antipati release their second platter
‘Frågor Som Rör Det Allmänna’ shortly. There’s a title that
rolls off the tongue like a greased herring. It’s a limited
edition (500 copies) and well worth hearing.
Jan 11. Some of you thought we were making it up, that the project
was a wind-up or just another product of Gal’s warped and feverish
imagination, but here, finally, is the proof (sort of) that the
30th anniversary Oi! album is actually coming. This is the front
cover of Oi! No Surrender – an Oi sampler featuring thirty years
of the world’s very greatest Oi bands. Although we are not yet
in a position to tell you who made Contra’s cut, or when the long-anticipated
platter will actually see the light of day....all we will say
is good things come to those who wait... and, oi, we’d better
be on it, Gal! (Great cover art from Alteau Salvation by the way...)
Random snippets: André Schlesinger is starting
production on two new songs, ‘Fighting In The Streets’ b/w ‘The
NYC’... Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is back in the studio with
his side project The Frustrators – he describes the band as “uneasy
listening”... The Rumblers are releasing a 3-song 7 inch ep on
Creep Records next month...
Jan 10. The line-up for the London International Ska Festival
looks awesome, featuring everyone from The English Beat to the
legendary Bob & Marcia; along with Ken Boothe (“UK pop reggae!”),
Dave & Ansell Collins, the Loafers, the Hotknives, James Hunter,
The Ska Flames (from Japan), The Trojans, the Dub Pistols, Bim
Skala Bim, Maroon Town, Napoleon Solo, Intensified, The Caroloreglans,
Cartoon Violence, Jimmy the Squirrel and more; DJs and all. Venue:
the Clapham Grand Theatre in SW London, from 21st – 24th April.
Gal has been asked to run for London Mayor in 2012, but seems
unusually reluctant. His reasoning here.
John Lydon is hinting that the Sex Pistols could be about to
write new material – as well as tour again. John told Stereogum:
“Because I've been able to get P.I.L. back together, and because
I've really been in a song-writing mode, I can now look back on
the Pistols and imagine writing with them, too. I wouldn't have
been able to think about that if I hadn't gotten the P.I.L. thing
going again. For me, there wouldn't be a P.I.L. if it weren't
for them lads in the Pistols, so I feel responsive to their needs.
If they want me to go out on tour with them I'm happy to oblige…
until three weeks later when I'm not.” (Laughs) “That's how it
is. You forget the wars and the personal hates over time, until
something happens… like a tour… and you remember all over again.
You know, I don't make friends easy, but once I do befriend someone
my feelings are usually set in stone. You have to be a really
bad bastard to make me change my views on you. And even bad bastards
like me can be forgiven at times."
We’re hearing reports of it kicking off outside a Youth Brigade
gig in California last week. Violence erupted outside the Key
Club in West Hollywood on Thursday, culminating in punks and other
gig-goers chucking bottles and rocks at the cops, and the police
firing rubber bullets and mace at the crowd. The resulting riot/chaos
went on for two hours with at least one guy hospitalised. The
trouble started as a fight between bouncers and punters and escalated
fast. The cops shut down Sunset Boulevard between San Vicente
Boulevard and Doheny Drive, and are accused of getting stuck in
to the 450 strong crowd for not dispersing quickly enough. The
gig featured Youth Brigade, Ill Repute and TSOL but was called
off before Youth Brigade could play. An eye witness says: “It
wasn’t a riot until the cops turned up.” The police version of
events differs. An LAPD sergeant told the LA Weekly: “Bouncers
at the club got into it with fans outside the club, and responding
deputies were met with rocks and bottles. Deputies responded and
some patrons started forming a crowd. More deputies responded
and they started taking bottles and rocks.” Punk Rock! Woo-hoo!
Jan 9. Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The Puke Box Jury
edition of Rancid Sounds is finally up and running at Total Rock
Radio, but to call it a shambles would be way too mild. It is
a shocking display; it’s bedlam, chaos, a hash, a mishmash, a
slippery slope to nihilism, the tower of Babel without the tower.
Bev Elliott was on particularly outspoken form attacking anyone
who dared to be “poppy” i.e. write songs with tunes. At one stage
she tore into Redtrack for sounding “too American”. Told they
were from Southend, Bev declared: “Essex? Then take your influences
from Dr Feelgood not America.” Yeah, that Dr Feelgood – the well-known
rhythm & blues band. R&B of course originating in King Arthur’s
court... A mellower Max Splodge contented himself with his strange
Dale Winton fixation and treated us to a mid-show game of punk
bingo. Many great songs were in contention – including beauts
from Crashed Out, Dreadzone, Vicious Rumours and Who Shot Who.
Skip the next couple of sentences if you don’t want to see the
results, but the five finalists were the Heavy Metal Kids, The
Snipes, Babyhead, The Blades, and Tommy Schitt. Who won? Well
according to Bev it was “Dale Winton and his Punishment Fuckers.”
Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear. Hear it here
if you dare. The show also features new tracks from Insane Society,
Noise Agents and Dave Parsons’s solo album.
In more positive news, Gal and FB convened yesterday and we’re
confident of being able to announce our UK tour dates later this
month (although it would help if Randale could give us an actual
release date for the album!).
Our NYC brother band Maninblack are STILL looking for a new
drummer & bass player. André has been through more members than
a Kings Cross prossie. The Fall’s line-up is more stable.
Pop punk band The Haverchucks from Virginia have stuck up a free
download of their new five-track demo on Death To False Hope’s
website. Cop a load of it here.
Jan 8. Okay, Gal, Bev and Max Splodge did manage to record the
pod-cast yesterday but only after a three hour lock-in at Total
Rock with nothing but Stella Artois, Sailor Jerry’s navy rum and
the occasional kindness from DJ Sophie K to keep them going. The
state of the finished recording is believed to be causing some
concern at the radio station where Bev’s Sopranos-style language
was thought to be a little full-blooded even for a Rancid Sounds
punk show. When/if it’s ever up and running we’ll let you know,
because it’s a battle royale with the likes of Deadline, Crashed
Out, the Blades, Dreadzone, Long Tall Shorty, Tommy Schitt, the
Badoes and the HM Kids vying for Bev’s Number One slot... (ooh
The Grit are busy writing a new album. Our woman on the inside
tells us that it’s more Ska than before, but also more rockabilly
(make yer bleedin’ minds up)
The new Broken Bones album ‘Fuck You And All You Stand For!’
is fiercer than an enraged Wolverine on a revenge mission. If
you like Discharge and The English Dogs (“bleedin’ racket” – Fat
Col) this offering will lift your heart and fry your brains.
Jan 7. Oddly, we’re still getting asked by German fanzines about
our reckless drive through the ice and snow from London to Berlin
to Weimar and back a year ago (as mentioned here yesterday). Gal
has decided to immortalise the trip in song for our next studio
album and has written the words to ‘Onwards To Weimar’, which
start: ‘Snow-blind on the autobahn/Tone slams his foot flat down/An
Arctic blizzard is raging, but there's a Gonads gig in town/We
drive on summer tyres/Flick the finger at the cops/80-90-we hit
the ton/ we're the band that never stops... Onwards, onwards to
Weimar/Keep going till the end/You know we're never slowing down/Onwards,
onwards to Weimar/Hold on tight 'til the end/God knows if I'm
ever coming home’. And of course Wattsie gets a mention in verse
Tom Gabel from Against Me on why
the Florida band quit Sire. Tom also talks about new band
member Jay Weinberg, the son of E Street Band legend Max Weinberg,
of Conan O’Brien fame.
The great Eddie Piller has re-released two much sought-after
music books through his Acid Jazz company: ‘The Small Faces -
The Young Mods' Forgotten Story’ by Paolo Hewitt and ‘Rock On
Wood - The Origin Of A Rock & Roll Face’ by Terry Rawlings.
Gal should be recording the legendary ‘Puke Box Jury’ edition
of his pod-cast today, but as his panellists are Max Splodge and
Bev Elliott things may not quite go to plan...
Jan 6. Due to popular demand, a brand new version of ‘Stop That
Drumming’ will feature on the ‘Gonads Greater Hits Vol 2: The
Mutt’s Nuts’, but don’t get too excited, Vol 1 ain’t out yet.
By the way, has anyone seen a shady character known as FB recently?
The Nads tour manager was last seen heading off with our global
tour plans in one hand and a fistful of sausage sarnies in the
other...(we don’t care about the tour dates, but the sausages
were Cumberland...besides the beefy bounder also has all the contacts
for the great Gonads curry launch and we’ve got hungry groupies
to feed, goddammit)
*Social Distortion have slipped out another nifty new song. They’ve
just posted ‘California (Hustle & Flow)’ on the LA
Times website. Their new album is out later this month. And
the Cockney Rejects are close to finishing their new oeuvre (oivre?)
too. Work was postponed while Mick was laid low with swine flu
over New Year (That pig took a risk – Ed) but most of the songs
are now recorded. Word is the album is much harder and punkier
than ‘Unforgiven’, with back-to-boots style vocals and not a David
Essex cover in sight.
Horrorpops singer Patricia Day is suing toymaker Mattel, claiming
that they based their ‘Hard Rock Barbie’ on her image. In a related
story, the Beast is consulting me learned friends about the Mike
Myers character Dr Evil. (Fat Col’s Barbie joke: A mum asks her
daughter what she wants for her birthday. The girl replies, "I
want a Barbie and an Action Man." "Action Man?" says the mum.
"I thought Barbie came with Ken." The daughter replies, "No, she
comes with Action Man. She fakes it with Ken.")
Blink 182 are working on a new album as well – their first since
2003. Some US readers moan when we mention Blink saying they’re
“not true punk man”, but hey ho, they’re more listenable than
most of the cack in UK charts. Besides who is “true punk” these
days? John Lydon and his Country Life ads? Bruce Foxton throwing
bands off bills? Pah. There’s only us, Lars and Beki Bondage left.
Section Five need a guitarist asap for gigs. Tosh says they
must be “reliable and trustworthy”, which narrows the field, and
“experience is a must”; but you will get an equal cut of earnings.
The Street Dogs have called off their UK and European tour,
which was due to start this month. They’ll reschedule the dates
for May. Here’s why: ‘Dear European fans and friends, we are extremely
disappointed to report we have to postpone our upcoming European
tour dates. The chaos of the inclement weather this winter has
made purchasing and changing flights nearly impossible both financially
and in keeping with our routing. Our European agent has suggested
that we postpone the tour until May so we can do festivals as
well as our tour when this nasty winter is through and that’s
exactly what we will do! We are and have always been a working
class band and we have never had to do this. We are hopeful you
all understand, we have no other choice. We are still getting
details, but we are being told refunds will be given at point
of purchase. Again, we are terribly sorry and we will see you
all in May. Street Dogs’ See, that’s not punk is it? A bit of
snow and they bottle it. This time last year we drove through
blizzards to play Berlin and Weimar in the Bundesland with summer
tyres. That’s ’kin’ punk.
Jan 5. Our North Caroline pals Patriot are hard at work on their
new album, The Spirit Of Rebellion. Singer Eddie Bastard tells
us that the oi-some platter is due out by Spring on Randale Records
(currently responsible for more signings than a deaf school).
Check out tattooist Ed’s other band, Incendiary Stiff, who have
more of a Rose Tattoo feel.
Rhoda Dakar, one of the few 2-Tone stars to cite Albert Camus
as an influence, would like us to remind you that her last album
Back To The Garage is still available on N1 Records. It’s closer
in feel to the Stooges than Symarip.
Jan 4. Our mates Control are back in the studio later this month,
finishing off their new album called ‘Punk Rock Ruined My Life...(But
I Wouldn’t Change A Thing)’. It’s the boys’ follow-up to their
2009 debut album ‘Hooligan Rock ‘n’ Roll’ which was last year’s
surprise oi-oi big-seller. Word is, the new album’s even better...
Ray Mayhew, ex of Sigue Sigue Sputnik, tells us his new band
Mayhem Deranged have finally released their debut single, 2008’s
‘Here I Go Again’ on iTunes etc.
STOP PRESS: Section Five are confirmed for Rebellion this year.
Jan 3. Here it is, the very first taste of the new Gonads album,
‘Greater Hits Vol One: Plums’ – featuring sixteen of the very
best Nads’ anthems. No bull, it’s the best thing we’ve ever done
– and it’s out in the not too distant future...
*Give 'em the Boot! If you’re in London town this month, don’t
miss ‘London Calling: The Clash’ – veteran photographer Adrian
Boot’s punk rock exhibition. It’s on at Proud Camden, it’s FREE,
and it’s full of pix from the early days when the Clash used to
rehearse, write, and sometimes kip at the Gin House in Stables
Market. (The exhibition is in the same block of buildings) Some
of the snaps are previously unseen.
Gig Noos: Gal’s Funny Old Bastards blue collar comedy show launches
on February 9th at the new Windmill Hall, Upminster, Essex.
The show stars Cockney comics Mick Pugh, Dave Cook and Willie
Thompson. Tickets £15. Watch this space for details.
In other news, King Hammond’s alter ego Nick Welsh is performing
at the 12 BAR, Denmark Place, London on 29th Jan in a show called
‘The Life and Times Of A Ska-Man’ celebrating the big lug’s 30
year career in music. And Control play the Attic Bristol on 25th
Feb with Ramonas, Graveyard Johnnys and the Hookers.
Our German mate Matthias has compiled his pick of continental
Oi albums released last year. These include ‘Doppelganger’ by
Biertras. ‘Helsinki’ by The Wrongdoers. ‘Auf Uns’ by Krawallbrudder.
'Spettatori Della Distruzione' by Gavroche. ‘Berlin Habits’ by
the Tower Blocks. And the catchy-sounding ‘Anarchist Always Against
Russophobia’ by Street Politics. Guys, if you want these albums
heard around the world send 'em to Gal’s Rancid Sounds show c/o
Total Rock Radio in London’s Denmark Street. For full address,
use Google, you lazy bastards.
1.1.11. The morning after the fright before... if you feel like
we do, you’d best forget the hair of the dog and get stuck right
in to its leg and haunches. If you wanna punk up your day, here’s
Gal’s top singles of 2010: ‘I Was A Teenage Anarchist’ – Against
Me, ‘I’m A Ghost’ – The Hex Dispensers, ‘Sex With An X’ – The
Vaselines, ‘Caroline’s Radio’ – Bubblegum Lemonade. And here’s
our guide to the best punk-ska-oi albums of 2010. Top album? ‘Bring
The House Down’ – Deadline. Top Ska album: ‘The King & I’ – King
Hammond. For pure Oi check out Evil Conduct’s ‘Rule OK’. Also
worth a listen: ‘‘Bottle Of Rock & Roll’ by the Corps (where Oi
arm-wrestles hard rock). For poppier stuff you can’t go wrong
with ‘Whole Town’s Heart’ by Redtrack and ‘White Crosses’ by Against