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.
July 29. Morning punters, Fat Col here. Some big old news just
broke, and as no other bugger is about to tell you it, I’ve stepped
into the breach. Yep, incredible though it may sound, Jimmy Pursey
and Dave Parsons have papered over their differences and Sham
69 are back. That’s the real Sham 69, not a load of twonks you’ve
never heard of. The chaps – Jimmy, Dave, Dave Tregunna and Mark
Cain (that’s the classic 1977 line-up) - have just confirmed a
show at Electric Brixton (the old Fridge) on October 29. Tickets
will cost a score – hey little rich boy! - and they’re on sale
today. ’Ave it!
I understand that there is some pukka Gonads news to come next
week, but while I’m here, I just heard that The Who are bringing
out a special 'Director's Cut' boxset of Quadrophenia in November.
It’ll come with previously unheard demos, an exclusive eight-track
5.1 Sound DVD (whatever that is), a hard-back book, photos and
other memorabilia. It’s also coming out as double vinyl version.
Things it won’t come with: that ‘book’ Pete Townshend was supposed
to be researching, the ‘I Can See For Miles’ Peeping Tom customised
telescope, explicit photos from the sick bastard’s hard-drive
that the cops didn’t destroy, and a special pervert-friendly version
of the Who’s ‘Pictures Of Lilly’, ‘Pictures Of Willy’ (continued
up the Newbridge).
July 26. RIP Gill Gale, the larger than life Cockney character
passed away this morning. East Londoner Gill, who was once one
of Desmond Dekker's dancers was a fervent Gonads fan. She was
also the sister of the late West Ham terrace legend Billy Gale.
Our love to Gill's family. She was a wonderful woman and will
be much missed.
Normal lacklustre, insubstantial and slightly irritating blog
service will return some time in August.
July 22. Desert Oi-Land sounds so
great we’re going to pop over ourselves for a week or so.
But we’ll leave you now with a new Caption Contest:
Liberty, the PM and Colin from Runnin’ Riot live on stage somewhere
or other. Please send your caption suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org The funniest wins a Gonads t-shirt. Waistrel’s decision is final.
By the way, Col ain’t wearing lipstick – they’re his real lips.
That’s what fifteen years of drinking Buckfast does for you.
Well we promised you a big name to end Mod Week, and they don’t
get much more Mod than Jam legend Paul Weller.
Here are the Woking Wonder’s desert island picks:
Tin Soldier - Small Faces, September In The Rain - Dinah Washington,
Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul - Charles Mingus, Don’t Be A Drop Out
- James Brown, Arabesque No 1 – Debussy, Galileo (Someone Like
You) - Declan O’Rourke, River Man - Nick Drake, That’s Enough
Paul’s book is Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes. His film
is A Clockwork Orange. And instead of a TV box-set, he requested
a settee to sit on. Weller’s new clothing collection is on sale
via Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green fashion label.
Loads more great Desert Oi-Land stars when we return.
Mods are heading back to Brighton this August bank holiday for
an action-packed weekender. Sat & Sunday daytime are at the Volks
Tavern 200 yards east of Brighton Pier and entry is FREE both
afternoons. Saturday will feature THE HIGHER STATE, THREE VICARS
and MARMALADE SKY. Sunday has the Scooter competition at 15.00
followed by a cruise to Beachy Head and back and a open decks
DJ session. Both days will feature DJs and a Mod market flogging
records, vintage and bespoke clothes, art and memorabilia. Plus
there’s an exhibition devoted to sixties Mod legends The Action.
The full programme is here.
Random news: The Bermondsey Joyriders open for Jello Biafra
at the Islington O2 arena on August 6th.... Clockwork Orange will
be turned into a stage musical with lyrics and songs by its original
author, Anthony Burgess. The musical described as a "re-visioning
of the story" will be performed in Manchester next year, as part
of the 50th anniversary of the novel...
July 21. STOP PRESS: RIP Pat Mancini who died today. Known
as the Queen of Blackpool, Pat was a great friend to comedians,
bands and entertainers. She even put up with us, laying on hotel
rooms, rehearsal space and late night sandwiches at the Queens
whenever we played Blackpool. Gal says: “I knew Pat for fifteen
years and she was an absolute diamond. I’ve lost track of the
times I stayed with her, and all the glorious nights sitting late
into the night there drinking with the likes of Mick Miller, Chubby
Brown, Johnnie Casson, Bobby Ball, Roy Walker, Frank Carson, Buddy
Lee and many other immortal comedy legends. The great Joe Longthorne
is dedicating his show tonight at the Opera House to her memory.
She was a marvellous woman and she lived life to the full. We’ll
drink to her tonight – it’s what she would have wanted.”
July 21. In the world of Mod, there are few figures as legendary
as today’s guest on Desert Oi-Land. It’s only the Stalin of Style,
Paul Hallam Esquire - DJ, publican, and the man they call “the
gurus’ guru.” Tragically though Paul has blotted his copy-book
with one seriously unseemly song choice, but the rest of his eight
tracks are pretty cool: Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
(“a bit obvious but pop music at its very best”), Magic Touch
– Melba Moore (“I’m a rubbish self-conscious dancer but if I were
alone on an island nobody could see me...”), Green Onions – Booker
T & The MGs (“Music that shaped my life!”), I Feel Love –
| Donna Summer (“Just in case I go gay
alone on an island and need something to go gay to...”), The Only
Man on the Island – Tommy Steele (“my all time hero, I would have
gone for a track from Half a Sixpence but with lyrics like this,
who’d want to be rescued? ‘I'm the only man on the island/The only
man on the island/To a hundred and fifty native girls’), a recording
of bird songs from an English garden on a summer's evening, Let
Em Come – Millwall FC & Supporters (So unnecessary – Ed), Babe I’m
Gonna Leave You – Led Zeppelin (“Six minutes and 45 seconds of pure
Paul’s TV choice is The Prisoner deluxe box-set. Film: Robot
Monster (“the Citizen Kane of 1950 B-movies”). Book: The Longman
Chronicle of the World (“1100 pages, loads of pictures and not
too many big words.”)
Tomorrow an even bigger Mod name – some would argue the biggest
in the world...
Hush now rude boize! The next King Hammond gig is at Club Ska,
the 100 Club on Saturday 30th July, with special guest, Too Many
Crooks, Swagga & The Skanx plus Club Ska DJ's. Tickets here: www.wegotttickets.com
How much of an anarchist is Steve Ignorant these days? A lot
of crusties are up in arms about his Last Supper gig at Shepherd's
Bush in November, specifically because he tried to ban support
group The Mob from playing another gig in a completely different
part of London the night before. Ignorant notes on his blog: ‘It’s
normal with big shows to ask the supports not to book any other
gigs in the same town for two weeks either side, but we tried
to be reasonable and ask for two nights. The Mob felt that financially
the gig the night before ours was better for them, so they said
they couldn't do our gig.’ Hmm, so the old Crass man now thinks
he’s Harvey Goldsmith? One fan notes: ‘As for this exclusivity
thing being “normal for big shows” well I always thought of you
guys as being different and a bit apart from the usual rock ’n'
roll business…’ Another disgruntled fan says: ‘Personally I would
love to have seen the Mob playing with yous, and really don’t
think it would have taken anything from the show having them play
the night before somewhere else. Like you said ‘the night is nearly
sold out’ so how would it have taken anything away?’ And in a
similar vein: ‘I also can’t see why The Mob playing the night
before would take anything away from the show. I’m coming down
from Scotland for the gig, and getting to see The Mob as well
would have been amazing as I probably won’t get chance to see
them elsewhere. I couldn’t have cared less if they played every
night in every pub in London between now and November 19th, as
long as they were on the bill at Shepherds Bush.’ A Mob fan states
that their decision ‘had nothing to do with money and everything
to do with a) what The Mob’s fans wanted and b)objecting to being
told when and where they can and can’t play.’ He goes on: ‘The
show the night before won’t be “pretty much the same show” as
there are five other bands playing and the Mob will be playing
an hour long set (they were only offered a 30 minute set at the
Last Supper).’ Ignorant says that ‘If by chance anyone bought
a ticket specifically because they wanted to see The Mob, they
can get a refund on the ticket price from Southern (www.southern.com/shop).’
A good idea, get your dosh back and go see The Mob instead! Some
authorities – Montgomery Burns, Satan, the Taliban etc – reportedly
support Steve’s stance. But most anarchist punks say: ‘So what
if they are playing the night before? What the fuck happened to
the spirit of punk for fucks sake?’ Say no to career punk! Say
yes to the Mob!
Matters arising from the last Punk Rock curry night: Lars tells
us that the name of his Old Firm Casuals was NOT inspired by Rangers
v Celtic but rather from his old US skinhead gang. Lars also came
out in support of Obama over his stance on the debt ceiling. Mercifully
Palin worshipper Fat Col wasn’t there at the time. When he found
out the porky rebel fumed: “The problem with Obama is that he’s
run out of other people’s money to spend.”
Chelsea Dom’s caption for his own picture: 'Yes Jon, I'm THAT
pleased to see you.' We knew it!
Hardcore revivalists Cerebral Ballzy release a new self-titled
album next week...very much in the old Black Flag/Circle Jerks
Prankster news: There are moves afoot to try and strip the PM
of his ‘Perfect’ Master title and downgrade him to IM (Imperfect
Master) over a “series of absent-minded cock-ups” and “frustration
caused by his persistent non-attendance of important Prankster
events.” The puffed-up rebels – led by a certain Morose Mike of
Margate – want the great man to be summoned to Prankster HQ, much
like the Murdochs were summoned to Parliament, and be asked to
explain himself in a three hour grilling. But loyalist Effete
El says that the move is “unconstitutional” and “without the presence
of adequate security, it could constitute a public safety issue.”
Besides, he adds, “he’s likely to forget to show up.” Insiders
say the important issue is likely to be determined by whether
or not he buys us the Chinese he promised before the month is
out. Wendi Deng would do nicely. More on Tel tomorrow when he
turns up in Caption Corner...
True story: a Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences
officially classified as a disability. Roger Tullgren, 42, enlisted
three shrinks who agreed that he needed this to avoid being discriminated
against. One signed a form saying: ‘Roger feels compelled to show
his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation
on the labour market. Therefore he needs extra financial help’.
The headbanger is now entitled to copious state benefits. What
a bleedin’ racket! But wait, if this works for people with long
hair and tats, and it catches on over here, then surely no crustie,
goth or bonehead would ever work again. “Yes, I would like to
edit The Lady for you, madam, but I’ve got ‘Evil Conduct’ tattooed
on my forehead and this tends to put people off. I do need a small
sum from the state to keep me in scrumpy, pork scratchings and
Gonads albums however. £200? That’ll do nicely...”
July 20. It’s a Mod, Mod, Mod World on Desert Oi-Land all week,
and taking up prime position in the typically tropical hammock
today is dynamite drummer Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott of South East London’s
finest The Chords (and more recently, Pope – as recommended by
Buddy’s eight song choices are: I Can See For
Miles – The ’Oo (“and if one more DJ fades it out too early I’ll
drown their puppy in petrol…”), You Say You Don’t Love Me – the
Buzzcocks (“Could just as easily have been I Don’t Mind, or I
Believe…”), Complete Control – The Clash (“or White Man… or Straight
To Hell…”), The Unguarded Moment – The Church (“The best thing
out of Australia, ever, apart from Austen Tayshus”), I Say A Little
Prayer – Aretha Franklin (“forever and ever…”), Sensitize – That
Petrol Emotion (“Best track from a blinding album”), Common People
- William Shatner (“yes, that one; social satire replaced by unmitigated
anger – courtesy of Joe Jackson on backing vox!”), I Walk The
Earth – Voice Of The Beehive (“Woody’s finest moment”). That’s
eight but Bud also tries to smuggle in On The Bench – The Ruts
with West One, Camper Van Beethoven’s Take The Skinheads Bowling
and Dennis Brown with Money In My Pocket…
His film is Angelheart) (“Not just because of Lisa Bonet, but
that helps…”). Book – Papillion by Henri Charriere (“just to cheer
me up as I’ll know someone’s worse off than me!”). TV Box set:
15 Storeys High by and starring Sean Lock (“an undervalued genius”).
Tomorrow, Millwall’s own Paul Hallam, ‘The Stalin of Style’.
The Old Firm Casuals flew into London yesterday for their tour,
and naturally made a bee-line for South London where they were
greeted by a fine array of oi-oi dignitaries including Gal, Steve
Whale, Mark ‘Symarip’ Wyeth, Manic Esso, Robin Guy (from The Business,
The Blades, Control, GMT), Fat Col Gannon and the Straw Hayes
(the real PM having let us down as usual, in this case to have
a crisis meeting with his conscience). There was some minor aggravation
when Esso begged us to include his appalling song choices on Desert
Oi-Land (Lady Gaga, Boy George, The Communards, Tom Robinson,
Rolf Harris’s ‘Two Little Boys’, the Village People, the London
Diehards etc – we politely declined) and also when it kicked off
in the Taylor’s Chalk like Wendi Deng Murdoch in a temper. But
all round it was a good do and we send our fraternal wishes to
the OFC who storm into their UK tour in Bristol tonight – we’ll
see you firm-handed in Tunbridge Wells, boys.
*Caption Corner. Scores of pithy captions have flooded in for
yesterday’s Chelsea Dom caption contest, the joint prizewinners
being: “And that’s how you get into the Jolly Pranksters” from
Charlton Tel, and "Carlsberg don't make blackmail photos,
but if they did...." from Batttttty. Runner-up captions include:
“It looked bigger last night!”; “That’s what I call a Bell-End
Badoe!”, “We’re not gay, we just help them out when they get busy”.
“That’s too small even for the Midget Protection League”; “Dom’s
dick was so big, it has its own knee”, “Will it squeak if I squeeze
it?”, “How much did Jon pay to touch Dom’s badoe?”; “After
all that, it was just a limp cucumber” and “That’s not a custard
pie, but Wendi Deng Murdoch still wants to slap it”. We’re told
the picture was taken at a Sparrer gig in Antwerp and that Watford’s
partner in crime was Lee from the Angry Agenda.
|July 19. Millions like us, oh yes,
there’s millions like us, with tunnel vision, making indecisions...
the wise words of Robert J Manton there introducing the Purple Hearts’
singer to our castaway hammock as Mod Week on Desert Oi-Land continues
apace. But there’s nothing indecisive about Bob’s island picks.
Here are his eight song choices: Alone Again Or - Love, Boogie Children
- John Lee Hooker, A Change Is Gonna Come - Otis Redding, Ne Me
Quitte Pas - Jaques Brel, Stop - Erasure, Making Time - The Creation,
Gimmie Shelter - The Rolling Stones, Splash One - The 13th Floor
Bob’s Book is The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R.
Tolkien. TV Box Set: Life On Mars. Film: El Cid.
Tomorrow Brett ‘Buddy’ Ascott from The Chords.
Sometimes our team of informants – snoops, spies,
gossips, Peeping Toms, back-stabbers and disgraced News of the
World hacks – hit upon something so shocking that words fail even
us. And that’s where you come in...
This disgraceful picture illustrates some of the more debauched
goings-on to be found in the murkier recesses of the modern Oi
scene. It features Watford Jon from Argy Bargy doing something
unspeakable involving the crotch area of Chelsea Dom’s trousers.
Quite what we’re not sure, so we’re inviting you, our army of
loyal readers, to send us your suggestions marked ‘Caption Corner’
in an email to email@example.com
Funniest caption wins a night with the Nosher; runner-up wins
The Dropkick Murphys have announced their first annual Shamrock-N-Roll
Festival. The touring fest will feature the Murphys, the Street
Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Mahones and The Parkington Sisters as well
as local bands. It will include two alternating stages - a main
stage and an acoustic stage - and fun for all the family.
Ken Casey tells us: “We wanted to put a different spin on the
idea of an Irish music festival. Instead of focusing on the Old
World folk tradition, we’re showcasing the ways that tradition
has woven itself into newer music, while still maintaining a family-friendly
environment and Irish cultural perspective. Our fans cross so
many generations, and not all of them want to see a Dropkick Murphys
show in a punk rock venue. The Shamrock-N-Roll Festival will give
more fans an opportunity to experience our live show, and to hear
the unique ways that the other bands on the festival bring that
Irish influence into their modern music.” In addition to the music,
the fest will include a boxing demonstration and signing with
special guest, renowned pugilist ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (The Fighter).
One buck from every ticket will go to the band’s own charity, The Claddagh
Fund. The tour will kick off with the band’s previously announced
Boston shows on September 8th and 9th and proceed to venues in
Bangor, Altamont, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Portsmouth, Rochester
Congratulations to Garry Johnson. Gal’s long fight to clear his
name after his wrongful arrest is starting to bear fruit. Lordship
Lord Justice Munby has lifted reporting restrictions on his case,
and Gal will be fighting all the way to the European courts for
compensation. Well done, mate.
COMING SOON: the big BLESMA benefit gig, featuring
the Heavy Metal Kids, The Gonads and Agincourt, all profits to
the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association. Date: August
13th. Place: The Garage, Highbury Corner, North London. Doors
open 7pm. Tickets £12.50 from the Garage. Do your bit for our
neglected heroes and support a worthwhile cause: www.blesma.org
July 18. If it’s Monday, it must be... Mod Week on Desert
Oi-Land. And starting us off is Walthamstow’s own Mr. David Cairns
of Secret Affair, co-writer of such timeless classics as ‘Time
For Action’ and ‘Glory Boys’. Dave’s disc choices are: Won't Get
Fooled Again - The Who, Ava Maria – Pavarotti, Family Life - Blue
Nile, Can You Hear Me Knocking - Rolling Stones, Afterglow - Small
Faces, Houses Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin, Highway To Hell - AC/DC,
The Supernatural - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Peter Green.
Dave’s book choice is The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Film:
Performance. TV box-set: The X Files.
Tomorrow: Robert Manton from the Purple Hearts.
Actual Gonads News Shocker: We will be playing the Help 4 Heroes
weekender in Harlow next June. The street-party themed four-day
event, coinciding with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee (“gawd bless
’er!” – Fat Col) kicks off on Friday 1st June. There will be twenty
bands, plus DJs, stalls, ice cream vans and a camping area. Once
we sort out which night we’re playing, this item will be upgraded
to the Actual News Page.
July 17. On Desert Oi-Land today, it’s only...
South Coast Steve! The Gonads’ own mighty meaty beat-keeper is
widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest drummers on the
scene. He’s also a karate black belt, 97th dang, so piss him off
at your peril.
SCS’s song choices are Wardance -
Killing Joke (“Big Paul Ferguson was a major influence on my drumming”),
Israel - Siouxsie & the Banshees (“their best-ever song, and drummer
Budgie was also a huge influence”), Anarchy in the UK - the Sex
Pistols, Clash City Rockers - The Clash (“Joe Strummer, voice of
the people”), Sick Sick Sick...- Queens Of The Stone Age (“just
listen to the fucked-up guitar riff, fucking great”), YYZ – Rush
(“Yeah, I know, but Neil Peart is a god!”), Steppin' Razor - Peter
Tosh, Song For Kali – Faces Of Sarah (“my other band, just listen
to the power and intensity of Nick Shultz”), FrankenSkin - The Gonads
and Sus – The Ruts (Yeah, we know that’s nine songs but we don’t
want to argue with him...)
South Coast’s film is Blade
Runner (director’s cut). TV: The Tube. Book - Communion by Whitley
Tomorrow: it’s Mod Week on Desert Oi-Land!
July 16. Mais oui, mais oui! Finally
someone with the sense to take their swimwear to Desert Oi-Land.
Brightening up our tropical paradise no end today, is Vanessa
from Parisian street-punk band The Misogynes, or as we like to
call her La Cor de France.
Vanessa’s song choices are: My World – The Crack,
Saturday Night's All Right For Fighting – Elton John, Taken For
A Ride - Cock Sparrer, Outlaw - Chron Gen, Untouchable - Generation
X, Tainted Love - Gloria Jones, Molotov Cocktail – The Flys, Questions
And Answers – Sham 69. But the bi-lingual beauty adds “Eight is
too hard to choose! if you ask me in one hour, I would pick maybe
eight different songs.”
Vanessa’s book is Human Punk by John King (and all Virginie Despentes
books, via Kindle). Film: Billy Elliot. TV show: The I.T. Crowd.
We’d encourage her to take a diary too, the stories she could
Advance warning if you would like to experience “la touche Française
des Misogynes”, they will be playing with Vicious Rumours and
Resistance 77 on a boat in Quai
des Mines, France on October 8th. Cheap ferries available
at dfdsseaways.com for those who wanna stock up on low-price booze and cigs just
across the border in Belgium. The organisers can also give you
tips for cheap hotels near the venue. More info from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fat Col guffaws: “Vanessa can put me up any time... but what about
the hotel?” Oaf.
Prankster News: as promised spaghetti-juggling is coming to the
Edinburgh Fringe next month. Two nights of messy mayhem kick off
on 24th August at 6.15pm outside the Beehive Inn in the AAAAAGH!
It’s Malcolm Hardee Spaghetti-Juggling Contest Year One. Rules
will be posted in due course, but contestants must be able to
juggle cooked spaghetti for more than one minute. An ashen-faced
Effete El cautions “although anyone can take part, the introduction
of cooked spaghetti as opposed to uncooked means this is really
now an event for pros and semi-pros.” So mote it be.
A reader notes the strange resemblance between Mensi and Watford
Jon in our pictures. “Could Watford,” they ask, “be one of Mensi’s
seventy-two children?” There’s no other explanation.
Conflict frontman Colin Jerwood will do the London to Brighton
Challenge in aid of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation this weekend –
that’s sixty miles cross country on a bike (not the Nosher). He’s
still looking for sponsors.
Record News: out this week, the Dead Kennedys’ ‘Mutiny On The
Bay’ (Manifesto Records) - the first ever official DK live album;
fourteen classics recorded in and around SF in the early eighties
on a handy 180 gram vinyl platter.
Fat Col on Dave Gilmour’s son Charlie getting banged up: “Sixteen
months? Long enough to be uncomfortably bummed.”
July 15. Another day, another castaway.
Today’s distinguished Desert Oi-Land disc spinner is Graham Saxby
from the Warriors.
Saxby’s eight chosen tracks are Where Have All
The Boot-boys Gone? - Slaughter & The Dogs, England - Angelic
Upstarts, Al Capone - Prince Buster, My Way - Sid Vicious, Bubbles
- Cockney Rejects, Won’t Get Fooled Again - The Who, Born To Be
Wild – Steppenwolf and Clash City Rockers - The Clash.
Saxby’s book is: Chopper (From The Inside) by Mark Brandon Read.
Film: Blazing Saddles. TV box-set: Steptoe & Son.
Tomorrow: Vanessa from The Misogynes – ooh la la!
|Dateline: July 14. Location: Desert
Oi-Land. Temperature: 95 degrees Fahrenheit & rising. Sea condition:
calm. Beer condition: flowing. And today’s castaway is the Gonads
own demon axe-man Nacho Jase, who has also been known to moonlight
in Waysted. Jason’s discs are: Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash,
Highway To Hell – AC/DC, Pushed To The Limit - UFO, Sister Morphine
– Rolling Stones, I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones, Jobs Not Jails –
The Gonads, You've Got My Number – The Undertones and Keepin' It
Sweet – Waysted.
Nacho’s book is The Heroin Diaries
by Nikki Sixx. Film: Rocky I. TV Box-set: Mork & Mindy.
Tomorrow: Saxby from The Warriors.
||July 13. Cockney comedy legend Mickey
Pugh is today’s ace face in the Desert Oi-Land Hammock. West Ham
fan Mick was compere for Stinky Turner’s spoken-word show, joke
writer for Mike Reid and is Barbara Windsor’s favourite Funny Old
Bastard. He also co-wrote the lyrics to our own dirty ditty ‘Charlton
Tel’s Stag Weekend’ and is warm-up man for Chelsea legend Ron ‘Chopper’
Here are Mick’s eight song choices: Oi Mate – The Gonads, West Side
Boys – the Cockney Rejects, Plaistow Patricia – Ian Dury & The Blockheads,
Taller Than You Are – Madness, Mean Girl – Status Quo, London Calling
– The Clash, Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who, I’ll See You In My
Dreams – Joe Brown. Mick’s Film choice is Casino. Book: Two-Faced
by Garry Bushell. TV box-set: Only Fools & Horses.
Tomorrow: guitar ace Nacho Jase.
The mighty Agincourt have secured a Japanese release for their
debut album Angels of Mons. You can see the Midlands new wave
metal merchants live at the BLESMA benefit show at The Garage,
North London on August 13 with us and the Heavy Metal Kids, and
as special guests of Jameson Raid at the Robin 2 Brierley Hill
on 17th August 2011, where they will be showcasing tracks from
|July 12. To Desert Oi-Land where it is the turn
of streetpunk’s most handsome man, chilli sauce expert Thomas ‘Mensi’
Mensforth of the Angelic Upstarts to reveal which eight classic
songs he’d take to his berth in our imaginary tropical paradise.
Tom’s tracks are: Smile - Nat King
Cole, Pretty Boy Floyd - Woody Guthrie, England – the Angelic
Upstarts, Complete Control - The Clash, Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols,
Baby Love – The Supremes, Cos I Love You – Slade and Stairway
To Heaven – Led Zeppelin. The rascal also intends to smuggle in
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade and American Trilogy – Elvis Presley.
Mensi’s book is Das Kapital Volume I-III by Karl Marx. Film:
Apocalypse Now. TV: Only Fools & Horses. Tomorrow: blue collar
comedy legend Mick Pugh.
Out now: the Stomper 98/45 Adapters split 7inch ep (Randale
Records). Tracks: ‘Anti-Social’ and ‘ISP: One Crew, One Family’
from S-98, and ‘What’s Right’ and ‘Nothing To Prove’ from the
July 11. It’s the turn of the great Steve Whale
(on right in picture) in the Desert Oi-Land hammock. The legendary
guitarist with The Business and The Masons (and a new group we’re
not allowed to divulge) opens with a quick gag:
Three guys are stuck on a deserted
island, when one of them finds a lamp on the beach. He picks it
up and gives it a little rub and a genie pops out. The genie looks
at the three guys and says: "I normally give three wishes, but
since there are three of you, I will grant each of you one wish."
Well, the first guy is sick and tired of being on the island,
so he wishes to go back home. POOF!!! He disappears. The second
one said he, too, is tired of the island, and wishes to go home.
POOF!!! He too disappears. The genie then turns to the last guy
and asks him what his wish is. "Gee," he says," I'm awfully lonely
here by myself. I wish my friends were still here!"
Steve’s eight tracks, “in no particular order”, are Youth – Blitz
(“When I heard this I knew the Business had to raise our game or
go to the pub”), Bad Man - Cockney Rejects (“a timeless classic,
makes you wanna go out and punch a Tottenham fan”), I Hate People
- Anti Nowhere League (“The times I have thought this to myself
- a brilliant front man, very smart song writing”), Student Power
– the Angelic Upstarts (“One of the leaders of the punk movement,
plus I like his hair style”), Sick Boy – GBH (“Even to this day
it makes me wanna go out, drink cider and ponce 50p”), England Belongs
To Me - Cock Sparrer (“One of the all time greats; if you meet the
band you know why they have written some of the all-time classics”)
War Head - UK Subs (“Charlie Harper for a knighthood, enough said”),
Avenues & Alleyways – Rancid (“Has anyone seen more talent in one
band? Just the ‘oi oi’ bit will do me, amazing.”), Song Of The Streets
– Sham 69 (“Their opening song live, and the only one to get me
from the bar to the front of stage”), My Family - Madball (“One
of the best front men going, makes you want to punch people in the
face”), South London Aggro Girl – The Gonads (“Great riff and lyrics,
not sure about the singer - I think he is a Charlton supporter or
something silly like that”), My Heart Is On The Street - “the best
new band I’ve heard in a long while, and if your thinking that's
twelve, well, people in bands can’t count. You should know that!”
Steve’s film is: Iron Monkey. TV show: Revolver (“Peter Cook
was great abusing the audience”). Book: Wizard’s First Rule by
Tomorrow, Tom Mensforth. That’s right, Mensi!
We asked Fat Col if he knew any desert island gags to equal
Steve’s. He replied: “Four blokes and a nymphomaniac get stranded
on a desert island. Since the guys needed to satisfy their natural
urges, with the woman's agreement, they draw up a rota whereby
each take it turns to screw her for a week at a time. The arrangement
works really well for the next six years, satisfying the men and
the fit nympho until she dies tragically and unexpectedly. The
first month goes by and it’s awful for the blokes. The second
month is worse, the third month is almost unbearable. By the fourth
month, they can't take it any more so after much soul-searching
they decide to bury her...” The man’s a beast.
We received this message yesterday from a certain ‘Billy Blagger’
at bullshitters.com. It reads: ‘Dear Garry, We are big fans of
Punk in Hignickstillbury. And we have been putting on gigs for
the last 17 months at the hugely successful rate of two per year.
We have a great turn out. Pickled egg sales double when we have
bands play. Last month we had Barry Blogs & the West Serriford
Bullstars playing. Saxby recommended them to us. They suggested
we contact you as you like to play small pubs in new places. I
have wired in my Hifi now to double as DJ deck and PA, so that's
sorted, and we will supply you with enough beer tokens to drink
until they run out. What else would you want if you played in
our pub?’’ Thank you, sir. I’m sure we will take you up on your
kind offer, if you can throw in some pork scratchings, and a crafty
‘ham shank’ from the barmaid.
Maninblack has just released "Fighting In The Streets" b/w "The
NYC (There Will Always Be)" as a free download on their Black
Dalek label. However, Black Dalek has also pressed a limited
edition mini CD which they will give away free to the first 5
people who send
them their name and address, limited to the next 24 hours
(time is now 10/7/2011, 2:10 PM EST). Happy birthday yesterday
to Maninblack's lead vocalist / synth guitarist / theremin stroker
André Schlesinger. Apparently they had a quiet evening at The
Double Down Saloon in Manhattan last night. That’s "quiet" in
the sense that Bay Of Pigs was “uneventful”.
July 10. RIP Michael “Würzel” Burston. The former
Motörhead and Splodge guitarist has died of heart disease
aged 61. Another good man gone.
July 10. Today on Desert Oi-Land, Cardinal Jesushate,
aka Colin from The Blood – arguably the greatest punk band ever
to come out of South London.
Colin’s eight discs are: London Calling – The Clash, Smash It
Up – The Damned, Woman In Disguise – the Angelic Upstarts, Pretty
Vacant – The Sex Pistols, Going Underground – The Jam, Walk On
By – The Stranglers, War – DOA, In A Rut – The Ruts.
The Cardinal’s book is Ecce Homo by Friedrich Nietzsche. “Fuck
TV box sets,” he says.
Tomorrow? Steve Whale!
The great thing about being on this desert oi-land
is that we can ignore time-wasters, the sort of idiots who ring
up saying: ‘Will you come and play our pub in the back of beyond?
We can’t pay you but you’ve got lots of fans here and we’ll make
you a cheese sandwich...’ Yes of course we will mate. Want us
to bring a couple of sparks with us too to sort out your wiring,
and a painter and decorator to touch up the bar? We know a plumber
who’s happy to work for a ham roll. Does your brewery give you
beer for nothing? Do you give all the bar takings to homeless
July 9. People are asking when the blog is coming
back to normal, but frankly we’re having too much fun chilling
out on Desert Oi-Land to worry about such nonsense. When we run
out of castaways we may – just may – revert to the usual scurrilous
gossip and convoluted old cobblers. But for the moment, our castaways
just keep getting better.
Today’s desert oi-land diamond is none other than
Rhoda Dakar, former star of The Bodysnatchers and The Special
AKA, Chelsea fan and occasional Madness guest vocalist.
Rhoda’s music choices are: Night
In My Veins - The Pretenders, There Must Be An Angel – Eurythmics,
Shine On - Degrees Of Motion featuring Biti., So Tired Of Being
Alone - Al Green ("from Soul Train, with the hot pants...
actually no, I'll never forget that anyway"), Sweet And Dandy
- Toots & The Maytals, Man At C&A - The Specials, Beauty Queen
- Roxy Music and Never Loved A Man - Aretha Franklin. She adds:
“I should also need a handbag to dance around, please.” Rhoda
goes on, “This was difficult as far as music was concerned - all
the others are easy.
My book is La Peste by Albert Camus in French”
(cue Vic & Bob style “Get you” cries from the oi-poloi). “TV box-set:
Miss Marple (Joan Hickson version). Film: Cabaret.”
Tomorrow belongs to... Cardinal Jesushate!
Seriously we will give you some proper news about the new Gonads
four track ep just as soon as we hear from the formidable Diana
at Randale Records. Due to the unusual atmospherics in the Black
Forest it seems that she is unable to communicate by the old-fashioned
email, Skype, mobile phone calls or even a common or garden pay-phone
and must instead wait for the next full moon whereupon she can
send a semaphore signal to bounce off the lunar surface straight
back onto the shining bald pate of Franky ‘Boy’ Flame. This message
will then be deciphered by a team of trained mystics and sent
to us pigeon post from Frank’s Blackheath belfry. It’ll be worth
the wait. Probably.
Random noos: NOFX are going to release an eight-track EP originally
recorded back in 1984. Fat Mike says: “It’s called the Thalidomide
Child EP. I found the original quarter inch tape at Fat Wreck
Chords, we transferred it to DAT and everyone said, ‘Holy shit,
this is terrible’. I know! That’s why we never released it!” But
it will become out later this year. Mike adds: “Only one of the
songs has ever been heard before. It’s pretty fucking terrible.
But it was recorded in 1984, so it’s kind of cool.”.. In unrelated
news, the original version of our first single, ‘Stroke My Beachcomber,
Baby’ will feature as a bonus track on The Gonads: Greater Hits
Volume II, expected sometime in 2012... Rhino Records plan to
reissue the first four Ramones albums on 180 gram vinyl. Each
of the first 500 comes with a blue 7-inch single off the relevant
album (e.g. ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’ b/w ‘I Don't Care’ comes
with Rocket to Russia and so on)...The Riverboat Gamblers’ new
ep, Smash/Grab, is out on Tuesday on vinyl, CD, and digital download.
Out now: The Bad Brains’s first single ‘Pay To Cum!’ b/w ‘Stay
Close To Me’ on Reachout International... Alkaline Trio’s new
double album, Damnesia – all the classics played acoustically,
plus two new songs... Sick Of It All’s new album, Based On A True
Story (Think Fast)...
July 8. Today on the Desert Oi-Land, the iron man
of street rock: Mr. Clyde Ward, Cockney Rejects producer, life-long
Gonad, one-time UB40 bassist, Saints fanatic, and the man who
puts the righteousness in Right Said Fred. Clyde’s eight platters
are: Emerald - Thin Lizzy, Pretty Vacant – Sex Pistols, Redemption
Song – Bob Marley & The Wailers, Cockney Reject – the Cockney
Rejects (“one of the best things I have done”), Basket Case -
Green Day, Uptown Top Rankin - Althea & Donna, You Shook Me -
AC/DC, Oi Nutter – The Gonads.
Clyde’s film would be The Long Good Friday. TV: Fox (with Ray
Winstone). Book: Poe Must Die by Marc Olden.
Tomorrow: Rhoda Dakar!
July 7. It’s the seventh day of the seventh month, 2011, which
according to Ancient Mayan prophesies means the final apocalypse
is less than five months away.
So who better to bask in Desert
Oi-Land’s big swinging hammock than the Beelzebub of Blackheath,
that barely-living legend Frankie ‘Boy’ Flame, Superyob singer,
one-man Cockerney piano-party, author, sage, Magus, bad news psychic
and Flat Cap Wearer of the Year, 1936.Frank’s
handsome herbert-handed disc selection is as follows: London Pride
by Superyob (“from the classic Superyob album 'Quality Street',”
Frank notes modestly), Hardcore Hooligan – The Business, Nemesis
– The Gonads (“I loved this song the moment I heard it, a rant
against Blair and New Labour... in fact I liked it so much I play
it in piano bars while doing solo and duelling piano shows”),
Sunny In England – Three Colours Red, Millennium – Killing Joke,
Hammer In The Nails – Section Five, We’ll Bring The House Down
– Slade, Land Of Hope & Glory/Rule Britannia – Royal Philharmonic
|“Yes,” says Frank, “I know I'm cheating
to have two in one, but these have to be included to remind me
of Blighty and fill me with love and pride for the red white and
blue while I'm on the Desert Oi!-land.”
Frank’s Film is Rise Of The Footsoldier. Book: Runelore by Edred
Thorsson. TV: Only Fools & Horses.
Tomorrow: Clyde Ward!
Pauline Black’s book Black By Design – A 2-Tone Memoir is out
shortly... interesting for sure but it probably has a little less
shagging than Neville’s book... (pre-order it here).
Pauline and the Selecter play the O2 Islington on 23rd July.
July 6. A multiple instalment of
Desert Oi-Land Discs today featuring our own loyal ‘street-team’
First up, Gonads Fan Club organiser Sandra Lane
whose disc choices are: Ghost Town – The Specials, Police & Thieves
– Junior Marvin, Garageland – The Clash, Oi Mate – The Gonads,
She Bangs The Drums – Stone Roses, Lean On Me – The Redskins,
A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke, I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield
- The 18.104.22.168s. Sandy says “Can I add...” but we’ll stop you there,
Sands, because the answer is NO! (She wanted Bingo Master’s Breakout
by The Fall, and frankly I’ve never liked their schtick – Ed)
Her film is Made In Dagenham. Book: Your Face Here by Ali Catterall
and Simon Wells. TV: Boys From The Blackstuff.
Next up is our part-time road manager, hardcore Charlton hooligan
and head of the RCPSA (Revolutionary Conservative Punks & Skins
Association) Fat Col Gannon who picks: Crazy Bitch – Buckcherry,
Red Is A Mean Mean Colour – Cockney Rebel, Song Of The Streets
– Sham 69, Revenge – Rose Tattoo, Oi Mate – The Gonads, One In
A Million – Guns & Roses, Tush – ZZ Top, Nice Legs Shame About
The Face – The Monks. Col’s book is Common As Muck by Roy ‘Chubby’
Brown. Film: Zulu. TV Boxset: The Benny Hill Show.
Penultimately comes Gonads webmistress and all round rock n rollin’
dominatrix Batttttty who chooses: Hurt - Johnny Cash, The Load
Out - Jackson Browne, The Bucket Of Water Song - The Four Bucketeers,
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who, Ebay - Weird Al Yankowicz, Dancing
With St. Peter - Sign Of 4, Night Of The Wolf – Waysted, Valhallaballoo
- The Gonads. Batttttty’s book is The Argos Catalogue. Film: Blazing
Saddles. TV: Tiswas, with a side order of Come Dine With Me. Smuggled
inside her voluminous drawers is a hollowed-out copy of The World
According To Garry Bushell, containing the complete UFO back catalogue...
because webmistresses can get away with doing stuff like that.
And now, the biggest gun of them all: former Sounds diarist,
hereditary peer and Gonads manager Lord Waistrel himself! The
esteemed aristo picks these eight tracks “gramophone records of
course”: Enigma Variations – Sir Edward Elgar, The Lark Ascending
– Ralph Vaughan Williams; Symphony Number 9 in D Minor Choral
– Beethoven, Cello Concerto In E Minor – Sir Edward Elgar, Mars,
The Planets - Gustav Holst, Air On A G String – J.S. Bach, Die
Walkürie (The Valkyrie), Act 3: Ride of the Valkyries – Richard
Wagner, Reg & Ron – Lord Waistrel & The Cosh Boys. His Lordship’s
book is Peter Simple’s Century by Michael Wharton, “with Right
Ho, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse for my man servant, Scrotum.” His film
is Brideshead Revisited. He doesn’t do “new fangled guff like
television.” But what, you ask of the Franken-Skin? All things
will come, dude, all things will come. Tomorrow: Superyob’s Franky
Secret Affair are re-recording their classic anthem ‘Time For
Action’ this week for a new Save The Children campaign. It'll
be a viral, internet streamed protest petition that will be taken
to major festivals, sports events etc across the country for people
to be filmed singing to the chorus (to add to the petition) and
eventually ending in Downing St in Sept...
Our mates The Coverup are joining the bill of the Shed Weekender
in Peterborough (15th – 17th July). The Cockney Rejects headline
on the Saturday. Tickets a score in advance, a pony on the gate.
Snides for a jacks alive off Sid The Lip.
July 5. On Desert Oi-Land Discs today, Argy Bargy
frontman and all-round good egg Sir Watford of Jon. Watford notes
“The songs could change daily but in general these are the
songs that I have loved for as long as I can remember and songs
that I always end up going back to.”
In no particular order, his discs are: ‘Scarred For Life’
– Rose Tattoo, ‘It’s A Shame’ –
the Heavy Metal Kids, ‘Runnin’ Riot’ –
Cock Sparrer, ‘Tell Mama’ – Etta James, ‘Tighten
Up’ - The Untouchables (“the first track on Tighten
Up Volume 1”), ‘Staring At The Rude Boys’ –
The Ruts, ‘It's A Long Way To The Top’ – AC/DC,
‘Chaos’ – The 4-Skins. "Oi! The Album was
a life changing moment for me, and this track in particular was
instrumental in shaping the man I am today. The opening riff still
makes my hair stand up on end.” (What hair? – Ed)
Watford’s book is Scarred For Life by Angry Anderson. His film is
The Long Good Friday, but “I’d sneak in Quadraphenia, Goodfellas
and The Wanderers somehow too.” TV show: The Sopranos.
to keep them quiet, it’s the turn of the Gonads’ own street-team
– including corpulent controversialist Fat Col!
And just on time, here is Chelsea Dom’s live review of Bargy
from the weekend: Serbia, Vegas...Kentish Town. That’s how Dom
rolls. He writes: ‘On a hot Saturday afternoon with the wannabe
trend-setters descended on Camden en-masse, the real buzz was
happening just up the road in Chalk Farm, a stone's throw from
the Roundhouse. It was Watford versus Belfast in a battle of Oi
bands at The Fiddlers Elbow, a gig that had sold out several weeks
in advance. Round one saw the Angry Agenda, a band who seem to
mature & improve with every set, featuring Nicky Parker (ex Booze
Boys) whose on stage 'observations' of the those in attendance
are legendary. As the crowd swelled they pummelled through a set
of self-penned numbers, including ‘Brawler’ & ‘Here Comes Trouble’,
ending with favourite ‘Breadline Britain’ (destined to be a classic).
Hopefully the debut album will be out soon. Round 2 saw Belfast's
finest streetpunk stalwarts, Runnin' Riot greeted with a hail
of rubber chickens (wot no cheese grater?). These guys don't get
the plaudits they deserve - catchy numbers, Colin Riot's dedication
to supporting the scene, plus single-handedly keeping Buckfast
in business - god bless those crazy monks! Many of their songs
relate to personal experiences & life in Belfast – ‘Judge Jury
& Executioner’, ‘Alcoholic Hero’ (about George Best), ‘Johnny
Reggae’ (not the Piglets song!) and the anthemic ‘Lost Generation’.
A rousing version of ‘We're Not Gonna Take It’ was also thrown
in for good measure.
Finally delivering the knockout were Argy Bargy, possibly the
finest musical exponent to come from Watford since some bloke
called Reg started playing with his organ. In appreciation the
crowd chucked out some weird & wonderful shapes on the dance floor,
either that or someone spilt their beer. With more hooks than
a pirates’ convention (that comment was straight out of the book
of Bushellisms), Bargy punched through a set of their top tunes
without a broken toe in sight. From the slower ‘Immaterial Girl’
to the more up tempo ‘There's Gonna Be A Riot’, each song had
the audience enthusiastically singing along - Watford Jon menacingly
spitting out the vocals, Dalb doing his best Lemmy impersonation,
Smiffy on lead (as in guitar, not piping) & pigeon fancier Ray
Dust thumping out a rhythm whilst pulling more faces than all
the Banana Splits combined. New song ‘Burning Skies’ improves
with every performance - can we have some more new numbers please
lads? To round off, a few covers were played for good measure.
A top night, good to see a full house & a special thanks to Bill
from Oi Oi the Shop for putting the gig on.’
Our favourite punk poet Annie Phetamine
is on stage in Edinburgh next Monday (July 11th) at the Blind Poet
pub, 32 West Nicolson St. The bill also features Fiona Lindsay,
Alec Beattie and Burgh Blues – a two-man 12-bar blues outfit.
The Angelic Upstarts headline an anti-racist all-dayer in Leeds
on 24th September, sub-titled ‘Punks & Skins Against Racism’.
Also on the bill: THE AUTONOMADS, CONDITION DEAD, RASTA4EYES,
BUS STATION LOONIES, THE MAGNIFICENT , THE SWINDELLS, KEYSIDE
STRIKE, GEOFFREY OICOTT, LOWLIFE UK and PAUL CARTER.
July 4. Today's Desert Oi-Land
Discs come from our Desert Oi-Land Dish, ravishing Wattsie Watts,
part-time Gonadette and full-time Modette about town. Wattsie's
eight disc choices are: Harmony In My Head - The Buzzcocks, Song
Of A Baker - the Small Faces, Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash,
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie, Lola - The Kinks, White Room - Cream,
How Does It Feel - Slade, The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen.
And like so many of you, she's tried to smuggle in extra tracks:
Made Of Stone - the Stone Roses, and Bargain - The Who.
Wattsie's book is Dear Boy - The Life of Keith
Moon by Tony Fletcher. Film: That'll Be The Day. TV box-set: Steptoe
Tomorrow: Watford Jon.
| Tickets go on sale today for the Endorse It In
Dorset festival (Aug 12th - 14th). The great line-up includes cow
punks Pronghorn and the Wurzels, as well as Peter & the Test
Tube Babies. Here's the bill, Friday: UK SUBS, PRONGHORN, BANCO
DE GAIA, DUB PISTOLS, PETER & the Test Tube Babies, CITIZEN
FISH. Saturday: NEW MODEL ARMY, CROPDUSTERS, REZILLOS, THE MEMBERS,
URBAN VOODOO MACHINE. Sunday: SUBGIANT, ZODIAC MINDWARP & The
Love Reaction, ALABAMA 3 ACOUSTIC, CITIZEN FISH, DUBMATIX, RDF plus
SCRUMPY SUNDAY featuring THE WURZELS. Lord Waistrel asks us to point
out that good as this weekend looks it ain't a patch on a certain
August 13th gig at the Garage, North London featuring the Heavy
Metal Kids, us and Agincourt.
|July 3. To the idyllic sun-soaked
desert Oi-Land paradise, where today’s infamous castaway is Mr.
John King, author of such essential street literature as Human
Punk, England Away, The Football Factory, Skinheads, The Prison
House and more.
John’s eight disc choices are The Day The World
Turned Dayglo - X-Ray Spex, Shout For Joy - Mike King, Pressure
Drop - The Maytals, Rockaway Beach - The Ramones, Island Hopping
- Joe Strummer, Lights Over London - Argy Bargy, Silver Machine
– Hawkwind, Rock N Roll - Led Zeppelin.
|John’s film choice is Apocalypse Now. TV Series
– Minder. Book - The Georgetown Trilogy by Roy Heath. Tomorrow’s
ornate Oi-Land oscillator is... Ravishing Wattsie Watts.
Last night's Jolly Pranksters charity bash, held
in Kent, was a spectacular success – even with Gal as auctioneer.
He raised £2,277 flogging essentially worthless items like Arsenal
tickets and a signed West Ham top. Four VIP passes for the Orgasm
Guerrillas’ secret come-back gig in October went for a whopping
£350. Highlights from Gal’s sales patter included: “Next up –
a crate of wine, bottled in Barking. It comes with instructions
on what to do if you get it in your eyes...” and “come on, a tenner
more and we can arrange for you to go clubbing with Jack Wilshere
– literally...” The final item was a 2007 England shirt signed
by the entire team. Well. Almost, claimed Gal. “David James hasn’t
signed it but he did manage to get his fingers to it.” They did
have a West Ham football to auction but unfortunately that went
down as well.
*Coming shortly, a limited edition
mini-CD release of the new Maninblack single, 'Fighting In The Streets'
b/w 'The NYC (There Will Always Be)'. The lads will chase this ace
with a full length CD, released through André's Black Dalek label
later this year. Various European labels have also expressed an
interest. Songs may include: 'Yeah, Yeah, Come Get Some,' 'God Save
The USA', 'Go Reds: Smash State', 'Mean Old Man', 'Tourist Get Out',
'Flyer Bomb', 'Replaced By A Machine', and 'Round Dodger Dub' (not
our song of the same name). The working title of the CD is: It's
All About Me.
*The Charlton Boys made their
movie debut last week, filming St George’s Day with Frank Harper
and Tony Dehnam of Football Factory fame. Chris Weeks tell us:
“It’s all set in Berlin, English hooligans vs Germans, but this
is only part of the story.
We started filming at 8am, and ended twelve and a half hours later.
We were a firm running down to meet the Bosch – we filmed that
bit at Crystal Palace Park, then we moved to Ceriese Road Peckham
for the fight scene in a car-park which was done up like the U-Bahn...”
Chris ended up playing a German Skin, and because he’d been stationed
in Berlin in the army, he was asked by the producer to teach the
boys some Schnelle Deutsche... like "Footsa” (C*nt), “Untermensch”
(Subhuman), “Pimmel Kopf” (Dickhead) und so weiter. The film is
due out in February.
July 2. Just for starters, Argy Bargy are playing the Fiddler’s
Elbow tonight in Kentish Town, North London – a gig so low-key
that they haven’t even told their own website.
Next weekend, The Selecter and The Beat put the Ska in Skegvasion!
The two day event at Grand Central on the Skegness sea-front is
organised by the Yorkshire Scooter Alliance and Skegness Lambretta
Club. More details here...
and BTW, the Ska & Skins International group is up on facebook here - a group for true skinheads “people who love Ska, 2-Tone, Trojan,
Bluebeat. No racism, no politics.”
The Old Firm Casuals have firmed up their UK dates, starting
off in Bristol on July 20th with Argy Bargy, then Exeter, Leicester,
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, London
(Underworld), Tonbridge, Brighton, York, Dublin and Blackpool
(Rebellion). The Last Resort open for them in Newcastle, Manchester,
Nottingham, London; the League support them in Tonbridge. We’re
still chuckling at the thought of a band called The Old Firm Casuals
playing Glasgow. Apparently, the opening act is just a geezer
who comes on stage in a Rangers top and sings “We are the
Billy Boys”, followed by a Celtic nutcase drinking a Molotov
Cocktail. Cry havoc and unleash the dogs of war...
Random noos: Flogging Molly play UK dates in November... The
Mighty Mighty Bosstones are busy recording a new album due out
by Winter... Lou Reed’s album with Metallica is out “by November”,
he tells us... The Dropkick Murphys play two shows at Boston’s
Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) this September. Part of the
proceeds will go to the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund; the gigs are
on Sept 8th and 9th; ticket info available on the Red
Sox homepage on 7th July (from noon, East Coast time).
Hardcore release of the month ‘Motivation From Misery’ by Knuckle
Up! Which hits like David Haye...
Today, swinging low in the Desert Oi-Land Discs
hammock fingering his sweet chariot, let’s hear it for a man with
reggae in his jeggae, Mr. Nick Welsh, AKA the sovereign of Ska,
the ruler of rude, King Hammond.
Nick’s discs are: God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols, Complete
Control – The Clash, Savage – Ultravox, Fan Club – The Damned,
Live Injection – The Upsetters, Double Barrel – Dave & Ansil Collins,
Je T’Aime – Judge Dread, and Mr. Easy Talk – King Hammond.
Nick’s TV choice is The Sweeney. Film: Bronco Bullfrog. Book:
Diary Of A Nobody by George Grossmith. Tomorrow, another street
culture monarch – John King.
1. We start the month on Desert Oi-Land with Chelsea Dom taking
his mighty bow. The veteran East End Badoes bassist, fashion
icon and Stamford Bridge regular is one of this blog’s top reviewers
and jet-setters. Here are his eight disc choices: Liquidator
- Harry J & the All Stars, New Rose - The Damned, England Belongs
to Me - Cock Sparrer, I Gotta Right - Iggy Pop & the Stooges,
The KKK Took My Baby Away – Ramones, Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian
Dury & the Blockheads, Skinhead On The MBTA - Dropkick Murphys,
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC.
Dom’s Film choice is Kind Hearts & Coronets. Book - Delia Smith's
How to Cook. TV box-set - The Sweeney, the Complete Series.
(Now that’s what I call a proper list, decisive with nothing
extra tagged on. Cheers Dom - Ed). Tomorrow: King Hammond, PLUS
a proper news catch-up, of sorts, probably...