July 14. This blog and website are now closed
for one month. Please be advised that anything you order from
the shop page will not be despatched until August 15th. In the
meantime, here’s a quick update: Gal recorded his latest podcast
yesterday with studio guests Mitch from West Country ska geezers
the Communicators, Bev Elliott and the Noxious Toyz, who played
live in the shed. Full marks to the Toyz’s brilliant stand-in
bassist Mark Bending (from Sgt Bilko’s Krazy Combo) who managed
to play a double-bass in the Rancid Sounds studio which is only
marginally bigger than an old-fashioned telephone box. It was
like squeezing Heather Trott through a cat flap... (not Kat’s
flaps, they’ve seen enough action). The pod comes with hot tracks
from Loaded 44, Mouthguard, the Mardigras Bombers, The Hotknives,
Booze & Glory, The 1-Stop Experience, Eddie Tenpole Tudor, Daytona,
the Cockney Rejects, the Cundeez and more. It also contains the
first ever public broadcast of ‘Glorious’. Hear it here!
(The podcast is also available as a free download from iTunes
Bev Elliott finds podcast listenable - after three gallons of
rum and a Buck's Fizz. Cheers!
Out this week, new from The Mob a 1,000-copy pressing of ‘Back
To Queens’ b/w ‘That’s It’. (Weathermaker Music)... Say Anything’s
vinyl album Anarchy, My Dear (Equal Vision)... Morning Glory are
giving away new song ‘Patiently’ as a free download... and from
Poison Idea, ‘The Fatal Erection Years: 1983-1986’, volume 2 of
the Kings Of Punk re-issues series on TKO.
STOP PRESS: R.I.P. Roy Shaw, the legendary unlicensed fighter
who died last night.
July 13. As promised, here are the answers to all of your Frequently
Q. When will the Gonads release another album and what will be
on it? (asks Little Dave from Canning Town).
A: Next year, Dave. We’re working on a brand new studio album,
called Dirty, as well as Greater Hits Volume Three – The Complete
Cobblers. No decision has been made on the order in which they
will be released. The Dirty song titles won’t mean much to you
at this stage, but trust us, this is going to be louder, faster,
heavier and nastier than anything we’ve ever done before.
Q. Will there be a SkaNads album on the back of the new e.p.?
(asks Suzy from Camden)
A:Yes, they’re writing it as we speak. It’s not all filth either,
there are songs about youth cults, homicidal bouncers and, erh,
cricket. Again, there is no release date yet, but the Skinhead
Lullabies ep is expected to come out in September. The early response
to that has been absolutely top-hole.
Q. Do The SkaNads mean that the Gonads are over? (asks Rich from
A: Absolutely not, sir. The Gonads will be back playing gigs
later this year; FB is working on them as you read this.
Q. Are the SkaNads just the Gonads in pork pie hats? (asks Cynical
Stevie from Derby)
A: Belay that cynicism, Stevie. No, they’re two completely different
bands with different sounds and different agendas. All they have
in common is Gal.
Q. Is the Gonads film going to happen and can I be in it? (asks
Amber from Brentwood)
We hope so. Everything is in place except the finance but we’ve
got a two man team working on that right now. Can you be in it,
Amber? Our casting couch is always open...
Q. What books are Gal writing next? (asks PJ from Woolwich)
A: Time For Action is out this year, PJ; Gal is also editing
the definitive Oi book as well as writing the third part of his
pulp fiction Face trilogy. According to Fit Bird he is “firty
fousand” words in to another project “like nothin’ he’s ever written
before” as well.
Q. What else can we expect from you? (asks Les from Harold Wood)
A: We’ve got a few things in the pipeline, Les. The Hooligan
Classics ep should be out next month, and our split single with
The Uprisers is expected to be released in November. Various other
ideas are still in development, but expect an intriguing left-field
solo release from Gal before Christmas.
This just in. Latest results from the punk-pop football league:
Sham 69 – Blink 182. Level 42 – S Club 7. Sum 41– Loaded 44. Gang
Of Four – Fun Boy 3. Dave Clark 5 – Heaven 17. UB40 – Haircut
By the way, we only wind up Tony ‘Boozy’ Barker because we love
the big lug. We would encourage all bands to support his sterling
efforts to bring the best of Oi to our friends the wrong side
of Hadrian’s Wall. We’ll play for him ourselves, we’re just waiting
for confirmation on the night bus.
Harley Flanagan has spoken out about his recent arrest and the
stabbings at the Cro-Mags show in NYC. His side of the story is
July 12. STOP PRESS: Ahh shit, some bad news. Martin Sporrell
is taking his bid to release an unauthorised Gonads bootleg album
to the European Court Of Justice in Luxembourg. Says the Beast:
“We are confident that Sporrell’s case has no legal merit and
will be thrown out of the higher European court just as it was
in London. The man is a thug and a chancer. As far as we are concerned
this is just a waste of time and money.”
Clyde Ward ran into Martin Gore from Depeche Mode yesterday.
Martin asked him to tell Gal that he has still never forgiven/forgotten
him for his first review of them in which he referred to the then
Basildon-based synth-pop band as “three cunts with ironing boards.”
Gal apologies profusely and says if he’d had his time again he
wouldn’t have been so pleasant.
July 11. Sandra Lane writes: The Gonads had a brilliant day in
the studio yesterday. The band finished off three songs. ‘Glorious’
will be on the next Hooligan Classics ep, and we think it’s the
best Nads anthem ever. Written by Gal and Clyde, ‘Glorious’ is
a stonking, stomping anthem with a big sing-along terrace chorus.
The other two songs are pretty damn mega as well, they are ‘Harry
May’s Revenge’ (written by Gal and Steve Kent) and ‘We Are The
Boys’ (Gal/Clyde) which will be the band’s two tracks on the US
split single with The Uprisers, due out later this year. We will
announce release dates when we know them.
The SkaNads also completed their four track debut ep yesterday,
and this will be released by Randale in September. The ep, called
Skinhead Lullabies is dedicated to Judge Dread, RIP, and features
the very filthy ‘Threes Up’ (Gal/Nick Welsh), pub anthem ‘Beer
Can’ (Gal/Steve Whale), the rude and risqué ‘It’s Getting Harder’
(Gal/McMighty, featuring Jennie Bellestar) and the satirical ‘Avoid
The Vexation Of Women’ (Gal/McMighty, featuring Dave Barker and
comedy legend Mickey Pugh as Granddad). Backing vocals were stylishly
supplied by Leah McCaffrey and Wattsie Watts.
Fat Col has leapt in to defend Tony ‘Boozy’ Barker insisting
that “The bus has a proud place in the pop tradition”. He mentions
the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, and perhaps less convincingly
Cliff Richards and the ex-London Transport double-decker used
in Summer Holiday (all together: “We’re all going on a Barker
holiday, standing room only for a week or two... ”). Being Col
he also ends on a gag, about a bunch of Sweaty Sock pensioners
on a coach trip. After a while one old dear taps the driver on
the shoulder and offers him a handful of peanuts which he gratefully
polishes off. Fifteen minutes later she taps him on the shoulder
again and gives him another handful of peanuts. The third time
this happens he asks “Why don’t you eat them yourselves?” She
replied: “Och, we canna chew them as we’ve got no teeth... we
just love the chocolate around them.”
Random news: Ska legends No Doubt release their first new album
for ten years in September, called ‘Push & Shove’. They’re posting
an internet teaser on Monday... The new Clash documentary is said
to take a less worshipful view of the band than previous Clash
docs. Called The Rise & Fall Of The Clash, the film by Spanish
director Danny Garcia, is more concerned with where it all went
wrong, and how manufactured the band and their image was... We’re
hearing reports that some German promoters are refusing to work
with the Briggs because Joey is a scientologist... According to
Billboard there are two Green Day documentaries in the pipeline...
the Gaslight Anthem release their new album Handwritten on Monday
Stop Press: Our condolences to Jimmy Pursey on the sad loss of
July 10. Happy birthday André Schlesinger, New York’s finest.
And much love to Neville Staple who had a bad turn on stage in
France at the weekend. Get well soon, mate.
Stories reach us concerning our old pal Tony ‘Boozy’ Barker
and his visionary scheme to set up a series of punk/Oi gigs in
Scotland. Tone is suggesting that bands travelling up from The
Smoke should meet him in his local and then catch a bus to the
venue five miles away. “Why waste money on a taxi when we can
get the bus right outside?” he reasons, perhaps over-looking the
practical problems involved in transporting guitars, drum breakables,
pedals and amplifiers, along with merchandise and luggage, via
public transport. And if getting there is bad, imagine the journey
back after 18 pints of wallop and a deep-fried Mars bar! Still
maybe he’s on to something and Boozy Barker’s Bus Tours will be
the next big thing in rock... And on the plus side, if Superyob
play at least Franky can use his bus pass. (Rumour has it that
Pursey has agreed to do a gig for him but only on condition Barker
uses a school-bus, but we have no idea what that’s referring to.)
Our pal Geno Blue is putting on an Ska & Soul charity fund-raiser
at the Cock Tavern, Fleet Street this Friday (13th), with special
guest DJ Gaz Mayall. The Moonstompers are playing live. See poster
below for details.
Random irritations: people who set up “vital meetings” that disrupt
your entire weekend and proceed to let you down 45 sodding minutes
before the time of the meet that they called on. People who then
say they’ll call you to explain why they’ve mucked up so appallingly
and don’t. People who claim to be promoters who couldn’t promote
a pair of tits in a lap-dancing club. Fuckwits who think bands
should be happy to perform in their poxy, flea-ridden, miles-from-anywhere
local for a few pints and a cheese sandwich. Bigger fuckwits in
bands who agree with them. Record companies and merchandising
firms who promise faithfully to account to you for sales and yet
never fucking do. Messers, time wasters and bullshit merchants
in general who permeate our scene and should be beaten with a
shitty stick on sight. And Marcus Brigstocke. We’re not keen on
him either, the posh, odiously right-on, fuck-faced twat.
A mystery caller got through to Gonads’ HQ yesterday. “Make sure
South Coast Steve reads that story about Harley Flanagan,” growled
a mystery Scottish voice – referring to the shock news about Cro-Mag
veteran Flanagan stabbing his replacement in the band last Friday.
“Is that you RD?” we asked. “Away an’ bile ye heid,” came the
charming reply, followed by the abrupt ending of the call. A hoaxer,
Random stuff: The genuinely legendary Dave & Ansell Collins play
Club Ska at the 100 Club on Saturday, September 1st... Case release
a new single on August 6th... a League of Labour Skins reunion
bash is being planned for late August in a Pimlico pub... Chumbawamba
have split up 14 years after their last hit; they got knocked
down, they didn’t get up again.
FB and The Beast have both been nominated for a prestigious
“Nobby No-Show” award for letting us down at the last minute on
Monday and Sunday respectively. Their prize will be a kick in
the nuts from Fat Col...
Jean Christophe Molinéris 2-Tone art is the best around; his
book 'Heart & Soul Painting’ is published next week. Here is Gal’s
review of his work: Jean Christophe Molinéris is an outstanding
artist whose work captures the very essence of 2-Tone. His portraits
don’t just “reflect”, they embrace and embody the spirit of Ska
– the insolence, radicalism and sexuality that make this glorious
music the antithesis of contemporary manufactured pop-slop. Better
than anyone, Molinéris illustrates and celebrates the creative
humanity that underpins the 2-Tone dream. His work is art that
sings and dances and won’t be still. - Garry Bushell, 2012
OUT now, a new, unauthorised, but lavishly tooled Iron Maiden
book by Neil Daniels, available here.
July 9. Our pal, the US Gonad and Maninblack's mouthpiece André
Schlesinger celebrates his XXth birthday tomorrow, July 10th and
in honour Gonads representatives will be joining him at the infamous
Double Down Saloon in the East Village of Manhattan (14 Ave.
A, 10009, near Houston) at 9pm to help him forget about his INCREASINGLY
SURLY DISPOSITION. Cake and ice cream will NOT be served. But
Sally Hand tells us that there will be the DDS's usual fetish
porn and classic punk on the sports monitors, CHEAP DRINKS and
FREE CONDOMS conveniently deposited by the co-ed bogs. She says
“We're looking forward to getting a certain mean old man drunk
so that we can get him (and some friends... ) in on some pictures
in the DDS's new photo booth that he'll gladly pay to have destroyed
at a later date. Yeah, it's fun for the whole family!” There will
also be free mini CDs of Maninblack’s Fighting In The Streets
b/w The NYC, badges, stickers and a few extras to give away as
always... If you see Sally there (she’ll be taking pictures) say
hello and buy her a drink! PS. Girls, if you sit on André’s lap
he'll tell you how old he really is...
Crimewatch Stop Press: Christopher Brahney, the Stone Roses
fan who went missing after their Heaton Park show on Friday 29th
June, has been found dead. A body, recovered by police from the
Manchester Ship Canal at 9.35am this morning, has been formally
identified as Brahney. He was 22... Casey Chaos, the singer with
Amen, has been nicked after allegedly crashing his SUV into fifteen
parked vehicles in Los Angeles last week. Choas – real name Karim
Chmielinski – was arrested at his home in Studio City and has
been charged with driving under the influence. He is reported
to have fled the scene. Casey has collaborated with a host of
rock and punk artists, including the Pistols, Henry Rollins and
July 8. Crimewatch continued: Violence erupted at the CBGB Festival
at Webster Hall, New York, on Friday night. Harley Flanagan, a
founder member of hardcore band the Cro-Mags allegedly walked
into the VIP lounge and stabbed his replacement, Cro-Mags bassist
Mike “The Gook” Couls. He is also said to have slashed and bitten
another band member and taken a bite out of a third. The attack
took place at around 8.30pm. Security mobilised immediately but
it took six burly bouncers to overpower Flanagan, who is a mixed
martial arts fighter trained in Jiu-Jitsu. They “beat the shit”
out of him before the NYPD arrived and took him away in cuffs.
The cops closed the theatre down. Flanagan has been charged with
assault and possessing a criminal weapon. Couls was rushed to
Bellevue hospital, his injuries are not life-threatening. Harley,
is said to have fallen out with the band, specifically singer
John Bloodclot in 2000; he later denounced him as a “fuckin’ dick”,
“a bullshit merchant” and a scam artist who “never wrote a song
in his life.”
July 7. Tonight’s Madness gig at Carlisle Racecourse has been
cancelled, along with the racing, due to torrential rain... Random
news: Sham 69 – the real ones, with Parsons and Pursey - play
the Brixton Electric a week today with support Spear Of Destiny...
Shug O’Neill’s Guttersnipes are back, they play The Vale in Glasgow
on October 21st... NOFX release a new 7-inch single called ‘Ronnie
& Mags’ on August 14th, featuring two brand new tracks and a demo
of ‘I Believe in Goddess’...
July 6. Hello herberts, wotcha wasters, and Ohayou gozaimasu
to our regular readers in Japan. A few of you have been asking
questions about various aspects of Gonadian activities and we
intend to answer all of them before this blog shuts down properly
for a month. If you have anything to ask, drop
old Waistrel a line. Meantime, here’s some news: Bad Manners
and the Dualers headline The Folkstone Skabour fest next month.
The three-day seaside knees-up runs from 10-12 August. Sunday
night headliners are Reel Big Fish. Other bands on the bill include
the Skatonics, The Estimators, the Popes of Chillitown and The
TONY Van Frater and Decca Wade are joining our favourite Northern
comedian Mark Rough in the line up for the North East all-star
charity re-recording of the Disorder classic ‘Air Raid’ which
will be released in aid of the Jail Guitar Doors organisation
to help ex-offenders back into society.
John Lydon was entertaining enough on Question Time last night,
but he answered one question by saying “I’m just a bystander,
I know nothing” prompting Fat Col to shout: “Then fuck off out
of it and give yer seat to someone who does.” Frankie Boyle tweeted
that in comparison, Sid Vicious’s death is starting to look dignified.”
Although the thing with Lydon of course is that at any time he
could be right, he could be wrong... he could be wrong, he could
be right. Right? The ex-Pistols sat next to Tory MP Louise Mensch
(Col’s pin-up) who admitted “I did serious drugs and it messed
with my head.” She is of course married to foul-mouthed Metallica
manager Peter Mensch, who Gal describes as “Rock’s answer to Ari
July 5. Oi, oi the Mods are back… in Brighton… August bank Holiday
This is for our mate Nina:
Coming soon from Randale Records – the new album
from ARGY BARGY, ‘Hopes, Dreams, Lies & Schemes’; the Last Resort’s
‘Live In 2011’ double album; Pist'n'Broke’s ‘20 Years Strong’
picture LP with four new unreleased songs and RUST’s ‘Lean Mean
Street Machine’ album. Coming soon from us: absolute blissful
hibernation until mid-August at the earliest.
STOP PRESS. The Cockney Rejects documentary East End Babylon
gets another airing on Saturday at the East London Film Festival
(Genesis Cinema, Mile End)
July 4. Happy Independence Day to our mates in the States. Today
is the day they celebrate their independence from us – and their
new dependence on China.
Random guff: Ozzy’s old guitarist Zakk Wilde has named his new-born
son “Sabbath”, let’s hope no-one from Kunt & The Gang follows
suit... new Our Last Night album out next month... Amstel Light's
Savor Complexity telephone booth ads campaign in the US celebrates
‘The Complex Tale Of Rock Music’. Sadly their comprehensive mentions
of Punk and its sub-genres criminally over-looks the Punk Pathetique
scene. Will no-one fly the flag for the Postmen and Barney & The
Rubbles? We’re shocked and saddened. Here's
the ad in full.
July 1st. Movie director Rob Gomez has signed up to film Curry
On Up The Gonads, and various big-name Cockney actors are on board
once the funding is in place. But now we get to the serious bit.
We need to cast the Gonads as we would have been in the late 70s/early
80s, as well as 2001, and we also need to cast entourage characters
such as Fat Col, The Nosher, Bev Elliott, Batttttty, Ron Rouman
and the rest. Proper auditions will be held later this year, but
in the meantime, if you think you could be Ravishing Wattsie Watts,
Stinky Turner, Judge Dread, Terry Hayes or Charlie Harper then
and now or a young Jennie Bellestar please email photos and a
CV to Lord Waistrel (who will be played by Michael Gambon if things
go to plan). Says exec producer Paul Hallam: “We want genuine
actors and actresses first and foremost, but there will be opportunities
for extra work for young punks, skins and Mods.” Rob Gomez has
worked with Gal before, on the cult classic flick Hell To Pay,
which also featured Mickey Pugh. Mick has written the film script
which is best described as “The Great Rock n Roll Swindle meets
Confessions of a Window Cleaner with a pinch of Fight Club”. Barnet
Mark will play himself. Waistrel’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org