March 14. A good friend tells us that an anagram of Mark Owen
is Wank More (which maybe he should've done...). While we're
on the subject, an anagram of Terry Hayes is "Eye 'er
snatch"; while Wattsie Watts is "E, saw twat tits".
Without comment, we report that Anthony Feedback becomes Backhand
Jim Piddlington? Jilt Nodding Imp.
* The London Diehards play BH2 this Friday with the Bermondsey
Joyriders, but will Tel be playing his new song 'Noble Ox'?
March 13. We fear for the brain-cells of our dear pal Pete
Way, who is currently working on a brand new solo album. One
of the keen young musicians involved excitedly played us one
of Pete’s “new songs” which sounded suspiciously
familiar. It’s called ‘The Hole’, it’s
about drug and alcohol dependency and is extremely powerful.
The only problem is he’s recorded it at least twice
*Punk label MFS are re-releasing the pleasantly titled ‘Oi
– Fuck You’, followed by a second volume which
we hope will be called ‘Fuck You Some More’. We
had ‘Hey You’ on the first and will put ‘Gob
2010’ on the new one.
Cockney Rejects planned ‘Wild Ones’ rock concert,
pencilled in for BH2 this Easter, has been postponed for now.
March 12. Shock news from tonight’s Pranksters fund-raising
quiz in Sidcup where the drunken Gonads team trailed in a
not too shabby third out of ten. Winners were Sandra Lane’s
Orgasm Guerrillas team who had the good sense to pack their
squad with ‘ringers’ – geography teachers
and other low scum. The Beast tells us “The Gonads could
have won if we’d stayed off the Buckfast. Half way through
round six Gal screwed up the answer sheet and started singing
the Zamora song.” Fat Col’s team came last. The
organisers were pretty pissed off when a drunken Catrina jumped
on stage and attempted to strip at the end - and some idiot
LA hardcore legends Circle One are re-releasing their 1983
album ‘Patterns Of Force’ on vinyl (Puke N Vomit
Records.) It’s been re-mastered from the original quarter
inch tapes and includes “the original mix not found
on the CD re-issues” blah-blah-sales hype-blah-blah-blah.
is Ecke from Contra Records’ verdict on the tracks submitted
for the 30th anniversary comp: “the best new Oi songs
are by the London Diehards and the Gonads.” And the
surprise is? BTW, The Diehards have recorded their half of
the split album they’re doing with the Tattooed Motherfuckers.
TMF have recorded their tracks but have yet to mix them. Working
titles include: ‘Deadset’, ‘Heart Full Of
Hate’, ‘I Am The Doctor’, ‘Who?’,
and ‘Tough Man’.
10. The 30th anniversary Oi album will now be released at
the end of May; any bands who have not yet uploaded their
songs should do it pronto or risk getting the bum’s
Bruce’s Cock Sparrer book, The Best Seat In The House,
will be published by Cherry Red Books on 27th March. (In our
opinion, the best seat in the house belonged to Sandra Bigg,
but hey ho).
‘Glorious Bastards’ will be released as a digital
download on April 19th.
treacherous and not so little bird whispers in our ear about
the WM, saying “while commenting on the drinking capabilities
of other parties, he neglects to mention his own woeful boozing
prowess - you may recall him passing out with the tramps in
a Brussels park, or the time he was found loitering outside
the hotel in Berlin, oblivious to the fact it was -10 (no
exaggeration either, it really was that cold). He is a lightweight,
a bar room zero, not to mention a master of misinformation.”
This has been a party political broadcast on behalf of the
Beano Boys, the feared break-away provisional wing of the
9. Steward’s inquiry! The legitimacy of the International
Oi Oi BuckFast Drinking world championship has been officially
challenged by lawyers representing Belfast champ Colin McQuillen.
It seems that not for the first time the facts have been distorted
by a devious party from Poplar who on this occasion had a
vested interest in a French victory (a large side-bet placed
with bookie Charlton Tel) and who used the cover of extreme
drunkenness on all sides to attempt to ‘fix’ the
result. Slo-mo studies of the final drink-off actually reveal
that challenger Vanessa’s head hit the concrete some
seconds ahead of Mr McQuillen’s. A grim faced Beast
tells us: “Someone has been ‘runnin riot’
with the truth. After a full inquiry, the contest has been
declared null and void. The rival parties will now have to
face each other in a properly supervised replay. All bets
are off.” This is believed to be the biggest scandal
to hit the Buckfast drinking world since a Benedictine monk
shat in a wine vat back in 1382.
Sparrer have entered the World Cup England anthem race by
re-recording England Belongs To Me. The nifty new version
features British UFC fighter Dan
‘The Outlaw’ Hardy providing backing vocals
and “oi-oi”s. (Dan uses the song as his intro
music into the octagon). The track can be downloaded now.
7. Shock news from the International Oi Buckfast Drinking
Contest, held last night in Glasgow, when the British champion
– Colin from Runnin’ Riot – was roundly defeated by a French
outsider. The event, held in the shadow of Hampden Park, was
a magnet for some of the world’s most staggering drunks. (And
if they weren’t staggering before, they were afterwards...
) Colin was widely fancied as a shoe-in for the title as the
Ulsterman breakfasts on the fortified tonic wine which is
made by Benedictine Monks in Devon. In the quarter-finals
last month he dispatched the Spanish challenger in under an
hour. But Col met his match in the final head to head battle
with the dishy but diminutive Vanessa from Parisian band Les
Misogynes. We would tell you more but the event judges – local
Pranksters Lauren and Craig – were stretchered off an hour
before the close of play. Poor show. Next year we’ll be fielding
our champion, the indestructible Pavel from Moscow.
Our sympathies to Wattsie still suffering from a gastric ulcer.
She says “I tried half a cucumber yesterday and the
pain was horrendous.” Next time, ease yourself in with
a gherkin, says Sandra Lane, who knows about these things.
And use plenty of lube.
March 6. Supporting 999 at BH2 tonight – the Snipes from
Glasgow, featuring Shug O’Neill formerly of Cock Sparrer and
now looking old enough to be Franky Flame’s Dad.
*New DMG songs up at the Dirty Metal Gonads myspace page.
March 5. Terry Hayes has put himself forward to replace
Gal as Gonads vocalist “to show how good the band could
be”. The WM will audition before a panel of leading
oi authorities including Waistrel, Fatty Lol, The Beast and
Stinky Turner at BH2. Tel is confident that he’s a shoe-in
for the job, saying “I’m good looking and Gal
is an ugly fucker”. We’re not so sure. The X Factor-style
panel is looking for someone who can sing like “Bruce
Dickinson or Rod Stewart.” The WM sings like a cross
between David Dickinson and Moira Stewart. He can’t
remember his own lyrics, let alone ours. His appeal is largely
confined to Bulgarian women and homosexualists. And how will
he feel about renouncing Millwall?
4. Gal, who is busy writing his memoirs, has appealed to various
people to come forward to help fill in the blanks. He is particularly
keen on hearing from Heavy Metal Heather, Steph the Mod, Steve
Kent, and Charlotte “the Vet”. If you’re
out there, get in touch!
2. Breaking news: the May gigs may be the last ever shows by
the Gonads as we know them as Gal is considering replacing yet
another band number - himself. It seems that our glorious leader
is secretly planning to audition new young vocalists, beards
optional. The decision has been inspired partly by ill-health
and partly by an increased work-load. According to Fit-Bird
the plan is "hush-hush". If it goes ahead Gal would
fall back into a management role. But he WILL be appearing at
the May gigs, he WILL be recording the 'Greater Hits' album
and he IS working on the songs even as we speak. The Gonads-Badoes
world cup single (Go-Bads?) is still a possibility. The alternative
option is for the Gonads to take a year off from touring. More
developments as they happen.
28. We have added a date in Cheltenham, Gloucester, in May.
On May Day - 1st May - we headline The Night Owl in the High
Street. ALL May gigs, including Germany and Poland, will be
played by the Gonads Mark II: Gal, Nacho Jase, RD and Mick Gonad.
Feb 27. Plans for an unofficial oi oi World Cup anthem featuring
Gal, the Badoes and Tony Barker from Angela Rippon's Bum have
hit the bumpers as Gal and the WM are temporarily potless (Gal
is reeling from an unexpected tax demand, Tel from the escalating
costs of Liberty's weekly wine in-take). "What are they, some
kind of tight c***s?" fumed Barker, who at no time has offered
to contribute to the costs himself. Still the Beast is confident
that with the WM organising the recording it will happen in
time for the World Cup opening game... in 2014.
* The WM has been on. The London Diehards have a new drummer
and a new guitarist. Great. But who, Tel, who? "Some bloke
called Steve and another bloke called Steve." Yeah, great.
Thanks for that.
* Cherry ain't too sad about being outed from the Diehards
and the Badoes. He's got himself a new gig - as Tweedledum and
Tweedledee in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland flick.
* Gal's podcast is up here: http://www.totalrock.com/podcast/GarryBushellsRancidSounds.xml
* New this week: Flogging Molly's 'Live At The Greek Theatre'
- a DVD plus 2 CD set featuring their titanic performance at
the Greek Theatre, LA, on September 12, 2009. The DVD is shot
in HD using ten cameras. A little bit more professional than
Rude Boy Sounds, know what I mean?
Feb 26. Gal recorded his latest pod-cast today with guests
Gary Lammin and Martin Stacey from the Bermondsey Joyriders
and Alison from Bubblegum Slut. Although blitzed by a mystery
virus (Was it gin agin? - Ed), Gal gamely struggled to keep
awake and the typically shambolic show features some absolutely
blinding tracks from Darkbuster, The Blades, King Kool, Raising
Sand, The Simmertones, Underclass, the Oi-Oi All-Stars and many
more. We'll let you know when it's up and running. (Gary Hodges
was due to be on the pod too, but was held up in traffic, finally
arriving at the 12 Bar 25 minutes after the show started). Our
Gal, dosed up on pills and powders, was feeling rough. He said:
"My head was pounding, I felt old, and my breath stank like
an anchovy's chuff... so it was pretty much condition normal."
Gal blamed the Night Nurse for him being knackered and disorientated.
Sandy, her name was... Apologies to Gary H for the mix up. Bev
Elliott did wait in the bar for twenty minutes on the off-chance
you turned up late. Not that she's complaining about having
to wait in a bar.
" Songs arising from Hodges arriving too late for the show:
'ACAB' - all clocks are bastards; 'Chaos' - chaos in the 12
Bar, pod-cast's starting now; 'Sorry' - shout it out, shout
it out, I know it's a pain, I should have come by train...
*Bad news from RD MacGonad. The intrepid drummer has been injured
in a motorbike accident. Early reports indicate that it's not
too serious but he may need an operation on his tendons. Good
luck with that mate. In a related story, an operation to remove
a five pound note from Jim's wallet has proved unsuccessful.
*The paperback version of Cockney Reject will be published
on March 25th.
*Our old pal Charley Anderson from The Selecter has been in
touch to tell us that the band (who have reformed without Pauline)
have released a new version of 'James Bond'. Top man.
*Long Tall Shorty took a box of Gonads album to Germany. Here's
an interesting response to the question, how did the sales go?
Wattsie: "Great, they did loads of merch." Tony: "We sold nothing,
the kids weren't buying a thing." Hmm. Clearly a communications
breakdown. But we're sure it'll all make sense once we see the
Feb 25. Lord Waistrel has blocked special guest Jimmy Edwards
from joining us on stage at The Garage. Seems that when his
Lordship gave the go-ahead he was thinking of the late comic
actor with the handlebar moustache and a life-long love of spanking...and
not Jimmy Edwards from 1970s punk band Masterswitch. Jim will
jump up and join us for a version of 'Action Replay' on another
Feb 24. The Gonads' Greater Hits project is officially underway.
Tracks are likely to include SE7 DOLE DAY, BRITISH STEEL, PUNK
ROCK TILL I DIE, I LOST MY LOVE TO A UK SUB, LAGER TOP, HITLER
WAS AN HOMO, TUCKER'S RUCKERS, ALCONAUT, EAT THE RICH, THESE
ARE OUR STREETS, GOT ANY WRIGLEYS JOHN, KARL MARX SUPPORTED
MILLWALL, SANDRA BIGG REALLY BIG, and a 2010 version of THE
JOYS OF OI
* The Gonads mark II warm-up gigs include a headliner at Bournemouth
Champions on May 21st - Glen Matlock is no longer on the bill...Meanwhile
The Gonads mark I will have a special guest when we support
the Upstarts on April 10th at the Garage. What was that about
*Gal is putting together a 'Funny Old Bastards' comedy tour
with great neglected working class comics who couldn't give
a stuff about PC. We'll let you know when it happens.
Feb 23. Some of Gal's books will be available on Kindle via
Comet Press in the US this summer. Cake-based books, who knew
it was even possible?
*Despite the Oi-Oi All Stars, Gal and the WM are also attempting
to release their own World Cup song, England In Our Blood. All
they need is some mug, sorry, a discerning invester with 300
sovs to spare.
Legal note: In a previous blog entry we may have given an
unfair impression of Mssrs Mickey Fitz, Slim Jim, Paul Devine
and others. The words we used could have led some readers to
believe that the aforementioned upstanding citizens were mean-spirited,
round-dodging tightwads of the worst kind, when clearly (some
lawyer twat reckons) they are radical idealists living Tolstoy's
dream of 'freedom through frugality'. We stand corrected...
but at least we stand our round.
Feb 22. This year's Punk Rowl Bowling & Music Fest in Las
Vegas will be the biggest ever. Confirmed bands include Flogging
Molly, NOFX, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Youth Brigade, Teenage
Bottlerockets, Cobra Skulls, TSOL and many more. Early bird
tickets are available at a special discount rate of all three
days for 70 bucks. There are discounts on hotel rooms too, and
a Punk Rock Texas Hold'em tournament. The event runs between
May 6th and May 9th. More details at: http://www.punkrockbowling.com/
*Steve Whale calls, it seems the Oi-Oi All-Stars have changed
the name of 'Spirit Of England' to 'Spirit of England World
Cup 2010'. Listen out for it on Gal's next pod-cast.
* Our mates Long Tall Shorty had their Saturday night gig
in Cologne rudely interrupted by the local Old Bill (the Aged
Wilhelm?). Gentleman John tells us, "We were so loud the police
came to the club and made them turn down the PA." John reckons
the German plod also banned Shorty from doing encores (That
old one! - Cynical Ed.) No word on whether the police were followed
by a visit from HM Revenue & Customs looking in to a series
of falsified diesel receipts...
*Mark Brezezicki, the former Big Country drummer with a name
like a Countdown Conundrum, has now joined Thunderclap Newman!
Here are a couple of digi-clips of their debut gig last Friday
in Lewes, East Sussex:
*Flustered Gonads mark II guitar ace Nacho Jase, currently
moving house, mistakenly belled Lord Waistrel today instead
of his new landlord. Not missing a beat, Waistrel told him he
expected six month's rent upfront and in cash by Wednesday...
Feb 20. Big trouble in Little Hornchurch: the drummer formerly
known as 'Cherry', now known as 'On Yer Bike Pike' has been
formally sacked from both the London Diehards and the East End
Badoes for "taking a liberty with Liberty". We don't know if
he's still in the Fuckwit Fridays, and neither do we care.
*As Cherry goes a new oaf lumbers in to view: step forward
Top Cat of Tottenham who has been making a nuisance of himself
trying to join the Central London branch of the Jolly Pranksters.
You can't request to join the Pranksters, you have to be asked;
so local lodge master, the Bishop of Soho, decided to teach
TC a lesson. He told him that the girls in a certain Soho massage
parlour "finish you off" for £60. Top Cat paid up front for
a rather feeble massage and when he demanded "satisfaction"
the girl asked for a further £190. Says the Bish: "TC was standing
there wearing just his socks and a boner accusing her of robbing
him. The bird turned round and said, 'What you going to do about
it, call the Old Bill?' Classic." The next night TC turned up
in the Pranksters' Dean Street bar and bought himself a drink,
not getting a round in. Outraged, the Brethren told the barmaid
that Top Cat was in the chair and piled into two taxis, leaving
TC to pick up an £80 bar tab. Effete El tells us: "We think
he's got the message."
*Gal is in talks with a German label about recording the Gonads
Greater Hits album this summer. It will be produced by Steve
Feb 19. Steve Whale finished the mix of 'Spirit Of England'
last night, and it's blinding. Hand on heart this is the best
patriotic streetpunk song for 25 years.
Feb 18. The Gonads Mark II will open for Glen Matlock in Bournemouth
in May as part of our warm-up gigs for Europe. But in a move
certain to wind up the Beast, RD MacGonad has already ousted
Fat Col and taken over as tour manager. Is he also planning
a management coup?
*Gonads albums are now for sale in the excellent punk store
All Ages Records of Camden.
Feb 16. The project known for now as the Oi-Oi All-Stars were
in the studio yesterday and the resulting song 'Spirit Of England'
sounds the dog's cobs. Legends joining the chorus included Millwall
Roi, Steve Whale, Terence Hayes (WM), Gal Gonad, JJ from the
Last Resort, Jeniera Blade and Robin Guy (Kemical Chaos, ex-Business).
All profits from the track, which will be released as a download,
will go to the Help 4 Heroes charity.
*Millwall Roi tells us there were "no incidents" on the Resort's
recent Euro tour, "except someone dropped dead at the venue
in Rome." This was pretty much the quote of the day.
*Disturbing stories reach our ears concerning a certain fat
ginger drummer (now known as Pike cos he's a stupid boy.) It
seems he used the occasion of some US dates to persuade a young
Yank fan into an act of "backdoor love". Unfortunately, at the
moment of truth the lumbering great oaf realised he hadn't packed
any KY Jelly and was forced to use his own spot cream as a lubricant.
We don't know how effective it was, but by all accounts her
anal warts have cleared up lovely.
Feb 15. The Gonads mark II line-up is now complete with Nacho
Jase on guitar, RD MacGonad on drums and Mick Gonad on bass.
This is our new band for the USA, Asia and Europe. The lads
will undertake a series of low-key warm-up UK dates through-out
May. The mark I line-up will play the Garage with the mighty
Angelic Upstarts on April 10th. By all accounts Mensi could
fill the gaff with his kids alone...
* Fatty Lol calls, scotching rumours that he'd died in a tragic
black bin-liner jogging incident. The Ska-let Pimpernel of Oi
has had the either mad or visionary idea that Gal should do
his Ska solo project under the name of the Skanads. Hmm. Many
claim the veggie-hoolie dodgepot formerly known as Ron Rouman
has become aloof since he got loved up but we still stand by
the great man. His own pet project the excellent Dub City Rockers
release their debut album in April.
* Vanessa from French oi band Les Misogynes tells us she is
in the UK to improve her English. Great, except she's living
in Glasgow! Isn't that like moving to Knightsbridge to improve
*Steve Whale has produced two tracks by his new protégées
the Blades. He reckons they turned out "the business."
Feb 14. Senior Pranksters gathered in The Usual Place tonight
to hear an impassioned plea for the order to throw its might
behind John King's new street-socialist party. Sadly the motion
was roundly defeated, with Old Eric of the East Sussex Pranksters
furiously denouncing the scheme as an "attempt to undermine
the apolitical nature of our frivolous brotherhood." Brother
Barry dubbed it "farcical" adding "the Pranksters are above
such mundane nonsense." Mr King's representative was sent away
with a flea in his ear after being made to pick up the tab by
the WM. However, the Pranksters are endorsing the Oi-Oi All-Stars
*Stories about Mick Fitz lifted the post-meeting "festive
board" (held at Chinese Tim's). It seems that since he has given
up the bottle, Fitzy has become a total shopping bore, ringing
up mates from supermarkets and DIY stores to ask their advice
on retail prices. He was also seen in Blackpool nipping out
of a pound shop with a bag full of mobile phone covers that
he attempted to flog on at an inflated price. He is a man after
Dodgy Dave Long's own heart. (All 'Mick Fitz mean bastard' stories
appreciated) We'd like to see him, Scoops, Dave Cairns and Franky
in a round-dodging contest with Paul Devine. It wouldn't exactly
be a photo-finish. They'd all die of thirst before they put
their hands in their pockets. A fly fell in Devine's beer once
and he wouldn't let it go until it had spat out every last drop.
Feb 12. Manic Esso's exciting new musical project is lumbering
to fruition with the all the natural grace of a prototype Cylon
on low battery in lead-lined boots. As you may recall, Manic
has been writing and rehearsing with former Lurkers Pete Stride
and Nigel Moore. They are now calling themselves GLM (God's
Lonely Men) and reckon on having a website set up and a download
song available by the end of April. No year is specified.(Let
the first song be 'Bad Charlotte' lads...)
*We hear whispers of a planned Oi mini-concert on the Saturday
afternoon in Blackpool at the same time as Rebellion...more
Feb 11. Wattsie is rapidly becoming the most popular Gonadette
since Annie Auldiron. She is also the only fully-fledged Gonadette
since Annie but never mind. Wattsie has everyone from German
toyboys to aging Welshmen (wotcha Roddy) via randy Italians
eating out of her hands. But can she ever find it in her heart
to forgive one particular mean, moody and misunderstood Scotsman?
Aye. MacGonad. As the song goes: 'He wiped his bogies on her
flag, MacGonad, the man is fucking bad...' But he's back, baby...
*The poor choice on offer at the forthcoming General Election
has spurred even the non-political Jolly Pranksters to consider
whether or not to endorse John King's planned new working class
alternative street-socialist party. Well-placed sources say
that it is "unlikely" that the Pranksters can be coaxed from
their position of bemused neutrality but a high-level meeting
will be held in The Usual Place this coming Sunday nevertheless.
When better than Valentine's Day to take a stab at a steamy
new (political) union?
Feb 10. Looks like the This Is Oi website won't be coming back.
It was shut down a couple of weeks ago amid hysterical but unproven
claims that it had been hacked by Millwall's F Troop. (Judging
by some of the appalling rants on there, we'd assumed it was
being hacked by Alf Garnett). As ever, this web page remains
the one semi-reliable source of oi-oi information.
*The Help 4 Heroes oi show, originally planned for Swindon,
will now go ahead in Wootton Bassett with the London Diehards,
Control, the Crack, Charred Hearts, Code 1 and Long Tall Shorty
among others. Venue: Riffs. Date: June 5. Tickets: £15.
*We're more than a bit pissed off about St George's Day. First
that clown of a promoter ruined the big do at the Tavern (but
has yet to cancel the event with Ticketmaster). Then we were
approached to do an alternative show with the 4 Skins and the
Badoes at BH2, only to hear second-hand that it was off and
the show would now feature the Anti-Nowhere League and the London
Diehards. Which leaves us with just under ten weeks to try and
set something up from scratch...or go down the pub instead.
Poor show all round. And just wait till the Badoes singer finds
out what that dirty rotten Diehards vocalist has been up to.
Oh, hang on...
Feb 9. Our pal Vanessa from French oi band the Misogynes tells
us that Contra Records have been in touch. She says: "The lads
from Contra offer us later in the year to make a 7", which is
GREAT." Yeah? Listen love, don't get yer hopes up. We've seen
them in the shower and you'd be lucky to get 5".
Feb 8. The Beast reckons he has a solution to our on-going
band crisis. He's advocating the formation of TWO Gonads: one
for the UK, one for the rest of the world. Gonads Mark II would
handle the long-haul gigs and overseas mini-tours - this line-up,
disturbingly, is likely to include the legendary RD MacGonad
on drums. Gonads Mark I would carry on as normal with maybe
one or two line-up changes. It's a possible short-term fix,
with a couple of minor complications that we're working on.
The Beast is "hopeful" that we'll be back on track for the Garage
gig in April, in one form or another.
Feb 7. The Oppressed were on top form last night, according
to Wattsie. Apparently the audience for the North London anti-fascist
Oi fest was a mixture of skins, hooligans, and "the great unwashed",
with plenty of Continental crusties in attendance. There were
skirmishes all night and one big one punch-up while Roddy and
the lads were on stage - with ten geezers piling in to one poor
bloke, but no-one seems to know why. Meanwhile in Bedford the
4-Skins show was sold out and trouble free...
* Gal finally surfaced in Paris today, presumably after taking
a "trip up the WM's ladder". (This may or may not be an arcane
reference to the extremely advanced 32nd degree of Pranksterism).
He claimed to be out there in the hope that la belle Vanessa
Perroncel has a sister.
Feb 6. Internet rumours that the Gonads have split spurred
Lord Waistrel into action last night. When he couldn’t
get hold of Gal, Waistrel dispatched the Beast to scour the
pubs of North West Kent to no avail. According to Fit Bird,
Gal has quit the band. All Gonads gigs are cancelled pending
confirmation. Said the Beast: “It’s an unfortunate
situation. I’d been in negotiations with Asian and US
promoters which would have necessitated line-up changes anyway.
For the moment, the band is disbanded. The Gonads are on a break.
Whether they return is a matter for Gal alone.” Watch
the news page for official confirmation.
Coming this summer, new book: Why Be Something That You're Not
- Detroit Hardcore '79 to '85 by Tony Rettman; an oral history
full of in-depth interviews with scene veterans, photos and
5. Mad Marc’s line-up for this year’s Punk & Disorderly
in Berlin is like a punk rock wet dream. Bands confirmed are:
the BUZZCOCKS - STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - THE OPPRESSED - STOMPER
98 - COCKNEY REJECTS - THE PARTISANS - STREET DOGS - ARGY BARGY
– DISCIPLINE - THE BUSINESS - BAD CO. PROJECT - ANGELIC
UPSTARTS - IRON CROSS – TOXPACK – SKARFACE –
OHL - THE WARRIORS - THE CRUSHING CASPARS - THE RABBLE - MOPED
LADS – NECK - OI THE ARRASE – OBTRUSIVE - COWBOY PROSTITUTES
- LEFT ALONE - HAT TRICKERS – BERSERKER – TOWERBLOCKS
- HARD TIMES - MELANIE AND THE SECRET ARMY - STAGE BOTTLES - PRODUZENTEN
DER FROIDE - THE ZERO POINT - DIE TORNADOS. Oh, and the Bay Shitty
Rollers. Plus Marc’s got a deal going for anyone coming
with at least four mates. If you order five tickets from www.punk-disorderly.de you don't have to pay the pre-sale fee. Five tickets cost E255
(about £222) + postage. It’s the bank holiday weekend
2nd – 4th April. The location is KABELWERKE, Gartenfelderstraße
14 – 28, 13955 Berlin. It’s the same venue as last
year, but Marc is promising more beer stalls and bogs. We
would have been on the bill of course but Gal and Leah are effing
off to Vegas that weekend.
Feb 4. Rumours are rife of an oi-oi Help 4 Heroes concert this
summer in Wootton Bassett... we’ll let you know if it
materialises. At the moment it's going ahead in Swindon with
the London Diehards, Control and Long Tall Shorty. (Are these
bastards stealing our shows now as well as our beer? Or just
craftily trying to reposition themselves in the gig market after
the Mod Renewal revival fizzled out? - Ed) One day they might
even learn how to spell Heroes.
3. Calling all US readers: If you want to get your mitts on the
punky magnificence of ‘Glorious Bastards’ but don’t
fancy paying the airmail prices, you can now get the album direct
Go on, treat yerself, you’re worth it.
2. Should the Gonads play political benefits, asks Fat Col? Probably
not. Lord Wasitrel is advocating a tour that is “anti-fascist,
anti-Communist and anti-capitalist but pro-feudal reaction”
but there are few takers for that. Rock Against Gordon sounds
good, but is too vague. Rock Against Nuisances would be better.
We’d do a St George’s Day show, but that isn’t
political. We’d do strike benefits and anti-unemployment
shows, depending on who was organising them. Anti-EU too. We’d
all do a ‘Help The Heroes’ event, which is political
with a small p (like Two Jags, according to the unfortunate woman
he slept with), although we’d prefer to play for the lads
in Afghanistan itself. Trouble is, it’s hard to trust any
politician and harder still to agree on a cause worth backing.
‘Anti-fascist’ dos are generally organised by Marxists,
‘anti-Communist’ ones by Nazis...both sides thoroughly
discredited. So until John King's oi-the-party materialises, in
the spirit of f*** art, let’s dance, we say f*** politics,
let’s drink. Oh, and live free, die free.
1. The latest shambolic podcast is up and running at Total Rock. Tracks
from Pama, Buster Shuffle, Last Resort, Contol, Rebelation,
Middle Finger Salute, Long Tall Shorty and many more... studio
guests Steve and Ciaran from the London Diehards.
There’s a big bike run in support of Wootton Bassett on
Mothers’ Day, Sunday 14th March, to support the fallen
and their families, as well as the indomitable spirit of the
town itself. So far over 4000 bikes have registered for the
group ride which will go through Wootton Bassett and on to RAF
Lyneham. More details at afghanheroes.org.uk or on facebook...
Our pals Klasse Kriminale are coming over for next Saturday’s
big anti-fascist Oi show at the Dome in Tufnell Park - but only
to watch. The Oppressed headline, with the Blaggers AKA, Stage
Bottles, Bull Brigade, Runnin’ Riot, Bottlejob, S-Molest,
Tear Me Down and the wonderfully named Hobophobic. No sign here
of Condemned 84. Surely some mistake?