March 31. Easter Sunday. “Are the Gonads doing a St George’s
Day event this year?” asks a reader. No, sadly, but says spokesman
Carl Berg: “in fairness each and every gig we do is a St George’s
Day event, just as every gig we do is anti-Establishment and pro
working class. We don’t have to spell it out, it’s what we are.”
Fit-Bird adds that Gal’s next two podcasts will “def’nitely” have
St George’s Day themes.
This sounds tasty: Martin Scorsese is developing a TV spin-off
of his Gangs Of New York film with Miramix.
The latest album from Underclass UK will be available free.
Live & Loud (recorded at the Dagenham band’s South London gig
supporting Argy Bargy in January) is released on May 16th via
iTune, Spotify, Amazon, Nimbit and the other usual suspects, and
March 30. It was a packed house at KOKO for Missing Andy last
night, with Lord Waistrel himself dropping into the Essex lads’
dressing room for a chin-wag over a pint or three of the old champagne
top. The soppy, port-sodden old fool tells us that one of their
new songs ‘Happy Place’ “sounds rather like that delightful Dexys
song about the girl Eileen in places” but for reliable reviews
of the band’s new album you’re probably best advised to wait for
issue three of Street Sounds, due mid-April.
Missing Andy go loco at KOKO
Waistrel's picture-taking abilities confirmed as 'woeful' - he's
no David Bailey
We forgot to tell you, Infa-Riot’s Glasgow gig, due for April
6th ain’t happening...
March 29. Big, and we mean BIG, Gonads news this Good Friday,
oh our brothers and only friends! For Lord Waistrel has given
permission for Randale to release the ORIGINAL version of ‘Stroke
My Beachcomber, Baby’ as a bonus track on the eagerly awaited
Built For Destruction album. Many of you will know that ‘Beachcomber’
was the Gonads’ first release back in the mists of time, and that
the single, released on our own Scrotum label is one of the rarest
and most sought-after 7inches in punk history. We’d like to thank
Colin ‘Fat Col’ Gannon for making the acetate available for a
poke in the eye and a Chinese burn. The buzz about Built For Destruction,
due out this Summer, just got a whole lot louder.
And here’s another turn up. With the Cockney Rejects in Finland
tonight, and Sparrer in Stockholm with Argy-Bargy and Infa-Riot,
the Gonads are officially, for one day only, the BOSS Oi/StreetPunk
band in London town. Consequently our prices, groupie and rider
demands have officially quadrupled. Eat our dust, losers! (Normal
cheap rates available from mid-day tomorrow).
The original line-up of the East End Badoes will record a follow-up
to their ‘Hard Hits For Herberts’ ep this summer, including a
cover of Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 reggae anthem ‘The Harder They Come’.
Whispers an insider: “It was Skully’s idea; are you gonna argue
with him?” Probably not.
March 28. Coming soon... the Gonads at Croydon... your last chance
to dance with The Franken-Skin before World War Three, allegedly.
Gal’s John King interview is up and running now, discussing his
novels, Orwell, London Books, punk, identity, Richard Allen books,
the EU and more. Hear it here.
R.I.P. Iron Maiden's tour manager, and Nicko's one-time drum
tech, Steve Gadd who died yesterday. Another good guy gone.
March 27. This entire site vanished from cyberspace for around
ten hours last night, stoking fears that we had been targeted
by black ops hackers. Who and why? We can’t be sure, but it seems
likely that the hackers were working for sinister state agencies
enraged by this band’s uncompromising brand of anarcho-syndicalism.
A thorough investigation has been launched but at the moment the
finger of suspicion is pointing at a) The CIA b) MI5 c) Neo-Nazis
d) Mossad or e) The EU’s EAS. Said new band spokesman Carl S.
Berg: “The Gonads stand 100 per cent for individual freedom and
against State power, this has made us many powerful enemies.”
Cooler heads point out that there is also option ‘f’ for Fuckwit
Fat Col who is suspected of ‘investing’ the annual site maintenance
fee on a donkey running in the 15.10 at Fontwell Park.
March 26. Random guff: Rancid are promising to make a big announcement
on April 1st – yeah? Well on April 2nd we’re washing our hair.
Top that and stay fashionable...Meanwhile Argy-Bargy are filming
a promo vid for their blinding track ‘These Streets’... The Orgasm
Guerrillas/Donkey Laugh once-in-a-decade gig is now sadly sold
Record Noos - out next month from Contra: ‘Man On The Moon’
a 7inch single from the rather tasty The Champions Inc, a spiffing
seven-piece 60s-style reggae band from San Jose, featuring our
new pin-up, Inkie. Plus: Sweden’s On The Job release their album
‘Rock & Oi’ on vinyl (also Contra). And coming soon from Fat Wreck
Chords: Morning Glory’s 3-track ‘Born To December’ ep and the
Night Birds’ 4-track Maimed For The Masses ep – both on vinyl
as well as MP3...
March 25. Gal's latest podcast is up and running at Bloodstock
Radio, with studio guest Rhoda Dakar from the Special AKA, and
tasty tracks from Bonecrusher, the Harrington Saints, Smalltown,
the Dualers, the UK Subs, Vinnie & The Stars, the Black Marias,
the Selecter, Klasse Kriminale, the Skoisters, Mannequin, Dublin's
Hooligan, and the Noxious Toyz. Paul 'Stalin of Style' Hallam
is also in the mix. Hear it here.
The John King podcast is coming soon...
March 23. Gal recorded his latest podcast yesterday with special
guests Rhoda Dakar and Paul ‘Stalin Of Style’ Hallam. The show
features blinding new songs from Bonecrusher, the Harringston
Saints, Smalltown, the Dualers, the UK Subs, Vinnie & The Stars,
the Selecter, the Black Marias, Klasse Kriminale, The Skoisters,
Hooligan Dublin, the Noxious Toyz and of course Rhoda herself.
Mik Whitnall from 100 Men and Skin Deep (and some little-known
outfit called Babyshambles) was due to join us but appears to
have got lost between New Cross and Shoreditch... Rocks ‘n’ roll!
It’s five days to go until the London International Ska Festival
kicks off and day one’s Rico Rodriguez show has already sold out.
But there are limited tickets still available for the Jerry Dammers
club night which is directly after Rico's performance (11pm-2am)
We hear that the Freddie Notes and Do The Dog shows are almost
sold out too, so dive in quick to avoid disappointment.
STOP PRESS # 1 Roy Ellis’s Glasgow show has been “indefinitely
STOP PRESS # 2: The SkaNads have been snatched up for this October’s
four-day Skamouth festival, headlined by the great Neville Staple.
More details to follow.
Evil Conduct will headline the next Oi! Oi! The Gig bash at
the Boston Arms, North London, with The Warriors, Control and
Last Seen Laughing on Saturday October 12th. £20 advance tickets
available now from Oi! Oi! The Shop and from here.
March 22. Here at last is the cover art for our split single
with Russian band Uchitel Truda, which will, we’re told, finally
be released in the Russian Federation sometime next month. The
cover features Gal and Uchitel singer Pavel in a stirring pose
– the Marx and Engels of Oi (that’s Sid Marx and Bertie Engels,
window-cleaners to the gentry).
The OFC album is, we’re told, a co-production between Oi! The
Boat in the States, and Randale in Europe. Pre-ordering starts
next Wednesday here
- and there’s some kind of t-shirt deal thrown in.
March 21. Our pals The Friends of Luca Brasi headline a special
‘Long Good Friday’ do downstairs at Soho’s The Spice of Life (6
Moor Street, W1) a week tomorrow. Supports are streetwise Southend
poet Sonny Green, and the sharp-dressed Watford bods The Spitfires.
The night is organised by Zani and Sheer Luck Enterprises. Doors:
19.00, entry £5.00 (No Guest List). To Luca Brasi we pledge our
never-ending loyalty (one for Godfather fans there).
We hear more about the dubious activities of that disgraced
north of the border punk promoter. Scottish punters tell us he
was charging people £12 entry on the door for the Resort even
if they had tickets for the original March 1st date, which had
been rescheduled. We’re told “At least a dozen people were caught
out by this ruse... When you travel hundreds of miles to see The
Last Resort you ain't going to argue about £12 so most paid up.”
A bloody disgrace.
March 20. At last the return of Nads ads! Advert # 1: Boozy
Tours, offering bands a genuinely revolutionary, free-thinking
way to play Scotland. Here’s how it works: you pay for your flights,
you pay for your taxis from the airport, you fill the venue with
your fans...and then we pocket all the takings and scarper. Boozy
Tours. You’d have be Barking to try it!
Ad # 2: Paddy O’Pogue’s Purgatory Recording Studios, London.
You pay for the studio time, we give you unusable discs and then
wipe the tapes clean! That’s “the craic” all roight.
Ad # 3: Sham Pain! There’s the real Sham, and there’s the sham-Sham
but are you ready Sham 3? Cheaper than the real Sham, even less
recognisable than the sham one, Sham 3 (trading as Sham Pain)
features Ricky Goldstein’s old drum tech, Albie Maskell’s nephew,
a 12-year-old guitarist and some bloke Jimmy Pursey went to school
with. “It’s just a fake, make no mistake!” And we’re proud of
it. (All adverts featured on this page are genuine made-up ones
unless otherwise stated; to have your ad published here, just
turn up at a gig and hand over us a large brown envelope full
of untraceable notes. No questions asked).
Random guff: Blondie tour the UK in June and July... Paramore
play the London Garage on 5th April...Missing Andy launch their
new album on 29th March at Koko, Camden... New Jersey’s Mongoloids
are streaming their new album here
- it’s out 2nd April.
March 19. Record noos: The Old Firm Casuals double album ‘For
The Love Of It All’ will be available for pre-order from Oi! The
Boat records on 27th March. The 24-track double gatefold beauty
will also come out on CD... the Street Dogs release two new 3-track
eps shortly. ‘Crooked Drunk Sons’ is out April 20th, ‘Rustbelt
Nation’ follows a month later. Details here.
March 18. Gal recorded his book-related podcast last night,
with John King, brilliant author of Human Punk, The Football Factory,
Skinheads and other quality novels. We’ll let you know when it’s
up and running.
In more book news, fans of erotically-charged horror fiction
will eat up The Venus Complex by Barbie Wilde, out now from Comet
Punk Rock Bowling has announced the line-up for their late night
club shows here https://punkrockbowling.com/club-shows/ All happening
between May 24th and 27th in beautiful downtown Las Vegas. Meanwhile
the Orgasm Guerrillas play their once-a-decade, invitation-only
pub show with support Donkey Laugh in slightly less beautiful
downtown Woolwich, a fortnight today.
March 17. We are shocked and bloody furious to tell you that
the ‘Built For Destruction’ album has been sabotaged, perhaps
fatally, by persons unknown. The dirty no-good bastard(s) gained
access to the computer in the London recording studio where the
songs were stored long enough to delete four of them. An ashen-faced
Fat Col said last night: “We strongly suspect we know who was
responsible, and if we are proved right, there will be repercussions.”
The good news is that copies of some of the songs had been transferred
to disc and that a “top computer geek” has been called in to help
our trusted producer Pat Collier restore the controversial and
long-awaited album to its righteous state. Here’s hoping...
Highly-rated German streetpunk combo Arrested Denial release
their second album, ‘Our Best Record So Far’ next month. The Hamburg-based
group recall bands like Rancid and the Swingin' Utters and the
album, coming out on the far-Left Mad Butcher label, contains
13 tracks “telling stories of life in a failing society.”
The mighty Randale release their own Oi compilation on May 1st,
featuring tracks from us, Argy-Bargy, the OFC, the Last Resort,
the Cliches, Jenny Woo, Cock Sparrer, Donkey Laugh (are you sure?
– Ed), aging child star Frankie ‘Boy’ Flame and many more.
Out now: Maximumrocknroll #359 featuring the Sickoids, Hassler,
Scotland's Divorce, French garage punks La Flingue, LA's lo-fi
d-i-y punks White Murder (fronted by Hannah Blumenthal and Mary
Animal) and much more.
March 16. UK hard rock bands are launching a campaign to raise
money for BLESMA - the British Limbless Ex-Service Men’s Association.
Belfast’s Stormzone, Pat McManus, Stampede and Agincourt are all
confirmed to play the first Rockin’ For BLESMA fund-raiser which
will take place at the Robin 2 in Wolverhampton on November 9th
this year. Organiser Russ Weaver of Agincourt says: “If any bigger
band wants to join the bill as a headliner, we’d appreciate it.
This is a very worthwhile cause. BLESMA do a terrific job for
our servicemen, but the charity does not get the support or exposure
it deserves.” Sounds like a job for British Lion, Harry boy!
March 15. The notorious Gonads bootleg album, Built For Destruction,
will “definitely” be out this Summer, according to Gal’s PA Fit-Bird.
The latest intelligence suggests it will feature around twelve
songs – all “pure, near the knuckle, raw-arsed street-punk”. Those
who have heard it say, it’s “like Glorious Bastards in feel, but
much harder, more contagious and much more outrageous.” Stand-out
tracks include ‘Oblivion’, ‘Punch, Punch’, and the Nabat tribute
‘Ugly Town’. The songs were written after the break-up of the
Bastards line-up and before the current band crystallized – but
were shelved for being too controversial. At least two of the
new songs (especially ‘Say What You Like’), will “never see the
light of day”, for “reasons of taste.” More details to follow.
RIP Norman Collier, comedy leg-end.
Our mates Long Tall Shorty are off to Germany for a few dates
early next month. Yes Tony Feedback is kicking off his sham-Sham
slippers and pulling on his giffer steel-caps to play Nuremburg,
Berlin and Hamelin. There’s talk of more Shorty dates this side
of the channel to be announced soon, and even rumours of a new
“Dance/Punk” album later in the year. Dance/Punk? Fuck off out
of it! Give us ‘Temazepam’!
March 14. Well Croydon next month is your very last chance to
catch us in South London (unless Fat Col’s visionary scheme for
a Blood/Gonads joint headliner in Charlton comes off). But if
you’re in Genoa in May, be sure to pop along to Infa-Riot’s show
with our mates Klasse Kriminale for there you will find Gal and
Paul ‘Stalin of Style’ Hallam preaching the international gospel
of Street Sounds. See flyer for details.
Keeping strictly global, Maninblack's mighty mouthpiece André
Schlesinger is interviewed by Brad Filicky of the self proclaimed
geek blog Dealstatic.com here.
While Canada’s own Alberta rose Jenny Woo and her band Birds
of Prey have released their new album. Called ‘Same’ it features
ten tracks, and it’s available on CD and vinyl from the ever-reliable
www.randaleshop.de (who also sell mighty fine converse shoes according
to Allyson Maverick; tsk, typical woman, reducing our fine blog
to a bleedin’ shopping trip.) Diana says: “Check
also the new video” - Jawohl, sweet’eart.
March 13. Bad News #1. Jennie Bellestar has sadly announced
her retirement from live shows in the UK. Jen will stop gigging
with the 1-Stop-Experience after June 2013. (Their next London
is on 23rd March at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Kentish Town.) Jen,
who will continue to perform in Europe, wants to commit more time
to her charity work and political activism. Here is her statement:
“It is with great sadness that I announce my departure from the
UK performance circuit; there will be no more 1-STOP-EXPERIENCE
shows in the UK after June 2013 and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone that has shown their support over
the years, either by their presence at our shows or buying our
CD’s. I would also like to thank the promoters and especially
Steve Foster and Andy Sws for having us grace their stages offering
us a chance to reach a wider audience, you guys totally rock.
There will be a second album, I have written enough songs for
two but alas I will only record one and so will pick the best
out of the lot. We have made many friends along the way and have
had some incredible moments in your company. The band, who remains
great friends, will work together again in some format or other
and of course starting on the new album in the summer. I apologise
to all those people we did not reach with our live performances,
sorry, but for health reasons I feel it is time to throw in the
towel and make way for the new breed. 1-STOP-EXPERIENCE will however
play in Europe when asked as it is less tasking than the UK. 23rd
March at the Fiddlers will be our last London gig as 1-STOP-EXPERIENCE
and we shall keep to our commitments from now until the end of
June, sorry we cannot take up the gig offers for the end of the
year and gutted that we have had to cancel some. On a personal
level I shall miss you all but if any of you are in London and
want to say goodbye then do pop in to The Fiddlers on the 23rd
March and join us for a last knees up. THANK YOU again for all
being so amazing.”
Bad News #2. The case of the dodgy promoter in Jockland who
has been ripping off various Oi and skinhead-punk bands has taken
another twist. As well as fleecing the Resort for a huge sum on
Saturday, we hear that the disreputable dodge-pot also knocked
venue the Classic Grand for the hire fee. As legal action will
now follow, we are unable to comment further other than to say
the Beithy bad-man must be “barking” if he thought he could get
away with bam-bamboozling bands who are all regularly in touch
with each other. His days as a promoter are surely numbered...
Political cause of the day: Save London’s fire stations. If you
support the fight to keep the capital’s frontline services up
to scratch and to prevent the closure of any London fire station
(and stop job cuts within the London Fire Brigade being imposed
by London Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson) please sign
‘Oi! This Is Streetpunk Vol 3’ streamed: A glorious racket!
March 12. Out tomorrow – and available from our shop – ‘Oi!
This Is Streetpunk Volume 3’. This 13-band, 13-song, 12" compilation
(with a 1" badge, making it 13 inches – “like my cock,” lies Fat
Col) highlights the best in current oi!/streetpunk from around
the world. As with the first edition, released on 11/11/11 and
the second released on 12/12/12, all tracks on this splendid Pirates
Press Records collection are either unreleased or virtually brand
new. Our track is ‘Let’s Go Motherfucker’, described by a passing
music expert as “Pure Punk for Row People.”
March 11. Danke, Deutschland. Wir hatten eine tolle und nüchtern
Zeit! Or in English: Thanks Germany we had a great and sober (cough)
time in the Black Forest this weekend. Our thanks to Diana, Oli
and the Randale crew, especially Alex our erratic driver, and
Kahty our erotic flag-girl; not to mention our volunteer Franken-Skin,
and old pals Bigge, Kalle and the Schusterjungs crew and Bie.
Highlights of the sold-out show included Mick Maverick, as pissed
as a thousand sailors, joining Schusterjungs on stage for their
entire set, even though he knew none of the songs; flag-fraulein
Kahty demonstrating an interesting approach to “downing” a bottle
of Jaeger and South Coast Steve playing ‘Jobs Not Jails’ so fast
that he actually exceeded the speed of light and finished the
song before we’d started it. Slightly more dubious aspect of the
weekend included pissing porn, Kalle’s ‘skinhead love hugs’ and
the bleedin’ Customs confiscating our Randale beer... Our set
was: ‘Punk Rock Till I Die’, ‘The Growler’, ‘Alconaut’, ‘Oi Mate’,
‘Hey You’, ‘SE7 Dole Day’, ‘Grant Mitchell’, ‘Gob’, ‘Charlton
Boys’, ‘Oily Rag’, ‘England’s Glory’, ‘Jobs Not Jails’, ‘Oi Nutter’,
‘Tucker’s Ruckers Ain’t No Suckers’ and ‘I Lost My Love (To A
UK Sub)’. Encore: ‘The Franken-Skin’. Show-closer (with Schusterjungs)
‘Chaos’. Plans to debut ‘Ruptured Foreskin Blues’ were abandoned
because of time constraints, but it will be in the set for Croydon.
Apologies to all who requested ‘England In My Blood’, we will
attempt to include it in future shows. All the best, Schramberg!
Wiedersehen alter Freunde! Until the next time!
The morning after the gig before...
*The SkaNads are looking for a Hammond organ player as a permanent
addition to their sexy, skankin’ ranks. We hear that the lads
are set to record their second single this Summer and will play
more dates in Autumn.
Those who care about these things will be pleased to know that
South Coast’s probationary band membership has been extended for
six more months.
Bad news from Glasgow where despite filling up the Classic Grand,
sources close to the Resort say the band were knocked for their
agreed fee. This is a recurring pattern involving the same promoter.
We understand a united band statement naming and shaming the boozy
bounder will be issued shortly.
New from New York: Moshiach Oi! – the first ever orthodox Jewish
Oi band (that we’re aware of!) – are on the rise. The band, and
their weekly Thursday night gig/gathering, are featured in a new
documentary called Punk Jews (out this summer); where the world
will finally see singer Yishai Romanoff hollering the deeply Scriptural
message: “Avraham was a punk rocker!” (Book of Gen-Oi-sis). Oi
vey! Not everyone Orthodox Jew takes kindly to a full-on street-punk
band chanting Hasidic slogans, but what more proof do you need
that the voice of Oi is calling you, with a message that is true...
even if you’re wearing the yarmulke?
March 3. Tax on beer has risen by over 40% in the last four
years. We are already paying much more than drinkers in other
countries, ten times as much as they pay in Germany for example.
That makes life hard for people who want to enjoy a drink after
a hard day at work but are already struggling with so many other
pressures on their finances. Pubs are struggling too, and many
have closed partly because these high taxes put people off going
for a drink. We're campaigning for the Government to freeze business
rates in 2013. You can too, HERE.
The next Gonads gig in the UK is at Croydon Scream Lounge on
April 6th with the Sin Kings and the Noxious Toyz (fronted by
the infamous sixth Gonad, Stief A Billy). Meanwhile, our New York
brothers Maninblack will be back at the Double Down Saloon (do
they ever 'kin' leave?) in the East Village of Manhattan (14 Ave.
A, 10009, near Houston) next Sunday, March 10th 2013 for the Double
Down Saloon's 7th Anniversary Gala partie deux. The band will
be hitting the stage comparatively early, around 9pm with acoustic
folk minimalist Patrick Salt Ryan starting things off at 8 and
the notorious DJ Black Dalek "spinning" before, during and after.
This is day #2 of a special event weekend for the club's 7th anniversary
so there's bound to be a few surprises in store. As always our
favourite lesbian sex-pot publicist Sally will be taking pictures
of the band so if you see her say hello and buy her a stiff one!
March 1st. Our mates Monkish, the vibrant vanguard
of modern day Punk Pathetique, will open for the Heavy Metal Kids
on 22nd March at the Stag’s Head in Hoxton.
Here's the official set list from the SkaNads top secret warm-up
gig in Forest Hill on Tuesday. Intro music: Liquidator. Set: Munsters
Theme. Oi Mate. Getting Pissed. Infected. Long Live Love. Badly
Done. Buy Me A Drink You Bastards. Beer Can. Grant Mitchell Ska.
Havin' A Bit Tonight. Dying For A Pint. Stop That Drumming. Reinfected.
(This is likely to be the set for tomorrow too). Please note,
The SkaNads are not looking to book gigs immediately after the
Bournemouth show but instead, according to Fit Bird, they will
be expanding by adding a brass section and working on a second
single with a top producer (not Clyde) to be released this summer.
Lovely Jennie Bellestar has also offered to write something “rude
and classy” for the band.
If you’re not in Bournemouth this weekend, the Templars, Booze
& Glory and Stomper 98 are on at the Dome, London N19.