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.
Sept 26. This blog is closing down for a week
or so, but before we eff off we thought you’d like to know that
Gal’s solo project is on! Gal’s personal manager, Harvey Gardens
confirms that the veteran Gonads singer will be recording a three
or four track debut ep next Spring. Gal is said to be aiming at
“a mix between Max Romeo and Donald McGill with a side order of
Ian Dury” (Or was it Ian Paisley?) PA Fit Bird whispers that the
band will include “McMighty, a proper old-school Ska rhythm section
and some bird who plays the saxophone.” Gal may also re-unite
with his old songwriting partners, life-time Gonads Tony Feedback
and Clyde Ward when he gets around to finishing off the songs
for the album, due to be recorded next summer. Gal and Tone are
due to meet up in Bromley tomorrow night for a slap-up ruby, with
Nads manager Wattsie Watts, and plans may well be made. Fit Bird
reveals: “We’re just hoping that Tone turns up as himself and
not his man-eating alter ego Sharron Stiletto – the ladies’ loos
in the Tamasha are covered in scenes from the Kama Sutra, who
knows what might happen!”
Oi! Calling all foreign promoters:
this is the way to get our interest! An enterprising booker from
Milan has just invited us to play Italy - not by offering money
or women, but by sending this picture of a bottle of Eyetie punk
ale. The man is a visionary! Italian gigs in 2012 now seem extremely
Newsflash: the Gonads street-rock spin-off DMG
will be officially launched next year. The five-piece band, described
as a youthful cross between Rose Tattoo, Slade and early Maiden,
will be managed by Gal who will not be performing with them. Auditions
will be announced shortly. Says FB: “A high standard of musicianship
and reliability will be expected.” Auditions will be open to all.
Experts said there was more chance of finding
the Higgs Boson than Terry Hayes’s Desert Oi-Land List, but all
you naysayers and non-believers can take it all back because here,
finally, after a mere 73 weeks of waiting are the PM’s song choices:
Unchained Melody – Elvis Presley, Peggy Sue Got
Married – Buddy Holly, Breathless/Me & Bobby McGee – Jerry (Killer!)
Lee Lewis, That’s Life – Frank Sinatra (“Memories of great singers
and the very early 1960s at my Nan’s house, and her frequent and
regular family parties: aunts, uncles and loads of cousins and family
friends all on the lash, my Mum on the old piano, sing-a-longs,
crooners and rock’n’roll; these parties were legendary to say the
least! That was when the East End was the East End”!); Psalms –
Roxy Music (“my heroes from the early 70s, I just lost this song,
I got their first eight albums and thought that was enough”), What’s
The Frequency Kenneth? – REM (“great bass riff, great band”), Lonely
Man – Gregory Isaacs (“The lyrics are the best he ever wrote, this
is just one of any number I could have picked by him; my all-time
favourite solo reggae singer”), Forever – The Dropkick Murphys (“My
favourite band of the moment and of the last twelve years; in my
opinion they are untouchable, I chose this song because my daughter
sings it so well.”)
The PM’s book “has got to be the
good book, The Bible, I never read books until I found God some
years ago”. Film: On The Waterfront – “Terry could have been a
contender a bit like me self LOL!!”. Box-sets, World At War 1
and 2 – “I never stop watching them, well only when I watch the
Only Fools & Horses box-set.” Tel also sent a vintage photo from
the early eighties (sadly unusable) showing himself “as Peter
Perfect, and Gal as Peter Sutcliffe”. He adds: “AV SOME!!!!!”
Indeed. Lovers of Tel’s band the East End Badoes will be delighted
and intrigued to learn that he has reformed the ORIGINAL line-up
and will be recording a brand new 7” single very shortly. Which
would mean, gulp, SKULLY’S BACK!
Sept 25. Hmm. Today’s big Gonads album planning session didn’t
go quite to plan, after various band members “over-indulged” on
Saturday night and didn’t come round in time to make the meet.
(“What was that about Professionalism again?” – The Beast). Oh
how Leah and Fit Bird laughed as they threw away half the food
they’d made for us. Mercifully 1) the beer didn’t go to waste,
and 2) The planning meeting went on anyway as The Beast and FB
helped Gal decide on the sixteen classic Nads anthems which will
make the cut for Greater Hits Vol II. At the moment, these are
extremely likely to be 1) Go Mad With The Gonads 2) Sandra Bigg
(Really Big) – with, reports Fit Bird “a brand new middle and
end, written by Gal” 3) The Joys Of Oi! 4) England In My Blood
5) Oi! Nutter 6) Getting Pissed (“the Ska version with a brand
new bridge and ending”) 7) Oily Rag (“an extended version with
real bollocks”) 8) Got Any Wrigleys John? (“pure punk for row
people”) 9) Karl Marx Supported Millwall 10) These Are Our Streets
(hc!), 11) She Can’t Whip Me (“tough and tuneful”) 12) Stop That
Drumming (“unrecognizable from the original and thank fuck for
that!”) 13) Lager Top Blues 14) Beki Bondage Please 15) Eat The
Rich 16) Hemorrhoid; bonus track: the original version of Beachcomber,
unavailable since 1978.
Effete El has been over at Oi! The Weekend in Karlskona, Sweden,
watching Argy-Bargy, the Infas, Perkele, the Agitators, Volxsturm
and more with Jenny Woo playing the pre and after-show parties.
He may write something about it, he may not. You can’t push a
man like El, not with his family connections.
Finally for now, 2000 Tons Of TNT is confirmed for 2012 on Sept
1st and 2nd, with a Friday pre-fest show, all in Hartford, Connecticut.
Our message to any bands approached to headline is: support this
event if you can. The guys behind it are proper people, not parasite
promoters. They are doing something positive here and deserve
the backing of all our scenes: Oi, punk and Ska. Says one of our
many mates in the States: “People have been really crazy over
TNT. A couple got tattoos in tribute afterwards. America really
has needed something like this for awhile. There's just been a
lot of flakey US promotors and UK bands being booked but not showing
up – they know who they are!- so the organisers have earned trust
and respect now.” No word on who will be playing yet, but we’ve
seen the wish list and it’s looking HOT. In an unrelated story,
provisional plans are being worked on for a Gonads USA mini-tour
of the eastern seaboard. Whatever that is.
Sept 23. Today on Desert Oi-Land, London's latest challenger
to the punk pathetique crown - Bradders from Monkish.
Brad's eight songs are: Get Over You - The Undertones
("possibly even better than Teenage Kicks, which I love") Amphetamine
Blue - The Vibrators ("best song they ever did"), Jilted John
- Jilted John ("super catchy - the best novelty punk single ever"),
Darling, Let's Have Another Baby - Johnny Moped ("a brilliant
piece of song writing"), Suzy Is A Headbanger - The Ramones ("not
one of their most famous, but sums up exactly what they're all
about"); and a few more obscure UK gems to satisfy the record
collector geek in me: 4AM - Das Schnitz ("Pure teen angst by these
Torquay Grammar School boys"), Airline Disaster - The Shapes ("one
of the first pathetique bands, Leamington Spa's finest"), 9 O'Clock
- The Now ("the opening of this song makes the hairs on the back
of my neck stand on end - great 1977 punk from Peterborough").
Brad's film is Alfie ("Michael Caine was never better than in
this 60s classic - forget the shitty Jude Law remake, this is
the real deal"). His book is 45 Revolutions by Mario Panciera
("THE bible for any punk record collector"). TV Box Set: One Foot
in the Grave ("I can watch this over and over again and it still
makes me laugh.") Next on Desert Oi-Land: the PM (yeah, right
- cynical Ed) or Barbara Windsor (Do what?! Are you sure?)
Gig news: if you're heading up to the Leeds all-day Oi-Punk 'Rage
Against Racism' fest tomorrow, be advised they've changed the
venue. Due to ticket demand, they say "we've moved the gig to
The Well (also in Leeds)... good news for people wanting to buy
tickets on the door as we will have in excess of a hundred for
sale." The line-up remains unchanged. Meanwhile, a new Oi Against
Racism compilation album is planned for bands who would like to
demonstrate their dislike of bigotry without jumping into bed
with the Leninist Left ("discredited falsifiers of Marx" - Sid
The Lip). We’ll give them a track but those who’d rather Rock
Against Politics have our sympathy.
The memorial Foxy annual cancer charity bash, in memory of the
late and truly great Paul Fox of The Ruts, takes place on October
15th this year. More details to follow.
NEWSFLASH! Superyob are looking for a skin/punk guitarist and
backing vocalist to replace the departing Dave Hayman. Frankie
tells us: "Dave is leaving the band at the end of 2011 and we'll
now be holding auditions for a replacement; so if you think you
can handle being the guitarist/backing vocalist in a premier British
Oi!/Streetpunk band with legendary status and a recording deal
with offers to play shows and festivals on three continents, then
contact Franky via email@example.com."
You'll need, says the great man: 1) Attitude and style, stage
presence is essential. 2) Your own gear. 3) Preferably your own
wheels (an opening for Brian Potter?) 4) A current passport 5)
Ability to play guitar well, Oi!-punk style; and sing backing
vocals well. 5) A desire to play and travel with a legendary London
Oi! band 6) Enough spare cash to keep Scoops in lager, allegedly.
Here’s a poster for Case’s November come-back show. “Only the
return of The Beast is more eagerly anticipated,” says The Beast.
We won’t comment on that, the Gonads’ internal power struggles
make the PLO seem stable. Imagine what it’d be like if we were
making money! Comrade FB has been resurrected too, and is frothing
at the bit for Professionalism. The band themselves are staying
loyal to Wattsie Watts who is alleged to have “turned their heads
with her Avengers style cat-suit” and “turned their stomachs with
her cooking.” A shocking claim. Gal meanwhile is trying to sort
out gigs. There are plenty being lined up from February onwards,
and the distinct possibility of two before Festivus. (Don’t knock
yourself out, Gal – Sarky Ed).
RIP Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith. The legendary American bluesman
who drummed for Muddy Waters died a week ago aged 75 following
a stroke. Known as ‘Little Willie’ Smith, he made his recording
debut in 1955 playing harmonica on Bo Diddley’s version of Diddy
Sept 22. Here it is, the first glimpse of our blinding new ‘Charlton
Boys’ e.p. cover. The five track beauty should be out on vinyl
and as a download in around 4/5 weeks time. Meanwhile we’re considering
a proposal to re-record the lost East End boxing anthem ‘Jab &
Move’ as our next charity single. The idea is to recruit Gal’s
old pugilist pals Frank Bruno, Lloyd Honeyghan, John Conteh, Jimmy
Batten and Glen Murphy to sing the mob chorus. Glen of course
featured on the Repton Boxing Club original, which connoisseurs
will recall featured the classic line: “We’re from Repton, Bethnal
Green, we throw punches know what I mean?” Says The Beast (Eh?
Where’s he been? – Ed): “We’d also like to bring in Mick and Jeff
of the Rejects to add some belt. If the project goes ahead, all
proceeds will go to a boxing charity.”
The entire Gonads crew will be getting together at Nads HQ on
Sunday to work through the songs for Greater Hits Volume II: The
Mutt’s Nuts, which will be recorded in December and probably released
in February 2012 (subject to circumstances). New Gonads CEO and
band pin-up Wattsie Watts reports: “The big problem will be whittling
the tracks down to sixteen. There are so many great old classics
to choose from and people have been asking us to record songs
like ‘Oi Nutter’ which wasn’t on our original list, too. Some
songs, like ‘The Joys Of Oi’ and ‘Karl Marx Supported Millwall’
are set in stone. We’ll have a better idea by Sunday night but
probably won’t finalise the track-listing until Christmas, sorry,
Well, girls, we promised you a biggie and we never disappoint.
(“Humph!” – The Nosher) Today we’re proud to feature the Desert
Island Discs of Deborah Harry! The Blondie legend’s eight castaway
classics are: Heavy Cross – Gossip, Strange Fruit – Nina Simone,
Merrymaking At My Place – Calvin Harris, White Light/White Heat
– The Velvet Underground, When I Grow Up – Fever Ray, La Passerella
– Nino Rota, Talk To Me – Peaches, Mahler: Symphony No.5 in C
Sharp Minor – the 4th movement. Her book is War & Peace by Leo
Tolstoy. Debs ain’t that bothered about TV box-sets. Next time
on Desert Oi-Land: Bradders from Monkish!
Don’t forget various Oi bands are Raging Against Racism in Leeds
on Saturday. The Angelic Upstarts and Oi Polloi headline the punk
all-dayer along with the likes of Geoffrey OiCott, The Autonomads,
Jock Sparrer, The Bus Station Loonies, Keyside Strike and more.
Location: The Library Pub in Woodhouse Lane; kick-off 2pm... meanwhile
our pals The Uprisers have asked us to remind our New York readers
that they’ll be playing Club Hell in Providence, Rhode Island,
on Oct 16th with such US notables as Oxblood and the Usual Suspects.
By request, here is the complete Gonads song list – everything
we ever done (unless we’ve forgotten anything...) starting with
the Pink Tent years: Pink Tent, Red Army, Clouds, Beyond The Minge,
Rob A Bank, Eels, Surrealist Blues, Whelks, Antigalligan Last
Bell, Darling Harold, Red Red Robin (cover) Radio Free Charlton,
JPS, The Legend Of Sam Bartram, Filthy Rich (cover), Stroke My
Beachcomber Baby, Big Balls (cover), Ripper’s Delight, Tucker’s
Ruckers Ain’t No Suckers, Go Mad With The Gonads, Oi Christmas
(desecration), Punk Rock Will Never Die, Sandra Bigg (Really Big),
I Lost My Love To A UK Sub, Got Any Wrigleys John, Annie’s Song,
Hitler Was An Homo, She Can’t Whip Me, Punk City Rockers, Gonads
Anthem, South London Aggro Girl, Delilah (cover), Sandra, Lager
Top, My Grandma (cover), The Ballad Of The Bridgehouse, Eat The
Rich, TNT, Dying For A Pint, Emily, SE7 Dole-Day, Stay With Me
(cover), Run Run Run, The Lord My Harry, Karl Marx Supported Millwall,
Half A Pint Of Ale (cover), Jobs Not Jails, Getting Pissed, Harry
May’s Revenge, Is This Beer Off Or What, In An Oi Society, Free
Beer (Oi Revolution), Lager Top Blues, Chaos (cover), JR Ewing’s
Barmy Army, Lights Out In Charlton (cover), Charlton Warrior,
Stop That Drumming, The Joys Of Oi, Lager Louts, (Tune In) Punk
Radio, British Steel, Oi Nutter, Lottery, Mystic Meg, Give Her
A Dog For Christmas, Grant Mitchell, Gob, (What’s The Story?)
England’s Glory, Back & Barking, Alconaut, Nemesis, Beano, It’s
A Yeti, Unky Bunk, Beer (cover), The Charlton Song, Pogo Till
I Die (early version of Punk Rock Till I Die), Schiz-Oi-Phrenic,
Anal Intruder, Me & My Depression, Hitler Was An ’Omo (version
two), Beachcomber 2001, Fucked If I Do, Ska Enders, Last Orders,
Surfing Rebel Psycho Punks, Sweeny Todd, New Boots No Panties,
Oi Mate, Things I Hate, Line In The Sand, Rose & Crown, Nadia,
England My Land, Cemetery Of Lost Souls, Attack Of The Zombie
Skinheads, Valhallaballoo, The Growler, Love Is A Lie, The Greatest
Cockney Christmas, Drink Till I’m Skint, London Boys, Long Ska
Summer, Sid Vicious Lives, Pie & Mash, South London Aggro Girl
(Ska version), Conquest, Hey You, Duelling Badoes, Charlton Tel’s
Stag Weekend, Mungo Jingo, FrankenSkin, Oily Rag, Ian Tomlinson,
Noise Bastards, Dance Fat Boy Dance, Billy McFadzean (The Somme),
Spring-heel’d Jack, Badly Done (Rude Girl Mix), John King Is A
Veggie, Hammer of Thor, Tesco Lorry, Mistress Material, Re-Infected,
Buy Me A Drink You Bastards, Fat Cat Splat, The Devil’s Own Daughter,
That’s Oi, Cheeky Chappie, Charlton Boys, Tattooed Love Girls,
Beki Bondage Please, Indestructible Wolves, Backstreet Army, Warriors
(cover), Valley Floyd Road (cover), England In Our Blood, They
Died Heroes, Troosers, Glorious, Dirty Girl, Haemorrhoid.
As Prole: Generation Landslide, Destination Room 101, We’ll
Never Say Die. As The Orgasm Guerrillas: Sing Something Swindle,
Aloha, Frankie Goes To Pot.
Random news: new hardcore site, GlueHC.com has just launched
in the US, founded by Sean from Blood & Ink Records... Brass Caskets
have released a split 7” with Cold Snap on Redscroll Records...
Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon has brought out the first
album from his side project The Horrible Crowes, called Elsie
– out on vinyl with a gatefold cover from Side One Dummy... new
(and much louder) albums also out this week from Cobra Skulls,
Skarhead and Kids Like Us.
|Sept 20. Desert Oi-Land. It’s been
home to punks, skins, dossers, rockers, rude boys, ruder girls,
Mods and, one quiet week, Fat Col Gannon. It’s even had rock stars
on it. But there are rock stars, oh our brothers and only friends,
and there is Twisted Fuckin’ Sister! Today, taking a swing in the
paradise hammock is none other than Long Island legend JJ French,
guitarist with the outrageous eighties shock-rockers who once described
themselves as “Slade meets the Sex Pistols”. (Oi! I wanted JJ French
from St Trinians – Angry Ed). Here are JJ’s eight discs: In My Life
- The Beatles, If 6 Was 9 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Don't Think
Twice, It's Alright - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan,
See Emily Play - Pink Floyd, American Pie - Don McLean, Beyond the
Sea - Bobby Darin, Salt Of The Earth - the Rolling Stones.
JJ’s film choice is The Godfather pt 1. His book
is 1776 by David McCullough. TV box-set: Lost. Next time on the
island: perhaps the most famous cast-away to date, because we’re
proper connected, knoworrimean?
Gig news: The Boss Sounds Reggae Fest is back, folks. On Oct 29
the Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, Dennis AlCapone, Dawn ‘No, no,
no’ Penn, Winston Francis & the wonderful Winston Reedy play Northumbria
Uni at Newcastle-upon-Tyne... 16 Guns have been added to the bill
for Biteback’s 12 Bar London debut this coming Saturday, with
Who Shot Who and Rage DC... we’re in talks for a Blackpool show,
with two fire-eaters and a Kiwi dwarf...
Gonads near-news: we’ve just seen the early proofs of the Charlton
Boys ep cover (management Wattsie Watts): it’s coming like the
Nosher baby... there’s still no sign of the errant FB, but we
start work on the new album this weekend.
Red Alert’s Cast Iron Stevie Smith almost got turned away from
the plane coming back from New York on the grounds that he was
“staggeringly pissed” (You don’t say – Ed). We hear he’s going
to have Sunderland’s coat of arms tattooed on his arse: two geezers
fighting with pool cues over a woman pissing in the street...
(Ain’t that Deptford’s coat of arms? – Puzzled Ed)
You’re reading the Gonads website, illustrating the thin line
between blogging and pissing your effing life away.
Maninblack’s André Schlesinger spent yesterday “raging against
Wall Street” in a Manhattan class-war protest. Fat Col tells us
this has inspired him to “rage against East Lane”, because “that
market ain’t what it was either.” Sticking in New York, there’s
a ‘Skate... Suburbia’ party at the Nike Stadium on Thursday for
Anthony Pappalardo and Max Morton's Live... Suburbia! book (see
previous entry) featuring video by Larry Ransom, McRad playing
live and a skate ramp installation. That’s followed on Friday
by the official release party @ Dumbo.
Sept 17. Control's Iain Kilgallon
turns Desert Oi-Land into a proper beer-zone today.
ain's eight discs are: Holidays
in the Sun - Sex Pistols, Staring At The Rude Boys - The Ruts,
California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys, Dead Cities - The Exploited,
Combat Zone - Rancid, Last Night Another Soldier - Angelic Upstarts,
Step Down - Sick Of It All and Hurt - Johnny Cash.
Iain's book is In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
Film: Apocalypto. Box Set: The Vital Spark. Next time on Desert
Oi-Land, it's proper hard rock legend JayJay French from Twisted
Missing in action: one Gonads tour manager, answers to the name
of FB. If found, lure with chips and return to Nads HQ.
The London International Ska Fest 2012 are proud to announce,
subject to contract, that DANDY LIVINGSTONE has agreed to headline
next year's show. It's the great man's first performance here
on these shores for over 40 years! ("What shores?" "Light & Bitter!"
- (c) Fat Col). Dandy, born plain Robert Thompson, released some
all-time classic reggae tracks including the original Rudy A Message
To You (later a smash hit for The Specials), Reggae In Your Jeggae,
People Get Ready, Raining In My Heart, Dr Sure Shot and UK smash
hits Suzanne Beware of The Devil and Big City. He helped establish
Trojan Records, producing great artists like Rico Rodriguez, The
Cimarons, The Marvels, Nicky Thomas and Tony Tribe (including
his classic version of Red Red Wine). Dandy is a true legend of
Jamaican music, his comeback show is not to be missed! And if
that's not enough, also added to the bill are those stars of Gal's
podcasts Buster Shuffle, The Delegators and Rebelation. Altogether
some FORTY acts will be performing at the fest (3-6 May) including
The Dualers, Neol Davies aka The Selecter, the Hotknives (original
line-up), the Phoenix City All-stars, The Moon Invaders (from
Belgium), Los Granadians (Spain), and Capone & the Bullets (Scotland)
plus DJs Andy Smith, Count Skylarkin, Tim Wells, 3DJ (Funkdub),
and Mark Barrett (Pressure Drop).
And keeping on a Ska theme, Jenny Bellestar's 1-Stop Experience
have finally released their debut album, Peeping Tom.
Nads Noos: Sham 69 have joined the bill for next summer's big
Help For Heroes fest in Harlow (although we're not sure yet which
version of Sham that is). Us and Sham headline Saturday, and there
could well be a surprise big name psychobilly band on the Sunday...
special edition of Gal's Random Irritations today includes:
"C***s who message me to buy rare Gonads vinyl, which it takes
a day and a half in the loft to find, and then tell me they've
bought it off of amazon instead: C***S! Record companies who take
TEN POXY DAYS to answer your email but when they want something
expect you to drop everything and reply straight away. C***S!"
Random gossip: the Badoes are coming back, Terence Hayes, PM,
tells us that he has written two new songs - 'Yesterday's Zeroes'
and 'Ladies' Man' - and is busy finishing more... Tony Feedback
is working with Tim 'The Anarchist' Scargill on a new combo called
The If who play the 100 Club in November. For The Whiff, wait
for Fat Col's new 12-bar comedy rock band Rustier Nuts which he
says will be playing forgotten early Gonads classics like 'Whelks'
("because someone should!") as well as originals such as 'French
Fancy'...Wirral band BiteBack make their London debut at the 12
Bar a week today (Saturday 24th September). They are influenced
by the Ruts and Clash and come with Chelsea Dom's seal of approval,
which may or may not be a fish-eating amphibious sea mammal, like
If you haven't signed the Free Charles Bronson petition we'd
invite you to do so here.
37 years behind bars is enough.
Out now: Joey Briggs's solo album 'The Traveling Salesman, Pariah,
Moscow calling: our Russian correspondent tells us that his
local band Kids Of The Streets have just released a four-track
EP. Hear a sample here.
Just 500 are available on coloured vinyl. Meanwhile Tim (boss
of underground label Bruised Knuckles and editor of Russia's Anti-Hippie
fanzine) has recorded his first solo album. The project is called
The Prestupniks - a mash-up of Cockney and Russian inspired by
Clockwork Orange. The music is "a mix of old school HC, up-beat
Street Punk, angry acoustic songs and a light touch of Black Metal."
Bruised Knuckles plan to release a split 7" between England's
Keyside Strike and Aussies Rust. They're also selling a DVD about
Russian anti-racist skinheads. And recommend we check out The
Pauki, "Russian Beer-Core legends". HC-influenced punk with "beer,
pirates and Russian mentality"- www.the-pauki.ru
Finally, a rare shot inside the Jungle Room at Prankster HQ.
Original Gonads fans Whippo, Charlton Tel (of Stag Weekend fame
and shame) and Big Jim (far-right in pic) were among the guests
for an exclusive play-back of the 'Charlton Boys' ep last weekend.
London Pranksters laid on a rabbit madras (the rabbits were shot
by WM Eric of the Sussex Pranksters), beer, wine and snooker for
the old firm before the music itself, which was greeted with unanimous
approval. The five-track ep should be released next month, but
you never know...
|Sept 14. Woo, woo and thrice Woo! Today
on Desert Oi-Land, the wonderful Jenny Woo. Alberta-born Jenny started
playing lead guitar in Canadian oi bands like the Kroovy Rockers,
but over the last three years she has developed a solo set, combining
oi themes with an acoustic backing. It’s Oi! The Folk, people! Jenny’s
disc picks are: Out On An Island – Cock Sparrer (“Not only is it
a great song by a great band, but it would be so topical!”), Gabrielle
-The Nipple Erectors (“Every time I hear this song my heart skips
a beat, and it has never failed to get me in a good mood. Probably
a very important song to have playing while I am stranded and missing
civilization”), Dancing By Myself - Generation X (“A great song,
and very suitable since that would probably be what I was doing
while listening to it.”), Watcha Gonna Do About It - The Small Faces
(“One of the few songs that I can listen to on repeat for days without
getting tired of it. A strategic choice.”), Greatest Story Ever
Told - The Cockney Rejects (“One of the anthems of my teenage years,
I think I could use this song to remind myself of all the good times
when struggling to survive on the island.”), Situations - Slaughter
& The Dogs (“A great tune that would help me to focus on other people’s
problems instead of my own!”), Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson (“A
sweet soul tune to lift the spirits!”), Keys To Your Heart - The
101ers (“A perfect song and one I could definitely see myself listening
to on a beach.”)
Jenny’s book choice is How to Survive on A Desert Island. TV box-set:
Venture Bros. Jenny’s first album Alberta Rose is available now
on the famous Randale Records label of Germany. Like all decent
people, Jenny has always been, and will always be, against racism.
Next on Desert Oi-Land: Iain Kilgallon from Control
Actual news: rare Gonads vinyl back in stock, shock! Including
a limited number of the ‘Oi Nutter’ seven inchers, the FrankenSkin
sawblade (split with SpringtOifel) and the ‘Live Free Die Free’
double album: all available from www.the-gonads.co.uk/shop.htm.
And hopefully in time for Christmas, we should be stocking the
Sharron Stiletto Barbie (the doll with that little bit extra).
Here’s a facebook
page for the forthcoming Cockney Rejects documentary.
Gig News: don’t forget that Case play their first gig in more
than 25 years at London Club Ska (@The 100 Club) on 5th November,
with Infa-Riot (playing their first London gig since the 1980s)
and Ska legends The Riffs. MCs on the night will be Geno Blue
and former Gonad Manic Esso. The Club Ska Sound System with Andy
V and Matty J and Top Deck Phil will provide a mash up of Ska
and punk sounds with dancing till 1am...the excellent Lee Thompson
Ska Orchestra play the Phoenix City Social Club on Sept 21st at
the Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curatin Rd, London, EC2A 3JX. 0207 422
0958. Nearest tubes: Shoreditch High Street, Old St & Liverpool
St.... Maninblack will play a Halloween night horror-show at the
Double Down Saloon in Manhattan...And The Crack headline Oi! The
Christmas party at The Bitter End, Romford (formerly The Horn)
on Saturday 3rd December 2011 (“Christmas all-fuckin’-ready? What
next, Frankie Flame selling Easter eggs?” – Grumpy Ed).
More bands confirmed on Oi! Never Surrender include Darkbuster,
the Traditionals, the Veros, Volxsturm, and Iron Cross...
Sadly Geordie Pete our reviewer for last weekend’s Durham Punk
Fest was last seen being dosed with Ketamin and kidnapped by tinkers,
so here’s our pal Jo’s somewhat briefer summary: “Punk Fest went
very well as always. It was rammed again, you could hardly move.
They did use the upstairs room for an acoustic set for the first
time so Tim Smith and Ed Tudor Pole did some numbers. The sound
was really good as well, probably the best it's been....much better
than the sound this year at Rebellion. Discharge were into their
third song before we could tell what they were playing in that
car park room they call Olympia 1 and 2.” Indeed.
To Punk Rock Book Club, where the book of the month is Live...Suburbia!
by Anthony Pappalardo and Max G. Morton (Powerhouse), which Fat
Col describes as ‘a fascinating history of the last three decades
of Boston street yobs, covering the birth of hardcore, skinheads
in trainers moshing in warehouses, posicore and much more. Fired
by British punk and full of great stories and images, this tells
how post-hippy street kids carved out their own scenes. It’s all
here; Mohawks, karate, BMX dirt jumps, skateboarders and basement
DJs. A great book.’ (Col, did you review this or just copy out
the press release? – Weary Ed). Anthony Pappalardo played guitar
for Ten Yard Fight, In My Eyes and Sinners & Saints and co-wrote
Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore
Music published by MTV in 2008. Max G. Morton’s writing career
started six years ago when he began organizing the stories of
his extraordinary life after being diagnosed with cancer. Max’s
out-of-print debut, Indestructible Wolves of the Apocalypse Junkyard,
was published in 2007. His second book, Looking For the Magic,
was released in July 2009.
Maninblack's André Schlesinger will play guitar synthesizer
with NWSPR (New Wave Solar Powered Robots) for a special avant-garde
fashion show presentation at The Cutting Room in Manhattan on
Friday (Fancy! – Ed). NWSPR is the Synthpop side project of Maninblack's
new bass player Michael Brown. They’ll be providing runway music
for the catwalk segment as well as the reception to follow. Although
the event is planned to coincide with Fashion Week it is closed
to the public, no doubt for health and safety reasons. Rumours
that Project Runway's Tim Gunn will be present to "mentor" the
band are just a hoax being propagated by Fat Col.
Finally, the lost Sham 69 single ‘Dare To Win’/’Just Ordinary’
is finally released next month, with Jimmy Edwards on vocals.
The songs were recorded in 1979 when Pursey was off on one with
Cook & Jones in the ill-fated Sham Pistols project. It’s a proper
collector’s item, or so the record company tell us.
Sept 10. This is classic. In true need-to-know, Secret Squirrel
style the sleeve of 30 Years Of Oi! – Never Surrender doesn’t
actually reveal the track-listing! The song titles are encrypted!
However our spies in Saxony inform us that the album definitely
does include a brilliant unreleased track by Jeff Turner & The
Masons called ‘Violence In The Street.’ Plus great songs from
Argy-Bargy, Patriot, Cock Sparrer, the Cockney Rejects, Maninblack,
Perkele, Stomper 98, the East End Badoes (Who they? – Ed), Marching
Orders and of course the Gonads. More details when we have them.
Meanwhile, the Rejects’ documentary East End Babylon now has
its own facebook page here.
It’s due out next February, at the same time as their new album.
Rumour of the week: Beerzone may reform for a one-off appearance
at Fat Col’s Pathetique Punk Festival (If it happens – cynical
Ed). And there will be new Beerzone product too...
Fact of the week #1: Pete Morcey of Forced Reality will guest
on new Gonads anthem ‘Glorious’, which Fit Bird informs us “is
like Slade, innit; it’ll be recorded by next Spring... know what
I mean? Now shuu’up cos I’m watching Big Brother, ain’ I?” Fact
#2: Jeff Guerriero of New Jersey hardcore band the Black Kites
is now a pro wrestler in the USA’s National Wrestling Superstars
league, where he goes under the ring alias of Jeff Cannonball!
Fat Col says: “My friend Robbo’s parents were both wrestlers,
he was born out of headlock.” Rim-shot! He adds: “What’s the difference
between a Sumo wrestler and a feminist? A Sumo wrestler shaves
his legs.” Ah, the old ones are the worst.
Come back on Wednesday for Jenny Woo’s Desert Oi-Land discs,
some kind of review of the big Durham Punk Festival and this month’s
instalment of Punk Rock Book Club. You’re reading the Gonads blog:
“the epicentre of all the punk rock news that matters, this side
of the pond,” Iain Kilgallon, Control.
Sept 9. They said it was a myth, a rumour, a pipe-dream, but
it looks like the 30th anniversary Oi! album – Oi! Never Surrender
– WILL definitely be out before Christmas. This year, too. Everyone
from the Business to Agnostic Front were supposed to be on the
comp at one stage. Asked which bands made the final cut, a mystified
Gal replied “Buggered if I know.” But we’re pretty sure Evil Conduct,
Booze & Glory, Nabat, Mouthguard and Control are in there somewhere.
And if the Gonads aren’t, Franken-Skin and the Charlton Boys will
want to know why.
To Desert Oi-Land, where New York punk-oi legend
Todd Radict of the Uprisers is swinging sweetly in his sun-kissed
hammock listening to: Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson (“my favourite
singer”), Forces Of Victory – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Voice Of A
Generation – Blitz (“RIP Nidge, my brother!”), Reggae Got Soul
– Toots & The Maytals (“cause I’ve got soul”), the entire Generation
X first album (“Mark Laff is such a great drummer, the Snare Man
is what I call him”), London Calling – The Clash (“43 years and
I have yet to make it to London”), Never Mind The Bollocks – Sex
Pistols, Kamikazi Dub – King Jammy (“anything by him rules”).
Todd’s book is Apocalypse Now by Peter Cowie. TV box-set: Family
Guy (“best American cartoon ever”). Film: Star Wars (“Bushell,
you are my father!”). Well, he’s old enough...Next on Desert Oi-Land:
The Chords are finally releasing a DVD. What Became Of The People
We Used To Be – The History of The Chords features live footage
from the cushty South London combo’s 2010 UK tour, archival action
from the Pleistocene Mod Age, and interviews with the great and
good (and Buddy) including members of The Clash, The Sex Pistols,
The Undertones, The Style Council, Buzzcocks and Brotherhood Of
Man (Check that last one please - Ed.) There is a West End pre-premiere
premiere of the highlights next Tuesday. Buddy tells us: “Admission
is free, but it’s £65 to get out before the end. Bring your own
Sept 8. Oi! – The Comrade has finally
washed up on the people’s paradise that is Desert Oi-Land. Naturally
he comes not to sunbathe but to unionise it! The Comrade contributed
the passionate poem ‘Guvnor’s Man’ to 1981’s Carry On Oi.
His eight discs are: Unionise – The Redskins, Generation Landslide
– Prole, Last Night Another Soldier – Angelic Upstarts, There
Is Power In A Union – Street Dogs, Going Underground – The Jam,
Mindless Violence – Newtown Neurotics, Union Song – The Nightwatchman,
The Boys On The Docks – Dropkick Murphys.
His TV box-set is Boys From The Blackstuff. Book:
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Film: Spartacus.
The Comrade also promises “indefinite wildcat
strikes” if we do not allow him to smuggle in a complete Clash
box-set, a movie library featuring Matewan, F.I.S.T. and Brassed
Off (“I love Peter Postlethwaite delivering Danny’s speech”).
His final demand is for a loop-tape of Red Jane Fonda performing
space sex on Barbarella, which doesn’t strike us as very right-on
but we guess the old fella needs to do something with the fist
he isn’t clenching. Oi oi, comrade, get yer ’air cut.
Proper news: This could be the only decent thing this wash-out
Coalition government do for music (or anything): tourism and heritage
minister John Penrose is setting out to scrap the need for pubs
and clubs to apply for entertainment licences. Good. How about
UK courts taking a leaf out of US copyright law too and ruling
that the rights to albums should revert to the bands who wrote
them after 35 years? It’s a disgrace that so-called punk labels
think they own songs for life – especially when they can’t produce
the contracts to prove it.
Random shite: Lars Frederiksen loves the latest Control album
so much he’s threatening to borrow some of the riffs for his next
Old Firm Casuals’ release... SLF and Subculture play The Roadmender,
Northampton on Saturday October 22... The Stooges have had to
postpone their scheduled tour after Iggy broke a foot in Romania.
Caption Corner: spotted in New York City on Monday, a poor unfortunate
with nothing to his name except a serious hang-over and a big
black bin-liner full of ‘kerbside quiche’. On closer
inspection it appears to be Ipswich oi-Ska promoter Gunk who has
clearly fallen on hard times. Must he be ‘condemned’
to a life on the Big Apple streets? Your
Sept 6. “Never mind the hurricane, we’re the fuckin’ Gonads!”
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the 2,000 Tons Of TNT
festival over in Brass City, USA, last weekend; especially the
promoters, twisted visionary Max Morton and diamond geezer Big
Pete, and the US Gonads line-up - Cam, Adam, Rodger and “the legend
that is Tripod”, all from The Uprisers - pictures to follow. The
story goes that the regular Nads were denied entry into the US
because of their criminal records (many of which are still available
to buy from the shop page), but incredibly the four (genuinely)
last minute stand-ins managed to master a seven-strong set almost
literally at the last minute (Tucker’s Ruckers, Alconaut, Grant
Mitchell, Oi Mate, Gob, Punk Rock Till I Die and I Lost My Love
To A UK Sub). Cheers guys, proper job! They were immediately awarded
Heroes Of Oi status by Hoxton Tom, who’d come along as Gal’s official
anti-PR man. Rodger ‘Trotsky’ Gonad originally drummed with the
Bruisers, guitarist Adam Gonad was in the Radicts, Cam Gonad played
bass in the Frosting and Tripod “was in the Lords Of The Ring,
until he fell into the flames at the end of film three” (according
to Uprisers manager Dave). He is known as the Tripod for unsavoury
reasons (“If you cut his leg off, he wouldn’t fall over”, Gal
informed the crowd. “How tasteful... what’s his number?” ask Fit
Bird, Wattsie, Kiria and The Nosher as one.) Special thanks also
to our US flag-girl Kirsten who sauntered on stage holding aloft
a fine Roman-style banner - a Hoxton Tom for President t-shirt
artistically fitted over a mop handle (which came as some surprise
to Tom, who complained to anyone who’d listen: “The bastard has
stitched me up!”)
If Chelsea Dom or Sandy Lane had been there you might have got
detailed and annotated reviews of the Actual Music, but because
Gal, Oxo and Calum were keeping company with vast quantities of
the old Forsyte Saga all we can tell you with any authority is
that the Rejects and the Business fully delivered, Forced Reality
were awesome, Red Alert were pissed, Patriot should definitely
be on the next Rebellion bill, and we could see Control making
a huge impact in the US. There were loads of great bands here,
from Brassknuckle Boys to Pist’n’Broke via The Traditionals, the
Hub City Stompers, Evil Conduct, and Blood On Blood. The promoters
stuck their necks on the line and proved that a US punk-and-oi
fest can 1) deliver the names on the flyers 2) run for three days
without any hint of ag or tedious numbskull politics and 3) make
a lot of old bastards feel young again. It comes to something
when the only thing we had to moan about was the traffic. (Our
sincere apologies to Rob who drove Gal, Red Alert and Jesus –
the Rejects’ Spanish promoter – from JFK to Hartford. If ever
a conversation needed sub-titles...) Gal says: “Thanks to everyone
who came and watched us, to Kirsten, Dave, the excellent Uprisers
and of course Todd from the Radicts (now the Uprisers’ frontman)
for running me about like a geezer. Really good to finally meet
Eddie Bastard, Jenny Woo, Jillian (LIC), Joe and Max from Oi The
Boat, Scott from Broken Heroes, one of the Oxblood guys, Maria
from Bulgaria and so many great down-to-earth people. See you
all again soon, I hope - thirteen years between US shows was far
too long. Hoxton Tom for President!!!”
Small joys of TNT: Mike Rossi’s LA accent, Jenny Woo’s stage
jumps, the Days Inn hotel being luxuriously situated between a
water pollution control centre, a carpet warehouse and the interstate,
Slaughter’s splendid stage flags, top-quality Shogun t-shirts here,
restaurant-standard band grub back-stage, and the ‘car bomb cocktail’
(a hideously lethal combo of Guinness, Tia Maria and Bailey’s
Irish Cream). Funniest moment for us though was hearing the singer
of a certain East Coast band slagging off “limeys” on stage while
dressed as a skinhead (origins: South London) and fronting a band
playing Oi music (origins: England). The guy’s future surely lies
in stand-up comedy.
Here’s what won’t be discussed: Steve Smith’s diplomacy... and
the role that his DOG plays in his love-life (the Mackem bastid).
What should be discussed: a TNT dream line-up for 2012 - Rose
Tattoo, Slade, Sparrer, Garry Johnson, the Old Firm Casuals, Maninblack,
Runnin Riot, Booze and Glory, Hoxton’s Heroes, the Specials...
who knows what could happen?
Ska News: new club night the Phoenix City Social Club is launched
on 21 September at the Queen of Hoxton (1-5 Curtain Rd, London),
with The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra (Lee & Bedders from Madness
doing a 60s Ska thing) plus Don Letts & Mister Brown DJing. It
kicks off at 7pm... Happy birthday Buster Bloodvessel!... The
original Hotknives will record an album and tour next year to
celebrate their 30th anniversary... Monkey Spanner and the Pressure
Tones have announced an Xmas Ska Party on December 10th at the
Regent in Peterborough
Questions without answers: Can there be any truth in the rumour
that Elton John’s Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting was
ripped off from an early Frankie Flame demo? Is US lager supposed
to taste soapy? Did a
certain volatile vocalist from the North East really once gobble
a bloke in a toilet "for a laugh"? What fine 'socialist'
singer insists on trousering the lion's share of every gig fee?
Does anyone possess a copy of any actual contract between a band
and Link or Syndicate Records? Certain lawyers are asking...
Sept 3. Well, we were hoping to bring you a proper big cheese
on Desert Oi-Land today - either Terence Hayes, PM, or Oi! The
Comrade. Yeah, real heavyweights. Unfortunately, the PM’s list
(promised since May) has predictably failed to arrive, and Oi!
The Comrade has been too busy fermenting dissent to fire up his
emails. So we’re having to make do with some obscure Cockney Rejects
fan from the arse-end of Manchester.
Ladies, trannies and Herbert gentlefolk, here
are the Desert Island Discs of Mr. Steven Patrick Morrissey: There’s
Gonna Be A Showdown – New York Dolls, Come & Stay With Me – Marianne
Faithful, Loudmouth – the Ramones, The Black Angel’s Death Song
– Velvet Undeground, Der Nussbaum - Klaus Nomi, I’m Not Saying
– Nico, Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell – Iggy & The Stooges,
Sea Diver – Mott The Hoople. Morrissey’s favourite film is A Taste
Book: Suedehead by Richard Allen. TV show: 1950s documentary,
We Are The Lambeth Boys.
Will we ever get the PM’s disc list? We checked with William Hill’s
and they’re currently quoting better odds on David Starkey winning
This blog returns in a week’s time, full of stories from 2,000
Tons Of TNT, probably.... Meanwhile here’s some quick news bursts:
Contra Records tell us that the artwork for the 30th anniversary
Oi! album (Oi! Never Surrender) is “nearly complete” and that
they hope to master the long-awaited gem “within two weeks”...
you can hear a new track from Me First & The Gimme-Gimmes here...
see the latest Agnostic Front video here...
and the new track from The Nightwatchman here...
oh, and Monday sees the release of ‘City Of Vultures’, the debut
album from Rise To Remain which features a certain Austin ‘Son
of Bruce’ Dickinson on vocals.
Happy birthday for tomorrow to Mr Mod, Paul Hallam, the Stalin
of Style. We can’t be with you mate but we are sending two
of our favourite Fox barmaids to keep you company – one
Czech who won’t stop bouncing, and a Welsh wonder woman
(not sure where she’s from exactly but something about her
says Prestatyn and Bangor). Sup up!