The shutters have gone down here at Nads HQ in beautiful
downtown Charlton Village, and Bernie the guard dog is operating.
This blog is now officially closed until October. Stay free.
Sept 15. Big love to our old mate Garry Johnson, the people’s
punk poet, who has been seriously ill with heart problems for
the last few months. The quacks say Gal needs a by-pass operation
but he’s too busy preparing for court cases to check into hospital
any time soon. This man is a genuine street culture legend. The
way he has been treated by our joke legal system and the so-called
‘family’ courts, is a disgusting disgrace. Keep strong mate. Justice
Random gossip: it’s official - the new Madness album ‘Oui Oui,
Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da’ is released on 29th October... Ska-punk veterans
Fishbone play the O2 Academy Islington on 4th November, with our
mates Buster Shuffle... Malcolm McLaren and comic book genius
Alan Moore worked together on a screenplay inspired by Beauty
& The Beast back in 1985 and 27 years on Avatar Press have finally
made it into a comic called Fashion Beast 1. Here’s
Alan discussing the project.
Calling all Quadrophenia fans: this is happening...
And while we’re on the subject of Mod, Paul Weller reckons the
newly published Thick As Thieves is “The best book on The Jam
and its audience I've seen... ” Although he ain’t seen Gal’s Time
For Action yet... Have
Belated happy birthday to our pal Lorraine Ska-Mama, pictured
here with a clearly startled fan...
Serious point: it’s taken 23 years for the Hillsborough conspiracy
to be exposed. WHAT THE FUCK ELSE ARE THEY COVERING UP???
More randomness: IF you want audio CDs knocked out the man to
speak to is Mitch James from the Communicators whose company is
called Glassbox Duplication; where do you find him? What are we?
Directory Enquiries? Look on facebook, you plums... more gigs
from Dennis Greaves’s old band The Truth are in the pipeline,
with the original line-up... Pete Townshend’s autobiography will
be published on 11th October... New Jello Biafra e.p. out 20th
October... Latest NOFX song posted here.
Nads Ad: The Nosher needs a gynaecologist. Apply within...
All right, tossers. We’re off-line now for a couple of weeks.
If anything major happens, it’ll be on the news page.
Meanwhile, before we go and because we love her, here are some
of Jennie Bellestar’s latest songs - ‘Untouchable’,
Chicken’ and ‘Peeping
Tom’. Enjoy! Toodle pip.
Sept 11. Vive La France! Here we are on the piss with the Halfwits,
our pal Guillaume and various French herberts earlier this year.
See ya again in 2013, fellas. Probablement. Vivre libre, mourra
Following the release this week of the rather tasty SkaNads e.p.
‘Skinhead Lullabies’, the lads are hard at work penning an equally
fine follow-up 7-incher which is likely to feature four brand
new songs - ‘Treble Barrel’, ‘Marylebone Martyrs’, ‘Phew (Frank
Edward Wilson)’ and ‘White Tights’ (see below). A debut live UK
show is expected in the next few months at the Hip Shakin’ Beat
Club, we’re told. Where’s that, we ask? “Wherever we play,” answers
Wattsie Watts, unhelpfully.
Sept 10. Yesterday saw a top level crisis meeting at Nads HQ
on the touchy subject of live shows, or lack of them. Fat Col
was reprimanded “for begging for gigs on facebook like a plum”,
while various less than serious offers were dismissed out of hand
(and yes, that does include the ‘promoter’ who wanted us to fund
our own flights to Estonia and take a chance on the door money!)
Nothing against Estonia, but come on, lads, don’t take the piss.
We love ya, but not that much... FB, in beautiful downtown Charlton
Village on undisclosed “other business”, actually dozed off during
the lengthy afternoon session. Awoken from his slumbers, the great
man was asked whether we should agree to various overseas gig
offers that were still on the table. FB thought about it for a
moment, and then, displaying the wisdom of Solomon, he replied
with brutal honesty: “Well it’s your band, do what you ’kin’ want
with it.” What a loss he is to the diplomatic core. Long story
short: we are still working on several major gigs for 2013 (“the
year of the Gonads”) and we are in the market for serious gig
offers from genuine promoters or thriving street scenes. You know
how to get in touch.
Matters arising from yesterday’s nine hour brain-storming session:
1) The Gonads’ new and official all-female dance troupe, Pussy
Galore is now recruiting. 2) FB’s pet project Nadsfest will happen
next year. 3) Sully Sullivan from thrash band Double Cross is
currently the leading contender to replace Gal in the Gonads-without-Gal
version of the band; this line-up will probably see the light
of day as our spin-off project DMG. 4) After recent un-reportable
developments, Lord Waistrel will meet a chastened Martin Sporrell
when he (his Lordship) returns to the UK from Monte Carlo later
this month to settle the bootleg issue once and for all. 5) The
Beast reckons his “Beast TV” pilot is “soon-come”... but we’ll
believe it when we see it.
By Bronco and Bullfrog! Our young Kent-based followers, who
call themselves the Jolly Boys, tell us that they are resurrecting
the suedehead look. For those in a state of darkness, suedehead
was a smart, early-70s off-shoot from skinhead. Suedeheads had
slightly longer hair (you could run a comb through it) and differently
stylish clothes, including tank-tops and large check button-down
shirts. The cult favoured brogues and loafers, Sta-Prest strides,
Crombie overcoats and sheepskin coats. Prince of Wales suits were
all the rage too. Says leading Jolly Boy Jim: “Original suedehead
music was rocksteady and glam. We of course love that, and reggae,
Ska and proper soul, but also the SkaNads, Buster Shuffle and
of course the Gonads.” Gal, who was a suedehead back in his distant
youth, said: “This is a brilliant development, I hope it catches
on. Mama, we’re all suedeheads now!” (And anarcho-syndicalists
– Political Ed). All together: “Joy-joy-joy-joy-JOLLY BOYS! Joy-joy-joy-joy-JOLLY
BOYS!” (continued till closing time).
Here are a few of the latest interviews with Gal cobbled together.
Q. What's your background and what were your first musical loves?
A. I’m from a big Labour-voting working class family in South
East London. My Dad was a fireman, my Mum worked in a bank. No
blue blood I’m afraid. As a kid I was into Trojan reggae, Ska,
Slade, glam and heavy rock bands – Sabbath, Lizzy etc. I also
liked Credence Clearwater Revival, the Hot Rods and Tamla. I caught
the punk bug in 76 and haven’t looked back.
Q. Would you agree that 80s punk was more working class than
the first wave? A. Yes. Broadly, the early punk bands made a fetish
of the proles. A lot of them fabricated blue collar backgrounds
and changed the way they spoke etc so they could project themselves
as ‘the voice of the tower blocks’, ‘the sound of dole queue Britain’
etc. Many of the punk bands who came later were the real thing.
It didn’t necessarily make them better, but it did make them more
Q. Do you think that the way 80s punk split into sub-genres like
anarcho and Oi! was a strength, in that it gave it variation,
or a weakness in that it was divisive? A. It just reflected reality;
those sub-genres represented completely different world views,
different attitudes and certainly different music styles. To most
kids into Oi, for example, Crass were more like hippies than punks.
The Gang Of Four were a student band. The Raincoats were just
Q. What did you think of anarcho and hardcore? A. I liked the
power and aggression of hardcore, especially Black Flag, the Bad
Brains and Agnostic Front. A lot of those hardcore guys had an
instinctive bond with Oi. I found Crass too monotonous, especially
at the start, although they played some clever stunts as they
got bolder. Conflict floated my boat more.
Q. How and when did you join Sounds? A. The summer of 1978.
Alan Lewis, the editor, liked the punk stuff I’d written and asked
me to go out and show him what I could do. I reviewed a couple
of bands a night for ten days, dropping the reviews through the
door the next morning, and that did the trick. A week later I
was off seeing the Clash with a press pass. It was like giving
a fat kid the key to Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory.
Q. Wasn't it the first paper to cover punk? A. Yes. Jonh Ingham
in 76. The NME’s attitude to punk was strange. Nick Kent was obviously
involved with the Pistols before the world knew about them, but
NME put the boot into punk early, claiming it had died in 1977.
I remember Charlie Murray slating the first Clash album! Even
Julie Burchill hated punk as music, she just got off on the attitude.
I loved both. NME was saying punk was dead and I was going out
seeing the Ruts and Sham thinking how the fuck can it be?
Q. How supportive were they when you began to champion street
punk and then launch Oi! in its pages? A. I’d written about punk
bands from the start, and was covering bands like the UK Subs,
the Ruts, the Skids, the Members etc. When bands like the Angelic
Upstarts and the Cockney Rejects came along they were obviously
different from a lot of the first punk bands, in their sound,
their attitudes and their roots. I used to refer to them as New
Punk or Real Punk before I hit on “Oi”, which was how Jeff Turner
introduced the Rejects’ songs. My coverage of the bands and the
scenes around them grew organically. I didn’t champion it out
of nowhere. At the same time I was writing about 2-Tone and slightly
before the Mod Revival bands, many of whom were seriously under-rated.
Q. What the other writers think of it all? A. You’d have to ask
them. When I played the first Rejects ep on the office stereo
with Stinky’s great shout of “Freedom? There ain’t no fucking
freedom!” it went down a storm. But I think some of the others
writers became a bit wary about the Rejects because they were
involved in a couple of minor incidents in the office. The likes
of Gary Lammin from Cock Sparrer and Hoxton Tom were up there
frequently though, and were well liked.
Q. Some of the others specialised as well didn't they? Like Geoff
Barton with metal, and was it Eric Fuller who did reggae? A. Yes,
Eric was the resident reggae expert. Dave McCullough was into
the long raincoat bands and frothing at the mouth, Betty Page
was into the Soft Cell end, and S&M (allegedly)
Q. What bands from the time were particular favourites of yours?
A. The Ruts, the Skids, the Jam, Madness, the Specials, the Cockney
Rejects, Iron Maiden, the Upstarts, Cock Sparrer, Secret Affair,
Motorhead, UFO, Rose Tattoo – loved them all! Later Blitz, the
Business, the Burial, Twisted fuckin’ Sister,. and the Blood who
should have been massive – just as Case should have been. The
Clash were my first punk love though.
Q. What were your politics then and now? A. Then I was a Trotskyist,
100% Red. Now, I’d describe myself as a patriotic anarchist with
a strong libertarian streak. Or to put it more simply, a radical
Whig. I have no time for extremists of left or right, or for ‘moderates’
of left or right come to that. They’re all playing the same game.
I don’t like people who want to control how we think and censor
free speech, who tend to be of the Left these days. I don’t like
the EU, I distrust Statists and I can’t abide racists. We actually
encountered some Nazi boneheads in Harlow a few months ago. It
was like going through a time warp to planet dim.
Q. Could you tell us about the New Punk Convention and Oi! nights?
A. The Convention was about confronting the issues that troubled
all the bands back then – violence at gigs, tribal rivalry etc.
And being a socialist at the time, I also tried to encourage the
bands to do benefits for anti unemployment campaigns etc. We had
57 bands at the New Punk Convention in the Conway Hall, everyone
from the Toydolls from the North East to Vice Squad from Bristol.
There were a lot of Oi nights, but the best (from memory) were
the two Prisoners’ Rights benefit gigs that the Rejects played
at the Bridgehouse in Canning Town. It was so packed you’d have
been hard-pressed a shoe-horn an extra shadow into the place.
Q. How tough did things get for Oi! after Southall? A. It was
diabolical. The record companies were scared off, venues were
closed down to the bands. Basically the music biz accepted the
very distorted view of the scene as portrayed by the Daily Mail.
Only the Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger (ironically) gave the bands
a fair hearing. And of course it suited the NME to take the line
that Sounds (which was outselling it) was linked to something
dodgy. It didn’t help that the middle class in general were terrified
of skinheads and were happy to tar them all with the same brush.
But it’s absolute cobblers to say that ‘all skins were Nazis’
because they weren’t. Only a small minority ever were. There were
a lot of great things about proper skinheads but fuckwitted UK
press coverage helped fuel this dumb misconception globally. The
early punk bands had endured the same sort of shit storm but they’d
had the rock press on their side. Just as the hip-hop bands would
have later – and they were much more violent. People died at hip-hop
gigs, rappers shot each other. But the white working class put
the fear of god up the lot of ’em.
Q. And yet Oi continues to thrive, all over the world, to this
day. Are surprised? A. No, because Oi was always real. It was
down to earth and honest. It was blue collar punk rock plain and
simple, it was never what the Daily Mail said it was. That’s why
today you find Oi bands everywhere from Argentina to China.
Q. Any regrets from that time? A. Yeah, turning down groupies,
quitting Sounds, not playing more Gonads gigs outside of SE7...
Q. Tell us about the Gonads. A. The second greatest punk band
ever... to come out of Indus Road in Charlton! The Gonads recorded
back in the day but we’ve been a proper gigging band for the last
seventeen years, playing all over Europe and the US. We’re a mix
of punk, Oi and Ska; we’re Oi-Tone!. We’ve released seven studio
albums since 1998 which ain’t bad going. We’ve been up and coming
for 35 years. We’re still up, we just don’t come so often.
Q. Tell us some modern bands that you like. Q. Okay. Booze &
Glory, Buster Shuffle, the Feathers, the 335, Night of Treason,
Maninblack, Monkish, Argy-Bargy, Stomper, The Sydney Ducks, Shakey’s
Brother, the Uprisers, Geoffrey Oi!Cott, NOi!se, Dead Fez, the
Sidewalk Doctors... loads of good bands about, most of them under
Q. And finally, what do you have coming up in the future? A.
I’ve formed a spin-off group called the SkaNads, we’ve just been
in recording our debut ep in the spirit of Judge Dread with Jennie
Bellestar – out in September folks. And the Gonads have recorded
a new song called ‘Glorious’ for a split ep we’re doing with Stomper,
Iron Cross and the Old Firm Casuals. I’ve got a book about the
1979 Mod Revival coming out on October 3rd, and I’m writing the
third part of my pulp fiction crime saga. Busy, busy, busy...
Sept 9. Crass are at the centre of a furious backlash, with anarcho-punks
accusing the combo of “selling out” and becoming “a capitalist
band who betrays what it always stood for.” The row erupted after
Crass took legal action to have their albums removed from the
Anarcho-Punk.net – a file-sharing site built by anarcho-punks
which gives away music for free. The site claims that Crass’s
copyright complaint has led to 3,000 albums being deleted – including
around 1,000 albums by French punk bands which were axed from
Pirate-Punk.net “because they were on the same Mediafire accounts.”
Or in their words, “the world’s biggest anarcho-punk music database
(has been) destroyed because of Crass.” They insist that their
site has always promised to remove any albums that bands do not
want to be available, without recourse to me learned friends.
They accuse the Epping based band of hypocrisy and of resorting
to “capitalist laws”. Forum members also have a pop at singer
Steve Ignorant for charging close to £20 for tickets for his last
tour, which was sponsored by facebook, and Crass themselves for
selling their re-mastered album for an inflated price.
In response, Crass say, reasonably you might think, that “We
do not want the material distributed for free... we believe the
creator of a work should have the right to determine how it is
available.” The full correspondence can be found here.
Our own new solicitors, Dewey, Cheatham & Howe, call this “a storm
in a tea-cup... basically this site have been stealing bands’
songs without permission and when they got caught they have thrown
their toys out the pram.”
NB. To those who ask us ‘Are the Gonads leftwing or rightwing?’,
go away and look up anarcho-syndicalism and then come back to
Here’s a petition
to get the Cockney Rejects into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame.
SKA News: Ska legends Fishbone play London 02 Academy, Islington
and Trillians in Newcastle this November... Reel Big Fish’s seventh
album Candy Coated Fury is out now on Rock Ridge Music. The title
is singer/guitarist Aaron Barrett’s description of the band’s
sound. He says: “This album is a lot like our first two. It’s
got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music,
and the same sarcastic sense of humour. I think these are the
fastest songs we’ve done since those early albums. We’re finally
just doing what Reel Big Fish does best - hateful, mean, sarcastic,
and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast
music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love
songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs.” Tracks include
‘Everyone Else Is An Asshole’, ‘I Dare You To Break My Heart’
and ‘I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore’.
Punk Rock Book Club: a new Garry Johnson collection will be
on sale from the 5th November 2012. The book features everything
- Boys Of The Empire, The Story of Oi, and The Punk Poet plus
the best bits from Sounds, Punk Lives and various other publications.
Highlights include Gal discovering The Stone Roses and writing
Suburban Rebels... also soon-come: Hallo Sausages - The Lyrics
of Ian Dury edited by his daughter Jemima is published on 25th
Julian Clary won Celebrity Big Brother on Friday. But he has
an even bigger honour under his kilt. It’s well-known that Julian
began his career as a gay Tarzan kiss-a-gram, and that he once
put Gal “on trial” on BBC TV. Less well known is that he was the
surprise turn at Terry Hayes’s stag do back in the 80s... it is
said that the PM has enjoyed a warm hand upon his entrance ever
since. Clary’s gay-a-gram performance is not to be confused with
our picture below, that’s Tesco Vee of the Meatmen live at TNT
last weekend, comprehensively out-knobbing Gal’s infamous stage
cock... but by the way Tesco, that does look infected to us. In
a related story, the Nosher was last seen en route to Hartford,
Sept 8. Here is Gal campaigning on behalf of the Minder Appreciation
Society, with potential voter Dagenham Dave...
And this is our mate Tony ‘Boozy’ Barker posing with Liam from
the mighty Booze & Glory. The fearsome Boozy, formerly of Angela
Rippon’s Bum, has been summoned to London by Lord Waistrel to
“make the Sporrell issue go away.” Say no more...
*Latest Gonads ‘groupie’ applicant, Gloria of Wood Green, invites
us to “Suck black milk from my ghoul breasts for it will make
you GOD.” Erh, yeah, thanks luv. Maybe next year.
The mighty Stomper 98 will release a brand new ep in December.
This will include the title track from their new album ‘Bis Hier
Her’ (No ****in’ idea – Translator Ed) plus a live song from their
tenth anniversary knees-up in Leipzig, back in 2008, and finally
a poem recited by Roger Miret “Just like Garry Johnson did on
the Oi! samplers of the early 80s.” The ep will be released by
Contra as a picture 7" (limited edition of 500, but with five
different covers, each of which is limited to 100.)
*We have been ticked off by the Streets Sounds collective for
“doing a Fat Col” (Charlton slang for being somewhat premature).
It seems that issue one of this sterling new street-mag will actually
be published a week later than we said, on Wednesday October 3rd.
Like a heavily beaten Max Mosley, we ‘stand’ corrected.
Random bollocks: The Uppercuts are opening up for Cock Sparrer
and Rancid @ The Kentish Town Forum, Sunday Dec 16th. Fuckin 'ave
some!... Lana Del Rey has been heavily slated for posing for a
naked GQ photo shoot – but not by us... And John King had this
to say about news that Lee ‘Daktari’ Wilson is planning more US
gigs for the Infas: “Is America ready for the Riot Riot Punk Rock
Sept 6. Hark up, unbelievers. The Boss is a closet Oi fan! Our
pal Matt met Bruce Springsteen at the Toronto International Film
festival and reckons he told him he wants to see “the Cockney
Rejects and the Gonads live”. Yeah we didn’t believe it either
at first, but it is known that Bruce is a major punk fan on the
quiet. Here he is below pictured backstage with Tim Armstrong
from Rancid at the recent West Coast Riot in Gothenberg, Sweden.
He also posed for pictures with Anti-Flag and Against Me! (whose
drummer Jay Weinberg is the son of E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg.)
Back in Canada, Springsteen took time to big up the Streetdogs
and The Gaslight Anthem, among others. He has of course sung live
and on record with the Dropkick Murphys – one of his sons is a
huge Murphys fan – while Ken Casey for his part says he was blown
away by working with Bruce, adding that ‘No Surrender’ “is a punk
song when he plays it live.” The Boss, a true poet of blue collar
USA, has “a natural affinity” with working class rebel bands like
the Rejects. So if he turns up at the 100 Club next month make
sure you buy him a pint. A passing Harvey Gardens, now out of
nick, comments: “Well if he wants to see the Gonads live you’d
better meet him halfway and put a few more bleedin’ gigs together.”
Good point. Over to you, FB.
The new Dropkick Murphys album, Signed And Sealed In Blood, is
due out early next year. The album title is a reference to a new
song called ‘Rose Tattoo’, which we hope is related to the great
Angry Anderson. The Murphys are asking fans to get tattoos done
of the new Murphys logo. Send them the photos before September
19th if you want to be included in the album artwork.
We’re hearing good reports from last weekend’s 200 Tons Of TNT
gig in Hartford, CT. Todd Raddict tells us: “It was a great time
all round, great performances and no fights! But Gal and the Gonads
were sorely missed.” Highlights included the Bruisers, who brought
the house down on Friday, Evil Conduct who sparkled on Saturday
and Infa-Riot who slayed ’em on the Sunday. “An absolutely stunning
weekend of Oi,” says our mate Rodger ‘Trotsky’ Shosa.
Evil Conduct’s new album ‘Working Class Anthems’ is available
for pre-order from Randale now, featuring twelve blistering new
classics from our favourite clog-boys. It comes in both CD and
LP formats, and the LP will be available in blue vinyl (100 copies)
and black/mustard speckle (100 copies); the rest in standard black.
The CD format has a 12 page booklet. Official release date is
October 1st but anyone ordering now will have it mailed from the
Black Forest two weeks earlier.
The new Bored Teenager compilation, out on Bin Liner Records
next month, will feature THIRTY long-lost punk tracks from old
time bands such as Victimize, Stereotype and Machine 45.
The Rolling Stones are bringing out a fiftieth anniversary Greatest
Hits compilation in November, featuring two new tracks. It’ll
be called 'GRRR!' presumably cos that will be the average fan’s
reaction to being conned into buying yet another greatest hits
Thanks to those who have contacted us regarding the “Gonads
groupie” position, aka Fifty Shades Of Granny. No thanks to the
two transvestites or the joker pretending to be Pippa Middleton.
But if that really was you Kiria, you’ve got the job. Otherwise
auditions kick off in October.
Sept 5. Coming in exactly three weeks time, issue number one
of Street Sounds. Remember where you read it first...
Neville Staple, the original rude boy, plays the Islington Assembly
Hall this Friday, 7th September. Get in! And here are the Selecter’s
UK tour dates: Oct 4 - 02 Academy, Leicester; Oct 5 - Carnival
Artz Centre, Luton; Oct 7 - 02 Academy, Oxford; Oct 11 - The Crypt,
Middlesborough; Oct 12 – Picturedrome, Holmfirth; Oct 13 - Band
On The Wall, Manchester; Oct 14 - The Venue, Derby; Oct 18 - Old
Fire Station, Bournemouth; Oct 19 - The Wharf, Tavistock; Oct
20 – Queens Hall, Narberth; Oct 21 – Komedia, Bath. (Does ‘Narberth’
actually exist? asks Fat Col, who adds: “It sounds like a Scottish
Here are a few PUKKA rock’n’roll heroes celebrating news of
the forthcoming release of the Masons’ brilliant debut album...
out of shot, Charlie’s tank of formaldehyde, Lemmy’s vat of hair
dye, Mickey Fitz and Eddie Piller fighting to buy a round... .
We are pleased to announce that we have eleven new songs written
for our 2013 album, Dirty. These are ‘Oblivion’, ‘They Died Heroes’,
‘Shitty Town’, ‘We Fear No Foe’, ‘Shut It’, ‘Son Of Frankenskin’,
‘Punk Radio’, ‘City Of Bones’, ‘Let Us Rise’, ‘Weeping Punani’
and ‘The Great Sidcup Salami Scandal’. A further new ditty, ‘Becky’s
Bucket’ and a cover of the Small Faces’ ‘Filthy Rich’ are described
by a passing Fit Bird as “optional.”
Green Day reckon that they’re “beyond devastated” at having to
cancel a show in Bologna, Italy last night after singer Billie
Joe Armstrong was rushed into hospital “for undisclosed reasons.”
However Fat Col asks: “Was he really ill, or was he worried about
having to follow Gal’s legendary gig with Nabat there back in
March?” (He was ill, you fat f*** - A. Doctor.)
The London Punk Festival takes place this month at 229 The Venue,
featuring Anti-Pasti, Ruts DC, The Business, Glen Matlock, Infa
Riot, Discharge, Peter & the Test Tube Babies, Vice Squad, Department
S, TV Smith and Menace... 28-30th September.
Here’s an exclusive shot of the Punk Rock Curry Club in Lee,
South London, this Summer; you might recognise some of these tossers...
it’s like a cross between the Illuminati and the Girl Guides.
All-girl 1980s Merseyside punk band The Iconoclasts are getting
back together for a few dates... we cannot confirm or deny reports
that their song ‘He’s A Pervert’ was written about Fat Col. (Don’t
ask Col if he’s a pervert, he gets very touchy... )
Our Mod mates the FRIENDS OF LUCA BRASI play live at THE ALLEYCAT,
4 Denmark St, London WC2 on 21st September with LOS PEPES, WITCHES
and PERSIAN VIRGINS. Plus DJs. 8pm doors - late bar till 3am.
£4.50 in advance. £6.00 on the door... VFM! It’s a late summer
Friday night, so get along and shake a leg or two.
Following the Nosher’s shock engagement yesterday, a Gonads
groupie vacancy has arisen in the London area. (How about that
for an opening... as Christine used to say... ) Don’t all rush,
R.I.P. Dave Beal of Club Ska fame. His funeral is on Monday,
for those who would like to pay their respects.
Sept 2. Random news: The Masons’ long-awaited debut album, We
Rule The World, will finally see the light of day on Randale Records
in December after about five years of US “record company skulduggery”
holding it back. The street-punk classic, masterminded by Steve
Whale, features guest vocals from Stinky Turner, Millwall Roi,
Steve Ignorant, Charlie Harper and many more. Lars is mixing it
right now... (But who does rule the world? Only the Ministry of
Delusion know for sure, but their insights are swathed in mysteries,
wrapped in riddles and delivered in code. Much like a text message
from Terence Hayes, PM... )
In other news, Gal’s book on New Mod, Time For Action, is published
on 26th September, featuring the Jam, the Jolt, Secret Affair,
the Purple Hearts, the Chords and too many more to mention. You
order it now if you like. The first 999 copies have been hand-numbered,
by a team of highly-trained gibbons (Are you sure? – Ed)... The
Adicts release their tenth studio album, All The Young Droogs
on Sept 11th – incredible that they’ve been getting away with
this shit for 35 years... And The Templars’ ‘Right To Work’ single
is released on vinyl on TKO this Tuesday; recorded in 1994 the
previously unreleased version is limited to a devilishly fine
Title of the week, Dethkok’s new single, “I Ejaculate Fire.”
Says Fat Col: “I had that feeling once, turned out it was syphilis.”
Our buddy, the brilliant acoustic Oi performer Jenny Woo has
re-located to Moscow. She tells us “It’s great - it's a huge city
with loads of culture and amazing sights. The scene is positively
enormous here, which really took me by surprise. I went to a punk
show with local bands a couple of weeks ago, and the place had
at least a couple hundred people in there. It seems like the skinhead
scene is very big too - I've met a few contacts in skinhead reggae
and Oi! bands, but it is highly political. In fact, almost no
gigs are advertised because of fear of bringing out the ‘wrong’
crowd. There have been a handful of murders and stabbings in the
last few years, which has put a dark edge on things. On the other
hand, Cockney Rejects will be playing here in December, and a
lot of people are talking about that. It'll be the first big UK
Oi! band to make it out here, so everyone is wondering if this
concert will go well and set a new precedent.”
Sept 1. FB has moved decisively to counteract two major crises
here at Nads HQ. Crisis one concerns the unofficial Gonads bootleg
being touted by rogue “friend of the band” Martin Sporrell. We
have now learned that the cheeky bastard is trying to line up
a US label if we win our appeal to stop its release in Europe.
The record contains unfinished demos and tracks we’ve rejected
for being too near the knuckle. Says FB: “We are fighting this
unauthorised project with every resource at our disposal. However
we are aware that Sporrell has many territorial options and consequently
we are aiming to finish writing and recording the official new
studio album, Dirty, before he is able to get the bootleg past
the courts. This treacherous business has eaten up far too much
time and band money already. Instead of worrying about it, we’ll
concentrate on making Dirty the stand-out oi-oi street rock album
of 2013.” As an additional move, we have commissioned the recording
of several special and exclusive vinyl 7” e.p. releases to be
given away with our next official albums, including brand new
tracks by the Orgasm Guerrillas, possibly Prole and definitely
our friends The Blades – “just to give back something extra to
you beautiful people, the fans,” said a passing geezer with a
PS. Attempts by FrankenSkin to steal back the master tapes have
been thwarted, we can reveal. On Friday, our monstrous mascot
was seen leaving Sporrell’s apartment block in Charlton (where
he’d been operating undercover for the last two months as a novelty
hat stand in the main entrance) and was said to be clutching what
looked from a distance like four 2" studio tape reels. The Ministry
Of Delusion has issued the following statement: ‘Frankenskin is
not now and never will be, nor has at anytime been used by the
Black Ops department of our organisation, as no such department
exists. Furthermore, we, the Ministry, do not involve ourselves
with such trivia, mainly because preparing for the Revolution
takes up all our free time. If the Frankenskin wishes to waste
his time stealing random objects from members of the public then
we want no association with the lumbering great cretin.’ In a
related story we now have four lightly used dartboards for sale...
Twenty-five minute Jam fan documentary here.
From Zani Media in conjunction with Stuart Deabill and Ian "Snowy"
Snowball – authors, Thick As Thieves - Personal Situations With
The Jam. Fans, and those who worked with The Jam, like Dennis
Munday and Bill Smith, tell us about their experiences with the
Woking wonders. Directed by Paolo Sedazzari.
On the subject of Gal’s future in the Gonads, FB tells us: “We
will of course be doing future gigs with The Colonel – it’s hard
to conceive of this band without him. However, these shows will
be strictly limited. We might try doing gigs with different singers,
we might not. The important thing to remember is that our goal
is and remains Professionalism and consequently we will no longer
be playing badly promoted two-bob gigs in this country or any
other. Only serious gig enquiries will merit a response.” FB is
still working on Nadsfest for 2013, he tells us. A 600-capacity
Midlands venue is provisionally in place.