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June 22. A quick but comprehensive update. Our blinding Ska compilation, All The Loon Stompers, is scheduled for a September release. The top-drawer 16-track album will be released by Randale Records, more details to follow. In other news, The Gonads are now offering promoters a choice of two shows, a Punk set and a Drunk set. To book either, email waistrel@the-gonads.co.uk. The Punk set will be played at December's 100 Club gig with the Cockney Rejects.



In addition, and this is genuinely exciting, we are now ready to launch our spin-off band GBX, the Garry Bushell Experience. GBX will be available in various different enticing packages. For additional details, serious promoters (only) should email Sarah c/o management@bushell.biz.

PLUS! Lee Wilson is now in charge of sorting out the proposed Punks Against Homelessness gig. Our DVD and acoustic album will be released later this year and a brand new four-track e.p. Go Ska With The Gonads Again will be released in Spring 2017. Onwards and upwards!



June 20. Here are some shots from Friday's Big Seven Scooter Rally, in Paddock Wood, variously showing Big Barry making his "flag-girl" debut, local Nads fanatics Sandra and Tracey, and a selection of scooters. It was a funny old gig. Our dressing room was a tiny theatre round the back of a mini-sewerage plant (insert your own jokes here), which included a throne (they must have been expecting Waistrel), a Superman-themed stage and two actual swords. Sadly Wattsie didn't attempt to swallow one, but she did engage in her peculiar pre-gig ritual involving a gluten-free banger thought by some experts to resemble Fat Col's own unsavoury cocktail sausage. In the absence of grub on the rider, Gal was forced to consume an iffy steak & kidney pie which very nearly came back up during the second verse of 'Beer Can Boogie'. The only problem we had was with the sound. Monitor troubles delayed the set by 15minutes which meant we lost the closing part of the set, finishing instead with the opportunistic 'Scooter Boys'. 'C'mon Motherfucker' has yet to be played live. There were a few crowd requests for 'Lager Louts' and one for 'Hitler Was An 'Omo', but there are no plans at the moment to include either in future sets. There were also band requests for a return to the days when flag-girls looked like Vikki Thomas... Cheers to all involved at Big 7 (congrats on achieving national status) and to our away firm including Jamie Gonad of the school-kids wing, the clan McDermott and of course Miss Management and her whips.

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The Gonads WebsiteWattsie enjoying a good pre-gig gobble
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The Gonads WebsiteJune 18. Here's la belle Wattsie modelling her latest stage gear last night. (Don't worry, that's our dressing room, not the gig). Thanks to all involved, especially Tracey, Mark, Sue and Carol, Big Barry Ludlow for his sterling work as ahem, flag girl, and to all the tone deaf herberts who enjoyed the show. We'll be back in a few days with some updates. Probably. Cheers!



June 17. Here's the set list for tonight's Big 7 Scooter Rally. We'll probably be back with some pictures in a bit... 1) Lager Top 2) Jobs Not Jails 3) I Lost My Love To A UK Sub 4) Grant Mitchell 5) Oi Mate 6) Beano 7) Buy Me A Drink You Bastards 8) SE7 Dole Day 9) Rob A Bank 10) (What's The Story?) England's Glory**** acoustic numbers: 11) It's A Yeti 12) The Drinking Song 13) Infected 14) Getting Pissed 15) Alconaut 16) Badly Done 17) Beer Can Boogie****18) Tucker's Ruckers Ain't No Suckers 19) Scooter Boys 20) Hey You 21) C'Mon Motherfuckers. Encore: 22) Punk Rock Till I Die/Joys Of Oi 23) Valhallaballoo... See you at the bar.



Just out from Randale Records: the new Old Firm Casuals album, A Butchers Banquet, which Diana tells us "takes their sound to an epic realm with seven huge songs that further establish the band's place among the international streetpunk elite!" Yeah? We're international streetpunk oi polloi ourselves. Fuck elites. The music is pretty damn awesome though. It's harder and rockier than before, with lyrics attacking "white collar criminals" and "socialite elitists" (hmm, better not tell Waistrel).



June 10. A great rehearsal this week ahead of next Friday's Big Seven scooter rally. It's fair to say that the only time the Gonads were ever tighter than we are now is when Andy Scoops (the round dodger) was in the band. The new 75 minute set is action-packed with goodies, including a 25 minute acoustic section, which packs in old reggae faves like 'Getting Pissed' and 'Badly Done', and the first ever live airing for 'C'mon Motherfucker' BUT we've had to cut it down from 100 minutes! Anyone who wants the full Gonads live experience should get in touch with Waistrel pronto.



In other news, our superb Ska and reggae compilation All The Loon Stompers will be released by Randale Records in September, shortly after London Bawling, the acoustic album. We've put The Gonads By The Thames DVD back until August too but you can expect it to be on sale at Rebellion.



While we're here: the new 4-track RUST e.p. 'Skins & Punks' is available now from Randale, featuring 'Skins & Punks', 'Blood Knuckle Blues', 'The Grave' and 'Fire Storm'. Also just out: the new Booze & Glory single 'Carry On' b/w 'Blood From A Stone' on a funny old, 10inch shaped Picture Disc from Pirates Press; and Angel Dust's album Rock The Fuck On Forever is now available on CD.



In book news: finished physical copies of Gal's The Power & The Glory are here, chaps, with more tales of life and laugh on the road with everyone from The Jam and The Ruts to Blondie and Def Leppard. The Street Sounds Short Story Anthology, 20 Shades of Psycho has just been published too with contributions from the two Gals, Bushell and Johnson, John King, Pete 'Manic Esso' Haynes, Christine Staple, Rhoda Dakar, Colin Edmonds, Carrie Griffiths, Jonny Wah Wah and more...





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