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.
Feb 28. It’s all coming back to us now... before the launch party,
an extremely drunk ‘dripper’ staggered into the 12Bar. She swore
like a platoon of troopers and drank like several sailors on shore
leave. She was also an extreme nuisance BUT when Garry from the
12Bar started playing our new album on the juke-box she was straight
up on her scuffed heels demanding that it be played LOUDER because
it was “so fuckin’ good.” Which just goes to show that even pissed
prostitutes can have exceptionally good taste... Dear old Barnet,
the 12Bar manager, caused no small degree of consternation by not
turning up at the club until about ten minutes before the launch
party. He claimed that he’d been on his way in and suddenly remembered
that he was playing that night too and had to go back to South London
for his stage gear... More reviews of our live show. John King writes:
‘Enjoyed the evening greatly. The Gonads were on fine form. Well
done.’ Bobby Smith says: ‘Good music, good company and good food
– well, apart from the cockles! A pleasure.’ Journalist Antonella
Lazzeri opines: “Great songs, great delivery, great fun. You ought
to be playing festivals, not clubs.” PS. Our webmistress Batttty
was clearly turned on by the picture of Mick Maverick and the Charlton
Boys (at the bottom of the Feb 27 entry, below.) Told they were
all ‘good SE7 stock’, Bats quipped ‘Remind me never to go there.’
Ouch, she’s like Anne Robinson’s scarier (but sexier) younger sister.
Gal’s latest podcast is up and running at Total Rock Radio,
and it’s a meaty feast of quality tracks from Murderer’s Row,
the Phobics, Control, the UK Subs, Boss Beat, Runnin’ Riot, Insane
Society, Agincourt, Evil Conduct, The Cover-up, Faces of Sarah
and many more; with special studio guests – US! There was a slight
technical hitch which meant some of Gal’s links and a Defects
track were bizarrely lost but the station assure us that this
was down to the microphone channel fader and not Gal or Jim Trott
impersonator South Coast Steve. Just to make things clear, track
four is by Deptford band The Phobics, track five is by Belfast’s
own Pocket Billiards, and track six is by Agincourt. You can hear
it all here.
And by the way, that Agincourt album ‘Angel of Mons’ is well worth
a listen if you’re into that whole NWOBHM thang...
Record noos: Screeching Weasel release ‘First World Manifesto’,
their first album in 11 years, on March 14 on Fat Wreck Chords...
And New England’s own For The Worse have just released ‘For The
Good, For The Bad. For The Worse’ on Arrest Records: twelve songs
that are best described as drunk, punk and oi-inspired. Book goss:
Gal is in talks with a top worldwide streetpunk band (and a pukka
70s rock idol) about writing or ghosting their official biographies.
He and John King also spent some time at the party trying to persuade
Rhoda Dakar to pen her autobiography. What would I write about,
asked the star of the Bodysnatchers, the Specials and occasional
Madness shows. Oh we dunno, Rhoda, but you could always call it,
‘1,001 Arguments I’ve Had Today’.
*The Dropkick Murphys are backing the big trade union dispute
in Wisconsin where strikers and demonstrators are protesting against
a bill, pushed by Gov. Scott Walker, that would strip most government
workers of most collective bargaining rights. The band has posted
new song ‘Take ‘Em Down’ in support, saying: “The Dropkick Murphys
would like to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the
working people of Wisconsin and to pledge our support and solidarity
by releasing the song “Take Em Down” from our upcoming album.
We think it’s appropriate at the moment and hope you like it.”
The Murphys are working with the AFL-CIO, SEIU (Service Employees
International Union) and AFSCME (American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees) and have made the song available
to be played at solidarity rallies across the country. They’re
also releasing a limited edition t-shirt, with proceeds going
to the Workers’ Rights Emergency Response Fund. Their new album,Going
Out In Style, which includes “Take ‘Em Down,” is officially released
tomorrow on their own Born & Bred Records.
Feb 27. A great big Gonadian thank you to everyone who made
it down to the 12 Bar last night. What a blast! Our livers are
telling us we had a great night but our heads have yet to be found.
Special thanks are due to Bev Elliott, Barnet and Ruby for ‘sorting’
the party, to Tommy and Chucks for driving there (and back) from
North Wales, to Dave Maverick for running the merch stall, and
FB for ferrying the books, CDs and t-shirts from Hampshire and
Kent. Kiria turned up on a crutch due to a leg injury sustained
while photographing Tony Feedback in his Sharron Slutt persona
just a couple of days before. The exact details are hard to recall
but they definitely involved a ladder, a fall, and Tony in drag
with his bits out. (Tone didn’t make the bash, citing a “domestic
crisis”, and frankly is it any wonder?) The merry throng who did
make it included Hoxton Tom, Rhoda Dakar, John King, Max Splodge,
Wattsie Watts, Watford Jon, Justin McConville, Tottenham Sean,
Mark Wyeth, Scoops, Mod legend Paul Hallam (the Stalin of Style),
Chelsea Dom, Geordie Ray, Glen Halffman, Gaz and Lee, Dons enthusiasts
Allyson and Larrissa, old rocker Chris Price, the Beast – making
a rare gig appearance - and of course the Charlton Boys. There
were new faces too, like glamorous actress/rock singer Colleen
Murray, skinhead author Bobby Smith, chick-lit author (honest)
Lotte Daley and the owners of high-class Bournemouth lap-dancing
establishment, Peaches, about which more in a week or so, after
some intensive research... In a bar packed with personalities,
and even raspberried-up, Kiria managed to be the bi-sexual bunga-bunga
belle of the 12 Bar ball, hobbling about with a dildo on her crutch,
lusting after mighty Mick Maverick and talking innocent young
maidens into showing her their private areas (“Oh you’ve had it
waxed have you? Let’s see. Oh mine’s not like that, look here.
You want to be a model you say? I can help. Show us your tits”
etc) It wasn’t like this down at the Charlton Conservative Club!
Still, it was great to see old pals again. Bands represented
ranged from the Heavy Metal Kids to the Bodysnatchers via Argy-Bargy,
Superyob, Angry Agenda, Symarip, and the East End Badoes. Apologies
for absence came from Steve Whale (working), Spizz and Garrie
Lammin (gigging), Stinky Turner (shagging), Vinnie Riordan (in
Liverpool), Charlton Tel and Big Jim (still rampaging around Nottingham
after Friday’s match), Francine Lewis (babysitter chaos), Batttttty
(couldn't be arsed), and Jenny Torrid (‘sorry, needed to get serviced’
- this apparently involved a garage mechanic but we’re not sure
in what capacity). The afternoon didn’t go entirely without hitch,
however. It kicked off with the recording of a Gonads special
edition of Gal’s Rancid Sounds podcast where apparently technical
gremlins played havoc with the early spoken links. We’re not sure
whether to blame South Coast Steve, who was operating the desk,
or the Total Rock lawyers who may have considered a couple of
the off-colour remarks the wrong side of England’s libel laws.
Then Fat Col failed to show up for his rumble with the Franken-Skin,
going by mistake (he claims) to the Frankstein play at the National
Theatre where he reckons he “offered out” Danny Boyle instead.
And finally FSA officials intervened minutes before the launch
party to ban our ‘Ring of Fire’ Johnny Cash curry on spurious
medical/hygiene grounds. At the do itself, John King got into
an argument with Rhoda (surely not! - Ed) about the English Defence
League. Oh and Wattsie unveiled her new toy-boy, Michael from
Leeds, who we note has already been talked into wearing black
nail varnish (watch out, that’s how Sharron Slutt started mate).
The reading from Bushell On The Rampage went well, but both Bev
Elliott and John King said there should have been more of it.
Much of the rest of the evening is a bit hazy. We seem to recall
a few ex-servicemen talking us into various projects on behalf
of forces charity BLESMA, the details of which are lost in the
ether. As to the gig itself, the set-list was pretty much as we
predicted but minus ‘Valhallaballoo’. Mark Wyeth’s review was
‘A top night all round last night. Long may the Gonads continue
to rock and swing’. Chris Weeks said: ‘Bloody great night... We,
the Charlton Boys thank you for a great performance, special Oi
to Frankenskin – who was that Masked Man, and where was Tonto?’.
Even Big Badoe Dom squeezed out something like moderate praise,
emailing to say: ‘To be honest, I'm not a massive fan of the Gonads,
however the new band has raised the bar and it was very good gig.
Next time I catch up with you I'll buy a copy of the CD and Bushell
On The Rampage.’ Thanks mate... we think... If we’ve forgotten
anything or anyone, sorry, but we’re a little under the weather.
Gal blames the cockles. Suffice to say it was a proper occasion.
Roll on the next gig... which as it happens is on Thursday at
the 100 Club with glam rock legends the Heavy Metal Kids, plus
Max Splodge as compere and the 335. Tickets are a cockle from
Before the 12 Bar show, Gal was approached by rockabillies requesting
that Andy ‘Scoops’ No-Surname-No-Tax-Bill be brought back into
the band; but after watching Mighty Mick in action even Scoops
admitted “You can’t half play that bass, mate.” Andy’s hidden
agenda was soon revealed though – he was planning to confront
the Beast over the £30 he owed him from a Nads gig here in 2009,
but the crafty/miserly assistant manager scarpered long before
he had to part with any cash.
PS. We should point out that John and Rhoda enjoyed a friendly
discussion, rather than an actual argument. Rhoda took the standard
left-liberal view that the EDL are in some unexplained way 'fascist'
while JK argued that a) they're not and that b) England has never
been fascist nation - unlike most mainland European countries.
As Gal said in The World According To, England was the rock which
helped break continental fascism. Many thinking people reject
the knee-jerk SWP view of the EDL. Patrick Hayes (no relation)
recently wrote an article for the Marxist Spiked-online called
'The EDL: a wet dream for purposeless lefties' which argues that
the League is a handy target for campaigners in search of a cause.
Hayes writes: 'Are we witnessing the rise of twenty-first-century
blackshirts? In a word, no. The EDL is not fascist; it doesn't
subscribe to a fascist ideology'; he also points out that the
EDL's rise is a by-product of English working class becoming marginalised;
he lays the blame on the Labour Party which is increasingly dislocated
from blue collar communities, concerns and opinions. It's all
Feb 26. Morning all and welcome to launch party day. If you’re
coming to the do, it will be located at the back of the 12 Bar;
entrance to the party is by guest-list only. Try and be there
for 5.30pm prompt. The album play-back will probably begin at
5.45pm, and will be followed by a short reading from Bushell On
The Rampage. Free cockles and pork scratchings will be available,
as will samples of the Gonads curry. There is complimentary wine
(while stocks last) and there will be special offers on the merch
stall. Doors open for the gig at 8pm and we’ll be on at about
10pm. The theme of the night is Johnny Cash. Other bands playing
include punk rock ’n’ rollers Viva Las Vegas and the Cash Band.
It’s a bargain basement £6 a ticket. The after-party will be at
the our favourite pub, the Halfway Inn. Like the barmaid’s legs,
they never close. (Love ya, Annie). Tune back tomorrow for a report
on the bash... and the bashing the Franken-Skin is likely to inflict
on Fat Col...Meanwhile, best wishes to one of our pals who can’t
be with is: Gary ‘ICF’ Thompson who is currently languishing in
the QE at Woolwich. Fingers crossed for you, mate.
Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys is opening a boozer. The
Whiskey Republic will be rock n roll sports bar. It’ll have 20
hi-def tellies, a stage for live music, a full-kitchen service
and, surprisingly, an Irish theme. It opens with a private Murphys
show on Monday 14th March. (The lads’ actual St Patrick’s Day
gig at the House of Blues Boston has already sold out). You can
find Ken’s rubadub at 515 South Water St. on the Providence waterfront.
Just follow the leprechauns... BTW, up for an Oscar on Sunday
is Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s documentary Restrepo,
which chronicles the deployment of a US platoon in Afghanistan’s
Korengal Valley and features the great Murphys’ track ‘Barroom
Hero’. The band’s new album ‘Going Out In Style’ is out now on
Born & Bred Records.
We hear that the London Stuff The Royal Wedding fest has been
scrapped as the promoters can’t find a big enough headlining band.
Hahaha. Call yerselves rebels?
Feb 25. It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s ALIVE! The Franken-Skin
is now on Facebook
- befriend him or be afraid; be very afraid...
Here are the songs we rehearsed at the weekend – a good indication
of the set for tomorrow and the 100 Club: Punk Rock Till I Die,
Yeti, Alconaut, Oi Mate, Gob, Grant Mitchell, The Growler, Pink
Tent, British Steel, Franken-Skin, UK Sub, Hey You, Valhallaballoo,
Tucker’s Ruckers, That’s Oi...
Good news from Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys’ live shows: they’re
still doing ‘Bar-room Hero’ and ‘Boys On The Docks’ in the set.
Meanwhile in the Boston Arms, Tufnell Park, you can see the Business,
the Warriors and Booze n Glory on March 11...
Feb 24: Good news for Saturday. Samples of the Gonads curry
will be available in what FB refers to as a “nuke and blast” form
at the album launch party. He claims that the recipe, picked up
from the wholesalers today, is “tasty but lethal.” (However please
note that the only other person who has sampled it said that it
“should be locked up in a high-security lab, along with the smallpox
virus” before slipping into a coma. Mmmm. Delicious.) Talking
rubies, Tuesday’s grand meeting of the Punk Rock Curry Club in
Southall, Middlesex, was voted an absolute triumph by all who
attended. Our firm of hungry herberts included such lusty luminaries
as Buster Bloodvessel, Manic Esso, John King, Mark ‘Symarip’ Wyeth,
Steve Whale, Ricci ‘Rise of the Footsoldier’ Harnett and a few
members of veteran Slough punk band Open Sore (of Farewell To
The Roxy fame). Members assembled in the Grand Junction Arms before
moving on Gifto’s Lahore Karahi in the Broadway where the food
frankly pissed all over the rather shoddy offering Gal and Steve
inflicted on the band of brothers at the last Kent meet. A shamed
Steve Whale confessed: “We South Londoners will have to raise
our game if we want to entice the Club back to the right side
of the river.” To date, the fun-loving league of gormets has convened
in Clapham, Wapping, Lee, Sidcup and Southall. But Steve says:
“As far as food is concerned, it’s got to be Gifto’s.” Grub aside,
the high-light of the night were Buster’s Judge Dread stories
which surely deserve a book of their own.
Watford Jon texts to make sure he is “on the guest-list for tomorrow”.
Do we say yes, or do we let the great man know that the party
and the gig are on Saturday not Friday? Tough call. We’ll think
Don’t forget we play the 100 Club with the Heavy Metal Kids a
week today! Tickets available here.
The Bouncing Souls have been added to the Blackpool Rebellion
bill – and we’ve got Steve Whale to thank for that. The Meteors
will play on the Friday too, along with the wonderful Segismundo
Toxicomano who are either a shit-hot punk band from the Basque
country or menu item number 37 at Taco Bell.
STOP PRESS: RIP Phil Vane of Extreme Noise Terror. The grindcore
outfit from Ipswich were one of John Peel’s favourites. Our condolences
to his friends and family.
Feb 23. Morning all! Here’s a live event rahnd up. 1) The Cockney
Rejects UK tour kicks off on April 7th, at a venue as yet to be
confirmed. But the rest of the dates are April 8th Darlington
Inside Out Club, 9th Gloucester Guildhall (an all-dayer with Drongos
for Europe, Foreign Legion, Who Shot Who, Guitar Gangsters and
more); 10th Reading Sub89, 14th Newcastle Academy; 15th Bradford
Rios; 16th Derby Redemption; 17th Bristol Academy.
2) Hooligan rock ’n’ rollers Control play the Attic Club, Bristol
on Friday with Ramonas, Foreign Legion and Graveyard Johnnys.
3) A knock-out night for boxing fans. Tim Witherspoon, Colin
McMillan, Ritchie Woodhall and Glen Catley (all ex world champs)
are speaking at a charity evening organised by the Islington Boxing
Club at the Emirates Stadium on Friday 1st April 2011. Dinner,
7.30pm for 8pm in the Royal Oak Suite. Plus DJ, memorabilia auctions,
a late bar and in all probability Gooners by the bus-load. Tickets
£80 (including three course meal) or £30 for balcony standing,
bring your own crisps. All profits go to the Islington Boxing
Club. Fat Col reckons he took part in a charity bout last night
as part of his training for Saturday. Quoth the oaf: “I took on
Hank Marvin and punched his lights out. I fucking love Shadow
boxing.” He goes on: “I love watching women's heavyweight boxing,
me. It's hilarious to see them choke back tears when the announcer
tells everyone their weight.” Yeah, like you’d have a chance against
our mate Jane Couch...
Feb 22. The Punk Rock Curry Club meets in Southall, Middlesex,
tonight with Buster Bloodvessel in the chair. Some kind of report
Response to our new album ‘Greater Hits Volume One’ has been
blinding. Step-1’s site describes it as ‘the finest album the
Gonads have ever released’ and adds that it contains ‘sixteen
entertaining pearls’ (enough for a necklace, remarks a passing
Fit Bird – saucy!) While this review by punk writer Georgette
C has been sent in by our old skin pal, California Chris. Thanks
both: ‘The Gonads were the 1970s punk brats nobody expected to
ever grow up, so this latest album comes as a complete surprise.
The veteran UK band may have toyed with pop and Ska on albums
such as ‘Old Boots No Panties’ but ‘Greater Hits Volume One: Plums’
effectively reboots them as a no-punches-pulled punk band with
a power to rival GBH or The Casualties.’ We’re trying to get the
rest of the piece – if only to make sure that there is no ‘but’.
There’s a documentary being made about rocksteady and Ska scenes
in New York. Brooklyn Rocksteady: The Roots, The Scene & The Culture
will feature interviews with such notable as the Toasters, the
Slackers and the Pietasters. Expect an Autumn release.
AC/DC are bringing out a live album plus DVD this Spring, using
footage from their December 2009 live shows at the River Plate
Stadium in Buenos Aires.
STOP PRESS: Saturday’s album launch bash has now been officially
designated a Gaddafi Leaving Party.
Feb 21. A blinding band rehearsal in Rainham, Essex, yesterday
was sabotaged only by the non-appearance of local comedy legend
Mickey Pugh. Mick had promised to come along with a crate of beer
to sustain us thirsty musicians. It seems our mistake was to have
the rehearsal at 2pm, by which late hour the crate – purchased
with the best possible intentions - had unfortunately ‘evaporated’.
Interested but sober spectators included the Beast, FB and the
ever-reliable Allyson Maverick. Musically, it was gung-ho, spot-on,
and proper. And next Saturday’s gig is now set to feature such
ancient gems as ‘Yeti’ and ‘Pink Tent’ as well as the usual tsunami
of sonic mayhem. Afterwards, the band and pals partied on in a
deluxe, up-market (cough) Wetherspoons; and FB unveiled his visionary
plans for future events including the 2011 Nadsfest, about which,
more soon; probably.
*We’ve had a message from Ben
Dover. Yes, that Ben Dover – the porn star, turned actor, but
still best known as a porn star. Turns out he’s a fan, and although
he can’t make the launch party next Saturday, he will be coming
to the 100 Club gig with the Heavy Metal Kids! No word yet on
the availability of Jenna Jameson or Cathy Barry. Jase points
out that Ben is a look-alike for Tony Perfect aka Sharron Slutt.
There is bound to be some mutual attraction. So is some Dover
on Slutt action on the cards? Or just on the bar, the stage, and
the dressing room floor?
*More bands have been added to the Punk Rock Bowling Bill, including
Killing Joke, Stiff Little Fingers and Leftover Crack (insert
your own Fat Col-style joke here) Tickets available from here.
*Just out on coloured vinyl: The Bouncing Souls’ ‘Hopeless Romantic’
album. Just 500 of these beauties have been pressed by Epitaph.
The album includes their version of ‘Ole’. They’ve also posted
a pre-order for another live vinyl album called ‘The Complete
Control Sessions’ – it’s the first in a series of live 10”s from
Side One Dummy.
Feb 19. The boys are back in town...
Yesterday was a day of historic reunions. First Mick Geggus and
Jeff Turner met up with Vince Riordan for the first time in more
than twenty years. The lads convened at the Army & Navy pub in
Plaistow to film interviews for the Cockney Rejects documentary
East End Babylon, and hit it off like long-lost brothers. Says
Mick: "We hadn't seen each other for two decades, but it was like
we'd never been apart." As beer flowed, there was even wild talk
of Vince jamming with the boys at a future Rejects gig. Gal was
interviewed for the doc, due out this Autumn, earlier in the day
at the Woolwich Ferry (South Side, of course), and was later heard
moaning: "I catch hypothermia being filmed for ninety minutes
by the Thames, bleedin' Riordan gets a nice warm pub, barmaids
and non-stop ale. Ain't it fair?" No, but that’s life; get over
it. On Thursday it was Carlton Leach and Cass Pennant's turn to
subject themselves to a vigorous interrogation from producer Richard
England. The documentary is backed by the makers of the excellent
Oil City Confidential.
Talking of reunions, there was an equally significant Gonads old
boys get-together at Charing Cross yesterday involving Gal and
Steve Kent (who you will know co-wrote such early Nads classics
as 'Tucker's Ruckers' and 'Sandra Bigg Really Big', when he wasn’t
killing time in The Business.) Fit Bird whispers that a Prole
album was discussed but will say nothing more. Mr Kent, now sporting
a fine goatee beard, is working as an electrician. Could he be
tempted back to the Orgasm Guerrillas?
Meanwhile, the Rejects new album, called E16, is nearly finished,
and is said by those who have heard it to be a real back-to-boots
“stripped back” punk rock belter with not a David Essex cover
in sight. It’s also a concept album, the concept being the East
End of London.
STOP PRESS. If you’re in Sarf London tonight, there’s a free
punk gig at the New Cross Inn, which will coincide with Alex from
OIZ II MEN’s 30th birthday. 30? We’d hate to be that ’kin’ old...
Our mate Marco from spaghetti Oi band Klasse Kriminale emails
to tell us that the Last Resort play Laboratorio Crash in Bologna,
Italy, a week today. Klasse Kriminale are supporting. Well no
wonder Roi’s not coming to our album launch! We reckon he’s got
it mixed up with Laboratoire Garnier and is going out for the
hair care samples...
The Oppressed play the Leeds ‘Rage Against Racism’ fest on June
18th, along with Ska band The Heels, Skanky Agenda, Lowlife UK,
the Denholme Velvets and many more. If you’re only slightly miffed
about racism, this angry all-dayer is not for you.
Feb 17. Dale ‘The Beast’ Beeson and his enforcer Fat Col met
up with Gal for a ruby yesterday. The top secret meet was aimed,
according to insiders, at The Beast taking back the Nads’ management
reins full-time. However, without going in to too many details,
a terrible disaster ensued which resulted in both Das Beast and
Col making frequent hectic trips to the Benghazi. Their agonised
moans can still be heard this morning. Reports that a sniggering
FB was spotted leaving the restaurant by the kitchen door with
the remains of the first test batch of the Gonads Phal-Strength
Arse-Blaster curry in a hermetically sealed container cannot yet
The first bands have been announced for the 13th
Annual Punk Rock Bowling Tournament & Music Festival and it’s
a mighty line-up indeed featuring the Dropkick Murphys, the Descendents,
Cock Sparrer, the Bouncing Souls, Manic Hispanic, Me First & The
Gimme Gimmes, The Dwarves and the Undertones. Bloody shame it’s
in Las Vegas really... The tournament takes place in Sam’s Town
Casino, the gig is happening outdoors at Fremont Street and 6th.
Tickets on sale from tomorrow.
The Business have joined the bill at this year’s Nice N Sleazy
festival in Morecambe. Others confirmed include the Boomtown Rats,
Keyside Strike, Geoffrey Oicott, the Prairie Dugz, Clan Bastardo
and loads more. Tickets available at £30 up to 28th Feb, and after
that £35 online or £40 from the box office.
Random stuff: Rhoda Dakar is busy writing material for a new
album... Jenny Torrid has come up with a quick solution to the
Bob Marley London house address mystery – she’s going to ask Rita,
Feb 16. The mighty Middle Finger Salute play the Barfly in Camden
tonight with Dangers Close, Smokey Bastard and Anthony Kluge –
all for a fiver.
Nice to see a Gonads presence at the Brits last night – Fat
Col’s ex Janette was waiting the tables. Oh, and Col went along
to the after-show party at the Savoy, to slash James Corden’s
tyres. The Brits, still the pop industry’s gift to rhyming slang.
What a shower of crap. It’s like punk never happened.
Pete Way calls, while enjoying a breakfast Special Brew in his
local newsagents, to tell us he’s off to Germany on Friday to
play on Michael Schenker’s solo album. Other guest musoes apparently
include Slash and Ronnie Wood. And a more sober bunch you’d be
hard pushed to find, this side of a Shane MacGowan support group...
Talking of Herr Schenker, Phil Mogg caught him once lying on a
hotel bed with a cute girl from the gig on top of him, pumping
away. Phil recalls: “He’s got a cigarette and a pint of beer going,
and he’s listening to that night’s show on a battered old cassette
player. And as she’s screwing him, he’s calling up the tour manager,
John Knowles, to say, ‘John tonight we used too much echo…’!”
Ahhh, UFO. Paul Gray quit the Damned to play bass on a world tour
with them in 83, and they managed one gig in Greece before falling
apart. Happy days.
Could it be true? Vince Riordan said to be meeting up with Mick
and Jeff on Friday to be interviewed for the forthcoming Rejects
documentary... (Wot? No Nigel Woolf?)
Cop an earful of this, a new
vid from Quebec’s Sainte Catherines: ‘D’You Guys Wanna Fuckin’
Party After This? No’.
Feb 15. FB has apparently pulled out of the big street-fight
with Fat Col. The Nads tour manager made the following shock announcement
last night: “It falls to me to make the odd decision now and again
and this is one of those moments; I feel it would be a waste of
my time and resources to allow myself to be drawn into this current
row with Fat Col, especially as I have just taken delivery of
more samples from the many curry companies scrapping it out to
produce the Gonads Curry. I have therefore delegated my battering
of Fat Col to The Franken-Skin, there is no point in having a
half-dead, crazed monster zombie on the books if he is not put
to good use.” He goes on: “Oi, Fat Col, Frankie has a hard 8 inches
waiting for you and it's not the kind you're used too!” However
a spokesman for Fat Col immediately accused FB of being “a bottle-job.”
Effete El (for it was he) said: “FB has shown his true colours.
He can talk a good fight but when push came to shove, we pushed
and he shoved off. As Fat Col’s trainer, I know our boy could
take FB on the cobbles. And if he’s fielding his sub, then we’re
fielding ours: that geezer in the vest from Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.
Have it!” (Eh? They’re all in vests – Confused Ed). Some are accusing
FB and Col of trying to wrong-foot each other and/or “hype” their
bout (due to happen in Denmark Place on Saturday week) by issuing
a misleading statements. Other more astute observers reckon that
this is shaping up to be the biggest let-down since Hanoi Rocks
failed to turn up for their Covent Garden ‘rumble’ with Twisted
Sister back in the early 80s.
Lars’s new band The Old Firm Casuals have posted a selection
of their brand spanking new music here.
Feb 14. We’ve added a ‘Go
Mad with the Gonads’ page to our website, for gig pictures
and photos of YOU, the Oi Polloi the whole world over. It’s open
to ‘fans, groupies, stalkers, loonies, half-crazed animals and
assorted hangers-on’. If you fall into that category please feel
free to send us your pix c/o email@example.com.
To date there are snaps from Germany, San Francisco, New York,
London, Sweden, LA, Las Vegas, Southampton and Moscow. So come
on down France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico
and all points beyond. The Gonads: we’re strictly global, baby.
*Nice to see our old pal Pauline Black on Reggae Britannia the
other night. Pauline tells us that her autobiography, Black By
Design, will be published in August by Serpent’s Tail. And while
we’re on the subject of reggae, Brit-stylee, thanks to Don Letts
and Rhoda Dakar for narrowing down the London streets where Bob
Marley lived in 76/77 to Harrington Gardens, off Gloucester Road,
SW7, and Oakley Street, off the Kings Road in SW3. We’re getting
* There’s a two-day Help For Heroes benefit being staged in
Harlow, Essex, over the weekend of the 28th and 29th May. Saturday
headliner: the Last Resort, with supports including Black Marias,
Insane Society, Citizen Keyne, the Noxious Toyz and boss DJing
from Tottenham Sean. Sunday headliner The Pharoahs, with the Cobras,
Deviant Amps, Killing Seymour, and many more. Venue: The Golden
Swift in Harberts Road. No word yet on ticket prices.
* Our traditional Valentine’s message to Liberty: Oh Libs, we
really fancy you, like all the other misters. How’s about we get
together for a session with your sisters?
Feb 13. Here’s something new from Jennie Bellestar: the Orange
Street All-Stars, which gives YOU, the Ska-loving punter, the
opportunity to sing with her and her band. Here’s the deal. Jennie
and Martin Stewart from Bad Manners have put together a group
of top-notch musicians. When they play, anyone from the audience
can get up and sing the bluebeat or reggae number of their choice
with them. You can be a Ska star...for one song at least. And
Jen will have your performance filmed and posted on YouTube, immortalising
your moment of glory for all eternity. The first Orange Street
session will be at Bar Solo in Camden on March 5th from 8pm –
late, and the whole night will have a relaxed, speak-easy vibe.
It’s a cracking idea.
Re-release of the week: the Cro-Mags’ 1986 NYHC classic, ‘The
Age Of Quarrel’ is out now on coloured vinyl, with a gatefold
sleeve, and three bonus tracks from ’84: ‘Hard Times, ‘You'd Be
The Death Of Me’ and ‘When Push Comes To Shove’. It’s on the Mightier
Than Sword label.
Feb 12. Viva Las Vegas played the Charlton Conservative Club
last night, which was surreal enough in itself. But local herberts
added to the occasion by staging a welcoming knife-fight outside
with machetes and Ninja blades. “They were twelve,” said a shocked
Barnet Mark. But hey, that’s Charlton for you... Gal, Chelsea
Dom, Mickey Fitz, and Millwall Chris were among the throng who
turned out for the show, which ended with four encores, one of
which was requested. By Barnet. The band played the upstairs back
bar of the Cons, once the Friday night home of hardcore bingo.
Nostalgia addicts may remember that Garry Johnson was banned from
the club in the eighties for scrawling ‘Tony Benn Rules’ on the
dartboard... and Frankie Flame once delighted the old dears here
with a medley of Cockney songs, after a day at the Derby. The
social secretary immediately booked Frank back to do more of the
same, but instead he returned with synthesisers and performed
‘Oi The Robot’. He wasn’t booked again.
Congrats to rockabilly rebel Barnet who gets married this summer.
Rumours that his lovely German girlfriend only said yes because
she thought he was Michael Barrymore are unnecessary and uncalled
Gal is on a quest to get a Bob Marley plaque erected to mark
the 30th anniversary of the great man’s death in May this year,
but he needs your help. We know that Bob lived in the Notting
Hill/Chelsea while he was exiled here in 1976 but if anyone knows
exactly where, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can get it sorted.
*Advance notice: Miss Alternative
2011 comes to London’s Scala nightclub on 14th May. The contest
is open to any female UK resident over 18 who can confidently
say she has the look, lifestyle and attitude to represent Britain’s
alternative scene. (So it’s Sharron Slutt’s big chance.) Twenty-four
finalists will be judged by a panel of alt. celebrities, including
Steve Severin, Masuimi Max, and Grog. There will be ‘twisted cabaret’,
and performances from The McCarricks, Lydia Darling, Sophia Landi,
Transmutant and British Heart. The winner will cop magazine cover
and calendar photo shoots, VIP club entry for one year and a custom
couture outfit - all courtesy of the event sponsors who include
the nicely named Handjobs Media. (Wasn’t that Heavy Metal Heather’s
Following news that Lars has launched a new Oi band called the
Old Firm Casuals, could there be any truth in the whispers that
Terence Hayes, Frankie Flame and Charlie Harper are forming a
super-group called the Old & Infirm?
Random news: Punk rock sex goddess Kiria will be whipping
out her new single ‘Let Me In’ on March 28th. Mickey Fitz is writing
his autobiography. And The Aggrolites release their new album,
Rugged Road, on Feb 22.
Feb 11. Good morning people! Get some Oi into your life. Here’s
No Doubt’s cover of ‘Oi
To The World’.
Feb 10. An extremely limited number of the Gonads Greater Hits
album on vinyl are now under lock and key at Nads HQ. We have
just FOUR of these rare collectors’ items available to buy (five
if we don’t give the Beast one). So get in quick if you want to
own a slice of punk rock history... Meanwhile, preparations for
the great pre-launch party street ruck continue apace. It’d be
easier to campaign for the rights of bankers to get huge bonuses
than to get a ring-side seat for this monumental punch-up. As
we speak FB is in training. And Fat Col is in hiding...
Rangers fan Lars Frederiksen has a new side project – The Old
Firm Casuals, a self-styled American Oi! band, with Lars on guitar
and vocals, Casey Watson on bass and vocals and Paul Rivas on
drums and vocals. The California based combo have been in the
studio recording their debut single which will come out on vinyl
on the Oi! The Boat label. Not to be out-done, the East End Badoes
tell us that they have seven brand new songs. They may even get
around to recording one or two of them this decade.
Stop press: registration for this year’s Punk Rock Bowling Convention
is now open.
Feb 9. Our Gooner mates the Riders Of The Night, who soaked Bruce
Foxton in beer recently, play Wembley on the afternoon of Feb
27th. It’s not quite Wembley Stadium - more a 1,200 sell-out at
The Silver Spoon Club opposite, before the Mickey Mouse Cup Final.
But Monkey tells us, “We're hoping we actually get to play this
time although there has been rumours that Foxton will show up
with a team of parka-clad scooterists armed with cartons of Rubicon
Guava juice and try and put the mockers on it.”
An hysterical German website continues to smear perfectly innocent
bands. Normally we’d ignore the tedious creeps, but good groups
are now having their albums dropped from shops over there because
of their policy of publishing unproven lies, scurrilous gossip
and ludicrous libels without ever checking the facts or offering
the people they run down the right of reply. We hear from reliable
sources that some of the self-righteous twerps behind the website
a) rip off bands by trading in bootlegs and b) carry pictures
of Joe Stalin and hammers and sickles on their other sites. They
seem particularly keen to target business rivals – other labels
(even leftwing ones), and festivals that they don’t run. Draw
your own conclusions. The Gonads are not a political band and
we never will be. But we reject the suggestion that if you don’t
accept a far-left agenda you must be far-right. Our message to
Nazis, Communists and boring intolerant arseholes of all descriptions
is a simple one: FUCK OFF YOU JOYLESS CRETINS. And we cleaned
Feb 8. Advance tickets are now on sale for the March 3rd mega-gig
at the 100 Club featuring the Heavy Metal Kids, us and The 335.
They’re £10 each – and you can get them direct from Nads HQ. Email
us here for details.
FB is back! And he’s already offered Fat Col out! Our beefy
tour manager hasn’t been AWOL at all, he’s just been off on another
undercover job for Waistrel. This time it was a hush-hush fact-finding
mission to the Pitampura region of North Delhi. Yet even there
he heard about Col’s stirring. “An Indian mystic told me of rumblings
in the southern region of England,” FB tells us. “I replied that
they were nothing like the rumblings in my own Southern regions.”
Due to unfortunate ruby-related ‘bowel issues’, the great man
missed his flight home. But after an improvised colonoscopy and
two emergency rectal prolapse procedures, he has finally returned
to confront and quash the rebels. He got stuck straight in to
Fat Col, correctly identifying him as “a clapped-out moaner who
couldn’t even be arsed to attend the Garage gig.” FB went on:
“Who the fuck does he think he is, anyway? At least I earned the
right to be fat.” Well he did drive us 400 miles in his works
van once, but what has Col done for us lately? FB has now challenged
the gobby upstart to “face and fight the Franken-Skin on the afternoon
of the launch party” in a WC2 back-alley. Over to you, Col...
*BTW, you might experience the results of FB’s secret mission
at the launch party where we hope to be serving an extra-strong
‘Johnny Cash curry’, so-called because it “it burns, burns, burns,
the ring of fire.”
*Talking of problems in the, ahem, back-door department, Mitch
from the Black Marias says he will be on C4’s Embarrassing Bodies
show soon because he’s developed “a vineyard up the ’Aris.” (A
problem leading medical experts refer to as the Farmer Giles or
the Patsy Palmers). Mitch realised it was serious when he went
to the doctor’s and the reception asked him why he was sitting
on a bean bag. “What bean bag?” Mitch replied.
FEB 7. Reggae Britannia was a triumph, with bravura performances
especially from Ken Boothe, Dennis Alcapone & Winston Reedy, Janet
Kaye, Pauline Black, Carol Thompson and of course the great Neville
Staple. (Not sure what happened with ‘Monkey Spanner’ though).
The London International Ska Festival is going to be a blinder.
In a related story, King Hammond’s new e.p. 'Mr DJ' has nearly
sold out already. But that’s what happens when your limited edition
is limited to a 200 pressing. You can get one from here
if you’re quick.
Feb 6. Stop Press. RIP guitar legend Gary Moore who died in his
sleep this morning aged 58. Our Gal, who knew Gary from Lizzy
and went to Japan with him, said: “He was a magnificent blues
guitarist and an all-round nice guy. Healthy too. He’ll be much
missed.” Their 1984 Japanese jaunt, involving bath houses, screaming
girl fans, Jimmy Nail, the bullet train and Mr Udo, will feature
in Bushell On The Rampage II.
Feb 6. We note that the Dropkick Murphys have got their new
album up for pre-order on their website for thirty bucks – nearly
£19! Strap up! For this you get the CD, a t-shirt and a five dollar
voucher to spend in the Murphys store. Hmm. With his eye on a
pound note, Fat Col will shortly be offering this exclusive deal:
£20 for a Gonads deluxe package: a signed copy of the album, a
Nads t-shirt, an enamel Charlton Boys badge and a bag of pork
One for our readers in LA - Roger Miret & the Disasters will
be appearing at the new Durty Mick record store in Long Beach
next Friday. The lads will be in the shop – located at 403 E.
3rd Street - from 5pm to 6pm.
It’s surely no coincidence that the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
will launch their new Women Who Rock exhibit on Gal’s birthday,
May 13th. Says a straight-faced Beast: “No-one has done more for
fallen women than Mr. Gonad.” The exhibit will highlight the likes
of Siouxsie Sioux, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52s,
Deborah Harry, Tina Weymouth, and Marianne Faithful. What? No
Beki Bondage? No Jennie Bellestar? No Heavy Metal Heather?
Record news: the Refused have re-released their second album,
‘Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent’ – a mighty hardcore belter.
While the Warriors (the LA band, not our one) have just released
‘See How You Are’ which mixes hardcore with crossover thrash and
is guaranteed to burst a few ear-drums.
The London Diehards are back. They tell us they haven’t
split up, and will release their hard-hitting second album around
about April time.
Feb 5. Talk of Case reforming brings memories of their brief
but exciting existence flooding back. Chelsea Dom recalls the
night that they were banned from the Marquee for having the temerity
to play an encore. Then there was their gig with the Adicts at
the 100 Club, and the Rainbow show, and the time they supported
the not-then-disgraced Gary Glitter at Hammy Palais...great band,
great songs (described by Gal at the time as being “fresher than
Max Miller eating mints in a mountain stream.”) Yeah, a Case reunion
would be a good thing. Let’s hope they get it together.
No Gonads management turned up Fat Col’s revolutionary summit
last night. The rotund rebel leader accused them of “hanging on
like Marubak” and issued the ultimatum: get us gigs or get lost.
“There is no room in this organisation
for hangers-on and time wasters,” said a Nads band member who
On the subject of band nicknames, is there any
truth in the rumour that the Badoes are now known simply as the
Dohs in honour of Tel’s incredible mental similarity to Homer
Our pal Robert specialises in superb quality enamel badges, including
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His next badge projects will be The Cockney Rejects with crossed
hammers and The Gonads: Charlton Boys with a Valiants’ sword.
Club Ska has a new home, at the 100 Club. The first show will
be on Saturday 18th June with the mighty Symarip headlining.
We owe Roddy Moreno a huge apology. After last year’s Rebellion
we published complaints from punters who had been threatened for
wearing innocent England tops or badges at the fest. We were told
that throat-slitting gestures were made by some of the Oppressed’s
entourage and we thundered: “Anti-English racism is no more acceptable
than any other form of bigotry. Sort it out, Roddy mate.” What
we didn’t do was contact Roddy for his side of the story. The
Welsh wonder dismisses the accusations as “bollocks”, adding “My
so-called entourage" consisted of the band, five mates and three
girls. I can tell you that none of my people made any such gestures.
I thought that by now you would know that I wouldn't have fuck
all to do with anti-English racism especially as I've joined Mensi
on stage for 'England' in the past.” There is no doubt that some
over-zealous antifa activists at Rebellion were menacing people
in the audience, and they may well have been fans of the Oppressed,
but our informants were mistaken when they linked them directly
to the band and we were wrong not to have run it past Roddy before
steaming in. We are happy to set the record straight. Nuff said.
Feb 4. We’re expecting to take delivery of a limited number of
the Gonads Greater Hits on vinyl soon. Please watch the shop
page for details. In the meantime, here is a brand new interview
with Gal which will appear shortly in a Czech fanzine:
Congratulations on the new album, you must be pleased with
it. Thank you. Yes, I am. It’s the best thing we’ve ever done.
This is pretty much the cream of 34 years of Gonads song-writing.
Some of these ditties haven’t been available to buy for fifteen
years, and the new recordings are so much better. It’s how we
should have sounded back in the day – and would have if we’d drunk
less. It’s also a terrific showcase for the new line-up. Nacho
is an awesome guitarist, Mick’s bass drives along like Top Gear,
but without upsetting any Mexicans, and South Coast Steve is an
absolute revelation. He not only has the timing of a Swiss watch,
he’s a showman too. These guys live to perform. I am definitely
the weakest link in the band now, which is how it should be.
Is there anything about the new album that you would change?
Yeah, that singer wants shooting. Seriously, absolutely not.
When should we expect Greater Hits Volume Two? And will your
version of ‘Delilah’ be on it? Ha-ha. Someone else asked me that
today. I hadn’t planned it, but it might be a laugh. I can’t tell
you when it will be out, probably next year. But we will definitely
include a revamped and improved ‘Sandra Bigg (Really Big)’, ‘Yeti’,
‘The Joys Of Oi’, ‘Charlton Warrior’, ‘Lager Top Blues’, ‘Stop
That Drumming’, ‘Fire Down Under’ and ‘Harry May’s Revenge’.
I read that you plan to do a new studio album. Will you be
changing your musical direction? We will probably do the new album
before we record the second Greater Hits volume. We have some
blinding songs ready already – ‘Die Heroes’, ‘Beer Can’, ‘Devil
Skin’, ‘England In Our Blood’, which are all as hot and strong
as a Gonads curry. As to musical direction, an industry guy recently
advised us to write songs aimed at what 20-somethings are in to
now. That is not going to happen. We aren’t going to try to be
Arcade Fire or Glasvegas any more than we’d ever try to sound
like Lady GaGa or Acker Bilk, or Five Finger Death Punch for that
matter. The Gonads are a punk rock ’n’ roll band and that is what
we will always be. The only difference you will hear in future
will be in the musicianship and the live sound. It’ll be a proper
punch up the trousers.
Who do you want to appeal to? Are you a skinhead band or
a punk band? We don’t discriminate. We are for anyone and everyone.
We have played to punks, skins, bikers, rockers, football hooligans,
Mods, scooter boys, Rastafarians, nudists, Page 3 girls... We’re
not one of those bands who say you have to like our football team,
or you have to dress a certain way. We’d play for the troops.
We’d play for prisoners, for lap-dancers, for Egyptian protestors.
We’d even play to students. But I’d draw the line at playing for
What about the Garry Bushell solo album? This will be closer
to be the Ska end of what the Gonads have done in the past, with
good hooks and funny lyrics, but much madder. Much, much madder.
It’s going to be more off the wall than a ten year old squash
ball. It will have a brass section too. And I will get someone
in to guard against possible sexism in the lyrics, probably Andy
Gray or Berlusconi.
Will you play the Czech Republic soon? Hopefully, we’ve been
asked to play a festival this summer, which we’re in talks about.
We’re always happy to play anywhere there is an audience that
wants to see us. We’ve recently been asked to play Australia,
New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico and the USA but it’s not easy to cover
the cost of the flights. Moscow is a distinct possibility. We
will be back in Germany this year. I’d like to play mainland China
– we have mates in Hong Kong who are working on it. Anyone who
wants us should email email@example.com
and we’ll talk.
Feb 3. Although response to our new album has been overwhelmingly
positive, this blog has sparked some strange sniping. One infamous
Oi Oi personality sent us the following charming if barely rational
message: ‘Stop calling yourselves the Nads. You sound as pretentious
as Superyob. You are not the Stones or Quo. It’s becoming ridiculous,
so stop it.’ Yes, about as ridiculous as say the Rejects, the
League, Splodge, the Badoes or a hundred other bands with a nickname.
As the Beast observed: “This is a reaction fuelled by jealousy.
They can’t criticise Greater Hits because it’s better than everything
else out at the moment, and certainly much better than the new
UK Subs album, so they come up with this petty nitpicking. Poor
*Sadly there has been a mix-up on the dedications on the new
album sleeve. Due to a breakdown in communications between here
and the Black Forest, South Coast Steve’s dedications have not
been reproduced in full. These should read: ‘South Coast Steve
gives thanks to the delectable Josephine for defining the moment.
Not forgetting "faces of Sarah", Nick, Janos, Ant + Gaz + all
my friends at Kodokai karate club Watford and Nacho Jase for letting
me mash up his garage, and last but not least Gal the bard of
sarf London, mad maverick Mick and Mr FB.’ (Wot? No Beast?) These
will be added properly to the sleeve on the next pressing.
* Exciting news, whisper it... Case may reform! Yeah, Rob and
Martin have put together a retro comp, but Rob has been recording
new Case material too with Symarip’s magnificent Mark Wyeth on
bass. If the lads can tempt singer Matthew out of retirement there
will be a brand new album and tour dates too. What else is he
doing anyway, smiling his life away?
*Agnostic Front release a 7inch single next month, featuring
two nifty numbers from their forthcoming new album, My Life My
Way: A-side ‘That’s Life’ and ‘Us Against The World’. Only 2,000
copies will be pressed worldwide, of which 1,000 copies will have
silk-screened B-sides, and the other 1,000 copies will have hand-etched
*There is now a
facebook page for Oi The Book where you can leave your thoughts,
suggestions, anecdotes, and (inevitably) insults. Fat Col adds:
“And available skin-birds should leave their phone numbers.” Cretin.
Feb 1st. It’s here! Our blinding new album The Gonads’ ‘Greater
Hits Volume One: Plums’ arrived at Nads HQ this morning. Which
means you can order your copy on CD ... NOW! – three weeks before
the official launch party! The sixteen track album has been variously
described as “awesome, pure punk” – Steve Whale; “the best thing
the Gonads have ever recorded” – Terence Hayes, WM; and “better
than the last Rancid album,” – Clyde Ward. Stinky Turner reckons
that “the Gonads have now moved into the Premiership, you are
a different band in a different league.” FB tells us “I can’t
stop playing it.” While Garry Johnson says: “Finally an album
that fulfils the Gonads’ promise; you’re taking yourselves seriously
at last and it shows.” He adds: “This record is cockier than Cock
Sparrer, rosier than Rose Tattoo and harder than the rest.” Thank
you! Let’s hope it’s not more rejected than the Rejects too. Here’s
the track listing: ‘Punk Rock Till I Die’, ‘Alconaut’, ‘Tucker’s
Ruckers Ain’t No Suckers’, ‘Gob’, ‘Oi Mate’, ‘Jobs Not Jails’,
‘SE7 Dole Day’, ‘Lager Louts’, ‘Franken-Skin’, ‘Grant Mitchell’,
‘Hitler Was An ’Omo’, Tattooed Love Girl’, ‘Hey You’, ‘I Lost
My Love To A UK Sub’, ‘Big Balls’, and ‘British Steel’. All the
recordings are new, improved and oi-oi-oisome! You can buy it
direct from here.
Tickets for the launch night gig on Feb 26 will be an recession-busting
£6, and, the theme of the evening, old chums, will be Johnny Cash...we
can feel a song coming on here: ‘Belmarsh Prison Blues’: ‘Well
I shot a man in Crayford, just to watch him die...’
A character calling himself ‘Pete Dantic’ emails to say that
‘if there were more people on Superyob’s stage than there were
in the audience last Friday, how big was that effin’ stage?’ He
goes on: ‘Or should I ask, how few were in the audience?’ How
mean-spirited. Like a bloke trying to have a serious conversation
with Melinda Messenger, you should ignore the knockers Frank.
There’s always going to be some jerk out to rain on your parade.