June 30. Crimewatch: Randy Blythe, the singer of U.S. death
metal band Lamb of God has been nicked in Prague in connection
to the death of a fan during a concert in 2010. Blythe, 41, was
arrested on Wednesday after being called in for questioning before
a show on Thursday night. The vocalist is accused of causing bodily
harm resulting in the fan dying two years ago in the Czech capitol.
Meanwhile a PA working for U2 bassist Adam Clayton has been found
guilty of stealing £2.2 million from him. Carol Hawkins was found
guilty of embezzlement by a jury at Dublin's Circuit Criminal
Court yesterday after she they unanimously decided she had committed
181 acts of theft from Clayton's bank account over four years.
Carol, 48, has been released on bail until sentencing on July
6, with Judge Patrick McCartan telling the jury: "The evidence
in this case was overwhelming. Nobody could seriously disagree
with the verdict you have given." Clayton had originally employed
Hawkins as a housekeeper and book-keeper and her then husband
as a driver and occasional chef, paying them a joint salary of
£38,725. When the couple separated in 2007, big-hearted Adam continued
to pay her the joint salary. In more bad news, U2 are also working
on a new album.
Here's Paul Hallam auditioning security for the Arkwrights gig
- Darren Hamilton should do the trick... Are we the firm or are
we the firm?
Beast TV continues apace. This week, Gal, Fat Col and Mickey
Pugh were filmed at a private party for a Holler Watch launch
in Abridge, Essex, along with Dave 'Boy' Green, Ron 'Chopper'
Harris, and X Factor rebel Steve Brookstein. What’s it all
about? It's too early to say, but fists have already flown, romance
is in the air like the Nosher’s legs, and the Beast is convinced
he's on to a "reality TV winner". PS. Fat Col asks:
"If you pulled Nicki Minaj and her Mum, would it be a Minaj
Last night's Stone Roses' come-back set-list in full: 'I Wanna
Be Adored', 'Mersey Paradise', 'Sugar Spun Sister', 'Sally Cinnamon',
'Where Angels Play', 'Shoot You Down', 'Bye Bye Badman', 'Ten
Storey Love Song', 'Standing Here', 'Fool's Gold', 'Something's
Burning', 'Waterfall', 'Don't Stop', 'Love Spreads', 'Made Of
Stone', 'This Is The One', 'She Bangs The Drum', 'Elizabeth My
Dear', 'I Am The Resurrection'
Ska News: David Hillyard of The Slackers has reformed The Rocksteady
7 for a new single... The Selecter play the Tolpuddle Marchers
Rally on 15th July... Suggs from Madness will talk about his Scottish
Dad's heroin addiction at a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe. His dad deserted his mum Edith when Suggs was three. He
died of a drug overdose in 1975 aged just 40. At his lowest ebb,
he had injected his eyeballs with paraffin and was sectioned in
an asylum in Tooting Bec. Suggs, real name Graham McPherson, also
reveals that the band were disappointed with what they found on
the roof of Buckingham Palace at the Jubilee Concert. He joked:
"It’s all lead up there and that's no use. The Chinese are after
zinc these days.”
June 28. STOP PRESS: the Arkwrights gig featuring the SkaNads
and the original East End Badoes in August has now completely
sold out. Tottenham Sean and Paul Hallam will be DJing. Mickey
Pugh is compere. The first round is on Eddie Piller.
*OUR mates Status Quo are making an action film called Bula Quo!
The movie tagline is: ‘It started with guitars... and ended with
guns!’ (Which sounds a lot like our last US tour – seriously!).
Apparently filming is running about as smooth as Patti Smith’s
legs due to the copious amounts of the old River Ooze that have
been flowing. Which also sounds like our last US tour... Also
no promises, but Curry On Up The Gonads is now in pre-production
(i.e. we’ve got everything we need to make it except the investment...which
was carelessly left in a NatWest bank)
Quick Cockney Rejects update. ‘East End Babylon’ should be on
cinema release in October, at the same time as the band’s UK tour
and their new album. The lads have also announced the first ever
“Cockney Rejects Convention” which will be held at BH2 in Canning
Town on Sept 8th. Jeff says the night will be a “right royal knees-up”
(In the groin? – Ed) with special guest band Southside Rebellion
who Mick and Jeff are promising to jump up with. They’ll be supported
by local band East End Promises. Tickets cost £6 and are limited
due to the venue size, so dive in fast if you fancy it. Jeff promises
it’ll be “a special night” and “a coming together of fans and
friends.” Rumours that there will be a second night reserved for
Jeff’s ex’s are untrue and unworthy of repetition. The Rejects’
UK tour kicks off at Manchester Club Arena on Oct 5th followed
by London 100 Club 6/10, Leicester Academy 2 7/10, Brighton Concorde
2 9/10, Norwich Waterfront 10/10, Oxford Academy 2 11/10, Sheffield
Academy 2 12/10, AFC Wimbledon 1/12, Glasgow Barrowlands 2/12
(with Rancid), Liverpool 02 Academy (with Rancid) 3/12. For full
dates, including USA, Belgium and Norway go here.
Great Aussie ruck’n’roll band Rust play the 12 Bar on July 31,
with Monkish, Maximum RnR + The Derita Sisters – all for a Jacks
on the door.
A person (or persons) unknown, with hand-writing remarkably
like The Bitch’s, has submitted this “horror shot” of Chelsea
Dom, claiming the former Badoes bassist and our own guest reviewer
has “more chins than a Chinese phone book” and is “turning into
Desperate Dan – or should I say Desperate Dom.” But we can report
that Dom is far from desperate having struck up an amorous relationship
with vocalist Mandy Shaw from the Mere Dead Men – the other victim
of that shock water bomb attack in old Berlin. So at least some
good came of that horrific incident. All hail Lee Wilson: prankster
turned matchmaker. Allegedly.
The Oi Organising Committee has condemned "without reservation"
the use of Blood & Honour as ‘security’ at gigs. They issued the
following statement: "Using Nazis as security is never good, but
using them at a Help4Heroes event as happened recently in the
West Country is absolutely outrageous - and insulting to the memory
of the British and Commonwealth servicemen who perished fighting
to stop the Nazi war machine." They go on: "People have very short
memories. The Nazis' only contribution to the Oi scene in the
early eighties was to attack it, just as they did the Ruts, Bad
Manners, Sham and many more. They are only sniffing around now
because their own pathetic little scene is dying on its arse.
There can be no "unity" with Nazis any more than there can be
unity with cancer or syphilis. Promoters who use them should be
blacklisted by anyone who cares about our music."
June 25. Sandra Lane writes: We’ve got some proper Gonads news
today folks. The brand new Gonads’ track ‘Glorious’ will now feature
on the next ‘Hooligans Classics’ split e.p. with Iron Cross, Stomper
98 and the Old Firm Casuals. It will be released by Germany’s
mighty Randale Records later this year. The song, written by the
Nads dream team of Gal and Clyde Ward, was finished at the weekend.
An ecstatic Wattsie Watts who heard the studio playback says:
“It’s the best football stadium anthem since ‘Three Lions’.” Meanwhile,
our split e.p. with the Uprisers will now feature ‘Harry May’s
Revenge’ and the blistering ‘We Are The Boys’ and will be released
by Skinflint Records in the USA before Christmas.
June 24. The SkaNads hit the studio today and completed their
“outrageous” four-track debut e.p. The record will consist of
brand new Ska numbers ‘Beer Can’, ‘Threes Up’, ‘It’s Getting Harder’
and ‘Avoid The Vexation Of Women.’ Special guests included Jennie
Bellestar, who was press-ganged into singing ‘It’s Getting Harder’
and Dave Barker of reggae legends Dave & Ansell Collins who contributed
to ‘Avoid The Vexation Of Women.’ The SkaNads studio line-up was
Gal (vocals), McMighty (guitar and vocals), Gentleman John Woodward
(bass), Connor O’Mara (drums) and Wattsie Watts (vocals). Gal
was heard apologising to Jennie for the “filthy” nature of ‘It’s
Getting Harder’ only for traumatised co-producer Pat Collier to
ask: “How about saying sorry to me?” FB, who co-ordinated the
operation with impressive foresight, said: “It was a tremendous
job, everyone was fully prepared and they worked their arses off.
Songs were recorded at a rate of one an hour and the results are
seriously impressive.” He went on: “The SkaNads and the Gonads
are two entirely separate bands and should remain that way.” Plans
are now afoot for a Skanads album and select gigs, about which
more will be heard in September.
Fat Col reports: Blindin’ Giffer punks Long Tall Shorty are
back from their temporary hiatus to play Guilfest next month –
on the same day as Olly Murs and Sinitta! Jimmy Cliff, the Wurzels
and the Buzzcocks are among the other exciting faces livening
up the three-day bill, along with Gary ‘Fuckin’ Numan and a load
of other ****s.
June 23. Sandy Lane writes: In solidarity with Russian feminist
punk group Pussy Riot, currently languishing in a Moscow jail,
Anti-Flag have recorded a “punk prayer” called ‘Virgin Mary, Redeem
Us Of Putin’. The words won’t play that well with the Kremlin,
targeting ‘The Church’s praise of rotten dictators’ and ending
with ‘Virgin Mary, mother of God, put Putin away.’
Talking of punk protest, we should have written up Punk By The
Sea before now. The 4-dayer down at Southsea was scheduled to
take place over the Jubilee weekend earlier this month. When the
promoters cancelled it, in true punk spirit the bands went ahead
and staged the festival anyway. Various members of the UK Subs,
the Lurkers and 999 joined Vice Squad (pictured below), the Defects
and more to put on a night to remember at pilchard-packed local
pub the Milton Arms. And Sham 69 (the real ones) closed the show
with a barnstorming performance. Phil Badoe tells us “This was
the true punk spirit, a million miles away from the mercenary
racket of commercialised punk festivals.” See, that’s what can
happen when the (elderly) kids are united!
Gal is in the studio with his SkaNads and special guest Jennie
Bellestar recording the spin-off band’s debut ep this weekend.
The rumour that Jen needed a shower after reading the lyrics (said
to be “in the spirit of Judge Dread”) can only be confirmed by
Record news: out this week, the new Dopamines album ‘Vices’
(It’s Alive Records), which is as catchy as pop-punk gets. Also
Mute’s ‘Thunderblast’ album is now out on vinyl. Finally there
has been a victory for the Gonads in the band’s battle to prevent
Martin Sporrell from releasing his unofficial bootleg compilation.
After hiring a QC, the Beast has successfully secured an injunction
to stop the unauthorised record from ever seeing the light of
day. This should be the end of the matter.
June 22. Fat Col here, just passing through with the news that
Infa-Riot will support Rancid at their Norwich show on December
10... And reggae legend Jimmy Cliff has announced that his new
album will be called Rebirth and will be released on July 17th
via Universal. To be honest I’m pissed off with the Gonads at
the moment as someone (probably the Beast) keeps deleting my news
about the bootleg album from the Nads facebook page but he will
not stop it coming out. For this reason alone I pass on the view
that the current Gonads line-up are “the ugliest band in punk”
– and that ain’t a narrow field! These Gonads are so ugly, their
roadies get laid first. And I should know! Oi! Oi!
PS. Me or Sandra will stop by next week to let you know how the
SkaNads recordings went. Have a good’un. Come on England!
June 19. Available soon... Charlton Boys – the badge!
New York calling... (André gets through more
band members than Patsy Kensit)
June 17. Hi, Sandra Lane here. I’m just dropping by to let you
know that the global ‘Boot-girl Power’ issue of Jenny Woo’s fanzine
Subculture Spirit is out now, with various interesting interviews
on the subject of women in the Oi, Punk and Skinhead scenes. Jenny
chats to Louise Distras, Slick 46 singer Flea, Paul Benschop (oioimusic.com),
Inkie Skyes, French fanzine writer Audrey, Romanian zine writer
Cristina, Swedish skin-bird Tulva-Li, Hope Mayamadd from Skinbyrd
Pinups, a chap called Klaus (sorry, don’t know who he is) and
our own Gal Gonad. Strangely Fat Col’s views were not sought,
but that’s what happens when you’re a SEXIST PIG! This fifth edition
of Subculture Spirit also features interviews with NOi!se and
an in-depth feature about the Gonads, plus reviews, a history
of Ska, a Northern Soul Top Ten, and a quick guide to the Oi!
scene in Ottawa. I’m a huge fan of Jenny Woo, she really is doing
something different; she loves Oi and its culture and her fanzine
has brains. Anyone who wants to buy a copy should email email@example.com.
Deals can be done when buying ten copies or more. Back issues
1, 2, and 3 are still available.
June 15. While the band are away, Fat Col doth play! Yes, it's
Fat Col here, people, back setting the controls for the heart
of this blog!! I ain't going to be on here every day because I'm
a busy man with things to do and people to see, as you know, but
I have got some good things to tell you. For starters Arkwright's
is almost sold out, and me and FB sat in at the rehearsal session
for the SkaNads ep last weekend and all I can say is, the spirit
of Judge Dread lives! FB is also quietly beavering away on various
Gonads projects for next year, including the long-threatened Nads-Fest,
a Gonads annual, and a show for British forces in Afghanistan
– although that is proving more difficult to set up than we anticipated.
The troops want us, officialdom don’t. But anyway, here's a pic
of Mick Maverick when he was in the RGJ – the reason the Gonads
don’t need security! Oi, Oi!
News: It’s the 13th anniversary of the death of Screaming Lord
Sutch tomorrow and to celebrate his loony legacy, bookies William
Hill and Loony Party stalwart, Lord Toby Jug, have teamed up with
our mates at the Heritage Foundation to erect a blue plaque to
commemorate his life. This will take place at the Ace Cafe on
Sunday, November 4 (six days before what would have been his 72nd
birthday). Spectators will be welcome.
Also newsworthy, the Addicts release a new album called All The
Young Droogs in September. Alice Cooper plays seven UK shows in
October. Pathetique pioneer Wavis O’Shave has posted a new song
on YouTube - 'Sunspots On The Moon'. It’s crap of course, so well
done Wavis for keeping the pathetique tradition alive! And finally
RIP to comedian Tony Gerrard, the funny fecker in the wheelchair
who was about as PC as my pock-marked arse. PS Friend me up on
Facebook if you wanna know more about a certain controversial
bootleg...Up the Addicks!
June 13. The band may be on a break, but Gonads fans aren’t
relaxing. Kent-based Nads fanatics Rob, Billy, Dan and Jez tell
us they have formed a club called the Jolly Boys. Says Jez: “Years
ago you had the Glory Boys and the Finchley Boys following bands
like Secret Affair and the Stranglers. Well the Jolly Boys are
doing the same for the Gonads, only we don’t fight – we just get
pissed.” The Jolly Boys are pledged to “get Jollied up” whenever
and wherever Gonads music is played. Their favourite songs, almost
inevitably are ‘Lager Louts’, ‘Rose & Crown’ and ‘Getting Pissed.”
We hear that The Cockney Rejects will play with Rancid in Glasgow
and Liverpool in December, dates to be announced. Rancid also
play Birmingham with Sparrer on December 8th. The Rejects album
will be released just before their UK tour in October, and here’s
a brand new Rejects song as a taster - ‘Your Country Needs You’:
Our mates Buster Shuffle had their album launch at the 100 Club
last night. Called ‘Do Nothing’ it’s a breezy mix of pop and Ska;
“like a modern Madness” says Sandy Lane who was there.
Holograms of the immortal Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are being
developed – inspired by the success of Tupac at Coachella. So
why not Joe Strummer, JJ Bedsore, Nidge from Blitz and the lost
NME has finally apologised to Morrissey for implying he was a
racist; now how about saying sorry for the shit you wrote about
New Madball song, ‘My Blood’ up here.
June 11, blog update: Gal’s side-project The SkaNads demoed the
four “very tasty” songs for their debut ep at Nads HQ yesterday,
on FB’s portable studio, and a jolly time was had by all. We’re
told the only downside was the slightly less tasty Sunday roast
dinner, cooked by Gal, which according to FB “came with stuffing
that looked more like fried muesli.” The confirmed ep tracks will
be: ‘Threes Up’ (written by Gal and King Hammond), ‘Harder’ (Gal/McMighty),
‘Beer Can Ska’ (written by Gal, McMighty and Steve Whale) and
the apparently controversial ‘Avoid The Vexation Of Women’ (Gal).
All will be properly recorded at the end of this month and released
on vinyl by Randale in the autumn. More details will follow.
The East End Badoes ‘Poplar Boys’ ep will be now be released
in August, and the Arkwright’s gig will double as its official
launch party. Unfortunately the gig clashes with one of South
Coast Steve’s prior engagements (psychiatric tests? - Ed); he’ll
be “away with the Outcasts” (which is what he calls his nurses
– Ed) and so the Gonads will be replaced on the bill by the SkaNads.
Efforts are being made to get Garry Johnson along as compere.
Tickets will be available by the middle of next week, but only
from the organisers Skully and Fat Col (so please don’t ask Gal
Sandy Lane has stepped in to cover record news over the next
few months while this blog is officially ‘chillaxing’. Here is
her guide to what’s hot this week: Morning Glory will be releasing
their first Fat Wreck Chords album, called Poets Were My Heroes,
in August. The Avengers’ debut album ‘The Avengers’ is out now.
The Californians were one of the first-ever Yank punk bands –
these songs date back to 77/8 - and definitely the first with
a female singer. Love ya, Penelope! Plus, the Old Firm Casuals’
split single with Italy’s Klasse Kriminale featuring two new songs
from each band has been out for a week care of Randale, who have
also released the new single from German Oi band Gewohnheitstrinker
(it means piss-artist) called ‘Deutschland Von Unten’ – that sounds
a bit dodgy to me but don’t worry, it could be a Euros prediction
as it means Germany going down (Makes a change from the Nosher
– Fat Col). Fans of US streetpunk will be delighted to learn that
the new Bouncing Souls album ‘Comet’ is as “cushty” as always.
Meanwhile Hostage Calm have announced that they’ll release an
album called ‘Please Remain Calm’ in the Autumn.
Random goss: Taylor Higgins of the Foo Fighters will play Iggy
Pop in the new movie, CBGB. Allyson Maverick, fresh from the Download
Festival reports that the Cockney Rejects were “bloody brilliant”
and “went down a storm.” Sabbath, she adds were “awesome.”
We’re worried about dear old Charlton Tel who is selling up,
leaving south east London and buying a caravan on the Kent coast.
According to Fat Col, Tel will be “telling fortunes and flogging
lucky heather by Christmas.” (Lucky Heather – masochistic Ed).
A rare Sex Pistols 7'' vinyl single sold over the weekend for
£12,860 at auction. The 35-year-old 7 inch promotional acetate
featuring 'God Save the Queen' b/w 'No Feelings' is on the L.T.S
label – and is one of only two copies known to exist. Says the
Beast: “This is yet another reason why Martin Sporrell should
be dissuaded from releasing the original recording of ‘Stroke
My Beachcomber’ on his threatened bootleg. The acetate of that
Gonads rarity has already attracted a £500 bid from David ‘Dizzy’
Holmes.” Aggressive gooner Sporrell is remaining tight-lipped
(some might say pig-headed, but never to his face), but his pal
FB said: “How on earth can making the song available to collectors
for the first time in 35 years effect the value of the acetate
adversely? Not for the first time me learned friend the Beast
is talking out of his arse.”
BREAKING NEWS: 1) Wattsie Watts has joined The SkaNads. 2) Cass
Pennant will do security at the Arkwright’s secret gig (Gonads
+ East End Badoes) 3) Gal’s latest podcast is now up here
- featuring great tracks from Loudmouth, the Cockney Rejects,
Buster Shuffle, The Stone Foundation, Red Alert, the Uppercuts
and many more; studio guests are Louise Distras and King Hammond
(the Sovereign of Ska). If you listen quickly enough, you’ll
hear the repeated intro cock-up at the start...
June 5. Here’s Gal showing off his brand new tattoo - Ska man
Mr. Walt Jabsco as inked by Darryl Gates of Diamond Jack’s in
Soho. Ace reporter Bev Elliott and her other half Mr. Jimi breezed
in to enjoy his pain and to reveal that the Punk Rock Bowling
results were – winners: Hookers & Blow, 2nd: Tina’s Nightmare,
3rd: Modern Action Squad. The Rejects were “ace,” Bev reliably
informs us. And here’s
a taster of the boys, Youth Brigade and the Generators live in
Here are some of this year’s Punk Rock Bowling contenders...
1) Rebel Music TV
2) Bomb Pops
3) 912 Records
4) And here’s Bev’s own team the London Gutterball Punks
– they were originally supposed to consist of Bev, Max Splodge,
Eddie Tenpole and Charlie Harper...
but inevitably she’s the only lairy Londoner left, Jimi being
German, Josh a Yank and Randi
a gorgeous Canadian tattoo artist. Next year - Team Gonads!
STOP PRESS! Lord Waistrel has been in touch after popping into
the UK to fly one of the Spitfires in the Jubilee fly-past. His
Lordship ain’t happy. In fact, if this blog were a tabloid newspaper,
the story would read: ‘ARISTO CRACKS! Furious Waistrel BANS the
Bitch from insulting friends of this band on this page, CHASTISES
blog editor for allowing it to happen, and BANS band members from
drinking more than a two-drink maximum before performances.’ Over
a gruelling two-hour bollocking, his Lordship also ORDERED FB
and The Beast to secure “more better-paid, above-board gigs”,
BANNED us from playing any shows that are un-contracted, and DEMANDED
“high quality flag-girls at every performance.” Pressed on the
drinking ban, his Lordship decreed “drinking more than two pints
before a show is tantamount to you handing in your notice.” He
then flew off back to Barbados to finish his modest nine months
of tax exile.
June 3. Luvly Jubilee, as Del-Boy would say. The Harlow Help4Heroes
bash went spiffingly, despite the iffy weather. Thanks to diamond
(Jubilee) geezer Stief for organising it and for joining us both
as FrankenSkin and for the rabble-rousing encore of ‘Valhallaballoo’.
Yay! Punk ain’t dead, it just smells a bit funny. The set was
pretty much as normal apart from the triumphant re-introduction
of ‘SE7 Dole Day’ with la belle Wattsie Watts sharing vocal duties.
Thanks too to Troy boy for introducing us, and for switching off
Gal’s vocal microphone – a big improvement, without a doubt. And
top marks to Allyson Mav for jumping straight in when it, very
briefly, kicked off in the pub. To paraphrase the Duke of Wellington,
we don’t know what she does to the enemy but by God she frightens
us. Other than that, it was a good night all round. If we get
any pix we’ll post them below. If we don’t, we won’t. That’s how
we roll, baby. We’d also like to respectfully suggest that Wattsie
launches her own Shona-Roamer SatNav system, guaranteed to take
you the scenic route home no matter how bloody knackered you are.
(But keep wearing that Union Jack bra and we’ll forgive you anything,
darlin’...) P.S. God save the Queen.
Yes, Wattsie came to Harlow in a Union Jack bra. She wasn’t that
amused when Gal offered her a pole for it.
Troi Boi on the Help 4 Heroes stage
Stief with the Noxious Toyz before his scarifying stint as FrankenSkin
Christine ‘Sugary’ Coffee – stirring
Gal nods off dreaming of Wattsie’s diamond boobilees
Buster Blooodvessel’s forces charity e.p. is available as a download
again. That includes: 'Ska For Heroes' by Buster's Ska Battalion
+ 'Long Ska Summer' by the Gonads featuring Jennie Bellestar,
+ 'Cheeky Chappie' by the Gonads vs the Cover-up – all three tracks
for £2.07 from here,
plus iTunes, HMV etc etc. The four-track vinyl version will be
released later this year, and all proceeds will go to Help4Heroes
and the Erskine Hospital - caring for veterans since 1916.
Oi – The News! Gal is over-seeing and editing the definitive
book on Oi-Oi music. If you have early pictures, gig posters or
memorabilia particularly from 1980/1, from anywhere in the world,
please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Gonad has also,
we can now reveal, been brought in to mastermind a compilation
of ‘all the best contemporary UK Ska acts’, due out in October.
A few of you have been asking about future Gonads recordings.
The bad news is we will not be releasing any more official albums
until Christmas 2013; the good news is that by then there could
be not one but TWO pukka Nads CDs up for grabs – the all-new studio
album, Dirty, and the third and final Greater Hits recording,
Volume 3: The Complete Cobblers (WT), which is guaranteed to feature
‘Harry May’s Revenge’, ‘Backstreet Army’, the blistering ‘Back
& Barking’, ‘Eat The Rich’, ‘Beer – The Opera’ and the full-length
version of ‘England’s Glory’ among other much sought-after, top-notch
gems. There has also been loose talk of a Mutt’s Nuts Extra ep
but nothing is confirmed yet. Dirty is “as loud as fuck” and will
include brand new anthems such as ‘They Died Heroes’, ‘Oblivion’,
and the awesome ‘Son Of FrankenSkin’ which, according to Fit Bird
is “’eavier than Fat Col in concrete Docs.” So wait for these
please, and do not buy this dodgy bootleg (if Sporrell persists
with releasing it).
People seem worried about this blog closing for the Summer.
Let us assure you that nothing sinister is afoot. Gal’s SkaNads
side project poses no threat to the Gonads. We will be back properly
in the late Autumn as promised – and we are inviting UK and European
gig offers from any serious promoters. In the meantime Jase is
finishing off work on our pal Pete Way’s long-awaited solo album,
Mighty Mick Maverick is busy hovering up the Milton Keynes car
mechanic trade and South Coast Steve is spending a few therapeutic
months in a luxury rest-home (Broadmoor, transferring to a secure
unit in Rampton whenever he passes the tests).
SKA News: the legendary DAVE & ANSELL COLLINS are touring the
UK at the end of August with the Phoenix City All-stars. The gigs
are: 25/8 Isle of Wight Scooter Rally - Ryde Ice Arena; 26/8 Brighton
- Blind Tiger w/ Thursday Night Fish Fry; 30/8 Manchester - Band
on the Wall; 1/9 London - 100 Club... Our pals Buster Shuffle
have their album launch party at the 100 Club on 12th June...
and tickets are already on sale for the London International Ska
Festival 2013. The joyous weekender is set to take place 28-31
March. As well as the four main events a further six fringe happenings
are underway, including cinema, DJ all-nighters, a record fair,
and a Thames cruise. The early-bird ticket price is £99.99, but
move sharpish to take advantage of the offer here.
That nasty piece of crap The Bitch has turned his/her anonymous
venom on our dear friend King Hammond, alleging that the much-respected
Grammy-award-winning Ska guru “dresses like a fat Yank tourist
without the tan; all he’s short of is a Hawaiian shirt.” She/he
goes on: “Nick Welsh’s opinion of himself is as grossly inflated
as his belly. What’s wrong with the geezer, refusing to play the
UK again like a big flouncing prima donna? Gertcha, cowson.” Ouch!
We would intervene more forcefully on Nick’s behalf if we didn’t
have to ‘out’ him as a suspected round dodger (see June 2nd entry).
Record news: out this week, a bracing new album from one of
our fave Frisco bands Neon Piss. It’s called "s/t", it’s on Deranged
Records and it’s described by the reliable Sandra Lane as “kick-arse
melodic punk” whatever that means. (Sandy Lane quote of the week:
“The funny thing about white supremacists is that whenever you
inadvertently meet one it’s always a supreme pleasure when they
We’re not big in to reggae-reggae, being Ska buffs and all, but
there are some blinding acts at the 50th anniversary Jamaican
independence celebrations at the Greenwich O2, including Lee Scratch
Perry and Mad Professor (25th July), Denise Alcapone and Winston
Reedy (28th), Ernest Ranglin and Sly Dunbar (29th), John Holt
(31st); Marcia ‘Bob & Marcia’ Griffiths (1st Aug), Toots & The
Maytals (Aug 3), Jimmy Cliff, Max Romeo and Derrick Morgan (5th),
and much more besides. Ire (etc)
Fascinating Fact from Fat Col: if you accidentally type ‘Hell’
instead of Hull into your SatNav, you still get there.
June 2. We are back temporarily for tonight’s big Harlow benefit
show – report to follow on Monday. In the meantime Gal recorded
his latest podcast yesterday with special guests Louise Distras,
banging out the sweet nectar of rebellion live in the studio,
followed by King Hammond himself Nick Welsh (the Sultan of Ska,
the Monarch of Merriment, the Regent of Rocksteady etc etc). The
show includes tracks from Loudmouth, the Cockney Rejects, Red
Alert, Buster Shuffle, Grapple, King Brillo, the Uppercuts, Produzenten
Der Froide (’Oo? – Fat Col), Wasted Life, The Gonads, Moscow Mod
band The Riots, The Stone Foundation, the Rival Sons, and, umm,
“original folk punk” Harry Champion... Gal’s
twitter page will tell you when it’s up and playing.
PS. A small gathering of discerning folk, including Paul Hallam
(SoS), Steve Whale and Eddie Piller (R-D), got together for a
post-pod pint, a jolly session that was undermined slightly by
this nagging question: if a musical genius you admire partakes
freely of beverages amongst chums and then departs prematurely
having “forgotten” to get them in, should said esteemed muso be
outed as a dirty no-good ’Kin’ round-dodger. (Yes – Ed)
The Cockney Rejects US gigs were “brilliant” and Punk Rock Bowling
“blinding”, according to our US correspondent. We hope to hear
something more coherent in due course, in the meantime: our mates
went to Vegas and all they brought us back were a couple of not-so-lousy
Incredible but true, Clyde Ward met up with Cuban songstress
Margarita Pracatan last month and the subject of her covering
Gonads songs inevitably came up. The great diva has asked to hear
more. Margarita featured frequently on Clive James’s old TV shows
performing the likes of ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie. The possibility
of her belting out ‘Oi Mate’ and ‘Oi Nutter’ in future should
not be ruled out. We have a lot in common, because as Clive says:
“She never lets the words or melody get in her way. She is us,
without the fear of failure.
Where does Oi stand on the Jubilee Weekend, asks ‘Confused of
Chorley Wood’? Divided is the answer. A small number of left-wing
British Oi bands are backing the Sod Her Maj campaign, but most
are bang up for it, if only for the four days off work. We’ve
even written a song to celebrate – ‘New Cavaliers (Of England)’
– we’ve just neglected to record it. The Pranksters are always
happy to drink the loyal toast of course, and if this blog were
functionally normally there would be a write-up on the East Sussex
brethren’s unbridled Jubilee weekender. Mercifully, it ain’t.
There’s going to be a big London Oi weekender in November featuring
The Crack, Major Accident, Booze & Glory, On File, Superyob, the
Angry Agenda and more. It’s at the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park
on Nov 2nd and 3rd. Two day tickets now on sale for a pony (that’s
half a bulls-eye to you, squire).
The acid-tongued Bitch has been on to us, asking sarcastically:
“Can Chelsea Dom still be called ‘Chelsea Dom’ after deserting
his team when the pressure was on?” She/he goes on: “Dom had major
doubts that Chelsea would pull it off in the 2nd leg of the quarter
finals against Napoli, but THEY DID! He did not go to Barcelona
because he thought they had little chance of getting past them
in the semis, but THEY DID!! To top this off he preferred to go
to see Cock Sparrer in Boston rather than watch his beloved Blues
lift the Champions League trophy in Germany! This is believed
to be the biggest clanger C****** Dom has dropped since wearing
the Don Estelle get-up in Amsterdam). Rumour has it, he is out
to win the ‘most miles travelled following Cock Sparrer badge
to place alongside all of the other badges on the arm of his Adventure
Scouts uniform, alongside ‘starting a fire with sticks’, ‘building
a tent out of leaves’, 'erecting a tent with a modest pole...’
let’s not go there... He is EX Big Badoe Dom, EX Chelsea Dom and
must now be referred to on your blog as just, Dom Dib-dib-dib,
Dob-dob-dob.” OUCH! She/he is also threatening to produce “damning
photographic evidence” of Dom’s “permanent decline into dosser
Record news: the Broken Heroes release a new album This Is Oi!
on Skinflint next Wednesday. Eleven tracks of brickwall wallop...
The new Bouncing Souls album, Comet, is available to pre-order
for fourteen bucks (about £9 – Ed); orders will ship on or before
June 5th. It’s the boys’ ninth full-length offering; it weighs
in at ten tracks and was produced by Bill Stevenson at the Blasting
Room in Ft. Collins, CO. The vinyl version comes in a gatefold
jacket and includes a Digital Download Card of the entire album...
The Old Firm Casuals’ split single with Klasse Kriminale is now
for grabs from Randale.
Terence Hayes, the Lad Himself, has invited all former members
of the East End Badoes, including Dom and Phil, to be part of
the new up and coming album by the original members. Says Tel:
“Some will grab the opportunity with two hands and be a part of
Badoes history and some will just keep on sulking and moaning
instead of looking at the positives.” He adds that the band will
be doing a “semi new” version of ‘All That Glitters Isn’t Gold’
called ‘All That’s Gold Isn’t Glitter’. (It’s ‘glisters’ – pedantic
Ed). Tel goes on: “All will be revealed at the Arkwright's show
where the complete new album will be played in full for the first
time.” Arkwright’s in Essex will host a secret show featuring
us and the Badoes playing to an invited audience later this summer.