RE: 'The situation' in the Ukraine.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
RE: 'The situation' in the Ukraine.
A hundred years after the First World War, is this the start of a Third one? Who knows, watch this space.... Or a live and direct High Definition 24hr News feed! Just remember it has been said that truth is the first casualty of war!
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Indeed it has. Well I'm back at least for today. Bloggers block? Or a bout of CBA Syndrome? (Cant Be Arsed) Probably a bit of both, cos life is about a balance, and I wouldn't want to be unbalanced Well, what's been going on? Pretty much the same shit, just a different year and different places.
Violent uprisings in the Ukraine and in Britain people are moaning about the weather, dodging rain showers not snipers bullets.
Nationalism unites and divides nations, the debate about Scotland’s independence from Britain continues. In Ukraine its a clash between Eastern and Western values that have turned the country into a warzone, where things will only get worse, especially with the EU countries getting involved due to the strategic importance of the area. Here's a little piece I started writing nearly a month ago about a few things:
“Nice to see fires of dissent are burning bright on the streets of Cairo and in the Ukraine. It warms my winter to see burning tyres rolling across the road towards riot cops sheltering under shields from showers of sticks and stones. Not good seeing Syrian refugees, being displaced, things must be bad if they are seeking refuge in Iraq. Talking of Iraq....What's that cunt Blair on about, it's fuckers like him and that retard Bush that have fucked the world and are now gonna blame it on religion, not ideology. Well tell us something we didn't already know; RELIGION KILLS! A car bomb in Belfast or a suicide bomber in the Sudan, and so does ideology GOVERNMENTS KILL! A drone attack in Baghdad or a Tomahawk Cruise in Tripoli. Western governments interference in areas of the world already divided by religious and ethnic grounds have made things worse, by creating power vacuums, so when Tony Blair says that it is religion not ideology that causes conflict, he is right, but it is a conflict he has created with his free-market West is best democratic globalisation ideology. Western business interests continue to arm global conflicts.”
As a footnote to the above, it is worth remembering that Europe’s gas supplies pass through pipelines that cross the Ukraine, there have been talks of dividing the country on ethnic/religious lines, in a bid to bring stability to the area. Talking of instability in the world, it has all been kicking of in Venezuela as well with protesters taking to the streets and making a stand against their government. The Venezuelan leader is blaming the US for plotting to overthrow the government. It is worth noting that Venezuela has some of the worlds largest oil and gas reserves, and that the opposition leader has strong links to American business and the oil sector. Talking of oil, one of the big issues about Scottish independence will be about North Sea oil. Like I said same old shit!
MONEY AND POWER!
The image is of a protester shot dead by the Venezuelan National Guard on Feb 19th 2014. There appears to be a media blackout in Britain as on what is going in Venezuela in favour of the coverage of the Ukrainians fight for freedom!
Twenty years since these demo's were recorded, Coloryde have returned to the studio to record an album, scheduled for release in March. Coming straight out of Welwyn Garden City/Hatfield, England in the early 1990's. Coloryde were a indie/mod/punk band with a collection of infectious and passionate songs. In the Brit pop years Coloryde should have been massive, but alas we got the likes of Shed Seven instead. WHY? Because the taste makers had no taste!
Check out Coloryde's 1994 Demo's here! and hear what all the fuss should have been about then.Check out their facebook page here! and find out what the fuss is gonna be about now!
Friday, 21 February 2014
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Steve Dior formed The Idols along with Barry Jones in 1976, by 1978 they had been joined by ex Heartbreakers and New York Dolls Jerry Nolan and Arthur Kane, The Idols became Sid Vicious's backing band at his Sid Sings at Max's Kansas City gigs, by the early 80's Kane had been replaced by another former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and the band became The London Cowboys. In 1993 Steve formed Filthy Lucre with Phil Lewis from LA Guns, but that was then and now it's today.
Songs For The Wicked is set to be Steve's first album for fifteen years, and if the three tracks Some Kind of Saint, Song For The Wicked and Hanging Onto The Backside of Something Good are anything to go by it should be a good 'un. They take a reflective look at the world through Rock'n'Roll eyes, loads of subtle references to what's been going on over the last few years. If you are only as good as your last kiss, then Steve Dior and his band are gonna have to go something to top these tunes, cos they are all one hell of a whiskey soaked tongue in the mouth kiss! Soulful and slick with tinkling pianos and swooping soaring Rock'n'Roll guitar riffs'n'licks. The biggest surprise is Song for the Wicked which sounds like Johnny Cash fighting with Nick Cave over the last bottle of valium. Like a good malt Steve's music has matured with age.
but....Hey don't take my word for it
check it out here.
Link removed due to copywrite reasons, but the tunes can be listened to here at their web page.
Link removed due to copywrite reasons, but the tunes can be listened to here at their web page.
Monday, 3 February 2014
Here's a repost for the Twenty Flight Rockers, and their classic leather clad Rock'nRoll Punk; Eddie Cochran meets The Clash and the tower block rocks! Back in the day the Twenty Flight Rockers were a phenomenal live band, never saw a duff gig, and I saw a few of 'em, at places around London; Dingwalls, The Croydon Underground, The Fulham Greyhound, The Electric Ballroom to name a few. I remember going to see 'em at Brunel University in Uxbridge and I recall there were some 'issues' because the Student Union wouldn't allow the band to put up their backdrop as it was deemed to be sexist, don't think they stopped the band wearing their leather jackets with the same logo adoring the backs of them though. A similar problem unfolded when students at Bradford Uni tried to ban The Queer Boys from supporting The Cherry Bombs, and protested during their set by handing out flyers proclaiming their name was offensive. Shortly afterwards they tucked their tongues firmly in their cheeks and changed their name to The Pretty Girls. I appear to have digressed, so back to the Twenty Flight Rockers...A planned live album Nine Yards of Dead Cow never materialised, and only two singles were released in the bands short life time. They should have been massive, they had it all; the looks, the image, the hype, but more importantly the songs! As this MP3 from my original well worn and well played tape of a unknown Radio Session from 1985 will testify. ENJOY!
Former Twenty Flight Rockers singer and songwriter Garry Twinn is now strutting his stuff along side Glen Matlock, James Stevenson and Clem Burke in The International Swingers, who at present are recording an album, which if their recent demos are anything to go by should be worth a listen if you like yer Rock to Roll!
Thanx to Nekrodad for requesting this!
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Time for some music, courtesy of those good folks at Vive Le Rock Magazine, and their great free cover mounted CD's. Once again it's a great something for everyone compilation of all things Punk, New Wave and Beyond. THE DEAD BOYS kick this one off with a blistering live version of Sonic Reducer. MICHAEL MONROE continues with the Rock'n'Rolling with the rootsey glam punk tune Ballad of the Lower East Side, before CAROUSELS AND LIMOUSINES come over all Gaslight Anthem with One and Only. THE COFFINS are a growl from the garage Bible John sounds like the Jim Jones Revue on Valium. DYWD by MORNING SMOKE is a wired paranoid and pounding piece of post-punk. Undertow is another haunting lament from SPEAR OF DESTINY, while SECRET AFFAIR provide I Don't Need No Doctor a mammoth and marathon brass fuelled R'n'B soul stomper. Renegade by DOUBLEBLACK is a neo-rockabilly fuzzed up foot tapper. God save THE DESTRUCTORS who punk out like it's 1982 again with Duty Unto Death, OVERSPILL continue in the same punk rock vein with their gravely growl of Let's Riot. THE HICKOIDS bring some Blue Grass country punk rawk to the party with TJ. The Curse of Captain Blood by EAST TOWN PIRATES is a storming and steaming punk sea shanty. THE SOLICITORS Pretty Penny is a shot of 1978 stylee New Wave, while VALENTINE take us back to the sound of 1990's indie/rock with Finch. THE SNAKES finish the show off with the alternative country of The Band Played On. Take a ride down Desolation Avenue here!
This post was gonna be called “Excuse me while I hug a tree.”.... but it grew and sprouted a few more branches as I started writing....so its now more of a “Hey teacher leave those trees and immigrants alone, but give past and present governments a good kick in the head.” kind of post!
Cutting down ancient woodland in order to build houses, property developers may be able to do just that if they agree to plant new trees to replace the ones they chopped down, under new proposals in a bid to deal with Britain’s housing shortage. Why not just build the houses where the new woodlands would be planted? Or is it because the areas with ancient woodlands are more desirable, and would make more money for all concerned; the land owner, developer, and the buyer, well I dunno about the buyer, because if this is the case, the reason property in certain areas is more desirable, is because of things like the scenery, of which there wouldn't be much left after the developers have moved in.
No doubt any Right wing environmentalists out there will blame Immigration for the death of the countryside. I blame peoples greed and ignorance, when it comes to issues of the environment and immigration. Surely there's enough land out there to build on, without destroying something that has been there for hundreds of years providing habitat for wildlife and an escape from the concrete and brick jungles.
Developers would not be allowed to demolish ancient buildings and monuments, so why destroy nature, does the natural world mean that little to some people? Yeah it does until a river bursts its banks and floods peoples homes or strong winds cause travel disruptions, then what do they do? They say that the government hasn't done enough to prevent and protect people from flooding. Well unfortunately shit happens and you have to let nature take its course, but with local authority austerity cutbacks that have left rivers undredged for years it would appear that the authorities do have some responsibility for how the weather has effected some people. 'Mother Nature' has more power over people than governments, and she is more democratic as everyone feels the force no matter who they are. Still once the flood water settles the rebuilding can start.
There's gonna be a lot of construction taking place over the next few years. Welcome to building site Britain if the government get it's way with the high speed rail link, new home schemes etc.
Just who's gonna be building everything? Foreign labour/Economic migrants, that's who! Which is why Britain is reliant and has been on immigration at certain times in its history, British workers do not have the skills, and many refuse to work for low wages, which have been kept low because the employers can actively recruit from a pool of EU workers, who will work for less, because it is more than they can earn than in their homeland, this is the nature of economic migration. Supply and demand. The skills shortage can be blamed on New Labour education policies which have ill prepared a generation for the world of work and schooled them with the idea that they were special, did nothing wrong, took no responsibility, expected everything without doing anything, ignorant of anything or anyone else other than themselves, and that greed is still good. I hate competition, but under a capitalist system it is a fact of live, there are winners and losers, why take away the competitive element in schools, but do nothing about the whole capitalist system other than carry on and increase peoples dependency on it.
If Britain wanted British jobs for British workers, Britain should have skilled its young in trades like bricklaying, carpentry etc, and not encouraged them to go to university to gain useless qualifications for useless but highly paid bureaucratic jobs. It's all about a balance, and New Labours policies were unbalanced, just as the current LibCon coalition Government ones are.
Immigration is a divisive issue, yes a country doesn't have infinite resources to support people, but it needs to accept that other cultures bring benefits and are not just here to claim them. New Labour policies around multiculturalism were also unbalanced. White middle class pen pushers decided what was and wasn't politically correct, and a black bin bag couldn't be called that because it inferred that black people were rubbish, many of these sort of policies have done more harm for race relations than good, and created barriers when fuelled by the right wing media.
Economic migration only works when wages are manipulated and kept low, because it is in the New World Orders interest to keep the workers of the world divided, because if they were united regardless of their nationality and in what country they were working then who knows what the order of the world would be.
The shooting two years ago of Mark Duggan by the police was the spark for massive civil disorder and unrest across Britain in August 2012. The verdict of lawful killing at the recent inquest of his death did not go down well with friends family and the local community a protest after the inquest passed off peacefully, because it would appear that unlike the Ukrainians, people in Britain don't like to riot in the winter. Anyway I digress....Yeah, Mark Duggan might have been a dodgy character who lived by the sword, which in many peoples minds appears to justify the polices actions,; “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.”, maybe, but surely it depends if they've got the sword, or in this case a gun in their hand at the time of their killing. In a previous court case concerning the person that sold Mark Duggan 'the gun' the jury concluded that at the time of his shooting he was not armed, yet at the inquest the Police officer that fired the shots testified that Mark Duggan did have a gun in his hand?!?!? Just who are we supposed to believe, because the police never lie do they? From what I've read and heard all the evidence points towards a state sanctioned execution of someone because of who they were and what they had done in the past, not because of what they were going to do or had done at the time of their shooting. If this isn't true then how come the killers of Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks were not shot and killed when they still had the weapons in their hands?
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Britain is still a nation of gamblers and drunks, the times may have changed, but people haven't; they still feel the need to have and make money and escape from the mundane, they are prayed on by big business with it's cheap supermarket booze and chains of bookmakers.
The disappearance of pubs is another nail in the coffin of true community, not some forced Big Society Localism agenda, were in order to create communities they destroy pieces of existing ones.
In my town centre there was a Pub called the Edward The Confessor, or Ted the Grass as locals called it. A Badgers arse was smooth compared to this place, When North London Country Punks The Rockingbirds came to town for a gig in the nineties, they popped in there for a beer and witnessed a fight they said going in there was like pissing blood. The pub has been closed for a good few years now, although recently the YMCA had been using the property for a drop in advice centre, until they were asked to leave because a developer had been found, and the place is going to become a Paddy Power Betting Shop. WHAT THE FUCK! An organisation that helps people who are in trouble through things like debt problems caused by gambling have had to move to make way for a company that makes money from peoples greed and desperation, this must be the Big Society they are talking about. The YMCA are looking for a new home for their drop ion centre, but the council could have let them be and told Paddy Power to find somewhere else to profit from the poor, like another town
Gambling is now a new national pass time thanks to government and media approved promotion, there's never an advert break on TV that isn't telling us about another new online gambling site. We are living in a wireless world with a toxic landscape of dependency and addiction in full view of anyone that wants to play. Lets drink to the future!
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Saturday, 11 January 2014
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
....They are just numbers. Nothing is new if nothing changes. Never mind resolutions what we need is a New Years Revolution! The clock keeps ticking, it's time to seize the time! The future is unwritten, the past has been and gone, we can't change that, we can't turn back time, but we can learn from it in the present and use it to shape our futures as individuals. We need to be moving forward, progressing as people in order to create a better world for ourselves and others, unless we are truly happy with what we have got, with what we hear and see around us, but ultimately with who we are. When we re-visit the past is it to remember, regret or remind us of who we have become. Nothing will change if we all stay the same, and change nothing in our lives,unless we do when we wake up tomorrow, it wont be a New Year, it will just be the next year.
All the best for the future to all the Readers and Rock'n'Rollers who've visited this blog last year Hopefully you will have taken something musically or mentally away with you from here. If you didn't I make no appologies, it obviously wasn't me you were looking for. Thanx, NPW.xxx
2013....What's been released this year and going round and round on my CD player. Well....In no particular order we have.... JOHNNY THUNDERS with Hurt Me, this album showed his tender side; stripped naked with just a guitar, a brittle and beautiful listen NIKKI SUDDEN, The Boy From Nowhere Who Fell Out Of The Sky is a six CD box set. A lovingly crafted and compiled collection of Nikki’s work. Both these were reissued by the wonderful Easy Action Records. Sweet Revenge by the criminally ignored Punk'n'Rollers the LIGHTNING RAIDERS, was not so much a re-issue, because back in the day it was never released. Knox may not be touring with THE VIBRATORS but On The Guest List shows he's still part of the band, with a collection of songs that rank amongst the best he's written, and all supported by a cast of special guests. The UK SUBS, they just keep going, and going and getting better as they go, maturing with age disgracefully. CHARLIE HARPER and CAPTAIN SENSIBLE, this was a real surprise Too Much Reality....took Punk to a new Psychedelic underworld of neon grey. GLM, released three blinding Rocky yet slightly poppy download only tracks from their website. DEADCUTS, do just that....they cut you dead! A switch-blade to the throat of all the taste-makers and trend-setters. Deadcuts are out there and have got something special going on. BABYSHAMBLES Sequel To The Prequel, a brilliant album, Pete Doherty has been the only real Great British Rock'n'Roller for the last....fuck knows how long. THE MOB returned with a single Rise Up! an anthemic call to arms. THE FITS, reformed legends of the UK82 Punk scene, returned with some Punk Rockin' action with their Lead On EP. NEW MODEL ARMY, released a dark and moody master piece, and JAMES KING AND THE LONE WOLVES crawled out of the wreckage with some sublime swamp rock blues. Finally a couple of Punk'n'Roll supergroups cut through the crap this year. THE CRUNCH with their album Busy Making Noise which is a blast of pure Power Pop Punk, their line up includes former members of the Cockney Rejects, Lords of New Church/Sham 69 The Clash and Diamond Dogs. THE INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS, include a Twenty Flight Rocker (Gary Twinn) Sex Pistol (Glen Matlock) a Gen X/Chelsea (James Stevenson) Blondie (Clem Burke.) released three stompin' tracks via their web page. Hopefully an album will be released in 2014. Finally PRIMAL SCREAM's 2013 was a real return to form, a musical and lyrical statement of intent. Well there you have it a year in my Rock'n'Roll world....Here's to the next one!
Monday, 23 December 2013
Sunday, 22 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Self portrait by....Knox.
Knox (The Vibrators) and Charlie Harper (UK Subs) have started working on a new Urban Dogs album, planned for release next year, it's gonna be a “Punky type album” according to Knox's website. You can't keep the old punks down. If you need further proof then check out On The Guest List which was released earlier this year, it is possibly the best Vibrators album ever, some brilliant collaborations with Walter Lure, Hugh Cornwall, Nicky Garrett, Ross The Boss and Brian James amongst others. It's also got a couple of the best songs Knox has written; Rain To Town and Birdland Is Closed. 2013 also saw the release of another 'brators greatest hits collection by New York's O Rama Records, who are also planning to re-release Knox's excellent and long lost, forgotten and sadly ignored 1983 solo album Plutonium Express. While we wait for that and the Urban Dogs release, Here are three unpunked acoustic tracks (Automatic Lover, U238 and Baby Baby) from Knox, with some audience participation recorded live at the Made in Brasil Restaurant in Camden Town, London. ENJOYorDESTROY! Thanx to original uploader on YouTube.
It's around that time of year when the media have a round up of what has gone on over the last twelve months. (Immigration, extreme weather, global warming and the environment, celebrity drugs shame, famous/influential person dies, crime, terrorist fear, corrupt politicians, policies that target the poor, humanitarian crisis's etc, etc.) Well things have just gone round and round, the stories are the same it's just the names and places that are different from last year and the year before that. Things will continue to go around and round with continued familiarity certainty and inevitability from year to year until the cycle is broken. This will never happen as long as total global capitalism fuels the machine, with it's total disregard for those that have the least in order to feed those that have the most.
With every passing year the circle is ever decreasing, until it will eventually become a dot, a full stop....The End! History will repeat itself no more....We will all be history when it ends with a big bang! But until then the struggle must continue, it's the only way to slow down the wheel and change the course of history, it's not like they haven't been told, and there are a lot more people seeing through the shit and ready to take a stand against the power. I predict more riots and more confrontational politics as the years go on. Lets see what happens next year with protests against the HS2 High speed rail link, (I've been to Birmingham a couple of times, can't see why anyone would want to get there any quicker) Then there's Fracking and building on green belt land. Lets see just how revolting middle England can become, never mind not in my backyard, what about not in anyone's backyard. Then there's the possibility of revolting pensioners taking to the streets and building barricades with zimmer frames and wheelchairs when both state and private pensions fail to meet the needs of an ageing population. How will the state respond, well all the machinery is now in place to brand anyone that speaks out or acts against government policies a terrorist, What happened on 9/11 in New York and on 7/7 in London, changed the course of our history with the right of free speech and the right to protest etc now coming under attack, but carried on with the course of theirs; global domination for Free market Liberal Capitalism. In the face of the collapse of communism a new enemy was found; Islam and in paticular Muslim extremists who want to destroy Western values and freedoms, well it looks like the war on terror has been won....by the real terrorists.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Monday, 16 December 2013
“There's a raid on.”....Back together after twenty nine years it's Johnny Hodge and Gas Wilde with their Lightning Raiders. The Lost Rockers are captured live and direct from New York City in the year of 2011. The 3 tracks: Acid Combat/Citizens/Rowdies take no prisoners and find the Raiders firing on all cylinders with a blast of 100% incendiary no nonsense Rock'n'Roll action. Check it out here! As a little bonus for you good rockin' people I've included a live version of Views from 1980 recorded at The Moonlight Club, Hampstead. ENJOY'N'DESTROY!
1001 things to do before you die....Live your life without the aid of a fucking handbook telling you what to do, see, hear or watch! People are tourists in others lives reliant on everyone else and not themselves, responsible for nothing, waiting for a response from google. Remote and distant from reality living in a world full of stuff defined by others, a world people can't afford to live in 1001 things to destroy before they destroy us! Here are a few to be going on with, in no particular order:-
Advertising / Reality TV / The National Lottery / Mobile Phones / TV Talent shows / Credit Cards / Arms Manufacture / Satellite and Cable TV / Wi-Fi / Private schooling / Work related bonuses //
Have any of the above improved the lives of the impoverished? A world with more often offers less.
Small changes at the bottom can lead to a big change at the top! Shake the foundations and the structure will start to wobble, remove parts of the foundations and the(ir) monstrous Frankenstein creation and structure will start to collapse. Welcome to the wasteland, where destruction leads to construction and something new and more human can emerge from the debris. Having less may give people more.
Ingenious space space saving items; just mean people have more space to fill with more shit! Ingenious labour saving products give people more time to labour at something else. Productivity and efficiency. People seek perfection in an imperfect world an ideal that can never be attained no matter how much is spent. People want to remain young and beautiful from the outside, but inside they are just old and ugly and putty in the hands of the cosmetics industry.
An instant world means people become inpatient. People expect more from goods and services yet morally they contribute less as they scuffle and scrap for stuff. Lack of face to face communication means people become faceless; human beings are de-humanising themselves with every e-mail or instant message they send. Work does not set you free! A culture of Credit and debit keeps people chained to their desks and imprisoned in death camps that are called offices, call centres, warehouses and factories. If stuff wasn't sold cheap and people didn't have the cash to buy stuff and had to save before they bought, then would there be so much stuff produced? STUFF THEIR STUFF!
You know something isn't quite right when the adults are wearing baby-grows, or 'onesies' to call them by the name given to them by the fashion industry, and they are dressing their four year old children like adults and encouraging them to grow up quicker. People are stealing their children’s childhood from them, their innocence is corrupted from birth, as they place them in the arms of a purple dinosaur who also serves as a military torture aid against the orange jump suit clad inmates of Guantanamo Bay.
In the wake of the Jimmy Saville celebrity sex scandals some crazy fools have talked of lowering the age of consensual sex from 16 to 15, they justify this by saying that statistics showed more children were having sex before they were 16???? That makes as much sense to me as politicians wanting to lower the voting age to 16, despite the statistics showing that young people 18+ are not voting anyway. Still at least parents can look forward to a future with no 'teenage tantrums and troubles' because there will be no more teenagers because some sections of society want to see the death of the teenager and are quite happy to see a future generation old before their time, living in a world that tells them 1001 times what to do and how to live their lives.
Sunday, 15 December 2013
So it's been ten days since the death of Nelson Mandela, and he is finally been buried. Just like all the bad news political leaders across the world have been burying under the media’s blanket coverage of his death. Have the South African people been singing and dancing in celebration of Mandelas life all this time, or is it only for the cameras? Political leaders take 'selfies' and show the people, that ultimately the only people they care about are themselves. Smile for the camera Cameron, while hiding your uncomfortable truth; when he was at university he supported the death of Mandela for being a terrorist. Stand up for your hypocrisy Cameron, hang your head in shame at your past and present; students clashed with police at a protest march in London recently, not that you'd have heard much about it on the news. As for your future Dave? Well.... when the people are dancing in the streets of London, it won't be in celebration of your life, it will be in celebration of your death!
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
I don't really do requests, but I was asked for this, and as I've had it lurking around in my lazy mind when thinking as to what new or old music I could post, it would only seem right to get my arse in gear and do it! So here ya go straight outta out of my pile of music to post on the blog, and from back in 1989 it's UNDER NEATH WHAT with their one and only album; What Is It. No question or exclamation mark in the title....interesting, The albums title pretty much sums up from where Under Neath What are coming from.....What is it? Well....it's beyond Punk and Metal, more a Psychedelic post punk, mental metal. A sleazy mutant gutter guitar blues, played out in a dope smoke filled garage. It's a hypnotic, tripped and blissed out listen, reminiscent of a spaced out Zodiac Mindwarp, The Cult, Lords of The New Church sort of thang. Scant info about Under Neath What out there, seem to vaguely remember one of them might have been Canadian and they lived in a squat in Brixton for what that's worth. They were here and then they were gone never to be heard of again, or never to be heard. Anyway this is for Kammenos and any one else who fancies giving it a blast. Highly recommended! ENJOY OR DESTROY!
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Time for some punk friction. It's been nearly 37 years since Chelsea front man Gene October helped open the Roxy Club in the Soho district of London, which in a hundred days kick started the punk scene by taking it out of the hands of the fashionable elite and putting out on to the streets. Fast forward to 2013 and we find him once again in Soho this time at Madam Jo Jo's, with the great unsung heroes of the punk rock wars; Chelsea, playing not just to London, but to the world with a live and direct internet streamed show. Thanks the dedication and determination of people like Gene, Knox and Charlie Harper, Punk Rock now stomps the streets of towns and cities across the world. The power of the music and the message still resonates today War Across The Nation never sounded so vital, there's a hunger and rage burning; Chelsea are still on fire!
A new album is due to be recorded in the New Year, the band are seeking support from 'the fans' to help fund the record. You can find out more at the bands website, and if you go here then you can grap a download of their Madam Jo Jo's gig. Enjoy! Thanx to the original uploaders of the video that I extracted the audio from.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Christ on a cross, it's nearly Christmas, no lets make that consumer mass. A cash celebration spend, spend, spend. Wants not needs....shoppers battle and fight for the bargains, for more shit they want but don't need. Can't wait to see 'em scrapping at The Poundland Sale.
People die....Famous people; celebrities, ordinary people; nobodies. The innocent, the guilty, young people, old people....slaughtered by the hands of others or by their own hands, or from natural causes. A quick painless death or a slow painful one. Some deserve to die for the suffering they have brought to others. Some lives are cut short before they have been lived, others just go on, and on....We are born and we die, such is life! We are nurtured by our nature, given chances, we make choices or fate decides. Some are born into an easy life, others are lucky, many struggle. Some work in jobs they love, others in ones they hate, some people don't have/need or want to work
The guilt, the pain. The joy and love. The hate and fear. Emotions and feelings make and hold us together as an individual, but divide us as a collective. Those in power make sure of that!
Break the circle end the cycle, stop the wheel from turning. Our history is all about learning. Things wont change unless people want them to. Things wont change if people don't change. What if people don't change, or want things to stay the same? Wheels still keep turning. The people keep dancing to the pipers tune.
Technological progress makes things spin faster. Everything becomes flatter and bigger, quicker and smaller. Distance and time becomes shorter. Money keeps the people peddling, they think they are making their own way through life, when really they are just following well worn paths.
The free press costs; intelligence questioned or insulted by headlines intended to provoke an emotional response by reader or viewer public opinion shaped and moulded as policies are drawn up. Mass mind manipulation across the nation. Who watches the watchers when every one is blind to the lies.
Alternatives are either vetoed by vested interests, or invested in with vested interests. For example, The British Medical Association want to ban those e cigarettes that people have taken to using as a means to give up smoking as they haven't been approved by the association. While politicians pushing Green Environmental policies have shares in companies that produce parts for wind farms.
Propaganda truths distorted Free thinking controlled by power forces, with their constant contradictions.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Summer Nights (Are Never Like Movies) is the third and final release of 2013 from GLM, like the previous two: A Perfect Storm and The Future is Calling, it's available free from their web-site, and it's another rip roaring riff and lick laden track.... “A landslide on stereo!” Guitars chime, cymbals crash, drums roll and the bass bounces, while Pete tells the tale of someones night out that doesn't end well; the reality is never as exciting as the dream. The strength of Pete's vocals lies in their weakness and vulnerability which fit perfectly with the words and music, non more so than on Summer Nights (Are Never Like Movies) GLM have saved the best till last, with tunes like this the future is calling and if there is any justice in an unjust world 2014 will see GLM kick up a perfect storm in the world of Rock'n'Roll.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Sunday, 24 November 2013
With all the current media interest about JFK, I was recently moved to play James King and The Lone Wolves rather brilliant Texas Lullaby. I didn't really fancy blowing my head off with the Dead Kennedys, I was more in the mood for something slightly more laid back and mellow. Back in the early eighties James King and The Lone Wolves were jangly swamp blues rockers; Mean, moody and menacing, they could have been contenders, but tales of drunken and violent excesses and a no compromise attitude meant major record companies were afraid of the big bad wolf and went for the easy soft options like Lloyd Cole and The Commotions and Aztec Camera instead, and mainstream success eluded the Lone Wolves. The band split in 1985 and their legend faded into obscurity, or did it?
Anyway to cut a story short, after playing the 5 track Texas Lullaby 12”, a record I've held dear since 1984, I did an internet search on James King and The Lone Wolves, and found out that my radar had missed the fact that the band had reformed in 2011, to play a couple of tribute gigs and haven't looked back due to the positive reaction they received, they also started recording, and the four track Pretty Blue Eyes E.P was released earlier this year, available as a digital download from Amazon.
The opening track Pretty Blue Eyes, recalls the sound of the Velvet Underground, while Fun Patrol is a neo Rockabilly rumble, a re-working of an old song of theirs, now with added harmonica. Guitars reverberate as James spits out some of the wickedest lyrics ever written; “Would you crawl on broken glass for me?....Would you blow your fucking brain out with a gun for me?” Even Beatles Die is a swirling and sweeping statement with Thunders style guitar licks. Happy Home finds feedback infused guitars dropping in and out creating an atmospheric anthem of alienation “I don't want to crawl in your world I want to take a walk in mine.”
Has age mellowed James King and The Lone Wolves? No! They sound far darker and deeper on their walk to hell. The off kilter country vibe is still there, but there's more of a chugging and chopping three pronged guitar attack going on behind James's distinctive drawl which is akin to Iggy Pop, Johnny Thunders and Lou Reed having a fight on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. If the devil has all the best tunes, he got another four missing from his collection.
The Pretty Blue Eyes E.P is a haunting, emotional, intense and uneasy listen at times, the very essence of Rock'N'Roll; a groove that moves, an impassioned howl while wrestling with demons. These are twisted and tortured tunes of anguish. Tales of emotional turmoil and torment, broody and buoyant songs to drown in. This is life with all its beauty and ugliness affirming stuff! Single of the year? Definitely! Can't wait to hear their reworked Texas Lullaby which they are in the process of recording and mixing at the moment.
While I was on my internet travels I also found a couple of videos on youtube, from which I've ripped the audio (Thanx to the original uploaders) for your enjoyment. Here's Happy Home, Even Beatles Die and Fun Patrol. Live @ The Glasgow Glasshouse in March 2013, and there's Fly Away and Fun Patrol live on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1985. Enjoy! or Destroy!
Saturday, 23 November 2013
So that Great British institution Monty Python have teamed up and got back together. When times are hard animosities and differences have been put aside. A sell out tour, DVD's etc will no doubt follow, and fill the bank accounts of all concerned. This isn't unfinished business, this is just.... business, and the joke is on anyone who buys into it.
I'm so glad The Clash never reformed, and so disappointed that The New York Dolls did, the dead can never, or should never be replaced. When Joe Strummer was still alive offers were turned down, which is why for me The Clash unlike the Pistols were the only band that mattered, but hey at least the Pistols had the honesty and decency to call their comeback tour The Filthy Lucre Tour.
For me the only reasons acceptable for re-unions and reformations are when the bands or artists have unfinished business i.e. ones that never realised their full potential, or feel they still have something relevant to say. I have no gripes about bands like The Fits, James King and The Lone Wolves, The Mob, Chelsea or The Outcasts all becoming part of the 20th Century retrolution circus. Perhaps they have a part to play in destroying the present obsession with the passive consumption of the past, which is giving us no future.
Those that ignore the past are condemning us to a future that has been written. Those that use the past to condemn the present can help write the future. I wonder what new material Monty Python will come up with?
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Thursday, 14 November 2013
This recording captures The Ramones in front of an enthusiastic Ann Arbor audience in February 1979 during their Road To Ruin tour, and months before they started recording End Of The Century. The set is a great selection of tunes from their first four albums plus a couple that would appear on the aforementioned End of The Century. It's fast, furious and frantic full throttle pedal to the metal Rock'n'Roll. Raw, rough and raucous even by Ramones standards. As a bonus there are also 7 tracks from various TV show appearances the band made between 1982 and 1995. Hey, Ho Let's Go!
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Some musicians us the term 'art' to describe their work, because as music, it's shit. However art defines any old shit because it is....art, and anything seems to pass for art if people are told it is art. Music doesn't need definition because people can hear it is music. When it comes to what people see, they have to be persuaded and seduced into looking at something for what it isn't when it is what it is....a pile of bricks, a dead cow or a floor covered in seeds, they are what they are until people are told it shows humanities darker side....blah, blah, blah. It's another case of the emperors new clothes, and all the media and service industries are in it all together; selling people more shit they don't really need by telling us it is something that it is not. The whole world is just gaga!
Looking in the mirror craving attention,
another love child of a narcissist nation.
Look out of the window, cannot see anything
another blinded child who always wants something.
Celebrity kills, creating a death culture,
bones of the past picked at by capitalist vultures.
Bought and sold, the new and the old.
By all the taste makers trend setters, movers and shakers.
Down from the hills comes a thundering sound.
A thousand marching feet across the ground.
Tattered and torn flags, flapping in the field.
There will be no surrender because no one will yield.
The blood runs over England’s green and now unpleasant lands,
everyone fighting something they don't understand.
Two world wars and one world cup,
a dead empire, who gives a fuck?!
British soldiers give Nazi salutes.
Fingers on the triggers, there are Muslims to shoot.
A grey mist covers a land with no hope or glory,
history tells a different story.
A storm is coming, a real rain will fall
knocking all the Humpty Dumpty's from off the wall.
Sunday, 20 October 2013
I RAISE MY FIST AND I SING MY SONG FROM THE DAWNING OF THE LIGHT UNTIL THE SETTING OF THE SUN / I'M A THORN IN THE EYE OF THE CURRENT CONTENT. RISE UP!"
Rise Up! Is the throbbing and tuneful new single from reluctant Anarcho Punks, The Mob. After thirty years they're back to the battlefield with a real call to arms anthem to blast from the barricades. Available from All The Madmen Records or as a digital download from Amazon.... RISE UP!
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Last Thursday (17th) between them Babyshambles and support band Deadcuts blew the roof of the Cambridge Junction. It was a night of Pure Rock'n'Roll at its most riveting and exciting, certainly the best time I've seen Babyshambles. I wont go into detail of the songs they played, but it was a well selected cross section of the old'n'new, borrowed'n'blue, because Babyshambles are more than just Pete Doherty, as a listen to their latest album Sequel To The Prequel will testify. Pete was at his playful and prancing best, at one point, with scant regard for health and safety he launched the micstand and microphone into the adoring throng of 'shambles crazies. Earlier in the evening Deadcuts had shaken the foundations with a post punk, post brit pop sonic assault on the senses. From the opening guitar noise and the first few chords along with their glam scruff look something told me that Deadcuts might be quite good. Thirty minutes later and my initial reaction had been proved wrong, they weren't quite good, they were fucking great!
A trip to their facebook page the next day revealed a lot more about Deadcuts to me. It turns out singer and guitarist Mark Keds had been in the Senseless Things (a late 80's early 90's indie guitar band.) Bassist Mark McCarthy played in The Wonder Stuff, and Goth Rockers Queen Adrena, Drummer Trevor Sharpe had hit the skins for Miranda Sex Garden, while the guitarist with a look of Johnny Thunders about him was Jerome Alexander formerly of The Skuzzies. With that sort of pedigree, and a rich and varied list of influences from Johnny Thunders to Death In June and The Birthday Party to Prince. it is no wonder the Deadcuts are a....cut above yer average Rock'n'Roll band.
The piercing twin guitar attack, solid Semtex bass and the machine gun drums hammer their songs into yer head and heart, these are tunes that absorb and engulf the listener before spitting them out shaking and twitching on the floor. The throaty and drawling vocals add to the full throttle aural assault. Never mind being a breath of fresh air in the stale stagnant Rock'nRoll world of the noughties Deadcuts are like a tornado; ripping it all up with their sleazy sonic soundscapes, like a punked-up Psychedelic Furs. Deadcuts are a psyched up primal, tribal and feral howl in the face of mediocrity.
I dunno if the 4 track CD of theirs which I picked up at the gig is their new single or what, but it's well worth tracking down, but while you do that, here's a selection of songs from their soundcloud page for you to Enjoy or Destroy!
Been on a bit of a downer for the last few weeks, hence the lack of posts, but I've just started writing some random shit down recently.
The nights have started to draw in streets and alleyways are engulfed in darkness cos the council have turned down the lights to save money. Fuel poverty as energy prices rise.
Turn on the TV and across the globe countries go from crisis to crisis. while the Western world still hold onto the capitalist dream of globalisation.
From civil wars in Africa that fuel the worlds wireless mobile phone addiction to chemical attacks in Syria and the news that the Red Cross are gonna be providing food parcels to Britain’s poor and needy this Christmas. This is not good. With so much wealth in the pockets of so few and others are starving....Eat the rich! Rob their cake! Don't buy the products and try to live their dream while others exist in a nightmare.
The US Government has shut down; such has been the cost of their decades of warmongering and endless space exploration McRocket Man looking for new frontiers to exploit both on earth and out in space.... ….
Two days off the wheel, and just like a hamster I'm gonna curl up and do fuck all! The phone rings, I nearly answer it as if I was at work....need a break get a way from it all. Modern life isn't rubbish, it's mundane, or is that just my life, where everything becomes a routine, as much as I love doing this blog sometimes it's hard to get enthusiastic about stuff, or summon up the energy to even think.
Frustration....freedom denied by chains that bind. Snap the shackles, raise an arm and a fist of fury. Pull down the blindfold take a look around remove the gag from your mouth and shout NO!
We need to take steps into the unknown, into the darkness. We are the light at the end of the tunnel. Just as we have made our own prisons, we can escape from them.
“I stood among them, but not of them, in a shroud of thoughts which were not their thoughts.” - Lord Byron.
All quite on the Eastern Front as the worlds biggest warmongers America and Russia decide who became the peacemaker in the Syrian chemical weapons crisis. When the reporting stops, that's the time to think I wonder what the fuck they are up to? What deals have been struck as compromises are bought and sold around tables of power.
Dunno what's worse? working in the private sector making the bosses money, or working in the public sector watching the managers waste our money!
Migrants drown as they try to reach the West...Turn around there's nothing to see here. People with nothing want something while people with everything think they are something, when really they are nothing. Cut 'em and they bleed just like the rest of us.
The ship of fools is sinking.
The times they have a changed! For the first time in a hundred years the next generation is gonna be financially worse off than the previous one, or perhaps people have developed higher expectations and demands in the instant success/failure consumer society they are living in than previous generations. There is also no incentive to save. Interest rates are low to both the borrower and the saver, thing is the more you save the less interest you receive on your savings. It's all about spend, spend, spend! People used to save for a rainy day, i.e. for when times got tough, now they just save to spend on a rainy day and carry on regardless with no thought for the future.
Kissing China's arse to get more cash into the coffers of Ukplc. Forget human rights records or the sweatshop economy. It's all about clothing the Western consumer army in cheap clothes and arming it with cheap goods.
Who's covering the cost for the hunt for Madeline McCann? Cos I don't see why the taxpayer should cover the cost of the parents irresponsibility! If they were a family from a council estate who left their kid alone when they went down the pub, they'd have been crucified in the media and by the public. How many other families have had their children abducted, and have they received as much support from the state as the family McCann have?
A sign of the times, or a sigh of things to come? Food-banks in a nation starved of goodness but full of bigots and bullshit.