Sunday, 31 December 2006
DON'T LET 'EM DRUG YOU INTO SUBMISSION/WITH LIFESTYLE CHOICES/LOOK BEYOND AND BEHIND THE MEDIA/SEE IT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS/A WEAPON OF SOCIAL CONTROL/LOOK LIFE IN THE FACE/AND FACE IT/DON'T JUST LOOK AT THE PRICE AND BUY IT/YOU DON'T GET 2 LIVES FOR THE PRICE OF 1/VALUE WHAT IS NECESSARY/LOSE WHAT IS NOT/WE HAVE THE POWER/IT'S JUST WE'VE BEEN BRAINWASHED INTO THINKING WE DON'T/THE POWERLESS ARE EASIER TO (CON)TROL/WE ARE THE POWER/USE IT/COMPLAIN/PROTEST ABOUT THINGS THAT PISS YOU OFF/JUST LIKE YOU WOULD IF YOUR NEW BARGAIN 0% FINANCE FOR A YEAR T.V DIDN'T WORK/TOGETHER WE CAN USE THIS POWER TO FIGHT THE POWER////AND MAKE IT A REALLY NEW YEAR////
Saturday, 30 December 2006
Friday, 29 December 2006
The only good track on it is by Jim Reid who offers a fucked up and deconstructed version of The Saints classic tail of alienation; 'I'm Stranded'. Jim makes it sound dark and despairing and shows his genius and the power of a killer song. I'm Stranded is one of the 'classic punk singles of all time' and The Jesus and Mary Chain were one of the true revolutionary bands of the post punk era.
Anyway for your aural consumption here's 3 takes on I'm Stranded. Jim's version, a more conventional cover by one of my all time fave bands The Vibrators and of course the original by The Saints.
Enjoy, it's just a click away !
Thursday, 28 December 2006
Tuesday, 26 December 2006
Saturday, 23 December 2006
Friday, 22 December 2006
Thursday, 21 December 2006
Over the last 20 years Primal Scream have consistently been the best Rock'n'Roll band since The Clash. Punks to the core. Pushing musical boundaries and paying homage to heroes, icons and influences with every release. Their choice of cover versions reflects this: John Lennon, MC5, Johnny Thunders, Iggy Pop and The Clash amongst others. All visionaries, trailblazers and troubadours, just like The Scream. Here for your rockers delight is a live compilation, take a trip as The Scream go undercover.
1) Gimme Some Truth. 2) Cold Turkey 3) 5 Years ahead of my time. 4) Motorhead. 5) 96 Tears. 6) Loose.
7) Neat, Neat, Neat. 8) Jail Guitar Doors. 9) Born To Lose/Kick Out The Jams. 10) Ramblin Rose.
PRIMAL SCREAM - Go Undercover : http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VYSTHD5W
Enjoy, this is 100% high octane fuel driven rock'n'roll. Listen with care.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
Monday, 18 December 2006
1980 It’s a Brand New Age. - UK Subs
‘My god is Rock’n’Roll it’s an obscure power that can change your life.’
- Lou Reed
Jan 1980 FILTHY HABITZ / OPTIONAL X-TRAS / CHRONIC GENERATION
This is were it all started, on a Thursday upstairs at Bowes Lyon House, with two Punk bands from Stevenage and one from Hitchin, promoted by local fanzine V-Sign. Prior to this after the punk explosion, bands had played at Hitchin College SCRITTI POLLITI and ACME SEWAGE COMPANY (6/7/79) and The Leys Youth Club in Letchworth, CRISIS. The Leys also promoted several free gigs as part of the Weird Tales/Fuck Off Records tours.
???? PATRICK FITZGERALD / THE REEKERS
East end Punk poet, supported by local garage punks The Reekers, who did actually practice in their parents garage, when it wasn’t full up with the T-Shirts they produced for bands.
???? CHRONIC GENERATION / ORANGE DISASTER
???? THE PACK
???? ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 / OPTIONAL XTRAS
Where’s Captain Kirk ?, whose Spizz ?
???? DANGEROUS GIRLS / CARDIAC ARREST
??? THE NIGHTINGALES / JANET AND THE JOHNS
The sight of a piano on stage was just too much for some people. The Nightingales lead singer Robert Lloyd had previously been in Birmingham punk band THE PREFECTS.
Sept 18th CRASS / POISON GIRLS / THE SNIPERS / ANNIE ANXIETY
Violent atmosphere, a skinhead was glassed by the singer of CONFLICT for harassing his girlfriend. Steve Ignorant, Crass’s lead singer jumped over the heads of the crowd to help out. A fight at Stevenage train station after the gig resulted in arrests being made, one being ROB NEWMAN, who recounts the events on his live video.
Uncompromising anarcho collective, less rock’n’roll more party political. A whole underground movement developed around their political and musical stance. Parallels can be drawn with the 1970’s free festivals. The atmosphere at gigs was intense, a fanaticism, verging on fascist. Not helped by Crass dressing in a military style ‘uniform’. Crass’s Politics were open to constant criticism, but politicised a generation.
Oct 16th UK DECAY
1st visit by UK Decay, always a popular band when they visited Stevenage. They had a distinctive sound, Spon their guitarist only had five strings on his.
UK Decay’s take on first wave punk (check out Siouxsie and the Banshees and Adam and the Ants.) would later mutate into what became known as GOTH, The photo on the front cover of their Black Cat e.p provides testement to this.
Nov 8th THEATRE OF HATE / OPTIONAL XTRAS
The return of Kirk Brandon and his new band. Boy George paid a visit, along with UK Decay, Theatre of Hate broadened Punks appeal, some called it positive or post punk.
Dec 12th THE EPILEPTICS / THE ERATICS / THE SINYX
An Essex Punx showcase of sorts.
Jan 4th UK DECAY / WAXWORK DUMMIES / THE STATICS / PNEUMANIA
Jan 18th THEATRE OF HATE
Jan 31st WASTED YOUTH / BLAK FILTAIRE / THE GOOD BLOKES
Drugged up Velvet Underground, Lou Reed stylee. Eastend lads Wasted Youth, The Good Blokes were fronted by Simon Kelly who had previously sung for original local punks THE BLEACH BOYS.
Feb 15th MANUFACTURED ROMANCE / THE ABDABS / CHRON GEN
According to SNOTRAG fanzine ‘Manufactured Romance created a bit of a stir with their danceable, jumpable punk.’
March 8th UK DECAY
March 29th CHELSEA
April 5th BLEACH BOYS / SLAUGHTER HOUSE 5 / THE ABDABS
Re-formed Bleach Boys return for a night of 77 Anarchy.
April 12th THEATRE OF HATE
April 26th MANUFACTURED ROMANCE
May 3rd THE GREAT ROCK ‘N‘ ROLL SWINDLE (FILM SHOWING)
May 10th THE STRAPS / VICTIMS OF THE PESTILENCE / FALSE CONCERN
May 17th DISCHARGE / SUBHUMANS / THE MOB
Only the Subhumans second gig outside their native Wiltshire and their first with a ‘name’ band, big PA and a crowd of over 100. To right, the gig was rammed. Leather, studs and soapy spikes. This is probably my all time fave gig at Bowes, 3 of the best bands from the anarcho/squat and street punk scenes. Hugh crowd. Top gig
May 30th FLUX OF PINK INDIANS / HORNSEY AT WAR / VINYL AND THE EMULSIONS / CHAOS
June 7th ANTI PASTI
June 14th CHELSEA / ALTERNATIVE T.V / VICTIMS OF THE PESTILENCE
Punks Not Dead as two stalwarts; Gene October and Mark Perry front new line-ups of old bands.
June 28th THE ADICTS / WAXWORK DUMMIES
July 12th SPLODGENESSABOUNDS
July 18th NEW ROMANTIC NIGHT
Sept 19th THE WALL
Sept 27th UROPA HULA
Oct 4th VICE SQUAD / ERAZERHEAD / DEAD LOSS / THE SOLUTION
Oct 18th BASKING SHARKS
Oct 21st NAKED LUNCH
Nov 8th THE EXPLOITED / INFA RIOT
Hundreds of skinheads, red doc martins and green flight jackets.
Nov 19th UK SUBS
Nov 15th ETERNAL SCREAM
Nov 22nd THE PARTISANS
Nov 25th CUDDLY TOYS
Nov 29th BLAH, BLAH, BLAH
Dec 13th THE EXCITERS
Dec 19th CHRON GEN
Jan 24th ZOUNDZ / NULL AND VOID /SPECIAL DUTIES / THE ERATICS
‘Null and Void played to a rather empty hall, The Eratics songs collapsed half the way through, Special Duties played fast raw punk. Local band Dead Loss played one song before Zounds came on. Zounds played a really good set and managed to get everyone dancing.’ This is how local fanzine Subversive Society described the gig.
Feb 7th JOHN COOPER CLARKE / DEATH IN JUNE / VERTICAL HOLD
The gig was filmed by the BBC, for a documentary on John Cooper Clarke, who ‘had recently drifted to Stevenage to take drugs’, so the sleeve notes to ‘And Here is The Young Man’ a compilation of tracks produced by the legendary Martin Hannett. John did his bit for the local music scene by doing the gig for free.
Feb 21st SUBHUMANS
Feb ?? THE OUTCASTS
The Outcasts were due to play but pulled out due to recent death of drummer in road traffic accident.
April 18th DISCHARGE / ANTI SECT / THE WAR GAME (FILM)
May 5th ERAZERHEAD / ACTIFED / DRESDEN FUN
Incidents with drunken followers of the the east ends answer to the Ramones and Lurkers.
May 16th G.B.H / DEAD MANS SHADOW / PARAMEDIC SQUAD
June 26th FLUX OF PINK INDIANS / SHATTER / ASSASSINS OF HOPE / THE SYSTEM / THE DESTRUCTORS
Interview with Allen Adams(Bass Player of The Destructors) on www.punkoiuk.co.uk Q. What is the highlight and what is the lowest point in the bands history? The GBH tour "attacked by rats" (with Abrasive Wheels and The Blitz) and Stevenage Bowes Lyon House with Flux of Pink Indians are the highpoints. The lowest point was the bands break up in Cambridge (24/09/83).
In Ian Glaspers excellent book Burning Britain The History of UK Punk 1980-1984 Gizz the bands guitarist, who later joined THE PRODIGY, also recalls this night. "We supported Flux of Pink Indians at the Stevenage Bowes Lyon House....when we played the whole hall explodedinto life. The bands came out and danced to us too. That was a moment when the hairs went up on the back of my neck. Flux were really cooking and the whole night was magical."
June 6th PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES / THE BURGLARS / ABH
Keep Britain Untidy
Sept 19th THE ADICTS / NEWTOWN NEUROTICS / STATE ENEMIES
Oct 3rd UK DECAY / SEX GANG CHILDREN / FIELDS OF FLAME
Oct 17th SCREAMING DEAD / BRIGANDAGE / THE VERDICT / UXB
Oct 31st DISORDER / AMEBIX / CHRONIC OUTBURSTS
West Country punk, scummy and scussy. The dying fly disorder and fans.
Nov 28th POISON GIRLS / RUBELLA BALLET / RIOT/CLONE
Dec 12th THE METEORS / 4 MINUTE WARNING
Wrecking Crew, psycho Billy, no really psycho.
Sunday, 17 December 2006
Saturday, 16 December 2006
Thursday, 14 December 2006
Wednesday, 13 December 2006
Tuesday, 12 December 2006
The eyes of the world are watching.
The ears of the world are listening.
The hands of the west are clapping.
The feet of the east aren't moving.
Monday, 11 December 2006
Saturday, 9 December 2006
"Open your eyes and see the lies right in front of you." - Lords of The New Church
"Value what is necessary, Lose what is not." - Carbon/Silicon
Friday, 8 December 2006
Searching for a meaning, where there ain’t none.
I haven’t got a clue ‘bout whats going on.
Got a rage inside
that I can no longer hide.
I keep on screaming, but I’m not mad.
I keep on crying, but I’m not sad.
Got a feeling that things are wrong
My brain is ticking, a human time bomb.
Do you know where your children are tonight ?
Dressed like tarts and dealers, what a sight.
You must be really proud of them.
To treat ‘em like grown ups at the age of ten.
Where are the morals we had before ?
An alco-pops bottle smashed on the floor.
Real life, fake and phoney.
Communities of the lost and lonely.
Alienation, boredom and despair.
Scapegoats are everywhere.
Asylum seekers and refugees,
Are bringing the country to it’s knees.
It’s written in the papers, it must be true.
Benefit scroungers are taking from me and you.
Stir it up a little more,
Fuel the fire for a race war.
All that is solid melts into the air.
A world turned upside down, doesn’t care.
Struggling on trying to keep it together.
In a disposable world nothing lasts forever.
The hardest thing is getting up each day,
Knowing it doesn’t have to be this way.
Searching for a meaning,
in a time when nothing means anything .
Living in a dead democracy,
Everything is all at sea
Riots, bombs and bird flu
Looks like they’re coming, for me and you.
As it all crashes down, round our ears,
The guilty feed on all our fears.
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Tuesday, 5 December 2006
Fuck your system and your rules.
Your sham democracy, engineered for fools.
Fuck your progress and consumer choice.
Your sham democracy, gives no real voice.
Fuck your wars with all their slaughter.
Your sham democracy makes me roar with laughter.
Fuck every single working hour.
Your sham democracy, gives illusions of power.
Monday, 4 December 2006
Sunday, 3 December 2006
CNN’s global drama,
Bush, Blair and Osama.
This blog will evolve as it starts to revolve in front of your very eyes, check back to older posts as they may have changed, 'cos I'm making this shit up as I go along, adding in bits here and there. Artwerk, poems, rantings ravings and music, whatever takes my fancy and comes out of my archives and into my brain. Oh you lucky, lucky people, for what you are about to receive may you be truly (un)grateful.