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Monday, 18 December 2006

STEVENAGE CALLING #1

Hey Ho Lets Go ! right then here's the first of the Stevenage Calling posts, I will be adding bits to this one and further years gigs in future posts, so keep on reading.

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.

1981

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

1982

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.

6 comments:

mrmagoomc4 said...

DID ANYBODY RECORD ANY OF THESE GIGS NUZZ IDE LOVE THE CHRON GEN,MOB,SUBHUMANS,ETCETC SETS ETC BRILL BLOG GIVEN ME A COUPLE OF IDEAS FOR MINE ETC COMUNICATION IS THE KEY SO IF ANYONE VISITS MY SITE OR THIS ONE FOR FUX SAKE LEAVE A COMMENT DONT JUST DOWNLOAD AND SCARPER !!!!!

ChelseaChrisUK said...

In reply to the previous commenter. I recorded some of the gigs. I also aquired some from a guy from Ickleford many, many years ago.

as for the posted list, I now post my amendments, ommissions & post 1982 gigs I went to.

Great list.

I have a few additions & amendments
Can't remember off the top of my head but I do have several Gig posters stored in the losft (Definatelt got the CRASS one)

Amendment
Jan 1980 FILTHY HABITZ
Date was 13th Jan 1980. Cost 60p. I also have a very bad audio recording of FILTHY HABITZ & CHRON GEN
Also are you sure about the SCRITTI POLITTI date, I have it down as 18/5/79?

Addition
April 1980 UK DECAY / PNEUMANIA (Definately a thursday night)

Addition
17 April 1980 EPILEPTICS / ERATICS
I have a reasonable audio recordinmg of both bands

Amendment
???? ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80
Date was 3rd July 1980. PNEUMANIA also played. Cost £1.50
I have a reasonable audio recording of Spizz & Pneumania

Addendum
18th Sept 1980 CRASS
Cost £1
I have CRASS (Not full gig), Poison Girls & Snipers on audio tape.

Addendum
17th May 1981 DISCHARGE / SUBHUMANS / MOB
I have an audio recording of The MOB

Amendment
7th June 1981 ANT-PASTI
CHRON GEN also played. I have a audio recording of CHRON GEN

Amendment
12th July 1981SPLODGENESSABOUNDS
TEN YEN / CHRON GEN / ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE also played. Cost £1.75

Addition
11th OCT 1981
UK SUBS / TEN YEN / LONG TALL SHORTY

Amendment
8th Nov 1981EXPLOITED
ESCAPEES also played


Amendment/Addition
Feb ??
Did the Outcasts reschedule? as I have a date of 21st March 1982 for THE OUTCASTS / DEAD LIBERTY / ACTION PACT

Additional
2nd Jan 1983 SUBHUMANS / VIRUS / DESTRUCTORS
I have all 3 on audio type

16th Jan 1983 CONFLICT / OMEGA TRIBE / ICONS OF THE FILTH / + 2 other Bands
I have all 5 bands on audio tape

13th Feb 1983 LURKERS / VICIOUS HAMPSTERS / FILTHY HABITZ
I think I have all 3 on audio type (Definately have the Lurkers)

6th March 1983 ANGELIC UPSTARTS / TOY DOLLS / TERMINAL SPECTATORS
I have all 3 on audio type (Upstarts do England & Dolls do Nellie)

22nd May 1983 UK SUBS / RABID / + another Band
I have the SUBS & RABID on audio tape

17th July 1983 CONFLICT / REALITY / HAGAR THE WOMB / + 2 other Bands
I have the first 3 on Audio tape

16th Oct 1983 FALL / KINDRED SPIRIT / + another Band
I have the first 2 on Audio tape

18th Mar 1984 VIBRATORS / MAJOR ACCIDENT / + another Band
I have the first 2 on Audio tape

29th April 1984 Screaming Dead / Poison Justice
I have both on Audio tape.
I'm sure someone didn't turn up, as I wouldn't have gone to see either of these bands in their own right.

24th June 1984 ALIEN SEX FIEND / PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION / AUSGANG
I have ASF on audio tape, & possibly AUSGANG

14th Oct 1984 BRIGANDAGE / BATTALLION OF SAINTS
I think I have both on audio tape + a few photos.

2nd Dec 1984 METEORS
I have this on Audio tape

24th Feb 1985 999 / + another Band
Cost £2
I have 999 on audio tape

As Klub Wiv No Name

17th Sept 1993 REDD KROSS / ERIC's TRIP / DRUG PROWLING WOLVES

1st Oct 1993 TV SMITH / LAST THREE RIZLAS / COLORYDE
Cost £4 (included free food from the newly opened cafe)
I have TV on audio tape, missed the beginning of GGE as I was in the toilet!

20th Oct 1993 CREAMING JESUS / TRANSWORLD SIREN / + another band
I have CJ on audio tape

30th June 1995 / URBAN NOISE TERRORISTS / TRANSWORLD SIREN
Cost £3
Don't know who headlined. Only went as I wanted to see TWS, but stayed till the end.
Gig ended in the early hours, I think the headliners had played another gig early in the evening in London.

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Sorry guys missed these comments, chelseachrisuk, please get in touch re: recordings and memories.

ChelseaChrisUK said...

Apologies for not replying sooner.
If you'd like to get in touch please email directly to ChelseaChrisUK@AOL.com
Just checked my Cassette tapes & I appear to have the following (Quality Varies wildly. Most are full sets, but not all ie Crass)
I think they are all my own recordings except for the Mob, & Chron Gen in '81.
Date Artist
13/1/80 Chron Gen
Filthy Habitz
13/2/83 (Unknown)
Lurkers
14/10/84 Battalion Of Saints
Brigandage
16/1/83 (Unknown) x2
Conflict
16/10/83 Fall
Kindred Spirit
17/4/80 Epileptics
Eratics
17/5/81 Mob
17/7/83 (Unknown)
Conflict
Hagar The Womb
Reality
18/3/84 Major Accident
Vibrators
18/9 80 Crass
Poison Girls
Snipers
2/1/83 Destructors
Subhumans
Virus
2/12/84 Meteors
22/5/83 U.K. Subs
24/2/85 999
29/4/84 Poison Justice
Screaming Dead
3/7/80 Athletico Spizz 80
Pneumania
6/3/83 Angelic Upstarts
Terminal Spectators
Toy Dolls
7/6/81 Chrion Gen

Anonymous said...

Wow I have only just stumbled on this
I would be very interested in the Filthy Habitz recording as I was the drummer
Regards
mick Simmons

ChelseaChrisUK said...

Hi Mick,

I remember you and your brother.
I was friendly with Peter Woodroffe.
I seem to remember coming round your house.
I have some recording of this too.

Drop me line, if you find this thread again, at ChelseaChrisUK@aol.com

Cheers Mick