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Thursday, 26 April 2007

CHELSEA - Live @ The Music Machine 1978

Another 'bunch of old punks' captured live. This time it's Chelsea; formed in 1976 by the manager of Acme Attractions, a clothes shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea as a rival to the Sex Pistols. Early line up included Billy Idol and Tony James who left after a few gigs to form Generation X, leaving vocalist and motor mouth Gene October to recruit some new members. Over the years Chelsea's line up was constantly changing. Their classic debut album wasn't released until 1979 leaving them as probably the last of the first wave of punk groups to release an album, they had previously issued a string of anthemic singles including their attack on unemployment and trade unions; 'The Right To Work' Chelsea were also one of the only original punk bands that carried on and became part of the 80's Punks Not Dead scene, supporting the Anti Nowhere League, Chron Gen and The Defects on the infamous So What tour. A latter line up of Chelsea included two former Chron Gen members; Jon Thurlow and Pete Dimmock. The Alarm, Southern Death Cult and Fields Of The Nephilim all got their breaks by doing gigs with Chelsea at The Marquee and Chelsea well they didn't achieve any real success, but continue to gig and release records. Their last one 'Faster, Cheaper and Better Looking saw the 1978-79 line up reunited to produce a corker. Anyway enough waffle here's a live recording from The Music Machine in 1978. It's just a click away: http://www.sendspace.com/file/iynvds


mrmagoomc4 said...

unlike 999 chelsea are a crap team but a great band that didnt get the recognition they deserved abit like cock sparrer cant wait to here this wen its down loaded 74% n counting cheeras nuzz

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Original Sinner said...

CHELSEA have confirmed a gig on Teesside in March 2014 - their first gig for 29 years. More details are here. Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds are the main support band: https://www.facebook.com/events/679970302014580/


Watch out for more details here: www.rockgardenrevisited.co.uk