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Friday, 10 August 2007

'IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE ALL OF THIS IS DONE'


One of the 80's biggest 'alternative' bands; NEW MODEL ARMY, named after Cromwell's English Civil War forces. I first came upon them when they played at Bowes Lyon House in Stevenage in 1984. Justin aka Slade The Leveller prowled the stage in a red bands mans jacket like a manic street preacher spitting out words of venom and anger. "I believe in vengeance I believe in getting the bastards, getting the bastards, getting the bastards, now!" You didn't get that at a Crass gig. They received a lot of criticism of their often puritanical views, and themes of revenge that also surfaced on a latter track of theirs, The Hunt, another tale of vengeance. Their live shows were an intense religious experience they had a faithful, fanatical following that travelled the country to worship. Pyramids of bodies and waving arms filled venues, and clogs pounded the dance floor, clogs were the shoe of choiceof yer New Model Arm disciple. Converse trainers, Chelsea Boots or Dr Martins were no protection against a stray clog, not that there were many when they played in Stevenage, the hall was half full. By 1985 they were playing Top of The Pops wearing Only Stupid Bastards Use Heroin T-Shirts, with gaffa tape across the word bastards. All Of This Is was originally released in 1999 and is a fine live collection of all their best numbers. Get it there, turn up loud and feel angry.

8 comments:

Pogel said...

Not related to NMA but did you see that China was measuring their pollution then refused to give out the findings. However, they now may have cause for concern. Not that the neo-capitalist Chinese government care about global warming but that the effects on the population is decreasing productivity and negating their growth/profits.

John Liedown said...

Ha! That's got me in the mood for next week. I've never actually bought this as it's a compilation of all the free live 12 inch singles that used to come with NMA 12 inch releases which I own anyway. But listening to them all in one place has got me well up for next weekend. Cheers Nuzz. Hope whatever's grinding you down lifts soon mate. Just dark clouds in a clear sky!
"Both you & I, we never asked, for any of this!"

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Yeah indeed Pogel, especially with the Olympics in Bejing, there's talk of having to cancel some of it if the pollution over the city don't get sorted and the Chinese aint gonna wanna be seen as failing with such a global event, so maybe they'll clean their act up. No problem John, yeah you're off to see 'em aint ya, enjoy. Tuesdays D-Day for me, hopefully the dark clouds will be moving along after that.
"Yes we have pride..Is this our sin"

mrmagoomc4 said...

FOUR OCLOCK IN THE MORNING GREAT POST REALLY LOVE NMA THERE UP THERE WITH COCK SPARRER,MC4,MOB,ETC ANY DAY GREAT BAND HAS ANYBODY OUT THERE GOT ANY BOOTLEGS ON EM ??????

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Couldn't agree more with ya MrM

John Liedown said...

Mr Magoo i've a few nice NMA bootlegs. I dont know when you get the time to listen to them though. Puts my own musical ocd into perspective.

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Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

nod, nod, wink, wink say no more anon.