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Sunday, 21 March 2010

THE PARKINSONS - A Long Way To Nowhere.


In the wake of bands like The Strokes and The Hives at the beginning of the noughties Britain rocked once again to the sound of loud guitars. This time the influence came from the 70’s rather than the 60’s. The Parkinsons were one such band, who became infamous rather that famous with their full frontal Punk Rawk attack on their audiences. Three Portuguese fells who’d relocated to London and hooked up with Chris Lowe, a drummer who’d previously bashed the skins with anarcho agitators The Apostles. A Long Way To Nowhere was their first release in 2002, a 7 track mini-album that smashes into yer skull before exiting as quickly as it hit. A magnificent catchy, rowdy racket. No frills but plenty of thrills and spills. Hear it here! Think The Ramones, The Heartbreakers, or The Lurkers. Punk Pastiche it isn‘t, thanks in part to the production by Jim Reid and Ben Lure from The Jesus and Mary Chain. The band also released a single; Streets Of London in 2002 before a couple of members left and then Blip, Blip, Blip……………………………….......... off the radar they went, as quickly as they’d arrived.

6 comments:

It's a **** thing said...

I think they played up here (Scotland) about a year ago. (Different line up)
I seen them around the time of that release and I think that the 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster were on the bill as well. The Parkinsons were pretty much outstanding though, while the 80s Matchbox were rather forgettable.

It's a **** thing said...

I found this.
Pinto left the band in 2003, with the band's songwriter Torpedo taking over on vocals, and new guitarist Jet and drummer Eric Baconstrip added. The same year, Pinto was involved in a recreation of The Cramps' infamous 1978 performance at the Napa Mental Institute in California, taking on the role of Lux Interior in the show at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts.[10] The band split up in 2005, but reformed with Pinto in 2006 for a gig to celebrate 10 years of one of their favourite venues, the Dirty Water Club in North London.

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Cheers for that info ****thing, can I call you that?

It's a **** thing said...

****thing is fine, but most people call me Mainy.

nekrodad said...

hey im checking these wads out man, good write up. you had me at heartbreakers and lurkers sound. im now going to enjoy these dimple dicks. i see the dl is now done.

dhilts said...

Stumbled across this page, Afonso now fronts the brilliant Johnny Throttle who you should all definitely check out