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They only tell us what they want us to know.....An Anti Austerity Demo gathered outside the BBC headquarters in London the other weekend, ...





Saturday, 8 September 2018


*Just a play on words, that's all, but in Britain’s present political climate; Accusations of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn, or witch hunt and smear campaign as I like to call it, I would like to point out that I am not anti-Semitic/Zionist. To paraphrase the late, great Joe Strummer....”I am anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-violence. I am pro-creativity and against ignorance.” I'd also add to that list....anti-power, anti-control and pro-free speech.
So putting things into context, it is not anti-Semitic for me to criticise the Israeli government and its Racist power and control policies towards the Palestinian people and anyone else that dares to speak out against the actions of the Israeli state, and support the opposition.
I don't care who threw the first rock, it is time that the whole conflict in the middle east is brought to a stop, before it destroys us all. It's also worth mentioning that as well as the 6 million Holocaust victims, lest we forget that 5.5 million “enemies of the German state” (Criminals, the Insane, homosexuals, communists, Socialists, Jehovah Witnesses and gypsies were also murdered in atrocious circumstances. As staunch left wing agit-punkers; the recently, reformed and still relevant Crisis said “The Jews weren't the only ones!” (Ironically when Doug Pearce and Tony Wakefield from the band left and formed Death in June, they were accused of being Fascists due their imagery and lyrics, something they refuted.)

Thursday, 16 August 2018


I always look forward to Alvin’s songs on Urban Dogs and UK Subs albums, and wonder when he'll release a solo album, well the time is almost now, as he's just putting the finishing touches to Your Disobedient Servant, but as a taster for it he's releasing a single, and pretty yummy it is to! Ghost Train and Clumsy Fingers are a couple of ballsy hard hitting righteous and riotous rockers; Thumping drums, pounding bass, flesh cutting guitars and a great vocal performance of pure power and passion, with some intelligent lyrics, a real foot tapping, fist thumping, brain thinking slab of pumpkin coloured 7”vinyl. Alvin's not alone on this venture, his 'backing band' The Disobedient Servants is made up of guest musicians Brian James (Lords of The New Church/The Damned) Leigh Heggarty (The Ruts) Steve Critall (The Godfathers) and Jamie Oliver (UK Subs) great performances from all of 'em. The Single, with a cover designed by Gaye Black (The Adverts) is out on Halloween (31st Oct) but be quick it's limited to 300 copies only.  Available to pre-order now from the magnificent Time and Matter Records. You'll be in for a treat!

Monday, 13 August 2018

FS1E - Words and Deeds (*A REVIEW*)

Quirky, strange and charming, and totally out there; The genre defying FS1E, a trio of hardened musicians from North Herts. have crafted and created a unique sound of their own, a blend of Reggae, Post Punk, Indie and, Prog Rock Words and Deeds, their not so difficult second album is a very British album, the sound and sentiments couldn't come from anywhere else. Twelve bitter sweet symphonies telling tales of everyday people and their lives, loves, losses and fears; the good, bad and the ugly. It's an emotional road trip of a listen that takes a journey over the bumps and potholes of life at a time of social and political upheaval in our not so great, green and pleasant lands. Sublime, slow burning and absorbing soulful stuff. Tempos change as tunes chug, chop, swing and sway long. Guitars scratch, strum and jangle, Vocal harmonies mix with Dark rhythms, Dub grooves and jaunty up tempo folk like jigs. These are catchy epic songs of jazzy prog psychedelic proportions, both laid back, lively and at times uneasy easy listening. Available now to stream on Spotify.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

THIS PLACE IS BURNING: Extreme Weather for an Extreme World!

Across the world humankind is killing itself; with knives, guns, bombs and farming implements. The sales of these weapons of mass destruction fund the global economy and fuel the murders, civil wars, drug wars and wars on terror that are going on throughout the world. It's all about the power and control!
Across the world mother nature is fighting back against manufactured mass pollution and historic weather cycles, all wrapped up by the global powers we let be as 'climate change'. Theories about weather modification gather momentum on the web, but are dismissed as pure conspiracy, despite several news stories about Russia and China attempting it, or is this 'fake news' Well the truth is that I can see the weather is changing, but I can't see humankind changing, for all the recycling and conservation people do, as developing countries....develop, the multi- nationals pump more waste into the land sea and air.
In America, Japan, Greece and Britain fires burn, people die and infrastructures come to a grinding halt! The futures bright, the future's what we make it, and during these 'Trouble Torn Times' lets see the streets really heat up, and see if stories of The British Army being prepared for action in the event of a No Deal Brexit is 'project fear, fake news or the truth. Take cover a Tsunami is coming!

Saturday, 28 July 2018


The older generations voted for a future they'll never see. The younger generations are gonna be living in a future they didn't want to see. Makes me proud to be British! As a No Deal Brexit gets closer, It's is the time for the now generation to wake up and think....What did I really vote for? And if what they get isn't what they wanted, they need to stand up and shout NO DEAL! The Left and Right should unite amongst and despite of their differences and fight together to build a Britain to be really proud of; a United Kingdom, not a disunited one....I'd rather dream than live in a nightmare!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

DONNY TAKES A TRIP by Fake News Corp

Fake News Corp is an alliance of disparate souls who wanted to manifest their opposition to the ‘alt-President of the USA’ in a rousing song. We can’t stop him coming to England but we do not welcome him. We disapprove of his racist, abusive, divisive activities and we object to his fascistic, bully-boy gang members. 

Whilst he travels freely to England he attempts to restrict the movements of others, whether from Mexico, South America or the Middle East. Alt-POTUS is a self-confessed abuser, a charity fraudster and a graceless lying bully. He has no manners and is dangerously happy in the company of the despots and dictators he admires so much.
We have created this work in order to add our voice to the millions of voices speaking out against greed, corruption, violence and cruelty, and speaking up for peace, cooperation, equality and truth. 

Sunday, 29 April 2018


Three sides to every story. Fake or break time. To good to be true, to bad.... it must be false!
Stains and smears living in post truth age of fear and uncertainty. Information wars Deceiver....Receivers Time for a task force and a strategy. Inconvenient truths they'd like us to conveniently forget about while they cover up talk of having to have photo ID in order to vote Images of gassed Syrian children brings outrage, accusations and assumptions. Nerve agent, secret agent, Tit for tat diplomat. Knife crime on murder mile, A reality disconnect; actual and virtual, Views from computer screen windows, Multi player, gang attack....Game Over! No extra lives here!

Taking more from the poor The cuts have stabbed the poor in the back leaving fresh wounds, amongst the scars from past attacks. Broken and dying in front of our eyes a promised land built on lies. Drink water till you drown because it's good for you. A nation drugged on coffee.  Watch out for the gas supply; the arrival of reprisals. Progress! Good or bad, you decide use the red button to cast your vote. Cyber crime; a sign of the times, a world where technology constructs a speech a dead president (JFK) never made makes more sense than what the living one says. Hate speech isn't free speech, it costs....in human life!

UK gets involved in another dodgy deal and Teresa May compromises parliamentary democracy by dropping bombs on Syria without consulting parliament and without waiting for any evidence as to what happened, this is carried out under the guise of ending 'humanitarian suffering', well when USA went ahead and bombed Syria’s chemical warfare capacity in 2014 they still used them again. If UK Government wants to end humanitarian suffering, then why hasn't it got involved in Yemen where a bloody war is being raged by Saudi Arabia, who are using weapons supplied by the UK (Looks like I've answered my own question there!) Interestingly the Saudi crown prince visited the UK, USA and France the day before all three countries took part in these latest attacks on Syria, no doubt he was influencing their decision. Talking of geopolitriks you've got Iran who along with Russia back Assad’s Syrian regime, then there's also Israel bombing the Iranian militia in Syria who've been using the country as a base to support the Hezbollah in Lebanon. Just who is gonna benefit from all this? aside from the arms dealers.

No facts, the judge, jury and executioners punishment and justice one big distraction false flags flying. Dropping bombs never avoids escalation.
Why would Assad use Chemical Weapons when the war against Islamic State and rebel forces has nearly been won?
Why would Russia use nerve gas in Salisbury to poison spy’s with the world cup coming up?
Why wouldn't Britain let Russia have a sample of the nerve agent?
Britain didn't support the action the US took last time they dropped bombs to stop Syria’s use of chemical weapons....well that worked didn't it. Members of parliament voted against any involvement. So why this time?
And just who killed UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly back in 2003 in the wake of Iraq and claims of weapons of mass destruction being exaggerated by New Labour Government, because it wasn't suicide like the establishment would like us to believe.


Create a fantastical spy thriller plot about a Russian spy poisoned by a nerve agent miles from a British Chemical Research facility. The Russians get the blame although there is no actual evidence that it came from Russia. Britain and many countries including the USA and France expel Russian diplomats as punishment, and insults are traded by foreign ministers on both sides. The Russian spy his daughter, Schipol family and a policeman who came into contact with the poison recover, and the only thing to die was the families pet guinea pig. Britain’s involvement with America in bombing Syria wasn't about the nations security it was payback for USA support in expelling Russian diplomats after the attack on the Schipols and it's future economic interest; from Chlorine Gas to Chlorine washed chicken.  

The US had to retaliate and bomb Syria to cover up the fabrication of gas attacks, and as a justification to attack Syria and get at Russia. Who's got the biggest knob Putin or Trump, it doesn’t matter cos they are both great big knobs, unfortunately when their macho posturing starts, so does trouble in the world. But hey Trump can't be all bad, he's helping to bring peace to Korea, where it seems Kim Jong Un doesn't want to play the biggest dick game. The French Prime Minister looked a bit uncomfortable during a recent encounterhe had with Trump, who appeared to be having some homo-erotic love in with him during a state visit.

Syrian and Salisbury chemical weapon attacks and the retaliation have been washed away in the wake of the Windrush Generation scandal, were those and the relatives of others that came to Britain from the West Indies in the 50's and helped build Britain, keep it moving and keep it well have now been told to keep away in order to satisfy immigration targets that Amber Rudd the Home Secretary doesn't seem to know anything about, and then she does, whatever, but surely the previous Home Sec; Teresa May must have been aware of as they formed part of her 'hostile environment' for immigrants. Seeds were sown many dawns ago, from them solid oaks have grown; fear, prejudice and hatred has taken root across England’s green and pleasant lands. Great Britain is a nation built on racism, it is the dark heart of this country that continues to beat; from the days of empire and colonialism via 70's sitcoms to the death of Stephen Lawrence with the inappropriate 'gaffs' made by Prince Philip and Prince Charles thrown in for good measure, topped by anti-Semitism rows in Labour Party and this present governments immigration policy. You don't need a United Nations report to tell you something you already know! People need to stop dancing to it's beat!

Monday, 2 April 2018

LAST GREAT DREAMERS - 13th Floor Renegades (*A REVIEW*)

13th Floor Renegades is the new album from London Rock'n'Roll err!.... renegades Last Great Dreamers. The heart and soul of Last Great Dreamers is the song writing partnership between fellow guitarists and vocalists Marc Valentine and Slyder one which has lasted on and off for 30 years, and on this, the bands third album it has been distilled and fermented to produce a very special blend of the finest Rock'n'Roll brew I've tasted for a while. The Last Great Dreamers have taken the Stones/Faces/Who and Kinks rock'n'roll templates and twisted them into something completely different and produced another kind of blueprint. Eleven electric and eclectic examples of Rock'n'Roll that dares to be different.
This is timeless and tuneful, foot-tapping, heart aching and fist thumping stuff. Vocals are subtle and soulful, delicate and defiant, these songs mean something! Drums shuffle and pound, the bass bops and bends as guitars ring and riff, screech and slide with a never say die no surrender attitude.
Opening track New Situation is a catchy rocky poppy punky affair, which sets the tone for the rest of the album without spoiling the surprises. Title track 13th Floor Renegades is a dreamy post psychedelic tale of escaping the mundane. Then there's the wired and taut New Wave feel of Speed of Light and the mellow aching beauty of For Your Information. Which is followed by the backs to the wall balls out stomping strut of Primitive Man. The fast and frantic No Sunshine and I Think I Like It have rings of 90's Britpop/Indie to them and Broken Things sounds like a fight between The Only Ones and Social Distortion, while Miles Away is a floaty, folky and mournful affair. Whose Side are You On is blessed with some lovely vocal harmonies and Going Home is a crashing, crunchy and cascading epic end to this brilliant affair. Last Great Dreamers you should be very proud! and everyone else....Time to wake up!

13th Floor Renegades is released by Ray Records on  April....13th....a Friday, now for all you good people that's what I call.... lucky!  Further info on Last Great Dreamers can be found on their Facebook page, or website.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

THE DERELLAS - High Rise Supersize (*A REVIEW*)

The DeRellas never fail to deliver the Punk'n'Glam goods, and their latest package the 3 track High Rise Super size single is no exception, it careers along with riotous and righteous   gay abandon, like a Ford Capri on the Rock'n'Roll highway. The two  DeRellas tunes; High Rise Supersize and  Something To Say kiss and punch you in the face like the early Manic Street Preachers and The Ruts and a cover of The Sweets Fox On The Run, stuffs and pads the box out nicely.  Released on Rockaway Beach Records! Order it from The DeRellas Store for a bit of streetwise sparkle during these trouble torn times, and remember when you stick it to the man and kick against the shits keep a smile on yer face and a song in yer heart! 

Saturday, 3 March 2018


LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT....Power corrupts, whatever foot the jackboot is on!

Draconian new laws about what the public can or can't do in public places; No tree climbing in parks, or kite flying on playing fields. Oxfam save the children for their exploitation.

Re-writing history with an air brush. Bad news buried like babies in the rubble of the Syrian city of Ghouta, or like cars on the snow covered A30 as a result from the winter storm they called the 'Beast from The East'

Human rights, human wrongs. War crimes, knife crimes. Human life is cheap, but our children pay the price in a morally bankrupt world. Gun crazy! Mass shootings in Amerika, a common place national disgrace, as are the stabbings on the streets of British towns and cities.

Where are we going? People cross minefields of identity; sexual and cultural. A fear of offence or violence in a cotton wool nation where common sense becomes rare as smart phones turn people dense. In the information age many are ill informed and misled to the point of possibly voting away Britain's future. In a flat screen slumber people believe the unicorn promises of the politicians and the advertisers that we can't do without what they are selling.... There is an alternative....Don't buy their shit!

Saturday, 24 February 2018


The Jeremy Corbyn spy story/smear. Truth or Fiction, you decide! It's about discrediting the opposition, It aint sputnik science.... So what if there's a soviet skeleton in JC's cupboard, that was the past, meanwhile in the present the British government are happy to take the rouble from Russian oligarchs who are slowly buying up the country for their future. So whose the bigger threat to 'national security'? Socialism is about the social, Conservatism is about the con!

Saturday, 10 February 2018


The hypnotised never lie. Fakery / Trickery / Tricksters and Jokers. Dangerous times, Dangerous minds. Smoke and mirrors The hypnotised cannot see. The truth police....Who watches the watchers? Fake news? Truth and censorship who decides what is true. Government power tyranny and totality. Who controls the media has the power to control the minds of the masses!

Madmen in Authority What's their problem with fake news? Or is the problem that the powers that we let be don't like what they hear or uncomfortable truths are revealed. As the sands of time pass they show there were different grains of truths to the stories we were told. For example
Piers Morgan, resigned as editor of Daily Mirror after the paper published a fake picture of troops torturing Afghan prisoners, at the time it was denounced as being made up news. A couple of years latter when the truth came out, it turns out that troops did carry out abuse and torture of prisoners.
Alternative facts and conspiracy theories ask questions when the mainstream answers are questionable. The truth is stranger than f(r)iction. I heard on the radio recently that there are proposals to set up a government department for fake news. I don't know if this is true or not, but the frightening thing is that I can see this happening in the not too distant future.

A Miss-information society, is being constructed in front of our eyes, a future reality where big lies can be disguised and dismissed as fake news, because nobody will know what is real or not. A virtual reality of tweets, postings and intsagram messages compete with the state sanctioned discourse of events, information overload.

We are not in a good place. The number of Suicides is rising, Crime is rising, homelessness is rising and the gap between the rich and poor is widening. So what does the Con-Government do....continues to cut numbers of police, builds unaffordable housing that is bought by foreign investors not to live in, all the while manipulating the statistics and using the private sector to do the jobs of the state, there by washing their hands of any responsibility for the outcomes when it all falls down, and then they blame the people and make them pay. Now is the time stand together, just like those who took to the streets of London a couple of weeks ago to protest about cuts in the NHS, not that anyone watching the BBC news that evening would have known it happened, because it wasn't reported. We are in this together, it's just that they don't want us to know it, because if differences were put aside people would find they had much more in common than they had been led to believe they had. A real United Kingdom is something that those in power do not want, because it would mean they would be out of a job and in the hands of the people.... and that's the truth of the matter.


....“Capitalism's media triumph conceals the truth that it has never been more fragile, threatened, catastrophic. Something else has surpassed both the Marxism figure-headed by a totalitarian Soviet bloc and it's liberal free market opponent. This 'something' is a set of hypereality transformations in the spheres of science, technology and economics which put our traditional notions of 'democracy' in grave doubt.”

Monday, 5 February 2018

THE MISTAKES - Anti-Social Media (*A REVIEW*)

Anti-Social Media is the debut album from the south coast of England's premier punk rockers.... The Mistakes from Poole in Dorset, and it goes a bit like this....It's a twelve track treat; An old skool new skool punk rock breakout that brings the past to the present and takes it into the future, think....UK Subs, Subhumans and Rancid, and then some! Power chords, pounding drums, luscious guitar licks and  meandering bass lines bleed from the speakers. It's a 100mph charge; fast, frantic and furious laced with twists of Ska; thrashy and tuneful with catchy choruses, it's toe tapping, head banging and fist thumping stuff.... and it will blow your ears off! These are powerful and passionate songs, they are address's to a nation in distress, a hollering voice of hope and dissent, anthems for the underdogs that refuse to quit in an age of austerity, anxiety, alienation and anger. A slab of skanking socially aware rabble rousing street punk which comes straight from the heart, kicks you in the guts, leaves a smile on yer face and makes yer brain think. What more could you ask from an Album/CD/Download? Anti-Social Media is out now on Never BeQuiet Records. and the band can be found here on facebook.  You'd be making a big mistake if you didn't check 'em out!  

Sunday, 21 January 2018

TONY JUDT Says....

....“Those who assert that 'the system' is at fault,or who see mysterious manoeuvrings behind every political misstep, have little to teach us. But the disposition to disagree, to reject and to dissent-however irritating it may be when taken to extremes-is the very lifeblood of an open society. We need people who make a virtue of opposing mainstream opinion. A democracy of permanent consensus will not long remain a democracy.” - in ILL FARES THE LAND

Tuesday, 26 December 2017


Members of Parliament mass-debate, watching porn at the taxpayers expense. Another sex scandal, another distraction as Benefits freeze in cold Brexit times. The poor get no more, but will have to pay more if the food banks don't provide, and the wankers talk of social mobility when the reality is an increase in the numbers of the young and old living in poverty. 

A Nobel Peace Prize winner presides of ethnic cleansing, as a Racist, Sexist Bigot leads the so called free world. This isn’t fake news, this is the fucking truth! It's a crazy world, cos those that run it are crazy people with egos driven by power and greed.

Populist fuelled self protection and self-preservation. On one level isolationism and inward looking politics, but on an economic level Donald Trump, with his roots in business knows that there's still more money to be made and an ideology to be sold.

Tears are wept across the world after Donald Trump declares that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There's nothing like being diplomatic when it comes to the geo-politricks in the Middle East, the same goes for North Korea. After a year why has no-one assassinated this Global Village Idiot? Well it's not time to cut the puppets strings yet, he's still got a job to do for the powers and forces that really run the world, because there's still money to be made.
Robert Mugabe, removed from power with help from the Chinese and other powers. New markets and supply’s can be forged and mined; minerals for the mobile phones that have taken over the lives of people across the world.

It's time for intervention in the peoples heads before they surrender their minds to accepting everything they have been told and are continued being told; packaged in the wrapping of progress when Smart Phones make people thick!
How much longer will people buy the shit that the idea of having economic choices means people are free. The poor have no choice! And if those that can afford to have a choice thought about it and realised that their Monthly Credit card and mortgage repayments were shackles that kept them chained to the machine sentenced to either a 9 to 5 stretch, flexitime or working from home in a prison cell, with no time for anything else. Children farmed out to to Nursery's and Day Care Centres, cos one person can't pay all the bills. Benefits for mum's to return to work. Who am I to judge? Because we all make our choices, or take our chances!

A few years back people were told Diesel Cars are good, and just like good consumers they succumbed to the seduction of car adverts a reality where Sex sells sports cars to men with small penises. Dissatisfaction guaranteed, because now the people who bought into the idea are now gonna be charged more in congestion charges as diesel is now become bad!

Free market global economics with its liberal checks and balances have left the world unbalanced. Where the few have a lot and the many have nothing. The someone’s get something for nothing when money is banked in offshore tax havens. The more the quantity the less the quality some make do and mend others discard and spend. The more you have the more you don't really need.
Affluence and opulence shoved down peoples throats in magazines and on TV; The lifestyles of the rich and famous; ideals for the people to attain to Champagne lifestyle on Lemonade wages; credit cards provide for what people have been deceived to think that they need. It's all up for sale.

Grenfell Tower stands; a burnt out shell in London’s richest borough where the poor paid a high price for the riches vanity. Royal Family porn throughout the media of both the living and dead, another wedding to distract the nation, another royal mouth for the people to feed, but hey they are good for Ukplc as they bring in the dollars and yens. A nation seduced by a new breed of media savy royalty and their middle England normality. The only say they'll ever have is the one they are allowed to have, another bunch of puppets in a higher powers hands.

Terrorist attacks; Here's a couple of recent news stories 1) Those that committed the acts of terror in Manchester and London this year were known to MI5. 2) MI5 foiled a plot to kill the Prime Minister. What does this tell us, well....1) They are doing a shit job! 2) They are doing a great job, or 3) We shouldn't believe a word MI5 or the media are telling us. Or possibly even 4) That it's all one big conspiracy that has been going on and is still going on post 9/11. Go figure!
Conflicts and Wars across the world. The displaced people denied by those that deplaced them. Dead children and drowned babies, collateral damage, population control, humanity starts to go AWOL charities tug at heart strings and bank accounts to pay the price for governments involvement in the massacres and atrocities. The Armed rebels and Foreign Army’s are firing guns and dropping bombs supplied by the West. Both sides are fighting for power with the arms manufacturers greed. Conflict equals cash and death sells on the battlefields of Political and Religious ideology.

I'm puzzled. All these puzzle-books, brainteasers that people do. If they are developing their brainpower, why are many of them thick? It's all about thinking....The brain should be used to think out of the box we have been put in.  Who benefits, who pays, and what's the cost. Follow the money! Who really is in control? The puppets caught with their trousers down who lie and say what they want the people to hear to get their vote, or the big businesses that people buy from.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

JD HANGOVER - Self-titled E.P (*A REVIEW*)

No digital recording techniques here, just 100% pure analogue, just like Rock'n'Roll used to sound; Rough, Raw, Reverberating and Real. A simple drum machine keeps the basic beat going as the guitars slide and scratch their way into your skull. Spit dribbling vocals drool and drawl  the nightmare tales that make up JD Hangovers self-titled EP.  It  is collection of six songs all delivered with a mean, moody, minimal and monotone menace. It's....“a deadly wasted sound.” Think Primal Scream, Suicide and Lightnin' Hopkins and then some, because JD Hangover have created and crafted their own sound; This is music to make Jools Holland shit his pants! Go check 'em out at their facebook page. You wont be disappointed!

Sunday, 29 October 2017



Saturday, 21 October 2017



In a scared new world disorder the suffering and pain of others is also entertainment and pleasure for others, people seek solace that their live may be shit, but it's not as shit as others. You've been framed by the police interceptor nightmare neighbour from hell! Reality shows just how fucked up things have become. A hundred+ TV Channels 24/7 viewing. The Technological Valium and chewing gum for the eyes has made people blind and turned them stupid they see and hear nothing. Even the so called fake news is fake; statistics are interpreted and manipulated to support whatever narrative they are being used to support.

Brexit-Smegxit; Lies and more lies brings the truth closer, that the powers that we let be haven't got a fucking clue about any Brexit Deal, they are making this shit up as they go along, and at the end of the negotiations the people are gonna be expected to live in it. Hey Ho Lets go Remoaners of the world unite we have nothing left to lose because the power of the media and the manipulating politicians created and then preyed on the fear and ignorance of people who voted everything away in a belief that Britain is so Great we can go it alone, well here's some news for you....we can't and history will show that this was the case. Truth or lies, fact or fiction, it's all a mass of contradictions.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

THE CRAVATS - Dustbin Of Sound (*A REVIEW*)

Uncompromising and unconventional, a mangled musical master piece. This is The Cravats first album in 37 years, and the 13 tracks stand up there with anything for example Precinct, Your Driving Me, Rub Me Out and many more that The Shend and his cohorts in The Cravats have recorded over the years. Original sax player Svor Naan has returned to the fold for their latest mishmashup. It is a pulsating  riot in toytown: wound up and wired, weird and wonderful; the saxophone squeaks, squeals and squalls. Guitars slice'n'dice as the rhythms twist, turn and throb. Dustbin of Sound takes the listener to a place of post punk peculiarity, avant guard, jazz and mutant rock'a'billy. Dark, dense, and almost gothic in places with abstract and surreal lyrical statements that fit, reflect and comment on the mixed up and messed up 21st Century world that we are living in where “Jingo Bells go clang clang clang” This is excentric Rock'n'Roll at its most excellent.
If you like The Cravats you'll love it, if its all new to you because you fancied something a bit different, you'll love it. If you're into; The Fall, Hawkwind, Nick Cave or Frank Zappa, you've guessed it....you'll love it. Available Now on Overground Records.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


We need to maintain the momentum, says he who hasn't posted a word for a good many weeks.
Any way here's a few thoughts about a few things since the last time.

The Conservatives may have won the battle, but the war is still being fought!

There are different and alternative ways of thinking....Humans have two ears and one mouth; we need to listen twice as much as we talk, and try and find some common ground

The DUP; a political party stuck in the dark ages with archaic views on homosexuality and abortion. During the election campaign JC was crucified for having talked to the IRA, I'm talking Jeremy Corbyn here not Jesus Christ. (although some might say there are similarities.) Beard, the saviour of the dispossessed and downtrodden.

A burnt out tower block in West London stands as a legacy and symbol to the cost of free market global capitalism. From the charred remains of the economic migrants living in poverty on the 25th floor, while across the road others live in luxury to the penny pinching council and profiteering contractors and manufacturers who for reasons of beautification clad a block of flats with flammable material. Capitalism Kills! and it's the poor that always die!

A Prime Minister so out of touch that by the time she announces financial support for Grenfell Tower survivors the community have already just given and pledged the same amount, and had mountains of clothes and supply’s donated by people from across the country. Power to the people! And Fuck the power!

Misinformation about the numbers of dead, the local people weren't stupid, they knew how many people where really living there. Residents concerns about safety were ignored, all in London’s richest borough

More terror on the streets enemy’s from within and enemy’s from without. Cars, sulphuric acid and mopeds; new weapons of choice.

Discontent is growing. Public sector workers are better paid than those in the private sector; Divide and rule, don't be fooled.

We are being sold our own slavery if we are dumb enough to buy it. DNA Databases, the stupid fools buy into it; Ancestory.com have a kit available (at a price no doubt) so that people can use it to trace their family history through a world wide....database of everyone who has signed up for the service's dna. Insurance company Aviva have a 'smart phone' app that monitors how save a person drives in order to save themselves money on car insurance. Homes are secured by cameras that watch our every move, Head cams record journeys and computers, mobile phones and social media hide no secrets. Total Surveillance and Total Control! What price freedom?

Immigrants are still drowning and wars keep raging. Yemen, Ukraine, Syria. North Korean Dicktator Kim Yong ill keeps firing off Unclear Warheads at a rapid rate. It's all a bit unstable

Brexit negotiations begin, can't say I've got a good feeling about the outcome in two years time of these talks. NO WAY TO NO DEAL! Should the people get another roll of the dice when the deal has been decided, is it what they voted for? Is hard enough or is it too soft? and will we be able to stop Johnny Foreigner from crossing our borders! Because that's what the bottom line will be....Immigration and that's when the trouble will start unless we get a grip on the Racist dicks that seek to fuck up our society. YOU HAVE A CHOICE!

Monday, 29 May 2017


The Media manipulate and manufacture fear. Terror threat critical, Troops on the Streets. The Government cares about kids when they are blown up, but wants to stop free school meals and Youth Services are cut back. Don't fear the(ir) fear It is known that psychologically it is easier to control people if they are scared. Interesting times continue, as it all explodes in the middle of a General Election campaign, one in which if the Conservatives win by a huge majority will see Britain turn into a one party state, the media once again manipulate and manufacture. Bullshit broadcasts blind the already partially sighted. The politicians promises will manifest into lies when they get into power. It all comes down to trust and who the people belief will protect their self interests and beliefs the most. I hope enough people don't vote Tory, A Conservative consensus would see our freedoms taken away in the name of democracy, and more of our money being used to pay for this while the railways grind to a halt and the NHS falls sick. It's about the policies not the people. Strong stable leadership, or Labour co-operation, policies for the few, or for the many? Teresa May or Jeremy Corbyn? No...it's about the party; one that is for the few or one that is for the many! Together we are stronger, and don't let the media tell you anything else. If people really looked, they would see that there is more that unites us than divides us. We have more in common than the powers that we let be would like us to think we have. Divided we are ruled, together we make the rules!

Once again the British Security Services let a terrorist escape their sights, this happened on the Tory's watch, it also would appear that they haven't used special powers to 'keep out' terrorists; Temporary Exclusion Orders have only been used once to stop Jihadists returning from Libya and Syria entering Britain. How do the Conservative Party address these facts? They attack Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Dianne Abbott for talking to the IRA, (back in the day when terrorist left messages warning of an attack.) really, well I've got news.... the Northern Island Peace process didn't happen without all concerned parties putting aside their differences and talking. Our strong and stable leadership doesn't sound very strong and stable when in the wake of the recent attack in Manchester it accuses Labour leaders of being terrorist apologists, rather than admit their own failings in doing nothing to protect it's own citizens, or are some attacks seen as inevitable and the victims just collateral damage when there aren't the resources to watch all those suspected of being Radical Islamists, then just to complete some strange circle Internment is suggested as a means to control the terror threat, yeah look how well that worked at Longkesh in Northern Ireland.

Intern them and have troops on the streets is that really their answer? and the Conservatives say the Labour party that wants to take Britain back to the 1970's.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017



Monday, 1 May 2017


A check up from the neck up. If the health of a nation can be judged by the rate of suicides, then we are not in a very good place; According to Gov.uk in May 2016 they were are at their highest for 20 years. I don't think things have got any better for the British people, cos that was before Brexit, Trump, more terror, Syria, North Korea etc, etc, so who knows how many more people have ended it all, with feelings of alienation and anomie. Due to social stigma the recorded stats for suicides are also a lot lower. In Jan 2017 some sections of the media said it was a 'national crisis' as miss recording of stats was hiding the full extent of suicide in Britain. In March 2017, prior to President Trump there was a report that said the USA was facing an epidemic of “deaths of despair.”
So there you go the pursuit of total free market capitalism with it's focus on individualism and competition kills.... as suicide is the ultimate act of selfishness!

£12 million of British tax payers money has been spent on the hunt for Madeline Macann, all because a couple of selfish middle class parents didn't look after their child, she wasn't stolen, they just cared more about themselves, and as a result during all the economic hard times the people have been paying for this couples mistake. Most decent people would have said enough is enough, the money could be spent for the good of a lot more people than just us, but hey who said the Mccanns were decent people, because if they were then they wouldn't have left their child alone while they went to stuff their faces. They are the epitome of what has been wrong with this country for the last ten years; selfish, indulgent, inward looking and a sense of over importance.

There are two sides for the few or for the many. The individual or the collective, but it will always be about the money and how to distribute it public or private. Work together or get torn apart. The individual has ruled for too long. Time for a collective reaction and some action. Fuck the few and up the many! We've been shafted for far too long now!

As our leaders take us into Brexit negotiations, they still believe that they are gonna be in control of the table with their no deal is better than a bad deal for Britain attitude. Well I've got news....they aint and it wont be! Teresa May declares the forthcoming General Election’s gonna be a “Brexit election” and promptly none of the parties say anything, it's all about the NHS, Taxes etc, well I've got more news, there wont be much money for anything if we don't get a good deal sorted out with the EU They can try and get our votes with promises of increased funding for this and that and having to have a strong economy, but with what? and from where, when for the next few years we don't know were the pennies and pounds are gonna be coming from. What about the shortfall in funding that we used to receive from Europe? If during this election campaign no-one addresses the elephant in the room that is Brexit then we will be crushed by it, and if our leaders accept no deal then they will be committing Britain to a slow suicide.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

TV EYE - 1977-1978 (*ARTICLE/REVIEW*)

A couple of weeks back I got a surprise package through my letter box. It contained a CDR and some photocopied info on a band called TV Eye. My instant reaction....WOW! and.... YES! Why you may ask well let me tell ya.....Birmingham legends TV Eye first came to my ears back in 1984 on the rather brilliant first What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen compilation album with the track Stevies Radio Station which is a piece of swooning pop'n'roll since then I've wanted to hear more from 'em. Now thanks to those good people at Seventeen records and Stephen Duffy for preserving the recordings I can, and so can you. 1977-1978 is a collection of lost studio and rehearsal recordings by TV Eye.

“2017 is going to see many bands celebrating the 40th anniversary of their 1977 debut records. There won't be nearly so many from 1977 making their debut 40 years later in 2017. Here is one which is, TV Eye” - Seventeen Records Press Release.

So after waiting 33 years to hear more TV Eye, what do I think? Well....once again let me tell ya....

Opening track Repartee is a short sharp and sweet blast of Power pop Punk. It's followed by the beautiful and brilliant uplifting pure pop of Stevies Radio Station which in turn is swiftly followed by the strutting and swaggering Citizen Then we have the angsty and angular, taunt, tense and narcissistic proto post-punk Let Me Win, more Voidoids than Heartbreakers. The last of the studio recordings is the intense and grandiose Dreaming of Your Cars. The fact that none of these songs saw the light of day at the time is a rock'n'roll crime. The rehearsal tracks (Roses, When You're Gone, Cry, Cry To You and Kites are more unearthed gems, Rock'n'Roll relics that still sparkle and shine through their rough'n'ready no-fi state, they sound in places like something the Cuddly Toys would come out with a couple of years later.

TV Eye sound like The Stooges meet the Stones with a slice of Sparks added to the whole Rock'n'Roll Molotov cocktail mix. Switch-blades swish and slash as the alley cats screech, even at their most sensitive these songs scream with a spikey fuck you attitude and abandon. Dave Kusworths razor sharp guitar riffs'n'licks duel with the rhythmic chops of Paul Adams guitar, while the simple and solid rhythm section of Dave Twist's Drum's and Eamon Duffy's Bass hold it all together and Vocalist Andy Wickets wired and wild whelps, whoops wails and woo woos, add some theatrics to the whole show, which unfortunately was a rather short one.

The demise of TV Eye came shortly after Duffy and Twist joined up to help out The Prefects, Duffy opted to stay, but Dave Twist returned to TV Eye, who stumbled on but eventually fell apart by the middle of 1979 and the rest is, as they say.... history; The Subterranean Hawks, The Rag Dolls, The Jacobites, and Duran Duran....Friends'n'fans of the band Nick Rhodes and John Taylor, soon to be a future member of Duran Duran used to visit the band at their Cheapside rehearsal space and had been taking notes; Stevies Radio Station later evolved into Rio, and there is speculation that many other TV Eye ideas were taken by Duran Duran, once again the rest is history and what could have beens, but never weres but without these there might never have been The Bounty Hunters, The Tenderhooks or The Black Bombers.

TV Eye were new romantic glam punksters; ahead of their time. 1977-1978 is a timeless collection of Rock'n'Roll and it's time is now! Available from 24th March as a very limited red vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Seventeen Records, you also get a four page photo insert and essay by Dave Twist. A CD release with a couple of extra tracks will follow. What ever the format this album must be heard at all costs, it's a newly discovered masterpiece to shake the wall not to hang on the wall. Lovingly presented and packaged by people that care. This album is indeed a thing of beauty a work of art, and a must have for anyone with a luv of Rock'n'Roll at it's most primal and feral.

For more details hit the TV Eye 1977-1978 Facebook Page.

Acknowledgement to Nikki Suddens book The Last Bandit for background info to this piece. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017


Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse in the world of Politricks....Then Tony Fuckin' Blair opens his mouth! Tells all those who voted to remain in the EU to rise up and try and change the minds of the Brexitiers. He hasn't brought about peace in the Middle East, and now he could start a civil war if people still actually belief a word he says. Iraq, now there's a word. People rose up against Blair’s illegal war and took to the streets, he didn't listen to the people then, the truth has been outed, and the arrogant lying cunt thinks people are gonna listen to what he's gotta say, the sad truth is that some people will. He's only unhappy because he's not gonna get the chance to be EU leader, and Brexit is gonna be bad for his business interests.

Thatcher and Blair are why we are where we are at today; Thatcher along with Reagan and their free market globalisation project, and Blair’s continuation with it, plus with added war on terror; terrorists fly planes into buildings, and war is declared, and the rest is history; Al Qaeda/Islamic State/Syria total war equals population displacement; refugees become propaganda pawns.

Having a De-skilled, De-humanised, De-unionised and dumbed down unemployed workforce helped the growth of immigration and economic migrants, if the Brits couldn't or wouldn't do the job, then the Polish, Rumanian workers would, and at a cheaper wage, which meant bigger profits for the champaign socialist and Tory bosses.

Big business and multi-nationals run the world, not the politicians, unless you are Donald Trump, then you can do both and hid behind claims of "Fake News"

Trump has nothing to do with Russia, yeah right. Oil deals with Trumps people are on hold till sanctions are lifted, Trump person resigns over talking to Russia about lifting sanctions if Trump was elected President. What's that smell....

This shits nothing new back in 1917 American financial giants and super capitalists The Rockefellers and others funded the Russian Revolution and continued investing in the country in order to secure oil reserves for the European market In 1926 Standard Oil of New York built a refinery in Russia. Without the chaos and destruction of revolution this would not have been possible.

Sounds familiar.... Iraq, Syria...oil reserves.... Russian and American involvement in overthrowing and supporting regimes in order to secure supplies of the black gold, who would believe it?

North Korean leaders half brother is assassinated by a couple of women who thought they were taking part in a TV Prank show. You couldn't make this shit up, or could you....fake news? Another distraction from the main....attraction, the same as it's always been Russia and America.