Wednesday, 31 January 2007
We all buy into the dream / Rebellion becomes consumption / Designer dirt / Calvin Klein / Safe and Sanitised / Polished / Packaged / Paralysed / Faded jeans / Faded dreams / Clothing our hidden fears / Acceptance or rejection / Conformity or difference / A path / A cage / A prison grave / Slow death / Tortured souls / High rise density / A cold concrete reality / Wife / Mortgage / Sexy car / Rock bands / Football stars / Social order / Social control / Adverts make for brainwashed proles / Satisfaction guaranteed / Through the purchase of false needs / Irrational hopes / Irrational fears / Washed away with designer beers / Drugged and drunk / Passivied / So no one sees through the lies / We're sold a life from the shop shelf / A mass produced inner self //
Monday, 29 January 2007
THE RAMONES @ THE ROUNDHOUSE 1976 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=JKSTFRJ6
Sunday, 28 January 2007
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Saturday, 20 January 2007
Sadham hangs, in a macabre show for all to see. Western values mean nothing anymore. Tyburn T.V. Celebrity Big Brutha.....Jade Goody; hang the foulmouthed, ignorant, racist scum, and those other two faceless non-entities. Shame on you others for sitting around doing and saying nothing. This is a mirror to national attitudes. This is the society that has been created by valuing the vacuous celebrity and their culture. It's about time these so called celebs got shown up for the trash that they really are. They are not deserving of the attention they receive or the ridiculous amounts of money they supposedly 'earn', for doing what ? Singing shit songs and going out with footballers. These are the c**t's of celebrity and they are gonna fuck our kids if we let 'em become their role models. It's all so vacuous, fake and phony, style over substance. I blame the Spice Girls, with their girl power take on women's liberation. Did Emmeline Pankhurst chain herself to the railings for this ? These people shape our world. Jade Goody, 25th most influential person, in a world where the only aspirations some kids have is to be famous, without having to do anything, other than be paid a small fortune for being players in the capitalist game with the media and the state, and the proles as passive observers. It is the excesses of Western celebrity culture that fuels the fires of terrorism along with Bush and Blair's continued involvement in Iraqi and Afghanistan.
Friday, 19 January 2007
When Thunders rolled into town, he was suitably late and in a confused state as he wandered round the venue; the local youth club, Bowes Lyon House. It was a costly gig to promote (£600), paid for by the youth service. Other venues on the tour had refused to pay the full fee on account of Thunders being "so bad" Not really a shining example for young people to look up to, it's a good job the audience of around 60 was older, but a shame as the kids missed a night of emotional, wasted and strung out rock and roll, and also a real advert that showed how hard drugs really can screw you up. The gig started with fine sets from Dave Kusworth and Stevie Vayne. Time for Thunders, no surprises that he's in the dressing room suitably wasted. His manager assures me that it's OK and he's just "getting his head together" as he introduces me to Johnny, who's idea of getting his head together involves a pint of Irish Cream and Brandy, and around 5 joints in various stages of construction on the dressing room table, plus whatever else he'd consumed. He didn't look a well man, as I looked him in the eye and thought; will he make it to the stage. Well he did, it took ten people to steady him as he stumbled down the steep concrete stairs leading from the dressing room to the stage. There was a moment when I thought I could be the lucky or unlucky promoter, depending on your point of view, who had Johnny die on stage. Finally he stood in front of the mic strummed his guitar once and put it down, unable to play. "Play some fucking guitar" shouted a local Thunders wannabe. "Do ya want yer money back" was Thunders response. 45 minutes later the show was over and Johnny went off to the bed and breakfast he'd been booked into. A while later I took a call from them. They were rather concerned about the Thunders entourage, asked if he was alright, said he didn't look well. I went down to reassure the owner that everything would be fine, which it was, spoke to the proprietor the next day who remarked that everyone had been "polite and considerate."
The recording shows Thunders sensitive side, the haunting saxophone of Jamie Heath and basic guitar strums by Mick Vayne give Thunders a dark sleazy sound. So Alone never sounded so true on that night played to a sparsely filled hall of rock'n'roll voyeurs. Most left feeling sad at what they had witnessed; the slow death of a genius whose potential was never realised further than his faithful followers who loved him and still do....Dead or Alive!
Johnny Thunders @ The Klub Wiv No Name, Stevenage 10/5/90
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
The Impressions - This Is My Country http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Z1QMCKKO
Tuesday, 16 January 2007
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Friday, 12 January 2007
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Monday, 8 January 2007
Undeniably the best band to emerge from the 'Anarcho Punk Scene' of the 1980's were THE MOB. I'm not going to go into a history of the band, if you wanna know more about them check out Ian Glasper's: The Day The Country Died. All that needs to be said here is that they wrote some of the most personal, intense emotional songs ever committed to vinyl. Dark and brooding anthems of anomie, alienation and turmoil. "Our life, our world, mapped out in scars, carved on wrists and backs of arms" The only single they released on Crass Records 'No Doves Fly Here' is probably the most harrowing anti war songs ever (followed a close second by Television Personalities 'A Sense Of Belonging') The subject matters may have been bleak, but the tunes and rhythms had an uplifting dance feel to them. A little known fact is that 90's Madcheter wannabees Northside cited The Mob as an influence. Their debut L.P 'Let The Tribe Increase' is a classic, one of the few things I can still listen to from that period. I saw The Mob many times live in squatted churches, village halls, anarchy centres and once in a school class room, and they were always great nights out of freedom and fun. What you've got on offer here is a recording of a gig they did, almost 24 years ago at The London Musicians Collective in Chalk Farm. A small room in an old warehouse building at the top of a flight of iron stairs that ran up the outside of the building (if my memory serves me correctly.) The recording aint the best, but it is an artifact of the anarcho scene, if you listen carefully you can hear a dog barking on the recording.
THE MOB - Live @ The LMC 22/1/83.
Another Day, Another Death/Cry Of The Morning/Gates Of Hell/Raised In A Prison/Fools/Our Life, Our World/Witch Hunt/Slayed
Are you happy in your play ?
Happy with the boredom of every single day.
Happy with the bosses and their stealing hands.
Happy with the misery in our divided land.
Happy with the poverty and wilful neglect.
Happy with the lottery numbers you select.
Are you happy with your looks as your hair turns grey ?
Are you happy living through the stress of every day ?
Friday, 5 January 2007
Thursday, 4 January 2007
1) LSF 2) Processed Beats 3) 55 4)Shoot The Runner 5) British Legion 6) The Doberman 7) Me Plus One 8) I'm So Tired 9) Shoot The Runner(Blue Grass Cowboy version)
Bonus Tracks: British Legion The Doberman/Processed Beats (Alternate versions)
It's Just a Click Away:
Wednesday, 3 January 2007
In every infant's cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear.
- William Blake
Man was born free; and everywhere he is in chains. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Mob - Raised In A Prison http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RAY2CNYX
Tuesday, 2 January 2007
Went to work, came back home and listened to a live recording of The Clash in 1978, recorded in Hastings, (cheers to Le coat on satchs strummer forum for that) what a fucking band.
Now I'm thinking what to post on the blog before I have to go back to work tonight.
Mick Farren and The Deviants - Lost Johnny http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ESJKB5RT
The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais http://www.megaupload.com/?d=D8MPYB76
(Live on Acoustic Busking tour 1985)