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'Rong Uns
02/04/2000



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

September 1996 the original members of the Rong'uns (Paul-Bass, Andy-Vocals, Simon-Drums,Gaz-Guitar,Colin-Guitar) were at a party at Paul's house and talked about getting a band together for a laugh. At the time Paul and myself were in Sarcasm but were getting a bit frustrated at only getting together every now and then. We'd only been together for a few weeks when Gaz on guitar left to do this hip hop (The FBI Crew) band that he'd been involved with for a while. Jan 1999 Simon was to leave the band making way for current drummer Gaz. Jan 2000 Andy left the band and at the moment I'm doing the vocals for the time being. We have a saxophone player now called Kiymm but she is only playing on the Ska stuff.

Discogrpahy.

At the moment the only thing out is the demo "the Rong'uns, Ain't right." Which we all feel doesn't do us justice. Although we are booked in the studio this weekend (April 29-30th)to record our debut ep.

Has any band member played in other bands, if so what?

I've already mentioned that Paul and myself use to be in Sarcasm, well Gaz is also ex-Sarcasm as well as having played with The Glory. Apart from that we've all been hanging around in Leicester bands for years now. I am also in a Leicester band called The Flaps who released a split single with Leicester band Stash last year on my label Nigel Records.

What is the best gig 'Rong Uns have ever done and who else was on the line-up?

This is one of those questions which I find difficult to answer because we always seem to enjoy the gigs that we play even if we're crap cos it's always fun and with a name like ours people don't seem to mind in the least.

If you could see any band play live, either of the past or present who would it be?

I saw the Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it but I would have loved to have seen them in the early days before Sid was in them. When I started listening to the Sex Pistols it changed my whole view on life. (The rest of the band may disagree with some of my answers).

Describe punk at the beginning of the 21st century.

Punk changes all the time i.e. the clothes, the people the bands but for me it's still the same thing that has always driven me and that is to get out there and be part of something that you can just be yourself and give the big finger to authority. There are different views held by different "Punks" and I think that is what it should be "individual" and that's why we tend to avoid preaching in our lyrics we just talk about what pisses us off, if you agree fine, if not then it's still fine.

What is the best sentence you have ever heard, that someone has managed to get into a song's lyrics?

Another question with a million answers. The one that always springs to mind immediately is Seventeen by the Pistols the line when Johnny goes " I can't even be bothered ". There's just something about how he says it.

Do politics and music go together?

Yes but too often it can split people rather than bring them together. As I found in the early 80's punk was split into different sections depending on your politics.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000.

Well I've already mentioned that we're about to record an ep which will be released a.s.a.p. and then we're looking for gigs in the UK for over the summer and then we are hoping to go to Europe and meet up with some old friends from the Sarcasm tours, But we'll see what happens when the ep is released.

Any final comments?

On behalf of the Rong'uns I'd like to say a big thank-you to everyone who's been in the band and everyone who's written to us, got gigs for us and thanx to all the people who come to see us play it's your support that keeps it going.

If anyone has any gigs for us we'd be happy to hear about them. Contact me at colin@nigelrecords.co.uk


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