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The Stains
07/10/1999

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

The Stains are:
John Codger - Vocals
Albert Awful - Guitar
Warren Peace - Drums
Gonk - Bass

The line up has changed several times during the past few years but John and Albert are original members. The band was formed around April 94 (under the name "Opposition") and a three track demo was recorded a couple of months later. Two of these songs were used on a Link Records compilation "United Kingdom of Punk and Oi". After gigs in North London with 999, UK Subs and the Klingonz the band name was changed to the Stains and another demo was recorded. In December 1995 Dojo paid for the band to record an album, "Songs for Swinging Losers" at River Studios. The band had just returned from a tour of Germany with B.Bang Cider accompanied by a reporter from Maximum Rock'n'Roll who did several interviews with them. The "Swinging Losers" CD was released the following summer after more gigs in Germany, Belgium and Holland. Later that year the band played at the "Holidays in the Sun" weekend at Blackpool and an all-dayer in the Czech.Republic with Sham 69. The band also stepped in at the last minute to play an all-dayer at the Forum, Kentish Town, with Chron Gen, Angelic Upstarts, UK Subs and Eater. They also supported Peter and the Test Tube Babies a couple of times. In 1997 a double A-sided single was released on 1-2-3-4 Records and, in spite of some distribution problems in America, it got an excellent review in Maximum Rock'n'Roll (Oct.97 - see attached copy). In the summer the Stains played in the Czech.Republic/Slovakia again, this time it was a tour with One Way System (and at one all-dayer they supported the Scorpions!). They played "Holidays in the Sun" in Morecambe and ended the year playing an all-dayer at the Astoria 2 in London. The following summer they played Morecambe '98, highlights of the year included a mini tour with UK Subs and the Carpettes and an all-dayer in Brighton with the Vibrators and Red Letter Day. 1998 saw the Stains record 5 new tracks for a compilation album "British Punk Invasion Vol.5" for High Society Records, this was released September 1998. Having played at the 1999 "Holidays in the Sun" punk festival (their fourth consecutive appearance) the Stains have now recorded a new demo tape of three of their new songs "Erotica", "Two's a Crowd" and "Company Song". This weekend sees them playing at the "Punk Aid" weekender in Westcliff on Sea. BYO Records are using "Into the light" on a punk compilation (Greetings from a Welfare State) which is being released in October 1999. Big Cheese Records have just released a punk compilation cd (Deck Cheese 2) which includes The Stains' "Jellyhead".

For further information e-mail swingingloser23@hotmail.com

Discography.

Songs for Swinging Losers, double c.d., Dojo Records 1996
DOXO DCD 260
Disc One
The Stranded, Valentine, Back to Zero, Offended, She's a Mess, Joyride, Freeloader, Fakes, Something New, Oh What a Lovely War, Turn it all around, Twisted, Opposition, Pity Me.

Disc Two
A Fake's a Fake(demo), Something New(demo), Joyride(demo), Oh What a Lovely War(demo), Freeloader(demo), Opposition(demo), Twisted(demo), Bastards(AKA Back to Zero)(demo), Cup of Tea(AKA Opposition-Vom's mix).

Independent/In Decline, single, 1,2,3,4 Records 1997 BOD 7003

The British Punk Invasion Vol.5, High Society International 1998
Jellyhead, What England Does, Into the Light, H.S.I 13 Your Ambition, Chinese Disco.

Deck Cheese 2, Big Cheese Records, 1999
Jellyhead Greetings from a Welfare State, B.Y.O. Records, 1999
Into the light Under the name "Opposition" United Kingdom of Punk and Oi!, Step One Music 1994 Step C.D.037
Opposition, Bastards

Describe your sound.

You know the Exploited? - Well fuck all like them.

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

No, we prefer stealing other people's riffs and pretending they're our own.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

In London? Bit quiet now but it was busy a few years ago (1977).

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

Albert: "No fucker pays to go and see you" We are the League - Anti Nowhere League ('cos no fucker pays to come and see us)
John: "The truth is only known by guttersnipes" Garageland by the Clash
Warren: "Fuck, shit, bollocks, cunt" by the Accused
Gonk: "Fuck knows"

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Albert: Today it's "Cast of thousands" by the Boys
John: "Career opportunities" by the Clash>
Warren: "Suburban Rebels" by the Business
Gonk: "King for a day" by Chaos UK

Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

Albert: Anna Nicole Smith
John: Pamela Anderson and the Queen mum
Warren: Lena Zavaroni's corpse
Gonk: "I'd rather be stuck in the pub with a barmaid serving free beer"

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

Supporting Menace in Canterbury one night in November, and appearing on two compilation albums. And any offers.

Any final comments?

Red sky at night - Shepherds Bush


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