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Super Yob / Frankie Flame
13/06/1999



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

Pat and me put our heads together about 4 years ago and decided to give it a try. Some mate played in the first recordings and album, the current line up is me, Lead vocal: Pat, drums: Rob, Guitar: Antonella, guitar and Rob, bass. Pat and the 2 Robs also do backing vocals.

Discography.

'Strength Of The Nation' and 'Wot You Say', on Hammer Records compilation vinyl album 'More Working Class Anthems' (Cat.HR9). Also, 2 ten track CD albums;

Aggrophobia

(Hammer Cat. HR12), featuring the songs;
Strength of The Nation, You Gotta Believe, It Never Rains, National Service, Chance (The One You Never 'Ad), Local Boy, Psychedelic Concentration Camp, Superyob, Wot is Culture and Uncle Sam.

Our most recent release is the second CD album, called

Machine Guns and Alcohol

(Hammer Cat, HRCD17), featuring:
Aint Gonna Take It, Criminal Tendency, Machine Guns 'N' Alcohol, English Rose, End Of The Century, Bassoka Joe, The Day The Tore The Ritzy Down, One Of The Boys, Backstreet Philosopher, Eighteen.

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

Straw Dogs, Klasse Kriminale, and Frankie And The Flames.

Describe your sound.

Melody with balls. The power of our sound comes from our attitude in this life and from the guitars and vocals. I have a 'character' voice, (so I've been told) which I am stuck with whether I like it or not. I try to deliver the vocal lines as best I can, my own way. Rob and Anne are both kickarse guitarists and play great; Pat and Rob bass player hold everything together and provide solid foundations for the band. We try to give each song it's own particular identity with arrangement etc. On the album there are production ideas like bits of keyboards and acoustic 12 string guitar that work well, I think............. But we never stray too far from the reality of in yer face guitar power. This is the long answer. The short answer is that you can describe our sound as 'Street Rock 'n' Roll' I s'pose.

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

I'm gonna cheat and choose 2 bands, one past and one present. Slade and The Business.

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

Frankie - The Business 'Death To Dance'
Pat - Sex Pistols 'God Save The Queen'
Rob (guitar) - Clash 'White Riot'
Annie and Rob (bass) not here at the moment.........

If you could be any age again, what would it be and why?

Eleven. I had dreams of scoring winning goals for England as a keen schoolboy footballer.....Oh well, shit happens.

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

There are signs the scene is getting stronger and more visible, but it's rather disorganised at the moment. We need something like 'Holidays In the Sun' festival somewhere near the M25! Small gigs are thin on the ground.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

We hope to do some gigs in teh sumer in 1999. Our CD 'Machine Gins and Alchohol' was released not long ago, and we hope to make some demoes of new songs. We can send you gig dates.

Any final comments?

Keep up the good work at 'Punk & Oi in the UK', and Hello to everyone in cyberspace!

Cheers Frankie


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