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Tendons
(16/01/2000)


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

The Tendons were formed in 1987 as a Punk/Psychobilly band, playing village halls, youth clubs and anywhere else too stupid to realise just how bad we originally were! During the following years, various line-ups later, the Psychobilly style was dropped altogether leaving a hard Punk edge with Oi! leanings. This is how the band remains today. The current line-up is Jon on vocals and Floyd on guitar. We have just taken on another guitarist, Mark, to help the live sound out. We are currently in negotation with a new drummer and bass player.

Discography.

Just the one official release our 16 track debut CD "Baby in a Bucket" on Helen of Oi!

Describe your sound & what are the main themes in the lyrics?

Sound wise it's a bit difficult to say, but reviews have likened us to Peter & the Test Tube Babies, the Exploited and even the Macc Lads. The lyrics are strictly NO politics. In fact we don't do any songs that cover any social issues at all. We feel that has been done to death by every other Punk band around. Tendons lyrics have been heavily criticised for being "sick & offensive" in the past, as we tend to sing about things that amuse us! And we have a pretty sick sense of humour! As a rule, a lot of our songs are written while pissed in the pub. Subjects covered include - fat women, mongs, slags, drinking, famine, more fat women, trendies, VD, vaginal problems, etc..etc..! We tend to also write stuff about things that have happened to us and about people we know. I think we are first to admit that we write the worst lyrics ever! They really are shit!

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

Jon - Probably the Dead Kennedys and DI. Wouldn't mind seeing the Four Skins as well.

Floyd - I reckon it'd have to be the Toy Dolls. One of those bands I just never got round to seeing.


In 1999 we saw american bands such as Offspring do well in the British charts, also each summer there seems to be talk of a ska revival - do you think we will ever see a return to streetmusic in the British charts?

We hope not. The reason we say this is because of the talk of a ska revival. Like all other "revivals" they have become the platform for the trendies, a new band wagon for the sad, no-hopers to jump on. You can picture it now - C&A, Littlewoods and all those type of places stocking the regulation black & white checked designer Ska gear! The same would most likely happen with a Punk revival. It would suddenly become "cool & trendy" to be in to Punk. All the designer punk clothing would appear and it would be totally pathetic. No, keep the street music where it is.

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

Jon - 17 or 18 because I could drink more beer then and there always seemed to be more people around interested in going to gigs, having a laugh etc. Everyone these days seem to be too mature and boring. Well, they are around here!

Floyd - the same as Jon. Similar reasons, but being older than Jon (shut it!) I was in the thick of the original Punk thing. And it was excellent! Everyone went to gigs, regardless of who it was and everyone had a good time. It was so easy doing bands then because you could always pull a good crowd. Beer was cheaper too!


Name the top 5 releases from 1999.

Dunno really, we tend to impulse buy at gigs and this usually results in buying something we've already got on vinyl but want on CD!

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

Jon - The Tendons: Roger - "he had a dog called Spot, he used to suck it's cock, his dog it died, so he made a pie"!

Floyd - The Tendons: Vaginal Scurf - "vaginal scurf, flakey flaps, she should have used Vosene perhaps"! ... Look out for it on the next album!


Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000.

For 2000, the Tendons plan to gig a hell of a lot more than we have in the past. We've always been let down by other band members, so hopefully the new line-up will prove a lot more enthusiastic. The first CD is being re-mastered by the new look Helen of Oi! and is being re-issued in Jan or Feb and we hope to get around to recording a second album as soon as the new members are ready. The goal is to have a second album out before the end of the year. Hopefully a tour overseas that actually happens this time, as the last planned one of Germany fell apart in a big way!

Any final comments?

Thanks to Rebecca (who does a great job with this web site, by the way) for giving us the chance to shamelessly plug the Tendons! Also, to anyone who hasn't managed to hear or see us yet - stick it on your "things to do" list. You know it makes sense!

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