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July 2002

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3CR - Lezbe Avenue (from the band)

3 Cornered Rug are a five piece punk band from Oldham, near Manchester. Eight tracks here, mainly taking the piss. The best tracks have to be 'Porno Star' and 'She's Only Fuckin Twelve'. It is not a bad CD, (no it's bloody good - imagine GBH crossed with PTTB, with a little Road Rage mixed in). I bet this band ill be really good live. I think I will keep this CD and not make ashtray out of it as they suggest in the accompanying letter. Ste

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4 SKINS- The Good, The Bad & The 4 Skins (Caption Oi AHOY DPX 3)

You know the score here. 8 studio tracks, 7 live and 5 bonus. This is one of my favourite 4-Skins albums. Most of you probably already have this, if not buy it now as it is one of the all time classic oi! albums. Ste

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ADICTS - Smart Alex(Caption Oi)

Not the Adicts best by any stretch this one but, it does contain some little gems - 'Troubadour' and 'Bad Boy' and of course one of my all time favourite adx tunes 'Rockin Wrecker. It comes with eight bonus tracks even if one of them is the appalling attempt at a pop record (Falling In Love Again). Andy

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ADICTS - Sound Of Music (Caption Oi AHOY CD 195)

This is the Adicts second album and was originally released in 1982. There are thirteen tracks, plus an extra three bonus ones - one of which is a cover of Ramones 'I Wanna Be Sedated'. This is one of the Adicts best albums. If you have not got this on record, here is your chance to get it on CD. Ste

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ADICTS - Rise And Shine (Caption Oi AHOY CD 189)

Here is a must for anyone who collects the Adicts releases. There are 19 brand new tracks on this CD. I must admit when I first hear the CD I wasn't sure about it, but now I have listened to it again and read the lyrics it has grown on me. I think I expected it to sound like the other Adicts albums, which it doesn't - but I suppose after 27 years the band has to change a bit. There are some excellent songs on here. Give it a listen and if you don't like it the first time, then give it another listed - I am telling you, it will grow on you. Ste

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ANGELIC UPSTARTS- Sons Of Spartacus (Captian Oi AHOY CD 190)

As I've mentioned before, I fucking love the Upstarts. Mensi & which ever bunch of canny marauders, he hooks up with nearly always cut the mustard. & this time it's the hottest mustard you've ever had the privilege to have cut by em. It's full on Sunderland savvie. Great tyneside tune manship, & heart felt lyrics. It's so good I'm behind on my reviews, I've played it that much. Ooooops!!!!!!!!!!!. Jutters

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ANGELICIA - The Seven Year Itch (Almafame)

This CD is bought to by a four piece girl band and four your money you get 10 tracks. The CD is not bad, but not for me. It is not punk or oi, more the poppy end of the indie market. Ste

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ARGIES V DREI FLASHEN - Punk Rock Globalizado Split (Core * Tex)

I'm not over keen on this to be honest it's a real mix and match affair there are a couple of good points a cover of Ramones KKK took my baby away re-titled the NPD Took My Baby Away and the excellent South Side Disco. Andy

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ARGY BARGY - Songs From The Streets (Caption Oi AHOY CD 189)

This is a must have for all you skinheads and oi! fans out there. Fourteen tracks by one hell of a good oi! band (one of the best oi! bands to see live). All the songs here are good, but the ones that really stand out are 'Just Another Victim' and 'Live Moves On'. If you don't like this then go out and get your hearing tested. Ste

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BRASSKNUCKLE BOYS - American Bastard (Haunted Town Records. HTR#12)

Funny old bunch this lot. I mean their defo going for that wankie hard man hard life "Don't call me a faggot" testosterone packed yankie image. The lead singer has been in & out of the nick so many times he's managed to write most of this album in there. So why have they covered Hanoi Rocks Boulevard of Broken Dreams. & very badly as well I mean did this ugly bunch used to walk around looking like girls, or are they trying to reach another audience.?????? As it goes the whole album aint that bad. Very very rough & ready & the singer really could do with popping a few throat pastels.. Jutters

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BUSINESS- Saturdays Heroes (Captain Oi AHOY DPX 13)

Right lets get straight to the point as far as the problems this lot have had to suffer, with certain politically obsessed football hooligans. They've had it tuff, & to be honest it's left a lot of punks very wairy about the band themselves. Now I should know. When the Business reformed I had the pleasure of supporting them shortly after the last venue they played was burnt to the ground. I was shitting it that much I crashed my bloody car. Anyway apart from that it was a good gig, & the Business turned out to be a great set of lads, who also played proper heavy weight foot stomping boot lase loosening Oi. & this being their 2nd album is full testament to the fact. I fucking loved it. Imagine Slade meets the
Sham, at an Upstarts party & that just about gets you the Business (another website I do). Jutters

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COUNTER ATTACK - No Regrets Single (D.S.S)

Another four track single from (D.S.S) Counter Attack feature here and they are defiantly on the right track, this is some of the best oi I have heard out of the USA in a long time. There's no playing at it here a sound stripped to the bone with some no nonsense vocals. Andy

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CRASHED OUT - Back For More (from the band www.crashed-out.co.uk)

Seven new Crashed Out songs with a new band lineup. This is a fucking excellent CD. All 7 tracks are really good, including the Upstarts cover 'Leave Me Alone' which is sung and played brilliant (well they do have an Upstarts former member in the band). The new singer, Lee's brother is definitely up for the job. If you get chance to get this CD get it, better still go and see them play live - you'll enjoy. Ste

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CUBRE - Our Tangled Soul (Vacation House Records)

Hardcore? Death Metal? Thrash? I don't know there's so many names for this type of thing. Napalm Death spring to mind, a bit more musical maybe. I don't really know what more I can say except there's 13 tracks and the band come from Milan. One for the closet Slayer fans perhaps. Ian

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DEADLINE / THE FILAMENTS - Punk Unity Split Single (D.S.S)

This four track split single kicks off with two tracks by Deadline the first of which liar has an American feel to it, whilst the second ditty is a cover of the specials do nothing on which the vocals sound so bad they are great. The Filaments on the other hand are much more up for the kids the ska - punk cross over I love to hate but never the less they're first track and title track of this single punk unity is by far the strongest track, the loud guitar and gruff vocals aren't spoiled by the brass section. Andy

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FILAMENTS - Skulls & Trombones (New Blood Records, CD02)

I'm really confused here, I just don't know what to make of this lot. On the 1 hand, lets face it. This is a very clever title, a specially when you look at the mohawk skull on crossed trombones on the sleeve. You certainly couldn't get em on the trade description with that, cos the CD is really well played great dirty guitars, cool underlining lead guitars, a fantastic brass section, & it's really well produced. It's like an English Dropkicks. On the other hand, looking at the age of them, & the fact it is so well done. I can't help but wonder "This could almost be a music college project". Oooogh!!!!!! Crap the thought of it. That
means a bunch of students have been sent off to theorise on the musical merits of punk & ska fusion. I really hope not cos like I say it's good stuff. Anyway go ask em ya selves. I'm off to HITS. Chat to ya
later. Email: thefilaments@hotmail.com Or New Blood:newbloodrecords@hotmail.com Jutters

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FRANKS - Treadwheel Single (D.S.S)

This four track opens up with the title track and think weakest track it's ok but ?, the other three tracks on the other hand have a slightly heavier feel to them street rock 'n' roll by far the best track and that's what the Franks play some good old street r'n'r. Andy

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GASH - A Day Off For The Conscience (Golf Records)

One for the young skateboarders I think, the trouble here is there are too many bands playing this sort of thing, the list of comparisons is endless. Lively and melodic and well put together, the one song that stands out for me is "A thought for the lost" which reminds me of Bad Religion. They will probably sign to Epitaph and become the next big thing - I wish them luck. Ian

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GBH - No Need To Panic (Captain Oi, AHOY CD 194)

This was the 4th album put out by this bunch of Midland maniacs, & at a time when the states was calling & the UK scene was busy forgetting punk, & busy kissing uncle Sams thrash metal mosh pit arse. They weren't happy times & it shows on this. Not by any stretch of the imagination classic GBH, but it still has to be said does hold some gems. Infact one of my favourites is on this. The classic cover of Avenues & Alleyways. & as with most Captain Oi releases it comes with a bonus hard to get ya hands on collection of bonus tracks. This time it's the Wot A Bargain EP with the still played by the lads today, Checkin Out. Jutters

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GITS - Gits & Guts (Nordisc)

This is the second CD by the Gits. This is excellent Polish Oi! (it is very good - singer has a very distinctive voice) and all thirteen songs are very good. I will have to checkout more Polish bands. Buy this, you will enjoy it - I did. Ste

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HELVIS - Reverence The Sacrifice (Loudspeaker Records)

Another for the Doom,Napalm Death category but this has a few tracks "Nothing's Changed" and "Underkill" that would go down well with followers of Sick on the Bus/Varukers etc. More metal than punk but not bad. Ian

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IGNITE - Sea Shepard Conservation Society (Vacation House Records)

A 10" picture disc with unreleased live stuff from one of the leading hardcore bands in the US (according to the print that came with the record). This is very well produced for a live record, and is typical of hardcore although one of the tracks which is dedicated to anyone who's lost someone close to them and called 50 and a month is much slower almost like a ballard. Steff

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IMPLY IT ALL - S/T (demo from the band - www.implyinall.fr.st)

This comes across as a metal / hardcore crossover band, hailing from Bordeaux in France. There are four tracks her, all sung very fast with shouty and growling vocals. I like the actual music as it is a lot slower than the vocals and very bassey. I think it is sung in French, but it is that fast I am not totally sure. HxC fans should like this. Ste

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JUDGE DREAD - Last Of The Skinheads (Captain Mod Records)

One for the older skins to moonstomp to, catchy early 70's style reggae/ska, with a kind of Carry On film type humour. 11 tracks with 11 bonus tracks OK if you like that sort of thing but won't appeal to many punks. Ian

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JUDGE DREAD - Bedtime Stories (Captain Mod Records. MODSKA CD22)

Not quite my cuppa tea, but I still can't help but think this fella was a victim of PC, before that bloody phrase had been invented. Lets face it he got branded racist, homophobic, & sexist. This of course made that great media giant of the time the BBC ban or refuse to play any of his stuff. So he did pretty damned well to get this 3rd album in the national charts at number 26. Like I say not my cuppa, & probably one for the collector. Jutters

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LOVE JUNK - Vodatumour Blues Cd Single (In At The Deep End)

A five track single, a very late eighties early nineties indie pop playing at being punks feel to it bands like the mega city four and the senseless things spring to mind. Andy

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MDC - Hey Cop If I Had A Face Like Yours (Rhythm Vicar Records)

Early 80's American band similar to the Dead Kennedys/Black Flag a bit of DOA maybe, in fact I saw them supporting the Dead Kennedys in Leeds in 1982 I think (I know Andy "what an old cunt") but I don't remember much about them I was probably in the bar for most of their set and in fact I've not heard much about them since. But after listening to this I wish I had taken more notice. Originally released in 1991 15 fast political tracks, the titles more or less tell you what they're about "The jew that got away" "Crime of rape" "Beat somebody up". My favourite is the slowest on the album "Black Christmas". No real classics here but well worth a listen, I'm gonna try and stay out of the bar and catch them in Blackpool. Ian

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MDC - Now More Than Ever (Rhythm Vicar Records)

Question: How the fuck do you get 30 songs on one CD? Answer: Sing some songs at 30mph and make half of the songs last between 30 seconds and one minute (although I was surprised that there were some slower tracks here too). If you like your songs and music fast, then you'll like this CD. There's some really good tracks on this CD with a bit of humour thrown in here and there, but there are also a couple of shit tracks thrown in ... but you can't like everything. Ste

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NEW BREED - Day To Day (Blind Beggar)

This cd to me promises so much but over all fails to deliver you hear several great intro's to songs that remind you of the glory days of the four skins and last resort but the vocal for me lets this down through out . The best tracks No Regrets and Another Night are slightly slower and heavier, on the whole the New Breed remind a lot of Iron Cross. Andy

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NUCKLHEDZ - We Are The Nucklhedz And You Are Not (from the band)

They call themselves Colchester Hardcore, what ever that is, but I'd say it's somewhere between The Anti Nowhere League and The Macc Lads humour wise at least. You can download the 5 tracks from this cd from their website www.the-nucklhedz.org.uk Not one for the easily offended, but a band I'm sure we're going to hear a lot more about. Best song "Do the Hawking" not bad at all. Ian

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N.Y.REL-X - Paranoia (Dirty Faces)

A 5 track ep with Paranoia,Come and Gone, Victims, Proles and Open your Eyes. A very enjoyable 10" very much like Vice Squad, the only complaint I have is that the ep doesn't last long enough. I'll certainly be watching this band at HITS and I suggest you do the same. Steff

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PEOPLES ALIBI - CDEP (from the band)

5 track DIY cd-ep from Scotland and from the info that came with the cd a fairly new band that has already had a couple of changes to the line up since they started, and the newspaper reviews have been excellent for their live performances. I'm not sure how to describe them "Everyday" sounds a bit like Killing Joke with powerful jarring music but the other tracks are more angry and I expect that live they actually sound far better than this cd which I suspect doesn't do them justice. Steff

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PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - Loud Blaring Punk Rock (Captain Oi! Records AHOY CD 198)

Ok all you cd rack finger flicking browsers. You could be forgiven at 1st glance of thinking this is one of those shoddy Loud & Proud efforts, but you'd be so so wrong, that you'd shit. It is in fact the fastest recorded & produced record ever put out by England's so called & lets face it self confessed laziest bunch ever. Originally put out to follow Mating Sounds.... This was thrown together with pinched songs & old demos, in the space of 24 hours. Fuelled on alcohol& speed it's a little gem. Sounds a bit like me eh? Less said......!!! Jutters

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PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES - The Mating Sound Of South American Frogs (Captain Oi! Records)

OK so this has been out on cd for a while now but Captain Oi have come up trumps again by giving us the original first (studio) album with 10 bonus tracks from the "pioneers of pathetique" who did more for sales of Merrydown cider than any tacky advertising campaign ever could. Another one which should need no introduction to most people with tracks like "Blown out again" "Jinx" and "Never made it". Still pleasing crowds worldwide to this very day. What more can I say. Ian

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RED FLAG 77 - Moving On Top - 7" 4 track vinyl (Dirty Punk Records. DPR 008)

Even as I sit here now, chatting on about this & that. I've already got a lot to thank this lot for, & their services to all things punk. Not only am I wearing an Adicts T shirt but also a lovely pair of destroy trousers, all hand crafted by the good people at Know Your Product, the other alter ego of Rikki Flag. & it's all good stuff, which is as it happens is all I can say about this single. Full on snotty nosed proper punk. It's a little gem, so go & get, or if you wanna look as cool as me, here's how to get in touch.
www.redflag77.co.uk www.knowyourproduct.co.uk Jutters

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RIOT SQUAD - 9 d' Octubre (Camden Town)

Another band hailing from Spain, this time a skinhead band. This is a four track single, with tracks '9 d' Octubre', 'Skinheads Valencia', 'L'Ovella Negra' and a cover of Combat 84's 'Rapist'. All but the cover is sung in Spanish. If you like foreign oi! you will like this. Ste

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RIP OFF UK - Just Another Bunch Of Losers (from the band)

Well, actually they're not. Bradfords answer to The Varukers, they've been gigging for a couple of years now and this is their first cd. Two of the band are also in The Negatives. It's your hard pogoing style of punk which addresses issues that they want to sing about i.e "For Fox Sake". If they're playing near you I suggest you go!!. (p.s They are a two generation band with father and son playing together). Steff

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SEMTEX - Straight Razors And Strange Souvenirs (Grauitous Beaver Records)

Fast hardcore punk from Norwich reminds me of the Dutch band Antidote with its gruff vocals to which the backing vocals fit perfectly, takes a few listens to get into it. 14 tracks in just under 26 minutes. A band I'm sure go down well live and if they ever play up ere int noorth i'd certainly go and see them. Ian

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SOUL BOYS - Grow Up And Die (D.S.S)

Wat Tyler at one point did the oi band on the side Hardskin, well if Leatherface had ever done an oi album I'm sure this would be the vocals sound identical. Yeah this is good stuff not one for the oi purist's amongst you but if you like the yank stuff that has come out over the past few years will find this a good listen. It's the Dropkick's with out the bagpipes with a splattering of early Ruts a stolen 4skins riff (Chaos) on the track rock back whilst my favourite track general misery reminds me of GBH doing the moonshine song. Andy

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SUPER YOB - Promo Sampler (demo from the band - www.superyob.com)

There are only two tracks on this promo CD and they are 'Ghetto Blaster' and an alteration of the Who's 'Kids Are Alright'. These tracks are being released on Super Yobs forthcoming album. If the rest of the tracks on the new album are as good as these two album 3 will be their best album yet. Hope we do not have to wait long for it, as it is that good. Ste

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THRICE - The Illusion Of Safety (Golf)

Not my cup of tea nu-metal meets the Mega City 4 some loud shouty bits broken up nicely by some harmonized choruses. Andy

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THREATS - Back In Hell (Punk Nite Records)

Yeah yeah, I know some of you cyber anoraks out there will have noticed I might have mentioned the Threats & Back In Hell, but..... ya chuffing know it alls, that was the bloody 7" this is the cd released just before they went to New York for a very successful month long tour. Not only that young Jim Threat & the rest of the lads, which now includes Gogs the original guitarist of 20 years back, ahem... Have recorded 3 more tracks. King Knievel, & No Room. Along with Politicians an old song with a very familiar intro, I'll let you decide on that, but Jim says they wrote it 1st. & I say this lot are still the best thing to come out of Scotland since whiskey flavoured tartan porridge, with a free Lochness monster in every packet. So to get in touch try their website at, http://uk.geocities.com.threats_gotohell or email backinhell@threats.freeserve.co.uk Jutters

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UROTSUKIDOJI / WINTER IN JUNE - Split CD (Ignition)

7 track cd (no record label is mentioned) but here is a special thanx to Satan, and after listening to this I can believe it. If you like stuff like Cradle of Filth then this is for you. Fast, furious and screaming/snarling singing. Winter in June are a hardcore band and although I'm not over fond of hardcore I actually enjoyed this and it's rather good. Steff

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VANILLA MUFFINS - All Give Some-Some Give All (Haunted Town Records. HTR#15)

Well well well, apart from having a name that sounds like some weird form of cunnilingus. This Swiss based bunch have delivered an absolute corker. Real power chord punk. Great songs, it's just a shame this is only a 4 track, cos once you've played this your gonna want to hear more!!!!!! You can find out more & even get merchandise at www.hauntedtownrecords.com Jutters

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WALLRIDE - Old Ways For The New Times (Bronco Bullfrog Records)

13 tracks plus one video clip but for some reason I cannot view the video. They are a 5 piece Spanish band with a female vocalist and all songs are sung in English. I wouldn't say this was necessary punk or oi, although her voice reminds me of a singer from some punk band I can't quite place. It is still worth a listen. Ste

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WASTER - Shut Up And Listen (from the band)

I saw these a couple of weeks ago supporting The Lurkers and they went down a storm. This is bouncy energetic punk which comes across far better than some of the "American" bands and isn't trying to be NOFX etc. Thoroughly enjoyable if you like something more upbeat and sing-a-long. Steff
(p.s Thanx to the singer who kindly gave us the c.d without knowing we were gonna review it Ian )

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WARFARE 223 - Frontline Eastside (D.S.S)

Another D.S.S release warfare 223 remind me a lot of English band Retaliator and the heavier parts of Condemned 84, the stronger tracks are at the start of the cd and there is an attempt at ska track half way through, all the tracks are in German but they sound ok all the same. Andy

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CLASS PRIDE WORLDWIDE 2 -Various (Insurgence Records)

21 bands hailing from 14 different country, so basically a real mix- mostly good, but a few crap ones managed to creep through as well. I have not heard of many of the bands before. I would say it is 90% oi! with most songs sung in the bands native language, but all the lyrics are in English in the booklet that accompanies this. Not a bad compilation. Ste

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PUNK AID 25 YEARS OF ANARCHY - Various (3 Brothers corp.)

First off if you don't know about Punk Aid check out the website www.punkaid.surf3.net (done by me) then GO AND BUY THIS ALBUM. From 77 to 2002 from well known punk bands and solo artists (UK Subs, 999, GBH, Menace, Chelsea, Jane County etc) to the not so well known (Roadrage, Anoraks, Gertrude, etc) to Oi (The Warriors) electronic (Spizzenergi) gothy (Sex Gang Children) and not forgetting the drunken (Lowlife). Basically something for everyone 2 cd set with 40 tracks and 100 page booklet. All money made goes no good causes (not Lowlife's beer fund) so why are you still reading this "GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!". Ian

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PUNKZILLA - Various (Nitro Records 15846-2)

Brought to us by the good people at Nitro, which is basically some of the lads from Offspring, & the home of the Damned. Right lets be honest the only reason for these compilations is to promote & advertise a labels bands & products. & that's exactly the reason for this. But as it goes it's really really good with new stuff from the Vandals, A.F.I. & the Damned, & seeing as the compilations usually cost less than a CD single, it's good value for those of us bereft of cash. For more info try www.nitrorecords.com Jutters

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Fanzines

BARBIES DEAD - Issue 7, 50p (Alex, Woodhouse, The Square, Gunnislake, PL18 9BW)

This zine strikes me of one that is 'really' doing it to keep the scene alive. It is a mix of cut and paste and typed text, and sometimes has a tendency to jump around a bit, but you can tell the heart is in the right place. Interviews are with Eastfield and Sad Society. Articles often have a sociopolitical angle, but I think with the mix of humour elsewhere they just about get away with it. One to be seen with at a punx picnic.  Rebecca

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CODEYE - Issue 10 (Rob Codeve, 23 Flalkland Street, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 4JH)

First up in this DIY affair is an interview with the now demised Snap-Her, must say I like the style of questions - although like me, he tends to ask some of the same questions to the next band up for interrogation PTTB, but you got to don't you. Next it's onto footie (which I quickly skipped past as I am not interested in those balls) and then everything you needed to know about Red Letter Day. Then there is a dissection of Angelic Upstart's new album, Rob admits in this that Upstarts along with Red London are his fav NE band…. from reading the rest of this fanzine, you would have worked that out anyway. There is a ska page, the gig/music reviews and then last but not least an interview with The Punk Pirates.  Rebecca

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POGO TILL I DIE - The Blackpool issue, £1 - free from gigs or £1 by post + 1st class SAE (pogo.mag@btopenworld.com PO Box 514, Preston Central, PR2 9WY)

Who says the best things come in small packages? This magazine has just got fatter, and it is quality and quantity. I enjoyed the first piece in the zine about how long they can spread the 25 years of punk thing on for - infact it is the sort of thing 'A. Rant' would write for this site. The zine carries on with an interviews with UK Subs and the Jamm, then onto articles on Sick 56, MDM, Lets Not Lose Mars To The Commies (which has to be one of the best band names I have heard this year) and Crashed Out. There is then a mix of gig reviews from the Lancashire area, release reviews and a page summing up Blackpool bands - how appropriate, seeing there is less than a week to go to the event!  Rebecca

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RIOT ON YOUR OWN - February 2002, free (billy.Mcconnell@sx3.com Bill, 5 Glen Rd, Belfast, BT5 7JH)

Well this zine is worth picking up just for the bizarre and surreal quotes, misquotes and random words. Right this 'do it yer self' affair starts off with a good humored quiz - answers later on, but if you don't get 10 out of 10, you probably could not read the questions in the first place. There are interviews with Brian Young (Sabrejets/ex Rudi) and Dogshit Sandwich. Fanzines, gig, video and release reviews - the later 2 giving everything marks out of 10. Then there is a page dedicated to Thatcher………. titled 'The Wicked Witch Of The West' and a page about punk bashing in Belfast. But the final page is called 'Curtain Call' and this issue claims to be the last as we know it.  
A RIOT DOWN THE LANE - May 2002, free (as above)

This is 'Riot On Your Own' cut down - to be given in conjunction to the 'A Riot Down The Lane' CD (review to come next month). It is basically made up of reviews, photos, a couple of top 5's and a non complimentary bit on the French…… another freebie so can't complain. Rebecca

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TRAILER PARK TRASH - Issue 10, £1 (trailparktrash@hotmail.com, Trailer Park Trash, PO Box 2679, Bath, BA2 3XS)

If you want a whistle-stop tour of bands from the past three decades, then pick up a copy of this. You have vintage such as The Germs, mid range such as Killdozer and young whipper snappers such as Capdown and Mad Caddies. I am surprised there is a mix of eras from reading the dodgy top five of the different writers contributing to this, but hey, it is good not to be small minded. Each interview is short, but you still get a feel for the bands. I think Lee does well to do this in addition to the TPT events he puts on Bath, check the zine and gigs out.  Rebecca


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Gigs

DEMOB - The Coleford Music Festival, Forest of Dean (03/06/2002)

THE all tastes covering, and well organised, three-day festival of art & music took place in the town’s large market square & surrounding streets. It was Jubilee weekend and England doing well in the World Cup, the crowd were well up for a good time - you just KNEW Demob were gonna go the distance today.

With the rain having fallen horizontally for most of the morning, the band’s arrival into Coleford quite literally brought a ray of sunshine to their late afternoon festival appearance.

Looking slightly older & perhaps wiser too than when they last played the Forest, the Demob’s Millennium lineup. of Terry Elcock, Andy Kanonik, Time Howkins & Richy Baldwin were greeted side stage by fans old & new with a million and one questions about gig and recording news.

Working with a strange PA can be difficult enough, add to this a sound engineer who thinks only guitar & vocals should be heard and you can soon find yourself listening to a band struggling to hear themselves let alone the rest of the band. Rebounding building echoes from town centre shops & pubs meant drummer Tim Howkins and bass man Richy Baldwin would need to work doubly hard to establish their sound. All very different to the band’s previous nights gig in London, where the guys headlined a great gig in Hackney. Sound check over, Demob ripped into a stunning set that included many revisited favourites from way back and a handful of new songs to keep everybody on their toes. Spotted in the crowd enjoying himself into the bargain too was original Demob drummer, Johnny Melfah.

This gig was getting better with every song. Singer Andy K and guitarist, Terry Elcock, struggled well to contain an over enthusiastic crowd as they chanted for No Room For You - their indie chart hit which has served them well over the years - in between every song Demob played.

Anti Police, Three Months DC and My Life never sounded better as did the newer, forthcoming album songs, Unfinished Business and Kids Are Making A Stand. Encoring with a full on Jubilee day tribute version of God Save The Queen, Demob left the still reverberating stage to the cry of ‘More - more’.

With a career-encompassing album of both classic and contemporary material due out around September, be sure of only two things in life; Demob are back and punk rock lives on. Be warned!. Kit Levine

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DISTILLERS - Leeds, Joesph's Well (22/6/2002)

200+ people jammed into a rather small space to hear one of the best live bands this year so far. Queues started forming at 1.30pm as there were people THAT desperate to see them. For anyone who doesn't know who they are, the lead singer is Tim Armstrong (Rancid)'s wife. This is where the association ends musically. This is hard/fast and angry and although the set lasted about 45 minutes everyone was disappointed when it finished, it was one of those nights when you didn't want it to end. If you get the chance go and see them, failing that pick up a cd - you'll be surprised. Steff

Punks hardcore straight edgers skaters were all out tonight and it was a cracking gig its just a pity the same amount of people especially the younger end don't turn out when some of the classic British bands play i.e the previous night the Lurkers played in Bradford and only about 20 people turned up. (Thanx to Rebecca for getting us on the guest list) Ian

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Please note that I, personally have not written the music reviews (except fanzines and the odd gig). I take no responsibility for what Andy, Ste, Jutters, Steff, Ian, Dave, Andrew - my views may differ. CHEERS TO ANDY, STE, KEV, BONE FOR DOING THE REVIEWS Sorry you three I have added a few extra comments of my own in green ).

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