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Month: January 07



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3CR - Fuckin Do It (from the band)

So 3Cr have come out to play again with a new cd called ‘Fuckin Do It’ released in the second half of 2006. The loonies of punk, 3CR will capture your most silly side of punk which cannot be bad can it? Fronted by big Boggy a fucking legend at gigs who just stands out fro the rest. A brilliant bass player and a very quick qitted front man, Shaun Shit and Spazz Stix make up the rest of 3CR. Thumping bass, excellent guitar riffs and that good old punk beat on drums. The new offering is excellent hard hitting, piss taking punk with a few old numbers thrown in: Only 92, She Bummed Me, Do Stand Out among the 14 tracks on offer here. They are always worth travelling to see and get better each time I’ve seen them (that is about 20 times, but still as refreshing as the first). If you’re up for a laugh then pick this band up from the wrong side of the Pennines. On a more serious note, 3CR are a top punk band with that DIY ethic, so pick up that guitar / stix / bass and do your bit. More of 3CR type bands are required to keep our flag flying high in 2007.
5 out of 5
Review by Andy



ACTION DIRECTE - 60 Million Guns (from the band)

Action Directe regenerated and not before time. Though out their history they have stayed to true to their own beliefs producing a very different and refreshing style of punk. Leeds own industrial punks Action Directe have matured into a musical difference but have stayed true to their own politics. Since forming in around 2000 they have plugged their own political message through their own style – industrial punk / the future of punk music? Standing against the fascists in the punk scene and within the industrial scene and championing the causes of solidarity, and bringing to light the war in Kosovo / Iraq, troupes in Cuba etc. This promo cd has four version of 60 Million Guns, all very different but pulsing like a throbbing vein. The cd contains a cd rom section on Anti War, slogans, articles, lyrics and information. Get out of the flock and get this for something different.
4 out of 5
Review by Andy



ACTION DIRECTE - Intervention (Oktober Productions)

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3 rd album from Leeds based industrial political punk band Action Directe, this time they have moved away from their previous works by throwing ideas in all directions rather than focusing on one or two particular world problems. The music has a few new twist to it as well and the band have elements of hip-hop, techno and hardcore as well as their own brand of industrial punk. The album opens with a song that reminded me of fellow Yorkshire industrial band Worm but with a more political stance, New Model Army are another band that spring to mind when listening to this. Personally I preferred the old style band and although there’s no doubting the band have crossed over varying styles of music, in some cases very well, it’s not really one for me. For more details go to www.actiondirecte.co.uk or www.yob-goth.com
2 out of 5
Review by Paul



AUTOMATICS - Britannia (Dork records)

4 track promo by the Automatics taken from their new album. I have heard nothing by ‘em before but track 3 takes me back to Sum 41 or indie punk with Steve Jones from the Pistols on guitar this ain’t bad at all – my own cockney rebel. Sorry but track 4 Rule Britannia may have excellent vocals but it is far too cheesy for me. Track 1 reminds me of the Clash and all four tacks have a genuine British feel but it is not really my thing. Maybe should be re-released for the next big England match?
2 out of 5
Review by Andy



BILLY CLUB - FUVM (from the band)

Billy club’s 6 track cd is excellent with the only draw back that there is not enough tracks. Start to finish it is good hard punk that screams in your face. With ex-Exploited Carl on guitar giving it that rough edged sound. The vocals have been thrown out of the punk cesspit, giving it that gravely edge. A bit of an oxymoron, but his is how punk should sound – individual. They are an underestimated punk band with the ability to crack heads; they are always on the punk circuit building on their fan base. For me track one ‘Smash It Up’ hits home, none the less the other tracks blast your ear drums. Play it loud or don’t fucking bother!
4 out of 5
Review by Andy



BOUNCING SOULS - The Gold Records (Epitaph)

The Bouncing Souls are the kings of melodic punk and worth their weight in gold. It is gold bar after gold bar of in your face punk done the BS way. 12 tracks of typical BS mould. Track 1 the Gold song starts a quite brilliant CD. The word massive describes the BS who can and do pull the punters across the globe, they are veterans of the Warped Tours etc. With great past tracks such as Kate Is Great, I Like Your Mum and True Believers, you would have thought these would have been hard to follow, but rest assured this CD lives up to the past releases at the same time as taking them forward. Over the year’s shows with NOFX, Descendents and Pennywise have enabled the Warped Tour to grow, never forgetting where they came from or started with the small basement shows that have grown like the BS. Please do crowd surf as it makes all our hearts beat as one happy family. Stay punk and true. Super Cd
5 out of 5
Review by Andy



BULLET KINGS - Crash Mad (From the band)

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Another c.d. from The Bullet Kings that came through the post courtesy of the busiest man in punk Mr C.J. Arnfield, not only does he play guitar in this band he’s also in W@RM, A.F.S. and Churchill! Anyway three tracks of mid tempo d.i.y. style streetpunk which should have people off their arses at any gig. I’ve not seen this band live yet but if any of the other bands these guys are in (the other 2 members are in Churchill) are anything to go by they are well worth checking out, good stuff and keep up the good work. For more work go to www.myspace.com/thebulletkings
4 out of 5
Review by Paul



CONFLICT - It’s Time To See Who’s Who (Motarhate Records)

Way back in the early 80s I remember picking up a singled called The House That Man Built just for the cover, but one listen and I was hooked on the anarcho band. This then took me up and down the country following the anarcho punk scene, Conflict / Crass / Dirt / Subhumans / Flux you name it. I scrounged money to go and see such bands sometimes sleeping rough or begging to sleep at punks house or the local squat. That road was so memorable and so of the time. Being a youth in Thatcher’s Britain was not much fun, no job, no prospects just job opportunity schemes and the constant threat of the big guns of USSR v USA, it was a fucking nightmare that did not go away. Now it’s still with us, Blair’s Britain, USA shite and now the USSR has gone other demons have stepped in their place. Conflict ignited my passion to Don’t Confirm which I still believe and fuck authority. Conflict true to their words have influenced many and Time To See Who’s Who takes you back to 81. Start to finish Conflict at their best. In your fave DIY punk with that hard fast cutting edge. Harsh guitars, with that rolling bass, thumping drums and Colin’s distinct sneering voice plus some slow melodic anthems well before their time with true spoken words against the parasites of society politicians and record labels and promoters – you name it, it’s there. This cd is awesome and will get to your softer side with the graphic pictures and lyrics which are well portrayed in the digi pack format. Love ‘em or hate em Conflict stay true to their beliefs and its about time the parasites of society take a good fucking look at themselves. The cd is name it’s time to see who is who and well it’s about fucking time. This is a must for all Conflict fans and anarcho influenced bods, become hooked. No1 track is Conflict.
5 out of 5
Review by Andy



D O A - Bloodied But Unbowed 1978-83 (Sudden Death Records)

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Re-issue of D.O.A.’s 1984 album which as well as being released onto cd is also available on a 12” picture disc. Early hardcore pioneers D.O.A. formed in the late 70’s and criss-crossed the U.S. on a budget that would have seen most bands disappear but relentlessly they carried on and by the time this album was released they had put out 3 singles, 4 e.p.s and 2 albums, which the 19 songs on here are taken from. Although a lot slower in tempo to a lot of their hardcore contempories D.O.A. still packed a punch and came across as a sort of American Clash with highly political socially aware songs. At the time few bands were on a par with this Vancouver band and the songs still sound fresh today. For more info go to www.suddendeath.com or email info@suddendeath.com
4 out of 5
Review by Paul



DEAD CLASS - That All You Got C.d. Single (Cuatroku Records)

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2 track c.d. single form a band I know nothing about which kicks off with ‘That All You Got’ which starts like a heavier mix of the indie stuff that’s in the charts at the moment, disco style hi-hat beat etc but which goes into a sort of glam vocal. A mix between Franz Ferdinand and Placebo with a touch of the Arctic Monkeys? well something like that, not what I’d call punk but it gores off at a decent pace. Next up is ‘Alyeah’ which reminded me of the Undertones circa ‘Here Comes The Summer’ and is more new wave than punk in my eyes. 2 tracks of different styles of something that I wouldn’t say is punk but it’s quite fast and I suppose given the right club and a couple of dozen gin and tonics it would get you dancing. For more details go to www.DeadClass.com
2 out of 5
Review by Paul



DEAD TO FALL - The Phoenix Throne (Victory Records)

Victory Records produce a much wider scope with their offerings, a bit more divorce but this is not punk or oi, dead To Fall or metal. It’s so unfair to review this on a Punk & Oi web site when it should in my opinion be on a metal site. When you are not into a kind of scene it is so hard to compare or judge a recording. The CD cover looks metal and does exactly what it says on the tin. The CD contains 10 metal tracks but that is all I can really say. Sorry fellas and Victory Records.
0 out of 5
Review by Andy



DESTRUCTORS 666/ RADICUS SPLIT C.D. - Gott Mit Uns (?)

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6 track split c.d. with 3 tracks from each band. First up are Radicus who give us ‘Soundcheck’, ‘Fodder’ and ‘FashionXcore’ and come across as a sort of Offspring/ Lost Prophets mixture- fast tuneful guitars and time changes with harmonised vocals. Not really my thing but given the current trend in the charts for this kind of stuff the band should do well given a push in the right direction. The Destructors 666 then give us ‘AK 47’ , ‘Kick Out The Jams’-Mc5 cover and ‘Dig My Grave (45 Rave)’ who play metally thrash style punk complete with ‘evil’ vocal style. Now back in 1985/86 this would have been the dogs bollocks! but 20 odd years on this sounds so dated it’s unbelievable. To make matters worse their cover of the MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ is a complete joke and sounds like a bad Zodiac Mindwarp tribute band. Radicus stand out miles in front of Destructors 666 and I can’t really see why they would want to do a split c.d. with a band who sound nothing like them but there you go. I would give Radicus 3 out of 5 and the Destructors 666 1 out of 5. For more details go to www.myspace.com/radicus and www.destructors666.com
2 out of 5
Review by Paul



DISASTER STRIKES - Liberty Toast (Alternative Tentacles Records)

Disaster Strokes are thrown up in Boston and play a mix of punk and hardcore. On listening to this offer I would say it leans more towards hardcore but what the fuck punk is hardcore, hardcore is oi. Liberty Toast is brutal, very hard full of noise annoys stuff ie in your face, but excellent riffs and very up my street. Track 4 ‘Mission Accomplished’ is the stand out with the very legend of punk Jello Biafra making himself heard! Make no bones about it there are 11 tracks of hard hitting music is served up on a plate to you, just add English tea and sugar to serve up a very distinguished bland. The politics of the band are quite apparent throughout the tracks, but of course politics are only one part of the equation – having a heart in what you believe in does sing loud. The influences of Crass, Subhumans, Black Flag, Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys leads to an excellent cd.
4 out of 5
Review by Andy



DOGZUKI - Mind The Gap (Cultjam Records)

14 tracks from a band I have heard of but not actually heard anything by. The opening track for some bizarre reason reminded me of Spizz and Goldblade in equal parts, if that’s possible. I think it’s the sort of rock n roll tune with odd vocal style that does it, but then after further listening the Adicts sprung to mind-albeit without the Clockwork Orange/Clown imagery. The band also has touches of Leyton Buzzards, especially the track ‘Schools On Fire’ and even though the band touch on new wave territory they are miles away from it and I hope this is intentional as the last thing we need is another new new wave band. The band add their own twist to the sounds of the bands mentioned above and it was a pleasant change to hear a band who aren’t afraid to try something different. If you want full on hardcore punk this isn’t one for you but if you want to listen to a band who play well crafted songs, with words you can hear and with tunes that fly by at a good pace this could be for you. The only contact details given is the address for the record label:- Cultjam Media P.O. Box 19 Gloucester GL3 4YA UK but I’m sure if you have a quick search ont’ net you will be able to find out more about the band.
4 out of 5
Review by Paul



GEOFFREY MORTLAKE &B IRON JELLOIDS - England, England Uber Alles ()

Apparently way back in the 1970’s the Iron Jelloids stood out amongst the crowds, now in 2006 and everyone heard the new world cup song and some may say it is awful, I would says shite. So Iron Jelloids along with help of eccentric columnist from the Observer Gerrery Mortlake have produced their own world cup song, which is very different indeed. Our very own Beckham and Roony are no one fans so get your own party started with this eventful cd. England England Uber Alles is the one for you. As this has been reviewed after the tournament it is fair to say it is a pity that our team did not produce as good as this CD. The review will get 2 but gets 5 for the laugh and words.
2 out of 5
Review by Andy



HAVE HEART - The Things We Carry (Bridge Nine Records)

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11 tracks of hard hitting straight edge hardcore nothing more nothing less. Think Agnostic Front meeting up with Minor Threat and you’re somewhere close to the sound of this band. Thoughtful lyrics coupled with hard hitting tunes on each and every track and a refreshing change to hear a band who although are firmly in the hardcore/straightedge mould have something of their own to give. A short review for a short album, 11 tracks in 26 minutes but if you’re into hardcore you’d be missing out if you don’t get hold of this. For more info go to www.bridge9.com
5 out of 5
Review by Paul



LOWLIFE UK - That’s Just How It Is (Punks For Profit)

Yorkshire’s finest Lowlife deliver a classic, I just can’t get enough of this one. From the slums of West Yorkshire Lowlife bring you a very fast and hard-hitting CD. That’s Just How It Is has it all in that special Lowlife vein. No matter what you are into within the underground scene this one is for you if you can keep up with the pace. Always on the punk circuit Lowlife continues to gig and gig and gig, they are way underrated and get better and better every time you see them. Never to proud to have a beer and another beer with you, always up for it and that is how it should be. Be sure to check out this cd, as it is 12 tracks of pure punk heaven. Brodi my little un the youngest punk in town loves Lowlife UK, oi oi. Excellent.
5 out of 5
Review by Andy



LOYALTY - Take No Prisoners (Bands own release)

This is Oi! At it’s best. Very proud, filled with pride and true genuine feelings. Loyalty is 3 proud young men producing a very heart felt 6-track cd. In the vein of Retaliator but a little fasted with a more towards Boisterous kinda sound. With tracks like Take No Prisoners, For Valour, Fight To Survive, Got No Pride etc gives you an indication of what to expect. Excellent oi sounding vocals sung very strong and proud agonists a slow agnostic guitar and pumping bass. This is a must for all oi punks and skins. The message is quite clear be strong and be proud and never forget where you come from. Oi! Oi!
4 out of 5
Review by Andy



MANTRA 2 - Werewolves Of London (ALEXA)

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The info which comes with this says that Mantra 2 are "post punksters" (not exactly sure what that means) but this is their second album, the first being "This is Called Fantasy". It says they are an enticing mixture of styles such as New York Punk, New Wave and Electro.The album is a long one just under 55 minutes of what would probably have been called synth,indie etc in the early 80's, it has long tracks around 4 to 5 minutes long (one of them is 6.45 minutes) of meandering synth music with drumbeat backgrounds. There is additional drumming from Terry Lee Miall (Adam and the Ants) and guitar work from Marco Pirroni. All in all it's not really punk but a couple of the early tracks do have a very slightish antish influence.
2 out of 5
Review by Steff



NEGATIVES (SWE) - No Truth No Justice (Bad Dog Records)

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As the name suggests the band are straight out of Sweden not from Bradford (or should that be ‘Not From London’?) 11 tracks of full on Rancid before they got shit style streetpunk with a poem to kick things off. Othen than the poem this album kicks in like a ecstasy rush and will have you jumping around all the way to the last track, which is a tribute to the late John Peel. All the songs are in English and the cd booklet has all the lyrics so late night sing a longs are possible. I particularly liked the track ‘Greatest Punk Rock Rip Off’ a song about bands who get back together with one original member for the money, a subject I’m sure a lot of you reading this know about. One of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time and a band I will be looking out for in the future. For more details go to www.thenegatives.org or email info@thenegatives.org
5 out of 5
Review by Paul



POINT BOSS - More Toward Seven (From the band)

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7 track c.d. from this Nottingham based band. The band have been together since 1999 and have played numerous gigs around the East Midlands with bands like the UK Subs and Anti Nowhere League. 2 of the 7 tracks are covers of the bassists’ old band, Metro Youth, songs- ‘Red Rifles’ and ‘H Bomb’ and to be honest they are better than the bands own material. This is just bog standard punk with not a lot that stands out from the norm and the mixing on the c.d. is some of the worst I’ve ever heard, the drums are far too high in the mix and the bass is almost non existent at times. If the press release is correct when it says the band ‘have played more than 30 gigs’ in almost 10 years I can see why, definitely one of those bands who seem to always be a support act. Try something different for a change instead of the tried and tested angry men punk thing. If you want more details go to www.pointyboss.co.uk where you can download or stream sample tracks from this c.d., I personally wouldn’t bother but still we all have different opinions and I may be talking a load of shite and you may think this is fantastic……I doubt it but there you go.
1 out of 5
Review by Paul



PUNCH PUPPET - Crazed Drunk Pedestrians (Apple Pirate Productions)

London pop/punkers Punch Puppet are very much with eh in crowd. Yes we have hard it all before with NOFX, Rancid, and Blink 182 – you name it, but what the hell I guess milt it while you can. This is not may bag at all but it’s in the Ramones kinda vein with plenty of quite ditty riffs. They are a 3 piece from the London area which I am sure will give others a good run for their money. This 7 track cd is as good as any and all you young punkers which this space as Punch Puppets have a lot to offer the punk world, but at the pop / punk end. Busted and Mcfly eat your hearts out.
3 out of 5
Review by Andy



RABID - The Bloody Road To Glory (Fallout/Jungle Records)

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Now this brought back some memories, the first time on c.d. Rabids’ ‘Bloody Road To Glory’ e.p. + their ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ 8 track mini album. Back in 1982 this Midlands based band brought out the 2 discs mentioned above, played a few gigs, caught the attention of the late John Peel (who regularly played ‘Jubilee’) had a few line up changes then disappeared. In 1984 I shared a flat with my mate Dave (eh up Brookey!!) who played this bands records on a daily basis, I think at one point ‘Crisis ‘82’ was our alarm clock!!!. Anyway 25 years on Fallout/Jungle have re-issued it and I wasn’t sure hat it would sound like having not heard this since then. Well it’s still the same as then, no nonsense mid tempo UK punk in the vein of Anti Pasti etc. Not the best recordings in the world, but then again what was in the 80’s? but still an essential purchase even if it is only to replace your old vinyl, me, I’m getting on the phone to my old mate Dave to do some serious reminiscing. Go to www.jungle-records.com for more info.
5 out of 5
Review by Paul



RADIACS - Hellriser (Cherry Red Records)

As I have said before Sheffield has produced some excellent bands over the year, punk/emo and just old poppy stuff. To be honest I cannot remember any psychobilly band that sound so fresh and so psycho. This is a brilliant CD with 14 tracks of pure foot tapping psychobilly. The stand out tracks here are Hell Raiser and I Was Wrong. This release is a must for all psychobilly bands. The band formed in the mid-80’s and started giging at Take Two. Over the years their set got better and better and allowed the band to explore different avenues, doing psycho weekenders then to Europe by now headlining gigs of their own. Unfortunately the band split and the members went different ways, some of them went onto play with the legends Meteors as well as the Blue Devils. This is a live offering, which was originally release on now deleted vinyl. So enjoy it now in digital format. Pure psychobilly for all us psychos.
4 out of 5
Review by Andy



RETCHING RED - Scarlet Whore Of War (Rodent Popsicle Records)

Retching Red, absolutely hardcore punk at it’s very best. In your face political beliefs with the DIY ethic. Hard, fast as fuck from the start to finish this will appeal to all who are familiar with F-Minus. Female fronted Retching Red are up my street and as soon as you this you will love – it’s so hard and so let’s ay uncompromising through out. Very fast guitars with that twitching bass and quick drum beat, but it’s the snarling vocals that really make it. Really gruff voice from such a small framed young lady. 14 tracks of pure hardcode bliss to blast your neighbours of this planet and to upset your parents for all you young punkers. I love this one, my 10 year old loves it too – she’s one for our future as are Retching Red that is because we all know what’s right and who is wrong. Excellent.
5 out of 5
Review by Andy



RUCTION - Love Us Or Hate Us (Dim Records)

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If I hadn’t have looked closely at this c.d. I would never have believed this band were from Singapore, the 12 tracks of Oi that belt out from the speakers sound more at home from this side of the world than the Far East and to say this band play some of the best Oi I’ve heard for a very long time is something of an understatement. Yes it has the usual cliché song subjects but the music more than makes up for that. This band could teach quite a few UK Oi bands a lesson and give them a very good run for the money. This is a must have for any Oi/Streetpunk fans out there. For more details go to www.myspace.com/ruction99 or email ruction99@hotmail.com you won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5
Review by Paul



RUINED - Hear Lies (?)

8 track c.d. from a band I know nothing about but from the c.d. booklet I can gather they are a bit like the Misfits in that they sing about zombies, werewolves and the like but unlike the Misfits the music isn’t anywhere near as heavy and the band can play a hell of a lot better. At times the band sound like My Chemical Romance with a bit of a hardcore edge to them. It’s a bit too polished and ‘nice’ for my liking but this is far from a bad c.d. and I have heard many who are a hell of a lot worse. If this was a bit heavier and dirtier this would be a c.d. to file next to your Misfits, Undead, Samhain stuff. Unfortunately there was no contact info with this so I can’t tell you how to get in touch with the band or where you can get this from.
3 out of 5
Review by Paul



RUST - Self Titled (Bezerk/Turbo Nun)

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A quick read of the cd notes tells me this band are from Australia and seeing as they hammered us in the cricket I hate them!!!! Only joking the bands’ opening track ‘Arm The Insane’ kicks off like Nashville Pussy without the Southern Drawl, all dirty rock n roll riffs and almost country style guitar work. The next few tracks drop most of the dirty rock n roll for a sound which isn’t too far from 3CR, albeit without the smut and filth. ‘Tortured Tunes’ is a history of the bands early listening and stands out from the rest of the tracks as it is so catchy. Rose Tattoos’ ‘Rock n Roll Outlaw’ gets the cover treatment and is done straight down the line, no messing about, speeding up, slowing down just their version of the song- it also has a pretty good slide guitar part in it. You only get 8 tracks for your money but it’s pretty consistent throughout and if you like punk on the rock n roll side this could be for you. For more details go to www.rust.net.au
4 out of 5
Review by Paul



VARIOUS - Rockabilly Shakedown (Cherry Red Records)

Rockabilly was born in the mid 50’s think Elvis Presley / Gene Vincent the works swept America like a whirlwind, ran it’s course but decade afar decade it still pulls the crowds in. By the 80’s there were bands touched by the original rockers, these included The Deltas, The Jets and Restless to name a few. All this excellent thumping stuff can be found on this DVD, so check out the bands for yourself. Cherry Red has produced a gem. The DVD explores the 80’s and 90’s scene with lots of slap bass and rockabilly plus psychobilly. There were not a million miles away from us, we all sing from the same song sheet – rock n roll psychos. The rockabilly scene is still going strong today - -see what it is about.
3 out of 5
Review by Andy



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DVD / Video

CRAMPS - Live At Napa State Mental Hospital DVD (Weinnerworld)

Way back in 1978 came the Cramps, and they were so refreshing living the whole music industry a kick up the arse with their graveyard mix. Playing to a room full of enthusiastic patients and the Napa State Institute is an eye-opener for anyone who knows the Cramps. Been at their own peak of their unique style this DVD is a real spectacle of this once in a lifetime performance. With the patients on stage, grabbing the mic, singing and dancing and them being themselves it seems so natural to see. This is a must for all die had Cramp fans and at times it is so hard to tell who the ones with mental issues – read, as you will. Warning this is rough and ready, punk stripped to the bear bone, which includes some audio distortion but really captures the event Tracks include Mystery Plane, Way I walk, Human Fly, Domino, Love Me and TV Ste. Get yourself to the graveyard and become an outpatient too. Enjoy.
4 out of 5
Review by Andy




DEAD KENNEDYS - In God We Trust, Including The Lost Tapes (Weinnerworld)

Way back in the 80’s DK’s became one of the biggest punk bands of their time. The 90’s followed with continued success although differences became apparent and band members went their separate ways. None the less DK are legends in the whole punk movement and are still performing today albeit without Jello. This DVD features footage from the lost recording with tall the original DK’s present. In June 1981 DKs recorded In God We Trust Inc a very successful recording however when mixed the tape became to breakdown and deteriate and as a result the whole ep had to be rerecorded. That recoding took place 2 months later and these tracks were used on the now legendry RP. The original recording had never been seen until now! The DVD contains the recoding session with band piss takes, banker and out takes plus live performance including Nazi Punks Fuck Off, Religious Vomit etc. This is DK at their best, giving an excellent account of themselves, with great riffs, a catch bass line and the now infamous vocals of Jello. Fast as fuck. A must for all DK freaks. Got it now myself. Love DK freak Tracey.
5 out of 5
Review by Tracy




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Fanzines / Books

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Gigs

A VERY MESSY CHRISTMAS - Blackpool, Riffs (23/12/06)

With the combined effort of Chopper 'Cockroach' Rodriguez (Ramonastone), Dunk Rock (UFX), and www.blackpoolbands.co.uk here we had a Christmas Rock Extravaganza, that was mainly punk oriented, with a line up of 11 bands or acts over a period of over 4 and a half hours.

Each act had 3 songs plus one Christmas cover song, so it was a fast turnaround.

Whilst not going into the technical aspects of the night, as these bands were out for an enjoyable evening themselves, the whole interaction and atmosphere of the event was as good as it gets, and the spirits were flowing. Everyone in the place was out for a Christmas rock party. As the written running time list said 'bands can go onstage and not when you should. Please set up and play as quickly as you can, like a rabbit with a bomb'.

Some of the high spots were the fantastic vocals of Lola Fenix and The Sideshow Sirens, who has a voice you just wanna party and fiesta forever to.

When Andrew Bond misplaced a few words in his stint, he was ably joined on stage by member(s) of Ramonastone. They really got it together, off the cuff, nothing seemed rehearsed, but like talented musicians do, they blended superbly. They finished with an amazing rock version of 'Mistletoe & Wine'. I never thought this song could sound so good. They nailed it to the mast, even the backing falsetto sounded heavely.

Limousine started with a song literally 60 beats to the minute, but they really fired into their groove with the next couple of songs. They finished with the best live performance of 'Fairytale Of New York' I have heard. The female vocal was as good as Kirsty herself.

Finally came the band that left no one in any doubt who they were. They blasted out their intro to the packed venue 'We Are The Senton Bombs' How good is that? Their awesome renditions rocked the place to the rafters.

All in all a superb night of rock and social intercourse. Thanks to the organisers, all the bands to numerous to mention, & barstaff. At £2 a pint plus free entrance, a very messy Christmas was had.
Reviewed by Stu Logan




DEAD OFFENDERS,SMOKIN TEQUILA, THE CUNTS - Mosley, Skate Park (12/1/07)

Well folks i really like this venue , its a skate park but also its like a punk commuity centre lots events going on apart from skateing and tonight, we have the dead offenders up first a new band from brum and there first ever gig !! a good friend of mine fritz is on bass !! and yes he is german so thats good news as i know we are gonna get some class hardcore here and we do, not to sure of the trax but i think one was called picking the fleas off me !! this is class fast and some slow hardcore , if you like the swedish, german polish moskwa style of punk this is for you !! i loved em the next gig is with riot squad at the tavern here in brum so go and see this up and coming hardcore band !! ok time for a drink and next up are a balled called smokin tequila , notto sure to make of them as yes they can play really well !1 but they are a mix of a covers band like doing rancid, operation ivy covers but as i watch them i get into them more not a bad band i think i would go see them again !! ok the cunts are the last band oh there has been a really good turn out tonight to , and lots of moshing , so its been really good tonight , ok the cunts last year i saw this band surpport discharge, and they were good then ,so i am sure as the kids move forward they will be tonight and they are sure in fine form as they ripp thru an forty five minute set with lots of fast and slow nombers but week good!! Kinda remine me of early hersey mixed with ripcord shit hot !! a well good night i went home a well happy bunny up the punx !!
Reviewed by Adam Ward




RAM-MAN,INTENTION,HEADHUNTER [DUTCH],NOCTOPHILE[DUTCH] - Birmingham, Market Tavern (7/1/07)

Well folks new year, new load of gigs thank god, loads coming up this year, can not wait, ok on with the show, a few people into night and it is a Sunday and most people like me and you have gota go to work tomorrow , but hay who cares its punk rock tonight down the tavern and first up is local heros ram-man, total punk rock a bit rock n rollish but thats a good thing breaks it up a bit a band that are doing really well and with a front man like paul you can not go wrong also he is in contempt yet anothere rocking band and doing a european tour a bit later on in the year so dont miss em , great start to the night , ok up next are intention also from birmingham and i have not seen them for a while but still shit hot as ever !! with a few older trax and newer trax thrown in you can not go wronge a stoking set by these guys, a little break as the kit is turned around and noctophile from holland take the stage a well oiled dutch combo of rock n roll and punk rock but a good band totall speed freaks, good set and a few people going for it now !! not to sure of the tunes names but good, ok last band of the night, headhunter from holland to a death metal type of a band , but good at what they do and you even got a blacksabbath, number & iron maiden, one to boot , as i said good at what they did , but not really my cup of teaa, never the less a cracker start to the year!! See you lot down the hot n sweaty front soon !!!
Reviewed by Adam Ward




CRASHED OUT - Newcastle, Trillians (27/12/06)

This was their last gig in the North East this year. They changed the set around a bit, and kicked things off with Shout, closely followed by Fat Punks. Singer, Chris flashed his Dennis The Menace grin, and took the piss out of the audience, saying "There's a canny few Christmas jumpers out there, eh." The bread and butter of the set was mostly from the Pearls Before Swine album, with Fast And Loose, Murder On Sunset Strip, Heroes, and Outcast, at the end of each song, Chris thanking the crowd for their applause with "Cheers", his Jarrow accent making two syllables of the word (Cheeaz!). Lee chugged out the power chords, while Geordie Broon kept his powerful bass sound rumbling along. There was a great crowd in, almost as many as when the Business played. Decca is no longer with the band, and has been replaced with a much younger lad, Martin, who played like a demon. Towards the end was the Jarrow Song, and Raise Your Glasses, to the tune of Blaydon Races. A blistering version of This Is Our Music included some backing vocals from the crowd, to the semi-spoken intro. There was only one encore, I Want It. As the number drew to a close, Crashed Out extended the bridge into the chorus, and Chris introduced all the band members
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk




GBH ,DRONGOS 4 EUROPE , CERTIFIED - Birmingham, Academy (23/12/06)

GBH play a hometown gig every festive season, and 2006 was no different. We got in and caught the tail end of Certified's set, with demented singer, Sean, looking like a member of the Mongrel Mob with his all over tattoos. I got a copy of their debut cd from the merch stand, which I'm playing to death as I write this.

Drongos were on soon after, and started with a couple of newer ones, before they stepped up a gear or two with May Day, and the mosh pit going crazy. It was good to see the younger ones getting stuck in there, with a really rough mosh, which would have scared their mates who are still into Blink 182 and Busted. As the set gathered momentum, so did the mosh pit, with more people piling in, and getting things moving.

And finally, it was time for the masters of Birmingham Punk Rock to do their stuff. It was pretty much the same set as last night, but with a different bit of crack and banter in between songs. If you didn't know that drummer, Scott is from Selly Oak by the end of this gig, then you want yer ears washing out. His Freddy Starr lookalike father was in the audience, as well.

Diplomatic Immunity was dedicated to "the fucking asylum seeking bastards!". Limpwristed was again dedicated to "Boy George and people like him". I think feminists got a bit of stick as well. A good, politically incorrect set to please any Macc Lads fan and upset the average Guardianista.

This was Ross's last gig with GBH for a while, as he told us he was due to fly home to Hawaii on Xmas Day. When I asked him if there were any flights that day, he answered "There fuckin' better be – I've already paid for the flight! They'll probably leave a note saying the keys are under the seat in the flight deck!"

The end of the set included the usual favourites like City Baby Attacked By Rats and Revenge, Generals, and a few others I cannot recall. Anyway, it finished shortly after 10pm, because there was a rock/indie disco afterwards. Now, some may knock this early finish, but with public transport the way it is, there aren't so many late trains, and so it's better this way than to be stranded in Birmingham, miles from home.

Once again, the bar staff, here, win the Slowest Bar Staff Of The Year Award.
Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk




GBH ,DRONGOS 4 EUROPE , CERTIFIED - Newcastle ,Academy (22/12/06)

First up were Nottingham's Certified, who were here in April, with Discharge. Vocalist, Sean was previously bass player for Norfork band, Braindance. They delivered a good helping of UK82 style Punk Rock, with plenty of guts. Because it was Xmas, they ended a version of the Exploited's Fuck The Mods, with festive lyrics about "one horse open sleighs" or something.

Drongos have already played here this year, with Crashed Out and Holy Racket. They enjoy playing in the North East because of the lively crowds, and they certainly got it tonight. Crowd favourites such as May Day was in there with newer ones like Punk Rock Radio. Tommy dedicated I Don't Wanna Be Like You to such scum as muggers, junkies, rapists, granny-bashers and suicide bombers. Hope And Glory was their parting shot.

GBH were here for the Academy In The UK all dayer in May. Great to see they've got Ross back on bass. Starting off with Race Against Time, they followed this with Ha Ha and Falling Down. The mosh pit became a mass of tangled Geordies thrashing around.

About half way through the set, Colin remaked that it was true about Geordies being tough, as nobody had a coat on at the gig, "cos Geordies can take the cold", he said. Old favourites like Gunned Down, Maniac, I Am The Hunted and Sick Boy were hammered out relentlessly, the harsh, brutal power chords churned out by Karl Morris. Ross's powerful, driving bass lines rumbling along like an out of control Metro rolling over some emo kids, ha ha harrr!

Limpwristed was dedicated to Boy George. Prayer Of A Realist was for the German Pope. As you can guess, Generals was one of the end songs. There was a bit of band/crowd interaction: Colin got dragged into the crowd a bit, and someone threw a skinhead onto the stage. Generals was in there, somewhere, along with City Baby Attacked By Rats and City Baby's Revenge.

There was a rock/indie disco afterwards, which was probably a mainstream disco with no dress code. I didn't go, and I reckon any of the bands here tonight would have had these kids crying for there mommies.

Reviewed by Wolverhampton Ex-Punk




BAD MANNERS & GUESTS - Leeds, Irish Centre (03/01/07)

This is as bad as it gets. This gig was akin to the England football team. It looked good on paper but when it came to the crunch it was a fucking shambles.

First of all the advertising was a great big piss take. The flyers read; '30 Years of Punk Knees up' with; Bad Manners / Macc Lads / King Kurt / Splodge / John Otway / Tenpole Tudor - £20 up front - Fair do's. What you got was the following;
Max Splodge doing acoustic. Paying to see Mr Splodge do anything is a no,no. Whilst he can be vaguely amusing in sporadic bursts (1979 & once in 1987), if he gets a laugh from something then he will do the same thing that night ad nausea. How many times did he head butt the microphone cos 2 folk giggled when he did it during "Tuff Shit Wilson"? Too many that's how many and during other acts set. Lord have mercy.

Next was the worst kept secret in punk. 'The Macc Lads' reformation. Oh how overjoyed we were when we saw the advert confirming them on this 'Knees Up Tour' - What a load of shit. Knees up...Heads should fucking roll. What we got was some of BMs band backing a fat overweight Cockney twat who thought it was funny to use a loo roll to enhance the size of his genitals and swear a lot. This no mark was sadder than Charlton Athletics away form. Who the fuck were you? I for one haven't paid twenty Sterling to fulfil someone's rock star wank off. They did 3 Macc covers. Brilliant with a Cockney accent as you can imagine!!?!?!?!! Then they launched into a tone deaf version of "So Lonely" (Police) Someone should have called the police and got those charlatans nicked. Fucking dire. Rubbish. Bullshit. Get the picture yet reader? They encored with "Barrels Round" & attempted to get the 70 punters scattered around the cavernous 1200 capacity venue to sing-a-long. This after we had waited an hour for the show to start.

Up next were a band billed as 'The Ruts' - Malcolm Owen on vocals looks well these days. The bassist looked like he may have been in the band but the guy who resembled a soon to retire science teacher on guitar was more 'old boy' than 'rude boy'. Still, they played well but we could have done without the singer rolling around the stage like a human dice. What was that about? Diving around like Ronaldo. Another old bloke playing at being a 'rock star' It wasn't a good move bringing Splodge or fat no mark 'Macc Lad' back on to shout through "Babylon's Burning" or "Jah War" as they ruined what had been a decent opening 4 songs.

People had departed (Not of this earth but it was close during Macc Lads tribute as one punter nearly choked on his pint when he realised he'd paid £25 on the door for this shit) before the last act appeared. 50 or less waited for the headliners.
Like a menstruating nun, 'Bad Manners' came on at 11PM. I think Buster was shocked to see more space than Captain Kirk before him. He tried to put on a brave face, but even that had 28 chins. It was the last night of the tour, and I started to feel sorry for him, then realised that he was probably the one who had hoodwinked me with this dodgy advertising. You fat bastard indeed. This was a bigger rip that the Jolly Green giant farting. BM were very good and professional, despite the lack of bodies present. By the time of the encore there was life on the dance floor. 20 heads dancing. For me it was too little to late. Where were King Kurt? Otway & Tudor? The Ruts weren't even on the OG bill. How can we go to 'Bad Fest' again on the strength of this? Though I've seen the flyer advertising Hendrix - T-Rex - Nirvana & Johnny Thunders for it so it might be worth a look. As The Who said once in this sad city 'Won't Get Fooled Again' - Me neither Buster!!

Big bag of shit if you hadn't guessed. Happy New Year.
Reviewed by The Reverend




JOE STRUMMER TRIBUTE NIGHT - Glasgow, King Tuts (22/12/06)

The 4th annual tribute night in aid of Strummerville, Joes charity foundation, kicked of with the Cool Jerks from Central Scotland (mainly Falkirk), playing it for the 3rd year in a row, opening the show saying this is how Joe started and ripped into the 101'ers Letsagetabitarockin, followed by an excellent working of Jimmy Jazz, Stay Free and finished by saying this is how it finished for Joe with Coma Girl from Joe & the Mescaleros. The Cool Jerks deserve credit for being the only band to attempt anything from the 101'ers & the Mescaleros and an early slot helped them as they got time for 4 numbers! They were well received and set the tone for what was to follow!

Next up were Dead City Riots (formerly Freeview), who had also played the tribute night previously, and blasted through their set including, appropriately enough White Riot & Career opportunities! The sell out crowd was fast filling the venue up and getting into the Clash vibe! DCR are mainly from Glasgow and have been getting a bit of local airplay on XFM and good live reviews and are worth checking out!

A word about the venue, for reasons that will become clear further on, King Tuts is a small, low ceilinged, initimate venue in Glasgow city centre, and is regularly voted venue of the year in various polls and was where Creation saw & signed Oasis. It doesnt feature as a main punk venue although I have seen the Dead Kennedys, Spear of Destiny & the Alarm, DMW in there, it caters more for indie and up and coming bands but not mainstream radio friendly stuff as such. The venue certainly helped the mood and vibe of the tribute night and the backing music of the Dead Kennedys certainly helped keep the good nostalgia vibe going!

The bands followed thick & fast with 10-15 minute sets including Glasgow legends The Zips who played a storming set. Also a band called Catcher, who were good, and paused to allow a woman called Lucy on stage to read out a letter from Topper who had also spoken to Joes wife, thanking us for our support of Strummerville and to say that like us, they cannot get Joe out of their heads and hearts. A poignant message. The show cranked on with bands called Sucioperro, Nibushi Shang Hong & the 10.1'ers! All doing quality covers of various Clash footstomping classics!

Next up were a band that played last year, Glasvegas, who are heavily touted up here as being a 'next big thing'. The singer looks similar in some ways to Joe! I saw them last year and they played one of the best interpretations of Bank Robber that I have heard, similar to Hawskley Workman on Uncuts cd tribute to the Clash. However, this year they only played two songs, Guns of Brixton & Brand new cadillac, which were good, but I expected more from them.

Next up were last years headliners, the Counterfeit Clash, who also put on a good show and I reckon one of the better Clash tribute bands on the circuit. By now Clash tunes had been banging out for a couple of hours, the beer flowing and the Kennedys on in the background to keep the mood 'excitable'! The Counterfeits played a good few numbers but had warn to crowd to calm down a couple of times!

The last band on were Combat Rock, who had the headline slot. They are a 4 piece tribute band from Glasgow who have been around for several years but various line up changes and work committments have limited their gigs over the years, to the extent tonight they were fronted by the lead singer from Rebel Truce, who also stood in at the recent 30th Anniversary of Punk gig Glasgow Carling.

As I said the mood had become excitable or euphoric or call it what you like but what happened next, I have not seen at a gig for many many years. The plug was pulled by the venues management and the band taken off stage! Why I hear you ask? The band struck up a few songs and beer got thrown at the stage and light rig and the bouncers waded in to root out the culprits, but the guys took exception to being chucked out and fought back! So the band got taken off to much booing and whistling. They came back on and said that the had been told to say that if we didnt calm down, that would be it and the gig over. And sure enough the fighting continued and the band got hauled off! Gig over! I was unsure what to make of this. Who was right, the management or the punters? Anyone who was fortunate enough to see the Clash knows that trouble happened. I didnt see them but saw Joe when he kicked off solo after the split and anyone who has been to a gig at the barras will know how boisterous things can get and this wasnt anywhere near being like that. Anyone who has not seen The Clash or Joe but has seen Rude Boy will have seen that fighting with bouncers and trouble at Clash gigs in Glasgow goes hand in hand! And having just read Joes biography it is clear that he loved the chaos. But is this how we want to remember him? I'm not condoning what happened but I would take exception at about to being launched down a set of stairs by some bouncer, but it was a tribute and ultimately a charity night, so lets leave the fighting at home and enjoy and remember the music and the man. Hopefully it will be same time, same place next year for the 5th anniversary.
Punks Not Dead!
Reviewed by Ally




SECTION 5 + IMPACT - Burslem (28/12/06)

Well i find my self at the huntsman in burslem in stoke-on –trent to night to a well packed pub !! impacted have just started , they are a well good hard hitting local band, lots of expoilted fast stuff in here i can tell you !! , and the locals are lapping it up to !! never seen them before but i am sure to again !! well enjoyed them i hear they have a spilt ep cvoming out with mdm , from liverpool so its gotta be good !! ok a short break and a chat with some of my buddies from stoke , then the mighty section 5 come on stage and i can tell you this band rocks !! they have been around along time and they have had there fair share of ups & downs, and theres no point going down that road as this band is a ghreat live band i know they have a few shows line up in 2007 so go se them you will not be disappoint with tracks like we will rise again, you can not go wrong i fell totally in love with the band a good hard hitting street punk band !! well good and they even do a business cover at the end harry may !! well two of them are in the business anyway , they go down a strom , and the packed pub call for me at least three times !! a stonker of a night i can tell you !! see you at one of there gigs soon a well good xmas show !!
Reviewed by Adam Ward




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