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Monday, October 22, 2007

Stig, Icons Of Filth, Memorial Gig : 21/10/07

Few shots Peroxide took of, The Restarts.

Restarts - Frustration

And, No Choice.

No Choice - Cream Of The Crop

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Paul Fox : R.I.P.

Bad week. Paul Fox guitarist of The Ruts, also passed away on Sunday after a well documented illness. He was 56. Wrote some of the best songs ever.
Paul Fox, guitarist, born April 11 1951; died October 21 2007

Paul Raven : R.I.P.

Only just heard this.
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MINISTRY bassist Paul Raven was found dead yesterday (Saturday, October 20) in a private home in a small French village on the Swiss border after suffering an apparent heart attack. Raven (who is also known for his work with KILLING JOKE and PRONG) was in Geneva working with French recording artists TREPONEM PAL on their new release alongside drummer Ted Parsons (PRONG) and members of THE YOUNG GODS.

Born in Wolverhampton, UK on January 16, 1961, Paul Vincent Raven established himself with his work in the seminal post-punk/industrial act KILLING JOKE after he replaced the band's original bassist in 1982, recording and touring with the group throughout its most commercially successful period, performing on "Fire Dances", "Night Time" and "Brighter than a Thousand Suns". Throughout his extensive career, Raven participated in other collaborations, including PRONG, MURDER, INC., PIGFACE and GODFLESH. Most recently, Raven was nominated for a 2006 Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" for his work with MINISTRY's Al Jourgensen, with whom he had begun collaborating in late 2005 on the MINISTRY release "Rio Grande Blood". After a 2006 world tour with the group, Raven helped Jourgensen and PRONG's Tommy Victor pen the latest MINISTRY CD, "The Last Sucker", which is also the band's final studio release.

Commented KILLING JOKE keyboardist Reza Udhin: "Paul was a very amazing man who I loved and trusted very much. He always had great ideas, ventures and always looked out for me as if I were a little brother to him.

"I was very fortunate to be in contact with him several times in his last week and I had great conversations with him, we laughed and joked, which was an integral part of his personality.

"We had so much more to do, especially with his own personal project MOB RESEARCH, which I know he was extremely excited about.

"I don't know what more to say, as this is such an unexpected happening for me, as we were only talking a short time ago. I can't believe he is gone.

"Paul will be greatly missed by music fans, friends and mostly his family; his bands will miss him terribly. He was a great man and a unique bass player who has died at such a tragically early age.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Cowboy Killers : Demos

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Inspired by one of the posts over at Punks Is Hippies which Slobodan Burgher from Only In It For The Music has set up, along with Papst Benedikt XVI, Balthasar Bjornkvist & Masken, I give you a couple of Cowboy Killers demos from August 1988 and November 1987. Brilliant band live band from Newport, South Wales, with the always entertaining Beddis on vocals. Excellent quality on both these. Pop over to Punks Is Hippies and read an interview with them in an old Artcore zine. This is my favourite site at the moment and there's some great old zines form each and every corner of the Punk rock spectrum. Go et 'em.

August 88
Your Dreaming
Wake up
Sgt. Bastard
Smoking Is Very Sophisticated
Just One More
November 87
Empty Head
Roger Ramjet
Does God Decide

Cowboy Killers - Demos

UK Decay : Peel Session 27/07/1981

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One of my favourite ever Peel Sessions. Again, I rather this to the eventual recordings.
Glass Ice was later re-named Shattered on the Fresh release. Widely bootlegged but never officially released.

TX - 05/08/1981
Producer - Tony Wilson
Engineer - Unknown
Studio - Maida Vale 4

Glass Ice
Last In The House Of Flames
Stage Struck

Line Up
Abbo (Vocals)
Stev Spon (Guitar)
Dutch (Bass)
Steve Harle (Drums)

UK Decay - Peel Session

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Assert - Dilute To Taste

Rubella Ballet - Peel Session 06/07/1982

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Great session from Anarcho scenesters Rubella Ballet. Now back out and gigging again. Click photo for official site & details. 'T' from this session is my favourite thing they ever did. The now defunkt (and sorely missed) Texas Jumblesales posted his rip a while back, this is my stab at it.
The World Premier of Zillah's film about Women In Punk 'She's A Punk Rocker' was unveiled at the 15th Raindance Film Festival held at Cineworld Piccadilly, London on October 3rd 2007.
The film / documentary is directed by Zillah Minx and Sid. Should be worth a look!

TX - 06/07/1982
Producer - Dale Griffin
Engineer - Mike Robinson
Studio - Maida Vale 4

Slant And Slide
Ballet Dance

Line Up
Sid Attion (Drums, Backing Vocals)
Gem Stone (Bass, Backing Vocals)
Peter Fender (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Zillah Minx (Vocals)

Rubella Ballet - Peel Session

Blood & Roses : LP Review May 1985

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Click picture to read review.
Just the 1 track as this has just been reissued. Buy it.

Blood & Roses - The Tower Falls

Samiam : You Are Freaking Me Out

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Saw Samiam play with Down By Law I think, back when. Loved this band live and they released some great records. This has been out of print for a while but is worth getting hold of. For fans of Down By Law, Dag Nasty and all you young un's Alkaline Trio. 1997 Burning Heart records.

Samiam - You Are Freaking Me Out

Electro Hippies : Peel Session 12/07/1987

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Asked for as a request in the comments of a previous post. Liverpool's Electro Hippies, with their only Peel Session. Forgot how good this was. So, Dystralte if your out there this is for you.

Producer - Dale Griffin
Engineer - Dave Dade
Studio - Unknown

Starve The City (To Feed The Poor)
Mega-Armageddon Death Part Three (Part Four)

Line Up
Simon (Drums, Vocals)
Dom (Bass, Vocals)
Andy (Guitar, Vocals)

Electro Hippies - Peel Session

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Anti Nowhere League : Newport TJ's 06/10/07

"Hello Mrs. Shaw, Can I Borrow You Lawn Mower?"

Some nice photos Peroxide took of the Anti Nowhere League @ TJ's last Saturday. Nice one girl.

My favourite Anti Nowhere League single.
Anti Nowhere League - For You

Nice interview here at Sleazegrinder

Crass - Live In Aberdare July 1984

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Posting this for a couple of reasons.
1. Because I was there, basically. It's like this.... A mate of mine got involved, so to speak, in an interview with Steve for a zine a few years back, and he said then that the gig was the catalyst for them splitting up. This has been re-affirmed in both Mr.Berger's & Mr Glasper's books.
It bothers me a little, as I don't think people (unless you lived in those communities at the time) fully remember what it was like living through the Miners Strike. It was civil war and Crass walked straight into the middle of one. A lot of kid's came from family's of miners, money was non existent for many, people were living on handouts, soup kitchens. People were getting nicked for digging coal off the mountain to light their fires. This was a rare night out for many, a lot of these kids had absolutely nothing at the time. I'll never forget Union reps handing Crass a Davey Lamp (front page of the Aberdare Leader!) few boneheads from Merthyr, (Pete's references to union jack t-shirts)loads of pissed up Bristol Punks... but nothing so bad you'd want to split up? Surely? I thought the cavalry had come to town... they took one look and rode off. That's how it felt. I was 16.
It's also the gig where I first developed tinnitus. Didn't hear properly for a year after. Still can't.

2. Because I just came across these great pics on the Southern Forum, for an old Bridgehouse gig. Click pic go see. Great shots i've never seen before. Well done that man for uploading them.

Crass - Live In Aberdare

Originally got this tape from 'Smiling Fesces' fanzine, which was always good.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

CIV - Choices Made

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Releasing what was possibly one of my favourite albums of the nineties with 'Set Your Goals' (Neurosis - Word As Law, just beats it). I give you CIV which to all intents and purposes were a re-vamped Gorilla Biscuits. (Check the credits). Great single this, with some solid live performances of those album tracks.

CIV - Choices Made

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Various Artists - Wargasm

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Could so easily have been THEE Compilation of 1982. Don't get me wrong, there are some great tracks on this. But with some of the artists who contributed perhaps they could have given a little more, if you know what I mean. As it goes, it's the Anarcho bands that really deliver. Great tracks from Flux (diff to the version than on 'Strive' and better I think)Poison Girls give us possibly their finest moment, The System turn in a solid performance & Mau Maus were probably my favourite band at the time. Infa-Riot turn in a tidy enough bit of street punk as do The Upstarts. Cracking Danse Society track as well it so happens. A few minor changes and it could have been a real classic.

1 Danse Society - The Continent (4:38)
2 Flux Of Pink Indians - Tapioca Sunrise (4:00)
3 Canker Opera - White Coffins (3:10)
4 Dead Kennedys - Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round (4:17)
5 Rat Scabies - I Hate War (5:44)
6 Poison Girls - Statement (5:04)
7 Captain Sensible - Hey Jo (3:10)
8 Mau Maus - The Kill (1:15)
9 Angelic Upstarts - Victory For Poland (2:12)
10 The System - Their Decisions (1:48)
11 Infa Riot - Power (3:25)
12 Quite Unnerving - Wargasm (5:52)

Various Artists - Wargasm

The Mob - Mutual Aid Centre, Bristol 22/5/81

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Does the Blogosphere really need another Mob bootleg out there? Course it does.
Proper West Country gig from 1981. The Mob Live at The Mutual Aid Centre, Bristol. Dogs on strings in full effect at the start of White Niggers. Hearing is believing. Simpler times, lots of time spent tuning guitars, you know the deal. All tracks separated.'Play another tune!'
Ah if only they did.

The Mob - Mutual Aid Centre, Bristol 22/5/81

Monday, October 01, 2007

Very Things - Peel Session 09/01/1984

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After the Crass signed, The Cravats, imploded in 1982, they re-emerged in 1983 as the equally fantastic Very Things. This the first of their Sessions for Peel.
Front man The Shend was also an actor, who could occasionally be seen supping a pint in the Queen Vic in Albert Square, back in the day (if your not a Brit this will mean nothing to you. Sorry). I think The Cravats/Very Things/DCL/Babymen should be made compulsory listening at GCSE level, and, possibly, played at events of National importance. Maybe.

TX - 09/01/1984
Producer - Dale Griffin
Engineer - Mike Robinson
Studio - Maida Vale 4

Message From Disneytime
Down The Final Flight
Phillip's World Service
Wall Of Fir

Line Up
Robin Raymond (Guitar)
The Shend (Bass, Vocals)
Disneytime (Drums)
Robert Holland (Keyboards)

Very Things - Peel Session