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Steve Ignorant (with Matthew Worley)
Dimlo Productions: 2017.

 
Available direct from the Dimlo Etsy online shop.
 

If you ever wanted to know how / why or what inspired Steve to write his lyrics than this is the book for you.

In conversation with Matthew Worley (‘old’ punk, professor and author himself) Steve is talking about his lyrics and stories around them.

The book contains Steve’s lyrics and also features original lyrics, photographs and images from personal collection.

With a foreword from The Shend of the Cravats and blurb by Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods. If you want to read every single word or just flick through this is a great book.

Self published under the name Dimlo Productions, 160 pages, landscape ‘soft’ cover 230mm x 155mm x 15mm book.

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Carol Hodge (Slice of Life, Steve Ignorant’s “The Last Supper”) has established a new independent record label Chopback with Simon Wells, founder member and original guitarist with London punksters Snuff. “Our first release, which came out on vinyl and CD on 1 July 2017, and is a solo album by Simon, entitled Crime of the Scene,” explains Hodge. “I play piano and sing backing vocals on it, and am very proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s a huge departure from Simon’s punk past and has so far been compared to Van Morrison, Billy Bragg and Neil Young,” she reveals. “But don’t let that put you off.”

“Snuff started when I was 18, we were part of a scene,” says Wells. “Thrash punk was something that was happening and we became part of that but put our own mark on it, and didn’t sound like any other bands around at the time. I’m now much older, I’ve done many different types of music. This album I’ve purely enjoyed and indulged myself and played around with songwriting and enjoyed the sounds,” he continues. “I wasn’t really writing it for anyone else, I was doing it for me. I wanted to make an album that sounded more mellow. I feel like I’ve achieved that.”

“The most influential musician on the album is Carol Hodge whose style of piano gave so much to the songs that it influenced the way they were presented,” Wells adds. “Duncan Thompson is a friend I’ve known since he was 16. He was the drummer in Southport for some time, is a great musician and influence on me musically. He played drums and some bass on the album. Viola was played by Anita Bushell, who stepped in after a series of string player let downs. She did a great job.”

Simon Wells announces new solo album Crime Of The Scene

Crime Of The Scene, the debut solo album from Simon Wells, is ready for release on Hastings based independent label Chopback. Drawing arrangement influences from the likes of James Taylor, Van Morrison and Howlin’ Wolf, Crime Of The Scene is an acoustic album with finely crafted and poignant lyrics. Acoustic guitar, piano, bass, drums and viola are sparsely utilised to support Simon’s gravelly and soulful vocals.

Simon’s musical career spans three decades, starting in the late 1980s as guitarist and songwriter for the seminal London punk band Snuff. After more than a decade of touring the world and selling over half a million records, he moved onto drums in the band Your Mum. The late 90s and early 2000s led to success in the dance music scene, primarily with project Headstone Lane and sessions with MOBO winners 4Hero and Mercury Prize nominated Future Sound Of London. In 2003 he founded mod punk band Southport, releasing albums on Go Kart, Golf Records and Boss Tuneage. The final Southport album Southern Soul was released in 2014, in collaboration with Yo Yo Records and Fixing A Hole.

The rest of 2017 will see a national tour, appearances at Wonkfest (The Dome, London, Saturday 1st July) and Rebellion festival (Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Thursday 3 August, Almost Acoustic stage, 17:10), as well as the release of brand new tracks through the Chopback Patreon campaign, which also provides supporters with discounts on all physical merchandise, plus select free downloads of Simon’s back catalogue.

Simon Wells

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No Defences - Released

THE DEBUT ALBUM by No Defences has secured a belated release on the Demo Tapes label, 32 years after it was first recorded for Crass Records. The twelve-inch vinyl Released LP has been pressed from a ‘cassette copy of a rough mix’ shared with the band before the Crass Records project was abandoned late in 1985.

The record is available for purchase online from Lavidaesunmus, and Rough Trade (in the UK), Faith / Void (Canada), Grave Mistake Records (USA) and other independent retailers.

Recorded in 1985 for Crass Records but never released, Demo Tapes do the decent thing and release this five track lost album by five piece South London band No Defences. The album was recorded at Southern Studios with Pete Wright producing, but it was never completed. This album has been painstakingly put together and remastered from tapes taken from the studio at the time. Their sound was anything but anarcho punk – it had a strong tribal element in the rhythm section, post punk flourishes in the guitar work and lyrics that were poetic, individual and radical. The songs were often long with multiple timing changes but always with an intensity and passion. No Defences played gigs with everyone at the time from Crass to Flux of Pink Indians to Crucifix and toured with Chumbawamba and Reality Control but sounding like none of these bands. No Defences were a special band and after years and years of trying to release this album, Demo Tapes are proud to release Released 32 years after it was recorded. It comes with a full size full colour booklet with photos, lyrics, archive and a full list of every gig No Defences played.

A note from the band in the full-size colour booklet explains:

This recording comes from a cassette recording of a rough mix made during the recording of our album for Crass Records in 1985 (as the original multi-track tapes had been recorded over or lost). At the time we hoped to take it further sonically than what you hear on this record but sadly it was never mixed or finished and No Defences then disbanded at the end of 1985. Huge thanks to Sean for now releasing this. Some of us had lost touch and not spoken for decades and it’s been great to catch up and work together again. Thanks also to Paco [Mus] and to those who lent material for this booklet. No Defences were Dik, Sid, Bev, Iggy, Andy.

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Omega Tribe - Pete Fender - March 2017

OMEGA TRIBE HAVE announced that the reformed band will be recording and releasing a new vinyl EP in this summer.

“Omega Tribe met up with Pete Fender on Saturday (25 March), at a café in Bounds Green north London,” the band explained. “We are going into the studio on 11 April to record an EP with Pete Fender producing.” The plan is to record songs for a “three or four track vinyl release”, with the possibility a CD and digital format release to follow.

Fender, who was a member of Omega Tribe, performing and recording with the group in the early 1980s, engineered and co-produced the band’s celebrated No Love Lost LP released in 1983.

“There’s no record company involved as yet, so this will be a DIY release”, the band add. “We are not ruling out help from a record label, if it’s the right deal. We have got some ideas for distribution but we’d be happy for any external help and ideas.”

The band are aiming to “have it recorded, mixed and get vinyl copies pressed up before our US tour in August.”

Further details of the release will follow soon.

UPDATE, 29 MARCH 2017: Omega Tribe say: “Unfortunately, Pete Fender has now had to retract his offer to produce Omega Tribe’s new record. Pete has his own personal reasons for changing his mind. Although this is disappointing, there are no bad feelings on either side. The band will now discuss whether to look for and use a different producer or produce the recording ourselves.”

UPDATE, 13 APRIL 2017: Omega Tribe have posted the following update to the band’s Facebook page: “A change in our line up, Sonny Flint is no longer drumming with us. Sonny did a lot to help get Omega Tribe going again and we wish him well. Rhod ‘Lefty’ Burnett has joined us on drums and we’re looking forward to playing live with him, starting in Paris this Friday.”

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SOUTHERN RECORDS HAS released a new ‘white vinyl’ edition of The Feeding of the 5000; the band’s first release first issued on the Small Wonder label in 1978 (although not properly released until March 1979). This latest version, featuring the complete tracks of the ‘Second Sitting’ release, is taken from the original master tapes (rather than the Crassical Collection remix series), and included a complimentary digital download. This new version is priced at £14.00 (plus shipping).

This release comes just thirty-four years after Crass’ first experiment with the coloured vinyl format, with the 1983 release of the ‘Brown Shit-coloured’ Who Dunnit? seven-inch single.

 
Feeding of the 5000 - white vinyl - March 2017
 

Product Description
18 tracks, 31 minutes. New pressing created from the original vinyl master tapes (no remix!). Wrapped in the original iconic fold-out black and white poster sleeve. Includes a code for a free digital download in the format of your choice (mp3, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and AIFF formats).

New as of March 2017: 180gm white vinyl
Also available on 140gm black vinyl.

The Feeding of the 5000 is the first album by Crass, released in 1978. The record came to be made when Pete Stennett, owner of Small Wonder Records, heard a demo that the band had recorded. Impressed by all of the material, he decided that rather than release a conventional single by the band, he would put all of their set onto an 18 track 12 inch EP.

However problems were encountered when workers at the Irish pressing plant contracted to manufacture the disc refused to handle it due to the allegedly blasphemous content of the track “Reality Asylum” (referred to as “Asylum” on the record sleeve). The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence, retitled “The Sound Of Free Speech”. This incident also prompted Crass to set up their own record label in order to retain full editorial control as well as political and legal responsibility for their material, and “Reality Asylum” was shortly afterwards issued in a re-recorded and extended form as a 7 inch single.

A later repress of The Feeding Of The 5000 (subtitled The Second Sitting) released on Crass records in 1981 restored the missing track. The song “They’ve Got A Bomb” also features a period of silence within it, inspired by John Cage’s “4’33″”. The band have acknowledged the influence of Cage, and said that the idea of the space in the song, when performed live, was to suddenly stop the energy, dancing and noise and allow the audience to momentarily ‘confront themselves’ and consider the reality of nuclear war.

According to band founder and drummer Penny Rimbaud, who wrote in 1986: “We named the album The Feeding Of The Five Thousand because 5000 was the minimum number that we could get pressed and some 4900 more than we thought we’d sell. Feeding is now only a few hundred short of going golden, though I don’t suppose we’ll hear too much about that in the music press”.

Track Listing
Side A
1. Asylum
2. Do They Owe Us A Living
3. End Result
4. They’ve Got A Bomb
5. Punk Is Dead
6. Reject Of Society
7. General Bacardi
8. Banned From The Roxy
9. G’s Song
Side B
10. Fight War Not Wars
11. Women
12. Securicor
13. Sucks
14. You Pay
15. Angels
16. What A Shame
17. So What
18. Well…Do They?
Total Running Time: 31:51

Original Release: 1978
File Under: Punk
For Fans Of: Crass, Rudimentary Peni, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Flux Of Pink Indians

Someone Said:
We were setting out as purists: hard, uncompromising and utterly bemused. – Penny Rimbaud, 2010

The Feeding of the Five Thousand is also available on the Crassical Collection, a series of remastered and expanded Crass albums on CD. Released in December 2010, the CD includes a 64-page booklet with notes from the band and a recreation poster sleeve.

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Rubella Ballet - Ballet Bag LP - Dark Entries

Dark Entries Records have released a vinyl album version of Rubella Ballet’s 1980 debut cassette release Ballet Bag, which also includes tracks from the band’s two sessions for the John Peel radio show on BBC Radio 1. The Ballet Bag LP can be ordered direct from the US label’s web site (although shipping costs outside the US can amount to more the price of the album itself). Details of any UK distributor will be added here as/if confirmed.

Rubella Ballet are a gothic anarcho-punk band formed in autumn 1979 by former Fatal Microbes Pete Fender (guitar) and Gem Stone (bass) with vocalist Zillah Minx, and Flux of Pink Indians drummer Sid Ation. Sid and Zillah were living with the Poison Girls at Burleigh House in Epping. Pete and Gem were the son and daughter of Poison Girls singer Vi Subversa. The band used Poison Girls equipment to jam and write songs, and their first performance was when they jumped up on the stage at a Crass concert. Zillah created and designed ultraviolet hand painted day-glo clothes for the band and dyed their hair multicolored to differentiate themselves from the death rock bands who tended to wear black, army-surplus style clothing. For their psychedelic stage show they used nothing more than black lights, strobes, and a bit of smoke to illuminate the band.

In 1982 Rubella Ballet released their first batch of material on a cassette album titled Ballet Bag for Poison Girls’ Xntrix Records. Their sound went from fast punk to full on Goth, innovative like their clothing. Sounding like rather organized chaos this was the start of a very colorful part of the British anarcho-punk scene, which remains vital to this day. Lyrics tell of living under the grim rule of Thatcher’s government, in haunting fashion. Despite the severity of the material, pop and even funk dimensions are discernible beneath the claustrophobic thrashing. Ballet Bag was a 100% DIY project, all artwork was drawn and hand-printed by the band. Each cassette came in a bag with a lyric booklet, badge and poster. The band recorded two John Peel sessions for BBC Radio in 1982 and 1983, which are of much higher fidelity than the home-produced cassette. We’ve included 6 of those songs here as bonus tracks, complete with John Peel introductions from the original broadcast.

All songs have been remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. Housed in neon pink and black checkered jacket emulating the polyvinyl bag that covered the original cassette. Each copy includes a replica of the original 12-page zine with lyrics and drawings by the band. Also included are 2 black and white postcard featuring never before seen photos of the band from 1981.

SIDE A
Emotional Blackmail
Belfast
A Dream Of Honey
Newz At 10
Slant & Slide
Me
Blues
Exit

SIDE B
Krak Trak
Me (Peel Session)
Ballet Dance (Peel Session)
Belfast (Peel Session)
T (Peel Session)
Slant & Slide (Peel Session)
Exit (Peel Session)

 

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Where's the Pleasure  - front cover

Following their successful vinyl re-release of the Poison Girls’ albums Hex and Chappaquiddick Bridge, Water Wing Records are to re-issue the acclaimed (and deservedly so) 1982 Poison Girls’ LP Where’s the Pleasure.

First released in September 1982 on their own Xntrix Records label, Where’s The Pleasure was described by Johnny Waller in Sounds as “The last great punk record”. The record came out of a period of change for Poison Girls. A new house, a new bass player, a completely new set, and, with it, a determination to challenge the expectations of their audience. What resulted is an outstanding collection of songs. Vi Subversa’s lyrics seamlessly make the personal political, and the political relevant to everyday life. The music bristles with inventiveness. What we hear is a band at the top of their game, exploring different styles and enjoying themselves in the process. It is Poison Girls flexing their musical muscles, rediscovering their roots, and connecting with the true spirit of punk, which is of course, unbridled, messy and adventurous creativity. Where’s The Pleasure is a truly wonderful achievement by a truly unique band.

The record can be ordered direct from the Water Wing Records site (in the US). In the UK, as with the earlier Poison Girls’ releases on the Water Wing label, All The Madmen are also offering Where’s the Pleasure for pre-order.

Digital downloads of all tracks on the album are available on the official Poison Girls web site (for a suggested donation of £6.50).

Where's the Pleasure  - back cover

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