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Saturday, December 11th, 2010
6:51 pm
Thursday, September 16th, 2010
3:51 pm
Hi! Could anyone help me, please? I search for the poet who could transform prose/transfers offered it into poems (songs). I am sorry, if I write not in that theme, but the competent poet is very necessary. Please, prompt, where it is possible to find such expert and if, here is such write to me, pls: evkuvardin@mail.ru
It is important, that the poet lived in Great Britain

P.s.: sorry for bad english)
Monday, September 13th, 2010
5:21 am
Rare limited edition prints and T Shirts of Rat Scabies:The Damned hand signed
Love The Damned? The Search for The Holy Grail? Legends of mysterious Templar strongholds in southern France? The Rennes-Le-Chateau conspiracies? Grailhunters?


Limited Edition Hand Signed by Rat Scabies of The Damned and Rat Scabies:Grailhunter (TV) prints now available for auction. Items are being sold to benefit my medical expense fundraiser in progress.

Also available are several very limited edition T Shirts with the same artwork of Rat Scabies featuring the Magdala Tower at Rennes-Le-Chateau in France. All shirts are also autographed by Rat himself.

Links to the eBay auctions and more available through seller information on eBay:


Artwork courtesy of punk writer/cartoonist Stu Warwick, most notable for his contributions involving Steve Jones, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Billy Bragg.

Entire fundraising project spearheaded by author/grailhunter and former Melody Maker journalist Christopher 'Push' Dawes, :
author 'Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail', one of the most enjoyable novels I have read in this lifetime!
Sunday, November 1st, 2009
5:37 am
The only place for OMLITS/ROBT Omlit CD on the net!! ( Orange County early punk )

Robert Omlit's Legendary Band The Omlits. ( orange county early punk - kids of the black hole )

27 Songs

Including Everyday's a battle, James at 16, Tony, I wanna Be a Lesbian, Me To Die


ONLY at: www.sight-n-sound.net

Friday, March 27th, 2009
7:39 pm
New Music Tuesday

Join the fun! Reviews of new music, old music and emerging artists. Tuesdays are fun again!
Friday, October 17th, 2008
11:44 pm
More proof the Punk Wars were in vain.

On http://www.jethro-tull.com/discography/studio.html they don't just list their albums by release date. Oh no. They are into  " organizing the albums by their dominant musical style"
Such as:
Blues / Jazz
Folk or Acoustical Rock
Heavy (more like medium) Rock
Elizabethan / Medieval / Classical
Electronic Keyboards / Synthesizers
Far East / Asian Influences

Guess under which genre I would classify them if I had any of their albums?Leave a comment
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
11:10 am
I'd say there were worse things than this at the bottom of he punk barrel.

Cash city rockers

The Clash boasted about having 'complete control' over their output. That means no one but the band is to blame for the bottom of the punk barrel being scraped in the bid to find new material, says Marcus Gray

The Last Gang in Town is back! And although the surviving members of the Clash will be remaining firmly in their rocking chairs, no bank is safe. By the time they head for the hills again, they'll have made out like bandits without firing off a rim-shot, flashing an axe, or even raising a bass in anger.

This Monday sees a tri-partite Clash release: the illustrated autobiography The Clash (selling for £30), the live compilation DVD Revolution Rock (£12.99), and the CD Live at Shea Stadium (£11.99). You wait a whole year for more Clash product, and then a three-part cross-promotional multimedia extravaganza comes along all at once.

Integrity was high on punk's list of watchwords, and the Clash set themselves particularly lofty standards, promising their fans value for money and no exploitation of their followers. "There will be no six-quid Clash LP, ever!" Joe Strummer guaranteed Sounds' David McCullough in 1979, failing to consider the effects of inflation (£6 then is worth approximately £22 now).

From the moment they signed a recording contract in 1977, the band were in continual conflict with record company CBS over creative freedom, as celebrated in the third Clash single, Complete Control: "They said we'll make you lots of mon-ee/ Worry about it later." Instead, the band put their mon-ee where their mouths were, going into debt to ensure both the double album London Calling and triple Sandinista! sold for the price of a single LP.

In 1979, Joe Strummer told Creem's Dave DiMartino the Clash would only enjoy significant commercial success in America 20 years after the event. "It'll be like on TV," he sneered. "39 Greats from Old England. That's how you like it over here, don't you? Repackaged nostalgia." And so it has come to pass.

The Clash's output during their lifetime was prodigious, and there was little unheard material left in the vaults when they finally split in 1985. Once CBS was taken over by Sony in 1988, the repackaged nostalgia begain in the usual forms: compilations and reissues in the USA and the UK. By 1999, when From Here to Eternity, an album of (mostly) previously unreleased live performances, was issued at the same time as Don Letts' Grammy-winning official band documentary, Westway to the World, it looked as though there was nothing left to release, that everything had been already been compiled to completion.

But then all the bases were thoroughly covered all over again. By the end of last year, posthumous releases included two double-CD best-ofs, two single CD singles collections (both called The Singles), an expanded B-sides compilation, two triple-CD box-set overviews, an

A- and B-sides singles box set, an extravagantly extended 25th Anniversary special edition of London Calling, a programme of remastered CD reissues of the band's entire album back catalogue (including the compilations), a singles video collection, and a DVD reprising and expanding upon that. This from a band that released five albums (The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, London Calling, Sandinista and Combat Rock) in its classic form, followed by one (Cut the Crap) so poorly regarded that it was written out of history and no material from it was ever included on the compilations. Well, at least until its reissue in 2000.

In fairness, the nature of the music marketplace has evolved over the years and attitudes to "old music" have changed. And, naturally, the Clash and their dependents deserve a pension plan. But what gets the fans tutting in the internet forums is that the band have always refused to admit to a profit motive even while the quality control - never complete with the Clash - has deteriorated.

In the case of almost every post-split CD, one or more members of the Clash are given credit for song selection, remixing, sleeve notes and/or cover design. In-house filmmaker and band buddy Don Letts has helmed all official DVDs. Wherever possible, a member of the Clash is also credited with initiating the project, most of which are marketed as munificent gestures to the band's followers. And the content of the releases of "new" material is presented not as a business decision, but as the result of some Inspired Clash Discovery. There can be no suggestion that the flood of Clash product has been the result of Sony refusing Complete Control to the band.

A typical case: in 2004, the special edition of London Calling came about because Mick Jones chanced upon the long-lost album demos in a seldom-visited lock-up. That's right. While other middle-aged music business veterans make reissue decisions around the conference table, the Clash's schedule is apparently dictated by eureka moments in storage facilities.

So what's on offer this time around? Advance publicity for Atlantic Books' 2008 lead non-fiction title promises "an exciting new book about the Clash, in their own words and pictures", "hitherto unseen photographs and interviews" and "unprecedented access to the Clash archives". There's no denying that The Clash is a handsome career overview in the gravitas-bestowing coffee-table style of The Beatles Anthology. Atlantic make no secret of the fact that the Beatles book is their model.

But how new is this "exciting new book"? The Clash's text derives from interviews filmed for an earlier documentary, in this case Westway to the World. Admittedly, the Beatles book took its interviews from an earlier documentary, too, but the difference is that the Beatles releases - also including three CDs of unreleased material - were staggered over five years and shared the same title, while the Clash's are separated by a nine-year gap, and don't.

"I spent between 12 and 17 hours with each band member," says Mal Peachey, the book's editor, who conducted the interviews in 1999. "Less than a third of each interview was used in the finished film." The third that was used is self-evidently the most interesting part of the iceberg, though, and The Clash also includes other interview material that has appeared in print before, most obviously from the Clash On Broadway box-set booklet notes.

Many of the professional photographs are well known, and the personal snaps are both familiar and scanty. Similarly, the bulk of the memorabilia is commercial rather than personal. We get a handful of drummer Topper Headon's "Will this do, Mum?" postcards home, but there is nothing from Joe Strummer's huge cache of notebooks, draft lyrics and on-the-road souvenirs, which have already been the subject of an impressive 2004 exhibition in London. Peachey denies this material is being held back for a new project from Strummer's estate, and - almost unbelievably - dismisses its omission as inconsequential. Topper's postcards aside, there's little indication that the Clash's direct post-1999 involvement amounts to much more than claiming copyright.

The press release and cover sticker for the DVD Revolution Rock announce a new documentary directed by Don Letts, featuring "a host of rare and previously unreleased live performances". Instead, it's a collection of 22 live clips, only a quarter of them attributable to Letts, only seven not previously included on Clash releases, with a hackneyed voiceover narration. Just to reinforce the distinctive aroma of old hat, Revolution Rock was released in the USA this April, and has been available via Amazon ever since.

"Legendary" and "long sought after by fans", claims the press release for the CD Live at Shea Stadium. The band played two nights at Shea, on October 12 and 13 1982. Producer Glyn Johns recorded both - though persistent buzzing ruined the first night - and Don Letts filmed part of the second for a video promo. The intention was to release a live album in late 1983 to fill an unusually long gap between Clash studio releases. In the event, work was suspended when guitarist Mick Jones was sacked and the writs started flying.

Moving house 15 years later, Joe Strummer found a cassette of the second show in his woodshed (it's another Inspired Clash Discovery). Eureka! The project was revived - but shortly afterward, the Clash opted instead to release a live compilation representing all the stages of their career. For much of From Here to Eternity's development, eight of the album's 17 tracks were still due to come from the Shea tapes. Then, at the last minute, seven of these were replaced by superior versions from an earlier 1982 concert.

Hardly a vote of confidence in a full release for Shea, then. Similarly, while The Clash takes great pains to point out - and most fans agree - that the "real" Clash was the one with the cordon-bleu drumming of Headon, Shea dates from the period following his dismissal and replacement by the more meat-and-two-veg Terry Chimes.

There are other reasons why this is a peculiar choice of show to release. The Clash were supporting the Who, playing to a borrowed audience in the alien surroundings and acoustic nightmare of a baseball stadium. In the rain. "Off balance, out of tune, in total confusion ... depressingly ordinary ... a 50-minute fizzle", was how Melody Maker's David Fricke reviewed their contribution at the time. Even spit-shined for CD release, it's an efficient rather than impassioned performance, the usual light-and-shade and hit-and-miss of a Clash gig sacrificed for an immediate but uniform hard-rock sound. (Even the reggae and funk bits are hard rock.)

All Sony BMG has to offer by way of competition with existing free internet downloads of this and other Clash shows is improved sound and professional packaging. The first part they've achieved, but the 32-page photo-booklet is exclusive to the deluxe limited edition, and for some reason the front cover of both versions seem to depict the Village People trying to stare down the Viet Cong. There had been a rumour of an accompanying DVD, but it hasn't materialised.

Attempts to discuss this glut of unnecesasary product with Sony BMG come to nothing because, as the Clash's publicist explains, "The guy responsible for catalogue releases is away on holiday."

Don Letts, however, does answer a few questions. He says there's no DVD in the Shea package because the only surviving live footage from Shea has already been released at least twice, most recently on Revolution Rock ... which, incidentally, contains the entire sum of the live film Sony BMG owns or can lease the rights to. Also, and contrary to suggestions on the official Clash site about a rolling programme of live CDs, "There are no plans to release any other live albums."

Is the barrel finally scraped clean, then? Hardly. Still to come, no doubt: the Clash-era Strummer notebooks; Rat Patrol from Fort Bragg (the original double album-length version of 1982's Combat Rock); and, possibly, the half-dozen unreleased songs that - according to Strummer biographer Chris Salewicz - Strummer and Jones wrote together a year or so before the former's death. Any demos? Scour the outhouses!

• Marcus Gray is the author of The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town.

Sunday, August 24th, 2008
11:49 pm
Friday, June 20th, 2008
7:48 pm
Is punk dead?
THE PSYCHO KID PRESENTS A NEW EP: PUNK’S NOT DEAD. Hear all 5 songs @ http://www.myspace.com/psychokidmusic or @ http://www.purevolume.com/thepsychokid/albums/99473229 before the CD release in July!
Leave us some comments on myspace or purevolume, or here on livejournal! Let us know what you think! Is punk dead? What's your opinion?




1:57 pm
joe strummer and the clash documentary
have you guys seen the new documentary on joe strummer and the clash? what did you think of it? i'm glad they did a movie tribute to him. he's one of the greatest guitarists ever.

thought you guys might also be interested in this. if you love the clash like me, you should check out this drawing to win awesome joe strummer and the clash stuff, like the documentary. http://www.jamsbio.com/contest/strummer/
Friday, November 16th, 2007
3:45 pm
U.K. Subs plus Sad Society at The Citrus Club, Edinburgh, on 5th December

Sad Society are pleased to announce that we'll be supporting the U.K. Subs, featuring their classic line-up of Charlie Harper, Nicky Garratt, Paul Slack & Pete Davies, at The Citrus Club, Grindlay Street (opposite the Lyceum theatre), Edinburgh, on Wednesday, 5th of December. We wouldn't have missed this gig even if we hadn't been playing it ourselves, and we're sure you won't want to either. Tickets are £10 from Ripping Records, there are £1.50 drinks-promos, and the gig starts at 7pm, so make a date and don't be late!

Sad Society on MySpace
Sad Society on PunkRockers.com

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, November 10th, 2007
2:29 pm
Sad Society & Billy Liar at Bannerman's, Edinburgh, on 28th November

Punk Off is on the 28th November at Bannerman's pub, 212 Cowgate, Edinburgh. There will be two bands on; Sad Society: "Where the fuck did these guys come from? They produce ultra-confident, addictive, anthemic punk rock, brought to us with that distinctly Scottish disregard for subtleties or arse-licking"; and Billy Liar: "The vicious, spiked belligerence of The Pistols in full copulating deviancy with the gentler, deep thinking soul of The Cure's acoustic manhandler Robert Smith." It is £4 on the door or £3 for Edgar members. All proceeds go to Shelter Scotland. Come along to support the local music scene, or to support Edgar, or Shelter or just because you like beer. It will be fun!

And a wee reminder: Sad Society are playing in Glasgow on the 25th.

Current Mood: busy
Friday, November 2nd, 2007
3:59 pm

Current Mood: weird
Monday, October 29th, 2007
5:58 pm
Siouxsie @ Roundhouse on 5th November
Does Siouxsie really need an introduction?

2 tickets available :)


Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
4:54 pm
I'm fairly new to a lot of punk music etc

Just wondering if there are any punk-esque cd's that  you'd recommend.

I have this, and it's pretty damn good. 

Cheers! xx
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
2:28 pm
Sad Society at The Capitol, Glasgow, on Sunday, 25th November

Sad Society are pleased to announce that the Glasgow Gig Collective are putting us on at The Capitol, 468, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, on Sunday, 25th of November. We are reliably informed that The Capitol is an excellent venue (it's just along the road from The Garage and Nice'N'Sleazy) and that the monthly punk gigs there are always heaving. As it's been quite a while since Sad Society have played in Glasgow and this will be the first gig we've played there with the new line-up, it'll be a good opportunity for Clydesiders to come and check us out. The gig starts at 7:30pm and admission is £5. Don't miss it!

Sad Society now have a band-profile at PunkRockers.com. Feel free to sign up for an account and add us to your friends-list!
Sad Society on MySpace.
Sad Society on Last.fm.

Current Mood: busy
Sunday, October 7th, 2007
9:40 am
The best news in years

The Smirks album is finally to be released. Recorded for Beserkley Records in 1978, but never released as a result of financial and other issues, Smirkology is finally to be released by Castle Records at the end of the month. I'm thrilled by this news, as I have run a website for The Smirks (at http://thesmirks.com/ of course) since about 1999. It's moved from being a couple of pages and some bad scans of single sleeves to what it is today, with music, live recordings, interviews, cuttings, gig lists and lots of other things too.


Members of The Smirks were associated with or played with such bands as The Freshies, Albertos y Lost Trios Paranoias, Distant Cousins and many others. http://tinyurl.com/338ng9 links to the Amazon page for the album. I hope that the boys belatedly get the success they missed out on in 1978. And they're still the most fun you can have with your shoes on.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, October 6th, 2007
7:18 pm
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
11:04 am
Sad Society at Henry's Cellar Bar, Edinburgh, Saturday, 20th October

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Sad Society's previously-arranged gigs in Edinburgh at Bannerman's on the 12th of October and The 3 Tuns on the 19th have had to be cancelled, but we're pleased to announce that we'll be playing at Henry's Cellar Bar, 8, Morrison Street, on Saturday 20th. Our last gig there was a stormer thanks to the enthusiasm and energy of the crowd who got right into the spirit of the occasion, and our next gig promises to be no less pogotastic! We'll be supported by Johnny Thunders tribute-band Chinese Jocks, admission will be £4 and the gig will start at 7:30pm, so don't be late!

We hope to be able to announce more forthcoming gigs shortly; watch this space!

Sad Society on MySpazz

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
12:55 pm
Hey hello hi ;-)



very dirty grunge punk rock - repulsive sounds!

listen listen ;-)
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