Zu Ehren und zur Erinnerung an John
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Shell“ fuer den 24.10.09 zum 4. JOHN PEEL FESTIVAL HONEY BANE, NO MORE + THE
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ABC News is reporting that 20th Century Fox division Fox Searchlght is in negotiations to adapt the upcoming memoir I Slept With Joey Ramone, written by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh and longtime Ramones historian Legs McNeil. The studio involvement would give a significantly higher profile to the project, which has been under works independently by manager-producer Rory Rosegarten. Rosegarten secured the rights to the book back in 2006. At the time he also negotiated the rights to Joey's life story from his mother and the executrix of Ramone's estate, Charlotte Lesher.
I Slept With Joey Ramone, the book, is scheduled to be published by Simon & Schuster imprint Fireside in December.
New on Cherry Red Records: The New Hearts - A Secret Affair (The CBS Sessions 1977 – 1978) CD
(Released 19/10/09.) The New Hearts were a power pop/new wave act who evolved into Mod Revival band secret affair. New hearts issued just two singles for CBS in 1977/78 but recorded a whole unissued albums worth of material. New Hearts were a popular live act, supporting the likes of The Jam during their two-year existence. 19 of the recordings are previously unissued; all 23 tracks are new to CD; three tracks are pre-CBS demos.
Out soon on the “Devils Jukebox”:
BRIJITTE WEST AND THE DESPERATE HOPEFULS CD/Ltd LP
The ex NY Loose gets down and dirty for maxmimum rock'n'roll effect.
THE LOYALTIES 'So Much For Soho - Redux Edition' CD
Album reissued with bonus tracks!
THE HUMPERS 'WAR IS HELL/MY MACHINE' CD/ Ltd LP
Previously unreleased album and bonus!!!
SLUM LORDS CD/Ltd LP
(ex/current SWEET ZEROS/GABBA/CLASSIC RUINS/LOYALTIES members)
produced by Brian James of the Damned!)
SCOTT DRAKE/SLUMLORDS Split 7"
Ex Humpers mainman and spiffing chap goes head to head with the Slum Lords. 20 paces
SOCIAL DISTORTION has picked the studio where they will record their long-awaited new album. Frontman Mike Ness explained: “I went up to L.A. to look at the studio that the Foo Fighters own, and I just started to get really psyched up for the new record. It's been a long time - five years. I'm really going into this record with a new outlook. I really want this record to be unique but also hold the signature Social D. element. It's gonna be a good record. I can feel it.”
LONG TALL SHORTY were formed in 1978 as one of the earliest and best Mod Revival band, split up in 1982 and reformed in 2000. Now they are back with a new full-length called “The Sound Of Giffer City”. 15 new songs incl. a Re-working of their old live classic “Anti CND” which has never been previously recorded by LTS. And the music is more or less the same as in the early stages - Mod Punk with powerpop and 60´s influences. So once again they epitomized the pure Mod Revival sound with incorporate the agression of Punk and call it today Giffer! Sleeve notes by Garry Bushell. Limited Edition: First 100 vinyl copies comes with a printed GIFFER BOTTLE OPENER and on coloured vinyl (hand numbered)!
They will tour Germany for several shows coming autumn.
CD/LP Release Date: 08 October on “Time For Action”.
And....., THE JAYBIRDS started with recording of new songs for an upcoming release on TFA. Also THE Q works on new songs and will go to the studio in December to record their first full length album.
FAT WRECK CHORDS – NEWS:
September 29, 2009
STRUNG OUT "Agents of the Underground" Album LP/CD (FAT739)
THE LAWRENCE ARMS "Buttsweat & Tears" 7"/Digital EP (FAT236)
October 30, 2009
FEST compilation 7” with Dead To Me, Flatliners, Banner Pilot and… (Fest & Mailorder only)
November 10, 2009
DEAD TO ME “African Elephants” LP/CD (FAT749)
JESSE MALIN is currently hard at work on the new studio album to be released early 2010, produced by Ted Hutt (Lucero, Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem).
Out now on TKO CH3 - "To Whom It May Concern: The 1981 Demos" Limited LP
For the first time ever, Channel 3’s original 1981 demos are collected on this 13-track LP. These are the recordings that gained the band the attention of Posh Boy Records’ Robbie Fields, and the rest, as they say, was Punk Rock history. Included are songs that became CH3 classics, previously unreleased tracks, and a WHO cover thrown in for good measure. This LP is a great snapshot of this early SoCal band in their formative stage: a must for any Channel 3 fan. Limited to 1,000 copies on purple & white vinyl. Includes CD version.
New Releases on “Captain Oi! Records”:
THE PURPLE HEARTS - Mod Singles Collection. (First ever compilation gathering together every A and B side issued by Mod Revival legends The Purple Hearts. Includes the chart hits “Millions Like Us” which reached No.57 and “Jimmy” (No.60) plus 4 tracks never previously issued on CD before. Detailed booklet includes liner notes by Mojo journalist and Mod expert Chris Hunt plus pictures of all the relevant singles sleeves, now all highly sort after (and expensive) collectors items.)
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS – The Singles Collection (First ever Singles Collection by seminal 70’s Pub / Punk Rock heroes Eddie & The Hot Rods featuring all of their releases for both Island Records and EMI between 1976-1979. Includes the UK National Chart hit singles “Get Out Of Denver” (No.43), “Teenage Depression” (No.35), “I Might Be Lying” (No.44), “Do Anything You Wanna Do” (No.9) and “Quit This Town” (No.36). Booklet contains pictures of each of these releases (including many rare foreign issues for all the collectors) and detailed liner notes on each single Totally remastered by Tim Turan this release is the ultimate Hot Rods Collection.)
A new TOXIC REASONS box set entitled 'Essential Independence' is scheduled to be released sometime in 2009 on “Beer City. It will contain the original 'Independence' full length as well as several bonus tracks (many never before released). Plus a DVD.
Also plans to reissue 'Killed By Remote Control' and 'Within These Walls' are also in motion.
Clash members MICK JONES and TOPPER HEADON were reunited in the studio for the first time in 27 years when they joined Billy Bragg for a recording aimed at promoting the folk singer’s Jail Guitar Doors campaign.
Started two years ago, the Jail Guitar Doors initiative helps to supply musical instruments to prison inmates, to aid with their rehabilitation, and has so far seen several ‘graduates’ of the scheme pursue careers as performers after their release from jail.
Bragg, Jones and Headon were backed by a band comprising former inmates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Kevin Hawkins and Jon Smillie on a spirited re-recording of the 1978 Clash song Jail Guitar Doors, from which the campaign takes its name.
“The guys were telling us how much this scheme had helped them move on from their previous lives before prison,” said Clash guitarist Mick Jones, who in 2007 donated the money for the first ever JGD acoustic guitars to be delivered to a jail. “It was really touching to think we’ve helped, even if it’s in a small way.”
Drummer Nick ‘Topper’ Headon added: “To see it all come to fruition is absolutely beautiful. It was great to meet these guys. When I was in prison myself, many years ago, I was lucky enough to have access to a guitar, which belonged to the prison vicar! I know how much it helped me get through it.”
Billy Bragg, who says his life was changed after seeing The Clash play live at Victoria Park in 1978, inspiring him to write about social and political issues, explained: “Prison has to be about much more than just locking people up. We want people to be able to move on from their situation and reconnect with the outside world, and my hunch was that playing an instrument – particularly a guitar – could help that.”
The recording session was filmed for Alan Miles’ ‘Breaking Rocks’, a gritty and uplifting documentary about the Jail Guitar Doors initiative, which will be premiered as part of the Raindance film festival at Proud Gallery, Camden Town on 1 October. The film will be followed by performances from Billy Bragg, Mick Jones, the MC5’s Wayne Kramer, Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jail Guitar Doors graduates Leon Walker, Jonny Neesom, Louise Wells and Theone Coleman, plus Night of Treason.
Looks like things are shaping up for the new FORGOTTEN REBELS album. Mickey DeSadist posted that "About 1/2 the songs for the new Forgotten Rebels recording are written." The album is as of yet unnamed.
The canadian documentary “The Last Pogo Jumps Again” is set for a DVD release in March 2010. This movie is a followup to the 1978 film The Last Pogo
THE SLITS will tour the UK and Europe in support of their new album, Trapped Animal (released October 5).
The current line-up of the band features original members Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt alongside Hollie Cook (daughter of Sex Pistols' drummer Paul), Anna Schlute and Adele Wilson.
The sale of an original copy of God Save The Queen on A&M, has ended on eBay some weeks ago. Winning bid £8,100.
THE SCENICS, an early Toronto-based punk / new wave act that ran from 1976 to 1982, are returning with a new (lost) record and a short tour. The band's upcoming album is titled “Sunshine World” and features previously unreleased material, recorded to a four-track recorder between 1977 and 1978. It features 13 original songs along with covers of the Kinks and Tommy James and the Shondells. The record will be released on October 13th via Scratch/Sonic Unyon.
MESSAGE FROM RICK BUCKLER: "It is with some regret that I can no longer be involved with FROM THE JAM, many thanks to the fans for all their support over the last few years and who have made it possible, it has been a pleasure and an honour.”
Both Bruce and Russ are sad that Rick has now left the band but are happy to continue onwards with a new drummer soon to be announced.
THE STOOGES will reunite with Raw Power guitarist James Williamson in 2010. Ron Asheton, the band's original guitarist, died in January, but Iggy Pop and Ron's brother Scott have now announced that the Raw Power line-up will play the All Tomorrow's Parties event on May 2/3.
"If I wanted to play guitar again...I figured, 'What the hell, let's do it!'" Williamson told Rolling Stone. "We're rehearsing songs from Raw Power, The Stooges, Fun House and Kill City," explained Williamson. "By the end we were sounding pretty great."
In early August frontman Billy Hopeless commented on the future of Vancouver's THE BLACK HALOS. He explains that while he could go out and rebuild the band with new players (he mentions SNFU, Social Distortion and D.O.A. as examples) he'd rather start a new. Hopeless comments "At the best the Halos was always a band that I would have loved to go see and hear at worst it was everything that I despise and I battled to keep it exciting as hard as I could... I believe with the line up I'm gathering that we will be able to achieve the same if not greater admiration from myself and hopefully all of you."
Billy's new band is THE BONITOS featuring members of Cristol Pistol, Saddle Sores, the Daggers, and Black Diamond. The group doesn't have any music online yet, but they're promising a New York Dolls, Dead Boys and The Stooges inspired glam-punk sound.
In a bid to repeat their first ever performances of 1978 which took place at London's Rainbow Theatre on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. have reformed and are set to play a series of festive shows in the UK.
Led by John Lydon, PiL formed in 1978 after the latter had quit the Sex Pistols. This time around Lydon has reformed the group following last year's hugely successful Pistols world tour. So why has he elected to resurrect PiL now?
"Basically, I'd never split PiL. I always felt we were taking a break," explains Lydon on the phone to MOJO from his home in Los Angeles. "The time felt right to me (to reform the band) because PiL is a very personal thing for me and I'd been through a lot of personal things recently. PiL is the one band in which I can really express myself and I can be myself, so I decided to do it."
The ex-Pistols frontman has assembled a new line-up of the band that consist of former PiL members Lu Edmonds (guitar), Bruce Smith (drums) as well as newcomer Scott Firth (bass).
Public Image Ltd will see John Lydon joined by Damned guitarist Lu Edmonds, former Slits drummer Bruce Smith and bassist Scott Firth.
While the band's return is loosely linked with celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal second album, Metal Box, Lydon is keen to point out that the band's set will span the band's entire catalogue.
"Metal Box is an important album but we don't want to limit ourselves," he says. "PiL is all about being unlimited, so to speak, so we'll be playing a lot of different material. There may even be something new in the set."
The new incarnation of PiL will play the following UK shows:
Birmingham O2 Academy (December 15)
Leeds O2 Academy (16)
Glasgow O2 Academy (18)
Manchester Academy (19)
London Brixton O2 Academy (21)