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Promoters: Jennie & Darren Russell-Smith Tickets: Dave Harris & Lesley Marketing/Public Relations: Daryl Smith Advance Production: Maggie, Alan, Keith, Leaky Jim, Beano Event Manager: Alan ‘Heavyweight’ Taylor Backstage Production: Maggie Website & Facebook: Daryl Smith Rebellion Mascot: Rat Boy :) ! Stage Managers: Empress – ‘Leaky’ Jim Dyer Olympia 1 – Keith Curtis Olympia 2 – Walnut Arena – Peter ‘Chin’ Bywaters Almost Acoustic – Huggy Pavilion – Del Greening Spanish Suite – Paul Raggity Crew: Beano, Neil, Tinky, Ross, Danny, Dave Hernandez, Jock, Pedro, Paul H, Tyler, Steo, Mass New Band Stage: Jonny Wah Wah Box Office: Margaret S, Lora, Sharky, Krys, Annemarie, Sarah Pink, Mark, Richard Backstage Café/Catering: Catrin Owen & Crew Artist Hospitality: Michelle, Al, Dik, Clarence Wristband Exchange: Moo-Lay, Steph, Quim, Gerald, Viv, Graham, Lynz, Meg, Nikki, Tarky, Sam Photo accreditation: Dod Morrison DJ’s: Sav, Dave Paranoia, Mass Runners: Ausi-Daz, Tommy, Richard, Ben Sound Engineers: Empress – Djura, Arena –Irish Rob, Huggy Punk Art: Jennie Russell-Smith, Margaret Curwen, Carl Swinnerton, Jake, Chris Literary Festival: Jennie Russell-Smith, Dom Warwick, Jonny Wah Wah, John Robb Cinema: Sav Vintage Fair: Dottie Delightful Fashion Show: Kitty Ford Stalls/Merch Co-ordinator: Paul Swinnerton, Stu No Rules T-Shirt Design: Vince Ray, Daryl Smith T-Shirt Printing: International Insignia Official Merch: Stu Taylor Hotels Co-Ordinator: Robbie Pendlebury Wellings Bingo: Max Splodge & Stretch PA & Lights: Empress/Arena – ESS & KC Lighting Olympia 1&2/Pavilion/Almost Acoustic/ Spanish Hall – STS Touring Barriers/Fencing/Staging: UK Effects Backline: STS Touring Security: Showsec Printing: Martin @ People For Print Programme Compiler and Graphic Design: Chase the Ace www.chasetheacedesign.com Programme Front Cover: Vince Ray Programme Contributors: Hannah McFaull, Dom Warwick, Richie Biteback, Jonny Wah Wah, John King and others - thanks. Rebellion Photography Crew: Dod Morrison, Sam Bruce, Gemma Eggle, Fishbones Glover, Ugly Punk Dave, Liz, Gutter Punk Programme Printing: Wyndeham Gait

Welcome everyone to Rebellion 2013. Last year’s brilliant festival will take some beating, but we have a cracking line-up to try and top it. And we must start with the return of Cock Sparrer playing for the 4th time in the Empress Ballroom. We also have an overdue return for the original Sham 69, first time for New Model Army, the Misfits and Peter Hook & the Light. And of course the true Rebellion legends who uphold our festival such as The Damned, the Buzzcocks, the Adicts, GBH & the Exploited. As ever we would like you to support those bands who have travelled from afar at great expense to come and play, such as the Terraces from Australia, the Argies from Argentina, Evacuate & Harrington Saints from USA and the Prowlers & Maximum RnR from Canada. The new band stage was a great success last year and 7 of last year’s 12 are back on bigger stages this year. Please support the excellent bands that are playing the Pavilion between 12noon and 8pm on Thursday. After huge effort and time there’s some great events that are worth supporting in the Spanish & upstairs rooms such as Punk Art, Spoken Word, Poetry, Literary and the Cinema which are all worth going to see. We would like to thank all of the advertisers, with special thanks to Jagermeister for continuing to contribute towards the high costs of making this programme. This means we can continue providing it for FREE to every person who purchases a weekend or day ticket. Finally, don’t forget Sparrer headline a one day Rebellion on March 22 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Cant wait! So have a great weekend, thanks for all your help keeping our wonderful scene together. With love Jennie & Daz xx THANKS in 2013 GO TO: Deia and Keir, Dave Harris and Lesley, Daryl Smith, Margaret, Lora, Mark, Krys and Anne-Marie, Alan, Maggie, Keith & all Rebellion staff, stage managers and crew, Ian Armstrong, Djura, Richie Tomlinson, Dom Warwick, Jonny Wah Wah, Carl Swinnerton, Paul Swinnerton, Stu Taylor, Stu no-rules, Catrin Owen, Stretch, Darren@crucialtalent, Jake, Martin@peopleforprint, Dod Morrison, Jon@gigbox, Dirk Peeters, Robbie and all at The Trafford Hotel, Betty and Ricky, Kathy@Rockersengland, Gerry and Mo, Peter@foadrecords, John Robb, Hannah McFaull, Jimmy Wren, Nick@All Ages, Tom Carson, Christian, Ruby@dottie delightful, Rat Usher, Tom Humphries, Tara Rez, Sarah Pink, Oonagh, all at Blackpool tourism, Carla, Kathy, Michael and all the staff and crew at the Winter Gardens, All the 2013 Rebellion Street Team for their awesome work and of course to you!!!!

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Get Ready PuNk pickers. Here comes Rebellion Radio. Not Arf. Got a mobile phone….?. Got a Lap Top…. ? Then welcome to Rebellion Radio. RR is the official live Radio Station for the Rebellion Festival 2013 Throughout its history, Dr. Martens have appealed to those people who want to challenge the rules and stand out from the crowd whilst being authentic characters who stand for something in their own right. Being British, they appeal to those that have a strong belief in creativity, innovation and irreverence, and most importantly, non-conformity. This year we are pleased to welcome Dr. Martens to Rebellion Festival. The boots have been adopted and subverted by countless rebellious characters, subcultures and tribes since the late 60’s. Dr. Martens wearers bring their shoes and boots to life, and should be recognised. So with them, Dr. Martens will be have their 1983 Oxblood coloured Sherpa van which has been restored and converted with a state of the art photo booth inside. The van will play host to band meet and greets, signings and acoustic and DJ sets throughout the festival.

This is how it works: Every evening during the festival at around midnight there will be a podcast with the highlights of each day, including music, interviews with bands and fans, news, any line up changes, general information, drinking and various other punk rock shenanigans. The daily podcast will be available on Mixcloud here…. http://www.mixcloud.com/rebellionradio/ You can download the Mixcloud app to your phone or listen to it online in your B&B. Punk Rock Music fans around the world who have been to a Rebellion festival before but can’t make it this year, or even if you’ve never been, can soak up the atmosphere via the airwaves. You can also interact with us via our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/RebellionRadio

Located in the Olympia’s Winter Gardens, their space will feature an exclusive exhibition of prints and upcoming t-shirt collaboration with late 70’s and early 80’s Skins and Punk photographer, Gavin Watson. Visit their space. Tell them what you stand for. In addition to this, as friends of Dr. Martens, up and coming Manchester punk band The Minx will be performing on the New Band Stage at 6pm on Thursday night. Check them out.


We are pleased to announce the launch of the REBELLION APP. Currently this is for the iPhone only and is available from the iTunes store. Just search for REBELLION FESTIVALS or go to: http://tinyurl.com/ku3jsok

Currently you will be able to get NEWS UPDATES, check the STAGE TIMES, look at PHOTO GALLERIES from this year as it happens and past years and check where you are on the VENUE MAP. It’s early days in the quest to bring you all the essential information to your mobile phone. We welcome your feedback and depending on the uptake of this years version we’ll look to develop it for next year with more functionality on the Stage Times, A-Z of artists, Planner etc and hopefully make it available on other platforms too. In the meantime - download and let us know what you think and what you want for the future. Big thanks to JAGER for helping us get mobile.

Inspired by punk and especially The Clash, performance poet and songwriter Attila the Stockbroker did his first gig at Bush Fair Playbarn in Harlow on 8 Sept 1980.

Since then he’s done about 2,800 more in 24 countries - at venues ranging from the Glastonbury Festival (every year since 1983) and countless other music and literature festivals in the UK, Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to freezing punk squats in Germany to the Law Society and the Oxford Union and a hotel basement in Stalinist Albania. He’s released 6 books of poems and over 20 CDs/LPs, formerly with people like Unwins, Bloodaxe and Cherry Red Records, latterly via his own global cottage industry, Roundhead. (No cavalier attitudes!) Utterly self-motivated. He’s sometimes on the radio and TV. And all over the internet. He’s loud, radical, lyrical, reflective, will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger and 2010 saw his 30th anniversary tour. As you get older you mellow out, allegedly. Attila hasn’t. He’s just released his new album ‘Bankers & Looters…..” ‘There’s no such thing as society So steal and cheat and loot Just one thing to remember – Make sure you wear a suit!’ And he’s just written a song called Prince Harry’s Knob. Although it isn’t actually about the royal appendage, it’s about people who read the Sun and believe it. ‘Whether he’s ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something magnificent about Attila in full flight’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 4) ALMOST ACOUSTIC – FRIDAY POETRY STAGE – Check for details www.attilathestockbroker.com

Since forming

in 2004, Milton Keynes quartet ANTI VIGILANTE has built a rock-solid reputation based on ferocity – both on stage and on recording – and good old-fashioned hard work. Breaking free of the conventions of the ska-punk genre from which it was born, the band pays as much attention to low strung hardcore noise as it does rampant saxophones. As likely to pulverise with a pummelling breakdown as breakout the dancing shoes, Anti Vigilante constantly pushes the boundaries of invention and originality. Renowned for an onstage energy that’s second to none, Anti Vigilante’s hi-octane performances inevitably leave the crowd gasping for more. This skill has been honed sharing the stage with international acts such as Strung Out, Leftöver Crack and Voodoo Glow Skulls, as well as the best of home grown talent, including Capdown, The King Blues, The Skints and Random Hand. A Rebellion favourite – make sure you watch them ARENA - SATURDAY www.antivigilante.co.uk

Andy T.

has been writing and performing poetry and songs since 1974. A close friendship with Crass led to an EP on their label, entitled ‘Weary of the Flesh.’ Nowadays he has an excellent band backing his poetry with a mutant strain of punkdub. He’s now done about 70 gigs in the last few years in Europe as well as the UK. Including the last three years at Rebellion. Still staunchly DIY he has produced a stunning album called ‘Life At Tether’s End’ released on the recently reactivated ‘All The Madmen’ label. It comes with a 96 page hard-back book and looks very impressive indeed. Also Andy has a 7’ single out on the 1in12 label, with all monies going to help fund the anarchist club. It comes with a fold out Crass-style poster sleeve harking back to the early days. Also released recently is a 12’ single collaboration with the Lost Cherrees and others, to raise awareness and funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. A charity close to Andy’s heart, as he only lives about 10 minutes away from where Sophie was attacked and killed. BIZARRE BAZAAR – SATURDAY

The Smears are celebrating their tenth year together this year and making their debut at Rebellion. The band formed when bassist Miss C put an advert scribbled in crayon in a Nottingham music shop wanting to form an all girl punk band. Singer and guitarist Maimee V answered the advert and after several drummers the band found C Doll to make the three piece band complete. The Smears are a hard working band whose live shows are fun and likened to ‘being hit by a train driven by Iggy Pop and Courtney Love’ or ‘L7 being caught in a bar room brawl with Mudhoney’ all comparisons that the girls are very proud of. In 2008 Pink Box Records tracked the band down and put their debut album ‘Hell In High Heels’ out in 2009. The debut work was pressed onto a collectable 10” pink vinyl, a statement of the girls’ desire to break from tradition, yet contradicting the view by appealing to feminized stereotypes; a cunning juxtaposition for a band in its commercial infancy. With the success of the vinyl release and by popular demand Pink Box took the decision to release the album on CD also. Like all great bands, The Smears are a gang. You name it these girls have faced it. The girls have been hungry, broke, through breakups and breakdowns but like all great bands they have always put their anger, energy and frustration in to their music. Not ones to mince their words The Smears write short sharp songs which they don’t want to drag you to the depths of their despair but to lift you out of yours. The pounding drums, distorted guitars, delicious bass lines and gutsy vocals mould together to fit right in to the modern punky grunge noise that they create. Don’t be fooled by their appearance, these girls will kick you in the teeth, rip your heart right out of your chest and you’ll love them for doing so! The end of 2011 saw the band signing to new Nottingham based record label and management company Headcheck Music Group. At the beginning of 2012 the band re-entered the studio to record their best material to date in the shape of new album ‘Dirty Protest’ which was released in April 2012. 2013 sees the celebration of the bands ten year anniversary. A tour of America, a new album plus major festival appearances including Rebellion are making a very special year indeed for The Smears, with plenty more to come. started out back end of 2010, with members being Gaz, Adi, Jake and Banny, Jake being replaced april 2012 with Mike ‘Many Boxes’. Their sound is described as being that of post -punk. Influenced by such artists as Bowie, The Dead Kennedys, Joy division, Magazine, Rancid, Captain Beefheart and many more. It started out with Adi and Banny who were in a punk band in the 80s called STRUM saying that one day we will do it again. Adi knew a guitarist called Jake and Jake knew Gaz and that’s how it all started. They had all played in other local bands before forming DYSPHONIA . The band have played locally; Preston, Lancaster, Bolton and Salford where in 2012 they played the Salford Music Festival organised by Ed Blaney (former The Fall member and now a good friend of the band). There is a 5 track CD out called ‘Who Ate All The Pidgeons‘ which is selling well at gigs and they’re in the process of doing another full CD of approx 11-12 songs (hopefully completed for Rebellion!) Reverbnation recently had the band at No1 in the punk charts. Follow the band here: www.dysphonia-music.weebly.com

Fan favourite Cock Sparrer return to headline the Rebellion festival after celebrating 40 years together as a band last year. Anyone who has been to one of their gigs will know that the band give it their all live and provide an opportunity for a party that lifts the roof off venues. This year we wanted to give their fans a chance to ask them the questions they’ve always wanted to but never had the chance. We chose the best questions from those submitted to their Facebook page and singer Colin McFaull answers them honestly for you here... Allan Brand: Robert Coppen: David Fisher: What’s your favourite song to play live? What are your favourite Rebellion Have you achieved everything you I love ‘Because You’re Young’, mainly moments and what bands have never wanted to achieve and are you happy because it was one of those songs that played that you’d like to see on the bill with your legacy as a band? Would you from the very first time I heard it, I knew in the future? change anything in hindsight, if so what? it was something a bit special. Over the I never miss Max’s Bingo every morning, If our legacy is to be that we’ve writyears it’s developed a life of its own and there’s not a better way to start the day. ten a couple of good songs and given we’ve been told it means so much to But from a Cock Sparrer perspective I people some good nights out, then yeah different people for different reasons. think 2006 when we had so many people I think we’re on the way to achieving But I still really enjoy the whole in the Empress that people were genuthat. We’ve never set goals or targets, set, especially reintroducing songs we inely concerned that the floor might coland are terrible at planning ahead, so haven’t done for a while or playing some lapse as it was moving that much. What we don’t honestly know what is still out live for the first time. Like we did with a great night. Darren and Jennie work there to achieve. However we’re cer‘We Know How To Live’ in London last really hard every year trying to keep the tainly ticking off boxes at the moment, year, and the ‘Working’ medley and ‘A line up varied and interesting, and have and trying to get done some of the stuff Price Too High To Pay’, that we tried the done a great job in bringing some bands that we’ve always wanted to do that has last time we played Rebellion. to Blackpool that some people thought eluded us. they would never see. It’s easy just to I’m a great believer in fate and that shout out names that individuals would things are meant to be as they turn out Watford Jon (Argy Bargy): want to appear, but I know for a fact for a reason, and therefore if we had Is there any one subject that Sparrer that of those bands that have not yet continued playing all those years ago, haven’t written a song about that you made it, it’s not been down to a lack of and not taken a break, would we still would like to write a song about or trying on Darren and Jennie’s part. I be doing this and enjoying it so much anything you’ve tried and didn’t work? guess three major bands that I would now? Would we still be mates?I think I think we’ve always tried to be honest in our like to see would be The Toy Dolls, everything has worked out very nicely songwriting and write about things that Motorhead and to top off the reformed thank you. have affected us or we felt passionately ‘76 list of bands, probably the Pistols. about. And sometimes with humour and Herve (Deadline): sometimes with our serious heads on. I We both played at With Full Force festhink if there was ever a subject that we Mike McColgan (Street Dogs): tival this year and were probably the all felt strongly about then a song would Cock Sparrer are the genuine article in only 2 punk bands among all metal & be written about it. We did try and write word and deed. They live their message hardcore heavyweights. How did it feel a song once about Elton John’s wig but live, offstage and in recorded song. We playing to a different crowd? Did it take it never got off the ground. in the Street Dogs all look up to them you out of your comfort zone? as the best there is and consider them Most definitely. It was certainly the bigto be iconic. My question is how do you gest crowd we’ve ever played to and John Savage: get your voice to sound so angelic live? when we started it seemed as though Do you always get bored playing the Thanks Mike, thank you for the kind words. just the first two rows knew the songs. same songs that fans want or is that It’s a medically approved concoction We really had to work hard. It was a toenergy still there? of three parts Jack Daniels, no parts tally new challenge for us and one that We’ve never felt that we’re just going water. The voice has not always been we took on knowing that we could fall through the motions. We genuinely love like that but we’ve now got to the stage flat on our faces. By the end of the gig I getting up there and doing it, and that’s where we have to look after ourselves a think we’d won over a few more friends what drives us on. Anybody that’s ever bit more. I’m always aware that people and are currently awaiting an invite to seen Cock Sparrer live must see that have the right to expect the best play Monsters of Rock next year, haha. we have so much fun during that hour possible shows, so we party a bit less and a half. I guess when that feeling until business is done. goes, that’s when we’ll stop doing it. It’s Greg Rusack: amazing how even now, some songs Who is your least favourite member of go down brilliantly one night and not the band to sit next to on a flight or so the night after. I g u e s s t h a t ’s share a room with? www.facebook.com/cocksparreruk because di fferent crowds have different favourites for different reasons. All of em.

Xavier Carbonell Beltran: Do you think the initial working class spirit of Cock Sparrer and Oi! music in general had faded regarding the newer audiences and trends? I think your outlook and perspectives sometimes change as you get older and certainly your responsibilities at 18 or 19 are different to those when you have kids and bills to pay. But if something is in your heart and part of you then it’s impossible to let it go. I still work therefore consider myself working class. I think that parts of the scene have tried hard to undermine or destroy what’s been established for their own agenda. I do however see lots of new bands coming through and new faces at the shows, but we can’t just rely on the likes of the Rebellion festival for our futures. We need to support small local venues and we need to create an environment that punk was initially established for, which is the opportunity for everybody to get up and have a go, irrespective of race, gender or ability.

Johnny Hayward: With you, the Cockney Rejects and Chas and Dave all playing on the Saturday night, will there be a shortage of jellied eels in Blackpool on the Sunday? We’ve had a meeting, and our plan is to turn Blackpool into Bethnal Green. So yep, there’ll be jellied eels, pearly kings and queens and the Dagenham Girl Pipers to help us achieve that. Gareth Fisher: Would you rather go crab lining with Charlie Harper from the UK Subs or trout tickling with Ken Casey from the Dropkick Murphys? When was the last time Charlie had his crab tickled? I’ll have to ask him. Perhaps that’s the answer to long life in punk rock...

Darrell (Harrington Saints): Cock Sparrer are a very big influence on us. As a band with people from different musical backgrounds they are one of the “common ground” bands. you can put it on in the van and everyone’s happy. We have had the honour of playing with them twice. Did they know they can come join us anytime and Colin, where’s the Jack Daniels? Thank you for that, as previously discussed Darrell, it’s an old English custom that any visiting Americans bring the Jack Daniels to the party. We’re happy to provide glasses. Maybe one day if we’re in the same room at the same time I’ll get up and we can do ‘Working’ together.

And to all those people who asked ‘What’s It Like To Be Old?’ it’s the same as being young only a bit slower and bit creakier. Thanks to everyone who sent us questions, sorry we couldn’t answer them all. Have a great time at Rebellion, stay safe.

Clara (The Pukes): Lots of bands have covered your songs. Which are your favourites? Haha, that’s a loaded question if ever I’ve heard one. We’ve heard loads of covers over the years, some really good and some not so. Everything from ‘Because You’re Young’ on a banjo, to a Louisiana blue grass version of ‘We’re Coming Back’. It’s always a great compliment, particularly to Burge and his songwriting abilities that the songs can cross over many musical boundaries and be adapted to an individual band or singer’s style. So we love hearing them. Junior Leroux: Where will the punk scene be in 2050 and what will it look like? What problems will the (punk) grandchildren of this generation have to tackle?It’s a great question, but it’s impossible to predict where we’re going to be all those years in the future. Punk was never designed to last this long. It’s intention was to come, make a fuss, fuck a few people up and then walk away laughing looking over its shoulder. Who would have thought in 1976 we’d still have the level of interest we’ve got today? I think that our grandchildren will be experiencing the same problems as kids have since punk first came along. They’ll still be faced with the same narrow minded opinions and prejudices that punks have always had to face, but the punk and skinhead community is strong enough to be able to support each other, and that however you look or whatever you wear is totally acceptable to the people that matter. And if you ruffle a few feathers along the way, well that was always the plan. Niels Portena: Why did you all grow so fat? Is that Oi!? No, that’s the pies.

Ever wanted to own a piece of punk history? This year Cock Sparrer are giving one lucky Rebellion-goer the chance to take home the back drop that the band are using onstage when they play on Saturday in the Empress Ballroom, specially made for this occasion. This is the fourth time the band has headlined the festival and this year they wanted to give something back to the people of Blackpool. All proceeds raised will go to support Streetlife, a local charity which provides information, advice, support and counselling for vulnerable young people. Singer Colin said, "We decided as a band that we wanted to do something to give back to the Blackpool community, and what better way than supporting an organisation like Streetlife who support those who need it most?" "There are so many young people who find themselves in situations where they see no way out, whether it's issues with drugs, alcohol, mental health or homelessness. We're proud to be able to make a contribution to the work they do on behalf of our fans and the Rebellion community" To be in with a chance of winning this priceless punk artifact, buy your raffle tickets at the stall in the EMPRESS BALLROOM FOYER. Tickets only cost £1 and every penny raised will be donated to the charity. The draw will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday, 11th August in The Spanish Hall, and the winning ticket will be picked by members of Cock Sparrer. The lucky winner will be contacted immediately to arrange collection of their prize.

Hailing from the punk rock nexus that is Watford Town, the Angry Agenda are making a triumphant return to Rebellion with their brand of unapologetic, unabashed, ugly punk rock. With a new album on the way and a recent signing to Step-1 Records to celebrate, the band have this year played with The Business, Last Resort, the Old Firm Casuals, Control, and The Crack amongst others. If you like your punk shouty and to the point, make sure you don’t miss these boys. Hannah McFaull got her round in and put some questions to the band. Hello boys, how are you? I’m getting a round in, who’s having what? Greetings all, Nick Parker here, vocals and the man who writes the lyrics for the Angry Agenda. If we’re sitting down for a pint then mine’s a Guinness, Lee Alexander on drums will have a bottle of bud, Matthew Parkhouse on bass guitar will have a pint of Stella and Martin Kidd, lead guitars, will have a cider or Jack and Coke. At this moment for the band its all go, having this week just put pen to paper and signed to Step - 1 Records, a big deal for the band. We just want to get our brand of ugly street punk out to as many people as possible and Tony at Step - 1 is an honourable man who does what he can to distribute and promote the bands in his camp. Where did the expression ‘Ugly Punk Rock’ come from? Surely you can’t be referring to your boyband-esque appearance? The term ‘ugly punk rock ‘ came about from the subject matter of the songs. It’s the ugly side of life that we’re all surrounded by each day, the state of the country and all the lies that we’re fed each by the powers that be. Who or what was behind the band getting together? The band got together by chance really. Lee had got himself a drum kit and had just started to have drumming lessons and as we have known each other for years and drink in the same pub, share a mutual friend by the name of Watford Jon. we got chatting on the idea of at first just getting in a rehearsal studio and seeing what we come up with. Of course that wouldn’t have been possible without a bass player and that’s where Jon introduced me to Matt, who then said he knows a guitar player called Martin. We had a few pints and agreed to book a few hours rehearsal and it went from there.

Where was your first gig and what was it like? Our first gig as such was at my wife Nicky’s birthday party. Argy Bargy and a band called Peckham Rolex played as well; they are also our mates from the pub. We played 10 songs, 8 of our own and 2 covers. People seemed to like the noise we made and we all enjoyed ourselves so it was onwards and upwards from then on. How would you describe Watford in 5 words? (the place, not the man) Describing Watford in 5 words isn’t easy as I moved away years ago but was born there so all I can say is...... It ain’t the place I knew. A lot of your songs touch on the realities of working class British life, and particularly the huge divide between the elite and the rest of us. What are you most angry about at the moment and how can we fix it? All the songs I write just reflect on what I see and hear around me. Open the newspaper, turn on the TV or radio and it’s all doom and gloom, recession, war, death, people without jobs, old people who can’t afford to heat their homes, kids going hungry. The working class gets over looked and undermined at every turn by succession of lying, thieving governments who think we’re too stupid or too lazy to make a stand and say bollocks, we’ve had enough. They don’t care about us. Not that I have an answer to the mess that they created, but then again, neither do they. All I know is that is that they rob us blind in peace time and kill us off in their wars. Which of your songs would you say best represents the Angry Agenda? The songs that sum up the Angry Agenda the most have got to be Breadline Britain or Us and Them.

What can people expect from an Angry Agenda live set? What people can expect from an Angry Agenda set is four men sweating blood and venting their anger and frustration at the world we live in and screaming out loud for one and all to join us in having a say . Do you have any pre-stage rituals? Any last words to each other before you start? We don’t have pre-stage rituals as such, just the usuals: don’t go too fast Lee, give it all you got boys and enjoy yourselves. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Rebellion? Personally going to Blackpool to the Rebellion Festival is like some sort of punk rock pilgrimage. If you’re into this type of music and this scene then what more could anyone ask for? To me its what its all about. Every type of person, creed and colour, young and old can have a few days away from all the shit, meet some old friends, make some new ones and let your hair down. I like to watch and listen to as many new and older bands as I can. I’m a big Sham 69 fan as it was Sham that spoke to me from the days back then, but also I love the Cockney Rejects. I’m looking forward to seeing Jaya the Cat as I love ska and reggae. The atmosphere that surrounds a Sparrer gig is something that has just got to be felt, to this day I’m down right at the front singing my lungs out, and I can’t wait! I think that about says it ll. We ain’t trying to change the world, just sing about the shit that goes on, just trying to have our say.

CH3 (Channel 3)

was formed in 1980 by childhood chums Mike Magrann and Kimm Gardener in Cerritos, California, a small suburb of Los Angeles County.

Their first demo tape was passed to Robbie Fields of Posh Boy Records and it led to a contract before they’d played their first gig. Channel 3s first release was an eponymous 12-inch EP in 1981 that comprised re-recordings of those demo tracks. Taken from it, Manzanar, which raged at the treatment of American citizens of Japanese origin in the Second World War was played heavily by premier UK tastemaker John Peel. The Following release, the full LP Fear of Life followed, and a version of it was released on the UK label No Future as the I’ve Got a Gun LP. Their final release on Posh Boy was 1983’s After the Lights Go Out. They then recorded the Airborne EP and Last Time I Drank LP for Enigma Records to close out the 80’s. After a brief rest in the 90’s, CH3 came roaring back with the 2001 release Channel 3 on the Doctor Strange label and resumed touring along with many of the seminal So Ca punk bands of the era. CH3 has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, and continues to record new music. 2012 saw the release of the Land of the Free ep on Hostage Records. This will be their 4th appearance at the UK Rebellion Festival, and we are honoured to have them back again. EMPRESS BALLROOM - SUNDAY

Charred hearts

Hagar the Womb just sort of hap-

They changed their name in 1983 to Charred Hearts. During this time they gigged with bands such as the Subhumans, Newtown Neurotics, Rubella Ballet, Chumbawumba and Action Pact. Several recordings were made at this time but are now pretty much impossible to get hold of. By 1986 the band became disillusioned with all the things musically and disbanded.

Some say they carried on as they started.. certainly they never took themselves too seriously despite being part of the overtly politicised anarcho-punk scene of the time. The band went on to tour extensively through the early 80s and released their first 12” EP “The Word of the Womb” on Conflict’s Mortarhate label in 1984. In the same year, they recorded a four track session for the legendary John Peel show on BBC Radio 1, and a second 12” EP “Funnery in a Nunnery” followed on Abstract Records in 1985.

are an old school UK punk band, originally called the Corpses and formed in 1981. They were formed from remnants of their previous bands, the BCG’s and Static Annoyers. A bunch of street-drinking 15 and 16 year old urchins, they found their mini-rebellion in a disenchanted Thatcherite England easy. The band were followed by their loyal “Corpses Barmy Army”.

In 2000 a chance meeting of all four original band members hatched the idea of reforming. Originally just for a one-off show in March 2001, however after a fantastic gig to 300+ people they decided to keep it going and gigged with a ferocity. . An EP “Good Boys” was quickly released and loads of shows were to follow. The band had a line up charge around the recording of their LP “The Triumph And The Tragedy” in 2005. However the current line up including original vocalist Dermot Fuller and original bassist Eamonn Treanor go from strength to strength. THE ARENA – Friday www.charredhearts.co.uk

pened. The predominantly female band formed in the toilets at London’s Wapping Autonomy Centre in 1981. Someone suggested starting a band and they all said oh - ok then. Their first gig with The Mob and Zounds followed just a week later. They couldn’t play or sing and had no kit but in true punk spirit, they didn’t let lack of ability or instruments get in their way.

The band split shortly afterwards and that was it - for decades. Then a small indie U.S. label, Mississippi Records, re-released the two 12”s in 2011 and brought all the original band members back in contact by doing so. The band played Rebellion 2012, this wasn’t going to be a ‘reformation’ just play the festival and a few warm up gigs beforehand. The first of these was fittingly with the Mob, 30+ years on from that other first time. Rebellion happened and the Hags enjoyed gigging and playing with old friends again so much that they decided to continue. And they’ve ended up on All The Madmen, still playing with the Mob and having fun. Almost full circle. They will release a 7” single on All the Madmen later this year, followed by their first ever CD - better very very late to the media than never! BIZARRE BAZAAR - Saturday

This year’s

appearance at Rebellion marks one of many that The Business will have played at ‘home’ in the UK for Evergreen promoters Daz & Jennie Russell. The Punk-Oi! band with a dollop of Hardcore have been firm festival favourites since they played at the first Holidays in The Sun festival in Blackpool back in 1996. The band’s mix of sing-along anthems is just made for festivals.


Singer Micky Fitz – ‘just the thought of putting this amount of bands together on one bill is not only an awesome feat of logistics but quite mind numbing. From the band’s point of view we find it incredible when leaving the relatively peaceful backstage area to walk out and perform in front of 4,500 people of all age groups and nationalities; it is an absolute honour’. This year the Business have played in the UK, Greece and played a tour along the American West Coast – with one of the highlights being their appearance at the USA version of Rebellion the ‘Punk Rock Bowling’ festival in Las Vegas. They made their first trip to Hawaii – see the picture of the official flag of Hawaii which can only be flown next to the ‘Stars n Stripes’ as it is an American state. The band played at the ‘Back On The Streets’ and ‘Back To The Future’ festivals in Germany and the ‘Mighty Sounds’ festival in the Czech Republic.

The classic first album SUBURBAN REBELS www.captainoi.com

Last year they recorded a batch of new material – the first of which to be released was ‘Here’s Johnny’ included on the street punk sampler ‘Oi! This Is Street Punk Two’ (American Pirates Press) issued in December last year. A new digi-pack single is due to be released this November – followed by a ‘live’ album, DVD and Blu-ray release. The Business originally formed in South London back in late 1979. They got their first break in 1981 when they were invited to contribute a song to the various artists/sampler album ‘Sudden Surge Of Sound’. Skinny bags-of-energy front man, Micky, has been the only constant throughout, with today’s line-up made up of Fish guitar, Trots bass and Bundie on drums - being the most powerful and dynamic yet. Their first single was the Oi! Classic ‘Harry May’ (on Secret Records) released in 1981. The 1997 album ‘The Truth, The Whole Truth And Nothing But the Truth’ (American Taang) was produced by Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen and the Business released a split album with the Dropkick Murphys ‘Mob Mentality’ in April 2000.

The Lars Frederiksen produced THE TRUTH... Check the merch stalls at Rebellion for a copy

The band has now released 14 singles and 17 albums – plus a number of ’best of’ compilations and over 150 various artists/sampler compilation appearances. In addition to the UK they have now played gigs in America, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand. It is the crowd that makes Rebellion so special as Micky sums up – ‘you’ve parted with a lot of money for this weekend, so as I’ve said before, and will for sure say again, a huge thank you to all of you out there, because without you the bands in this scene of ours would not exist!’. Garry Fielding

http://sailorsgraverecords.com The new home of The Business 4 news songs + 6 Live Tracks

This year sees the return of fan favourites the Street Dogs to Rebellion. While the fury and passion of their music speak for themselves, the live show is what keeps this band in a class of their own. While guitarists and drummers have come and gone, mostly due to family (and their other band) obligations, the core of the band has remained the same, as has its integrity and purpose. Whether it’s being on the road for three quarters of a year virtually non-stop, or demo’ing an album three times to make sure when it reaches the ears of the masses it strikes as loud of a chord as possible, the Street Dogs motto always rings true: “Not without a purpose, not without a fight!” With two new 7″ singles released earlier this spring, an upcoming live DVD/LP to be released, and a huge amount of tour dates on the books, fans of the band have a lot to look forward to in 2013, and beyond. Hannah McFaull caught up with the boys to talk new projects, weird pre-stage rituals and what we can expect from their set this year. Street Dogs have had a crazy couple of years since you were last here; new members, new kids, a self-imposed break that wasn’t, a side project, new single releases. How do you fit it all in and what keeps you motivated?

Let’s get this out of the way first, when you played Rebellion two years ago you almost missed your stage time and had to go straight from tour bus to stage, are you going to be on time this year?

Marcus: When you have been doing this for as long as we have, both time and motivation look for you and fit themselves in like the missing pieces of a dysfunctional puzzle!

Johnny: Our tour manager and driver, Ales rarely cracks under pressure but that day was real close. Hopefully we make it in plenty of time but honestly I think it added to the intensity of that performance. We had a lot to say and prove in a short amount of time.

Johnny: I really don’t know how we’ve managed it all and stayed alive! Haha. But we’ve always done it for the love of the music and the brotherhood. So long as there is an audience we will be there. Mike: The music business is very taxing, challenging and cut throat. Musicians are also the last people to get paid in the monetary chain of the music business. Those are inescapable realities. It takes it cumulative toll on people in myriad of different ways. Eventually forcing people in it to take a breather or right their own personal ship so to speak. Or it can crush you outright. So obviously you need strong people to deal with all of that and fortunately we have that in our band mates and family as well. We have always had solid band mates throughout this band’s tenure as well. People in Street Dogs know that they are singing for the underdogs and the forgotten and clearly that is the road less travelled and we have always been motivated by that and it has become our lot and mantra in a way. As far as new family members go myself and Johnny are lucky and blessed in that respect and our loved ones are outright saints in taking care of the kids when the papas are away touring. Pete: I stay motivated by listening to different music and trying to learn new drumming styles, I like finding stuff that I’m unfamiliar with, picking it apart and figuring it out. That also helps with other projects that aren’t just punk like CowbOi! or FM 359, I had a blast working on both of those and it let me record something different and do a little experimenting.

Mike: We do plan on being punctual this time and not cutting it as close as we did the last time we played. That was stressful for us and the stage crew I would gather as well. You tore the roof off the Empress in 2011, particularly when you threw Guns of Brixton into Fighter. How much do we miss Joe Strummer? Johnny: I had the privilege of hanging out with Joe just a couple weeks before his passing in Massachusetts. It was something to witness. 200 people in a line into his dressing room, he had time to sign and speak to every last person. My job was to spin the reefer and we sat, smoked, and listened to some good dub. It was just like the stories I’d always heard. I am nobody important, but he made me feel like I was. From what I understand that’s how he treated all people. Give the janitor the same attention and respect as the rock star. I will never forget Joe Strummer as a person, humanitarian, and musician.

Mike: We miss Joe Strummer in too many ways to adequately answer this question but the first thing that comes to mind was how circumspect and down to earth he was when dealing with all people and he always seemed to promote being hospitable, fair and charitable to all people in need. We miss him and think of him quite often as do most fans, friends and family of his do I suppose. What do you enjoy most about playing gigs in Europe? What’s your favourite thing to eat on a European tour? Johnny: As I’ve gotten older I’ve taken to every trip to Europe as it could always be my last. Had I never discovered punk rock in my life chances are I’d still be in New Hampshire and not seeing the world. I don’t want to take that for granted. To eat? I’m a vegetarian so my options are kinda slim. I’d say I live on falafel sandwiches. Mike: I enjoy how knowledgeable and fervent the fans are generally speaking in Europe and my favourite thing to eat is the Wienerschnitzel in Germany. Pete: I like travelling to different cities and countries and meeting the fans, I’ve made some great friends that I look forward to seeing every time I’m out here. As far as eating, it depends on where we are, I like getting schnitzel or Belgian frites whenever I can find some. Does the band have any prestage rituals? Any last words to each other? Mike: For me being the singer I warm up vocally, stretch, do push ups to get my blood running , try to stay calm, focus on the gig exclusively and try to remain stress free. Other guys will sing out loud/warm up, exercise, grab a drink, smoke etc each guy’s method being different somewhat. Johnny: I HAD rituals that I recently gave up as they weren’t healthy for me. I think I will join Mike in the future for a nice vocal warm up. Sometimes I dry-hump the wall and tell the other guys in the band that the city we are about to play is about to get fucked. I think I will bring that back and listen to ACDC. Marcus: Mike likes to practice his cart-wheels, Johnny collects and counts every little bug he can find, Marcus acts out cosplay, Pete always carries Candyland with him and plays by himself and Lenny thinks he’s the next Andy Warhol and paints shoes on everything. I can’t tell you what we say before we hit the stage....it’s confidential! What’s your favourite Street Dogs song to play live and why? Johnny: I don’t think I’ve ever played

Fighter and not felt it in some way. Not Without A Purpose is sort of a mission statement too so I like that. Recently I’ve enjoyed our new song, “Rustbelt Nation” too. That song has everyone firing on all cylinders. Mike: For me Fading American Dream encapsulates everything we are and try to convey. It is as a much a personal song as it is an external angst ridden anthem that bemoans the death of the American dream. There is deep personal anger and sacrifice in it and external anger and recently it seems like this song more than our other songs has become more meaningful for band and audience as time goes on. There is a powerful exchange between band and audience on this song live. We also like sometimes to throw a bar or two of this land by Woody Guthrie on it as an intro as well live. Pete: My personal favourite song to play live is In Defense of Dorchester, I love looking out into the crowd and seeing the energy that the crowd puts out, it makes me smile every night. Marcus: You know, it’s that one where the guitar goes “Rrraaarrewww” and the drums do that one thing with the bass thingy going “buhm-buhm-buhm” and the lyrics that go...um...they go.....well, they say something anyways and that one is fun, I like that one a lot! If you could cover any song that you haven’t yet, what would it be? Johnny: I’ve always wanted to do the Jam “Down In The Tube Station” but change the lyrics to the T station for Boston. I think I did the bass tracks but that’s as far as it went so far... I’d also like to do a Steve Earle song, maybe “Johnny Come Lately” Mike: Man in Black by Frank Black And The Catholics. What can we expect from your set at Rebellion this year? Johnny: Anytime we have an audience like that, so full of like minded people we are going to give 101%. If you don’t know us before, you certainly will after for better or worse. Mike: We’ll be on time this year. We’ll give 100 percent output and go for broke live. Every ounce of energy will be expended from us.

If you haven’t already read about it online, a few of the STREET DOGS have been up to some serious songwriting this year in their time off the road. Their side project FM359 (Mike, Johnny, & Pete, Rick Barton, original Street Dog and ex-Dropkick Murphys, along with some additional talented musician friends of theirs) has put together what some are calling a “revolutionary gospel – punk record”. Drawing from the best of their classic rock, folk, and country influences, yet still staying true to their punk roots, this is a one-of-a-kind album not to pass up! Keep an eye out for a BRAND NEW 7” SINGLE for “Some Folks” on the STREET DOGS merch table, and the full-length “Truth, Love & Liberty” soon to follow from Pirates Press Records.

Welcome back to Rebellion, you’ve had quite a year since we last saw you, what have been your highlights? Thank you, I am very honoured and happy to be back for my third year at Rebellion! The past year has been very kind to me and I am so lucky to have been able to have shared the stage with so many amazing bands and artists, and make so many new friends along the way. My biggest highlight so far has been finishing the recording of my debut album ‘Dreams From The Factory Floor’, which I am excited to release after the summer. What’s your favourite memory from Rebellion? On the final day of last year’s festival, I got caught in a storm in the early hours of the morning. I finally arrived back at my B&B to find that I had been locked out, but I didn’t mind too much because it was warm. So I just sat outside on the pavement and smiled to myself whilst I enjoyed the rain. That’s my favourite Rebellion memory, for sure. What’s your favourite song to play live and why? It’s a tough question to answer because I am having a great love affair with each of my songs for so many different reasons. I feel as though I’d be cheating on the rest of the other songs if I had to name a favourite. Do you get asked a lot of questions about being a woman in the music industry? Do you think this is an important question to ask? For sure, there isn’t a day that passes without somebody asking me about my experiences of being a woman in the music industry. It’s a well known fact that music is still totally male dominated and I feel that gender inequality is an important issue that must be addressed by both men and women, especially within the punk scene.

You’ve been working closely with and fundraising for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, why did you choose to support this cause? Violent attacks against people like us are common and are going unreported, if we don’t confront these attacks then things will only get worse and the destructive divides in our society will continue to grow. The Stand Strong Campaign is about promoting unity, and also the freedom to express ourselves and our ideas to create a world without prejudice, and make a stand against hatred and intolerance, always. Another aim of the campaign is to shine a light on the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and their work to change the UK hate crime legislation to include people like us, which has produced very positive results over the past few months with regards to the Manchester Police adopting the idea of recording attacks against people from alternative subcultures in the same way they record attacks based on race, disability, sexual ori- entation, religion and transgender identity. It’s a real positive step forward in the fight for equality. Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Rebellion? Texas Terri Bomb, The Bronx, New Model Army, Argy Bargy, Attila The Stockbroker, Street Dogs, The Mahones, Buster Shuffle, Jenny Woo, Wayne Lost Soul, Jello Biafra, TV Smith, Pascal Briggs, Patrick Fitzgerald, Hagar The Womb, UK Subs, Fucked Up, The Brains, Eastfield, The Pukes, The Crows, Joolz Denby and Louie Raw. I’m even looking forward to seeing Abba Sensation, as always it’s a great festival lineup. Do you have any tips for Rebellion first-timers? Drink plenty of water, take care of each other and have fun. Interview by Hannah McFaull - @hannahmcfaull http://aneastendgirl.blogspot.com

Buster Shuffle are a piano bashing pop, indie, ska band hailing from East London. They have enjoyed a hugely successful 2012 in Europe, playing their own sold-out shows in Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Munich, Bochum and Hamburg – as well a number of high profile festival slots in Germany (with Lee Scratch Perry), Czech Republic (with Frank Turner) and Denmark and some massive arena shows in Italy with The Dropkick Murphys. In the UK Buster Shuffle have played with major acts including MADNESS , The Rifles, The Wombats, Shed Seven, The Blockheads and also Cockney legends Chas and Dave. This has seen the band’s reputation enhanced even more. Buster Shuffle’s remarkable year was capped by the success of the album ‘Do Nothing’ which continues to regularly chart on the Amazon Europe’s bestseller list. The band’s recent single, ‘Elvis vs. Wag’, received glowing endorsements from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music as well as XFM where front man Jet has become a regular on Danny Wallace’s breakfast show. www.bustershuffle.co.uk THE ARENA - SUNDAY

Last year we were fortunate to have author JOHN KING on the literary stage. His books have always captured a moment in time in English culture and have an undercurrent of social and political comment. With a healthy amount of references to Punk, Mod and Skinhead bands, music and subcultures we had a pint and a chat to find out more... Rebellion: Can you remember the first time you heard a punk record? John: It was Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by The Ramones. It was 1977, a disco in Slough, and this record came on and my skin tingled it was that brilliant. It was like electricity passing through my body. The only other time I’ve felt that way was when I was nine and went to my first Chelsea home game and heard Harry J’s Liquidator belting out and The Shed clapping along. It wasn’t really a ‘disco’, but that’s what they called it – Slade and The Rolling Stones for the boys, plastic soul for the girls. A pint of Harp cost about 30p. Great days. Rebellion: You included this in your novel Human Punk, didn’t you? Hearing The Ramones is a revelation for Joe Martin. Can you tell us something about the book John: It was a revelation for me too! Well, Human Punk is set in 1977, 1988 and 2000. Joe’s the main character and he hears The Sex Pistols and The Clash and is changed forever. He loves the sound, but more importantly the lyrics, which relate to his life. He isn’t getting much from school, so this is his education, and it stays with him, drives the way he lives. There’s something that happens in 1977 which returns in 2000 – unfinished business if you like. Human Punk is about a culture, but the broader culture. Punk is the focus. It is about friendships that last decades, the links between past and present, how they make the future. I especially wanted to capture the atmosphere of the late-’70s in that first part of the book. People had opinions and said what they thought. There was social unrest and it was a more violent era, but society was less selfish than it is today. In many ways it was more tolerant, never mind the propaganda we’re fed today. The part of the book set in 1988 tries to show the effect Thatcher’s New Tory Party had on the country. Joe leaves England for a while. But he returns. Rebellion: How autobiographical is Human Punk? John: Some elements are, more than any of my other books I suppose, but it’s fiction, the story is invented. Most writers draw on their experiences, or at least their beliefs. I was influenced by the music, the same as Joe, went off travelling, saw a bit of the world. You know a punk when you meet one. It has nothing to do with how they dress or what sort of haircut they have. It’s just a way of looking at things. I really believe that. I wish I’d written Human Punk in the last year or two, though, as there’s so many new bands around, so many of the originals playing again. The younger lad who comes into the story would be listening to a different sort of music now. If we get the film made that last part will be updated. Rebellion: Can you tell us a bit about the film John: Steve North is directing, and he was in the Meeting Joe Strummer play, among many other things. I first met him when The Football Factory was adapted for the stage. He was one of the actors, and was an associate producer on the film. We’ve become good friends. Steve and Dave Schaal wrote the screenplay. Dave’s another old punk, comes from Stevenage, so we’re thinking the same way. It’s the sort of film you have to get right, otherwise there’s no point. Whatever else happens, the soundtrack will be brilliant, and we’ve had some really good offers of music already. Human Punk is the title of a song by The Ruts, as I’m sure you know. They’re one of my favourite bands. It’s a slow process, but my feeling is that it will happen. Famous last words... Rebellion: Your first novel The Football Factory was turned into a successful film, so how do you feel about the book now? John: Fondly. It sold well and meant I could write full-time, which very few authors manage. So yes, it was good for me, and the film is well respected. I’ve been very lucky. The best part was when I had that first copy of the book in my hand. Just holding it and smelling the paper was enough, so the rest is a bonus. Rebellion: What inspired you to write, and what made you start with The Football Factory? John: I wasn’t much of a reader when I was young, was more interested in football and music, but hearing those early punk records put the idea in my head that there should be books set in the everyday world. Then, same as now, the majority didn’t read a lot of serious fiction, and the reason wasn’t because we were thick or couldn’t read, it was because the subject matter didn’t appeal, reflected the background of publishers who were generally wealthy and university educated. Having said that, there were editors who broke the mould, and looking back, publishing was much more democratic than it is today. When I was older I found George Orwell and Alan Sillitoe, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and then I read the American writers, people like Bukowski and Hubert Selby Jr, and their style had a great freedom about it, an incredible fluency. These people made me want to write and I think punk’s do-it-yourself ethic gave me the courage to try. It’s a shame people look at writing as this alien concept, because if you have thoughts you can write, and everybody has imagination and a story to tell. I love the actual writing, the editing process, the manufacture of the book itself. I wrote The Football Factory because I went to football and saw the lies that were told, thought it was part of a broader picture. Really, the book isn’t about hooliganism but identity and the sense of unfairness so many young men feel. In Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four there’s this idea of the ‘power of the proles’, that if the people are united they can achieve anything. Under the surface everyone’s the same, so those football rivalries were usually only so deep. It was this I tried to get across in the book. War hero Bill Farrell is as important to The Football Factory as Tommy Johnson. More so in fact.

Rebellion: You’re making an album based on another of your novels aren’t you? John: Yes. The book is The Prison House and the lyrics come from the text, and I’m doing it with Leigh Heggarty, who has written the music and made it all work. We’ve got eleven songs in pretty good shape, just need to get it recorded. I have to be honest, I think it sounds great. We have to add some musicians and finish it off, have it released. We’ve got plenty of other ideas and I hope the partnership can develop. It’s a really nice thing to be doing. When you write a book you have 100,000 words in your head, say, along with the ideas, and it’s not just about the story, it’s as much to do with the rhythm, the use of words. Lyrics are easier in the sense that you’re dealing with far less material, can dip in and out, but in another sense it’s hard, because you have to be much tighter. Songs use a lot of repetition whereas novels try to avoid it, make connections in other ways. Rebellion: The other novel of yours most closely linked to music is Skinheads. You talk about the two types of music connected to the skinhead movement John: Skinheads is set in 1969, the early-’80s and 2008, so it sort of weaves in and out of time with Human Punk, though the books themselves are separate. It follows Terry English (an original skin), Nutty Ray (who loves his Oi) and Terry’s son Lol, who’s named after Laurel Aitken and follows the ska-punk bands, the likes of Rancid. So the book talks about the skinhead reggae of the late-’60s and the Oi of the early-’80s, and the main characters reflect their music, come together in Lol. It all links – ska meets Oi/street punk in a new form. There’s three storylines that also come together. Skinheads is the story of a family – real, decent, honest human beings. Terry has to deal with the loss of his skinhead girl, the love of his life and Lol’s mother, while Ray is forced to confront the smears he faces as a white working-class male with short hair. There’s another book, White Trash, which floats between Human Punk and Skinheads, and this is a defence of the NHS, written through the eyes of Ruby, a nurse in a new-town hospital, and the three create a loose trilogy. Skinheads have been on the end of a lot of stereotyping over the years, just like football supporters and punks, and this book tries to tell a different, more honest story.


Hailing from the renowned punk rock area of California’s East Bay, Harrington Saints are at the forefront of the OI!/Streetpunk scene both in their native U.S. and abroad. Their live shows are like an upper-cut knock-out punch to the head. These five boys always seem to bring an air of fun and unity to any show or gathering. They have shared the stage with such legends as Cock Sparrer, The Business, Cockney Rejects, Citizen Fish and The Blood as well as contemporaries Street Dogs, Old Firm Casuals, Noi!se and the U.K.’S Control. Their newest and second full-length effort, Pride & Tradition, was produced by Lars Frederiksen who was able to replicate their live “Wall of Sound” for which they have become known. Harrington Saints are definitely worth your time and ear at this year’s Rebellion! Hannah McFaull had a pint and a natter with singer Darrell about football, the differences between European and American Oi! and why Jack Daniels is banned on tour. Hello Harrington Saints, how are you doing? It's been a busy year for you, what have you been up to? Darrell: Well, we are doing just great! Thanks. Starting to get busy and gearing up for an eventful summer!! We did have a handful of weeks off earlier this year which was nice. We have been all over California playing shows and writing songs, bonus tracks, for our upcoming "Singles Collection" on Longshot Music/ Pirates Press Records. What can people expect from a Harrington Saints live gig? Hmmm. Deafness. Haha! Well that and a hell of a good time. We encourage drinking in mass quantities, singing with the band, dancing and in general having a good time! We take our work seriously but we want people to have fun. If they walk away thinking, "I like what they have to say in that song" all the better! When people fork over their hard earned money, we want them to leave smiling. We are not putting on a fashion show. And this isn't spoken word. What’s your favourite tour memory? There are some good stories about us being on tour with the Australian band Slick 46, and our drummer Forrest being hammered because he doesn't drink the amount the rest of us have been known to drink, and I think he got his rib cracked. By our third or fourth gig we basically had to outlawJack Daniels. There've been times back in the early days with bartenders jumping over the bar because we'd be half a bottle of Jack in and someone would say something that resulted in him wanting to kill one of us. So we've mellowed out. We made a very grown up decision. You guys aren't shy about sharing where your poli-

tics stand and what you believe in. Is it easier to write punk during times of recession? (laughing) Yeah, absolutely. Put it this way, it's almost hard not to. We started gigging a lot in 2007, so the whole time that this band has been a real working band there has been economic turmoil. It's funny because as a band we're all very different politically, but at the end of the day we've all got to go to work on Monday morning, so that's something we can all identify with. There will always be your employer trying to fuck you over especially since the economic recession and more people getting laid off. Some of us have been out of work, some of us have had to work twice as hard for the same money and no time off. What’s the first thing you do when you get off stage? Change shirts. Then water, beer, beer, beer...you get the idea. You are known for being big West Ham fans. What's your song Saturdays in the Sun all about? We are from the East Bay and have no football team nearby even with a large population of football fans and viewers. The

main reason is lack of money (or wealth) in the general area. They don't want to sell tickets to regular people. They want to sell luxury box seats. It was actually also inspired by the woes of our local Oakland baseball team, oddly enough. I'm a big baseball fan and they have done nothing but threaten to leave the city for 4-5 years because they don't get their way with a nice stadium etc. etc. It all comes down to money and I'm just sick of it. So it’s actually more to do with money ruining all sports than just our lack of a team. That was the long answer, haha. What makes American Oi! bands different to European Oi! bands? Do you think there is a difference? I think now we are singing about the same things, generally. When the economy collapses in a global economy, we all feel it. Musically, American Oi! has always embraced and incorporated a bit of hardcore as well. Not really sure how this came about but its there. Possibly from the fact 80's hardcore was so huge here and the influence got into everything, including Metal. Your latest album Pride and Tradition was well received last year. What in your view is exciting about

the music scene in 2013? Around the world, this genre is resurgent again and it feels like 1996. There's a lot of really good bands out there, a lot of names that escape me when people put me on the spot. I really like French Oi!, and there's a lot of good bands from France, Marching Orders are really good, Booze and Glory are outstanding. I think the last couple of 7” that the Old Firm Casuals have done has made the Stateside proud. We're just happy to be part of that. Are there any songs on the album that you are particularly proud of? If someone asked you for a representative song of this album, or the Harrington Saints at this time, could you recommend one? I like every song on the record. I can happily give it to somebody and say that I'm really proud of the record and I enjoy listening to it. 'Kids Want More' is my favourite track and it's really melodic. It's funny because Mike C and I laid down the groundwork of that song a long time ago. It wasn't that we'd put it away or were saving it but we'd been so busy that until we sat down to write the album we hadn't even had a chance to play it for the other guys. I think lyrically I really like 'Bread and Roses' because it's an homage to my family. Everything I say in that song is absolutely true. I've lost the last few members of my extended family just last year, so it was kind of cool to go through and sing a little bit about each of them. What/who are you most looking forward to at Rebellion? Always Cock Sparrer, of course but also Infa-Riot and DEFINITELY hope to catch Atilla the Stockbroker!!! Our friend He Who Cannot Be Named is also playing so that’s going to be great!

I do all this stuff for a living: award-winning Orange-short-listed novelist, internationally recognised published poet with sales in the many thousands, recording artiste ditto sales, international spoken-word artist - have played thousands of live gigs and repeatedly at international arts and music festivals including 28 years as a performer at Glastonbury, & am co-owner of Ignite Books - inflammatory indie publishing. I am also a professional artist - I paint to commission as well as create original artworks which sell all over the world and I’m an illustrator - I have created all but two of New Model Army’s LP, CD, DVD & T-shirt designs for the last 32 years and for which I received a Gold Record from EMI. I am a professional apprentice-trained tattooist working exclusively in my own art style and am owner of the very, very beautiful top-of-the-line private appointments-only tattoo & art studio, Studio Bijoux in Bradford UK. I have done band development and motivation for over 30 years (New Model Army, New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack, Utopian Love Revival, Monster Jaw). I don’t get enough sleep. Ever.

Wild Thing by Joolz Denby is not the sort of book you’d choose to read when you want to relax. It more or less grabs you by the hair and marches you through the pages with such a grim determination that you can’t put it down. You put it aside for a moment thinking, ‘this is way too heavy’…then you find yourself unconsciously picking it back up again. With a first person narrator who somehow survives a life that would make anyone question their sanity, it’s a combination of a self-help book and a fictitious biography. From the heights of the music industry in London to the internal politics of the Bradford social services, the book follows one character’s life that never turned out as she wanted, or even as she expected. It sounds bizarre but it’s actually very difficult to describe this book, because the book is just that: bizarre. It starts out in one direction and your expectations are geared towards one type of story, but then things veer off in another direction and a whole different sort of story is embarked upon. It sounds very cliche but this really is a book that leaves the reader unsure as to quite where it’s going to go next. And yet even the weirdest plot turns do not feel contrived, they gel together as a whole, in a way that both surprises you and at the same time makes sense. The ending is jarring and yet is finished in a way that does make sense and does fit. It also breaks free from the overall narration style of the book which makes for a last few pages of interesting reading at the end.


All the way through this book has you wishing you could stop reading, because it really does tire you out, but it always leaves enough of the plot hanging that your curiosity gets the better of you and off you go again. The best way I can describe the novel is to say that if you pick it up expecting a Disney fairytale, you are sorely mistaken, but if you pick it up expecting the historical original version of a fairytale, (you know, the incredibly dark and disturbing yet thoroughly gripping ones), then you’d be much nearer the mark. Joolz has a talent for the unsettling and her characters are as complex and intricate as the lives they live. Even if it’s not a book you’d WANT to read, it’s certainly a book you SHOULD read. Reviewed by by Lizzie Alderdice - Taken from Louder Than War www.louderthanwar.com

We are excited to have NEW MODEL ARMY at this years Rebellion. They’ve just announced the release date for their much heralded new album. It will be out on September 23rd and is on Attack Attack Records. Selfproduced and finished earlier this year in Los Angeles with Joe Barresi mixing (Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) the record marks a major evolution in their sound. Entitled “Between Dog and Wolf”, the album is filled with multi-layered drums and atmospheric musical textures, sacrificing none of the passion or song-writing skills. It is also the first to feature 26 year old new bass player and multi instrumentalist Ceri Monger.

Justin: “We were always planning to do something a bit different with this album, and it has turned out much more and much better than we could have imagined. Sonically this is the best album we’ve ever made, whilst creatively it has opened lots of new doors. The title comes from a medieval French expression for dusk – when it’s hard to distinguish between dog and wolf, friend or foe. That sense of contradiction represents the band very well and there’s something of this sense of transformation in the album. It has been a stormy four years since the release of the last album. With the sudden death of our manager, the loss of our studio in the fire, subsequent theft of remaining equipment and our old bass player Nelson’s departure, we in essence lost everything. We used this to make a new beginning and part of the change was effected with the arrival of Ceri and the refreshing energy and musical influences he brought. We are very excited about the new album and what the future holds for the band.”

It’s a

whole world unto itself, NMA artwork - I look around at other band’s CD covers, T-shirts etc., and I have never seen anything like it, it’s a kind of solitary discourse between me and time, a long oneside conversation overheard by other people - the people who buy the art. I sit by myself in some dimly lit room, or walk by the sea in autumn, or wander through the streets of Bradford, and textures, images, snatches of wisps of unrevealed pictures get into my mind and I store them away for years, until I hear the music that summons them up again and they get onto a cover or a shirt. The art, like my writing, is an intensely personal, inexplicably private thing - it boils inside until it has to be released. I know I’m not an easy person at any time but at creative moments I’m hellish. People accuse me of artistic (and personal) arrogance because I “won’t follow the prevailing fashions” in illustration or poetry, and while I fully acknowledge my hubris, I don’t think that’s the reason I’m not fashionable. It’s just that when that bright, small voice sings inside me I have to hear it, do as it says, paint what it says because it’s spiritually dazzling - dark and dazzling like when you look too long into a bright light. It’s the same with stories or poems. All the drawing and writing is just one thing to me. I can’t distinguish between them, or anything else I make - tattoos, sculptures, needlework, jewellery, knitting, people, food, whatever it’s all narratives of one kind or another and my hands create these things from the fiery bright voice inside. Fashion doesn’t come into it. Now, don’t misunderstand me, I’d love to be fashionable, naturally. Everyone if they’re honest, wants to be made a great fuss of, have the world say how wonderful they are. But you have to tell the truth, make what you have to make and if it coincides with fashion - lucky you. If not tough. I can only create strictly what’s in my heart, for better or worse. I suppose these are the reasons why I’ve hardly ever illustrated another band’s music.

NMA struck a note in my spirit all those years ago and it goes on resonating - no other group has made better music, to my mind. I’ve done all their art, for the past 17 years, except two covers (both of which were horrible, in my opinion) done by record company in-house graphic departments, gutless and souless - NMA art requires passion and commitment. It requires close attention to details, long study and years of observation. Then somehow, like a piece of conjure, it all comes right. There’s a lot of actual magic in NMA art - glamours, hints, things which seem obvious but aren’t, dark stuff. When you put on that T-shirt, with the device, formula or image printed into the warp and weft of the very fabric, you put onto your body, next to your living skin, a message; something breathing and vital, an essence distilled from liquid into vapour. Don’t imagine that because it looks like a Big, Black T-shirt it is a Big, Black T-shirt - oh, no, it’s a medicine bag, a fetiche, a code. You probably don’t believe me, and that’s your choice, of course - but I know it’s true. When you look upon the pictures on the covers, a huge amount of information is conveyed to you apart from just the image, the colours, the calligraphy. It’s instantaneous. You get messages about culture, society, attitudes, moods, other people’s reactions, sex, beauty, fury, joy, music, abandon, catharsis, passion, love; it’s a bottomless pool, gleaming and quicksilver that reflects back to you everything you have ever seen since before you were born. It’s the Great Eye, universal symbols, the profile perdu. It’s a gate, a text, a puzzle. It’s a game of Spilikins, a textile prayer, a dream of dreaming you’re awake. All this in the blink of your eye. Chaa, and that’s just the beginning . . . wait until you hear the sound within. . .

tels (Degas is one of the artists I most admire ), but also, car paint, lip liner pencil, biro, gouache, acrylics, children’s crayons, leather dye, felt tip pens, Rotring pens, Indian Ink and dip pens, spit, blood (my own, no animal has suffered for this art ), oil pastels, rouge, candle black, watercolours, and generally, whatever I need, however expensive or cheap, to get the effect I want. I’ve put the chalk on with foam pads, rags, fingers and crushed it up and rubbed it on; I’ve steamed it, frozen it, heated it up in front of the fire and screwed it up and ironed it flat again. I’ve put paint on with knives, brushes, fingers, and sprayed it on. As a base, I like to use very good, heavy stock water-colour paper, but these days, I’ve been using specially treated paper for acrylic paints alot. Sometimes I have painted over black and white photographs to give an interestingly unearthly look to the portraits of the band; for “The Ghost Of Cain” I painted my leather bike jacket with the cover design, draped it with my own jewellery and belt, and had Justin’s sister, the photographer and internationally acclaimed belly dancer, Francesca Sullivan, photograph the montage in her own brilliant glowing style. I’ve drawn on boards, bits of marine ply, stone flags. I’m not precious about techniques like life, you do what you have to to get through. The only real way to learn is to practice like a demon and be spiritually prepared to give yourself to the work, to the exclusion of any other life. Amateurism is another way of saying hobby, and hobbies are for people who can’t make the sacrifices. They’re fun, they pass the time, but they aren’t what it’s really about.whatever land. It’s still a prayer. Joolz

Taken from the official NMA website. Technically, I have made the drawings in For the full article check out: a variety of mediums - mostly chalk pas- www.newmodelarmy.org

The album’s stunning artwork is based around a painting by Joolz: “I always hear the albums being created from the first acoustic strum onwards and it quickly became obvious that this album was going to be different in sound from previous records. Early on Justin saw some artwork I had designed originally for a tattoo client of mine, an image of Herne the Hunter and the Herlathing, and the primitive tribal paganism of the picture really symbolised to him the heavy pounding drum rhythms and passions that are at the heart of this album.” The Full Tracklisting for the album is: Horsemen / March In September / Seven Times / Did You make it Safe / I Need More Time / Pull The Sun / Lean Back and Fall / Knievel / Storm Clouds / Between Dog and Wolf / Qasr El Nil Bridge / Tomorrow Came / Summer Moors / Ghosts

The feature-film documentary on the history of the band directed by Royal Television Society Award winning Director Matt Reid, which has been over 4 years in the making, is currently in the final stages of editing and is set for a release now in early 2014. To celebrate the release of “Between Dog And Wolf” the band are proud to announce their biggest tour since the 30th anniversary shows. Justin: “It’s always good to be back on the road – and the current atmosphere in the band is the most hungry and upbeat that I can remember. We’re really looking forward to this.” The tour starts on 1st October - but they’re kicking things off at Rebellion headlining the Thursday night in the Empress Ballroom. The band have always had a forward momentum and seldom look back in a nostalgic way - however if they don’t play “Modern Times” or “Courage” there’s going to be bollockings issued from a certain member of the Rebellion family!

‘With their debut album packed with raw energetic and tightly produced songs Biteback can rightly stake a claim to be the essential UK punk band’ Louder Than War The band, now in their second year, are going from strength to strength, following the release of much acclaimed album ‘Bitten and Twisted’: tuneful punk, melodic guitar riffs and socially aware lyrics delivered with venom. Hocky, Richie and Rob have recently brought in rhythm guitarist Dibble to further boost their sound. As veterans of the Mersey punk scene they have soldiered on and still play whenever and wherever they can. What is the inspiration behind your album Bitten and Twisted? Basically the theme was to look at things that pissed us off be it social or personal issues we’ve tried to keep the music fairly basic but tuneful unashamedly ripping off anything we’ve listened to over the years that we liked. How did the name Biteback come about? Most people think its cos we like slaughter and the dogs which we do and that was the title of their 2nd album but it was really a portrayal of our determination to carry on playing after being in other bands (Instant Agony / MDM) also with Hocky new to bass and Richie new to playing guitar we still had alot of passion and belief and a new found desire to Biteback! How do you enjoy playing Rebellion and how has the festival changed over the years? Ultimately gigging is what we like doing best so Rebellion is like our cup final after a long hard season playing around the country, picking up fans as we go. Having attended every Rebellion/Wasted/HITS festivals we’ve seen it change from a nostalgic punk fest the organizers have definitely upped the ante with the bands they book it is now a genuinely an international alternative and fresh social alternative festival

Space are not the first band that springs to mind when you are putting Rebellion together, even going by the weird and wonderful bands that have graced the festival in recent years, but if you scratch the surface, you will see that the band has a punk pedigree to match any other band playing this weekend. Most of the band members served their tme in the dark dingy surroundings of the Eric’s matinees, and the post punk scene was a big influence on singer Tommy Scott. Indeed after Space split first time round Tommy formed The Drellas with current bass player Phil Hartley. Famous for their hit singles ‘Female of the species’ and ‘Neighbourhood’. I caught up with the band at their rehearsal studio and asked Tommy what was the inspiration for the Drellas, as they were very different from Space Tommy: ‘I was very influenced by post punk bands such as Joy Division and Cabaret Voltaire, also PIL, and I wanted to play that sort of music, and at the time I refused to play Space songs. We ended up changing the name as there was a band in London of the same name’. The name of the band was changed to Tommy Scott and The Red Scare, the red scare being a phrase conjured up to justify the Macarthy witch hunts of the 50’s. It was also the catalyst for the name change back to Space. Whose idea was it to go back to the original name and why? Phil: ‘I’d been thinking about it for some time, and Tommy had no objections to it, it just seemed a natural thing to do. Tommy: ‘Also the new songs were starting to sound like Space, and I felt they were good enough to have the name attached to them. ‘And I did stipulate we had to have new songs, I didn’t just want a nostalgia trip’

What’s next in the Biteback diary? We are currently taking our time writing our 2nd album which won’t be to dissimilar to Bitten and Twisted but probably even more tuneful anthems! We will continue gigging around the UK and head out into Europe next year.

I asked Tommy was it difficult to play with the original members again?

‘Biteback - the simple, undeniable power of basic rock n roll, stripped down and played with fierce passion.’ Louder Than War.

This last quote is directed at good natured keyboard player Franny who is also present at the interview, but is busy with technical stuff.


Outside of the band Phil is also the founder of Liverpool based lable Anti Pop Records. Check out the website, he also plays for Super Fast Girlie Show and Raw Bones, a band I hope to see at Rebellion one day. So, what is next for Space?

Tommy: ‘We are a bit more grown up now, he is no longer a pain in the arse’.

Tommy: ‘We have a new album due out soon, ‘Attack of the 50ft kebab’ (I have heard a couple of tracks and they contain all the humour and dark subjects you expect from the band) also we have a 20 date tour starting in October’ The band are very much looking forward to playing Rebellion, none of them have ever been before, and I would urge people to put aside any preconceptions and check ‘em out. You will be surprised. Vic Flange

There’s something wonderful about West London. It has ‘beer, birds and Chelsea’ for a start.. plus three fine recent albums from Argy Bargy, Ruts DC and God’s Lonely Men. These bands vary in style, show off punk’s broad range, but they are also part of a larger psychogeography, a musical tradition that has spread across the suburbs and into the satellites and new towns beyond. West London may lack the history of the old East End, the grand architecture of North London, and it has been dismissed as anonymous by a Dimbleby, John Betjeman really taking the piss and calling for German bombs to fall on Slough, but if punk has a home then this is where it lies. The Sex Pistols were a West London band with a North London singer. Paul Cook and Steve Jones came out of Hammersmith / Shepherd’s Bush, not far from Paddington-born Glen Matlock. Mod was in the blood of many of the originals, Quadrophenia emphasising the area’s heritage, The Who’s Peter Townsend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon growing up in nearby Acton, Chiswick and Wembley. The Rolling Stones added Ronnie Wood to Charlie Watts for their own West London contingent and have become forever linked with Richmond and its rich blues scene. In the 1930s Robert Westerby’s cult novel Wide Boys Never Work dipped into the White City dogtrack gangs, TV’s Minder taking the same spiv element into the streets of Fulham. Steve Jones played the part in The Great Rock N Roll Swindle. Trinidadian author Sam Selvon wrote about Notting Hill in The Lonely Londoners, skinhead reggae making its mark on the landscape, followed by the heavier dub of the mid-’70s. The Clash were rooted in nearby Ladbroke Grove. The squats and derelict housing had already seen the likes of Hawkwind and Motorhead flourish, and The Clash went on to create The Sound Of The Westway, named after the flyover that runs into the Western Avenue, a futuristic Fritz Lang highway that linked the outer-lying regions with Soho and the West End as far back as the 1920s. Further along this track, at the far end of the Uxbridge Road, two more of the best early punk bands emerged in the shape of The Ruts and The Lurkers. Hayes/Ruislip tearaways The Sweet had already laid down markers with their prototype punk anthems Teenage Rampage and Ballroom Blitz, while Camberley’s The Members summed up the suburban soul of punk in The Sound Of The Suburbs. Slough’s former Tubeway Army general Gary Numan would later add Cars to the mix, before the building of the M25. From Shepherd’s Bush to Uxbridge, punk’s foundations were solid.

The King’s Road played a part, but West London proper is a huge sprawl of housing that followed the arrival of the Underground in the late 19th Century.

Move a bit further out and they don’t come much bigger or better than Woking’s The Jam and Hersham boys Sham 69. This south-western strain has been developed by Staines’ Hard-Fi in more recent years. Take the M25 to the north-west and we have Watford’s Argy Bargy and, before them, Elton John. Mocked as mainstream today, John was a pub-piano player who made a series of fine albums in the 1970s, along with the greatest ever football-hooligan 45 Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting). He also supplied a version of Pinball Wizard for Tommy, Townsend’s rock opera. The King’s Road played a part, but West London proper is a huge sprawl of housing that followed the arrival of the Underground in the late 19th Century. Two of the earliest lines – the District and Metropolitan – reached deep into what were then rural areas, and over a million homes were quickly built. The people followed, a good number coming across from the East End, bringing a love of music hall with them. Labelled Metroland, it was also home to the first national football stadium at Wembley. George Orwell described this new city in his journalism, JG Ballard in the likes of Crash. Oddly, the city was better connected then than it is today. Whitechapel and Slough shared the District Line. Punk does a similar job today. Look at Argy Bargy and Cock Sparrer. Argy Bargy are on a roll. Their appearance at Rebellion will be a highlight, while their latest album Hopes Dreams Lies & Schemes is essential listening. The lyrics are pure Clash-meets-Pistols state-of-the-nation, with the sort of opinions that have more or less been erased by the mainstream media. In there with some serious Oi Oi power are elements of English folk and some healthy Jam and Sham influences. With the political parties in the hands of careerists who have never really worked, the government’s front bench dubbed Millionaire’s Row, the EU making our laws as it slowly creates a totalitarian super-state, Argy Bargy show what punk can be. Music, literature, film – on the surface ‘entertainment’, and how can a musician or writer ever match the work of a nurse or doctor, but at the same time a great song can change a million attitudes, so it is important. The last album by Ruts DC came out before Argy Bargy were formed. Formerly The Ruts, their one LP, The Crack, remains a punk-rock classic, as sharp now as the day it was released. After the death of singer Malcolm Owen in 1980, the remaining members continued under the DC label, releasing two albums before going their own ways. Guitarist Paul Fox would later perform Ruts material with Foxy’s Ruts, before his own passing in 2007. Three months before his death, Segs and Dave Ruffy played with Paul at his packet benefit gig, Henry Rollins coming across from the US to provide the vocals. Dave and Segs eventually returned to the studio together, and Rhythm Collision Volume 2 is the result, a carefully recorded set by master craftsmen. This is Ruts In Dub meet Ruts-driven reggae. Increasingly, their live shows have seen these new songs merging with punk gems such as In A Rut, Babylon’s Burning and Something That I Said – quite literally in the case of SUS. Individually, The Ruts were always a hybrid of influences, their reggae interests

clear in the likes of Jah War and Love In Vain, Southall’s Misty In Roots releasing the first Ruts single on their People Unite label. The Clash’s (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais captures that punk-reggae crossover to perfection, something that seems to have been largely forgotten today. Playing a major role in this revitalised Ruts DC is Hillingdon guitarist Leigh Heggarty, a founder and ongoing member of The Price, who also plays with TV Smith and Back To Zero. Leigh appeared with both Ruts DC and TV at last year’s Rebellion, and there’s a good chance this will happen again this year. A good friend of Paul Fox, he adds his own unique style to the band, along with an ability to create and direct songs. The future looks bright for Ruts DC. God’s Lonely Men (GLM), meanwhile, sees three of the original Lurkers reforming under the name of their second album, the followup to Fulham Fallout. Both are vital listening. The Lurkers were touted as England’s answer to The Ramones, but had as much in common with The Who and The Sweet. They released a series of singles that remain vintage punk. A new-model Lurkers emerged in the late-1980s behind Arturo Bassick, who will appear on the acoustic stage as Arthur Lurker. More than thirty years after their last record together, Pete Stride, Nigel Moore and Manic Esso have produced Chemical Landslide, an album that matches Stride’s imaginative, trademark lyrics to a darker, heavier sound. Stride writes from the perspective of the individual, but for many his songs of loss and exclusion capture the England of 2013. The clouds press down on the suburbs. Those Heathrow jets are still crashing over our homes. There’s plenty more – independent labels Rough Trade, Cherry Red and Beggar’s Banquet; all the bands that never made it onto record; the Club Ska Sound System led by Geno Blue, who will be appearing with Roy Ellis’s Moonstompers. And of course there’s a lot more to London as well. The North of the city will be represented by Chas & Dave, the East End by The Cockney Rejects, South London by The Last Resort, and all these influences connect and join up, just like the people. And beyond London there are plenty of similar stories. Go further West, for instance, and The Adverts lead into Infa Riot, Vice Squad, The Mob. Punk is eclectic, open to everyone, which brings us back to Sham 69 and Jimmy Pursey, headlining this year’s festival. His message has always been one of unity. The people united, never defeated. Punk’s a state-ofmind, crosses every boundary, but at last year’s festival John Lydon reminded the audience that it comes from England, that we should be proud of our heritage. He’s right, and few bands are as open to influences as PIL. It’s important to remember where you come from, and punk was born in West London. WORDS: JOHN KING

Formed in the summer of 2008 in the

backstreets of Leeds, 7-piece Aggro-folk mob Bootscraper quickly gained themselves a reputation for their highly skilled musicianship, brilliant song-writing, and a captivating, energetic live show both locally and nationally. They signed to Manchester punk label TNS Records for their first album "Country & Eastern" which saw them drawing upon their many musical influences to produce a mix of county, Balkan, punk, sea shanty, rockabilly, bluegrass, folk, gypsy and blues music which gained them rave reviews from magazines, radio stations and audiences at live venues on a national and international level. The eclectic nature of Bootscraper's music means that there is no audience regardless of age, background or taste that can resist the musical charms of their wild and truly original sound. It’s bands like these that set Rebellion apart from other festivals. It’s about diversity in our scene. Get yer dancing shoes on and enjoy their set!

Playing a mixture of tuneful home spun yarns of his life on the road - being in a band / leaving a band, going it alone to find his inner strength plus covers you will recognise in a style that will be a revelation to you. Bruce will grab your attention and keep you entertained with words delivered over the raw sound of a Les Paul Junior through a cranked amp. Then when you think you have heard it all and his fingers are bleeding he puts the guitar down and reaches for the harmonica. He plays it, he sings through it he will capture your soul with it and your feet will be tapping out the rhythm to accompany him and you won’t be able to stop them.


celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year. They formed on 16th July 83’ at Feltham Football Club Alldayer. Their first gig was 30th August 1983. The band played the first gig that Rebellion’s own dosser Darren Russell-Smith put on at The Sugar Hill Night Club in Dudley on 2nd November 84’ with Chaos, Death Zone and Indecent Assault so it’s fitting that they celebrate at Rebellion this year. ARENA – THURSDAY

Bruce Tality - one man punk band ,poet, songsmith, guitar slinger, harp player and toe tapper. ALMOST ACOUSTIC - THURSDAY

OLYMPIA 1 - FRIDAY www.bootscraperuk.co.uk

Fire Exit

formed in Dec 1977 in Renfrew / Paisley, Scotland and are still gigging strong today. They have released many independent records and are part of the Rebellion family having played regularly for us since 2001. Two original members remain in the band Gerry & Brian and they’re joined by Neil & Jake from the 1983 line up to give the powerful punk songs the airing they need! ARENA - THURSDAY

Evacuate is

a Street Punk band formed in 2008 by Mike Virus (Vocals) former member of The Virus and Cheap Sex. The band also includes Karlos (Guitar) former member of The Lab Rats, Kevin (Guitar), Kevin (Bass), and John (Drums). The band released their debut full length S/T album in 2009, in 2010 an EP called “Endless War”, and released their second full length album “2012” in 2012. ARENA - SATURDAY

Born in the UK from the malfunction of a terrible musical chemical laboratory experiment! DIRT BOX DISCO are now free to roam from city to town, spreading the sonic filth to anyone that will listen. And people do listen! And they like what they hear! They like what they see! Pure entertainment in every word! Can you look at them and not think WTF? NO! But they will titillate you into submission with a cascade of verbal and visual pleasure! That is a definite! Are you ready to rock n’ roll? Are you ready for Dirt Box Disco? OLYMPIA 2 - SATURDAY www.dirtboxdisco.co.uk

Subhumans were, between 1980-85, one of the most prolific and original of the evolving UK punk scene; they were based in Warminster, Wiltshire, (SW England), and the lineup was: Dick - vocals; Bruce - guitar Phil - bass; Trotsky – drums

without losing the base energy and dynamics of punk. Dick’s lyrics, at once socially aware and heavily critical of social norms, placed them in the anarcho-punk area of the ever- expanding UK punk scene of the early 80s, alongside Crass, Antisect, Conflict and- Flux of Pink Indians, who released the band’s first 3 EPs [‘Demolition War’, ‘Reason For Existence’ and ‘Religious Wars’]and their first LP [in ‘83]’The Day The Country Died’, which became an instant classic that went on to sell 100,000 copies, [largely at the cover price of ‘pay no more than £3.25’, which was as cheap as possible in order to make the music more accessible].

Dick had previously sung for The Mental, who released one EP and embodied the ‘cant-play-will-play’ early punk ‘anyone-can-do-it’ attitude. Bruce had been in the Stupid Humans, also based in Warminster; these two met at an Angelic Upstarts gig in 1980, and when their bands split they got In 83 they formed their own label, Bluurg Records, and over the next two years retogether to form Subhumans. leased ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ LP [which included a 16 Musical influences were a mix of Sex minute track of the Pistols, Damned and similar punk origsame name that had inators, and prepunk bands like King the music press callCrimson and Frank Zappa, which led ing for a redefinition to a style of punk more intricate in its structure than their contemporaries,

of ‘punk’!] ‘Evolution’ EP, ‘Time Flies’12” EP, ‘Rats’ EP, ‘Worlds Apart’ LP, and ‘29:29 Split Vision’ LP, which was released after splitting up in ‘85. By then they’d played 262 gigs including several European tours and 2 in the USA, [which was in the 80s a rare achievement for a non-commercially minded band]. Dick went on to join seminal ska-punk-reggae band Culture Shock [86-89, 3 LPs on Bluurg Records], and met up with Phil and Trotsky again in Citizen Fish [89-???], who have so far recorded 7 LPs of their politipunk-ska songs and clocked up over 1000 gigs cross the planet... then in 98 these 3 ex-subhumans roped Bruce back in to reform Subhumans,to ‘see what it felt like’, and , it feeling rather excellent, have kept going with occasional touring, a limited release CD of old unused songs, ‘Unfinished Business’,[98] a live album ‘Live in a Dive’ on Fat Wreck[03], and an album of 13 brand new songs, ‘Internal Riot’, on Bluurg records [07]. The band are contactable through www.citizenfish.com

major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in 1978, “Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts,” is still considered a genuine classic of the era. TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in the summer of 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the seminal Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single “One Chord Wonders.” This turned to notoriety when their next release, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” became a hit record, leading to frequent radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, “No Time To Be 21,” also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including

The Adverts released one further album, “Cast Of Thousands,” before their split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently on Fire Records to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as “the long lost punk album that rivals The Clash’s ‘London Calling,’” Many people, including long-time fan Henry Rollins, now rate “Cast Of Thousands” as one of their favourite albums from the punk era. In the early 1980’s TV formed TV Smith’s Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit with the single “Tomahawk Cruise” and released one album, “Last Words Of The Great Explorer.” He then spent some years away from the live circuit concentrating on writing and recording, re-entering the live arena in the late 1980’s, playing sporadic gigs with his band Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early ’90’s. He went on to release a succession of critically-acclaimed albums, including “March Of The Giants” (1992), “Immortal Rich” (1995), “Generation Y” (1999), “Not A Bad Day” (2003), “Misinformation Overload” (2006), “In The Arms Of My Enemy” (2008), and “Coming In To Land” (2011). He has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, which led to them performing as TV’s backing band on the album “Useless.” Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his marathon concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 120 gigs a year, Not content with playing live, TV has also branched out into other creative areas. He has written about his on-the-road experiences in three books of tour diaries: “Getting There,” “How To Feel Human” and “Tales Of The Emergency Sandwich.” Latest news, archives, and photos – as well as a fan forum and a webshop – can be found at www.tvsmith.com

Having played Punk Rock for over 20 years with The Dwarves the legendary guitarist is now playing with his own band. Already with two albums under his belt, he is bringing the show to Rebellion 2013. Our man Jonny Wah Wah caught up with him and asked a few questions

It must be great to be playing Rebellion 2013 ... and to be doing 2 sets an acoustic one and one with a full band...... It is great to be playing at Rebellion again. This is the first time with my solo band although I have been here as a spectator for the past few years. Will we be getting songs from Both your solo Albums “Humanterroist” and “Sunday School Massacre” ? Yes we will be playing songs from both of those records as well as several songs from the Dwarves catalogue. I know they are all good but have you got some favourite songs from these albums ? Thank you Jonny. It’s hard to say. I wouldn’t want any of them to feel slighted, but I have been liking “Duct Tape Love” recently. I have also been doing different versions of songs acoustically and “Happy Suicide” seems to translate well to this genre. I saw the video for “Getting Pissed” that looked like a lot of fun to make and looked like it had a lot of friends in it ? Yes it was really fun and full of friends. The video features such luminaries as Blag, members of “Harrington Saints”, “The Young Idea”, and “SkinAffect” along with my beautiful wife Jennifer. She especially enjoyed smashing me over the head with a beer bottle. Have you had the songs knocking around for a while and did you write them all yourself ? Yes I am guilty as charged on both counts. The one song I cannot take credit for it “Gettin’ Pissed” which was penned by Dr. Saltpeter, the infamous Scatologist and founding member of The Dwarves. What bands have been your influences over the years both pre and post the Punk explosion ? Yes, I did start playing way before there ever was punk. I guess my first influence was my father. He played the piano and I really enjoyed listening to him play when I was very young. He mostly played show tunes and classical stuff. I started playing the piano when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I have always been a big “Beatles” fan. I like melodic music. My first introduction to punk came mostly from the 60’s garage punk bands like “Thirteenth Floor Elevators” “Music Machine” and “Sonics”. I saw “The Cramps” in the early 80’s in Chicago and was never really the same after that. I remember feeling really uneasy for the whole show. I kept wondering if the cops were going to come in and shut it down. I guess that’s where I was first introduced to punk rock. The Dwarves came out of the hardcore scene in America in the 80’s when did you realise that there was a scene and you had to be a part of it ? Yeah I don’t think I thought much about a scene back then. The only reason I got in that band was because I owned a vintage “Farfisa” organ. Those guys had a garage band. I had no idea what that even meant. I just wanted to be in a band. The only scene we were in was up in Seattle in the 90’s. All those bands hung out together. They all went to each other’s shows and were no doubt influenced by each other. We kind of didn’t fit in because we lived in San Francisco. Our music was much faster and we liked to throw bottles and break stuff.

The Dwarves stood out for many reasons , good songs a given, but also for you playing naked ... How did this come about and do you still disrobe for your solo shows ? It all started at a small show in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1990. I think the entire band went on naked as a joke. I kind of enjoyed this for some reason and didn’t put my pants on again until 2008. I still get naked for special occasions. Did you ever cause yourself any serious injury to as we say the old “Crown Jewels” ? No but I probably caused some injury. Teeth have been lost and heads split open. I guess I felt kind of vulnerable so I would often come out swinging. Ever get aroused on stage ? Only once, later we got married. It must be different now having your own band , when did you know it was time for a fresh challenge ? I still play with The Dwarves from time to time and have a song on their upcoming album. In fact, “Sunday School...” and “Humantierrorist” are mostly played by those guys . But it is very different doing my own thing. It has given me the chance to play with lots of other great musicians. A good example is the band that is backing me up at this year’s festival appearance. They are from the UK who have a band called “Destroy DC” and are lead by drummer Spike T. Smith. Spike and Gav King (guitar) play together in “Conflict”. The bass is handled quite admirably by the amazing Si Turner. What are the plans for the future ? I love writing songs and have been working on a new batch. A new video will be out before the end of the year as well. What is your biggest passion away from music ? I am an enthusiastic reader. Finally ... if you had a stage at Rebellion 2014 what 6 bands would you def. have on it ? The Exploited, Cock Sparrer, The Business, On Trial UK, Destroy DC, Harrington Saints

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THE U.K. SUBS’ ALPHABETICAL QUEST IS NEARLY FINISHED! By the www.uksubstimeandmatter.net website editors...

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of this programme article will need to be told that the Subs are led by the indefatigable Charlie Harper – these days venerated as the godfather of UK punk. Since 1977 the Subs have continued and thrived, through various line-ups and record companies. With a powerful line up now in place since 2005; Charlie, Jet on guitar, Alvin Gibbs on bass and Jamie Oliver on drums, the U.K. Subs continue to entertain, enlighten and enthuse, wherever they play, all over this planet! However, what may have passed some punk observers by is that this is the most stable line up of the band in their 36 year existence.





‘XXIV’ was originally to be entitled ‘X-Subs’, wherein ex-Subs members were to convene over a few days in a studio to record an album containing one song written by each participating musician, but the eventual album that emerged, after a difficult birth, proved to be an entirely different beast to that which Charlie had been talking enthusiastically about for a number of years. After numerous format discussions with Captain Oi! Records, and a painful artwork process – for which the wider world is not yet fully prepared to hear about! - ‘XXIV’, the U.K. Subs’ 24th official album in 34 years of making long-players, marked what many consider to be another purple patch in the band’s long and, in places, mixed career. The current line-up stability had shown to fabulous effect in 2011 when this ferociously fantastic foursome released the superb ‘Work In Progress’ album, as the Subs closed in on their crazy quest to be the first band to release their official albums alphabetically A to Z. ‘XXIV’ has certainly earned well-deserved mass critical acclaim, building on the fabulous reviews gained for their previous Captain Oi! released ‘Work In Progress’.




www.captainoi.com The UK Subs’ official historical archive online is also the most up-to-date for the latest news, tour dates and so much more:


The website editors also run the ‘Time & Matter Records’ label, which has put out rare Subs stuff on CD, DVD and vinyl, raising thousands for charity in the process. The latest release is a 4 track 7” and CD single by Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible called the ‘Too Much Reality’ EP.

However, back in 2012, when initial plans to start recording the ‘X’ album were being formalised, the logistical problems of getting the ex-members – in excess of 100 - of the band to convene within a confined time-frame became increasingly apparent, and the idea was dropped, resulting in the album title being given a change to XXX. When talked about, the written title became known as the snappier sounding triple x, and plans were put in place for the 3 x’s of the title to be represented by 3 discs. This triple album was to be a new studio album, an acoustic album, as well as a live CD/DVD compilation.

With footage in the can from the band’s recent Japanese tour, the best laid plans were yet again scuppered! Unfortunately British rock band Asia beat them to the punch with their 30th anniversary album XXX in 2012, so the live disc idea was dropped, leaving a half electric, half acoustic album which finally came to be known as ‘XXIV’, the Roman numeral usage being a neat way to mark the 24th album. Following up the long awaited ‘Work In Progress’ was always going to be tough but down the years the band has frequently pulled off back-to-back crackers, and ‘XXIV’ has been no exception with Charlie dropping a very early hint that the band were determined to come up with the goods yet again: “the Subs are in a ‘born again’ frame of mind after ‘Work In Progress’! It was a powerful record with a great variety of sound and song composition. I see the ‘Work In Progress’ album as our first album and X as the ‘Brand New Age’ of today, with it being even more exciting, with better arranged songs and a step forward in every way.” Recording at ex-Vibrators’ Pat Collier’s South London Perry Vale Studios started on the 16th of July 2012 with 28 tracks being laid down in 10 straight days. Ideas came and went, including Jamie’s ‘Suicide Pact (You first)’ and an acoustic version of ‘Stranglehold’, but finally the 28 were trimmed down to 26 with ‘Workers Beer Company’ and ‘Hard Times Café’ getting axed! ‘XXIV’ has proved to be ground-breaking in relation to the rest of the band’s back catalogue in lots of ways, not least because it’s the first acoustic material they’ve ever recorded. It’s also the first album to be released in the new hardback book style CD cover (limited to 1000 copies) and the first to début in MP3 format before any of the physical copies were released. Digital downloads debuted on 1 February 2013 closely followed by the CD version on the 6th. A limited edition of 300 black vinyl copies appeared on the 23rd with 180 tri-colour versions, with signed promo copies of the CD and a bottle opener, appeared very briefly on the 3rd of April selling out in 24 hours! The Subs fans collectors’ sweet shop has never been so well stocked or tasted better! Especially as, at the time of writing (July), Captain Oi! have announced they will be pressing ‘XXIV’ in some more lovely collectable coloured vinyl* The 2010s have certainly seen the band’s star in the ascendancy, their constant touring schedule of 100 to 150 gigs per year has seen the Subs develop into the tightest punk band on the circuit, resulting in prestigious support slots in recent years to the likes of Motörhead and NOFX. The Subs also won the inaugural Radio 6 ‘Punk World Cup’ in 2010, as the 6music punk listeners showed who they thought were the ultimate punk band, being crowned champions over the likes of the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Damned. And finally, Charlie, in an interview in the June issue of Vive Le Rock magazine hinted at the two possible titles that will complete their place in musical history: ‘Yellow Leader: Songs About Friendly Fire And Other Tragedies of Ancient and Modern Warfare’ will be followed by ‘Ziezo’!

Here’s what the critics have to say: La Mine fanzine: >> Jamie Oliver gives new life to the group composing current and punchy sounds like Implosion 77 and Rabid, Alvin produces some of the most beautiful songs that are both effective and give you goosebumps... An ambitious and eclectic album. The more you listen, the more you appreciate it. Classic Rock magazine: >> XXIV has enough to make a younger generation of say-nothing musicians hang their heads in shame. RingMaster Review Blogsite: >> An outstanding release from a band which others can still learn from and be inspired by, the band quite simply grips the reins of British punk tighter with a release which is quite sensational and easily an equal and fresh inspiration for all emerging young bucks. Days Of Our Youth blogsite: >> I have to say that Jet’s playing is the best since Nicky by far. That is not to denigrate the others over the years, but Jet just has that something special that makes you stick out more. XXIV ranks up there with any of the first four UK Subs albums. This is that good. Please, Please, go out and buy this as you are purchasing history! R*E*P*E*A*T fanzine: >> This album truly is one of two halves and all the better for it. And, if the finishing line really is in sight, then they (and most specifically Charlie Harper) will leave a legacy that will be difficult to eclipse by any other UK band of whatever particular musical genre you care to mention. Uber Rock website: >> From the superb quality packaging that houses this album to the grooves contained within, the UK Subs have once again left me lost for superlatives. To put it simply it’s an absolute killer and you’d be a bit of a mug not to rush out and get involved because this shit is essential! An album bursting with variety, spirit, hope and, above all, great great music! Nuzz Prowling Wolf Blogsite: >> With their fingers on the pulse the UK Subs are the beating punk rock heart. XXIV is up there with the best of ‘em, it’s gonna take a hell of a lot for the Subs to top it. Suspect Device fanzine: >> We all know that the UK Subs first two albums were punk classics and rightly so, but dare I suggest that this is on a par? UK Subs Time & Matter website: >> Charlie, Jet, Alvin and Jamie have really got something special when it comes to musical chemistry. Their live shows are always superb, but it is their studio alchemy that is really starting to shine through and catch your breath as ‘XXIV’ serves us up some surprising gems with its varied treasure-chest of glittering songs. The stunning packaging of XXIV is simply beautiful, and the deluxe hardback digibook also comes with a 20 page booklet including the lyrics, eye-catching artwork and photographs of the band.

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Spanish Hall Saturday 10th August 12.30pm BEGINNERS

1.15pm – IMPROVERS

Fun and friendly ukulele workshop for total beginners. We’ll show you how to strum and make chords, then put them together to play a classic punk song. Ukes are provided.

Play your favourite punk songs with The pUKEs. Lyrics, tab and ukes provided. Suitable for people who already play a bit of uke or guitar. Ukes are provided – or bring your own.

l the festiva ands s r a e y ore b last hts of uces some mands who g i l h g i e h rod 2 b a e of thand Stage int showcase 1but all with d n o g n B ei ill e an After bar of the New his stage w d experienc ngside any b l.... n T a o e a v l . 2nd y Rebellion yles, ages can cut it a in the festi t new to diverse in sove that theyywhere else r e an op will b drive t playing - Hailing from the streets of Dundee a totally unique, fresh and exciting sound to the world music scene. The words are unashamedly performed in the raw Dundee dialect and combine punching guitars, pounding drums and occasional bagpipes to produce a sound free from the shackles of genre..... Unashamedly Dundonian working class band promoting the culture an having a laugh ..... Keep It Oary !! - A 4 piece ska Punk band from Dublin. Inspired by a mixture of the misfits and rancid they play high octane tempo altering catchy Punk Rock driven by the unique and technically flawless drumming courtesy of deaf drummer Rob Wot (who is keen to point out he was deaf before he got onto Punk and not because he got into Punk.) - Straight out of Barnsley comes a Punk Rock tsunami of noise with extremely dark lyrics....Portraying the darker side of Punk with intensity and a deep sincerity. The heart of South Yorkshire is bared to you all ... watch it bleed. - A young four piece from Yorkshire who play hard edged reggae Punk with a political slant. - A young female band from Cracow (Poland) formed in the beginning of 2012. Punk Rock with extraordinary female vocals it makes the band unique. The Girls are currently releasing their first EP “Outcast of Society” and preparing themselves for their first European tour which includes shows in Slovenia, Netherlands, and the UK. - Taking a frenetic mix of styles from the last 50 years the Minx have been tearing up venues and gaining radio play around the globe building an ever growing fan base. With a reputation for great hooks and explosive live energy this young band show a healthy respect to the Punk, Ska and Skinhead cultures of the past and present. - All girl ... All sister Dirty Punk Rock from Hastings. Spawned from the womb, brought up on rage they picked up some instruments and started jamming .... a year later they played their first gig at the school they all attended .... They have been making a racket ever since and now building up quite a name on the UK Punk Rock scene. - Get ready to skank, pogo, mosh, jig, polka and maybe even waltz - like a hyperactive kid on Kia-Ora, the Counting Coins sound refuses to stay still, switching from Ska Punk to Gypsy to Hip Hop and back again several times in the same song. - Checkpoint, from Dublin, are a 1977 Punk band who were all born 36 years too late. Signed to paranoid visions’ FOAD Musick label, the 3 boys and a girl drummer, have gone from strength to strength especially now they are old enough to get into the gigs they are offered. Leaving school in June, world domination beckons. - A great live act who produce outstanding songs played fast and furious!. Their red blooded performance, along with their dynamic, high powered and catchy songs reflect the helter skelter of life itself and will leave you craving more ...Raw, loud and definitely feisty .. Full of kicking bass and a heavy riffs. - Trashcat play up to no good Punk Rock & Roll that reflect their nocturnal pastime indulgences. Based in Hackney North London, they feature current and ex members of The Restarts, Short Bus Window Lickers and Meinhoff/Unfixed. Catchy stuff that blows the cobwebs away with their two albums to date received glowing reviews that make them Punk Rock’s best kept secret. - Dual male/female fronted frantic Punk mess from Ipswich. With a sense of urgency largely stemming from blind panic they’ve been described as “A rallying cry for the poor and disenfranchised”, and a “Deranged Punk rock family”. Featuring members of I.C.H, The Dead Batteries and Rebellion festival regular Ed Ache.

This year on the Literary Stage we have a diverse selection of speakers on the couch, representing a wide section of culture, politics, media and of course the music scene. The profiles below provide a flavour of what we have on offer - an opportunity to not only browse the diverse punk art on display in the beautiful Spanish rooms, but a chance to listen, meet and greet, as well as pick-up some signed books. We may also throw some surprise guests into the mix, so watch out for the notice board in the foyer at the staircase leading to the Spanish Room (this will also be used to confirm appearance times, which may be subject to change)

Northern Ireland Punk/ Good Vibrations Much discussion has taken place over many years and many drinks debating what punk is all about. Regardless of the endless opinions and views, what stands out is the unity and sharing a common bond. If one place particularly demonstrates this, it is Northern Ireland, where people came together over their common love of punk rock, breaking political and religious boundaries. Against a backdrop of extremism, police oppression and bigotry, the Northern Ireland punk scene flourished, spawning many a great band and angry songs voicing these troubled times. At the epicentre was a record shop and label, Good Vibrations, founded by Terri Hooley, launching the careers of the Undertones, and promoting the likes of the Outcasts and Rudi (amongst others). This has recently been subject to a film, The Good Vibrations Story, which has received critical acclaim and won several awards. Joining Terri on stage will be Greg and Petesy from the Outcasts, Buck from the Defects and Sean O’Neill, coauthor It Makes You Want to Spit (The Definitive Guide to Punk in Northern Ireland). A screening of the film will follow in the Rebellion cinema.

Co-author of the visually compelling ‘The Art of Punk’, Russ Bestley is a specialist in graphic design research methods, information design and British popular culture, in particular late Twentieth Century alternative music. He is a Reader in Graphic Design at the London College of Communication and developed a keen interest in punk during his teenage years in Tunbridge Wells and Portsmouth. This led to working in various roles including roadie, sound engineer, technician and musician, as well as being a fan. His PhD thesis, Hitsville UK: Punk Rock and Graphic Design in the Faraway Towns

1976-84 led to a number of publications, along with a website www.hitsvilleuk.com. Those of us who are old enough, will remember the football hooliganism of the early 80’s, in response to which Thatcher infamously instigated a series of dawn raids in a bid to halt what she perceived as a rising tide of violence. Cass Pennant a leading ‘face’ during these times, involved with West Ham’s notorious Inter City Firm (ICF), was caught-up in the aftermath and detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure. During his time inside Cass took to writing, which proved to be his escape route for he has since written nine football fan-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers. he is also an acknowledged authority on the culture of hooliganism and gang culture, advising on numerous TV and film projects. In 2008 his life-story was immortalised on the silver screen, with the film Cass directed by Jon S Baird and starring Nonso Anozie also featured cameo’s from the Rejects brothers, Mick and Jeff Geggus. More recently he has taken further strides with his film work, developing ideas, which are innovative and surprising in their approach, his production of award-winning 2012 documentary Casuals about the football fashion culture was a TV broadcast in 2013. www.casspennant.com

A welcome return for those that missed Teddie’s informative chat about her friendship with Sid Vicious last year. Having befriended and been romanced by Sid, during the Sex Pistols trip to Norway in 1977, Teddie published a candid view of her experiences, providing a rare insight into one of punk’s icons, under the title ‘A Vicious Love Story’. This has now republished, and includes additional text and pictures. Teddie’s latest project is a book on another iconic figure from the seventies and eighties,

Gary Holton, entitled Fast Living. This is the first time a book has been published on the one time Heavy Metal Kids singer and actor (who remembers Auf Weiderhesen Pet?). Again, this is based on firsthand knowledge. Teddie was a friend to Gary and his girlfriend at the time. The book looks at his life and career, as told by Teddie and others close to him, and includes over 40 private, behind-the-scenes photographs and comments from people who knew Gary. It is due for publication at the beginning of August and will be exclusively first available at Rebellion, along with the second edition of a Vicious Love Story. Teddie also hopes to display a series of photos from the Pistols gig in Trondheim, during the fateful year she met Sid.

Chris describes himself as an ‘average Joe’, but follows a simple mantra ‘Do not believe the truth’. If you enjoy discussing or listening to conspiracy theories, he offers some very candid views and some enlightenment as to what the people in power are really up to. From the government to the Queen and beyond, this is an opportunity to open your mind to what might really be going on in the world. Rather than being a theorist or basing his work around rumour, Chris puts a great deal of research into his subject matter, which is read by two and a half million people round the world. In his own words ‘Every single one of us could have a better life, if we but knew it. The reason we don’t is because we live in a world that is an illusion… An act. The orchestrator’s of this illusion are the so-called ‘OnePercenters’. That is to say, the 1% of the worlds population who control the other 99% of us by Stealth, Fear, Corruption, Bribery & Blackmail. Get rid of this 1% and we can all enjoy life as it should be. Without these evil parasites, living off our misery there would be no wars, no starving and no homelessness’. This is just the tip of the iceberg, find out more at www.chrisspivey.co.uk

Garry has been described as the Godfather of Oi, although his accomplishments reach far beyond this. He began his career in journalism in 1976 writing for Socialist Worker and contributing to their Rock Against Racism paper Temporary Hoarding, before publishing his own fanzine (Napalm) and moving on to the weekly Sounds publication. This is where he was at the forefront of the exciting music that set Britain alight in the late 70s/ early 80s, being the first to review a vast array of talent from the Specials to U2 via Twisted Sister. He championed the likes of the Ruts, the Skids and the UK Subs, covering the controversial Angelic Upstarts prison gig and igniting a feud with Crass (by accident!). Then came Oi, managing the Cockney Rejects and The Blood, and compiling the first four Oi LPs, before being propelled into the media limelight with stints at several major newspapers and television appearances, including his own ITV series Bushell on the Box. Between times he has written fifteen books, most recently Dance Craze and Time for Action, detailing the Ska and Mod scenes respectively through the eyes of the then Sounds cub reporter. He has also made forays into ‘performing arts’ with his band the Gonads, who have released ten albums and a series of singles across a career spanning more than 30 years. Garry continues his support of the scene to this day with the recent periodical publication Street Sounds. www.the-gonads.co.uk www.garry-bushell.co.uk/

The Literary stage will run from Friday to Sunday between 14:30 and 16:30. Check listings for details

Since it’s humble beginnings in 2007 when we had half a dozen exhibitors in the Renaissance Room upstairs, PunkArt has developed into so much more – we’ve taken over the whole of the Spanish Suite now and become a bit of a fringe festival, a little haven in the middle of chaos, so I’ve re-named the whole area….Welcome to AT THE EDGE! - Enjoy - Jennie xx


As well as all the usual favourites – Charlie Harper, Gaye Black, Knox, Dod Morrison photography etc we are pleased to announce a couple of new and exciting additions to this years’ exhibition. Playing Friday night in Bizarre Bazaar are The Red Paintings, very Avant-garde from Australia, they paint live on stage during their performances. They have obviously now got a fair old collection of paintings which have never been seen as a collection – so, they are bringing 50 of their fantastic paintings to show for the first time at Rebellion. Also this year will be a fantastic collection on loan from Dr Martens of some of the most iconic images from the 1980’s from legendary punk photographer Gav Watson. As if this all isn’t enough, Rebellions’ own Paul Raggity will be bringing his collection ‘When I grow up’ photographs he took in 1993 of homeless people and children to highlight the fact that homeless people started out life as children with their hopes and dreams – included in the exhibition are letters from school children describing their own hopes for what they would like to be when they grow up.

OPEN MIC MORNINGS – come up and enjoy a morning coffee and listen to some acoustic music – bring your guitar and join in (or use ours) and see some well known faces playing their favourite songs – doors open until around 2pm WORKSHOPS details/times etc)

CRAFT FAIR and much more

– this year we have The Pukes doing Ukelele workshops on Saturday (see separate article for

- now in its third year and bigger than ever – hand-made jewellery, clothing, textiles and ceramics

VINTAGE FAIR – New for 2013 in the Renaissance Room – fabulous vintage goodies with stalls from Dottie


TATTOOIST – welcome return after last years’ success FASHION SHOW – this year hosted by Kitty Ford of Curious Orange in Liverpool and of course featuring top

models from Monkish!


- just when you thought it was safe to go out!!! Calling all anoraks – it’s Richie Rocker’s punk rock pub quiz! Get a team together and join in – he says don’t expect any easy questions!!!!!! 1.30pm – 2.30pm in the Spanish Hall

LITERARY STAGE - see opposite page CINEMA – Runs from Thursday 1pm, Fri, Sat, Sun from 12.30pm. Showing an eclectic mix of classic and cult films, documentaries and music videos. Further details and times can be found in the day lists and posted outside the cinema each day. COCK SPARRER COMPETITION DRAW – as mentioned earlier on in the programme, Cock Sparrer have decided to raffle off their backdrop for charity. The draw will be conducted by band members and take place in the Spanish Hall on Sunday at 4.30pm. Their chosen charity is STREETLIFE. Streetlife is a local Blackpool charity which was established in 1882. They provide advice and support for young people who have drug, alcohol or mental health issues. They have an eight bed emergency nightshelter for young people aged 16-25. They operate a day centre on Buchanan St and a nightshelter next to St John’s church. In June 2010 Streetlife were honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising the hard work they do helping those who need it most. www.streetlife-blackpool.co.uk

Street Sounds is a new fanzine with attitude that celebrates street culture the world over. Launched last October, the magazine is about punk and Ska, football terraces and film sets, Mod, rock, indie, Britpop, books, poetry, comedy, Scooter runs – you name it, if it’s got spirit, guts and attitude they’re into it.

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I have been asked to write a few words detailing what the Rejects have been up to this past year. It would be fucking easier to explain what we AINT been up to! In amongst the touring, we finally managed to release the ‘East End Babylon’ album after over two and a half years of recording it. The reason for that was we were so busy we could only fit in short bursts of studio time, so we flitted from studio to studio, finally finishing the mix with our mates Tony ‘Voodoo Six’ Newton and Dave ‘RDB’ Edwards last Autumn. And well happy we are with it too! The critical response has been great, and I reckon that it stands proudly with the great Rejects albums of old. In and around that, of course, we were putting the finishing touches to ‘East End Babylon’ the movie. Almost three and a half years in the making, and poor Richard wearing out his camera arm accompanying us from Europe to South America to a tent in Cambrigeshire(!) the movie finally saw the light of day in cinemas last November, and I can honestly say that it was one of the proudest days of my life sitting at the back of the Odeon in Panton Street munching a bag of revels and watching (literally) my life flashing before me. I can also say that it was an unnerving experience-it brought back vivid memories of those days and just what we went through, which in turn reminded me also of how pig headed we were at the time, but that was us, total products of our environment. After a couple of UK dates with Rancid, and a quick Christmas break, it was over to the USA for a full tour with our pals Youth Brigade. And what a tour! First the West Coast, culminating in a great show at the El Rey theater on Wilshire, and then over to the East, where we played NYC for the first time on an unforgettable night at the music hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Big up to the NYC Hammers also for helping make it such a great night, and thanks to all our supporters in the US for making it such a great tour. We’ll be back next year! And we ain’t stopped since! Brilliant open air festivals in Prague, Dusseldorf, and Nantes these past couple of months, and then….East End Babylon released on DVD! With hours of extras and a great package, we are well proud of this and hope that you all get the chance to watch it.

So far Street Sounds has covered Pauline Black, Argy Bargy, Rancid, The Specials, The Jam, Cock Sparrer, Punk in Prague, Infa Riot, Louise Distras, the Cockney Rejects, Skinhead art, Missing Andy, King Hammond and Buster Shuffle. Future issues promise Crashed Out, Crass, Stomper 98, Decca Wade, Bruce Foxton and Coventry’s 2-Tone Village. Street Sounds sets out to be the antidote to the X Factor, and the narrow, suffocating world of Simon Cowellapproved pop-pap. Its attitude is rooted in irreverent rock weeklies like Sounds and long extinct street mags such as Pulped, The End and Sniffin’ Glue. The magazine’s manifesto states: ‘We’re drawing the same line in the sand as Joe Strummer, Lemmy, John Lydon, Poly Styrene, Bon Scott and Jerry Dammers did.’ Its contributors include author John King, legendary punk scribe Bev Elliott, Rhoda Dakar from the Specials, Jennie Bellestar, Sounds veteran Garry Bushell and Malcolm Dome. But Street Sounds is open to contributions from anyone. They say: ‘Our culture is your culture. Together we can rebuild it. We have the technology. You have the power. As Argy Bargy sing: We Won’t Back Down, We Won’t Back Down, We Won’t Back Down...Make a difference. Kick over the statues!’

Which brings us to now. And believe me, we are happy and proud to be back at Rebellion, the greatest punkfest of them all, and are more than ready, willing, and able to make Saturday night a great night to remember in this festival’s proud history. See you all there! Cheers n Beers Mick Geggus

*Street Sounds costs £2 an issue or £3.50 (including p&p in the UK) from: http://streetsoundsonline.co.uk/

So what is Rockers England? We like to call it the emporium of Rock’n’Roll delight. Its an independent alternative clothing and accessory shop in the heart of Manchester that caters to guys and girls into Rock’n’Roll, Punk, Psychobilly, Rockabilly and everything inbetween. People with taste. The shop stocks everything from Hair Pomade down to Creepers from brands such as T.U K, Rednek, Trophy Queen, Toxico Geronimo, Hell Bunny, Steady, Glamour Bunny, Underground, Collectif, Freddies Of Pinewood and many many more. We are in City Centre Manchester but also have an online store at www.rockersengland.co.uk How long has Rockers been in existence? We are going into our 10th year of trading with our 10th Birthday Party planned for Friday 13th December this year with, so far, Vince Ray and The Boneshakers are confirmed with other great acts to be announced. The shop has survived (Touch Wood) 4 changes of location, a Fire, floods, leaks, a spell in the wilderness (outskirts of the city centre) a serious bout of bad health and the ongoing recession. After all that the shop is now settled in a good location and has been for nearly 5 years and hoping to stay that way.

So what brings you to Rebellion? This year I am primarily doing a stall, this will be my 4th year of trading here but I have been attending the festival every year for the last 11 years, back when it was called Holidays In The Sun. It’s a lot of work but I love it. What do you like about Rebellion? I really like the “Rebellion Family” that puts the festival on and makes it work so well. You hear people knock the festival but so much work goes into putting it on people do not realise, they would complain more if it didn’t happen. I love meeting up with all my friends there every year, seeing everyone getting on so well. It’s a great festival, you can’t knock being able to see Argy Bargy, Mad Sin, The UK Subs and Cock Sparrer all under one roof. Any Stand Out Moments? Seeing The Street Dogs years ago in Morecambe not knowing who they were but being blown away. Also, standing at the bar one year when my friend tells me there is a bald bloke wearing a Rockers T Shirt. It turns out to be Colin from Cock Sparrer, I was so proud I actually burst into tears, must have been the booze. Social Distortion headlining last year on the Friday was just great and also watching a sea of bemused punks watching Tubonegro several years back. There are many other stand out moments, far too many to mention.

So what is the future for Rockers England? After Rebellion the focus is on the shops 10th Birthday party. As mentioned Vince Ray is playing with other bands to be confirmed. It will be at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Friday 13th December. Other than that it will be more of the same. I love what I do, its not really like a job. I won’t ever be rich but that’s not why I do it. We sell tickets for many local gigs and festivals and we never charge a booking fee. We try and support the local music scene and have small selection of CDs from local labels like TNS and Pumpkin. I love the music and culture that goes hand in hand with it all. That’s what Rockers England is all about. If you’re in Manchester just pop in and say hello, check out flyers for any good shows and even have a chat about cats. www.rockersengland.co.uk

The band were originally formed in 1982 and split up in 1985, but during that short period of time they built up a good following of Punks and Skinheads and toured and supported many of the major Punk bands of that era including: The Exploited, GBH, Discharge, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League and Broken Bones. The band reformed in 2005 and immediately began touring the UK as both headline band and as support to many of the above bands. Since reforming they have released two studio albums Vision of Hell & Revival Of Species released through Rock Garden Music in UK & Unrepentant Records in USA and the band are currently in the process of writing another album, with more UK and European dates coming in 2013. OLYMPIA 1 – SATURDAY www.dogsflesh.co.uk

Drones are a socially and politically aware punk band hailing from Surrey. Formed in early 2010, the band was spawned from the need of a decent music scene in their hometown, as well as need to make music that was lyrically conscious. Fed up of bands that sing about getting girls and nice haircuts, Drones’ songs address social and political issues that are all too often overlooked in music today. The group’s influences derive from the likes of Rancid, Anti-Flag, The Clash, Rise Against, NOFX, Gallows and The Distillers. Fresh from their BBC Radio 1 Mike Davies Punk Show Maida Vale and Loaded TV performances, Drones are ready to hit the festival stages once again this Summer and following on from last year’s appearance on the New Band Stage, we’re delighted to have them back at Rebellion. ARENA – FRIDAY www.facebook.com/dronesuk

Electric River formed in late 2004 amongst the nuts & bolts town of Ashford,Kent. Friendships were quickly formed through a mutual love of music, teenage angst & rebellion. Days & nights were spent rehearsing, drinking & carving out the band’s sound & gang mentality. Soon things progressed to playing shows across the south east, where the band’s live shows were honed & crafted. 2009 saw the Electric River’s first studio album entitled ‘Radio No Go’ which received great press from Big Cheese & Rocksound Magazines & plays on BBC Introducing & John Kennedy’s XFM late night show. The band’s strong DIY ethic saw them take to Canterbury high street playing as many guerrilla gigs as possible. This lead to ‘Electric River’ being hailed as ‘one of the south east’s hardest working bands’. Years of hard work & determination have seen the band really start to make a name for itself in the industry. Electric River have become a formidable force on the live circuit & have the material to back it up. ARENA - SUNDAY www.electricriver.co.uk



The Brains continue to blur the lines between rockabilly, psycho, punk and rock n’ roll; kicking down genre barriers and demanding undying loyalty at every show they play. Incorporating elements from whatever the hell they feel like, The Brains concoct an irresistible brew of Motorheadesque ferocity and sexed up Latin swagger while adding a pinch of new-wave and a whole lot of booze-fuelled punk rock mayhem. ARENA – SUNDAY

The Pink Diamond Revue: ’’Totally unique two-piece electro twangabilly band from London with dark wave soundtrackesque guitar stylings.’’ BIZARRE BAZAAR - FRIDAY

Veteran of the New York music scene, Walter was in the legendary Heartbreakers, he played on the classic LAMF album and was also on the infamous Anarchy in The UK tour of 76 with The Pistols, Clash and The Damned. Massive cheers to Walter for taking the time to do this interview, make sure you catch him on the Thursday at the festival. Interview conducted by Vic Spanner! REBELLION: Ok, I’m sure you’ve never been asked this one before! What started you playing guitar, who were your influences when you were younger? WALTER: Actually I only started playing guitar pretty late. I did have a go at it when I was 12 or so but gave it up after 6 months because all they were teaching me was Camptown Races and Mary Had a Little Lamb type songs which were really boring. I did love rock n roll though and was constantly buying records from my early teens onward. Later on when I was in college (1966 – 1970) which was in the best part of the ‘60s, I started hanging out with people who were into the same music I was (mainly British rock like the Stones, Yardbirds, etc). At the same time my younger brother started taking guitar lessons and he would show me what he learned after each lesson when he got home. Then my friends at college would get together on weekends at someone’s house and we would try to play music or jam or whatever you call it. We’d try to play Stones or blues or any of the stuff we liked. That’s when I really started learning because some were better than others and I would pick up new stuff from them. Finally we started a band, Bloodbath (later named The Bloodbath Revue for our first gig which had a wild cast of characters on stage) and had our first gig at the college centre. It was just around the time I was graduating but the thing was hilarious – we had junkie Santa Clauses and other freaks on stage with us as we went thru our repertoire of Stones, Bowie, etc songs. We kept playing gigs around the local college circuit for a year or 2 but slowly the band started getting tired of it or they were graduating and going on to other things. I was already out working. Did that for a bit then joined a band called the Stray Cats in Brooklyn ( after answering a newspaper ad for a guitarist) for a year or so which was important because that’s how I met the guys from the Demons. My influences are obvious from the above except for the fact that once I started playing guitar seriously was when I started listening to the great guitarists which were, to me, the likes of Clapton, Beck, Page, Mick Taylor ( probably my favourite), Peter Green etc. I know the band you played in before The Heartbreakers was called The Demons, did you ever record any demos? I have searched for things on line, but had no luck. Who else was in that band? No I never recorded anything with them. I don’t even remember doing demos or recording a rehearsal. They did an album just after I left and maybe another one after that. I didn’t really like that band all that much but I played along because they were getting gigs and I was getting into the music scene and meeting more people. It obviously worked because the singer knew the Dolls and Johnny and Jerry came to our first gig. John asked me that night if I wanted to join his new band – I said yes and that was it. ( it did take a few months however) Most people will know you from your time in The Heartbreakers, what was it like playing that early CBGB and Max’s scene. Also were you aware of what was brewing in England at the time? Playing back then was a dream because we all were the centre of attention. New York had no music scene at all after the

Dolls melted down and there was nothing going on except for big heavy metal bands playing at stadiums and concert arenas. All of a sudden this new, funky, dress down scene develops in one of the worst neighbourhoods in Manhattan – the lower east side. CBGB was a total shithole with dog droppings everywhere from Hilly’s dog that used to roam the place all night long until it finally died. They actually served food in the place at the beginning but I don’t think I ever ate any – the kitchen looked really disgusting. Max’s was already cool because of the earlier Warhol scene but that had fizzled a few years earlier. So here we all were starting this new scene with different clothes and different music ( the music wasn’t really different –it just contrasted with the current popular bands like Yes, Flash, Zeppelin, ELP, ELO that were all major production numbers – at heart it was really rock n roll with a bit of a beatnik edge added to it. The HB’s were really pure rock with the drug overlay). All the bands knew one another and we’d be hanging out on any given night at CBGBs or Max’s and a few other satellite clubs to see new and different bands. A movement was born and lasted for a few years – what more could you ask for. None of us had any idea what was happening in the UK. I happened to read an article in a local paper in mid-1976 about the scene there – they even mentioned the Pistols, but I had no idea how big it was or who was in it until we got over there. The Ramones had been there a little before us I think but they didn’t like the rowdy crowds and thought that the audience hated them when they spit on stage and threw bottles. We later realized that meant they loved us. Of course the night we landed at Heathrow for the Anarchy tour was the same day of the Bill Grundy show with the Sex Pistols and when Malcolm met us at the airport his head was spinning – I couldn’t believe that all the newspapers had front page stories and pictures about the fact that a few band members cursed on national TV. The country was in an uproar over a few curse words! In any case, that just jacked up the spotlight on the whole Punk scene over there and we got swept up in it as well. The climate was better over there for the bands as they were getting real recording contracts with generous signing bonuses as opposed to New York where a few bands had signed lousy deals with predatory club owners and managers who would keep 50% of everything – Blondie and the Ramones were examples of these early deals that had to be broken later. The UK was much more fun for me and the kids were a lot more fun to see – they had a much better style than New York with its biker jackets and ripped jeans. As we are conducting this interview on the anniversary of Johnny’s death, I have to ask you at least one question about him. You spent alot of time with him, how difficult was it to separate the man from the myth? Most of the music press, in the UK at least, had him down as nothing more than a junkie loser, but surely there was more to him? There was a lot more to Johnny than the usual press bio but a lot of it got lost in later years. He did have a great Rock n Roll instinct and was unique in the sense that no one before or after ever played exactly like him. He was never technically adept but could play the little that he knew with authority and a uniqueness that very few others possess. I can’t think of another guitar player who ever sounded like him although hundred’s have tried

– he had this unique sound that Jerry Nolan used to describe as “dinosaurs screaming in the jungle”. He also wrote great songs although he used to write a lot of junk as well on drug fuelled binges in later years – he go off for a few days with piles of coke and dope and come out with 20 new songs but in that mess there were usually one or 2 good ones. In earlier days he’d come to rehearsal with new ones but just the good ones, not all the chaff that he started doing later on. In the early days when he was sober a lot of the time he was fairly easy to deal with and we could joke and hang out together after rehearsals or at the clubs. However, he would get really obsessive when he wanted to get high and would put that over anything else like showing up for gigs or rehearsal. When he was under the influence, his personality would get more abrasive and obnoxious – especially when he was on sedatives – and then he became more difficult to deal with. His personality would change and he’s become the obnoxious rock star but when he was straight he’s be almost meek and quiet – I always felt he needed the drugs to live up to his own internal image of himself as Johnny Thunders – without them he was just Johnny Genzale, a short, quiet, shy kid from Queens, NY. The HB recording sessions were often noisy messes when he would show up late and stoned and obnoxious – however we did manage to get the thing recorded so it wasn’t all bad. The saga surrounding LAMF is well documented, what do you remember from those sessions, and have you heard any of the recent reissues? On a personal note, I love the original, flaws and all That story about the mixes never fails to turn up. Funny that the Dolls seemed to have the same problem with their records – they never came close to sounding on vinyl as good as they did live. It was probably some curse following Johnny and Jerry around. In my mind and I’ve said this a hundred times, it wasn’t the mixes that caused the problem, it was when the tapes were transferred to vinyl that everything got lost. The tapes always sounded great in the studio but when they ended up on vinyl, they lost all the bright edge. When the original LP was finally put on CD in the 80s, it sounded much better. The later editions that Jungle never stops issuing also sound 10 times better than the original vinyl release. If you love the original, do you mean the vinyl original or a CD copy of it? That would be the difference. They were great songs and we were a great band – it should have sounded great. You could call that our tragic flaw like some old Greek play by Herodotus or Euripides. What are your memories of the Anarchy tour? From what I’ve read, the gigs you did manage to play, you stole the show every night. Also is it fair to say the English bands were in awe of the Heartbreakers The Anarchy tour was great in a perverse sort of way. I was relatively new to touring so it was all great fun for me no matter what happened but Johnny and Jerry were also enjoying it as well. The UK was in such an uproar over the Pistols and the whole Punk movement that we couldn’t have paid for better publicity and in reality the whole scenario was totally absurd – a bunch of rock bands being branded as the latest manifestation of Lucifer himself on earth destroying the minds of their youth. I laughed right thru it all. I don’t know that we stole the shows on all the gigs we played on that tour but we were a little older and more seasoned musicians so probably had a tighter sound but I always thought the Pistols sounded great back then as well. They definitely had a political edge that we didn’t. The Clash were all politics back then as well and were still developing as musicians. We did find out later that when we first met the Pistols on the night we got to the UK that they were sort of in awe of us. At the time we just thought they were being quiet and standoffish but later on I had heard that Steve Jones and Paul Cooke were really impressed and Johnny had been one of their idols. They were afraid to talk or didn’t know what to say. Rotten was friendly with

us when we were on our own late at night in the hotel bars but when there were other people around he became his Press kit and had to act obnoxious for the press. I was lucky enough to catch the 84 reunion tour in Manchester, what are your memories of that tour? The “Tour” really lasted only about a week – one or 2 shows in Paris and then a few in the UK before the Lyceum gig. I don’t even remember which UK cities we played as a warm up before the Lyceum show – I guess Manchester was one and maybe Nottingham? I can’t remember. That was when Christopher Giercke was managing John and he was doling out daily doses of drugs for us all to take so we could stay in good enough shape for the shows. He was some big time coke dealer but managed to keep his own vices under control as opposed to the Heartbreakers who by this time were all pretty strung out – I had even started working on Wall Street but was still a temporary employee. It wasn’t easy making the transition. I seem to remember the shows all being pretty well run affairs and we all managed to get thru them without any mishaps that I remember. The filming at the Lyceum was done well and I’ve always enjoyed that video – there were some funny bits in it. The crowds were great too but the old feeling of being a unique band was long gone – we were all doing it for the money and there was none of the camaraderie that we used to have. It was really just work except I always loved the crowds no matter what I was doing. I do remember looking for that Pub Tommy Ducks in Manchester but I think it was gone by then or we just didn’t have time to go there. They used to have all these pairs of knickers on the walls and ceiling. Ok, lets get up to date, you play this years Rebellion festival, are you familiar with it? Who is in your band these days? No, I’m not familiar with it – this is really the first I’ve heard of it I think, although other people I’ve met are familiar with it and I know the guys who are bringing me to the UK are familiar with it. I’ve heard quite a few good things about it since as everyone seems to think it’s the best or biggest festival in the UK these days. My bands these days are many and varied. My main band is in New York obviously under the name the Waldos and I’ve had the same guys in it since my old bass player, Tony Coiro died back in 1995. They are 2 Japanese guys – Takto on guitar and EZ on bass, and then Joe Rizzo on drums. Since it’s too expensive to bring a whole band with me when I travel, I usually do my Chuck Berry thing on these drive by tours I’ve been doing the last few years when I travel outside of NYC. I have different guys in the UK, Sweden Los Angeles, Florida, Japan and once even in Brazil. The guys in the UK are Darren Osborne on Drums, Jez Miller on Guitar and Birchy (don’t know his last name) on bass. They all used to play with several other bands like Brian James, Gunfire dance etc. Not sure if you know them – they’re all from Birmingham except for Jez who lives in London. They’ll be playing with me at the Festival. You seemed to stay away from Europe for a while, but I think this is your third tour in three years, how come you keep coming back all of a sudden? I didn’t really want to stay out of Europe all these years but I never came back because I never had any offers. The first one I got was in 2007 when this French guy I knew over here from my shows asked me if I’d ever want to go back to Europe for a tour. I said sure if it could be arranged so that it was limited to around 2 weeks at maximum and I would be guaranteed a certain amount of cash plus expenses. I didn’t want to go on any more freebies where you end up getting stranded somewhere with no money in your pocket. I was also working full time and could not take off more than 2 weeks at a time and that was even pushing it a bit. He spoke to a guy he knew in Belgium who had worked with Mark Ramone and then I was off to Europe for 2 weeks in April 2007 – France, Belgium and Germany – and had a great time. I also met some guy who asked me to come to Stockholm for a weekend in the following June which I did and also had a great time.

Since that Belgian guy had setup a page for me on MySpace for that tour, I started getting lots of people coming out of the woodwork asking about what I was doing and would I like to go play here and there. By 2008 or 2009 I got the first inquiries from the guys in the UK about coming there and I think my first trip there was in 2010 then again in 2011. Other people started asking and now it’s getting more and more like a revival or second life in the music business. Even my shows in New York are getting more crowded in recent years as some sort of revival seems to be happening ( even though I’m still playing the same bloody songs from 15 – 40 years ago!) The old Waldos guitarist, Joey Pinter, who lives in LA now had his wife set up a Waldos page on Facebook and she maintains it with my latest gig info and passes on any inquiries from people who want me to play gigs. I gotten several shows from there. I guess the Heartbreakers music sort of skipped a generation as all the younger kids out there now seem to know much more about it that the people in the late 80’s and 90’s did. Quite strange but it’s nice. I remember a bunch of kids – and I mean kids in their teens – coming up to me at an all-ages show in LA on my first trip there saying that me and the Heartbreakers had completely changed their lives when they started listening to us when they were 14 years old – I then asked them “when was that – last week?” They rediscovered all the old stuff 35 years later – amazing - to me anyway. I read somewhere that you used to work on Wall Street ( I work in an office too) are you still there or have you moved on? I don’t suppose the band is a permanent thing. Yes I still work for a Wall Street Firm but I’m located in midtown now near Grand Central Terminal not downtown on Wall Street anymore. After the Heartbreakers broke up in the late 70s by the time the 80s rolled around I was out of money and needed to find some way to support myself – being strung out didn’t help either. So I managed to get a temporary job with a computer firm that did work for the big banks on Wall Street that involved back office operations having to do with stock and bonds. I had very little experience but I managed to pick the business up pretty quickly and soon started to get interested in it. They hired me full time after a year or 2 and then I finally jumped to a real brokerage firm in 1986. It took another year or so before I finally got my personal life together but by 1988- 89 I was actually doing well and by the mid-90s rose up to be a vice president in charge of over 100 people. Eventually we got bought by a bank in the early 2000s and I lost that job but soon had another – I actually was at Lehman Brothers when it exploded in 2008 but now am with the current firm which split off from Lehman after the bankruptcy. I can’t complain and the money has been good all along after scrounging around for years as an ex-Heartbreaker but it was definitely a complete u turn in my life when it happened and didn’t happen overnight by any means. Now the bands, as you surmise, are mostly for fun and entertainment and also the thrill of playing in front of a live audience that really likes you. Always a good feeling. I also enjoy travelling to different places and the few extra bucks in me pocket never hurts. I am also starting to record some new stuff with different people every now and then so one of these days I actually might have some new songs.

Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers, Manchester Hacienda March 23 1984 Anyone who

knows me will tell you that Johnny Thunders is one of my all time heroes. We all know his faults and his drug problems have sold a million music papers. His death in 1991 came as no surprise to anyone, just another junkie rock star dead from an o.d. What people tend to forget is Thunders the guitarist, Thunders the innovator, Thunders the New York street brat, the man responsible for some of the greatest rock n roll ever committed to vinyl, and if you doubt that, go and buy the first New York Dolls album, or the remastered edition of LAMF, then tell me I’m wrong. I had already seen Thunders play a couple of years prior to this show, and he spent most of the time on his back wondering what day it was, but this was gonna be special. The original Heartbreakers were reforming for a short UK tour, Thunders, Nolan, Rath, and Lure and there was no way I was missing this. The Hacienda was a far cry from the legend it became, I remember a fairly big, souless place, not much to write home about at all, but there was a sense of anticipation in the air that I had not experienced in a long time, this sense was heightened by the dreadful support band, The Inca Babies if memory serves me, they were fuckin shit and seemed to go on forever. Once they were off stage the atmosphere was cranked up a few notches and after what seemed like an eternity, (a Thunders trait) the band hit the stage straight into ‘Pipeline’ which led into a wall shattering ‘Personality Crisis. I was in heaven, Johnny was upright, Walter was spot on and Billy and Jerry were bang on the rhythm, this was the real Thunders, this was the real deal full stop, the classics came thick and fast, ‘One Track Mind, ‘Born to Lose’ and of course the legend that is Chinese Rocks, a song much maligned but a classic non the less, what made this gig even better was that there was no crash barrier at the front and I was sitting on the stage within touching distance of the band, and I remember a guy next to me tried to get on the stage and the bouncers tried to stop him and Johnny intervened. It was over all too soon and it was out into the cold Manchester air to sleep in Victoria Train Station, we suffered for our scene back then!! A couple of nights later at the showpiece gig at the Lyceum, Thunders reverted to type and was dreadful, totally fucked out of his head, as you can see from the dvd. I saw Thunders many times down the years after this gig, some good, some bad, and one in particular where he was so out of it he went on stage 30 mins after he was supposed to have finished. I met him that night and wished I hadn’t, but that was Thunders, that was what you got, and what I’ve got are the memories of that wonderful night in Manchester. RIP Johnny and Jerry and thanks for the music. Walter however, is still with us and plays Rebellion for the first time on the Thursday, make sure you catch him for some genuine 70’s New York Rock n Roll!! Richie BITEBACK.

What do you call a drummer that breaks up with his girlfriend? Homeless. How can you tell when a drummer’s at the door? He doesn’t know when to come in. What do Ginger Baker and black coffee have in common? They both suck without Cream. How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb? None, they have a machine to do that now. When my sister told our parents that she wanted to learn to play the drums, the reply was something along the lines of ‘Any idiot can hit something, why don’t you learn something that requires some skill?’ They were joking (sort of) but it’s a refrain I’ve heard again and again since then. Drummers are commonly the subject of teasing and ridicule from other band mates, and the jokes about drummers are both hilarious and unfounded. But Sparrer would be nothing without the powerhouse of Steve Bruce behind the kit, and having watched friends drum in bands, I know it’s not as easy as the jokes make out. If you’ve ever sat behind a kit and tried to do different things with each hand and each leg, you’ll know how hard it is to do well. To get to the bottom of this, I assembled some of the finest (and funniest) drummers around and asked for their opinion. Thanks to Ray (Argy Bargy/Knuckledust/Deadline), Pete (Street Dogs), LeeLee (Angry Agenda), Quinn (Rivalries) and Cherry (The Uppercuts) for their insights into the world of drummers. Hannah: Morning gents, I want to write an article in the Rebellion programme about why drummers are the butt of all the jokes. And seeing as you are some of the funniest drummers I know, I wondered why you thought this was and what the best joke about drummers is you’ve ever heard? Ray: How do you tell if the stage is level? The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth. How can you tell a drummer’s at the door? The knocking speeds up. What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? “Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs? How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb? Five: One to screw the bulb in, and four to talk about how much better Neil Peart coulda done it. You see, these and the ones above are just some examples of how very wrong and childish other instrument players can be. Let me explain... If the drummer decides to leave stage half way through a gig then that particular gig is over. The others may ad-lib and sing and play for a while to entertain but eventually it will suck and the drummer will be begged back to stage like the true master he is. Hannah: Haha amazing. So drummer jokes are based in fear and jealousy? Ray: You got it! Pete: It’s all jealousy of course! The joke I can think of that I like the most is: What is the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? One will mature and make money, the other is a drummer.

Quinn: Drumming is a) the back bone of any band b) it is probably the most complex - so many different ways for you to play something to achieve the same goal, you never stop learning - c) its the most primal of instruments. Hannah: I suppose any idiot can pick up a microphone and shout into it... Ray: I can do that whilst playing drums. It’s that easy. I’d also add that as we’re not at the front giving pelvic thrusts and throwing our ‘picks at chicks’ we tend to go un-noticed hence being the butt of the jokes. Hannah: Are you saying that ‘groupies’ don’t tend to go for drummers... Or is that not the case...? Quinn: I don’t think drummers go unnoticed, you will always hear people talk about the drummer, whether they were good or shit, (back to Ray’s point earlier, if a drummer is shit, it pulls a band down. You can’t get away with it. Though you can be an average rhythm guitarist and no one bats an eyelid) but as we’re at the back we’re not the face of the band so maybe not recognised as much. Anyone can name some of the worlds “best” guitarists but few people other than drummers can name people like Neil Peart, Matt Cameron, Gavin Harrison etc ... It’s also ridiculously expensive! My kit is easily more expensive than all the technology I own and it constantly needs replacing, updating etc. As for ‘groupies’ I have never been laid as a direct result of playing drums. Sad fact. Ray: Sad to hear about the ‘groupies’ bit mate. I’ve been at it like a rabbit over the years as a direct result of being able to do 5 things at once. (If only that was true). Cherry: I’ve had ‘groupies’! Only down to the fact most of my career has been being in bands and playing with (a lot) older men! Nothing to do with my playing ability or my looks, just down to the presumption of staying power I guess Quinn: I tell a lie, a gay Finnish skinhead came on to me in Sweden. Needless to say I ran for the icy Swedish hills! Hannah: Do most drummers end up playing in a few bands because there’s so few of you? Or so few of you with your own kits? Quinn: I’d say cos there are less of us. Generally speaking not owning a kit isn’t a big problem - Steve Bruce case in point Ray: I have a lovely kit that I’ve used around 4 times in the last 5 years, mainly for recording. Drummers are very much in demand and that is because nobody is taking up the drums. Especially in punk rock. It’s very flattering to be asked to play in 100 bands per year but I’m sticking with Knuckledust and Argy Bargy and the odd bit of moonlighting for Deadline. Purely because they’re all old mates and the gig tends to get in the way of our drinking weekends. LeeLee: I agree with Raymondo. I also think that other members of bands deep down want to be drummers. It’s the best seat in the house! Hannah McFaull http://aneastendgirl.blogspot.com @hannahmcfaull

The mighty Argy Bargy return to the Empress Ballroom’s hallowed stage after one of the busiest years in the band’s history. The recent album ‘Hopes, Dreams, Lies and Schemes’, released last year on Randale Records, has been widely touted as one of the must listen-to albums of the last 12 months. The band have racked up an impressive touring schedule in this time, playing with Rancid, Cock Sparrer and Black Flag, as well as leaving their boot prints all over Europe with gigs in Sweden, Germany, Serbia and Darlington to name but a few. Singer Watford Jon gave us a quick run down on who the year they’ve had and his must-do Rebellion experiences. Never a disappointment, always a personal highlight. You can find me in the pit


How did Argy Bargy meet? Was it love at first sight? Well, me and Daryl have been mates since we were teenagers. He was still at school and I had just started working. Dalb had seen us play a couple of times but I hadn’t really spoken to him until I bumped into him in a boozer in Brixton before a Rancid gig there. We needed a bass player and he played bass. In he came. Ray had been a mate of ours for years before he joined us. We all met through the London Hardcore thing and when he played for Deadline we became good friends. When our old drummer left I asked him if he’d help out and the rest is history. What’s your favourite memory from the first time you played Rebellion? Do you remember it? The first one we played was Holidays In The Sun in Morecambe back in 1999 I think. We played in The Carleton. I remember feeling really excited at the prospect of seeing and playing with so many classic punk bands and all the new bands that were there too. I can remember myself and a few others being a bit apprehensive when it moved to Blackpool. No specific reason but change often worries people doesn’t it. Any worries were totally unfounded though because it’s great here. What was the first gig you went to? English Dogs, One Way System, Abrasive Wheels, 999 and GBH (I think it was GBH anyway) at The Lyceum, 1984. Describe Watford in 5 words. My town, I love it. Do you have any pre-gig rituals? No, not really. Just the usual abuse that tends to fly round with us lot! I try

to have a quiet 5 minutes to myself if possible but the others are too busy sorting out their gear for anything like that. There’s certainly no whooping and high fiving going on I can assure you! What’s your favourite Rebellion stage to play on and why? We play in The Empress Ballroom these days and I love it in there. The sound on stage is good and it’s obviously a bigger room so more people get to hear you. That said, one of our greatest ever gigs was in The Arena a few years back so that stage holds special memories for me. What’s your favourite song to play live? That’s a tough one because we enjoy them all. We’ve put a lot of new songs from the new album, “Hopes, Dreams, Lies & Schemes” in the set now and I love playing all of them. I think “No Regrets” would certainly be a contender though. What song do you consider to be the Argy Bargy calling card (not Argy Bargy itself!)? I think “One More Drink” or “There’s Gonna Be A Riot”. I often get people coming up to me singing those two, normally after they’ve had one more drink to be fair... Is Ray Dust the hardest working drummer in punk? Yes, yes he is. The thing is with Ray is that he’s totally dedicated to the scenes he’s a major part of, namely Oi, punk and Hardcore, and he commits himself 100% to whatever he does. People could learn a lot from his attitude to life and punk as a whole. Who are you most looking forward to seeing this year? Any tips? There are so many bands I always love seeing. Sparrer, Rejects, UK Subs, Eddie & The Hot Rods etc but I will definitely be watching The Angry Agenda, Street Dogs, Gimp Fist, The Harrington Saints, The Riffs, The Uppercuts, Crashed Out, Biteback, The Mahones, Control, Face to Face, Stomper 98, Buster Shuffle and plenty more hopefully. It’s really important to support these types of bands because without them the scene dies. Even if you haven’t heard them yet, check them out and you’ll see that there are so many great bands out there that deserve our support. What are the must-do Rebellion experiences for any first timers? Well, Max Splodge’s bingo is a must. Miss that at your peril! I think everyone should watch Kunt & The Gang at least once in their lives too. I think the best thing though is to just enjoy the festival as much as possible. I’ve made some great friends here over the years and seen some amazing bands. Support the stalls too. There are no multi national corporate stores here, just people trying to make a living. It’s the best punk festival in the world so enjoy it.

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TALKING GUITARS, AMPS & MIXING WITH DARYL SMITH The new album sounds amazing. Where did you record it? We recorded it in Exeter. Prior to choosing a studio, we all listened to a bunch of stuff to see what sort of production / sounds we like. We all came back with suggestions and then dug out the CDs and found that most of them had the same guy producting them! (Peter Miles - King Blues, Random Hand, SB6 etc). Turns out we had some mutual friends and I managed to get hold of him. He said he had a couple of weeks available due to a cancellation - only problem was it was in about a months time! So the album was written really quickly. To be honest that’s how I prefer to write. If there’s no deadline then I find it hard to get motivated. I worked really well with Peter and got exactly what I wanted from the sessions. It’s an album that we’re immensly proud of. Who’s your favourite guitarist? Micky Beaufoy (Cock Sparrer) for bluesy rock, Olga (Toy Dolls) technically the best there is on our scene, loads of good youngsters like Lee Wright (Crashed Out) Mike (Filaments). Del (Test Tubes) probably nips it though as not only is he a great guitarist, he has a SOUND that is unique to him and easily identifiable. There’s lots of good guitarists but to be identified by your SOUND ALONE is something that not many can lay claim to. Just listen to THE JINX.... What Guitar and Amp do you use? I record with Gibsons but use a PRS live as I would hate to be precious about a lump of wood. Bottom line is it’s just a tool for me to do what I love. It goes all around the world with me. Get’s dropped, has stuff thrown at it and abused. I need to be able to not stress that I’ve got an expensive guitar to worry about. My ideal guitar would be a Gibson Les Paul Junior with just one pick up, one volume knob and no tone knob but a ‘kill switch’ where the usual Les Paul pick up selecter switch is. I could get this modified / made but then it would cost too much and I wouldn’t take it anywhere - so no point really! As far as Amps go last year the guys in the Street Dogs were using BLACKSTAR amps and were really singing their praises. I then saw that Jet (UK SUBS) was using them too, so when we needed to hire some backline for our London shows with Rancid I got in touch with them. Their blurb says that the amp has the sound that you hear in your head - I thought that was ‘sales bollocks’ - but as soon as I plugged it in, it described my thoughts perfectly! Marshalls always cut but are a bit tinny, Messa’s have more bottom end but lack that British ‘Marshalll’ crispness. Blackstar has it both - exactly the sound that I’ve always wanted - and hear in my head! Amazing!

It’s fair to say that apart from the football team, Liverpool as a city did not have much going for it in late 1976. Whilst punk had gripped the rest of the country, including some parts of the northwest, it seemed to stop at Manchester, but on October 1st 1976 all that was about to change. This was the opening night of the legendary Eric’s club, and the band who opened it were The Stranglers, the week after it was The Runaways, and then the band who was creating all the fuss The Sex Pistols. (Yes they did play Liverpool, despite what Tony Wilson says). These first few weeks were crucial in the development of the new Liverpool music scene, the people who gathered there were able to follow their own dreams, and create their own ideas, people like Jayne Casey, Pete Wylie and the legend that is Pete Burns. As 1976 gave way to 77 the club put on every major band on the punk circuit, The Ramones, Banshees, The Damned and on 5th May 1977 The Clash. This was the gig that changed people overnight, anyone who was to play a major part in the Liverpool music scene over the next 10 years was there that night, and they came out swapping ideas and already forming bands in their own heads. Some of these bands never got beyond having a name, but enough people picked up the baton and formed bands that actually played gigs. The most famous of the early Liverpool bands was Big in Japan, led by the legendary Jayne Casey. Jayne was a striking looking woman even before punk happened, walking round Liverpool with a totally shaved head, sometimes dyed purple. Big in Japan have been called a super group in reverse and when you look at the line up you can understand why. Jayne Casey went on to play a major part in the Cream empire, and the success of Liverpool capital of culture, guitarists Bill Drummond founded KLF and Ian Broudie became a huge star with The Lightning Seeds, bass player Holly Johnson formed Frankie Goes To Hollywood and drummer Budgie joined the Banshees. Other bands who came out of that scene were Teardrop Explodes, Echo and The Bunnymen, and Wah Heat, led by the one and only Pete Wylie, who is in my opinion the greatest song writer Liverpool ever produced. It has to be said, Pete also shares this opinion! I first went to Eric’s in May ‘79 The Undertones was my first ever gig, and apart from being struck at how fuckin horrible the club was, and that fact you needed a life guard to swim in the toilets, I was aware very early on that the original crowd tended to look down on the younger matinee kids, an attitude of where were you in ‘76 seem to prevail, and they were making it plain that they had moved on and that punk was now dead, well not to us it wasn’t, a month later I was back there watching The Skids. Massive credit has to go to Roger Eagle for having these matinee gigs, so under 18’s had the chance to see these bands whose records we all owned, some of us who went to the club are friends to this day. Mandy from MDM and The Crows, ‘the place was a fuckin shithole’ and Hocky from BITEBACK, ‘the skins hated anyone from Birkenhead’. It was a dangerous time, but a fun time, a great time to be young. My only evening gig at Eric’s was January 1980, a 999 gig, most of the crowd ended up on the stage, great night. The club was to end a couple of months later on March 14th, Psychedelic Furs were the last band to play the club before the police closed it down on the flimsiest of evidence. ‘We found drugs under the floorboards’ The floor was made of concrete!!!

I also have to mention how important Probe records was to this emerging scene, owned by Geoff Davies. It was situated just round the corner from Eric’s and was a mecca for rare punk singles, superb Jamaican pre-releases and for just hanging out on a Saturday before the Eric’s matinees. Probe seemed to employ all the Eric’s elite, such as Wylie, Garry Dwyer of The Teardrops and Pete Burns, whose ability to insult you as you were parting with your cash is the stuff of legend. Geoff is still involved with music to this day, he is manager of Half Man Half Biscuit. It’s fair to say, without Roger Eagle and Geoff, Liverpool music would be all the poorer. After Eric’s closed, a club called Brady’s opened in the same basement, same disgusting shithole, but different clientele, a lot of the Eric’s regulars refused to go, and a younger crowd filled the gap. By this time the second wave of punk had kicked in and Brady’s played host to all the major acts of the day, Dead Kennedys, Rejects, Damned, Discharge, and it was also location for one of the few UK gigs played by the Professionals. I remember seeing Splodge there when they were a top ten act and they played to maybe 40 people if that. It was about this time 80/81 that younger punk bands began to form and crate their own scene, bands like ATA, featuring a very young and nervous Mandy Shaw, Instant Agony, Fingerprint File, The Slums, and bands from nearby like Mayhem and Blitzkrieg. Brady’s was not to last, but the people who went there were not the clothes horses of the first wave of punk, they really had found a way of life and wanted it to continue. And continue we did, the Warehouse was the next big venue in Liverpool, again it was just a run down dirty club, but it was the home of some of the best gigs Liverpool has ever seen. The Dead Kennedy’s played here with MDC and the barrier collapsed, Jello just carried on, I remember seeing Killing Joke and it was so packed I managed to get through the door and that was it, I couldn’t move any further. The ‘So What’ tour featuring a very young Defects as well as ANWL and Chelsea and Chron Gen, this was filmed by Stewart Copeland of The Police, I don’t think he quite understood scouse humour!! Crass, who were blown off stage by The System, The Exploited on the Dead Cities tour, whose support band contained a certain living legend!! (private joke), as well as local bands like Das Reiner, and Joyful Assault, who had a guitarist called Dibble who would go on to form The Iconoclasts, an all female band who were fronted by Mandy from ATA. Liverpool was now awash with bands, Clockwork Destruction, the only Oi band the city ever produced, and who appeared on the Son of Oi compilation album. Social Confusion, Society’s Problems, you could go into town on any given day and see people you knew, buy fanzines that your mates had produced, buy tickets for gigs your mates were putting on, the creativity was endless. The warehouse ended in spectacular fashion when it burnt down, and for a lot of people that was it. Also the second and third wave of punk had gone, it was hard to get worked up over 3rd rate Discharge clones. The alternative club scene continued in Liverpool, most notably at Planet X which had a string of homes until it found a permanent base in Temple Street. This club was opened by an unsung heroine of Liverpool subculture, Doreen Allen. Doreen goes all the way back to Eric’s where she worked on the door. She also worked at The Warehouse and for a few years with planet X kept the Liverpool scene alive by allowing punk promoters into the club. Mandy MDM was one and also a guy called Pek, who single handedly brought the new hardcore scene to Liverpool, bands like Napalm Death and Bolt Thrower, and Intense Degree all played their first gigs in Liverpool thanks to Pek. He sadly died a couple of years ago and no article on Liverpool Punk would be complete without him. I miss yer mate. And so to the present. Despite Capital of Culture 2008, which did fuck all for Liverpool except reinforce it as a Beatles only city, and allow a load of rich bastards to buy as much cheap property as possible, you can still find an alternative culture.This is now based around a club/cafe scene at Mello Mello (it may have closed by the time you read this). The main promoter is Pete Bentham, who also fronts The Dinner Ladies. Pete puts on some strange and wonderful acts, as well as straight up punk nights. Also Anti Pop records have released music by a variety of bands, such as Dead Class, Vermin Suicides and my own band BITEBACK. I know that Liverpool has a certain reputation with some people, but writing this article makes me realise what a vibrant, creative city that I come from. We have taken some knocks down the years, but that creativity will continue. Richie BITEBACK Postscript, this of course is my take on the history of Liverpool punk, I do not claim it to be the difinitive article. I would also urge people to check out the following books: Sit Down, Listen to This. The Story of Roger Eagle, and Eric’s, All the Best Clubs are Downstairs.


Every year at Rebellion I tell myself the same thing. This will be the year that I will eat something grown on a tree, and not cooked in a fryer. This will be the year when I remember not to drink cider for breakfast. This will be the year when I will go to bed before 3am on at least one of the nights. Invariably, none of this ever happens. I get swept up in the Rebellioness of it all, and a bottle of Buckie at 11am generally always seems like a good plan. But not everyone is like me. Whilst some people deteriorate over the course of the weekend, others seem as pristine on the Sunday as they did on the Thursday. So if this is your first Rebellion, here’s a quick round up of your options for surviving the punk rock roller coaster.

THE NON STOPPER / CLOCKWORK LUKE MODEL Tie those boot laces tight because they are not coming off all weekend, even on the few occasions you make it to your bed. This style of Rebellion goer survives on adrenaline and continuous drinking. Someone will buy you a bag of chips at some point, but aside from that food isn’t really a concern. Can be heard saying ‘Shit, I wanted to see that band but I was stood here chatting with (insert new best friend name here, met at 5am the night before outside the Ormiston) and I lost my phone/watch/programme. Do you fancy a swift one?’

THE CAREFUL PLANNER MODEL With 6 stages showing 254 bands, the careful planner knows that to make the best of their Rebellion experience they need to cross reference and ensure they don’t miss anything. You know before you get to Blackpool what your weekend will look like and you’ve got a highlighted spreadsheet in your pocket with all the info, plus a copy for your mate. This group makes the most of all the side stages and acoustic solo sets from headlining singers, hidden away from the crowds. Can be heard saying ‘If we leave the Empress halfway through the set we can get to the Olympia in time for the last songs but that only gives us 20 minutes for food’

The slow and steady/ tortoise model The main difference between this option and option one is the pace. Whilst the non-stoppers don’t consider how they’ll feel in the morning, Rebellion goers favouring a more even keel tend to get more sleep, drink tea every once in a while rather than beer and make it down to breakfast more than once. You see the bands you want but don’t stress if an afternoon nap is the more appealing option. Tend to be the group looking the most human on Monday morning. Can be heard saying ‘We’re going to Nandos, then having a shower, so we’ll see you back here in an hour?’

The blow your wad too early model Whether we’re talking money, energy or stomach lining, the fourth option is comprised of those who go big on their first day and spend the rest of the weekend recovering. Some even break bones on the first day and spend the rest of the weekend in a wheelchair (mentioning no names but looking at a certain member of Geoffrey Oi!Cott). It is easily done. After all, Rebellion is the world’s biggest punk playground and who wouldn’t want to take home as much merch and vinyl as you can carry? Just remember you need to pay for your hotel when you check out. Can be heard saying (usually on the phone) ‘Can you just stick 50 quid in my account and I promise I’ll give it back to you when I get paid? Pleeeeeaaassseee?’

I like to think that I’m somewhere between the planner and the tortoise, but the truth is that my Rebellion is probably Option Five

The see what happens and take it as it goes model. Because whilst I do try and have a rough outline of the bands I want to make sure I don’t miss, the state I’m in when I get there is often determined by the weird and wonderful people around me. Rebellion is the best chance to catch up with friends and loved ones that I haven’t seen since this time last year, so the socialising sometimes gets in the way of my good intentions. My plan for this year is to try and make it to breakfast more than once. And if the breakfast just happens to come with a cider chaser, then that’s just the way it’s going to be. And that’s ok too. @Hannah McFaull http://aneastendgirl.blogspot.com

Striding into the spotlight with cult movie Breaking Glass, award-winning singer-songwriter, Hazel O’Connor immediately became an iconic figure. With the release of her autobiography Breaking Glass Barefoot Hazel captures all the ups and downs of a life of adventure and trauma, sadness and celebrity; which speak to anyone who has ever followed their heart. Here at Rebellion live and onstage, her unforgettable songs from the film including Eighth Day, Will You , Big Brother, and If Only will seem even more relevant in our present times. Delivered with passion, Hazel will take a soulful introspective dip into her stunning portfolio and bring you the old, the new and everything in between. BIZARRE BAZAAR – FRIDAY www.hazeloconnorofficial.com

On Trial

UK are a 4 piece Punk band from Reading which is located in the Kingdom of Wessex. They have been around for about 4 years in this conception and have 2 albums out “Crack in the Box” on Strange Records and “Neuro Law” on Turani Records available from: www.turani.co.uk and on itunes. They play catchy riffs with strong melodies. Their lyrics are beautifully twisted and cover the subjects most bands don’t dare. On stage they live out the constant battle between good and evil that is in all of us... Its music for freethinkers so open your mind leave your inhibitions at the door and enjoy the show ......Everyone is different! ARENA - THURSDAY

Formed in the dirty back alleys and dive bars of Toronto, Ontario in 2005, THE CREEPSHOW has redefined the saying “No Rest For The Wicked”. Since their inception, the band has brought their genre-defying blend of country-tinged, psycho punk rock n’ roll to over 25 countries worldwide with plans to conquer many more as soon as possible. THE CREEPSHOW is an explosion of live energy that is a tasty treat for the ears and eyes alike… Whatever you do though, don’t write THE CREEPSHOW off as just another psychobilly band. While their lyrics draw inspiration from b-movies and early horror films, they’re also full of personal insight and personal stories dealing with everything from addiction to mental health to tales of love gone horribly wrong. THE CREEPSHOW’s passion for touring is borderline obsessive-compulsive. They have an incredibly personal dedication to their fans and their live show that is nothing short of astounding.

Part of

the 1980s Wiltshire punk scene and are closely associated with the likes of Culture Shock, The Subhumans & Citizen Fish. Active from 1980-85. Took time off to raise families & in 2007 re-assembled. BIZARRE BAZAAR - SATURDAY

Return to Rebellion this year for an almost acoustic set. The band play songs from the SEX DRUGS & HIV album which is a recording project that spanned 15 years and involves over 200 name musicians prodominantly from the punk scene. www.sexdrugsandhiv.com ALMOST ACOUSTIC - SATURDAY

THE CREEPSHOW’s debut album “Sell Your Soul” came out in 2006 and immediately caught the attention of fans and press worldwide. With the onslaught of media attention and demand from fans, the band dropped everything and embarked on an nonstop tour across the USA, Canada and Europe. At they very beginning of their European tour, they were hijacked by fake cops in Spain and robbed of nearly everything they had. While most sane bands would have hung their heads and called it a day, THE CREEPSHOW sucked it up and finished the remaining 5 weeks of the tour without batting a lash. That’s just how they roll. ARENA - SUNDAY

Well that’s it for another year folks! We hope you liked the programme. It’s the 4th one in this format. We’d like to keep it going and we’d like to keep it FREE. So if you want to contribute interviews or articles or would like to advertise in next years programme, please get in touch - web@rebellionfestivals.com - See you in 2014



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