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issue 008 August 2012

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Merry Autumn It won’t be long until Christmas... then we’ll have been doing this thing a year. Go us. One Year Old..!! Still, I’m sure we still have a few days of summer left. As I write this, I can see a glimmer of sunshine between the rainclouds! Anyway, if you are stuck waiting for the rain to stop, read this instead. It’s dead worth it, Jord


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London is full of bands. It’s full of gigs. I’ve talked about this subject a lot on my show and it never fails to amaze me just how competitive local music scenes can be, London in particular. Turning up for soundcheck seems to be all about sniffing out the opposition. You will get scrutinised on your entry to the stale beer smelling bar, firstly to see whether you are the elusive sound ’man’ who was meant to be there an hour ago (according to the load-in time sheet) and then secondly the silent assessment as to which of the bands you could possibly be in, and therefore where you appear on the hierarchy of the night’s proceedings. (though as we all know – in London a lot of the time, the ‘headline’ slot is the exactly the opposite and should be renamed ‘the graveyard shift’. Yes, promoters, we have you sussed!) If you are lucky, a grunt from these other musicians will answer your bright and breezy ‘hi’, though you may recognise yourself as one of the grunters and not the optimistic fool like me. If you are really lucky, the other band won’t be from the UK (and yes I speak from experience) and will just be non competitive, friendly and understand that we are ‘all in this together’. I once attended an all dayer consisting of bands from the UK, South Africa and USA. At load in, the bands from the UK brought in their gear, grouped it in neat piles on the edge of the room and proceeded to scowl at each other suspiciously. The bands from the US and SA made friends quickly, helped each other load in, and within minutes, the drummers from each band were setting up a mutual kit, tuning it and generally ‘getting on with it’ and each

other. It really struck home with me how different we are. I have no idea why, and nothing ever seems to change. But I’ll tell you, it makes a MASSIVE difference when you do find a band with a similar mind set. Bands who turn up without an attitude, without a sense of competition and gasp: bands who even watch each other play.

Yes. It does actually happen. Sometimes. I remember one 50ft Woman gig at Nambucca. It was a quiet night anyway, being a school night. We had played our set and it was time to chat to the people who had come to see us, so we set up camp in the outside bar area. We could hear one of the other bands start to play their set in the gig area, but 2 songs in, the sound stopped. Their drummer put his head round the door. ‘Er … can I ask a favour please? We aren’t from London so we don’t have any friends here.

Would someone PLEASE come in and watch us as at the moment it’s literally just us and the sound man’. Needless to say we immediately decamped back into the gig bit to show our support. Thankfully they were great. But it really struck a chord with me. If their drummer hadn’t come out to beg us to go in, the poor band would have literally played to an empty room. How utterly tragic. I’ve made a point since then of hanging around to watch the other bands that play. It’s a shame that not everyone reciprocates. Worst of all is when other bands decide it’s OK to leave during your set. I understand that people have to get home if it’s a weekday or whatever, but when you are on stage and seeing people march through your fans/ friends/family with a full kit, bass amp and gear, it’s downright annoying. And rude. Particularly if I was polite enough to stay downstairs to watch YOUR band when I could have been sitting upstairs in the sunshine on the outside terrace talking to people who had come to see us. No, instead I persuaded them to come down into a dingy basement, not talk and watch a band THEY had never heard of and hadn’t thought they were coming to see. This, in turn can also be one of those occasions where you find a gem of a band, though. I was once sent to The Barfly in Camden review a new band. Normally I would have just turned up to see said band, then left. But I stuck around to see the next band on, a feisty 3 piece I had never heard of. They were A-MAZING. Truly astonishing. (Engerica – R.I.P) And not only was a lesson learned, but the review extended to include all of the bands I saw that night.

So from a punter to a musician, it doesn’t matter. The rules are simple. Other bands are not competition. People like lots of bands. This means, therefore that your fans may like some of the other bands, so encourage them to come early or stay later. Think of the WHOLE gig as an evening of entertainment. Therefore try and see some of the other bands yourself. Make friends. You never know how it may help you (I am thinking of the 2011 Alt Escape gig at the Latest Bar, where Gav from The Dash had a broken guitar mid-set and was promptly lent one by Missdavinalee who had played just before).

A to Z of MMM B Bands – they are almost what makes the world go round. They are everywhere; some brilliant, some bad. I certainly get all excited when I find a new one to play on my show. Being in a band is like being a marriage with 3/4/5 (in some cases 7 – see The Tuesday Club) other people. It’s a delicate process that takes a myriad of skills to keep it working. Beer – I’ve had to give up wine (she says, whining – boom boom). After years of rose and loving the feeling of pretending I’m in the South of France and on holiday, I’ve finally come to the realisation that wine doesn’t really like me. So, my solace is beer. Nice strong tasty beer, no “halves for the lady” either, thank you very much, though I do prefer a ‘top’ in that please. Beads – Don’t get me near a bead shop. I’m guaranteed to disappear for hours. (this, of course, could be a good thing). And yet I will emerge with one small bag, full to the brim though it may be. Never fear every single bead will be used. Probably. Possibly. Maybe. Burlesque – It’s now a mainstream word, though has taken a few years to become ‘the norm’. Burlesque is fabulous. Feathers and glitter and glitz and all the tie in with the retro 50s glamour of pin-up. Of course, true burlesque is not just ladies taking their clothes off (I don’t know of any burlesque boys though please do enlighten me if such a thing exists), but is an act or deed that originally derives from the Italian word burlesco, which itself derives from the Italian burla – a joke, ridicule or mockery. Note: the film Burlesque is NOT your first point of call. It has no relevance to the word! Bass – Totally addicted. Enough said. J

Remember, it’s meant to be a music scene, not battle of the bands.

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The Minx - Vocals Glabrous Fabulous - Thud Bass Wasabi Penis - Heavy Lead J-Rod - Spangle lead Dog Pasanda - Twa

We first featured The Tuesday Club in our January issue of Sound of The Suburbs by way of a mysterious grainy ‘headless’ cover shot of lead singer Andreas Vanderbraindrain and a short feature on the basic set up of a new band on the scene. Since January, things have really progressed for the Herts based/London eight piece; plays on Q radio and Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 ‘mixtape’ show, not to mention numerous internet and local radio station spins, have created quite a groundswell of interest.

“Now this is a cheeky little track isn’t it?” Q Radio’s @carolinethedjview Now, just over a year after forming, as “a bit of a laugh” - and a “side project from the seriousness of all our other bands!” The Tuesday Club are set to release their debut ‘3p’... that’s 3p not ep …, harking back to the days when records (yes, records), particularly DIY ones, were branded with ‘pay no more than’ stickers (99p for example) by way of a gesture to the dinosaur labels. Nice idea, though in actual fact the debut release: Dolly Dynamite/Money Means Nothing/They May Look Cute (But These Dogs Bite) will be a free download. But the idea of ‘3p’ demonstrates the curious and refreshing nature of the band. “The odder the better” is how lead singer AVDBD describes his idea of how The Tuesday Club should sound. All of the material (no less than 20 songs!) was recorded live in 2011 at Hackney Road studios - and produced by the legendary Steve Honest. It’s clear to

me, from the signature ‘strange overhangs’ of noise and ‘random vocal blabberings’ that the band concur with their singer, certainly on the ‘weird factor’.

“If Roxy Music were doing the Rocky Horror show, they’d sound like this” Mention of the debut single brings me onto the venue, the legendary Half Moon in Putney. Whenever you mention the place it always results in hugely reverential reviews. So to not only be booked for the launch, but also a 4 month Monday night residency, really shows the regard that the ‘TC’s’ are held in at the moment. The launch gig on 17th September opens a frenetic few days as the band also play Camden’s Dublin Castle (19th), Rattlesnakes (21st) and newly announced Salford Music Festival (22nd). If you haven’t managed to catch the band live yet, please do try and make one of these promo dates, as however good they sound on record, they are very much an old school live act. Visually they are a freaked out fusion of 50’s rock’n’roll, tweed, Dad’s Army and Spiv/Nightclub doorman; one minute Sci-fi, the next, pantomime screen gods from the 1920’s. So, as you’ll hopefully be getting from this piece, The Tuesday Club really are an alternative band

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and definitely don’t take themselves too seriously.

“ Most of the band, with the exception of ‘kids’ J-Rod and Penis’ hail from a time when image was as important to people as the music, we want to encourage people to bring that back, be individual, not high street clothes dummies!” Musically, there are the hundreds of influences you’d expect from such an eclectic age and style range; rock ’n’ roll, jazz, heavy rock, punk and even disco. It’d be almost impossible to pin them down to a handful of influences, but any band who sing songs with titles like: “She splayed my teeth on the cold hard floor” and with songs with words like these (below) they ain’t yer average ‘rock school’ wannabes... or are they?!?

“lookin’ at it through a different filter, worshipin’ a cult that’s way off kilter, riding pommel horses in the next 4.40, I’m Jack Bauer played by Charles Hawtry”

THE DOLLY DYNAMITE PROMO DATES 2012 Monday 17th September - Half Moon, Putney (DD 3p launch night) Wednesday 19th September - Dublin Castle, Camden Friday 21st September - RATTLESNAKES Saturday 22nd September - Salford Music Festival Monday 15th October - Half Moon, Putney (Residency) Saturday 3rd November - Workshop at Roadtrip Monday 12th November - Half Moon, Putney (Residency) Monday 10th December - Half Moon, Putney (Residency)

FOR MORE TUESDAY CLUB INFO: @thetuesdayclub1 @Vnderbraindrain

In summary, The Tuesday Club aren’t ones to stand there all ‘sucked in cheeked’, waiting desperately for the next bandwagon to jump on ... there’s enough of them to start their own!

by Archie Deacon

10 Questions for The Minx, The Tuesday Club 1. If you could look like anyone else, who would it be? Darling, everyone wants to look like ME. It’s very tiresome. 2. Favourite flavour of Pot Noodle? Pot Noodle? What is this? Some sort of dog? A cross between a Poodle and a spotty dog? 3. Stoned, drunk or sober? I live life through a beautiful haze of the purest vodka. I bathe in it. Occasionally I dilute it by drinking some soda with lime. 4. You have hit random on your i-pod – what’s the first song that comes up? Tuesday Club – Dolly Dynamite. I have no need for technology so I just play this on repeat. It is the only song I have on my ipod. I have never bothered to learn how to add more songs. I need a boy for this job. 5. Shoes, sandals or boots? All of them. All high, all patent and all black. 6. What would you have been called if you were born a boy? Vladimir Expellikov. 7. Everybody wants some … what? Of my love. 8. Which monopoly playing piece are you and why? Miss Scarlet in the kitchen with the lead pipe? 9. Favourite word and why? Elixir, I have been told it sounds like syrup when I say it. Also Opulent – I insist my immediate surroundings fit this word. I hate the word Umbrella. No one can say this in my presence, let alone own one. 10. What would you like to have Total Control of? The Tuesday Club. Mwhahaha

The importance

of PR

“So, you’re in a band... and you’ve got some songs... and some gigs under your belt...and some releases... and some pics... and a video... and....

Now what?

Fing is, these days, my saaaannnn... you’ve got to get yourself some PR. (Before I get going, this isn’t going to be a sales pitch on behalf of a load of PR companies. I’m not getting paid for this. These are the honest feelings of a somewhat overworked radio person).

The internet has been a blessing and a curse for new music. While it has allowed anyone and everyone to get their music out there to the world... it has been a victim of its own success, for the reasons just listed. A decent PR campaign is one way round this. It allows your music to get to the right people and allows the right people to get to your music. ‘Right’ in this context is ‘anyone who is interested’. The grass roots podcaster is just as important for your Google ratings as Mr Lamacq is.

Now, a lot of bands who undertake their PR campaigns seem to do it with scant regard for the company they’re commissioning to represent them (remember, YOU are THEIR client). Here at Recharged Radio, we get bombarded with emails from PR companies. Most of the time we appear in a BCC list. Call me old fashioned (and somewhat arrogant) but we have names. We don’t hide them. Look - JORDAN THOMAS. There’s one. JAMIE TAYLER. There’s another. MINKI. Hell, that makes three!! Anyway, my point is we ignore the BCC lists. You don’t care who you’re sending your stuff to, why should we care about you? Also - as an aside - to the idiot who keeps on sending me American Head Charge releases, despite me telling him politely not to - please bloody stop. We’re a radio station for INDEPENDENT bands. Last I checked, AHC were pretty major. Anyway... So, what you need is a PR agency who can do a decent job for you (and not just carpet bombard already full inboxes with crap) and is good value for money. It therefore falls on you, dear band, to brief them properly. You’ll find you get better value for money if you lay out what you want to achieve by the end of the campaign (most campaigns run for about 3 months). Be targeted. Work out what you want to achieve by the end of the campaign.

Finally, if your PR company gets you some interviews - regardless of size and status - honour them and turn up. When I started up RR, it used to be just me on my own. If I was due to have a band on the show, I used to make them part of the show and used to build the show around them. When, occasionally. the band didn’t bother to show not only was it bloody rude and annoying but hey.. a waste of everyone’s time and money. Don’t go out of your way to be obtuse. People remember. So, there we have it. PR - it’s an important tool if used well and objectively. If you don’t - ever considered building inflatable dartboards? Molloy Hitchcock

Simon Says blog and twitter legend @simonj68’s column in Sound of The Suburbs “With VIP areas and golden tickets and wristbands at extra cost, the normal humble festival goer is lucky to be in the same post-code as the band they are watching on the main stage it seems.” Due to work commitments, and various other equally dull reasons this has been the first year for a very long time (decades) that I have not spent at least one weekend in a tent somewhere at a festival (This is something I hope to rectify next year and I’m already planning to book into a hotel for the full weekend of The Great Escape 2013 in Brighton – too much good music to miss there!)

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So, like many people, my festival viewing this summer has been sofa based, watching what BBC3 and the various Sky channels have been pumping out from the sodden farms that have been the backdrop to this summer’s festival season. One thing that jumped out at me from all the festival coverage I saw – how far away from the stage is the crowd these days? I know the “Elf and Safety” brigade are probably blamed for a lot of this, but at some of the footage, the closest people could get to the main stage looked like about 100 yards. With VIP areas and golden tickets and wristbands at extra cost, it seems that the normal humble festival goer is lucky to be in the same postcode as the band they are watching!. I started going to festivals and outdoor gigs in the early 80’s. A lot of them were free then and the people at the front were those who got there early. A lead singer jumping off the stage would land in the crowd, not have to manage an obstacle course of Olympic standards before getting to the crowd. To me there is one way that festival organisers get away with this – and that is the now ubiquitous video screens. Most of the people at some of the bigger events of the year would not have actually physically seen the bands they went to see, but watched the entire gig on video screens from a safe spot near the bar and toilets. There is nothing wrong with going out for a day out with your mates and doing this; at least you are enjoying music and that is a bond with your friends, but to me it seems to be becoming the norm rather than the exception. Even some of the medium sized indoor venues seem to have an ever growing “pit lane” between the stage and the crowd now, full of bouncers and D-list celebs watching from the side, without

having to mix with the normal people. Maybe it is rose tinted glasses but I distinctly remember being on stage at no end of gigs when I was younger, often welcomed, sometimes not!! There are a couple of live albums that are hugely improved by the addition of me on backing vocals (I won’t tell you which as I don’t want you all out panic buying them on Ebay at the weekend!)

The other part of being close to the stage, and in the middle, is the “mosh pit” which, like watching a running river or a fire is something I am unable to tear my eyes away from at some gigs. I recently went to a Bloc Party gig at a smallish venue in Manchester, and the mosh pit was basically the entire downstairs. From the opening notes to the end of the encore, the mass of writhing bodies was hypnotic. To the untrained eye it looks violent, but if your ankles and lungs are up to it, it can provide memories that last forever. In the true spirit of like mindedness and enjoyment everyone looks out for everyone else, anyone falling is caught before they hit the floor and helped to their feet. Even at some of the biggest outdoor punk gigs where the mosh pits were made up of thousands of people, everyone has a smile on their face and the music they love so loud in their ears. This enjoyment seems to be slowly being removed from many gigs and venues, and like the all-seated football stadiums many venues now seem to be excuses to hoover money from your pockets rather than let you enjoy yourselves. The sheer number of pubs and smaller venues closing down now is quite worrying for new and upcoming bands, aside from small pockets in London and other towns. Like people bemoaning the closure of the local butchers – if you don’t use them, they close. People can’t run things for free in the real world, and a core local support is needed for any venue to survive in these times.

But with the masses spending £200 on a day out to “see” Madonna on a big screen in Hyde Park, how is the small venue with a few local bands to survive? Only if people go, is the simple answer. I am sure I have said before that the first time I saw Radiohead was as a support band in a small club in West London – you will never get that at a massive gig in Hyde Park, trust me. Enjoy your days out. Go gigging as much as the wallet or purse will allow you to, but make it a mission to go to see a few bands you have never heard of every now and then and some bands on their way up at the smaller venues.

It’s far more enjoyable than watching a video screen from behind a tree, and it is much easier to get a beer!!

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Love. 5) Life Machine - Life And Times - from blog - Rupert Preaching At A Picnic 6) The Spectors - Strange effect on me - featuring Glenn Matlock post of The Pistols -

THE RADIO SHOW TUESDAY’s 10pm with Andy Scratch and John ‘Vintage’ Viney Dear Suburbanites, welcome to our now familiar (for those who read last months issue) extended and more in depth Sound of the Suburbs column. We decided that it may be good to expand a little on the show ethos and more importantly the great bands and people out there keeping the dream alive and helping to expand the DIY ethic’s legacy for great and interesting music. We know this is backwards compatable, but it means if you missed the show, you NEED the podcast to match up with the text... we’re not as dumb as I look :-)... ahem anyway, happy hunting...

Sound of the Suburbs PART 10 - JULY PART 2 1) vas deferens organizationeye peels & brain picks-side A - Defenestration At The Gravity Pit - a track which I found courtesy of varupert-preaching-at-picniclp-uk1981.html as with many of the tracks from this months show that feature on the 1981 album ‘Rupert Preaching at Picinic’. Here is a great bit of info on this compilation: http://www.319-online. net/319/portion-control/pressclips/81_05_rupert.html 2) Ray ON - Depending on you - North London based Ray ON used to come and watch my previous band to The Scratch (Mamajamas) at the Barfly in Camden in the late 1990’s, as a result of this and through Grim’s (guitarist in The Scratch) friendship with their lead singer Frank, we got to know them and exchanged demos (as you do!) 3) Canvas Wall - Strange Dream (cover by Blazeraids) who’s exclusive podcast featured in last months magazine. http://www.rechargedradio. com/Podcast/Hackney/RR_CellophaneFlowers_Jun12.mp3 4) Misdivina Lee - Comforter a track from their debut album - It’s a

7) Marine Girls - Hate The Girl - from blog - Rupert Preaching At A Picnic - Not the only band we have played on SOTS to feature local girl done good Tracy Thorn (Everything but the girl) Marine Girls were a post-punk group from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, formed in 1980, by two sixth form school friends: Tracey Thorn and Gina Hartman. 8) The Astronauts - Getting things done This Welwyn Garden City band also featured in our JULY SOTS show and Mag, where you can check out more information on them. 9) Portion Control - Preach - from blog - Rupert Preaching At A Picnic DEMO : 10) KIng and Queen of Masturbation - Pony Virus - This months demo is a little ‘gem’ from Pony Virus who were the working name of The Scratch in the first year of the band. Recorded at Grim’s flat back in Islington 2002. It is hoped that this and other demos of the era will one day feature on a special album release. 11) The next two tracks are on vinyl from The Pillows & Prayers album Cherry Red Records 1981-1984. First up is The Nightingales - Don’t blink Birmingham’s original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’, recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews - from Rolling Stone to webzines. The Nightingales were formed by former members of The Prefects following that band’s demise in 1979. 12) The second is a curious spoken word track by Quentin Crisp - Stop the music for a minute. an English writer and raconteur. He became a gay icon in the 1970s after publication of his memoir, The Naked Civil Servant. 13) Elusive Diplomats - Twist And Run - from blog Rupert Preaching At A Picnic. Unfortunately I can’t find any other info on the Elusive Diplomats, so if anyone has any please drop me a tweet. 14) The Innocent Vicars - She’s here. A personal fave band of SOTS, since we discovered them on the Satelite project website late last year. Led by Richard Norris who we featured heavily in a SOTS show back in MAY. 15) Shriekback - Lined up - Shriekback were an English rock band formed in 1981 in Kentish Town by Barry Andrews, formerly of XTC and League of Gentlemen (keyboards/synthesizers/vocals), and Dave Allen, formerly of the Gang of Four (bass). 16) Tuesday Club - Dolly Dynamite - lead track from the debut ‘3p’ by The Tuesday club, is due for release on Mon 17th September.

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11) Amatory Mass - Girl On The Corner - Another track from the 1981 album ‘Rupert Preaching at Picinic’. Other than that, it’s pretty hard to find out much more, so I’d just thank the lord we stumbled upon it and got it back out there eh?

1) PEKINŠKA PATKA - “Bela šljiva” (trans. White plum) was released in 1979 by this Serbian punk band, it appeared on the double A-side single with the song “Biti ružan, pametan i mlad”. It was the first punk rock single released in Serbia and appeared on the bands debut album Plitka poezija.

12) Koln - Dope Prohibition - it’s ditto for this beauty, Rupert, what an underrated guy eh!

2) Sex w/ Strangers - Exit_International - A band we saw at the excellent Leopallooza festival in Cornwall last year, these guys have moved on from strength to strength since, two basses, no guitars and a support with Ginger Wildheart lined up, so all’s good for these Welsh wizards! 3) The Urinals - Sex - Another track from the excellent new album Fame: Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978-81). The Urinals began in 1978 in Southern California, influencing such noteables as the Minutemen along the way. They split in 1983, but have since reformed briefly as Chairs of Perception (presumably a parody of Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception) before again becoming the Urinals in 2008. 4) Time and Space Machine - Black Rainbow - Richard Norris is a massive hero of VV and myself, we’re still hoping to lure him onto a show sometime, but for now, bask in the glory of another track from his latets brilliant album, Taste the Lazar. 5) Big in Japan - Suicide a go-go - If you have already heard August Part 1 (of course you have!)... you’ll know just how many of Liverpool’s illuminati were involved with Big in Japan in the 80’s. There’s a ton more info here: 6) Vas deferens organization - Placental Fountainheads - If I said these guys were bollocks... It wouldn’t mean I didn’t like ‘um... mad as f**k alternativia from the US of A... there’s loads more shiz here:

13) The Saints - Demolition girl 1234 - A head of their time with regard to the punk scene The Saints - an Australian rock band, formed in Brisbane in 1974. In 1975, contemporaneous with United States’ Ramones, The Saints were employing the fast tempos, raucous vocals and “buzz saw” guitar that characterised early punk rock. With their debut single, “(I’m) Stranded”, in September 1976, they became the first punk band outside the US to release a record, ahead of betterknown acts including the Sex Pistols and The Clash. 14) The Astronuauts - Still living out the car crash - One of Vintage Viney’s personal fave bands, he’s bumped into Mark Astronaut as recently as last year at Farm Factory Rehearsal studios in Welwyn Garden City (where we and most of Hertfordshire rehearse)... There’s loads more info on Mark and the boys here so fill thyne boots: 15) The Tuesday Club - They may look cute (but these dogs bite) The third track from the bands debut ‘3p’ it sees them in much mellower mood musically than their usual rock’n’rollisms skewed typically belied by the Costa del crime, lager lout baiting lyrics. So there you go, we hope you found it interesting? Thanks lots to everyone who has taken the time to ‘socially network’ us on facebook. com/soundofthesuburbs or via my twitter @andyscratch. It’s great to get your feedback and support and most importantly any old demo’s you have lurking. Cassette, mp3, CD or vinyl are all welcome, so don’t be shy; if you were (or knew someone) in a band who made a demo, let’s hear it. If we like it, it would be great to give it an airing. You never know, with all the ‘great’ bands reforming with their classic line ups these days, it could be your last chance to cash in!

7) Original Mirrors - Feel Like a train: Original Mirrors are mainly remembered for one reason: future Lightning Seeds leader Ian Broudie was in the band. Original Mirrors formed in Liverpool, England, in 1980 after the collapse of vocalist Steve Allen’s art rock group Deaf School in 1978.. but read the full story here: 8) This Heat - a new kind of water. Yet another track from the excellent new album Fame: Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978-81) As with other This Heat recordings, much of their album Deciet was recorded at Cold Storage, a disused refrigerated storeroom at a former meat pie factory in Acre Lane, Brixton, England. DEMO : 9) Brown Tape Lederhosen - Pony Virus - another slice of madness from the prebuscent Scratch, this particular track comes it at a gargantuan and very unpunk rock 9.44, so we had to fade for the purposes of the show for fear of over running! 10) Televised Crimewave - Convenient fiction (demo) - Another demo from the now defunct Shoreditchers, one of my faves od their’s this particular one.

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Now look here, I said after that night under Wigan Pier that I’d never do that again. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s time to move on and find someone else to do your dirty work. Besides, you Welsh boys have done enough dam age to my reputation. I didn’t become a Wren for nothing. I’m pro ud of what I achieved and I won’t have the likes of you trying to take it from me. I’ve already had The Sun on the phone saying the y have pictures. I expect that was your doing too ? You mark my wor ds, if this Pandora’s box comes open, it’ll blow the right off parliam ent, MI5, Buckingham Palace, the White House, and that little service station , Greasy Lil’s off the A5 in Watling Street ... I trust I won’t be hearing from you again.

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PART ONE – Better safe than sorry “Oh for fuck’s sake…” Dee muttered, as she looked down on the toilet floor to see a used condom lying there in full view. Luckily no artists were around, and the first booking for the day wasn’t until 10am. This isn’t the first time she’s opened up the studio in the morning to find a little surprise waiting for her in the toilets. Part of the joy of having Garny live on the business premises is discovering the delightful little relics he leaves from his escapades the night before. “At least this one’s tied.” She moaned, then walked over to the toilet roll and peeled off a long strip to scrunch up and smother the offending item with. She almost gagged as it stuck to the floor momentarily, slowly ripping away and pulling free. She hurried over and dropped it into the toilet and flushed – twice. She stood there for a moment, and wondered why he didn’t just flush it down the toilet in the first place. It was as if he actually wanted her to find it, and that somehow its discovery would be confirmation to Dee that Garny was still the man about town. Well, it would take a lot more than a used condom to make her believe that. Garny was a 50 year old, balding squat of a man who slopped around in flip flops, barely dragging his feet off the ground as he walked. He had trouble breathing at a normal volume, and each breath was met with a little wheeze of effort. He smoked all his life, and his voice was all but gone because of it. He could hardly string together a logical sentence, let alone run a recording studio. “But he must have good business sense at least?” Dee asked the

head sound engineer Lez, who showed her around on her first day. “Nope. Complete moron.” Replied Lez. His tone seemed to indicate that this was a common question people asked him.

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