Pricing problem with postage

Hi all, I have a pricing problem going on with the site at the moment where for some T-shirts the postage charge is being doubled. I have no idea why but I am working to try and fix it. (Postage to the UK should be £2.50)

In the meantime I am refunding the difference as soon as I see it so please don’t worry, you are not being falsely ripped off. If by some mistake I don’t refund the difference just drop me a line and I will do it straight away.

Many apologies…

Rebellion 2013 – the bands I loved

This year Rebellion had a new edge for me as I took my son. He’s grown up on Punk and he’s a bass player in a Ska covers band, so I knew there would be something that would float his boat. Unfortunately for me it wasn’t the greatest line up of bands so the whole music side of the festival was a little underwhelming. I still had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go again, but there was just something this year that made it a little lame.

Started in the usual style with a drive up on the Wednesday , pick up the BIL and his step daughter, and then off to the Rose and Crown for a curry and the pre-gig gig. We caught a couple of the bands but to be honest they were not very good so ended up back downstairs with a pint or two.

Day One

Once again there was a new band stage in the Bazaar but unlike last year I didn’t spend a lot of time in there. I did catch one all female band however that were really good, Maid of Ace. Its probably my age but they all looked about 12 but generated a fuckin awesome sound.

Surprise of the day for me was how good Argy Bargy were. I’ve never been a great OI! fan but this year I thought why not……and this band were fantastic. They had a great attitude and a superb sound. Love this tune…..

With the boy being there we were looking for Ska, and when we walked in half way through the Talks we were hit with that instant ‘why the fuck weren’t we here at the beginning of the set’ feeling. Energy, noise, talent, stompingly good…….best they play again next time and higher up the bill……

I had to go and see Leftover Crack based on the acoustic set STZA did a couple of years ago and they were really good, albeit with a line up change or two. I always love it when a singer launches himself into the pit because its what I would do 🙂 Great Punk with a hint of Ska.

I’m not sure if you know or not but Neville Staples has had a stroke. He still managed to pull off a cracking set and finishing with Ghost Town was ace. If I had one complaint it was that he seemed to be slagging of the Specials…the band that made him….didn’t detract from the music though. Video taken from last year…..

Other bands seen and liked day one….In Evil Hour, Loaded 44, Sick on the Bus, the Ramonas

Day Two

Today was going to be the day in my mind with a real old school feel….it didn’t quite turn out that way. We seemed to wander from stage to stage and not get that ‘wow’ feeling very much. However I did catch some good shit….

The Subhumans were fucking excellent and Dick announced that Culture Shock are reforming and doing a tour later in the year. And they are playing Southampton….I’ll be there mofo 🙂 Stand out tune for me was Subvert City…love that tune.

I watched the Skints for the third time, mainly because I wanted to catch something that would make me feel good…and they didn’t disappoint. Not sure we’ll get them at Rebellion again as they are probably off to bigger and better things, and deservedly so.

Best start to a set of the whole festival has to go to the Casualties. Jorge downed/wore a can of lager as the intro started and went straight into the vocals….impressive. What a sound they produced with energy, energy and more fuckin energy. It was great to see Jorge amongst the punters later in the day too. Theres not many ‘names’ that do that these days apart from Charlie, the Captain and John Robb…. it really is appreciated by the ‘fans’.

I’m sat looking through the set lists and the three bands above are the only ones I really enjoyed on the Friday…what a miserable fucker I am….

Day Three

Saturday turned out to be the best day but it had the biggest clash of the day for me. Random Hand, Ruts DC and Cock Sparrer all starting at the same time…. I went for Random Hand and despite them being in the Olympia they still put on a fantastic live set, finishing with the crowd singing ‘we are not a number’ as they walked off the stage…fuckin excellent. I cannot stress enough how much you should see this band live at any opportunity…

I saw the Mob last year but only caught half their set so I wanted to catch it all this year. They were just as good as I remember from last year, I even bought a T-shirt 🙂 Stand out track for me was ‘No Doves Fly Here’. If you like your Punk slightly depressing then these are for you….

As a massive Subhumans fan I had to see Citizen Fish who played the Bazaar stage. Another great set from Dick and the gang, skankin with political messages…

The day had started with one of the bands from the new bands stage last year, Science Made Us Robots. From the moment they started up I knew today was going to be a good day…they were lively, energetic and best of all they really seemed to be enjoying themselves…great noise too. Only gripe, I failed to get one of their CD’s. You can download there stuff from Bandcamp apparently though…..

What a revelation Anti Vigilante were. Why the fuck had I never seen them before????? As you’ve probably guessed I love bands with energy. And the guitarist was in Leftover Crack yesterday…..and he looks like John Arne Riise….. and they were amazing….why aren’t this band huge?

The prize for the most people in a band before it becomes and orchestra (not counting the Pukes who in my opinion are an orchestra), goes to Ska N Ska from Sweden. Its band like these, Random Hand and the Talks that is taking Ska to the next level….brilliant. The whole crowd was skankin…

Day Four

Got let down by a hero today. I don’t normally write negative stuff cos this is just my opinion, everyone else has there own, but Jimmy Pursey really fucked me off. As one of the must see bands for me Sham were at the top this year, but when he said ‘I’ve been singing the same cunting songs for 35 years’ in a miserable fuckin tirade at the crowd I thought fuck you……these people, your fans, at some stage in there life have idolised you and you don’t have the decency to respect that….wanker!  And no, I didn’t hang around.

I thoroughly enjoyed Captain Hotknives however, and his brand of Punk humour and comic timing and lyrics always leave me with a smile on my face. He opened with ‘Anarchist Squat Punk Band’ and finished with ‘I Skanked Me Nanna’….hilarious.

The Pukes are the greatest ukulele band ever….official! I loved the way they held ukulele workshops and then got some of the guys on stage with them. Fun, fun, fun ….. Jimmy Pursey should take a lesson from these guys….

And thats it for another year….Although musically it was not as good as previous years for me it is still a place I feel at home, I had great company, met a couple of new friends and saw some of my T-shirts being worn……Cannot wait for next time.



It feels like ages since I’ve added anything to the blog, and to be honest it has been……ah well.  Anyway, Rebellion is looming and it brings me to highlight one of the great things about the festival. At the B&B I stay at there are a couple of guys from Leicester and we get chatting every day. One of them has a son in a band, Ivy Mike, and he gave my Brother in Law a CD of theirs and I now have a copy……and its pretty good. I have had a look on Youtube and the below is a track by them called trees…..fucking ace I’d say…..

Its a link because I cant remember how to embed 🙂

Just wanted to say I am really pissed off because I was hoping to see the Rabble this year but they have ‘taken a break’…..not fuckin happy at all…….Definately feels like its going to be an OI! fest this year.

I also had to cancel part two of my sleeve…the car needed work and the garage needed money….

Anyway, I have now posted and can look forward to Rebellion without feeling guilty. Who knows, I may even write something else before then.





Rebellion 2013

Well its that time of year again when I’m starting to get excited about Rebellion….the B&B is booked, the beer money is put away and now its time to pick the must see bands.

This year there are no stand out bands that I haven’t seen before so my must see’s are going to be limited to the Rabble, the Casualties, Random Hand, Sham 69 and Captain Hotknives. Next up will be (if they dont clash), Leftover Crack, Buzzcocks, Ruts DC, Neville Staple, the Pukes, the Mob, the Restarts and Science Made Us Robots. The rest of the time I will be going to see bands I’ve not seen before….I may even park myself in the acoustic bar for an afternoon…an experience I have not yet tried.

I am really pleased that there is going to be a new band stage again, I assume it will be on the Thursday in the Bizzare Bazzar stage area. Saw some really good bands in there last year of which some are appearing again on the main stages this year.

If you’ve never been before please try it out…its fun, friendly, loud and well worth the money.

8th – 11th August, Blackpool Winter Gardens

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Thatchers Dead – Anything changed?

Maggie Thatcher is Dead and I for one will not be mourning. In my opinion she is responsible for todays need for greed, a society of must haves, where the ownership of material items says more about an individual that that persons character. There are currently hundreds of articles, statements and eulogies on the net and I encourage anyone who is under the age of 35 to go and read them and form their own opinion.

My observation is one on todays politics, particularly as I have stated in previous posts that there are huge similarities in todays governments policies and those from the Thatcher era. The major difference is that society as it was in Thatchers days is no longer relevant today – as she destroyed it.

In her day the enemy of government were the Unions, and in my opinion the unions were too powerful, run by people who were content to take rather than compromise, with leaders who seemed to revel in their TV exposure and infamy…..a bit like a certain Mr Rotten J. However the manner in which she defeated them was to close their industries down, affecting not just a few activists but entire communities and the other surrounding businesses that relied on income from their local mine/steelworks/factory. She was ruthless.

So while she was raping the militants instead of managing them she appeased the rest of the country by allowing them to buy shares in British Gas and British Telecom. The great sell off began and those lucky enough to have enough cash to buy shares started to make money. More and more businesses got sold and more and more people were put on the dole queues. That didn’t matter because we were buying our social housing, our new imported cars and our shares. We made so much money through the profit made selling our council house that the fact that interest rates were between 6.5 and 17% during her reign didn’t matter…unless you were less well off of course.

Thatcher once said –

“They are casting their problems at society. And, you know, there’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look after themselves first. ” – in an interview in Women’s Own in 1987

This ‘people must look after themselves first’ philosophy was the driver to the self promotion we have in society today. This is the philosophy that drives us to the race to the top, to the endless need for greed, for self promotion and the complete disregard for others. In the 70’s there were no injurylawyersforU, suburban ghetto’s or big brother reality TV. But this is its legacy.

Todays Tories –

“The Big Society was the flagship policy idea of the 2010 UK Conservative Party general election manifesto. It now forms part of the legislative programme of the Conservative – Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement. The stated aim is to create a climate that empowers local people and communities, building a “big society” that will take power away from politicians and give it to people. While some have responded to the policy favourably, its aims have been queried and disputed by other commentators”. – wikipedia

It would appear through the above statement that todays Tories are the opposite of the Tories of Thatchers day, but reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Its true that the unions are no longer a soft target, and there are no nationalised industries to sell off or close down, so how do they become the voice of the nation once more? By proclaiming that we need a Big Society where people have more power – while at the same time support the Bankers and attack the only people left that they can, those on benefits and public sector workers, oh, and while we’re at it we’ll blame the immigrants.

It is likely that if the Tories manage to stay in power then the NHS, all council services, emergency services and maybe even the Armed Forces will be privatised in one form or another. It is also highly likely that those in powerful positions will prosper in financial and status terms, and the poorer people in society will go back 100 years to the days of landlords and slums. Not the squalid twenty people in one room with no running water slums, but an expansion of the modern day equivalent of tower blocks, rubbish strewn streets and gangs of youths on every corner.

So where is this Big Society? How much money is being spent to encourage it, how much resource is being provided, exactly what is happening? ….. Ah yes, its up to the people not the government as Thatcher said ‘people must look after themselves first’. Thatcher may be dead but her legacy lives on.