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Old Aged Punk

This blog is the sister site of punkgrandad.com, a site that was devised as a method of selling t-shirts that pay homage to Punk but at the same time recognise that it, and its original followers, are over 30 years old.

Those of us that were in it at the start are showing the signs of ageing, but if you are reading this then the passion has not dissipated.

It all started with an idea…the Old Aged Punk…me and my mate Griff. We still go to gigs, we still buy the music, but we don’t have the hair or the figure for tight trousers. What we do have is the need for black t-shirts and this is the first of its kind.

We then started to think of other idea’s, other ways in which we could pay homage to our hero’s but recognise our age. The Clash were probably the most important band after the Pistols and Paul Simenon was a legend. His iconic stance on the London Calling album lent itself to be parodied and revered at the same time. It is stuff of legend.

Generation XXL was an obvious next move in recognising the expanding waistline of us middle aged punks while Nevermind the Prostate is for the even older generation. SAGA – Old Punks on Tour will be released soon and the date will be published on this blog.

Gig Guide – Oct 2009

Fri, October 9th, 2009

999 – New Tavern, Wigan

Sat, October 10th, 2009

999 – Rio’s, Leeds

Tues, Oct 13th, 2009

Random Hand – Seven, Nottingham

Wed, October 14, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Ironworks, Inverness

Thu, October 15, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Moshulu , Aberdeen

Fri, October 16, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Fat Sam’s, Dundee

Sat, October 17, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh

Goldblade – Academy 3, Manchester Spunge – Rio’s, Leeds

Mon, October 19, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Picturedrome, Holmfirth

Tue, October 20, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Robin 2, Wolverhampton

Advantage + Mike TV – Maze, Nottingham

Wed, October 21, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – O2 Academy, Liverpool

Thu, October 22, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Dome, Doncaster

999 – Underworld, Camden Town

Fri, October 23, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Friars, Aylesbury

999 – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

Urban Scum – Fibbers, York

Sat, October 24th, 2009

999 – Redhill FC, Redhill

Sun, October 25, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – Subscription Rooms, Stroud

999 – Castle Tavern, Sheerness

Mon, October 26, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Waterfront, Norwich

Tue, October 27, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Junction, Cambridge

JB Cospiracy + Dirty Revolution – Maze, Nottingham

Wed, October 28, 2009

Stiff Little Fingers – The Brook, Southampton

The above are gigs as advertised by the bands themselves or sent to me by email. If you are in a band and want to be included in future gig guides please contact me at skull @ punkgrandad . com – but remove the spaces from the address, (its to stop spammers).

Rebellion 2009

Although this event has been running for 15 years, this was my first time attending….and how I regret not having gone before.

OK, for the Punk purist its probably too commercial/popular/wrong crowd but for those of us who are nearing 50, love the music, the atmosphere, the seaside and the beer – it was amazing. I got to see some great bands that I would otherwise never have heard of, met some heroes and felt at home.

Charlie loves the Shirt

Charlie loves the Shirt

Thanks for the cheesy photo opportunity to Charlie and the Captain.

My brief review of what I saw, and remember, is as follows, (its my opinion which means it doesn’t have to comply with anyone else’s).

Thursday – Drove up from Southampton in time to catch Geoffrey Oicott – the only band I know that can make cricket seem interesting – hilarious. Max Splodge was value for money in the Acoustic bar and in the Ballroom for Cute Lepers – crap, Blood or Whiskey and Flogging Molly – great performances but I’m not really into Irish Rebel music even if it is played at 100mph. Highlight of the day for me though was Outl4w. Probably my age, but they looked about 12 but made the noise I was there for…fantastic energy, got the crowd going and left the ears ringing. I think they should have been in the Ballroom rather than the Arena…they deserved a bigger audience.

Friday – Best day of the weekend, managed to catch the whole of Bad Town (Kiwi Ska/Punk), Septic Psychos, Sensa Yuma, Demob – last ever gig, and the Subhumans – fantastic performance from Dick and the boys. Also managed to see bits of The Crack, SNFU, The Business, Drongo’s for Europe (superb), Splodge, Lurkers, Sick on the Bus, Vice Squad, The Exploited and the Damned. (Hugely disappointed with Dave Vanians vocals. I believe Brian James described his version of New Rose as an attempt to be Frank Sinatra. I agree – shit). Act that shouldn’t have been there – Adrian Edmunson and the Bad Shepherds….what is that all about? Best act of the day goes to another band that should have played the Ballroom – the Restarts, fuckin ace.

The Captain syas Hello

The Captain says Hello

Saturday – Started with Urban Scum, fantastic band and also caught full performances from Citizen Fish, Goldblade, The Freeze, Anti-Nowhere League…is it me or does the Hoff front them now? Caught bits of Newtown Nuerotics, the Freeze, Last Resort, Riot Squad. Biggest disappointment – The Adicts. Band of the Day and in fact the weekend for me, The Rabble. Great set, great attitude, great atmosphere. Put them in the same venue as the Restarts and Outl4w…they are better than a sideshow act.

Sunday – Saw all of Gimp Fist, Dirty Revolution (Ska/Reggae – brilliant), the Dickies, Leftover Crack. Caught bits of Middle Finger Salute, Killing Joke, (boring), King Blues (why?), UK Decay, Chron Gen, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Charred Hearts. Band of the day – The Stupids…clearly didn’t give a fuck but made a fantastic noise. I’ve already booked my B&B for next year….can’t wait.