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The Damned, The Specials and Donny Osmond

I’d like to start off by stating that I absolutely love the Damned. They have given me a great deal of pleasure over the years, and some of my fondest memories are of hearing Damned, Damned, Damned for the first time and seeing them play live at the Locarno inΒ  Portsmouth, supported by the Anti Nowhere League.

I managed to catch them at Rebellion earlier in the year, and on Wednesday I went to see them, although they were support to Motorhead. (Honorable mention to Girlschool, also on the bill, with Blitzkriegs Jax on guitar). They opened with New Rose and from that moment I knew I was going to be dissapointed. To be fair to them the crowd seemed to really love them, and maybe I’m still living in the past, but I wanted New Rose to sound like New Rose – the New Rose – the very first vinyl pressing of a Punk song ever…a piece of history. Musically it was the same, vocally it could have been Whitney Houston.

Maybe Dave Vanian is bored with singing the same old stuff for 30 years and he want to put some variety in his life…and I think for that its understandable…but I paid Β£25 to hear the Damned as I wanted to hear them, not what I got at all.

The week before I managed to catch the Specials in Brighton, another 30 year tour and another band on the nostalgia bandwagon….but what a band, what a show and what a difference. Every song was sung as I remembered it being, the whole blace was bouncing and I left through the pouring rain with a smile on my face. It was what I’d paid for, my memories, my songs and my experiences brought back for a few hours.

And Donny Osmond? I watched an interview with him once where he told the story of singing Puppy Love in a rock style cos he was bored with it. Then one day a fan asked him why he ruined their memory of the song. It affected him and he now sings songs in the way he sold them. Please take note Mr Vanian…to me and lots like me, you are a hero. The Damned are one of the greatest bands ever and I for one would like to hear New Rose as it was recorded by the Damned, not a night club singer.

Punk or Not?

I’ve been having a thought recently on songs I love, that if they came out between ’77 and ’81 would be deemed as Punk Classics. To me they all have the right combination of noise and attitude and have carried the musical side of Punk into other genres.

I know that they will not be everyones choice of a Punk tune, and I am not saying that they are…just that they would have been if they had come out in 1977.

Here is my list, let me know if you agree or not. Come up with a top five and I will post it as a seperate topic.

Song 2 – Blur

I can feel myself going absolutely mental as the chorus kicks in. Whoo Hoo.

I Predict A Riot – Kaiser Chiefs

It contains the word riot – always a good start – and the immortal line ‘if it wasn’t for chip fat she’d be frozen’, absolute genius.

Buck Rogers – Feeder

Fuckin stupid lyrics but a great riff, a real jump about tune.

Headshrinker – Oasis

The Gallaghers have a definate Punk attitude and some cracking tunes alongside some absolute shite. Headshrinker is one of their best.

Creep – Radiohead

Sums up my teenage years…or at least what most people thought of me. Still am a weirdo.

Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine

Political, Purposeful and Powerful. An amazing tune that builds to a great finale and captures the Punk attitude to life in general.

Richard III – Supergrass

Simply great pogo music.

Fell In Love With A Girl – White Stripes

This song could have been written by Pete Shelley. It would not have been out of place in 1979.

Gig Review – Anti Nowhere League

October 31st, The Shed, Leicester…Anti Nowhere League

Review by SFBTim

Missed the first coupla bands cos havin seen ANWL at Rebellion and deciding they were just too theatrical and caught up in their own hype I wasn’t gonna go. But I changed my mind ( all to do with Sat nite TV and Mr Cowell) and glad I did.

Got there part-way thru Girlfixer….a female fronted punk/rock band. Could have done with a bit more movement on stage but then again, it IS a small stage. Whatever the vocalist was shouting about she did it convincingly. One of my new favourite bands – they even GIVE away a 3 track cd at their shows!

Next up was The Nags. They’re a local band who have built up quite a following. Guitar driven 5 piece band,with vocals in the style of some of the more hardcore bands of the 80’s-more Conflict than Napalm Death.

ANWL were the last band of the evening and Animal came thru the crowd to much applause and cheering. I was a little worried they’d be a comedy act again when I saw the guitarist in Halloween make-up, but I needn’t have been. They opened with We Are The League and proceeded to play a mix of old ones I knew, some not-quite-so-old-ones I didn’t know as well, and some new ones that were new to my ears.

Over an hour later and they closed with the same song they’d opened with, but noone minded hearing that one again. I took my 16yr old step-daughter and her boyfriend and even tho they had never heard of them before they were soon in the thick of it down at the front and had at least as good a time as me!

www.myspace.com/girlfixermusic

www.myspace.com/thenagsofficial

www.myspace.com/animalanwl

Gig Guide – December 2009

UK Subs

Dec 03 – The Old Bell, Derby
Dec 04 – TBC, Hastings
Dec 05 – Garage, London
Dec 10 – Stafford Arms, Wakefield
Dec 11 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Dec 12 – Studio 24, Edinburgh
Dec 13 – Barfly, Liverpool
Dec 17 – Engine Room, Brighton
Dec 18 – Talking Heads, Southampton
Dec 19 – The Shed, Leicester

Stranglers

Dec 18 – Assembly, Leamington Spa

Sham 69

Dec 21 – The Venue, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Dec 22 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Dec 23 – H2O, Galashiels

Buzzcocks

Dec 02 – Sub89, Reading
Dec 11 – Manchester Central, Manchester

Lurkers

Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

 

Vice Squad

Dec 04 – Champions, Bournemouth
Dec 05 – Gaff Club, London
Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

Vibrators

Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

Splodgenessabounds

Dec 05 – Corporation, Sheffield
Dec 31 – Doghouse, Dundee

Peter and the Test Tube Babies

Dec 05 – The Crypt, Hastings

Subhumans

Dec 12 – Thatched House, Stockport
Dec 16 – Sawyers, Kettering
Dec 17 – Old Bell, Derby
Dec 18 – Casbah, Sheffield
Dec 19 – Luminaire, London

Restarts

Dec 05 – Garage, London
Dec 17 – Old Bell, Derby
Dec 18 – Casbah, Sheffield
Dec 19 – Prince Madocs, Colwyn Bay
Dec 27 – Asylum, Birmingham

Drongo’s for Europe

Dec 27 – Asylum, Birmingham

Anti Nowhere League

Dec 19 – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

Cockney Rejects

Dec 19 – Circus Tavern, Purfleet

Newtown Nuerotics

Dec 04 – Albany, Deptford

Punks Not Dad

Dec 17 – Hope and Anchor, London

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).