Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Unfortunately this is going to be one of those intros where I don't share much information as I don't know much about the band. A Page Of Punk are from Tokyo, they formed in 2001 and they've released a bunch of records including this 49 track album on Drunken Sailor Records..... https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fools-punk-line-lp
A couple of months ago they released a new album on I Hate Smoke Records (just 31 tracks this time!). It's called Punk Day - Beautiful Day and you can find a video for one of the songs below.
UK punk fans can catch them at this year's Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they'll be playing the Introducing Stage. You may have heard them on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show. If you missed it, it was the first of a 2 part special showcasing bands that will be gracing the Introducing Stage and you can listen to the saved version here : https://www.mixcloud.com/GlobalPunkRadio/just-some-punk-songs-rebellion-introducing-stage-part-1/
From the new album, this is Itarurokoro (It translates into English as Everywhere)....
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Carlisle Oi/Street Punk band Top Dog return next month with a new 4 track ep, it's titled Razor Reg and there'll be a 7" version available from Rebellion Records and Longshot Music. The band previously featured on Just Some Punk Songs with one of the highlights of their excellent debut s/t album (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/top-dog-carve-her-name-with-pride.html).
Influenced by the classic British Oi stylings originated by the likes of The Business, The 4-Skins, Last Resort etc, Top Dog are one of the new wave of gritty, hard hitting bands that are heading the current revival in authentic street music. I featured some of those bands on the recent Just Some Punk Songs Best Oi Songs Of 2017 (So Far) show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-best-oi-songs-of-2017-so-far/). The song I'm posting today would have definitely graced that show if it had have been released earlier.
Following on from the worldwide success of the album, the band recently played their first overseas gig. This summer they will make their debut appearance at the Rebellion Festival and there's lots of other gigs lined up. They're also busy working on material for album number two and they say to watch out for a special release later this year. You can keep up to date with them on Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/TopDogStreetpunk/
This is the title track from the ep, taking us back to the gangland culture of 60's London, it's called Razor Reg....
Monday, 22 May 2017
Kickback Generation are a political punk band from the north east of England who formed in 2012 and boast a line up of Jim Thoroughgood (bass/vocals), Mick Robson (guitar/vocals) and Paul "Puss" Sowerby (drums). Influenced by the likes of Billy Bragg, The Clash, Social Distortion, Gimp Fist etc they've thus far they've released 2 albums, Waiting For The Punchline (2014) and Rant (2016). Today's song is taken from the latter of those.
Always on the lookout for gigs, they'd appreciate it if anyone who can help out gets in touch via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KickbackGeneration/
One gig they have got lined up is their appearance on the Introducing Stage at this year's Rebellion Festival. They'll be playing on the Friday (4th Aug) so if you're in Blackpool make sure to check them out.
The Introducing stage will host an impressive number of up and coming bands, most of whom are new to me so to try and help my fellow punk fans decide who to check out I'm going to broadcast a couple of special Just Some Punk Songs shows featuring as many of those bands as I can squeeze in. The first will air at 8pm (gmt) tomorrow (Tues 23rd) and you can listen live here : https://www.facebook.com/events/1522262151151719/
Kickback Generation will feature in that show (with a different song) but for the blog I'm going with Riptide Refugee....
Sunday, 21 May 2017
The Humdrum Express, aka Kidderminster based wry observationalist Ian Passey, previously graced Just Some Punk Songs with a song from last year's The Day My Career Died album ( http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/the-humdrum-express-leopard-print-onesie.html ). Today he returns with the title track of his new ep.
The ep is titled Lookalike Bond and is available now : http://thehumdrumexpress.bigcartel.com/product/lookalike-bond-ep
As well as the title track's humerous look at celebrity culture and the business of celebrity lookalikes the ep also features a cover of Television Personalities' Painting By Numbers and songs called If Only I'd Watched Blue Peter and Fading Stars On Social Media. Imagine Half Man Half Biscuit with less bile; one man, his acoustic guitar and a sense of humour.
Here's the excellent video for Lookalike Bond.....
Not one to stand out from the crowd, an average man on the street
I have to work long hours, but still can’t seem to make ends meet
People have always said I resemble an actor on TV
I don’t quite know how I ended up joining a look-alike agency
The work was steady, with the opening of a sports shop and a bar
Hardly an insight into what it must be like to be a star
Until one morning, I awoke to find an unexpected twist
My double was named as the next James Bond, and overnight became ‘A’ list
My name’s Bond – well, they say dead ringer
My name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – You only live twice, Goldfinger
My name’s Bond… James lookalike Bond
I forged signatures in Cannes; when I was there to see the sights
Seemed a far cry from switching on some village Christmas lights
Factory hours, now even more a distant memory
Former workmates, I hear, are passing comment jealously
My name’s Bond – I’m so well dressed, exuding charm
My Name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – with a wannabe Honor Blackman on my arm
My name’s Bond… James lookalike Bond
I turned on the TV news, left me shaken not stirred
As the (money) penny dropped, my whole world crashed by what I heard
My doppelganger, is not all he’s cracked up to be
I’ll admit… it scared the living daylights out of me!
His list of crime seems endless, he’s facing 007 years inside
The press are out to get him, my high life’s on the slide
The public are alleging other serious matters
I think I’ll have to sue – my career’s in tatters!
My name’s Bond – The novelty’s wearing thin
My name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – At the mercy of my famous twin
My name’s Bond, James Lookalike Bond
I was tempted by the taste of celebrity and wealth –
Fooled into thinking I’d be bettering myself
A small crumb of comfort to ease my loss of earning
Is the hangers-on have gone; and I doubt they’ll be returning
Fame based on looks, I won’t be such a fool again
But I felt I needed something to help to ease the pain
I sought medical advice in a bid to ease my woe
My GP said “sit down, Bond” - I said “Dr, NO!”
I’m not Bond – Forget the man I used to be
I’m not Bond
I’m not Bond – Must be someone else who looks like me…
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Another top 10 for you today, this time the songs have been selected by Jason Long who is the person responsible for one of the best new webzines around, Smash The Discos. Dealing with the best in Oi music, Jason has published some great interviews with bands such as The Svetlanas, Mob Mentality, Brassknuckle, Antagonizers ATL, Hardsell, Sniper 66 and many more. The zine also has plenty of reviews and you can check it out here : https://smashthediscos.wordpress.com/
Here's Jason's 10 favourite songs.....
1) THE BUSINESS - Smash The Discos
No, not because its my zines name, but because I've always loved this song.
2) BLITZ - Voice Of A Generation
I agree 100%. I don't wanna be poor either.
3) THE BEATDOWNS - Ruck N Roll
90s American Oi. Raw, unpolished. So good, it became my webzines official theme song.
4) THE MISFITS - Devil's Whorehouse
This song and London Dungeon were 2 good examples of The Misfits breaking away from their usual musical shtick.
5) THE DEAD KENNEDYS - Triumph Of The Swill
Read the lyrics. Great song!
6) NEGATIVE APPROACH - Nothing
Watch Me Bleed!!!
7) THE ALMIGHTY LUMBERJACKS OF DEATH - Motor City Trick Or TreatI don't wanna see another kid wasted on the city streets, while mom sells pussy for heroin cash, motor city trick or treat.
8) ARGY BARGY - Hooligans Heaven
Better than the original by Discipline... hey, it happens.
9) LOS OLVIDADOS - Something New
Skate or Die!!!
10) HARDSELL - Wanna Fight
The truth is in the chorus.
Friday, 19 May 2017
Dusty Mush are a fuzzed up garage punk band from Ile-de-France who's sound is pitched somewhere between Billy Childish and early Ty Segall. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Cedric Bottacchi has spent the past 3 years working on their new album, endlessly experimenting with the limits of lo-fi recording and this has resulted in a unique signature sound which has been elevated to a new level by the mastering skills of Patrick Haight (Bare Wires, Ty Segall, Personal & The Pizzas etc...).
The other members of the band are Maxime Said (drums) and Romain Duplessier (bass). Duplessier also specializes in VHS edited videos (check out The Attic Video channel on Youtube) and has produced several in support of the album (you'll find one below).
The album is called Cheap Entertainment and it's released May 26th on Howlin Banana Records (France), Stolen Body Records (UK) and Yippee Ki Yay Records (USA). You can find more details here : https://dustymush.bandcamp.com/
This is Bad Ideas....
Thursday, 18 May 2017
Heavy Drapes are a Scottish 4 piece from Edinburgh who's line up includes De Liberate (vocals), Rikki Stiv (guitar), Jerry Dangerous (bass) and Billy Chaos (drums). They originally formed in 2007 but spectacularly imploded soon after. Come 2015 and frontman De Liberate decided to give things another go and their Sex Pistols/Iggy & The Stooges/MC5 brand of punk n roll is finding it's way to the ears (and hearts) of a new audience.
Unhappy with what they percieve to be a safeness and predictability about the current punk scene, this is a band who aim to bring the excitement back. They channel the energy, swagger and danger of the early punk pioneers.
The song below went down a storm on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (the show is saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-140517/), it originally came out in 2015 before being rereleased last year by Tarbeach Records. This Is Should I Suck Or Should I Blow.....