Thursday, 26 October 2017

More Videos (Part 2)

One from the archives next - Recorded back in March 2005 and featuring a performance by a band which was a mix of The Gonads, Cockney Rejects and UFO/Waysted. Formed specially to play at weddings, I think they may have only ever got one booking, but this also meant they quit whilst at the very TOP! It's recorded on a first-gen digital compact camera, so is shit quality, distorted and short. With Gal Gonad on 'singing', Mick Geggus on lead geetar, Pete Way on bass, Tony Frater (RIP) on rhythm geetar, and - if memory serves correctly - Paul Haslin of Waysted on drums.


More Videos (Part 1)

One-handed TV productions have uploaded some more gig film clips on us Youtube channel here:

First of all, there are some more Cock Sparrer clips from their gig in Manchester on 6th October 2017, making around 8 or 9 songs from this gig in all.

Then there are 3 tracks from the gig at Leeds Brudenell Social club on 20th October 2017. Seanie Sean (so good they named him twice) has already uploaded the full set from this gig which shouldn't be too hard to locate either - good work Mr.Sean!

Sparrer's latest album 'Forever', and any left over merch from their current tour, is available direct from:

Coming next, you will be able to see some Gonads..

Face-achers, head to: for more of the same.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

One-Handed Productions

Here Comes The New Youtube Channel

We have set up a Youtube channel at: 

(or just search on 'Herecomesthenewpunk' + then click on the 'Videos' tab)

This will contain some stuff from gigs and maybe some archive / unseen footage eventually as well.

First of all is some Cock Sparrer live clips from their recent gig in Manchester (marking their first visit to the city since roughly 'forever', and also the first time they've played there in front of an audience that reached double figures), voila:

And just a reminder that there is now a faceache page at: 
Which you can like/follow if you're into that sort of stuff.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

They Slipped Through The Cracks.... On Parole


  During the making of the 'Here Comes The New Punk' book, there were several short-lived bands who were certainly justifiable for inclusion, but were left out either due to lack of info aside from what little was already out there, or just due to lack of space.
  On such band was On Parole, who are probably best-known (and to many, maybe solely remembered) for their song "Condemned" which appeared on the No Future label's 'A Country Fit For Heroes Vol.2' compilation 12"-er in 1983.
  Having recently had a go at transcribing the lyrics for someone, I thought I'd post them here and also add a quick bio of what is known about the band.

  Formed in 1979 in Livingston, West Lothian in Scotland, their original line-up was main songwriter Liam Murray on vocals, Wullie on guitar, Bob on bass and Dickie on drums. The band played a few local gigs, then Wullie and Bob were replaced by Dougie (guitar) and Graeme (bass), who came via a local punk band named Another Youth who had just split up. 
  This second version of the band made their live debut at Deans Community High School in Livingston, supporting a heavy rock band from London named Visa. June 1982 saw On Parole record a five-song demo which was put on cassette and used by the band to send round mail order to get more publicity and gigs. The demo got them interest from No Future and Riot City, with No Future offering them a slot on its 'A Country Fit For Heroes Vol.2' compilation of up-and-coming new punk bands, sharing vinyl space with the likes of Patrol, Mania, Criminal Damage, Intensive Care and ABH. With the anthemic "Condemned" selected for inclusion, a new version of this track was re-recorded at Palladium Studios in December 1982. By this time, the band's line-up had altered again, with Bob rejoining on bass, and new members recruited in the shape of John on guitar and Stevie on drums.
  As well as the five songs they recorded on their June 1982 demo, another On Parole song which was played live was “Grass”. They also used to cover “Chaos” live by the 4-Skins. One of their more notable gigs came when they played at Skunx in London alongside The Business and Skroteez. Despite the built up of momentum that came with the No Future compilation though, the band split in 1983.

5-track demo recorded 6/82: On The Run / Crown Court / Condemned / Assault / No Justice (Cass, no label 1982)
“Crown Court” (demo) on ‘Pulse Of A Nation: A Rising Free Compilation (Cass, Rising Free fanzine 1983)
“Condemned” on ‘A Country Fit For Heroes Vol.2’  (12", No Future 4/83)

On Parole: “Condemned”  (lyrics by Liam Murray)
We’re expected to be nice little boys
Be good and don’t do anything wrong
Speak when you’re spoken to and not before
That shit doesn’t run with me
I’m not as thick as I appear to be
I’m not gonna be a puppet of society

I get stared at when I walk down the street
They add me up from my head to my feet
I don’t care about them, they don’t care about me
They are so pure, they are so discreet
All with their money and a parliament seat
They’re respected and it’s plain to see
They like to be known as your local MP

They look down at us, we’re lower class
They don’t associate with people like us
Cheap actions, don’t let the side down
They’ve got friends in high up places
They’re the ones with distinguished faces
Going to Ascot(?) this weekend?
I might see you then

Condemned - for being different
Condemned - like a man inside
Condmened - for being one of the lads
Condemned - for not being sophisticated.

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Oi! The Back-Story [Lascivious, Ch.18]

In the words of that well-known baron of Oi!, Craig David, can I get a re-re-wind? Well you sure can, Craigyboi!

  According to a lyric sheet I have which came from the band, the Cockney Rejects song “Oi Oi Oi” was penned in June 1980. Even before this, Jeff ‘Stinky Turner’ Geggus and his lack of between song banter onstage - bar the occasional rallying call of the three Oi!s - is cited as the fire which ignited Sounds scribe and ‘Oi! The Album’ compiler Garry Bushell’s mind, then sewed the seeds of eventually grouping bands together under the Oi! banner rather than just streetpunk or real punk (as it was frequently referred to at first).
  However, like much of Oi!, the reality is deeply rooted in history and traditions, combined with a few happy accidents. If only Gal had remembered, he did actually refer to his own band The Gonads as “public bar punk with an Oi Oi vengeance” a good six months or so before it was ever applied to the Rejects (see clipping above, dating from July of 1979).

  Going back even further, one of the earliest songs ever committed to 78rpm shellac vinyl was a little ditty called “The Oi Song”. This was a jazz lounge and easy listening favourite, written by Harry Carlton and published as sheet music in 1932, with several different artists either playing or recording their own versions of this pioneering tune.  And rip up yer skinhead bibles, because Mr.Carlton himself was not the world’s first crophead, preferring instead a nice smooth fringe and jaunty moustache whilst performing this proto-streetpunk tune in a dinner suit. And pictured here, Mr.Clarkson Rose, a man who would probably balk at the very idea of 'combat jeans held up by braces'. Some copies of these records have survived being turned into plant pots, with the disc below dating from the same period and thus being a strong contender for 'the first ever Oi! record'.

  And with nearly 50 years between Carlton’s “Oi Song” and the 4-Skins “Chaos”, the lineage to fill in the gaps would be rooted firmly in music halls, cabarets, and pub knees-up singalongs, particularly in the east end of That London. Frankie Flame gigs provide a good perspective on what the whole kit and caboodle sounds like when mixed up together (and a far-off reminder of the last time West Ham won a trophy).
  Garry Gonad himself points to a chapter titled ‘The Oi! Comedians’ in John Fisher’s book on old British comics called Funny Way To Be A Hero, which was first published in 1973 and details the onstage careers of people such as Flanagan and Allen, Max Miller and Jimmy Wheeler (the last named being responsible for the ‘Aye Aye, That’s Yer Lot’ catchphrase).
  The likes of Chas & Dave, Ian Dury, and okey-cokey early punk by the likes of Cyanide and Menace provide further mad wires and links between the two, as do the “Zigger-zagger-oi-oi-oi” style football and playground chants we all picked up as kids in this period. And pre-dating the Rejects by a good couple of decades, Joe Daniels Jazz Band of the 1950s had a song called “Oi! Oi! Oi!”, which was basically an instrumental over which he would get members of the audience to shout “Oi Oi Oi” and other phrases at appropriate points.

  So there you have it - Oi!, really five decades late and borrowing ideas from all over the place in 1980, but as much of a right-place-right-time thing as it’s ever possible to be, and perfect to describe the best type of music there’s ever been. Oi Oi then.
Back over to you Craig in the studio... boi-ng!

Stuff to try at home once mums and aunties are out of the room:-

Basically, if you put together a child’s phonetic rhyme...

A sea shanty....

And some punk multivitamins, you get....

Or in Japan...

But remember to start by placing this in a mixing bowl....

The End.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Here Comes The New Punk book.

Here Comes The New Punk

book on the British Oi! and streetpunk scene and bands from the late 70's onwards.