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The Singing Loins

Unravelling England

    Authentic raw folk from the Medway delta. The Singing Loins are back with their tenth album, proving that genius is nothing more than gritted teeth and enduring patience. "Unravelling England" features 12 brand new songs recorded as demos over a period of 18 months on a mate's cheap digital machine. It was soon apparent that the energy and imperfection they'd captured should be released as it stood. Chris Broderick & Chris (Arfur) Allen started The Loins as a raw, stripped down acoustic duo in 1990 and soon had Medway legend Billy Childish in their corner. He recorded their first two albums live in his bathroom onto a mono Revox tape machine and released them on his Hangman label. These savage rarities are now swapping hands for big dollars on EBay and are often quoted as major influences by young purveyors of punk/folk. After a couple more self-released albums and an album with Billy Childish on Damaged Goods, they split in 1999. After a 6 year lay-off they shook hands and returned in 2005 with a triumphant comeback album, "Songs To Hear Before You Die", and a year later were joined by Rob Shepherd, who played junk shop banjo and mandolin on their 2007 album, "The Drowned Man Resuscitator". Joined on "Unraveling England" by double bass player, John Forrester, The Loins offer up another dozen short stories from the end of old England's pier. Songs of underdogs, suicides, circus freaks, the bereaved, frustrated and heart-broken, the washed up and mentally ill. The jealousies, violence, hypocrisy and religion of humanity. And some pretty good tunes, too!

    CTMF

    All Our Forts Are With You

      In 1976/ 77 the ‘shortly to be’ Billy Chyldish, as well as being head of research in the counties first fortress study group The Medway Military Research Group, was working as an apprentice stonemason in Chatham dockyard. After seeing a feature on punk on the London Weekend show Billy thought he wouldn’t half mind being the singer in a punk rock group himself. Childish duly left work and suggested to a few old secondary school mates that they should form one pronto. “What about a name?” they asked, “simple”, answered Wild Billy, “we’ll be called CTMF.” Button Nose Steve, who was to shortly give Billy Chyldish his punk moniker – and even owned a Woolworth’s guitar, and Dave Marsh, a form mate who said he might buy a drum kit one day – both nodded slightly.

      36 years later, and CTMF have finally come into being. No ones sure where Dave Marsh now is, but button nose Steve is busy feeding pigs and ducks on his small holding in New Romney and Billy Chyldish, with other mates, has recorded an LPs worth of material – and half a dozen 45’s for different destinations around the globe – utilising lyrics first jotted down for the original CTMF line up in 1977. Billy describes CTMF group as “the epitome of modern”.and their sound as “the sound of yesterday, tomorrow” All of their records are released under the moniker CTMF. Some say this stands for Copyright TerMination Front, others claim it is simply short form for Clarity Through Fuzz .There have been numerous rumours that Jimmy Cauty plays bass and that it is none other than Bill Drummond that can be heard on Xylophone. Billy, however, muses that though he is indeed friends with Jimmy Cauty – and has in the past been in correspondence with Bill Drummond – he has never knowingly heard of the KLF as he “gave up on music after punk turned crap at the end of 77”. People in the know can vouch that all this is in fact truth.

      Cowbell

      Tallulah / Cry Baby

        “Tallulah” is the lead single from Cowbell's debut album, it features an exclusive B-side, “Cry Baby”

        Cowbell are Jack Sandham and Wednesday Lyle.The duo play garage/soul/rock n roll and write songs that combine a lyrical charm and ease with a sound that's full-bodied and powerful in spite of their stripped-down set-up. They take their influences from both sides of the Atlantic with a love for both the output of U.S labels such as Stax, Motown and Sun and for British sixties R and B bands such as The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Zombies. The pair had been friends for a long time when in the in summer of 2009 Wednesday decided to start playing the drums. Jack had been involved in bands before but was playing solo shows when Wednesday asked if he’d come along and play guitar. It felt good straight away and they started writing songs and played their first gig together just one month later.

        Johnny Moped

        Hey Belinda! / Hiawatha

          To coincide (almost) with their appearance at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool (doing electric and acoustic sets!), and their live-to-air session on Marc Riley's 6Music show we're releasing fan's favourite 'Hey Belinda!' as a single. ‘Hey Belinda!’ is taken from the band's most recent album Lurrigate Your Mind. The B-side 'Hiawatha' is a brand-new reworking of a total MOPED classic, a song that originally appeared on the Search For Xerxes album, penned by Slimy Toad and original band members Fred and Dave Berk. We think you'll love it! On red vinyl and housed in a Reservoir Dogs spoofing sleeve. What's not to like Tomcats!?! 

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          7" Info: Red vinyl 7"

          The Snivelling Shits

          Bring Me The Head Of Yukio Mishima / Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi

            “The UK, the country that bought us Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious and The Snivelling Shits.” Stephen King (Danse Macabre). On December 15th 2018 The Snivelling Shits played their first show in over 40 years, supporting Croydon legends Johnny Moped at London's Lexington. On August 2nd they will be appearing at the Blackpool Rebellion Festival and to celebrate the occasion with be releasing a single featuring never before heard studio versions of ‘Bring Me The Head Of Yukio Mishima’ and ‘Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi’. Formed in 1977 by three SOUNDS journalists- Giovanni Dadomo (vocals), Peter Makowski (guitar) and Dave Fudger (guitar) the band recorded some songs under production guidance of Eddie & The Hot Rods mentor Ed Hollis (RIP) featuring contributions from members of the Hot Rods, Sniff’n’The Tears, Ratbites From Hell, DJ Scratchy and legendary producer Steve Lillywhite. Sadly frontman Giovanni Dadomo passed away in 1997 but his sharp/incisive lyrics and eviscerating vocals can be heard on the single.

            “Bring Me The Head Of Yukio Mishima” celebrates the life and death of actor/model/poet/film director and nationalist - Yukio Mishima-who formed Tatenokai, his own private militia, and after a failed coup committed suicide by Hari Kari and was beaheaded by a follower (hence the title!) “Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi’ was originally a hit for iconic French singer/ actor Jacques Dutronc in 1966. It since covered by, amongst others, Yo La Tengo’s James New, M and co-opted by Mungo Jerry in Alright,Alright,Alright. According to Jaques Lanzman – the songs co-writer Et Moi is: "about complete selfishness...all the terrible things that go on a stone's-throw away, that touch us but that, nevertheless, do not prevent us from continuing to live and enjoy the evening's barbecue"

            Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

            You're The One I Idolise C/w Everything Intensifies

              New limited edition 7” from CTMF! 600 copies on black vinyl! Featuring exclusive B-side 'You’re the One I Idolise' This is a love song, along the lines of some of the ballads we used to do in the Milkshakes - inspired by Arthur Alexander. There also seems to be some Richard Hell in there (the Voidoids have been a big inspiration over the years (I saw them supporting the Clash at Hastings Pier Pavilion in '77. Billy Childish – May 2019

              Wild Billy Childish & CTMF

              Last Punk Standing

                Like an Inexplicable Wheel' The strangest thing in life is time, not clocks but that there was a past and there will be a future apparently). Life seems to be an inexplicable wheel, and I thought there should be a pop song (or two) about that. 'Last Punk Standing' A more CTMF sounding track. This should really be called 'Who'll be the Last Punk Standing?' but it looked better as a shortened title. Again it's about time, and knowledge running out. When a generation passes there's no one left to explain the true nature of their experience. eg- those who fought in WW2 are all but gone and that's how we get the rise of the new right: we learn from history that we don't learn from history. Who'll be left to pass on the essence of what punk was about - home-made, please yourself music. PS - the character Roberta, is from a Leadbelly tune- I thought it nice to have her and Mark E. Smith in the same pop song (Mark was still with us when we recorded this number). Billy Childish – May 2019

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: There's no denying that Childish has had one of the most prolific and succesful careers in the rock and/or roll world thus far, and it doesn't look like he has any intention of slowing down. Clashing, snarling punk-rock attitude and most importantly, bloody good tunes.

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                Coloured LP Info: Random red or grey vinyl.

                Billy Childish

                Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot

                  How did Billy come to be?

                  Holed away in the distant inter tidal marshland of mid-Seventies Kent, breaking rocks in the hot sun as a teenage dockland stonemason, undiagnosed dyslexia and general insubordination denying him the educational path he might have taken, Childish took the punk gospel Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols preached in 1976 as revealed scriptural truth.

                  Forty-two years later Childish is the last man standing, the most enduring, uncorrupted and prolific of the class of ‘77.

                  And some heroic fool has now tried to sum him up in a mere forty-eight songs, from the thousand or so he has recorded.

                  This compilation provides tiny tasters of each of Childish’s phases, and some snippets of short-lived side-projects too.

                  Administered correctly, it will make an addict of you. You have been warned.

                  Johnny Moped

                  Lurrigate Your Mind

                    Johnny Moped's first album since 2016’s It's A Real Cool Baby! 14 tracks on lovely vinyl and digipak CD! Time flies! It's three years since the band's last album, It's A Real Cool Baby, but the band have been busy in the meantime. Following the amicable departure of founding member Dave Berk, they welcomed Marty Love as their new drummer. Since then the band have had successful tours of the UK, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia. They've had prestigious slots at Blackpool's famous Rebellion Festival, recorded radio sessions for Marc Riley's BBC 6Music Show, and played a storming set at Damaged Goods 30th Anniversary show at London's Koko last September along with touring with The Damned and a headline Christmas show at The Lexington.

                    So what can we tell you about the new LP? Well it has 14 tracks including recent sold out single 'Catatonic'. There's a guest appearance from none other than Captain Sensible, a longtime friend and champion of the band. The original Mopeds Johnny and Slimy Toad have been joined by long time members, Jacko Pistorious , Rock N Roll Robot (also know as Rob from legendary Ska/Punk band ‘Case’) and Marty Love for the new album. It was recorded at Panther Studios, Reigate and produced by longtime associate Dick Crippen. 

                    Holly Golightly

                    Do The Get Along

                      Do The Get Along features 12 songs performed by the perfect Holly Golightly band line-up of Bruce Brand (drums), Matt Radford (double bass), Ed Deegan (guitar) and Bradley Burgess (guitar). Alongide nine original tracks there are three choice covers – 'Satan is His Name' by Steve King & The Echelons, 'Love (Can't You Hear Me)' by the Knight Bros., and 'I Don't Know', originally recorded by Ruth Brown. Holly first came to musical prominence as a member of Thee Headcoatees, a Billy Childish/Thee Headcoats all-girl splinter group in 1991. Four years later she broke away from the garage punk scene with the release of her debut solo album The Good Things, which featured a mix of folk, early electric blues, & '60s beat influenced rock 'n' roll. It's a template that she's honed over the course of 12 solo albums, along the way impressing celebrity fans such as Jim Jarmusch (Holly's track 'Tell Me Now So I Know' featured as the main title theme in his Broken Flowers movie), and most notably Jack White who duetted with Holly on 'It's True That We Love One Another', the final track on the classic White Stripes album Elephant. Holly’s also been busy over the last decade as half of blues/Americana duo Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs (The Brokeoffs being multi-instrumentalist Lawyer Dave). 

                      The Chatham Forts

                      Not Fade Away / I Wanna Be Your Man

                        **Cover of classic Rolling Stones 7”** We asked a few of the bands we've worked with over the years to come up with a cover version of one of their favourite 7" singles. The interesting thing is that they also had to do the original b-side as well. That made it a lot trickier and a few fell by the wayside but we've ended up with a great set of seven singles.

                        Various Artists

                        Damaged Goods 1988-2018

                          Seems like only yesterday but it's 30 years since the first Damaged Goods release! As part of the anniversary celebrations we’re releasing this compilation bringing together a selection of top tracks, deep cuts, lost gems and personal favourites. Punk, garage and indie are all well represented, with artists including Thee Headcoats, Holly Golightly, Johnny Moped, Manic Street Preachers, Cowbell, Pete Molinari, Fabienne Delsol, Thee Dagger Debs and many more!

                          The past is a foreign country and there’s certainly been many changes in the musical climate since 1988. Formats have come and gone (and returned!). Online, digital and streaming music were all pure science fiction then. But good music is as they say timeless. With this in mind we bring you some of the best music Damaged Goods Records has released since its humble beginnings in Ian Damaged's front room. With 500 releases to date it was difficult to whittle this collection down onto two pieces of vinyl and two shiny compact discs but we’re happy with the result. As a handy best-of or taster for further investigation we hope you’ll enjoy this selection.  Place it on your turntable, crank up the volume and enjoy! 


                          Johnny Moped

                          Motorhead / City Kids - Picture Disc Edition

                            **Cover of classic Motorhead 7”** We asked a few of the bands we've worked with over the years to come up with a cover version of one of their favourite 7" singles. The interesting thing is that they also had to do the original b-side as well. That made it a lot trickier and a few fell by the wayside but we've ended up with a great set of seven singles.

                            Thee Headcoats

                            In Tweed We Trust

                              Thee Headcoats were mainly Billy Childish (Git/Vox) Bruce Brand (Drums) and Johnny Johnson (bass), they formed in 1989 after Billy's previous band Thee Mighty Caesers gave up the ghost. By 1992 they had already released something like 6 albums and 15 singles.Lots more releases followed including this great LP In Tweed We Trust originally released in 1996, the follow up to the equally great Conundrum. Thee Headcoats carried on touring and releasing records in every corner of the world until mid 2000 when they called it a day. During the '90's I must have seen them 60 times, I even went over to Japan with them in 1993. There was something really natural about them, no bullshit. We did the 'We hate The Fuckin' NME' single after NME journo Johnny Cigarettes walked out of their gig in Archway after insisting that he should get in for free as he was from the NME and then reviewing Thee Headcoatees by saying their was no girls in the band (he left before they came onstage!!). 

                              FORMAT INFORMATION

                              Coloured LP Info: Limited Lp Pressing On Duck Egg Blue Vinyl To Match The Cover

                              Cyanide Pills

                              Just For You / I'm Celebrating

                                cover of the Glitter Band classic ‘Just For You’ and comes backed with the original b-side ‘I’m Celebrating’ and a homage version of the original French 7” sleeve along with our ‘tribute’ to the classic Bell records label from the '70s. The Cyanide Pills will be back in London in December for one of their Xmas gigs

                                Holly Golightly

                                Singles Round-Up

                                  Holly Golightly (real name) started her musical career as a founder member of all girl garage band Thee Headcoatees, a Billy Childish /
                                  Thee Headcoats splinter group in 1991. She spent four years as a Headcoatee before breaking away to release her debut record, The Good Things, in 1995. Where the Headcoatees sound was a blend of girl group sounds and three-chord garage-rock with all the original songs coming from the pen of Billy Childish, Holly's solo sound is more a blend of pre-rock electric blues, folk rock, and less frantic rock 'n' roll. Apart from the wide range of covers of such artists as Willie Dixon, Ike Turner, Lee Hazelwood, Wreckless Eric, and Bill Withers, Golightly also writes most of her own material.

                                  Holly Golightly is definitely the most interesting and diverse artist to come out of the Billy Childish school and is certainly one of the better singer/songwriters of the post-grunge era who gets better with every album. Since her debut in 1995, Golightly has been very prolific, releasing a string of classic long play records and loads of singles for a wide variety of labels as well as touring extensively in America, Australia & Europe. This double vinyl LP, (or single CD newly packaged in a digipack) compiles Holly's first twelve 7” singles, A & B-sides. It includes the bluesy 'No Big Thing' with its bar-room piano and harmonica backing, the dirty guitar-driven 'Til I Get, the shuffling brushed drums and double bass of 'Come The Day, the haunting vocal and bottleneck guitar of 'Stain' and finishes with a brilliant up-tempo cover of Pavement's 'Box Elder'.

                                  Miss Ludella Black

                                  Till You Lie In Your Grave

                                    Ex-Headcoatee - Back With A New LP! Featuring The Masonics! Miss Ludella Black is back with brand new LP Till You Lie In Your Grave, her follow up to 2008's From This Witness Stand. Yes, 10 long years but worth the wait! Till You Lie In Your Grave is the former Delmona and Headcoatee, Ludella's 3rd and favourite solo album released by Damaged Goods. It was recorded at Jim Riley's Ranscombe studio, in her home town of Rochester in Kent. The fourteen songs include twelve titles penned by Mick Hampshire, a cover of The Beatles' 'Wait', and a nod to her headbanging days with a rendition of Black Sabbath's 'Am I Going Insane'. Pour yourself a large Merlot, sit back, relax and enjoy! By the way,the sharp eyed of you may notice that the location of the photo shoot on the record cover bears an uncanny resemblance to that on the Headcoatees' Girlsville LP. Funny that! “Of all the creatures, man alone has ears on his stomach.”

                                    CTMF

                                    About Brian (Alt.Version) B/W The Fields In Mist (unreleased)

                                      The A-side is an alternate version of a track from the band's recent Brand New Cage LP. The B-side is exclusive to this release.
                                      “There's a plaque to Mick and Keith at Dartford station saying 'here they formed the Rolling Stones.' To his great credit Bill Wyman is pretty pissed, you can see him complaining on YouTube about it, saying it's nonsense and that Brian formed the group... he's like the conscience and the talisman of The Rolling Stones. Apparently quite a difficult character in a lot of ways. His idiosyncratic take on things meant his demise was like the end of the validity of rock music.” Billy Childish – July 2017


                                      Snivelling Shits

                                      I Can't Come

                                        The third ever release on Damaged Goods was the original vinyl version of this album. (FNARRLP3) ‘Terminal Stupid’, their one and only single was one of my favourite singles from 1977 and in 1988 I searched out lead singer Giovanni Dadomo and together we put together this album. It features both sides of their that 7” plus another track they released on the Beggars Banquet compilation ‘Streets’ (Beggars first release), although they had to change their name (to Arthur Comix) as Beggars were worried about the word ‘shits’ on the cover of their album!.

                                        Anyway we found another 6 or so tracks, mastered it with Dave Goodman and put it out, at the time Gio had also unearthed one of the three tracks that he cowrote and recorded with The Damned, ‘There ‘Aint No Sanity Clause’ is included on the LP & CD. This is a review of the original album from the Trouser Press website.... ‘The hazard of anyone-can-do-it musical movements is what might get dragged in. Fortunately, the jokey Snivelling Shits - two London rock critics (singer Giovanni Dadomo and guitarist Dave Fudger) and such musician friends as Steve Nicol of the Hot Rods and bassist Steve Lillywhite - were sharply skilled at smuttily satirising the sounds of '77. As anthologised in this archival colored-vinyl document, the band's brief recording career (eight whole tracks, including the viciously irreverent "isgodaman?," originally released on a Beggars Banquet compilation LP under the name Arthur Comics?) included incisive swipes at the Sex Pistols, John Cooper Clarke ("I Wanna Be Your Biro”) and the Velvet Underground. That's history for you. 

                                        More Memphis, more Fuzz, more greasy foot-beating, party-greeting, soul-treating maximum RnB. And yes, more Cowbell. Jack Sandham (Guitar/Keys/Vox) and Wednesday Lyle (Drums/Vox) have straddled the Atlantic with the beat stampede of their songbook so far, but Haunted Heart sees them walk down the dark end of the street, drawing on Atlantic-era Ray Charles and Dusty, while still keeping on creeping on with the sweaty-hand shaky knee Garage rock ear-worms. From the Sun Studio, Cramps-like swagger of the title track, to the paranoid Coasters swing and Doors-keys of None Of Your Business, Jack’s urgent vocals yelp out from the first needle drop, stepping aside for Wednesday’s wink of the eye on the Holly Golighty/Black Lips femme-fatale fury of Downlow, which sounds like it’s been ripped straight from the beating heart of the Fillmore during the Summer Of Love.

                                        Produced by the band themselves at Soup studios in Limehouse, London, their early raw bare-bones sound has now been fully expanded with Jack’s sandpaper grit guitars and Wednesday’s freight train rhythms chased down with some glitchy synths and vintage organs (Doom train/Neon blue) as well as a drop of Delta gospel Blues on Nothing But Trouble (also incidentally the first Cowbell song ever to actually feature a Cowbell). Otis and Pickett-era horns breathe seductively into the swampy-stomp of What Am I Supposed To Do, while New Kind Of Love tiptoes onstage with its alluring smokey jazz piano as Wednesday brings a beautifully casual Peggy Lee type Fever to the microphone.But it’s with the curtain-closers on both sides of wax that 

                                        The Killjoys

                                        Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven

                                          The Killjoys were one of the finest punk bands thrown up in the UK 1977 explosion. Energetic, frenetic and just a single piece of plastic to show for it. But what a record! Johnny Won't Get To Heaven is up there with the best in its class. Before Kevin Rowland discovered the joys of making menswear and years before he launched Dexys Midnight Runners he was the lead singer in this legendary punk band from the Midlands. Originally called Lucy & The Lovers and more jazz orientated, Kevin caught the first of a series of wind of changes and hitched a ride on punk with his girlfriend Heather on backing vocals and the gorgeous Gem on bass whom he exploited to the full even encouraging her wearing of sexually alluring clothing!!!!

                                          Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the debut long player from The Senior Service. A thrilling musical journey tinged with the filmic hues of bygone celluloid classics. Here you’ll find it all; excitement, action, romance, intrigue! Each song tells its own story – no words are necessary. As with all great instrumental music, it weaves its web of magic through the light and shade created from the brush of keys, plucking of strings and beating of skins, with the occasional splash of colour provided by brass, vibes and theremin (naturally) – this exquisite combination alone conjures up its narrative. A year or so back, Johnny purchased his first Hammond Organ. Being in love with the depth of sound and, yes, emotion, that flows, oozes and blasts from this monumental beast from an early age, it was time that Mr. B succumbed. There was a game plan – to form a band and attack the classics, tracks made famous by such giants of the Hammond as Georgie Fame and Booker T. It was a good plan and it was a plan that began to take shape. But then…

                                          …The band – four like-minded old friends sharing a love for the thematic majesty created by the likes of John Barry and Barry Gray – reconsidered and it was quickly decided upon to pen wholly original material, to follow in the colossal footprints of those sultans of the soundtrack. Colossal footprints undoubtedly, but the impassioned quartet of Johnny, Graham, Darryl and Wolf collectively lifted the hallowed mantle and strived to build their own set of purely instrumental tunes. What emerged was a collection of songs with an orchestral sensibility juxtaposed with an urgent garage rock crash bang wallop! It was completely unique but had a comforting familiarity that would take the listener back to the greatest scenes from some of their favourite movies. The fruit of these endeavours is now in your hand, packaged under the title of The Girl in the Glass Case – a title inspired by an original Wolf Howard poem. From the first unexpected crash of Snake Charmer that attacks you like the crack of a rattlesnake’s tail, to the final hushed piano coda of Bees, via the European flavoured intrigue of Into the Tunnel and exhilarating Mexican romance of Five Beans in the Wheel, you are completely immersed in the world of The Senior Service. So please indulge and enjoy. The Girl in the Glass Case awaits you.
                                          Roberto Rocket February 2016

                                          Thee Spivs are back with their third album in as many years and with ‘The Crowds and The Sounds’ they’ve honed their canny blend of trad punk, garage punk, post punk, new wave, classic English rock’n’roll and pub rock to create a magnificently varied album. Dare we say, these young men have matured, with Ben Edge proving his worth as an accomplished songwriter. Drawing from a more diverse array of influences, Thee Spivs have lapped up and reimagined sounds from bands such as The Television Personalities, The Ramones and early Wire. The new album is a natural progression from their critically acclaimed debut ‘Taped Up’ (which landed the band an early Mojo Rising feature and a Guardian New Band of the Day piece as well as praise in The Sunday Times and Artrocker) and last year’s ‘Black and White Memories’ (with reviews including Q, Uncut and BBC). ‘The Crowds and The Sounds’ is instantly more melodic and you can see additional influences from the very British qualities of The Kinks. The songs are slowed down and slightly longer in length, with a lot more thought and work in to each one than the furiously fast, punchy numbers from their early records.

                                          The Jimi Ben Band

                                          Royal Baboon / Monkeys In Da House

                                          Debut single from French 3-piece electronic garage band, The Jimi Ben Band. Based in Lille, France, they came to our attention having played with Thee Spivs. We strongly suggest you YouTube the video to experience the full majesty and psychedelic majesty of the band.

                                          Once upon a time, Jimi Ben found himself lost in the jungle. He had been wandering in South East Asia for years and could find no way out. One night he was cruising for dirt and love, he got struck by sexedelic visions emerging from the red lights of go-go bars. An inner baboon voice told him: “Jimi ! Bad is good for you. Why don’t you set up a Rock’N’Roll band ?”. That’s exactly what he did. Back in his hometown (Stockton, Northern France), he was taught by long time friend Ricky Love how to play power chords on a guitar and recorded a first LP demo on a 4 tracks tape recorder in his kitchen.In December 2009, Johnny Boom (drums) joined Ricky Love (bass, vocals) and Jimi Ben (vocals, guitars) for their first show and further DIY tape recordings (Monkeys In Da House EP – 2011). Mainly influenced by American Garage bands, 60’s British Beat groups, Surf Music, Punk Rock and New Wave, these slackers like it rather cheesy, danceable and fun. The Jimi Ben Band started as a lo-fi garage trio. Since then, they have performed about 40 shows in France and Belgium and developed a degenerate style based on energy, coconut vocals and great amounts of reverb. They have made it quite clear that they wanted nothing but having girls dancing at gigs.

                                          Thee Spivs

                                          Black And White Memories

                                          Thee Spivs are back with their second album in November, following their debut from 2010 the critically acclaimed ‘Taped Up’.

                                          ‘Black And White Memories’ was recorded in East London at Gizzard studios with Ed Deegan at the controls over the summer, it features 14 new tracks. This album shows how the band have progressed and matured over the last year, alongside storming garage & 77 Punk tracks like the lead single ‘TV Screen’ and ‘Flicking V’s’ there are even a couple of ballads! The band recently played the MOJO awards gigs at London’s 100 Club alongside the Jim Jones Revue and they are heading back over to Europe for another string of dates in late October. Thee Spivs are Ben Edge (Git/Vox) Dan May (bass) and Steve Coley (drums) Rock ‘N’ Roll hasn’t been this much fun for years, give it a try, you might like it!


                                          Nat Johnson & The Figureheads

                                          Wonderful Emergency / Don't Worry Baby

                                          Nat Johnson is the former singer, songwriter and guitarist of Monkey Swallows the Universe - a Sheffield based five piece band who released two critically acclaimed albums earlier in the decade, toured the UK with Richard Hawley, the Long Blondes and Camera Obscura, were profiled in The Sun and the Guardian, played a host of festivals and performed live sessions for the likes of XFM, 6music and Radio 4's Loose Ends. Since the band split in 2008 Nat has embarked on what has so far proved to be a very fruitful solo career with her single for Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation "Dirty Rotten Soul" which is on the album and made Single of the Week by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music. Now with her debut album all recorded Nat has assembled a new backing band The Figureheads (featuring MSTU co-founder Kevin Gori, Chris Loftus of Fury of the Headteachers and Neil Piper of Champion Kickboxer) for a series of gigs throughout the Summer and Autumn - all leading up to the release of debut album "Roman Radio" on the 19th of October preceded by the double 'A' side single "Wonderful Emergency" c/w "Don't Worry Baby".

                                          The Headcoatees were Holly Golightly, Ludella Black, Kyra Rubella & Bongo Debbie, they released seven studio albums, a singles compilation and a split live album with Thee Headcoats. Thee Headcoatees played live along with Thee Headcoats from 1990–1999 when they split followed a year later by Thee Headcoats. Holly Golightly has gone on to release 13 solo albums and too many singles to mention, plus notable guest appearances on records by Rocket From The Crypt, The White Stripes and Mikabomb. Ludella Black was a founder member of legendary Medway band the DelMonas and has also released two solo albums with another planned for 2008 and is currently out on tour with The Masonics. Kyra Rubella released one solo album and singles on quite a few labels in the 1990's, she also did a single with Armitage Shanks in 1996. Kyra is currently in The A-Lines along with Debbie and Julie from The Musicians Of The British Empire. Bongo Debbie is currently in various bands including The Buffets, The A-Lines, and Dutronc and before that was also in The Would Be Goods, Honey & The Hucksters, Baby Birkin and probably a lot more besides.


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