Category Archives: punk rock

The Doctors of Madness

Many years ago while working in Leicester I came across a story in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury, about Leicester bands who had not quite made it. Leicester is not exactly a rock and roll city but it’s made … Continue reading

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Andy Gill

The death of Andy Gill, Gang of Four Guitarist in many ways seems more tragic than the Amy’s, Janis’s and Jimi’s. Gill was only 63, it’s tempting to think that if you’ve made it that far you should be entitled … Continue reading

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This is Pop, ‘Gabrielle’, the Nips

Shane MacGowen was a face on the UK punk scene almost from its inception. His face in itself was a remarkable feature, even by British 70’s standards, due to standard abysmal dental hygiene and treatment and aided by a copious intake … Continue reading

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This is Pop…The Rezillos

The career of the Rezillos was short and punchy, just like their songs. Coming from Edinburgh they emerged fully formed, had a couple of hits, released an album that was in effects a greatest hits record and then squeezed out … Continue reading

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Christmas Day Squeeze

    And so this is Christmas and it’s time for another super 70’s Christmas single. ‘Christmas Day’ is a single by Squeeze, you may not have heard of it and that’s got a lot to do with the fact … Continue reading

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Goodbye Pete Shelley

It’s a compliment to Pete Shelley that his death has provoked some rather fine online tributes from his friends and peers. In the modern world where something along the line of ‘Pete Shelley, sad news, RIP’ is regarded as newsworthy … Continue reading

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The Clash ‘Sort it Out’

November 1978, 10 young men stuck in a concrete block on the outskirts of a midlands city. Trent Polytechnic seemed far removed from the dreaming spires. Many of my new companions departed for the big city every day to do … Continue reading

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