Category Archives: punk rock

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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More Junkie Business with the Only Ones

1997 a boy child is born. My wife and me were pretty smug. We already had a daughter, now we had the full set. The new arrival appeared healthy and happy, quite a bundle of fun. There are those who … Continue reading

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The Three Record Rule and Dr Feelgood

It’s a sad but true fact that almost every artist has a sell by date. The rule I usually live by is that no one needs more than 3 CDs from any one artist, once you’ve got three that’s enough, … Continue reading

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Don’t Dictate

One of the things that comes up time and time again when researching the early days of punk is the resourceful nature of virtually all of the protagonists. Whether it was Steve Jones nicking enough equipment to equip the Sex … Continue reading

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Pretender

“I know that the Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. … And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, … Continue reading

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The Mighty Slits

“People didn’t know whether to fuck us or kill us, because we looked like we’d come out of a porn magazine.” Becoming a parent raises a whole load of issues. There is no right or wrong for most of us, … Continue reading

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Four Strings, Two Hands, One Woman

By the mid 70’s rock music was 20 years old. As an art form it had simply exploded, from Elvis recording ‘that’s Alright Mama to The Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields forever’ was not much over ten years. The evolution of music … Continue reading

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