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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

The link in question:

I recently came across your site while surfing the net for 70s nostalgia,in doing so i read the article by Tim Williams on punk/funk people clothes  and places in Newport (Gwent)and Bristol.
Tim really got it nailed on the head,i remember the Bristol boy and girls coming to both Rudi’s,and the monday night Stowaway (Alan jones run,dave bumford and Brian Lewis dj-ing)this was the Paradise soul night with a reverential amount of jazz funk disco & reggae,normally with a band to follow,most of the UKs top reggae and jazz funk/funk outfits cut their teeth there,from Steel Pulse to Hi Tension,and the Pretenders if my memory serves me correctly.
What i have been meaning to get around to is, we ventured over to the Princes court in Park St (i believe),as we had it on good authority from a group of Bristol girls we had got close to in Newport, that we could expect to hear the same tuneage there as we were used to in Newport,and like Rudi’s it was upstairs. One of the girls vivian……? from St Paul’s ,who wore that night  a Johnson male shiny grey peg retro 50s suit complete with shirt and tie, (a bead of sweat or liquid was enough to leave a mark, i know because i had one) had the most amazing long cleopatra ish cut with her fringe down to just over her eye lids,so when she spoke she would always have to raise her head to see or when talking.(dead cool or at lest what passed for cool  in 78).
Her friend who i believe was an on off friend to Alan Jones,and did some local modeling  adorned the wall in a life size  black and white photo at the Princes Court.
If this rings a bell with anyone an update as to how they are doing now would be appreciated or if they have gone on to better things.
in closing iand when i have more time i will respond to Tims excellent piece,and give an update on how and what some of those names he mentioned are up to now, and some others he didn’t but should still know,together with some Bristol night out stories.


Sunday, April 25th, 2010



Released worldwide on 23rd August 2010


In 1979, Bristols’ music scene was riding the crest of the new wave, spawning numerous bands and performers whose influences and indeed physical beings have gone on to feature in some of todays’ big music makers.

During this period local musician Simon Edwards decided to form Bristols’ first independent label, Heartbeat Records, to capture all the excitement and get Bristols’ music out beyond the M32.

With so many bands to choose from the label set about releasing a series of 7” singles, and such was the demand realised by these that a compilation LP featuring fifteen of these bands was released. The album, topically titled AVON CALLING went on to achieve near legendary status – even hailed by John Peel as “truly superb, the compilation that all others should be judged by”.

Such was the interest in the album that the bands involved continued to supply the label with demo tapes, and the lucky ones went on to release more singles, even 12” EP’s and ultimately LP’s. The sheer volume of demos and the eventual logistical constraints of “just how many records can one man put out in a year” meant that only a few would actually see further releases – though the content was in most cases nothing short of superb.

Label boss Edwards openly admits to continually returning to many of the songs purely
just to listen and enjoy some “bloody good music”. Long has it been his ambition to put together an album of these songs – for no other reason but to get them out there where they belong, so they can at last be heard by others and the bands once more be applauded for making such exciting and essential sounds.

Well, the dream has finally been realised and Bristol Archive Records have given him the platform to finally release AVON CALLING 2, a collection of previously unreleased recordings from the vaults of Bristols’ Heartbeat Becords. Featured bands include EUROPEANS, APARTMENT, SNEAK PREVIEW, JOE PUBLIC, 48 HOURS, ESSENTIAL BOP, THE DIRECTORS, THE X-CERTS and SOCIAL SECURITY.

This new album full of forgotten treasures will sit perfectly along side the original AVON CALLING release and go some way to completing the story of just what was happening in Bristol back in 1979/1980 and how the music sounds as relevant today as it did back then.

LABEL / DISTRIBUTION: Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock
FORMAT: CD plus digital download


Saturday, April 24th, 2010
We are thrilled to confirm that Bristol Archive Records will release a limited edition Vinyl album from The Cortinas on June 21st 2010. 400 copies will be availabe from all retail distribution outlets however there will be 100 SPECIAL copies available from Record Shop ONLY!!!

These will contain a very special black and white pullout featuring exclusive pictures from the band recording Fascist Dictator at Polydor Studios and playing live at Chutes in Bristol 1977 all taken by Stephen Swan.

The pull out will also include 3 amazing stories/ personal insights on the band from Tim Williams,Phil Harrison and Steve Bush.


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‘MK 1’

Released on 21st June 2010



Bristol’s first punk band, The Cortinas, formed in March 1976 when Jeremy Valentine (vocals), Nick Sheppard (guitar), Mike Fewins (guitar), Dexter Dalwood (bass) and Daniel Swan were still at school.“Jer put the band together, he definitely had a vision of what he wanted; he was very hip – Dexter and Mike went to the same school as him” remembers Nick. “He found me via Mark Stewart, who I went to school with, and I brought Dan in; we had played in a band together before. We used to practise at the back of Jer’s Dad’s shop”.

The Cortinas soon built up a big local following, and a break came when the band supported The Stranglers at the fabled Roxy Club in Covent Garden on 22 January 1977. Nick recalls how it came to be: “Hugh Cornwell was staying at a friend of his’ flat near the university, on holiday, and me and my girlfriend met him in the street. This would have been in the summer of 76. We started talking to him because we recognized him from seeing The Stranglers and hung out for the afternoon. I told him about the band. Later on, in January 77, he sent us a postcard asking us to play at the Roxy, so we rang up and said yes! I remember my mum telling me not to be too disappointed if people didn’t like us…”.Things then moved quickly for the band. Miles Copeland and Mark Perry’s Step Forward label released the classic singles ‘Fascist Dictator’ in June and ‘Defiant Pose’ in December, the band recorded a fine Peel session, and they appeared on the front cover of the April/May issue of Sniffin’ Glue. Heady stuff, but sadly, it was over all too soon.

The following year, after a poorly received album, the band were no more, but in 1977 they were unstoppable – simply one of the best first wave punk bands around.

This album contains all four tracks from those two great singles, plus ten rare early demo tracks, all newly remastered.

Track Listing:

Side One
Track 1 Defiant Pose
Track 2 Further Education
Track 3 Have It With You
Track 4 Ask Mr Waverley
Track 5 Independence
Track 6 Youth Club Dance
Track 7 Television Families

Side Two
Track 1 Justice
Track 2 Fascist Dictator
Track 3 Tribe Of The City
Track 4 I Trust Valarie Singleton
Track 5 Slow Down
Track 6 I Don’t Want To Compromise
Track 7 Television Families (Demo)


Album Review –

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Bristol Archive Records

This is a highly commendable compilation, as you should expect from this label, with some interesting bands, which is harder to achieve with Punk material than you may realise. Punk compilations tend to be fairly orthodox nowadays, and after a while almost pointless, the same material endlessly regurgitated, but having a regional niche to explore gives this a character of its own, with the timeline aspect fairly unnecessary. It’s a snapshot stretched out over whatever frame you might wish for. Like the wonderful hyped2death releases Bristol Archive continues to intrigue and captivate with their diligent work, so you should enjoy this if you’re an adept at discerning Punk varieties, but also for the newcomer it’s a pretty diverting mixture. Some you will love swiftly, some will make you feel sick. This is all to be expected, and while you could argue some bands deserve more or less space than others, that’s a personal argument. The weirdest part, as with pretty much any Punk compilation, is just how cute it all sounds. There’s also one of the greatest punk songs ever quivering on the autopsy table, which you may be unaware of.

With cuteness under scrutiny The Cortinas are coyly puffing their puny chests out throughout the jingly-jangling ‘Defiant Pose’, which originally felt like a breath of fresh air but now appears to be gerbils covering Dr Feelgood. The voice of rebellion ladies and gentlemen! The Pigs spin into view with ‘National Front’, complete with some shockingly inane lyrics, but then I thought this was dopey old tripe when I first heard it. In fact this was about the only one of the first indie punk singles I didn’t buy, at a time when you bought pretty much everything which came within reach. Even that Clark Kent thing, or Pork Dukes. Luckily Social Security’s ‘I Don’t Want My Heart To Rule My Head’ is made of sterner stuff, albeit determinedly one-dimensional, as agile and chunky guitar disports itself alongside some spirited, ambitious vocals. The Pigs partially redeem themselves with the ironically callous ‘Youthanasia’, complete with a guitar break that wouldn’t exhaust a flea. Social Security could be attempting a cheeky Buzzcocks impersonation in ‘Choc Ice’ but come over as a lopsided version of The Boys, which is okay as their guitar is bright and vivid.

The Posers pound away at the yappingly gumboid ‘Good Advice’ which is a cross between UK Subs and some early hardcore, with neatly slithering bass. It would appear The Media recorded ‘New Blood’ inside a thimble decorated with Gen X posters where they sound tiny, stylishly constricted and a bit demented. It’s bizarre hearing something so oddly recorded it seems to be trapped inside the speakers, and yet it’s fun! The Primates have a live version of ‘Generation Warfare’ and this is a rough and tumble engagingly delivered with punky verve which isn’t squalid or aping others. The X-Certs also blare their way through the jiggling ‘Fight Back’ with some vivacity, at which point we reach The Great Moment.

One of the finest independent punk releases appeared on the ‘4 Alternatives EP’, a song by 48 Hours entitled ‘Back To Ireland.’ I lost my copy a while back but here we have a demo version of it, called ‘A Soldier’ and Ange, whoever he was, is a brilliant lyricist, detailed but direct, with the band, fittingly enough, close in style to Stiff Little Fingers without any hectoring aspect. Passionate but straightforward, this is almost modest in its excitement. I can’t work out all of the words but I felt it necessary to type out what I can, as this is so good compared to most of the dross punk bands used to come up with, especially the ‘have-you-got-10p?’ merchants who were everywhere back then.

“In 1969 I was just twelve years of age,
I didn’t know I was sent to act out on Britain’s great stage,
I had six years to go,
To play with my toy tommy gun,
It took one shot in the leg,
To prove that this isn’t much fun.

“This place ain’t far from home,
Though it could be a million miles,
Some people here are friendly,
Some even bother to smile
But when I was watching the advert,
I’m sure it was nothing like this
When my three years is up I can’t stay in this place.

“Cos they said I’m going to Ireland,
I got to fight for my life
I’ve got to fight for Britain,
Using rifles and knives.”

(May have that last line slightly wrong.)

“1975, eighteen years have passed,
Eighteen years I’ve been here,
I hope this won’t be my last.
Standing in long lines with rifles in our hands
I crush them up with my big boots…

(Can’t make these words out properly.)

“Cos they said I’m staying in Ireland, for the next 18 months
A British army corporal
Once signed on at once
Cos they said I’m going to Ireland (etc).”

Guitar spiral off wonderfully in discontent at this point, over thumping drums, as we hit the best bit.

“How I wish I was back in the office,
Leaving off work at four-thirty
And here I am, in the Lansdowne Road.
I’m cold, I’m wet, I’m dirty.
The army just ain’t for me,
Guns and barbed wire is all I see
I’ve just got to leave this post,
I’ll ditch all my stuff
…and I’ll run for the coast.

“And now I’m running from Ireland
For the next 50 years
A conscientious objector,
Oh, will you see my tears?”

“Cos they said I’m going to Ireland (etc)

“Oh can’t you see
The army
It just ain’t for me
Ohhhh cant you see
The army
Just ain’t for me

“And I never wanted to come here anyway!”

That final touch of petulant post-Pistolian wit nails the perfect song, seemingly throwaway but an actual spark of emphatic genius. Bliss.

The Verdict keep the Irish theme going through a bustling ‘IRA Man’ that reminds me strangely of The Pirates as though they have an r’n’b past, and the carefully emphasised vowels are simply too Rottenesque to be taken seriously, while the guitarist just wants to go on soloing forever! The X-Certs do their convincing reggae in ‘Stop The Fussing And The Fighting’ which has spry touches, and comes over as soothing. Then it’s none other than Vice Squad who charge off in ‘Resurrection’ and here’s a band we could have done with more of. They always had a crazed energy about them and like many of the more exciting bands of that time their energy seemed to have been poured into a fragile shape you expected to shatter, but somehow they’d always seem to surf their own slipstream, round and round, up and down.

That’s the good stuff and then we’re into the bowels of Hell, I’m afraid. Disorder’s ‘Complete Disorder’ is some form of rakish shorthand I’m sure, like low level sonic suicide. Mad and bad they keep the right side of thrash or the plain scrappy, and trail off coldly. Chaos UK offer a fairly identikit sub-anarcho rant in ‘Four Minute Warning’ and represent the kind of earnest but dog-eared, dog-tired Punk I never found remotely exciting or endearing. I suppose they sound pretty decent when set against Court Martial and their slack ‘Gotta Get Out’ but it’s a close run thing as both bore you senseless. The Undead want to complain about the world in ‘It’s Corruption’, as the police and the army are very naughty and apparently corruption destroys freedom of speech and drives people to do crazy things. Their drummer is truly awful. Lunatic Fringe ask ‘Who’s In Control?’ and I think they’re genuinely confused. Chaotic Dischord scamper through the utterly abysmal ‘Who Killed E.T? (I Killed The Fucker!)’ and you have to ask why this garbage was even allowed on the record. Onslaught think they’re Motorhead and gargle through the terminal ‘Thermo Nuclear Devastation Of The Planet Earth’ as I gaze around the office trying to summon up the enthusiasm to leave this chair. At least it’s a short song, but that final phase of the record is a weird thing. Punk started off exciting, developed character and then become a generic heap of shite. The record reflects that, I guess.

While you should find the majority of the album enjoyable, and can simply ignore the final tracks, this is a compilation worth buying for the mighty 48 Hours alone. That’s a total classic and it’s fantastic to be reunited with it again.

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Bristol The Punk Explosion on Organ Radio

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

ORGAN SHOW playlists

Postby SeanOrgan » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:27 pm

Organ on Resonance 104.4FM, 9.00PM Sunday 28th March 2010. This week with Sean on DJ duties. On your FM dial all over London and worldwide via

This week’s playlist..

1: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta)
2: HILLS HAVE RIFFS – The Countrysude Has Escaped Part 1 (Noisestar)
3: THE HARDY TREE – Seagulls And Chips (RIM)
4: THE BUFF MEDWAYS – Ivor (Transcopic)
5: THE PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA – California Uber Alles (download)
6: CAPTAIN AHAB – Acting Hard (DeathbombArc)
7: THE POSERS – Good Advice (Bristol Archive)
8: DEATH OF LONDON – Kiri Kiri Kiri (Function)
9: THE WIND-UP BIRDS – There Won’t Always Be An England (Sturdy)
10: CASTROVALVA – That’s What I’m Talking About (Brew)
11: SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB – Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle (Armellodie)
12: CAPTAIN AHAB – Godlike (DeathbombArc)
13: RUDE MECHANICALS – Scary Fish Finger Woman (RIM)
14: CUTTHROAT CONVENTION – The Void The Vuv (Doubledgescissor)
15: BUFF MEDWAYS – You Piss Me Off (Transcopic)
16: CASTROVALVA – Hooliganz R Us (Brew)
17: THE CONFORMISTS – Tax Deduction (Africantape)
18: THE UNDEAD – It’s Corruption (Bristol Archive)
19: CAPTAIN AHAB – I Don’t Have A Dick (DeathbombArc)
20: ONSLAUGHT – Thermo Nuclear Devastation Of The Planet Earth (Bristol Archive)
21: TRICLOPS – With SARS, I’ll Ride The Wind (Alternative Tentacles) -
22: FUNKI PORCINI – Moog River (Ninja Tune)

Full details, notes, links…..

Early start tonight, technical problems with pre-recorded shows, we arrived to find studio chaos, crashing equipment wearing out and please do remember Resonance FM is run by unpaid volunteers, show presenters and DJ’s who do this because we all love the station, the idea and the whole being involve in something rather special… Imagine a radio station, imagine a something that isn’t run as a commercial enterprise and thus revolves around editorial and artistic diversity, around risk-taking wholesomeness (we’d never get to play these bands and such on commercial or mainstream stations, there just wouldn’t be a voice!). But but but, Resonance FM depends on your kind donations and support to keep on running, we need your support to maintain the overworked equipment, to pay the electricity bills and to fix broken computers, so please go to the website,, and donate, every little bit helps… thank you…
Right then, early start and twenty or so extra minutes at the start that confused some of you who though you hadn’t put your clocks forward….

1: TRANSISTOR SIX – Back Yard Rocketship (Blackbean & Placenta) – our adopted theme tune so you know where you are. Transistor Six is Frances Castle, there’s lots of fine art and creativity to explore from Francis so please please do. You can now get the whole tune downloaded for yourselves and find links to her artwork, albums, her new Hardy Tree project and lots more over at – and this week, due to the unexpected early start you got the full track rather than just the slice of intro that you usually get…

2: HILLS HAVE RIFFS – The Countryside Has Escaped Part 1 (Noisestar) – Track from the forthcoming album The Countryside Has Escaped, Hills Have Riffs is DCW Briggs, front man with heavy post-rockers Cove. The album is a doom-folk coming together laced with reverb-soaked cello, touches of Swans, tastes of Fairport Convention and the whole thing comes out on April 5th. More from or .
And we got home after tonight’s show to find an e.mail from the Club Clang people telling us they have Cove playing alongside Das Bastard and Feal Real here in London at Catch (Old Street) this coming Friday 2nd April – and all for free in terms of door price and such. More from

3: THE HARDY TREE – Seagulls And Chips (RIM) – Now this is a rather fine Hardy Tree cover of a Sexton Ming song that you can fine on a rather fine Sexton Ming tribute album called This Is Ming Beat. All done that delicate Hardy Tree way (see Transistor Six up above). Explore more via or scroll down to the Rude Mechanical bit for more Ming Beat and Sexton doings and poetic gatherings and…

4: THE BUFF MEDWAYS – Ivor (Transcopic) – And because tonight’s show started early we had to raid the CDs we had brought with us for the hour long show, thus an extra Who style slice from Sir Billy Childish and one of his bands, The Buff Medways. Wanted to play something Childish tonight to flag up his show at the ICA (The Mall, central London) that’s on right now. Spread over several of the gallery rooms, you’ll find is paintings, his poetry and some of his musical history, well worth your time… A whole pulling together of several bodies of work, more than worthy of your time – or for news of the exhibition that’s on now and runs until May. Well worth picking up a copy of the ICA publication Roland, current issue is full of Childishness, pick it up at the ICA or explore the ICA website…

5: THE PUNK ROCK ORCHESTRA – California Uber Alles (download) – Not sure if the PRO are still about, just happened to have this old download with me tonight and we had a extra slice of time to fill up with the finest of earfood to hand…
“Hailing from San Francisco, CA the Punk Rock Orchestra is a 50+ piece strong orchestra that plays punk rock tunes you know and love that are specially arranged for symphonic instruments and operatic voice. The orchestra is run under the auspices of the Institute For Unpopular Culture, a San Francisco not-for-profit organisation. Punk Rock Orchestra’s set list is a journey through the great punk bands: Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, Sex Pistols, Circle Jerks, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies and so on. All the members areclassically trained, many of them by recognised masters of their respective instruments. From mosh pits to orchestra pits, you won’t hear anything like this anywhere else…. .” . Go hit those search engines….

And then we got to 9pm and our proper start time, this week the Captain Ahab show….

6: CAPTAIN AHAB – Acting Hard (Deathbomb Arc) – “How good was that opening track tonight?!” That’s what we said last time and we just had to do it all over again this week, maybe the show should open every time with this track? Here’s the cut’n paste from the last playlist: “Sometimes you hear a piece of music and yes! Lots of exciting cutting edge music waiting to challenge if you know where to look. Captain Ahab are from Los Angeles, Brian from Foot Village and Deathbomb Arc brought them to our attention, he talked of a “strange mix of Viking chants, harsh noise, Hyphy and Steve Reichian timing” and yeah, but he was only telling half of it. We got a new favourite band here (and judging by the response we’re not alone!). This is why we do this Organ thing! Bands like this, bands who sound like no one else and who sound so damn good while they go about their business of sounding unique. This track of the forthcoming (6th April) album called The End Of Irony, but but you can have this track right now as a free download via You can chase up Captain A via and you can find out about the constantly good DeathbombArc via

7: THE POSERS – Good Advice (Bristol Archive) – Slice of classic English punk, just over two minutes of on no messing late 70’s punk from Bristol. There’s a new album from Bristol Archive Records, goes by the name of Bristol The Punk Rock Explosion – twenty tracks that chronicle punk rock in the city of Bristol from The Cortinas and the initial explosion of ’77 to the point where it all headed off in a million hardcore, thrashcore anarcho directions somewhere around ’83 with bands like Onslaught. This rather fine compilation is released in June, couldn’t resist diving straight in tonight though. Sounds dated now but still sounds so fresh and alive. The Posers track is a previously unreleased slice of treasure from 1978. Lots of unreleased previously unheard slices of treasure on here amongst the tracks – The Pigs, Vice Squad, The Media, The X-Certs, Disorder, Lunatic Fringe and more –

8: DEATH OF LONDON – Kiri Kiri Kiri (Function) – Never mind no unfriendly flag or badge of whatever, it is all about the music isn’t? Yes it damn well is and Death of London certainly are that. They’re from Leicester, they got a new five track CD on the way called The Independent State Of Death Of London. More of their fiercely alternative post-hardcore flavoured challenge and alternative guitar attitude that comes with a defiant twist of difference. The wreckord is out on April 5th and you can go to for more, or maybe will give you more answers to any questions you may have….

9: THE WIND-UP BIRDS – There Won’t Always Be An England (Sturdy) – Debut single from a new Leeds band and some clever words about tattoos with three lions on and what is England now and what does it matter and all in time for the world cup and pubs full patriots. The Birds operate in a vaguely Wedding Present kind of way, I guess that’s the northern angle covered as we search for words here, hey I only heard it for the first time an hour before the show.. These are vacuous times and scathing satirical bite is what we need to transcend the mundane flow of the match via the barstool and a pint of chemical froth and notions of meathead Engerland and think Our Friends In The North, think the bite of Mark E.Smith, think Morrissey and all the contradiction that thinking that throws up. Uncertain times? Enemy within? Ben Sherman shirts? or

10: CASTROVALVA – That’s What I’m Talking About (Brew) – the debut album is nearly here, out on April 12th, UK tour starts in London on the 14th April at the Gaff, Holloway Road, London, see track 16 for more details, links and prepare to fight for your marbles and your greenhouse plants…

11: SUPER ADVENTURE CLUB – Hip Hop Hot Pot Pot Noodle (Armellodie) – – Back in February we played their single, that week’s Organ magazine single of the week, we said this of it – they’re from Glasgow, they’re alive with energy and oh here’s the single review again…
“An attention-demanding tuneful three piece get me out of this rat-race trio from Scotland. Twisting and tuning and there they go with a bit of Cardiacing in that big instrumental bit that comes in the middle of an almost twee attack of being hung up on things they need to give up and fighting like marsupials and eat your beans, brush your teeth, feed the cat, avoid zombies. We’re under attack like a dog named Sparky and lock the door, feed the cat, cancel plans, avoid zombies. They get all jazzy, ninja-jazz they say, and she has one of those sweet no-it-wasn’t-me-I-would-never-do-that type of voices, a voice that compliments his reason so much, two fine voices bit like those Bobby McGees actually. Ghoulish tune-wielding so they say and bad luck comes in threes, but not here, good luck comes your way here and stranger things have happened than this and attempting deconstructive thinking and this is a brilliant debut single and the more you dance around in it the more you tend to notice it. They don’t really sound like anyone, but they do sound like lots of things we like and there’s lots of sticks to pick up and every time I play it it makes me smile a little more, eat you teeth, wash your hands, avoid zombies, what a brilliant debut single, especially the second of two very fine clever songs and read the news, put on your shoes, prepare for a riot” This week the debut album, Avoid Zombies, landed here and guess what? The excellent single is not the best track on there! Super adventures indeed. The album is out on April 12th, these are indeed super musical adventures –

12: CAPTAIN AHAB – Godlike (DeathbombArc) – see track Six and remember where you were when you first heard the Captain, I was at a graden party, all edgy eggs and it really is a word of mouth thing…

13: RUDE MECHANICALS – Scary Fish Finger Woman (RIM) – Now then several birds fed with one stone shaped piece of bread here. Rude Mechanicals covering Sexton Ming, another track you’ll find on rather fine Sexton Ming tribute album called This Is Ming Beat that we were telling you about earlier when we played The Hardy Tree track. Rude Mechanicals are the band controlled by Miss Roberts and Miss Roberts and Her Putrid People (who I guess are a different band to the Rude Mechanicals) are doing some kind of “scary spoken word and soundscape” thing at an evening of Sexton Ming related events, poetry, music, art, and a chapbook launch. The whole thing happens on the 18th April over at venue called Pangea Project that you’ll fine over in Stoke Newington, London N16. Poetry from Sexton Ming, Colin Shaddick, Bill Lewis and a “Poet Of Domination” called Lilith Payne – is where you find out more about the night and this compilation tribute album and the chapbook and stuckists and a whole bag of things… Lilith Payne is an occasional contributor to Organ, she brings her poetry from over the sea, all the way from Boston…

14: CUTTHROAT CONVENTION – The Void The Vuv (Doubledgescissor) – Another package from the London band (with more spray paint stencil-scissors on the front) and a band who do things a little differently. They really don’t sound like anyone else and you never quite know what their next release will sound like. Experimental otherness and a new single that features this track on the b-side, real other rock goodstuff and you can sound a little different if you really want to challenge yourselves, why do so many bands jsut sound like their rather obvious record collections? –

15: BUFF MEDWAYS – You Piss Me Off (Transcopic) – You see, this one was the Buff Medways track we intending to play tonight, but extra time and rare chickens from Kent fly in twos and we had extra time so go see track four and sit on Ivor the engine driver’s lap. Just wanted to play some Billy Childish and recommended you visit the ICA. And this was especially played for ordinary Dave from Eton, he really does do as the song said… Long live the free state of mind that is the art of Billy Childish.

16: CASTROVALVA – Hooliganz R Us (Brew) – Now. like we said last time, we were expecting good from the new album, we were expecting different, we expected the unexpected, didn’t expect this good though (how could we?). The debut album from the Leeds band (who’s early moves have featured quite a bit on this here radio show) is out in the UK on April 12th. They’ve pushed their boundaries once more! They’ve taken their instrumental post rock/hardcore base and built on it until it has become a glorious vocalised beast beyond recognition. Think NWA for Oxes fans, think Notorious B.I.G meets Made In Mexico, think Prince for Lightning Bolt followers and you’re getting somewhere near something like their current sound (alright, nowhere near but it gives you a vague starting point while they stomp on your greenhouse and run off with your best marbles). or

17: THE CONFORMISTS – Tax Deduction (Africantape) – They’re from St Louis, MO and they’re liars, they don’t conform! This is from their forthcoming re-issued Steve Albini produced album that originally came out (on what we suspect is the now defunct 54 Degrees 40 or Fight label) back in 2005, out again on April 6th and not heard by us before, new fresh and real experimental envelope pushing other rock indeed – or

18: THE UNDEAD – It’s Corruption (Bristol Archive) – See track seven for more details. Another Bristol punk band and a track that originally came out on Riot City in 1982 as the whole scene moved towards anarcho confrontation and system questioning bluster, more details up there with track seven –

19: CAPTAIN AHAB – I Don’t Have A Dick (DeathbombArc) – see track Seven…. this is one of the albums of the year and…

20: ONSLAUGHT – Thermo Nuclear Devastation Of The Planet Earth (Bristol Archive) – And another track from that Bristol punk compilation (see track seven for full details). Final track on the compilation and Bristol punk moving on to embryonic thrash metal with the first very raw moves from an early demo tape from 1983. First moves to the soon to be cult metal band, they didn’t stick with this hardcore anarcho crust-punk sound for long, catch up with what they’re doing these days via

21: TRICLOPS – With SARS, I’ll Ride The Wind (Alternative Tentacles) – – Triclops have just this last week dropped their second massive slab of a rock album – Helpers On The Other Side – the beast is every bit as big as the first. Epic collision of prog and punk from a band featuring members of (the legendary) Victim’s Family as well as people from Fleshies, Bottles And Skulls, Lower 48. “An acid punk version of avant-garde classical composition with cinematic textures…” so says the AT bat. We’re talking punkified prog, heavy psych, we’re talking Butthole Surfers, Melvins, Cardiacs, Zappa, No Means No, Sun Ra and a whole bag of secret x factor in the twisted beauty of it all. The legacy of Victim’s Family indeed (ask your big sister, they were an oasis of experimental punk/prog in the desert that was the 80’s/90/s, those of us who saw them in London still talk of it) – or

22: FUNKI PORCINI – Moog River (Ninja Tune) – yes that was an interpretation on Moon River to end tonight’s rather frantic show. James Braddell A.K.A Funki Porcini has a new album called On, out on May 3rd and yes that was Moon River on a Moog – or

And we shall do it all next Sunday, next week with Marina at the decks with her OTHER ROCK SHOW and the further exploration of rock musicbeyond mere 4/4 convention, provided the studio equipment survives another week. If you like what we do here please go to the Resonance FM website and donate, every little helps – all you bands and labels who get so much support here, we’re calling a little of it back in now please…

Lots more of all this kind of thing over on the Organ magazine website at


The Fans on Tour in Japan 2010

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Please check out this website for images of the Fans tour of Japan April 2010.

PREORDER THE ALBUM – Bristol The Punk Explosion

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Bristol – The Punk Explosion
Preorder the cd from TODAY at the following distribution outlets:


Released worldwide on 14th June 2010


The Cortinas were the first. They played the Roxy Club, released two singles on Mark Perry and Miles Copeland’s Step Forward label, graced the front cover of Sniffin’ Glue and recorded a Peel Session. Guitarist Nick Sheppard remembers the night it all slotted into place: “I think a real turning point for us was seeing the Ramones at the Roundhouse on July 4 1976 – we definitely started to write our own songs after that gig. We had been playing and doing gigs for about a year by then – all covers apart from one song, Tokyo Joe as I remember. After that gig we started writing stuff like Television Families. I think we saw people like us in the audience at that gig, and it must have given us confidence.”
Taking their cue, bands like Social Security (the first band on Heartbeat Records), The Pigs (whose Youthanasia single was released by Miles Copeland’s New Bristol Records), The Primates, The Media, The Posers and The Verdict gave Bristol one of the strongest provincial early punk scenes, mainly centred around the Clifton area of Bristol and Barton Hill Youth Club.

Barton Hill also gave us The X-Certs, who by 1978 could already pull audiences of 500 into Trinity Church, without the aid of a safety net or record contract. Though we didn’t realise it at the time, they effectively bridged the gap between the late 70s Bristol scene and what our American cousins like to term the UK82 bands.

Vice Squad and Heartbeat Records boss Simon Edwards formed Riot City Records toward the end of 1980, releasing the band’s first single Last Rockers in January 1981. It sold well and after a second Vice Squad single the label recruited other Bristol bands like Portishead lunatics Chaos UK, Court Martial and The Undead, while Disorder recorded for their own label, all achieving impressive sales. The less said about Chaotic Dischord, the better.

Lunatic Fringe, with the mighty Bear Hackenbush on vocals, recorded their first single on the short-lived Resurrection Records label.

The Bristol Punk Explosion brings you all these bands, and closes with a track from Death Metal Monsters Onslaught. Before all this “Spitting blood in the face of Gaaaahd!” malarky, Onslaught were a Discharge-style hardcore punk band, and here we include the snapilly-titled Thermo Nuclear Devastation Of The Planet Earth from their first demo.

In short, this is the history of Bristol punk, from its very beginnings, through the early 80s, and up to the point when hardcore began to morph into thrash, metal, and, um, thrash metal.

(Sleeve notes by Shane Baldwin – Vice Squads Drummer and Record Collector / Big Cheese Journalist)

TITLE: Bristol The Punk Explosion
LABEL / DISTRIBUTION: Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock
FORMAT: CD plus digital download
PRESS CONTACT: Garry Hutchinson / SaN PR. – T / 01429280582

Radio Show

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Hi All;
   Here’s a reminder that the new season of Reg’s Rebel Rock is about to pollute the airwaves yet again! Classic punk, reggae and tunes from people with something to say. You can expect a bit of Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Bob Marley,The Clash, Steel Pulse and the legend that is William Shatner..
   You can listen live by going on to  and clicking on the ‘listen live’ button. I’m on 10-Midnight starting Sat.24th April. For those of you outside the UK don’t forget to adjust your timing!! So I’ll be soothing the raging acne of Punk with the soothing lotion of classic Reggae!! Enjoy!!!
                  Cheers   REG

Reg was the manager back in 1980 of Recorded Delivery – Charlie Jones first band


Monday, April 12th, 2010

Bristol Archive Records

This is great, a Goth band finally cropping up in the Bristol Archive menagerie and not a band I had heard before. Luckily Ian Pirrie provides some detailed memories on their page of the discog section. The songs come from the ‘86/’87 period and here we find Matthew Butler – vocals, Ian Pirrie – bass, John Murray – drums and Adrian Bennett – keyboards and then guitar (who went onto Claytown).

They’ve got a brash confidence about their sound, with the boney bass protruding and the vocals in the tiny ‘Intro’ just an instrument by itself, and so it’s in ‘Book of Dreams’ we can really settle down. Solid but lightly handled drums mingle with a busy, pretty guitar, the song clean and bright as the muted vocals skirt the instruments wisely. ‘Twilight’ is another delicately balanced song with some interestingly sprung vocals, but what we’re talking about here is demo quality, it’s just they have a very full sense of what the songs should sound like, and have a good stab at creating that, leaving you with a weird Goth sound from that era, including some truly mangled, wiry guitar. Rockier than most late 80’s small Goth bands, but adhering to a sensitive core spirit.

‘Cabaret of Death’ was apparently a crowd favourite, although it’s hard to get to grips with. A linear, loping thing, with charismatic cross-woven vocals, it’s almost coy about its charms, although still stylishly sleek. ‘In Our Darkness’ has a bobblier drum beat, some scurvy guitar laid low by dominant vocal mess and some lovely bass capering but bearing the title in mind you wouldn’t automatically think Goth when first hearing it. The brusque count-in on the very demoish ‘Jewell’ is funny, as they chomp like an easily dented bit of acoustic glam, which probably hoped to seem a bit rock and rolly. It shuffles off rather cheerfully.

A needle-thin guitar opens the bumptious, slippery ‘Seduction’ and we’re finally into some reptilian Goth; dark vocals draped over some taut, angular shapes, with intermittently frisky passages, agile and thorny. ‘Renewal’ has a nicely peaky flow, guitar on a long, glowing fuse and the vocals ensuring the repetition makes the melody emphatic. ‘Lilith’ manages to concentrate on atmosphere instead, with nagging, torn guitar slivers and sinuous bass intrigue behind vocal drama. ‘Spine’ is a bit of a jangling, schizoid weirdness, heartfelt and pushy, but also crouched in basic form. ‘Temple’ is a curiously active little piece which is gone before you know it and maybe a clue of an artier direction they might have taken, with ‘Book of Dreams’ and ‘Renewal’ popping back up for further breath, astutely stark and noble.

Fascinating little record and a real find.

Review taken from the rather brilliant 


Friday, April 9th, 2010


You once described Bristol Archive Records as “a mission”, what does the mission hope to achieve?


To find as many great pieces of Bristol music that we can and make them available for the world to enjoy. Every city in the UK has no doubt had a stream of acts that have broken through but equally there have always been amazing bands that have slipped under the radar. The label gives these acts the chance to be heard again and if appropriate recognised. If one person downloads their music then it was worth while going to all the trouble of transferring the material, seeking permission to release it, remastering the tracks and if possible getting a story plus pictures from the artist. Some of this music in 34 years old so imagine the thrill of having a chance to rerelease it or in many cases release it for the first time. The mission is to provide an accurate account of all things Bristol through the ages and remember the people involved.


British punk was undeniably a movement driven by social changes, like high unemployment and racial tensions; do you think there was anything going on specifically in Bristol that attracted young people to Punk as a mode of expression?


The Dole

Maggie Thatcher

Bower Ashton Art College

Paradise Garage

The Dug Out

Mark Simpson

The Cortinas

The Sex Pistols

The Blues Clubs


Bristol Grammar School

Cotham Grammar

Barton Hill Youth Club



Why is now the time you decided to release the compilation? Does the current social situation (not dissimilar to what was going on at the birth of British Punk) have anything to do with it?


If I’m honest no but listening to the lyrics on some tracks it does make perfect sense. I’m working on a reggae compilation and the lyrics on this material fit right into the slot:

Juvenile Delinquent

Dole Age

Bristol Rock


Amazingly topical with the current state of the economy.


The Pigs tracks on the Punk compilation fit brilliantly with whats going on in the UK at present




Why do you think that bands from Bristol, and certain other cities, don’t get the same (long or short term) recognition as bands from London?


In Bristols case it was quite simple:


To middle class


Weed / Drugs

No Management

Few record labels

No music infrastructure


The bands didn’t want or know how to work hard and therefore in most cases they split up too quickly therefore not giving themselves chance to develop or make an impression. Loads of musicians in the later 70’s all left Bristol and moved to London to try and make it! What ever make it means?


Do you think this lack of outside recognition might have helped the Bristol Punk scene to develop; did the bands ignore the lack of wider critical reception and play to the home crowds knowing that’s where they were accepted and loved?


Bristol bands have NEVER been loved by their own people; it’s a common problem that runs not only through music but sport. Bristolians want everything for nothing and don’t support things. I would say most bands operate inspite of Bristol not because of Bristol. It’s a weird thing to get your head around when I am obviously so proud of the city and the people who made great music within it.


Do you think there is much punk spirit still alive and well in Bristol, if so which bands/venues/ labels are keeping it ticking over?


I’m not so sure about Punk spirit! But there are loads of Punk / Rock bands playing the underground scene at The Croft, The Junction, and The Louis.

Check out Cars on Fire, Left Side Brain and Full Scream Ahead plus my other label





On The New Release:


Were any members of the original bands included on the compilation involved in its creation, and if so in what capacity?


Shane Baldwin Vice Squads drummer has written all the sleeve notes, all 4000 words and brilliant they are to. He’s interviewed most of the bands as well for his fanzine. Obviously we couldn’t have put this together without the permission of the original artists so in many respects everyone has been involved.   


What sort of audiences do you hope the album will appeal to?


I don’t have a plan or a vision for the album. It’s just a great collection of tunes which spans the entire scene from 1977 to 1983. It’s a great piece of work with many previously unreleased tracks so it will be special and collectable especially for the sleeve and the sleeve notes


How hard was it to select just twenty tracks to feature on the compilation?


Relatively easy because it wasn’t as if there were a 100 different bands around in 1977 – 1980. Shane Baldwin and I compiled the track listing together and we hope people like it


How did you make the selection?


As above


Was it especially important to include bands who had obtained different levels of success on the album?


No it was about starting with The Cortinas and ending with Onslaught and filling in the gaps. Secondly it was about the quality of the song.


Were there any bands you just didn’t have room to include, but would liked to have seen on the CD?


 I’m delighted to say NO but we’ve missed out loads of brilliant New Wave or alternative bands from the same period, maybe they’ll appear on some different compilations.


What’s next for Bristol Archive Records? Are there any plans for more compilations like this one?


New cd releases scheduled or in production:


Bristol the Punk Explosion

Avon Calling 2

The Best of Heartbeat Records

The Best of the Bristol Recorder and Wavelength Records

The Best of the Private Dicks


Limited edition vinyl album from:

THE CORTINAS ‘MK 1’ – without them the label would not have got the kick start it needed and therefore I am indebted to the band and Nick Sheppard in particular


Hundreds of new download only releases


Mike Darby

April 2010


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