Young, Awake & Aware

Mods in the Metropolis  “All the others are third class tickets, is that clear?”   If you are unfamiliar with the 1965 minor hit from whence the lyric above is taken, the High Numbers’: ‘I’m the Face’, then shorn of its cultural context you will probably draw a blank as to the exact meaning of the…

The Girl in Blue

It was whilst trying to pass a seemingly endless autumnal evening that I began to absent-mindedly browse through a series of sepia and black and white pictures on a website. Suddenly I came across an image that immediately piqued my interest: it was both enigmatic, poetic and unutterably sad. After taking in its stark beauty…

The Clash: Live, Loud and Very Direct!

◊ When the Lions of Ladbroke Grove Came to Town ◊ Photo by US Photographer Bob Gruen This remarkable shot is of the ‘lions of Ladbroke Grove’, aka the Clash, by the US photographer and friend of the band, Bob Gruen, taken circa 1978/79. The Clash were almost unique in that one can predict with a high…

Darkness Then Salvation? A Reassessment of ‘the Death and Resurrection Show’ With Director: Shaun Pettigrew If like me you are keenly attuned to the gloriously gnarly sturm und drang of the mighty Killing Joke, and the plethora of interesting non-band projects that trail in their white-hot wake, then the last 18 months or so have…

The Christ Stripped Bare – Jesus Hooligan: ‘Stripped Bare Naked’

If you are possessed of a strong stomach and an iron constitution, then try to watch terrestrial TV on a Saturday evening and struggle with the seemingly endless parade of vapid ‘variety’ acts peddling their tawdry and talentless miniscule talent, seemingly happy to risk the audiences rabid opprobrium for their 15 milliseconds of fame. Sorry…

The Sub-Gents Return to Finish: ‘the Manchester Job’

I first set my jaded eyes & allegedly discerning ears upon the triumvirate that trade under the nomme de gare of: ’the Subterranean Gentleman’ (shortened to a curt but cute ‘Sub Gents’) about a year ago at Manchester’s ‘Rebellion’ venue,  and I opined then that their robust & rattling set had left the venue’s skeletal…

Twilight of the Mortals, BLUR-Magazine & the Analog/ Digital Dichotomy

As we await with tremulous hearts for ‘Twilight of the Mortals’ to thump thunderously onto our doormats, or elbow its way into some people’s expectant (real life) mail boxes, it now transpires that one of Mont’s powerful shots of Killing Joke’s mercurial and enigmatic leader Jaz Coleman, can now be seen gracing the cover of…

Kill the Colossi: ‘Fuck the Tax Man’

As austerity bites, so too do Kill The Colossi! Very few bands get it right first time of asking. Even those acknowledged masters of the pop idiom, the Stones & the Beatles, stumbled a little at the off, with both issuing pretty insipid and uninspired lead-off singles; that’s if we’re being completely honest. Bournemouth’s (the…

‘The Strange Case of Dr Terry & Mr Chimes’ by Terry Chimes : 7/10′

The two sterling stints served on the Clash’s drum stool by the titular Terry, or as Joe Strummer renamed him in the worthy and politicised mid-70’s: ‘Tory Crimes’, bookended the career of the Clash in some respects; that’s the Clash as a fully functioning & creatively sharp unit of course… His first stint was when…