Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Gert's got flu so it's over to gnu! Common Cold,Nobody's Scared,79 Now LP back in stock, Jock Scot,Videos,The Sexual Objects,Harry Papadopoulos,Gigs,Sleaford Mods,Music Machine,Recommendations & tons More!

It's been lurgies galore at gnu inc central over the last couple of weeks and we're only now emerging from the bug fug but personally brain still a bit befuddled so the blog is a bit haphazard as I haven't the energy, clear thought or level of concentration back yet to make everything flow nicely or perhaps even make sense. I mostly put it down to snot, mucus, catarrh, whatever you want to call it, whether it's blocking all pathways to the brain, you are blowing it out, trying to cough-hock it up or swallowing it. In it's defense, it is a line of defense and should you be interested in the question 'Where does all the snot come from?' I recommend this simple straightforward explanation from Professor  Niels Christian Stenklev - http://sciencenordic.com/where-does-all-snot-come 

1979 NOW! vinyl LP Back in Stock! 

Mr 'Hugo Ball' has done a brilliant job with the video below. Born To Be A Rebel & Billy Liar, match made in heaven. Thanks to Trevor Johnson for the link.

If you missed Vic's and The Wave Pictures' sessions on 10th January 2015 then you're in luck, you can now listen again to deXter Bentley's Hello Goodbye show, on the wonderful community radio station Resonance 104.4FM 'the art of listening', you just never know what you might hear that will pique your interest.
14th February it's deXter Bentley's Pay-As-You-Go Hello Goodbye show, part of the annual fundraising drive for Resonance. Air time for sale at a very reasonable £10 a minute to have your request/s or your own music played.  It's very popular so get in quick.
Vic's request is for Hoagy Carmichael's Washboard Blues.

FIRST GIG OF THE YEAR!  Saturday 7th February
GETTITUDE Presents at The Railway Hotel Southend-on-Sea
Vic Godard and Subway Sect , Kiss Me Quick and The Get PLUS Cryin'Queerwolf to open! It's going to be a stonker!

Advance (only a couple of weeks to go) Tickets:
Below is Vic's interview with Kelly Buckley in the Essex Echo Southend-on-Sea edition.
Interview with Kelly Buckley for the Essex Echo

 If you haven't come across the erudite and entertaining correspondents Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull  then you are in for a treat. I get the impression that a meticulous process is gone through prior to selecting the chosen few singers/songwriters/groups to whom they write (no one is guaranteed a place in these august annals) and dare I say challenge them to respond, to a detailed dissection and analysis of one of their song's lyrics. It's no mean feat to fashion a reply that doesn't let the side down but there are some gooduns' on the site including Dave Collard's on behalf of the Joboxers and Vic's one.*
You may not be able to resist some Philpottery while you're there. (I hope Toby doesn't mind the exposure!)  https://www.facebook.com/philpottery?fref=ts
* Vic's been reading Richard Hell's autobiography I dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp and he just read out a sentence that ended '....his fraternal twin brother.' I think had these words been in one of Mr Hell's songs they may well have attracted the attention of Messrs Philpott and Turnbull's and their dry wit.

The Nobody's Scared video below is from The Seventh Wave Presents @ The Flapper 4th October 2014 filmed by Tracey Holloway. We're all looking forward to coming back for more and it's another brilliant line up.
Saturday 16th May The Seventh Wave Presents 
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, The Cravats and Church of Elvis
The Flapper Kingston Row, Cambrian Wharf Birmingham

Advance Tickets:  http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/vic-godard-and-subway-sect-the-cravats-church-of-elvis/10033647

All Due Respect Magazine #5 features a short story by noir crime writer Paul D Brazil ' The Last Laugh'. The main character is a Mr Godard and the bent copper is a Mr Napper!!! 

The Clash New Year's Day 1977 documentary - the most interesting part of this for me was seeing Mr Rhodes in action.  You can hear Subway Sect practising in the background during an interview, I missed it. If you've a mind it's available to watch until 1st February. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04w08p6/the-clash-new-years-day-77 

25 years later! Vic's back at the Music Machine!
Friday 5th June DHP Family Presents

Sleaford Mods and Vic Godard & Subway Sect
Koko Camden High Street London
It seems from FB responses to posting the gig you either love the Sleaford Mods or hate them, no bad thing for an act in my opinion, better than apathy. Personally? Like the sentiments but not really my cup of tea musically however I do think the 'line up', which seems to be what ticks so many off, is pure punk! http://www.sleafordmods.com/videos/

 Vic's thinking about including the whole 1980 Music Machine set (basis of 1979 Now!) in the Sect set for the night, just swapping Landslide with Born To Be A Rebel. Read about the 1980 MM gig here at Kevin Pearce's Your Heart Out blog - yho 13 ...a day to remember. That's if you don't get distracted by Mr Pearce's extraordinary opus 'A Moment Worth Waiting For'. http://yrheartout.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday 13th June Spinningchilli Gigs Presents  
Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Asbo Derek & The Unreliable Witnesses
The Green Door Store Lower Goods Yard Brighton
Come and join us beside the seaside for a summer's night of pure entertainment and joy, really looking forward to this.

Advance tickets £8 from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303635
and Resident Records or £10 on the night


 More dates confirmed
October DTBC -Trash'd Festival 2015 Hastings 
October 17th - Death or Glory Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect + Support Exchange Bristol. Tickets:
The Rock Shop Bristol (Only 50p Booking Fee) https://www.facebook.com/therockshop
Bristol Ticket Shop- http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/

Exchange- http://www.exchangebristol.com/

November 27th  Children of Godard Presents Vic Godard & Subway Sect AND POST The Retreat Newcastle*
 More info/dates to follow, hopefully including Oxford, Leicester, Manchester, possibly somewhere in the South West and of course the Scottish dates.
*A fond farewell to The Star & Shadow as it leaves it's current location.If you are going to be in Newcastle on 28th February the Star & Shadow are throwing a BIG BLOW OUT PARTY for their last night in Stepney Bank. It's going to be popular and it's free entry, so they'll be one one out when capacity reached.  Any/all donations on the night will go towards fundraising for the new Star and Shadow building.

Vic Godard & Subway Sect Tour Dates & Tickets
                                          Love this, Meghan Trainor 'All About That Bass'    

Coming Soon or Soonish  - End of The Surrey People re-issue on AED Records
DVD Town & Country Club Live 1992 Demon
Stop That Girl on Recorded at the Automat: The Best of Rough Trade Records March 2015
Don’t Split It – Positive Creed Fanzine CD compilation
Live & Rare Vol 3 – Paris? gnu inc
Recording new material?
Sound of Young Scotland nears fruition! https://www.facebook.com/soundofyoungscotland.soys.9?fref=ts

Which does lead nicely into.........
Vic by Harry Papadopoulos

Paisley Museum  16th January - 1st March 2015
What Presence! The Rock Photography of Harry Papadopoulos
 If you are going to be anywhere near Paisley while this is on you'd be mad to miss it and it's FREE.

If you can't make it then I highly recommend the very beautiful book of the same name, introduced by Ken McCluskey

The wonderful Jock Scot is The Idler's Idler Of The Year 2014! Extract from Tom Hodgkinson's interview with Jock. Full interview here:http://idler.co.uk/article/idler-of-the-year-2015/

Been a bit of a hubbub about Davy Henderson's decision to have only one copy of The Sexual Objects's new LP Marshmallow manufactured and then auctioned on ebay with full rights to exploit. The story made it to page 3 of The Independent on Sunday 25/01/2015.
and Davy talks about it here on Front Row BBC Radio 4 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050674t 
All over bar the shouting now, my only caveat is if the successful bidder decides to keep it to themselves it means fans won't get a look in. One of my very favourite Sexual Object's songs and one I love, love hearing them do live is 'Feels With Me'.

The Sexual Objects are playing at Sneaky Pete's Edinburgh Thursday 29th January -

A Model for Crowd Funding?

 The Control Tower have got it bang on the nail, you know up front what you are getting in return  for your contribution to the renovation of the Annexe. You can read the history/reviews,  etc and they are  being very generous.I"Everyone who pledges will get an invite to the launch and an opportunity to have their name   listed in any publicity.
The launch will involve afternoon tea and a tour of the tower
£25 - Afternoon tea and tower tour or a limited edition print
£100 - 2 nights stay in the Annex or Afternoon tea for 4 plus private tour of the tower
£250 5 nights in the Annex or 3 in Control l Tower (can be taken as 3 nights and 2 nights i.e. not all at once) £500 - 1 night up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, afternoon tea, and a group dinner 
£1,000  - 3 nights up to 8 people B&B, with a tour, a day at the beach with beach hut, a group dinner and other extras being worked on as we speak"If your interest has been piqued and you fancy pledging or a stay: www.controltowerstays.com  

                                             The Monkees 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone'

                      Thanks to Joe Mckechnie for sharing the above clipping from Private Eye.

How come when a member of ISIS beheads someone it is an outrage against humanity yet state sanctioned public beheadings seemingly are not? Just asking, it might help us plebs to understand why the UK had  flags at half mast for King Abdullah, ruler of a regime which has a dire record on human rights including recently sentencing a human being to a 1000 lashes for daring to respectfully raise issues about said regime. Show support for Raif Badawi and find out what he said here - https://www.amnesty.org.uk/actions/saudi-arabia-free-raif-badawi-flogged-blogger?from=issues 

Along with many others I personally find it the height of hypocrisy to listen to those praising the late King for his support in advancing  the cause of reform in Saudi Arabia and for his stabilising influence on the area. Apart from anything else, exactly where is this stability occurring?? Iraq, Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Libya....................

HUMAN RIGHTS 0 OIL 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

And Lastly -  “Laurence, Angela likes Demis Roussos. Tony likes Demis Roussos, I like Demis Roussos, and Sue would like to hear Demis Roussos: so please, d’you think we could have Demis Roussos on?”  Abigail's Party  Mike Leigh.
RIP Demis Roussos

Until the next time, over and out.