CLIP: Cold London Blues by Paul D. Brazill

Cold London Blues (CLB) is a blackly comic slice of pulp fiction (or Punk Fiction, if you fancy!) published by indie publisher Caffeine Nights Publishing.  CLB is a follow up to my book Guns Of Brixton (GOB) – a violent gangster romp, a sweary Ealing Comedy. With GOB, I used the titles of Clash songsContinue reading “CLIP: Cold London Blues by Paul D. Brazill”

5 Overlooked Punk/Post-punk Singles.

I regularly listen to Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave Show on Soho Radio. A recent show was about overlooked or ignored singles, and these favourites came to mind. My Place – The Adverts. As much as I liked The Clash and the Pistols, they were never one of MY bands. The Adverts, however, wereContinue reading “5 Overlooked Punk/Post-punk Singles.”

Short, Sharp Interview: Evangeline Jennings

PDB: Can you pitch BURNING DOWN THE HOUSEBURNING DOWN THE HOUSE in 25 words or less? EJ: The dumbing down of America leads to the end of days. Something about tiny fingers and a well-regulated militia.  PDB: Which music, books, films, songs or television shows do you wish you had written? EJ: 4’33”. The MurderContinue reading “Short, Sharp Interview: Evangeline Jennings”

Guest Blog: Supporting The Damned by Alan Savage

Amazing what you think is a break when you are young. Getting a support slot to The Damned was a big scoop in my mind. But I wasn’t in awe of them. After all, they had not at this point had a decent sized hit record. Support them we did: twice. This is an accountContinue reading “Guest Blog: Supporting The Damned by Alan Savage”

Sheila, Take A Bow at The Flash Fiction Offensive.

I’m flashing at OUT OF THE GUTTER‘s FLASH FICTION OFFENSIVE again. ‘She’s lost the plot again. It’s the third time this week. Sheila should never have come off her meds in the first place and now she’s just bounced straight back onto the cider. In fact, she’s bouncing around my front room at the moment,Continue reading “Sheila, Take A Bow at The Flash Fiction Offensive.”

Guest Blog: Recording Earcom 2 for Fast Records, 1979 by Alan Savage

Recording ‘Kirlian Photography’ and ‘Celluloid Love’ with Bob Last, Cargo Studios, Rochdale, May 1979 (I think it was that month). ..and the formation of the ‘classic’ Basczax line up. Bob Last (Fast Records label owner and manager) first took an interest in Basczax (then called Basssax) before me and Jeff Fogarty joined in late ’78. HeContinue reading “Guest Blog: Recording Earcom 2 for Fast Records, 1979 by Alan Savage”

Guest Blog: Basczax: Teessider nights: some flashes, 1979… by Alan Savage

It is mostly a blur now of course, but there are plenty of flashes in my mind of those Friday nights back in ’79-’80 when Basczax played a residency at the Teessider pub. 50p on the door I recall, as we were trying to save money for a PA. Did we get one? I cannotContinue reading “Guest Blog: Basczax: Teessider nights: some flashes, 1979… by Alan Savage”

Guest Blog: Alan Savage Interviews The Sweet’s Brian Connolly (May 1989)

In May 1989 I was at a loss as to what to do to make a living. My band life, getting paid for what I loved to do, was coming to an end and I had to think of a way to blag my way back to the real world – a place I had hoped wasContinue reading “Guest Blog: Alan Savage Interviews The Sweet’s Brian Connolly (May 1989)”

Recommended Read: A Moment Worth Waiting For by Kevin Pearce.

Kevin Pearce’s brilliant music memoir A Moment Worth Waiting For opens with the release of Vic Godard’s What’s The Matter Boy? LP in 1980. Pearce tells the story of how Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt and Tracey Thorne first bonded over the record, with Ben later lending her his John Martyn records and Tracey lendingContinue reading “Recommended Read: A Moment Worth Waiting For by Kevin Pearce.”