Friday is always a day where you are either confident that your pre Rebellion training is paying off or the first day that the hair of the dog feels like a great idea and you start to feel the burn.

After a hearty breakfast in some greasy spoon or a vegan falafel and a power walk. Or if your of a certain age like us a banana and a bowl of bran. then a quick blast along the seafront to get some of that sea air in your lungs and then its good to go for round two.

After some Bingo with Max (fingers crossed we win the trouser press from his hotel room (cough cough) eyes down for a line (its bingo speak) then it’s some magic with Rat Boy before the Rock and Roll starts proper.

After a decent perusal of the running order, I would recommend partaking in some limbering up and stretches to T-F-G or as you would know them – The Fucking Glorious (what? we don’t know or ask) but they make a decent noise so pop into the sauna that is the Arena nice n early before the walls start perspiring. Then I suggest you stay put for some of that Grime street punk that is the Riskee And The Ridicule. A band we’ve been following since we were introduced to their recent debut (reviewed Here) With barely time to grab an ice cream and wipe off the sweat it’ll be a hop skip and jump into The Pavillion for Turbulent Hearts but here goes the first clash of the day as Raging Nathans are on at the same time back in the Arena – a band who were seriously good in the Introducing stage last year.  Proving that the organisers do take notice and bands do progress.  so, always worth getting your tapes in or whatever constitutes a demo these days. Hard work certainly pays but don’t forget you have to have some tunes too.

The one thing you try not to get bent out of shape over are the clashes.  Sure its often unavoidable and when it happens its a bummer. Make your choice and stick to it sometimes its good to watch the first half of one then go to the other for the last half especially if it’s later in the day and the bands are playing for an hour you can comfortably see half a set.  Sadly for me, Friday is going to be all about choices I’m going to either plan ahead (military style) or just flip a coin and stick to it.

As for the Empress early evening, you can catch up with some established acts like Penetration who are immediately followed by TV Smith playing The Adverts. Tonight the UK Subs also hit the Empress Stage and will turn in their usually epic set over the last few years their sets have become more and more epic and The Empress usually fills up so if you are partaking in some Subs get in early it’ll get very busy.

But, Let’s not get ahead of ourselves because over  on the Club Casbah stage at 3.15 we welcome back Dragster after missing them last year they’re back with a new album and a sharper more focussed sound. If the weather has anything to do with it they’ll be on when only Mad Dogs and Englishmen (and a few Welshmen)  will be out and about in support of that ‘Anti Everything’ album it’ll be a wild ride if previous performances are anything to go by and one I would recommend catching.  If Casbah is an escape from the greenhouse effect of walking around the pop-up shop stalls then its only a short wait until another band who was widely missed last year hit the stage, Argy Bargy. They only made a return to the stage in May so that will be a popular set no question that’ll be busy and you might as well hang around because fresh from the studio Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions are on after Argy with their ‘Double Bastard’ epic in tow. Why not join in and throw yourself around like a teenager it’ll will be the perfect loosener.

I might then Pop over to the Opera House for some 1-2-3-4 with The Avengers who are back again from Sunny California. Damn, I feel bad for not mentioning what on the Almost Acoustic stage where you can sit (not always) in relative comfort and see the whites of your favourite punk rockers eyes as they’re stripped bare (not literally unless its HeWho). My top tip for who where and when would be Duncan Reid who is picking up the acoustic for a run through his fantastic power pop repertoire. This is listed to happen at the highly responsible time of 9.25 by which time the beer will have kicked in so a fine chance to sing-a-long could be on the cards.  If Duncan plays the final number quick enough it shouldn’t be  a problem hot-footing it over to the Opera House for Cheetah Chromes Dead Boys sure, sure, sure we’ve heard the rumours about whos playing will they won’t they; well, so far it hasn’t been cancelled so I guess I’ll be elbowing my way to the front for some ‘Sonic Reducer’ whilst the night is still young.

 

So Hopefully Dead Boys show but if not you could head over to the Empress for some ‘Golden Brown’ and The Stranglers or why not head back to the Acoustic stage for Alex Wonk and join him for some songs about plastering and/or race horses, either way, it’ll be good. I could keep going as to where to be and at what time but such is the quality on offer. You could be in any vicinity of a PA and I’m sure if you stand still long enough a quality tune will waft over the airwaves towards you and if you have a beer in your hand there will be someone to talk to and shoot the breeze with.

Now that’s two down and two to go hopefully you’ll just need a gentle cool down because like we say its not a sprint. I’ll be off to bed dreaming about the morrows fry up and we’ll no doubt dissect the action so far.  Onwards and upwards and bring on the weekend when things tend to get a little messy.

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Author: Dom Daley

It’s been a busy few weeks for those who love their flicks with a heavy dose of music relevance.  well, its no secret that we love our rock docs and our biopic movies especially when they’re about subjects that we hold dear. When we saw a glut of watchable music-related movies we just had to pick up the popcorn and sit back and wait for the action.  This roundup is of four movies that have just been released or are about to hit the high street on DVD and we begin with punk Rock n Roll Royalty none other than Stiv Bator.  We’d interviewed the maker and reviewed the soundtrack so it would be rude not to give our take on the much-anticipated movie ‘Stiv’: No Compromise, No Regrets.

Stiv: No Compromise, No Regrets (Weinerworld)

Now I know there are a lot of opinions (sure everyone has one) but we have to agree that any Stiv movie no matter where you stand on how good it is is better than NO movie about Stiv right?

Sure it would have been nice had The Likes of Brian James, Michael Monroe or Cheetah included  but they have to agree and signed off their involvement and they didn’t so should the film not be made?  does it fall without their inclusion? Hell no – on with the show kids. there were plenty of pivitol people who did agree and thats what makes ‘Stiv’ a really well-researched movie and the inclusion of some decent footage I’d not seen before made it a must see.

Sure there is other footage out there that might have worked well and it might not have taken too much to get it included but thats for nerds to bicker over and that’s the beauty of debate.  This is one man’s movie and that’s it, I might have done it differently as would the next big Stiv fan but the general consensus is that it’s a good movie and one that is clearly done with much love and respect, oh, and the soundtrack isn’t too shabby either (lets not mention the lack of lords songs, etc etc this wasn’t a bottomless money pit of a project).

whilst time plays tricks with the memory and the old grey matter might not be what it used to be there are a few things I noticed when watching this movie back. One, Stiv as funny engaging and likable as he might be – he always put Stiv first second and third when entering a music project.  He’d use the bands as a vehicle for Stiv and when it was time to move on he would (the wanderers, Dead Boys, Lords).

Maybe there could have been a little more in-depth look at his time in Dead Boys and the timeline could have been clearer but that’s nitpicking because I also appreciate this film in order to appeal to a wider audience has to fit into a certain length restraint otherwise it would be volume 1 volume two etc.  I love the talking heads all speaking fondly of the guy and his contribution to music especially tales from the likes of Dave Tregunna and the punk and post-punk scene Stiv was a rare talent, his legacy is a back catalogue of quite exceptional music from the solo stuff he was working on just before he died through the Bomp stuff and The Dead Boys ’77 punk. Stivv had the midas touch and didn’t make any bad records (not in my eyes anyway) we can argue about the more experimental side of the Lords as they developed from the Punk Rock and Roll of the first album through the more experimental poppier ‘Is Nothing Sacred’ and then the rock of ‘Methods’.

Stiv is a really enjoyable rounded movie of one of Rocks real characters whos talent is understated and often misunderstood it looks great on the TV and I’m grateful it’s been made. It took quite a while but now it’s here embrace it.  there is extra footage, in fact, there are twenty minutes of extras.  to please everyone I guess a movie would need to be about four hours long with another three hours of bonus material.  Lets not split hairs over what’s not here let’s celebrate what is here.  thanks, Danny and Chip Baker films for Stiv now go pick up a copy asap.

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Author: Dom Daley

As far as soundtracks go this was a no brainer for me.  Having seen the film and always been a huge Bators fan in this day and age I’ll take anything on offer and Danny Garcia did such a great job I can’t imagine a Stiv fan not wanting a piece of this. I know its been a long time coming but its finally here and just ahead of the video or DVD release April saw a RSD special with the soundtrack hitting certain shelves (mainly) through America I know at first I couldn’t get my paws on it over here on Shit Island but thankfully I managed to score a copy off the internet and not too soon the Red 12″ record sort of landed on my mat.

 

Featuring twelve cuts from the likes of Deadbeat Poets, The B-Girls, Lustkillers and Jimmy Zero to name a few its a quick smile at the cover art with Stiv van surfing and the needle drops.  Side one kicks off with the wonderful Deadbeat Poets ‘The Stiv Bators Ghost Tour’ then the wonderful B Girls and ‘Mystery’ before Stivs track ‘Don’t Go Away’ that was previously released on the Easy Action album released a few years ago of the work Stiv was working on before he passed.  I can only presume this is from the very same sessions so would feature Neil X on guitar but I can’t say for sure as there aren’t any credits on offer here it’s just your basic sleeve with tracklist a few thank yous and a nice Red slab of vinyl.

I love the Lustkillers and ‘Revenge’ is an excellent track taken from ‘That which Does Not kill Us’ It’s uncanny that two people could sound so alike and play similar kinds of music but I love it and think ‘Revenge’ is such a good tune. Next up and one that made this a must-have was Stiv performing ‘Evil Boy’ live in Berkely Sq back in 1980. Club Wow performing ‘Nights Are So Long’ is another great cut even if I am more familiar with the Michael Monroe version which he did so well this is a top tune and brings a really strong side one to a finish. Jimmy Zero from the Dead Boys, Jeff West from The Testors I guess it all fits together with Deadbeat Poets with Frank Secich and this (club Wow)  Jimmy Zero and Stiv its a big family at times but it’s not all at the same time.  These songs are such killer songs It breaks my heart to think that only a (relatively) small number of people get to hear them and exposure is minimal especially in today’s quick as a flash musical climate.  I’m always really excited to hear about films like ‘Stiv’ and records like this coming out in the hope that these bands and artists have a lasting legacy and who knows some kids might dig it again and we see a resurgence in some great music.

Anyway, flip it over and side two is more of the same great songs starting with the dark and brooding ‘Paris’ from Jimmy Zero followed by the fantastic ‘You Don’t Go Away’ from Alpha Kitty whilst The Stiv Bators Ghost Tour are back for a second bite with the excellent ‘Room Full Of Strangers’. Danny Fury rocks up with ‘Dark Star’ from his band Tango Pirates before the soundtrack is signed off with ‘To Feel You’ The Primadonna Reeds pure Noo Yawk cool like you didn’t already know that.

 

All in all there is so much good music on offer here and as far as soundtrack records go it might not be the Ghostbusters soundtrack but its got an abundance of great songs by great bands for a great cause and if you have any sort of love for Stiv and his legacy then you need to snap this up pretty quickly before they’re all gone and you won’t be able to find one for love nor money.  Get out of here!

Buy Stiv Vinyl Here or CD Here

Order The DVD of the film Here

Author: Dom Daley

Well, we certainly didn’t stand still in the last seven days as we brought you reviews from a range of artist old and new with The Lemonheads starting things off with the second studio album of cover versions entitled ‘Varshons 2‘.  As Evan Dando and Co, head out on a UK tour this week to promote the record RPM gave it the thumbs up as Dando led the band through some pretty diverse waters.  Westerberg, Cave and the Eagles all made it onto the record which as an aside came out in a scented banana yellow version as well.

 

 

It was also a week that saw two live albums hit the death decks at RPM with Metallica lending a ‘Helping Hand’ Where they released a double album with proceeds going to a most admirable cause and helping the most vulnerable in society a real genuine act of kindness that doesn’t get the exposure it truly deserves as the rock stars are often castigated for their excesses but seldom praised when they do reach out with a simple yet effective act of kindness.  So a huge well done from us at RPM as Johnny H gets stuck into the double slice of vinyl trouble.

 

 

The second of our live reviews came when Martin gave The Godfather a good seeing to with their fantastic ‘This Is War’ the once over. describing it as, “Loud Sharp and Beautiful”, is about as close a summery as you can get.  It’s fair to say that it damn near captures the current line up right at the top of their game.  It’s certainly raw it’s certainly loud and no question it has the Godfathers roaring on all cylinders and has you wondering why all live albums can’t sound this good.  Essential listening no doubt about it.

We also brought you a summary of this years Gathering from North Wales as Mike Peters and the Alarm romped through a huge chunk of their back catalogue over two nights with plenty of special guests that included original Alarm Guitar player Dave Sharp, from Texas Ryan Hamilton and 80’s pop rockers Mark Shaws then Jerico. This year’s festivities weren’t without incident as the PA went down twice but it didn’t deter PEters who climbed into the audience with his acoustic guitar and un mic’d got the audience singing along and making the most out of a potentially bad situation and making it a memorable evening no doubt about it.  Gathering twenty-Seven was again a privilege to attend and I can’t wait for 2020 and number twenty Eight.

We also brought you The Spangles album launch show from way up North otherwise known as Harrogate as Ben Hughes had an equally splendid evening with an immensely talented band playing one hell of a debut album.  I for one hope there is a lot more to come from these three guys because their album was easily one of 2018 best releases.

As far as news goes we joined the rock world in wishing Bernie Torme a speedy recovery from his hospitalization from double Pneumonia and hope he’s back to full health as soon as possible. The same for our Australian friend Hayden McGoogan from The Black Heart Breakers who also found himself in Hospital this past week – Get yourselves fit and health please gents and I’m sure I speak for all the writers at RPM in wishing you both speedy full recoveries.

There was also some superb festival news as The Dead Boys were announced as headliners for this year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool along with Walter Lure who will be playing L.A.M.F. at the festival and across the channel in Belgium Sjock Festival announced a raft of superb bands added to this years festival including RPM favourites The Hip Priests and Barstool Preachers who play alongside The Hives, Hellacopters, Electric Frankenstein, the Briefs  and Gluecifer. To be fair news wise last week was a bumper week for great rock n roll news.

 

Anyway, that was last week on RPM and as we are always looking forward here’s what you can expect this coming week on the website. We’ve got a couple of bumper interviews with the likes of Slyder from Last Great Dreamers as they announce a lot of dates for 2019 in what appears to be a hugely busy year for the band.  Also, we have a monster interview with “Demons” Matheus Carlsson which should see your Friday seem a lot more enjoyable as we spoke about the past present and future of the band in what also looks like a great year for the band.

As for album reviews we’re once again scouring the globe for great bands and we’ve certainly got those coming at you with the debut long player from ‘Wet Dreams’ reviewed today by Johnny H and there is also the long-awaited long player from Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind’ coming later this week as ‘CollectiV’ has certainly been entertaining RPM HQ and what will be one of the years top albums no question about that. We also look back on some significant happenings this coming week in punk, rock and pop music history so keep it RPM folks for all your turbocharged Rock n Roll!

Stay Sick,

L-U-V RPM

 

The documentary filmmaker Danny Garcia has just completed his latest film. It took him a lot longer than expected to release it mainly due to the reasons he explained in our interview this didn’t help because when it first was mooted that Danny was shooting a doc about Stiv I along with many others got really excited but had to temper that excitement knowing these things take time. 
Well that time is here that time is right now folks ‘Stiv’ his the streets next month and RPM had an exclusive viewing of the film and we’re delighted to say it ticked every box with some amazing footage and clearly what is a  labour of love and a lot of heart and a lot of soul has been put into the making of this film. Danny has a rich history in Documentary film making with a few of his previous movies well worth investigating if you don’t already own them. ‘The Rise and Fall of The Clash’, ‘Looking for Johnny’ and Sad Vacation’ all previously released by Chip Baker films and all wonderfully detailed docs about punk rock icons to which you can now add ‘Stiv’. Sit back turn off your phone (unless your reading this on it) and get the popcorn Ladies and Gentlemen with such discernable taste (well you must have if you’re reading our interview about Stiv) let me introduce Danny Garcia a very talented Filmmaker and also a man of exquisite taste in music subject matter…
Firstly what made you decide to tell Stiv’s story?
I always liked Stiv and I actually met him briefly in 88 and I felt he was the nicest and most humble music-related person I have ever met until then. I loved his solo album and the first Dead Boys album and I was into the Lords as well. So I knew his career pretty well.
How long was it in planning? How do you approach making a documentary?
I just go for it. Sometimes I have no idea how I am going to be able to make it and pay for all the stuff I need so, for instance, this time we ended up raffling a Dead Boys tee shirt that used to belong to Stiv just so we could pay some bills.
Is it an enjoyable process doing all the research and digging into the detail of a subject like Stiv?
The research part has always interested me, ever since I started listening to records, reading the credits and the liner notes and so on. That’s what we many of us used to do. I know people who can tell you who the engineer was on some record. I’m not that mad I guess.
How helpful were the people who knew Stiv best?
The ones who ended up contributing to the film were really helpful. Especially Frank Secich, Jimmy Zero, Eddy Best, Dave Parsons, Theresa Kereakes, Devorah Ostrov, Cynthia Ross, Dave Treat, the Kierer brothers, Kurt Sunderman from Stiv’s first band Mother Goose, David Arnoff, John Lagdon, Vicki Sheppard, Suzy Shaw, etc. It’s impossible to name them all. So many of Stiv’s true friends came out of the woodwork to help us out with the film. Giving us their time and access to their footage, photography and music. Without them this wouldn’t have happened, I can tell you that much.
Did you uncover much you didn’t already know?
Yes! You always do when you talk to the people who were close to the subject. You just need to talk to Jimmy Zero for half an hour and the number of insane stories he’ll tell you about Stiv that you never heard of is just pure gold.
Is it a real time-consuming process flying all over to speak to the people you interviewed? Is it a question of patience?
That’s the best part of it for me. Travelling, meeting interesting people. I could do that every day. And yes, patience is the name of the game.
I guess I have to ask – a few key characters in Stiv’s life aren’t interviewed like Cheetah, Brian, Michael Monroe did you approach them or didn’t have the time or had the stories from people like Dave Tregunna?
Yes! They decided not to be in the film. I called that the natural selection. It always happens. You contact 50 people and only 30 ends up in the film. They’ll find a reason or other to write themselves out. And I’m fine with that because the story will always be told regardless. There are always other people who were there and witnessed what went down and will be willing to spill the beans.
I guess the dead boys have had their story told when cheetah wrote his book but it was great to see and hear from people like Dave Parsons and Tregunna about the wanderers period of his career as well as his solo stuff. Those guys really light up the movie.
Glad to hear that. The Daves were great and yes the Wanderers part is a very obscure episode of Stiv’s life so it was great to shed some light on that year.
I always felt the lords were an amazing story that needed to be told and I think the film covered this period really well saying what needed to be said without labouring in detail. Is time a big factor when telling a story like Stiv’s? He was a busy boy that’s for sure.
The original cut had way more info on the Lords but since Brian James didn’t cooperate and I didn’t have access to everything I wanted, I had to concentrate just on Stiv and what was going in his life rather than the band and the making of their albums and so on. I also wanted the film to be shorter than 90 minutes so I guess it was a blessing in disguise cause it made the film more dynamic with less gloom and doom.
Do you have a favourite period of his career? Dead boys? Lords? Wanderers? Solo?
To me, both his solo albums are superior to the rest of his work.
It was great to see people like Grant, Neil x and Nick Turner speak is there much on the cutting room floor? I’m sure a film like this could be twice as long.
Yes, I could do two more docs on Stiv with what I have.
Was there footage you couldn’t use?
Yes. We did an interview with Cheetah and he didn’t want to send us the release form. Basically, he stopped responding at some point. Also stuff we couldn’t afford. Archive footage, stuff like that.
It’s great to see all the early footage pre dead boys that’s real gold dust?
That stuff is unreal. Bob and Kevin Kierer who were friends of the Dead Boys filmed all of that Super 8 stuff and they’ve been sitting on it for 40 years plus. That’s just unbeievable stuff. Also, the Mother Goose footage provided by Kurt Sunderman is equally amazing.
When will fans be able to buy the DVD?
April.
Will there be any bonus footage?
Yes. There’s some great deleted scenes with more insane anecdotes and a Behind the scenes featurette with Jimmy Zero with is pretty hilarious actually.
What about a soundtrack cd and vinyl?
That’s coming out too on Record Store Day. And its got a great selection of material by the way.
Where does this movie rank along side your other work?
It’s the best film I’ve done to date. Period.
Was it easier to complete than the Sid film or looking for johnny?
No. Some of the soundtrack took us over 9 months to get the rights for. The film’s been sitting for a year waiting for all this legal stuff to get done. Really frustrating.
What next? How about a film on the cramps? Or Hanoi rocks?
Next one’s Brian Jones, I’ve been working at it for this last year while I waited for Stiv to be released.  I love The Cramps but Ivy is not into it and I already spoke to Nasty and Sami before I did Looking for Johnny about doing a docu on them and once the idea reached Andy and Michael… it died off. I’ve known Nasty and Sami since the 90’s. I interviewed Nasty a couple of times back then when he was doing Cheap & Nasty. Great guy.
I’m sure I speak for lots of fans when I say thanks for doing such a great job on some iconic legends that deserve the screen time and i/we’re so grateful for the love and passion put into your work its really appreciated.
Thank you. It is my pleasure to be able to cover the lives of these icons.
Finally, will there be posters of the film advert available to buy because the surf poster is so cool.
Yes! To me, it’s the best poster ever. Photo by the great John Lagdon by the way. Roadie and personal friend of Stiv. Bless him.
buy Danny Garcia DVD’s: Here
buy tickets for the London premiere: Here

A new documentary on legendary DEAD BOYS frontman STIV BATORS is to get its UK premiere next month.

Born 70 years ago, the charismatic singer was the original embodiment of the self-destructive punk frontman with Cleveland, Ohio’s DEAD BOYS before embarking on a solo career. He went on to team up with members of SHAM 69 in THE WANDERERS. His greatest success came in the mid-80s with THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH alongside The Damned founder Brian James, Dave Tregunna from Sham 69 and ex-Barracudas drummer Nicky Turner.

The succinctly-titled Stiv, which features heaps of rare and unseen footage, as well as new interviews with all the major players in the singer’s life, is to receive its UK premiere on 24 March at the Regent Street Cinema, London as part of the Soundscreen Festival, presented in conjunction with Vive Le Rock! The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Danny Garcia.

Tickets are available here.