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27/03/2000


Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

The first serious line up got together in summer 79. Although I had been jammin with a few people, writing songs etc for a few years before that, but couldn't get a permanent singer or drummer. I met Willie and Rab in 79 and we got things together pretty quick after that. Played over 20 gigs and made our first demo before the year was out.

Current line up is Mark (drums), an old mate from the early 80's in Glasgow. Jonah (bass) who I met a few years ago when I moved to Manc. He's played in various bands over the years as has Mark. Andy (vocals). I also met Andy when I was touring a couple of years ago. This is his first band and he's only done 3 gigs so far. He's doing ok, but will have to watch it vocal wise. Just learn to pace himself cos he tends to put too much in early on at gigs and loses his voice and myself on guitar.


Discogrpahy.

To the best of my knowledge…..

Youth Of Today Ep (Beat the System) 4 tracks
No Views Ep (BTS0) 4 tracks
Seize The Day Ep (Negative) 5 tracks
This Country (Suspect Device Records) split/1 track
Detonate Your Hate (Epistrophy) split/2 tracks
Pure Punk Rock (Link/Capt Oi CD album) 20 tracks
Process Of Elimination (Epistrophy/Negative/and one other co - cd/album/tape) 15 tracks
Total Anarchy (BTS - album) 2 tracks
Total Anarchy (BTS/Step1 - CD) 6 tracks
Holidays In The Sun, Blackpool 96 (Visionary) 1 track
Tribute To The Ruts (Rejected) 1 track
Wet Dreams (Cherry Red) 1 track
A Kick Up The Arse (Cherry Red) 1 track
End Of The Era (Cherry Red) 2 tracks
AMI Work Songs (Negative) 1 track

Also some bootlegs and a few bands covering our songs - latest are Zero Tolerance with 'Don't Conform' on their 'Home Sweet Hackney' CD.

Describe your sound and what are the main themes in the lyrics?

Hard to say about the sound thing. Max Rock N Roll described us sounding a bit like the Ruts only hardcored up., a bit with obligatory ska and reggae bits thrown in. Songs are about the Government manipulation of generations, hope for the future, people living on streets and situations you find yourself in throughout your life.

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

Not right now, though we have done in the past. Usually only 1 cover in a set. We might start doing 'Commando' by the Ramones again soon 'coz it's one of my favourite songs.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

Where I live in Hulme, Manchester the place is full of punks, anarchists and people with a mind not to be shat on. There are quite a few local punks putting on gigs. Can't complain really.

Name the best 5 releases of 99.

I don't know. I've asked about and keep getting silly answers. The only records etc I bought last year were to replace older albums I'd lost. The only recent stuff I bought and liked were Social Distortion and some of my mates bands, Ex-Cathedra, Newtown Grunts and Antidote (Holland).

If you could take a vocalist, guitarist(s), bassist and drummer from different bands to make your perfect band who would you choose (can be deceased)?

Stiv Bators (vocals), Johnny Thunders (guitar), Captain Sensible (bass) and John Bonham (drums).

Where were you in 1977?

I was in a 3rd year high school in Glasgow, about 14 years old. Gambled to buy records 'cos I didn't have any money. I felt guilty about taking money from other people who didn't have it either, so I taped off the radio, got a paper round and bought a guitar. Mark and Jonah were in the same boat as me. I don't think Andy was even a twinkle in his Dads eye then.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2000.

Lots of gigs already sorted, with more to be arranged. Hopefully a new EP, or split single by the summer and a tour of Germany with a couple of French gigs thrown in if we can get everything together.

Any final comments?

If we're playing in your area try and come and see us, we put in 100% live. If any bands want to play with us or want to play Manchester, get in touch and we can get people to help you out. Ta. Thanks for the interview.

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