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Interview

Gonads
31/10/1999



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

The Gonads emerged like a quintet of Greek gods from the ashes of Pink Tent, a schoolkid rock and comedy combo influenced by Python, Slade, Dali, Lennon, Alf Garnett, Mott, Linda Lovelace, Clockwork Orange and Straw Dogs. We produced our own com-zine and played small-time gigs, mates' parties really. Heavily influenced by The Clash and the Ramones, we became the Gonads in 1977 and released Stroke My Beachcomber Baby in 1978 on our own Scrotum label. We were pioneers of Oi, which is why it never took off until after the band split up in 1979...

I reformed the Gonads in 1981, but as a joke/wind-up with music played variously by different oi-sters, The Business, Rejects, Splodge and The Blood etc. I pulled the plug on it in about 1983/4, then reformed with a real line-up in 1990. we wrote a few songs like Lager Louts but never did much. In 1994, me and Clyde who had been in the first line-up, got together and started writing songs again for a laugh (Nutter, Lottery, Mystic Meg). We were enjoying it so much we got the current line-up together to record Nutter and England's Glory as a single for 1-2-3-4 records.

Line-up: me, Gal Gonad (vox), Rockin' Dave (guitar), Casanova Kev (guitar), Clyde (bass), The Romulan (drums),

Discography.

1978: Stroke My beachcomber Baby b/w Big Balls (Scrotum)
1981: Tucker's Ruckers (Carry On Oi, secret)
Pure Punk for Row People ep (Secret)
Oi Xmas (Bollocks to Xmas ep, Secret)
1982: Peace Artists ep (secret)
Max and Gal, the Brothers Gonad ep (with Max splodge, Razor)
TNT (track on Total Noise ep, Step Forward (I think))
Live double album (Red Robin/Secret)
1998: Oi! Nutter (1-2-3-4)
1999: Oi! Back & Barking (Captain Oi)

Why record a new album after all this time?

We had the songs, we had the time...it was a laugh. No big deal.

If you could go back in time, would you choose another name/word for the type of music that became known as 'oi!' ?

If you had to call it something else, I suppose Street Punk would be best. I kicked around terms like New Punk and Real punk in 79/80, but Oi! was better, more direct. Oi! summed up the music. It was a raw holler. You had to take notice of it

What was the last band you went to see and were they any good?

Filth F.C. And they were piss poor. Only serious, John. The Warriors are on top form right now. I saw the Reducers in San Fransisco, liked them a lot.

Do you think street music will rise again?

Street music will rise again as an alternative to the tyranny of dance shit and manufactured pop, but whether we will recognise it as street music as we see it currently is another matter. I'd like to see the ska-punk bands break through. The Skoidats are shit hot.

What are your top 5 songs at the moment and who are they by?

Right this moment? Genocide by Offspring, Bar Room Hero by the Drop Kick Murphys, Product by The Business (a neglected classic), Immigrant Song by Led Zep and Alconaut by The Gonads.

What question would you like to be asked in interviews, but you are never asked? And what is your answer?

It is a question that could only be asked by Pamela Anderson and the answer is yes, YES, YESSSSS!

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

The Belgians bottled it so our December gig is off, but we are talking to a Leeds venue for early next year. We have various projects for 2,000: Beachcomber will be re-released, we're writing a new album, I've got a tape out called Bushell Out of His Box (on Red Robin) and we're working on a street punk "opera" called Parousia.

Any final comments?

Yes. There'll always be an England.