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Features

Attitude-A Film by Don Letts (2006)

Punk - Attitude-A Film by Don Letts

John Clarkson examines Don Letts' powerful new DVD film 'Punk : Attitude' which puts a fresh light and focus on the already often told history of the rise of punk


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Interviews

Interview Spinmaster Plantpot - Interview

Antifolk-punk pioneer Hank Osasuna aka Spinmaster Plantpot tells Julie Cruickshank about his influences and his TV work.


Interview Whispering Sons - Interview

Belgium post-punk band Whispering Sons talk to Eoghan Lyng about their critically acclaimed second album 'Several Others' and forthcoming British tour.


Interview Elli De Mon - Interview

Italian blues musician Elli de Mon speaks to Julie Cruickshank about her dazzling new album 'Countin' the Blues', upon which she covers early female blues artists,, as well as her punk and garage influences and playing the blues all over Europe.


Interview Skids - Interview

Andrew Twambley chats to Richard Jobson, lead singer of Scottish punk / New Wave legends The Skids about their new covers LP, 'Songs From A Haunted Ballroom', which pays homage to the Kinema Ballroom in their hometown of Dunfermline.


Interview LIpstick Killers - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to guitarist Mark Taylor from Australian 70s punk act The Lipstick Killers about ‘Strange Flash’, their new double CD retrospective.


Interview Cult Figures - Interview

Gary Jones, Jon Hodgson and Lee McFadden from post-punk band Cult Figures speak to John Clarkson about their reformation after an absence of 36 years and new album ‘DerItend'.


Interview Members - Interview

Members guitarist and frontman JC Carroll speaks to Andrew Twambley about the punk/reggae band’s new and seventh album ‘Bedsitland’ and his recent autobiography ‘Still Annoying the Neighbours’.


Rat Scabies
Interview Rat Scabies - Interview

Drummer and founder member of punk legends The Damned Rat Scabies chats to Andrew Twambley about his first shows with the group in 25 years and his new album with Chris Constantinou, ‘One Thousand Motels’.


Pauline Murray
Interview Pauline Murray - Interview

Penetration vocalist Pauline Murray speaks to Andrew Twambley about her new solo album 'Elemental' and her 70's punk background.


Prince Hammer
Interview Prince Hammer - Interview

Pioneering Jamaican DJ, singer and producer Prince Hammer chats to Adam Coxon about his storied career and his experiences working with luminaries from the worlds of dub, reggae and punk.


Jonny Fluffypunk
Interview Jonny Fluffypunk - Interview

Amanda J. Window speaks to Jonny Fluffypunk – a poet in love with the spirit of punk and DIY. He explains why he recently jumped at the chance to 'sell out'.


Smalltown Tigers
Interview Smalltown Tigers - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Valli, the bassist and guitarist with Italian female rock and roll/punk trio Smalltown Tigers, about 'Five Things', their debut mini-album.


Tom Robinson
Interview Tom Robinson - Interview

Singer-songwriter and punk veteran Tom Robinson speaks to John Clarkson about his forthcoming 70th birthday and his past and present career.


Raincoats
Interview Raincoats - Interview

Bassist and vocalist with post-punk band Gina Birch talks to John Clarkson about the 40th Anniversary vinyl reissue of their classic self-titled debut album.


Audra
Interview Audra - Interview

Adrian Janes speaks to singer and bass player from Arizonian post-punk band Audra about their fourth album and first release in ten years, 'Dear Tired Friends'.


Richard Jobson
Interview Richard Jobson - Interview

Richard Jobson, the frontman with 70's-formed Scottish punk band the Skids, speaks to John Clarkson about their reunion, new acoustic album 'Peaceful Times', and his forthcoming solo tour.


Richard Jobson
Interview Richard Jobson - Interview

Richard Jobson, the frontman with 70's-formed Scottish punk band Skids, speaks to John Clarkson about their reunion, new acoustic album 'Peaceful Times', and his forthcoming solo tour.


Nouvelle Vague
Interview Nouvelle Vague - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Olivier Libaux from French band Nouvelle Vague, who have divided fans and critics by covering late 70s and early 80s punk and new wave songs as bossa nova tunes, about their new compilation album 'Curiosities' and current European tour.


Profiles

Dreams to Fill the Vacuum
The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988 Miscellaneous - The Sounds of Sheffield 1978-1988

Proud Sheffielder Fiona Hutchings checks out the latest curated collection from Cherry Red Records promising plenty of punk and post punk gems, including twelve previously unreleased tracks.


Big Gold Dreams
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

John Clarkson examines new five-CD box set 'Big Gold Dreams', which documents Scottish punk and independent music between 1977 and 1989, and proves to be the definitive account of a definitive era.


Husker Du
Profile Husker Du - Profile

Dastardly joins the Time Team crew on a dig through the archive of US punk/alt.rock icons Husker Du with 'Savage Young Du', a new three CD box set.


Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington
The Roxy Our Story and Rick Poyner (Ed)/Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980 Miscellaneous - The Roxy Our Story and Rick Poyner (Ed)/Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980

Adrian Janes reflects on two new books on 1970's punk, one on the legendary Roxy Club and the other on punk fanzines and writing


Gary J. Jucha
The Clash FAQ Miscellaneous - The Clash FAQ

Tony Gaughan finds American Gary Jucha's'The Clash FAQ' to be the definitive book on the seminal punk band


Folk Devils
Profile Folk Devils - Profile

Anthony Strutt introduces us to his early heroes The Folk Devils, a seminal 1980s post-punk act whose only album, 'Goodnight Irony', has been recently re-released alongside some session tracks on a collection called 'Beautiful Monster'.


Punk 1976-78 - British Library
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

Adrian Janes finds that the Punk 1976-78 exhibition in the British Library, though by no means exhaustive, succeeds in conveying something of the fraught circumstances in which the punk movement arose in the UK and the excitement and great creative energy it unleashed


Ork Records
Profile Ork Records - Profile

Adrian Janes examines ‘Ork Records; New York, New York’, a well-produced double CD package which tells the story of influential 1970’s punk/new wave label Ork Records


Leatherface
Profile Leatherface - Profile

Adrian Huggins reflects on 'Razor Blades And Aspirin: 1990-1993', a superb new box set from North East punk legends Leatherface, which compiles together three of their finest albums with B-Sides and rarities


Blondie
Chris Stein - Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, Somerset Hous Blondie - Chris Stein -   Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, Somerset Hous

Adrian Janes enjoys Blondie guitarist Chris Stein's evocative recent exhibition at Somerset House in London, which documents the 70's New York punk/new wave scene and his band's forty year career


Len Bright Combo
Profile Len Bright Combo - Profile

The Len Bright Combo were a short-lived garage/punk band fronted by Stiff Records' Wreckless Eric. Malcolm Carter examines both their albums, 'The Len Bright Combo' and 'Combo Time', which have recently been reissued by Fire Records


Book-Richard Hell
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp Richard Hell And The Voidoids - I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

Adrian Janes examines 70's punk icon and Voidoids front man Richard Hell's new autobiography, 'I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp'


Sheila Rock
Interview Sheila Rock - Interview

Dave Goodwin talks to acclaimed photographer Sheila Rock about her new book ‘Punk+’, which features her classic photos of the 70's punk era


DVD
Breaking Glass Hazel O Connor - Breaking Glass

Tom Fogarty enjoys 1980 cynical cult film ‘Breaking Glass’, which starring Hazel O’Connor and about a punk band's rise to fame, has just been re-released in a collector’s edition on DVD


Profile
Outsiders Outsiders - Outsiders

John Clarkson looks back on the career of 70's band the Outsiders, which was the first group of Adrian Borland from the Sound, and who are often seen as being the the first punk band to self-release an album


Profile
Godfathers Godfathers - Godfathers

Andrew Carver reflects upon South London punk/rock 'n' roll band the Godfathers first two major label releases, 1988's 'Birth, School, Work, Death' and 1989's 'More Songs about Love and Hate', which have both recently been reissued


Profile
Distractions Distractions - Distractions

Malcolm Carter reflects upon under rated 70's punk/new wave band the Distractions, who have released two new EPs, 'Black Velvet' and 'Come Home', during the last few months


Live

Dubioza Kolektiv
Academy 3, Manchester, 21/2/2020 Dubioza Kolektiv - Academy 3, Manchester, 21/2/2020

Denzil Watson watches Balkan ska/punk collective Dubioza Kolektiv play an energetic set at the Academy 3 in Manchester.


I Am Lono
Bodega, Nottingham, 27/2/2020 I Am Lono - Bodega, Nottingham, 27/2/2020

Dave Goodwin at the Bodega in Nottingham enjoys a night of dark post-punk/synth rock from promising new band I Am Lono.


Big Joanie
Moth Club, London, 23/1/2020, Big Joanie - Moth Club, London, 23/1/2020,

Dastardly braves the January cold for some heartwarming DIY punk rock from London three-piece Big Joanie.


Press Club
New Cross Inn, London, 5/9/2019 Press Club - New Cross Inn, London, 5/9/2019

Ben Howarth at the New Cross Inn in London enjoys an emotionally intense set to promote their second album 'Wasted Energy' from rising Melbourne punk band Press Club.


Musink
OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, 10/3/2019 Musink - OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, 10/3/2019

L. Paul Mann enjoys the third and final day of the 12th annual Musink Festival in California which featured an onslaught of punk veterans.


Gang Of Four
Borderline, London, 12/4/2019 Gang Of Four - Borderline, London, 12/4/2019

Adrian Janes watches influential post-punk the Gang of Four in a show at the Borderline in London play a fiery set to promote their new album 'Happy Now'.


Radical Dance Faction
Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 19/1/2019 Radical Dance Faction - Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, 19/1/2019

Helen Tipping enjoys an upbeat set at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge to promote their new album 'Daydream Dystopia' from punk/dub/ska group Radical Dance Faction.


Dubiosza Kolektiv
Academy 3, Manchester, 7/11/2018 Dubiosza Kolektiv - Academy 3, Manchester, 7/11/2018

Denzil Watson has fallen in deep, deep like with Balkan ska-rap-punk-Balkan folk act Dubioza Kolektiv. They deliver a barnstorming set in the basement of Manchester Academy.


Professor and the Madman
100 Club, London, 11/8/2018 Professor and the Madman - 100 Club, London, 11/8/2018

In a venue forever linked to the pioneers of punk, Peter Cole watches two of the old guard come together with some American visitors to show London how it's done in a Damned good show.


Damned
Hydro, Glasgow, 19/6/2018 Damned - Hydro, Glasgow, 19/6/2018

John Clarkson at the Hydro in Glasgow watches punk legends the Damned in a set in support of the Hollywood Vampires play a set of their classic singles and songs.


Stranglers
(With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018 Stranglers - (With Therapy?), 02 Academy, Liverpool, 6/3/2018

Richard Lewis watches punk legends the Stranglers showcase their impressive live firepower at a full capacity, extremely hot O2 Academy in Liverpool with Northern Irish rockers Therapy? in support.


Psychedelic Furs
Canyon Club, Agoura, 4/3/2018 Psychedelic Furs - Canyon Club, Agoura, 4/3/2018

L.Paul Mann watches punk/new wave band the Psychedelic Furs play a powerful set of classic hits at the the Canyon Club in Agoura in California.


Gang Of Four
Metro, Chicago, 30/9/2016 Gang Of Four - Metro, Chicago, 30/9/2016

Lisa Torem watches as post-punk outfit Gang of Four bowl over new fans as well as old at a gig at Chicago's intimate Metro


John Cooper Clarke
Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell, 1/6/2016 John Cooper Clarke - Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell, 1/6/2016

Nicky Crewe watches John Cooper Clarke perform an exuberant set of punk poetry at Bakewell Town Hall


Penetration
Magnet, Liverpool, 31/3/2016 Penetration - Magnet, Liverpool, 31/3/2016

John Hogkinson watches reformed 70's punk band Penetration at The Magnet make a forceful return to Liverpool thirty-seven years after they last played there


Albums

South London Stinks Disco Zombies - South London Stinks

Disco Zombies, who were post-punk proteges of John Peel. get an essential reissue – and send Maarten Schiethart on a trip down memory lane.


Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands
My Colors Dark Miscellaneous - My Colors Dark

Ben Howarth refelcts upon Californian singer-songwriter Sean O'Brien's eighth solo album from last year, which is an enjoyable ride from power-pop to angsty punk.


Mothmen
Pay Attention! Mothmen - Pay Attention!

In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Nicky Crewe reflects on Manchester post-punk band the Mothmen's long-lost only album 'Pay Attention', which has just been released on CD for the first time


Rocket From the Tombs
The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs Rocket From The Tombs - The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs

In our 'Re:View' section, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jon Rogers reflects on the turbulent career of short-lived mid 70's punk pioneers Rocket From the Tombs, and their recently reissued posthumous 2002 album of demos and live recordings, 'The Day the Earth Met...'


Raincoats
Odyshape Raincoats - Odyshape

In our 'Re:View' section', in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Jon Rogers' reflects upon female post-punk outfit the Raincoats' 1981 experimental second album, 'Odyshape', which has recently been re-released


Lucy Show
...undone Lucy Show - ...undone

Andrew Carver looks at London-formed band the Lucy Show's post-punk debut album, '...undone', which has recently been reissued on the American Words On Music label


Raincoats
Raincoats Raincoats - Raincoats

Jon Rogers reflects on all-female post-punk group the Raincoats' self-titled 1979 album, which has recently been re-released


Sad Lovers and Giants
Feed the Flames Sad Lovers And Giants - Feed the Flames

In our 'Re: View' column, in which our writers look back at albums from the past, Anthony Strutt examines Watford-based post-punk band Sad Lovers and Giants' recently reissued 1983 second album, 'Feeding the Flame'


Isa and the Filthy Tongues
Addiction Tallulah Rendall - Addiction

John Clarkson looks at Edinburgh-based post-punk act Isa and the Filthy Tongues debut album, 'Addiction', which has just been re-released in an extended edition


Chameleons
Script of the Bridge Chameleons - Script of the Bridge

Anthony Strutt writes about Manchester post punk group the Chameleons' 1983 debut album, 'Script of the Bridge', which has just been re-released in a 25th anniversary double CD remastered edition


Rise Against
The Sufferer and the Witness Rise Against - The Sufferer and the Witness

In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from previous years, Alex Halls examines Chicago quartet punk Rise Against's fourth album 'The Sufferer and the Witness;, which he missed out on when it was released last year


Re : View-Penetration
Moving Targets Penetration - Moving Targets

In the latest in our Re : View series, in which our writers look back at albums from the past,Andrew Carver examines British punk band Penetration's 1978 debut album 'Moving Targets'


Re : View-Thrice
The Artist in the Ambulance Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance

In his first article for us new Pennyblackmusic writer Andy Vincent writes about the impact hardcore/punk band Thrice's album 'The Artist in the Ambulance' had on him after he unexpectedly discovered them at the start of his college's summer holidays


Re : View-V/A
Vancouver Complication Miscellaneous - Vancouver Complication

In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which our writers lookk back on albums of the past, Andrew Carver examines 'Vancouver Complication', a classic 1979 punk compilation, which has just been reissued on Sudden Death Records with extra tracks


Re : view-The Nils
The Nils Nils - The Nils

Alex Soria, the leader of the influential Canadian punk band The Nils, died in December. Andrew Carver looks back over his legacy and at his band's often maligned 1988 self-titled debut album


Features

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
#2 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #2

In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles continues to assess what punk means to him, and in the second part of a two part article examines the latter five out of ten groups that transformed his life.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
#1 In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #1

In his new column, European Sun's Steve Miles admits that he is ‘a punk through and through’ and verifies the point by citing in the first part of a two part article five out of the ten incomparable bands that changed his life.


Clash
Ten Songs That Made Me Love Clash - Ten Songs That Made Me Love

Eoghan Lyng selects tracks by punk legends The Clash for this month’s edition of 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Following the band’s progress, the cuts chart the outfit’s progress from London upstarts to their incorporation of many of the musical trends that came to define the 1980s.


Stiff Records
The Stiff Records Story Richard Balls - The Stiff Records Story

in her regular 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that Richard Balls' book ‘Be Stiff’, which is about the rise and fall of Stiff Records, imbues a classic, cultural relevance and that its heroes made an indelible mark on pop/punk music.


The The
Ten Songs That Made Me Love... The The - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Mary O'Meara in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of some of her favourite songs by post-punk band The The, the project of London-based singer-songwriter and experimental musician Matt Johnson


Sean Madigan Hoen
(Raging Pages) Songs Only You Know Sean Madigan Hoen - (Raging Pages) Songs Only You Know

In the second instalment of her new book series 'Raging Pages', Lisa Torem examines ex-punk musician Sead Madigan Hoen's new memoir, 'Songs Only You Know'


Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll
June 2013 Miscellaneous - June 2013

Ben Howarth in 'Condemned to Rock 'n' Roll' questions Daft Punk's strategically marketed new single 'Get Lucky', which is been hyped as one of the musical releases of the year


Competition
Dot Dash Dot Dash - Dot Dash

In our competition, we have fifteen copies of Washington DC's post punk pop band Dot Dash's debut album',Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash',to give away


Evidently Spencertown
Safety Pins and Genius, Go Johnny Go Miscellaneous - Safety Pins and Genius, Go Johnny Go

With John Lydon about to tour again this month with Public Image Limited, Spencer Robertshaw in his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry series reflects upon the legendary punk figure


Photoscapes
Hexes Hexes - Hexes

Katie Anderson takes photos at the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms of new British hardcore punk band, which includes in in line-up BBC Radio 1's 'Rock Show' presenter, Daniel P. Carter


Photoscapes
Millencolin Millencolin - Millencolin

At a gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth on their latest British tour, Katie Anderson photographs Swedish punk band Millencolin


Photoscapes
New Found Glory New Found Glory - New Found Glory

Katie Anderson photographs hard working Californian-based punk pop five-piece New Found Glory at a date at the Southampton Guildhall on their latest British tour


Punk
Breakdown Miscellaneous - Breakdown

In the third and final part of his series on the 70's punk era, Adam Wood looks at the rise into the mainstream of the punk movement, after the Sex Pistols' infamous appearance with Bill Grundy on the 'Today' show and its subsequent decline as a result


Photoscapes
Gallows David Karsten Daniels - Gallows

Katie Anderson photographs rising Watford-based punk/hardcore band Gallows exclusively for Pennyblackmusic and for our 'Photoscapes' series at the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth


Punk
Resistance through Style Miscellaneous - Resistance through Style

In the second part of a three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the 70's British punk movement, he writes about the fashion, fanzines and sexual psychology of the movement


Punk
London's Burning Miscellaneous - London's Burning

In the first part of a new three part series, in which Adam Wood examines the rise of 70's British punk, he looks at the social and the political factors of the country at the time which both generated and developed the movement.


Photography

Psychedelic Furs
Photoscapes Psychedelic Furs - Photoscapes

Andrew Twambley photographs post-punk act the Psychedelic Furs at the Ritz in Manchester.


Sleaford Mods
Photoscapes Sleaford Mods - Photoscapes

Andrew Twambley photographs controversial electronic punk duo Sleaford Mods at a gig at the Manchester Academy.


Adicts
Photoscapes Adicts - Photoscapes

Andrew Twambley photographs 80's punk band the Adicts on a recent tour at the Ritz in Manchester.


Public Image Ltd
Photoscapes Public Image Ltd - Photoscapes

Andrew Twambley photographs punk legends Public Image Ltd at the at the O2 Ritz in Manchester.


Barb Wire Dolls
Photoscapes Barb Wire Dolls - Photoscapes

Melanie Smith takes photographs of Greek punk act Barb Wire Dolls at Sound Control in Manchester


Twilight Sad
Photoscapes Twilight Sad - Photoscapes

Darren Aston takes photographs of Scottish post-punk act the Twilight Sad at the East Village Arts Club in Liverpool


Brawlers
Photoscapes Brawlers - Photoscapes

Bill Gray takes photographs of Leeds-punk band Brawlers at a show at King Tut’s Wah Wah Club in Glasgow


Nightingales
Photoscapes Nightingales - Photoscapes

Bill Gray takes photographs of Birmingham-based punk/alternative band the Nightingales at a show in Glasgow







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