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World Chat / X - the last American punk band left standing
« on: August 01, 2015, 10:26:44 AM »
One of the standard bearers of that scene, X, have spent time in the considerable shadow of their New York City cousins, despite making a considerable mark. Founded in 1977 by Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, the quartet’s brand of punk fused rockabilly and roots rock while The Ramones’ inspiration came from girl groups and ‘60s AM pop. Fast forward four decades and X remains the only American punk band of that era with all its founding members (Billy Zoom’s current state of health not withstanding. More about that in a bit) still together playing.

And while the California foursome has had a number of hiatuses thanks to side and solo projects, Zoom leaving the band for a number of years and even acting gigs for Doe and Cervenka, the past 17 years have found X regularly touring. Doe credits maturity for fueling this creative harmony.

“[The band’s relationship] has been the best that it’s been in a long time or even ever. In any kind of relationship you either move forward, forgive and forget or you move forward and say, ‘It’s best if we don’t stay together.’ As people, we’re much closer together because we realized that we mean a lot to each other,” Doe explained from a tour stop in Cleveland.

This bond is being tested even more given the recent diagnosis Zoom was given at the end of June for an aggressive form of bladder cancer. With Doe sideman Jessie Dayton stepping in for Zoom on this already booked current tour, the members are taking care of business on the road while maintaining contact with their sidelined bandmate and friend. And while his condition is of concern, catching it early was key and the response to a GoFundMe account set up to help defray medical expenses has done wonders to keep morale up for all parties involved. (To contribute to the Billy Zoom GoFundMe account, visit
Read more at:

World Chat / Ripping music and films illegal again?
« on: July 18, 2015, 09:04:07 AM »
Wtf is this?  :o
It's now illegal - again - to copy CDs or DVDs you've bought to put onto your MP3 player, your computer or other devices.

The government had introduced a new law in October last year meaning it was legal to transfer music into your home library.

But that law has been overturned in the High Court.

It's after a legal challenge from Basca, the Musicians' Union, and industry representatives UK Music.

It's unclear how the change will be enforced.

World Abused / Worst president in US history
« on: July 12, 2015, 10:19:38 AM »
The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

No surprise here really...  ::)

World Abused / Greece - Grexit or better not?
« on: June 17, 2015, 05:11:08 PM »

First, there is still a widespread assumption that this Greek-German game of “chicken” will somehow end in a last-minute, classic Brussels-style incomprehensible compromise. Second, and sometimes alternatively, there is the view that Grexit would not matter that much anyway: Greece represents less than 2% of the eurozone’s economic output, and the eurozone now has firewalls to prevent the flames spreading to other southern European countries.

Why should hardworking people, from Ireland to Latvia, who have taken the pain of structural reform and austerity, go on paying for those who have not? Maybe in the end, Grexit would be better for all concerned.


And why would it matter if it happened? For starters, the markets would know that eurozone membership is not irreversible. Contagion to the government bonds of the next weakest eurozone debtor nation would probably not be immediate, but any new crisis in a weak economy could potentially trigger aggressive speculation.

Then there is the economic and therefore human cost in Greece. It is pointless to go over all the past mistakes: there are enough to fill all the confessionals in all the churches in the great Polish city of Wrocław (where I write these lines), and I can tell you that there are a lot of people waiting to audit the sins of others. Needless to say, Greece should never have joined a eurozone which should itself never have been introduced with such a flawed design. Needless to say, clientelist Greek governments able to borrow at German interest rates made an already bad situation worse during the early years of the euro, in cahoots with their oligarchs; the post-crisis medicine prescribed by Germany and the IMF was almost bound to worsen the condition of such a sickly patient; the patient only pretended to take some of that medicine; and so on. But this is not the moment to be quarrelling over history.

If Greece fell out of the eurozone, nobody knows exactly what would happen, but the Nobel prize-winning economist Christopher Pissarides reckons the result might be the most dramatic fall in living standards in recent economic history. And every Greek would cry: “For what did we take all this pain?” Since the country still has the political system invented in ancient Athens, and practised on the Pnyx, this mixture of fury and despair would be expressed through the ballot box. Unless some miracle intervened, that would surely result in an even more radical, populist, nationalist government, whether of the left or the right.

This would have grave consequences for the whole European Union and its place in the world. Whether or not in strict legal theory an exit from the eurozone should entail an exit from the EU, in practice fellow member states would try to keep it in – and, in the worst case, the practicalities of disentanglement would take years. Meanwhile, a post-Grexit radical Greek government could, for example, start by vetoing a further extension of sanctions on Russia over Ukraine.
Read more at the link above...

World Abused / California drought
« on: May 28, 2015, 09:27:20 AM »

World Chat / Glen Matlock interview
« on: April 13, 2015, 04:11:17 PM »
Nice interview with Glen Matlock:

Did it feel very different the second time around? You were a married man with kids.
It was kinda different. But it felt natural. No matter what we've all done individually, nothing is ever going to equate to the Sex Pistols. I think we collectively thought, "Well, that's what people want, let's give it to them." The biggest gig I did with the Pistols first time around was to 600 people. The second time round it was 125,000.

Did punk rock have to happen?
I dunno, but music was in a trough. Glam rock had been and gone, the big gigs at Wembley with Yes and Genesis and Jethro Tull cost a lot of money to get into, unless you were like Steve and Paul and had ways of bunking in. But none of us could relate to that stuff anyway. We liked the Faces because they seemed like they just didn't care.

Do you remember much of the first Pistols gig at Saint Martins College?
I organised it: it was my college. I had a bottle of vodka before going on and they pulled the plugs on us. People were shoving each other around. Then it all descended into chaos. I think we played half a dozen numbers, mostly covers. Pretty Vacant and No Feelings were already in the set but I don't think we got to play them.

Did you really steal the riff for Pretty Vacant from Abba?
Yeah, from SOS. Being at art school and being hip to the Dadaists and Marcel Duchamp, you'd nick something and make it your own. If I hadn't come clean no one would have ever spotted it.

After the Pistols you played with Iggy Pop. Was that a very different experience?
That was my first proper tour. He had roadies that knew what they were doing! Very clever chap, Iggy. He'd worked out that there was always someone from the band missing at rehearsals, because they'd gone down the hall to get a beer. So he said, "I can't stand for this." Then he sent a roadie out to get a dustbin and a bin liner, several bags of ice and bottles of whiskey and stuck it in the rehearsal room to keep us in the same place. I liked that style. Very professional.

Whatever happened to the new song you wrote for the Pistols, which you said sounded like Pink Floyd's Interstellar Overdrive?
It's still around, unfinished. Then Paul had a good idea for a tune but John said it sounded too much like the Sex Pistols. You can't win with some people, can you?
(Just a few sentences, read all of them at the link above.)

Bugs & Tips / New moderator: welcome!
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:11:21 AM »
Without any announcement, Klaus had made Rockula a new moderator!
Welcome to the team!  :)

We can indeed use help to delete all the spam away.

World Abused / sign of hope?
« on: March 17, 2015, 02:16:37 PM »
For the last 40 years, whenever the world economy grew, so did the Earth's carbon dioxide levels — until 2014, The Washington Post reports. The International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that in 2014, the economy grew and CO2 levels didn't.

World Chat / Violent Femmes
« on: March 06, 2015, 05:58:16 PM »
Violent Femmes 'Love Love Love Love Love' is the first original new song from the band since 2000.

The last Violent Femmes album was 'Freak Magnet' in 2000. Violent Femmes released a one-off cover of Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' in 2008.

'Love Love Love Love Love' will be released on the Violent Femmes Official Record Store Day EP, available on April 18, 2015. The E.P. will be a limited edition 12' with 4 new songs on 180g Champagne Clear 12' Vinyl.

World Abused / Scientists successfully trolled conspiracy theorists
« on: February 27, 2015, 11:33:31 AM »
A new study published in PLOS One focused on conspiracy theorists and the Internet circles they run in. Perhaps unsurprisingly, after studying 1.2 million people, the researchers found that people with similar beliefs tend to socialize with others who share their beliefs and are extremely eager to believe what these kindred spirits say. To figure this out, the researchers stayed true to the heart of the Internet, and trolled them.

“To test potential biases induced by the continued exposure to unsubstantiated rumors on users’ content selection,” the study reads, “we conclude our analysis measuring how users respond to 4,709 troll information– i.e. parodistic and sarcastic imitation of conspiracy theories.”

They found that 78 percent of people who liked and 81 percent of those who commented on the troll posts interacted mainly with conspiracy theory pages.

Perhaps fitting to this is a quote from P.K. Dick:
It was always my hope, in writing novels and stories which asked the question "What is reality?", to someday get an answer. This was the hope of most of my readers, too. Years passed. I wrote over thirty novels and over a hundred stories, and still I could not figure out what was real. One day a girl college student in Canada asked me to define reality for her, for a paper she was writing for her philosophy class. She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." That's all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven't been able to define reality any more lucidly.

World Chat / Ein Arbeitstag eines Konzertveranstalters
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:50:11 AM »
Das Universum am Charlottenplatz riecht am frühen Nachmittag nach einer Mischung aus Putzmittel, Bier und kaltem Rauch. Der Konzertclub ist leidlich gelüftet und trotzdem ziemlich zugig. Durch trübe Fensterscheiben sieht und hört man die B 14.
Am Abend wird wieder mal ein Punkkonzert stattfinden, veranstaltet von Micha Schmidt, einem Urgestein der Stuttgarter Szene. Schmidt bringt es locker auf 60 Konzerte im Jahr, die er in der Regel ganz allein organisiert, in Clubs wie dem Universum, dem Goldmark’s, Zwölfzehn und diversen Jugendzentren.
Weil er alles selbst macht, muss er sich auch um die Verpflegung der Musiker kümmern. Heute ist die britische Punklegende UK Subs angekündigt. ...
Mehr hier:

For the UK TUTS: it's an article about a work day in the life of a local promoter in Stuttgart, he's been organising the UK Subs & TV gigs there over the years too. (Sadly, the article only mentions UK Subs.)

World Chat / The Damned documentary (2015)
« on: February 04, 2015, 11:35:05 AM »
Really looking forward to this documentary, it's been in the making since 2011 (35th anniversary tour)! His Lemmy doc was really entertaining, so this one should be a blast!  8)

World premiere is at SXSW in March 2015:
From Lemmy filmmaker Wes Orshoski comes the story of the long-ignored pioneers of punk: The Damned, the first punks on wax and the first to cross the Atlantic. This authorized film includes appearances from Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones (The Clash), Lemmy and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, GNR, the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Buzzcocks, and more. Shot around the globe over three years, the film charts the band's complex history and infighting, as it celebrated its 35th anniversary and found its estranged former members striking out on their own anniversary tour, while still others battle cancer.

World Chat / definition of "punk" ;)
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:12:02 AM »
Finally it has been found...
DEIR EL-MEDINA, Egypt – A topic of heated debate in most middle schools and message boards might finally be resolved as researchers say they have found an ancient manuscript with the first ever definition of “punk”.

World Of TUTS / Crystal ball 2015
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:01:31 PM »
What will 2015 bring us TUTS, apart from the annual TV & UK Subs Tour early in the year?
My wild guesses:
Earthbound in Finland or Canada (just to make sure not many of us can join)!
TV touring with an "interesting" backing band (e.g. Metallica).  ;D
TV releasing his first book of a fantasy fiction trilogy.  ;)
TVom shows now featuring Vom on vocals/guitar and TV on drums.  :P
Any more ideas?

Another guest spot for TV, this time with the band Red Dons:

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