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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:

TV Interviews / LTW interview with TV 2014
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:56:10 PM »

TV Chat / Book Of The Year - Tour Diaries Vol. 5
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:00:34 PM »
Soon to be released is the new tour diary book:
The new book is now in production and should be available before the end of this month. Entitled "Book Of The Year," the fifth and final edition of TV's tour diaries contains a write up of every gig he played in 2013, almost 130 of them. More details to follow...

TV Interviews / Radio Eins interview
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:35:19 AM »

World Chat / Dead Men Walking 2014/15/16
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:14:55 PM »
Looks like "Dead Men Walking" are back from the dead (for a one-off show at least).  ;)

A large supergroup calling itself Dead Men Walking has announced it will play a one-off show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on 9/14. The core members of the group are Captain Sensible of the Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, and Mike Peters of the Alarm, though the show will also feature guest appearances by Fred Armisen, Chris Cheney of the Living End and the Wrights, and Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses. Dead Men Walking’s set will include its members’ bands’ classic songs, favorite covers, and new material.

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