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Title: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 01, 2018, 10:48:11 AM
Finally a "PHD" for Rat Scabies:

Vinyl (18 May 2018)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Cleopatra Records
ASIN: B07BF39R7Z
Other Editions: Audio CD

https://www.amazon.co.uk/P-H-D-Prison-Hospital-Debt-VINYL/dp/B07BF39R7Z/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&keywords=rat%20scabies&qid=1522483504&ref_=mp_s_a_1_1&sr=1-1

Nice pic, eh?
(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61XuFNpdzQL._SY355_.jpg)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Rockula on April 01, 2018, 12:04:31 PM
Link to pre-order the CD works but link to pre-order the vinyl does not.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on April 01, 2018, 10:35:31 PM
Good title, but what experience does he have of any/all three of these aspects please?
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 02, 2018, 08:28:49 AM
Good title, but what experience does he have of any/all three of these aspects please?

None whatsoever, of course.  ;D

(Tbh, I thought it might be the title of his autobiography...)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on April 02, 2018, 06:24:30 PM
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/112889136180?ul_noapp=true
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 04, 2018, 08:54:46 AM
Looks like Rat's mate Robbie Allen is on it (met him in France years ago).  8)

(https://scontent-frt3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29683290_10211317473484359_2855152148820280667_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=ca7359b034cd49e025b2b9104249caeb&oe=5B72073A)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 20, 2018, 10:30:21 AM
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/04/damned-co-founder-rat-scabies-shares-chew-on-you-f.html
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on April 20, 2018, 11:48:30 AM
You can't beat a bit glam-punk slide guitar - just wish the drums were higher in the mix!
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Rockula on April 26, 2018, 04:52:54 PM
I've ordered the album but, unless they are different recordings or remixed, these tracks are the same ones Rat made available through his own website as downloads in 2016.

I'd like to see official releases for the (at least) 20 albums worth of other recordings. ;)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 27, 2018, 08:44:01 AM
I've ordered the album but, unless they are different recordings or remixed, these tracks are the same ones Rat made available through his own website as downloads in 2016.

Was this 2016?  :o I thought it was 2017... (edit: yes it was in January when I got them.)

Anyway, on his website he claims they were "demos":
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Featuring material the demos of which were available right here on ratscabies.com – had you been lucky enough to have been in the loop back in the sites infancy

However I got to admit that "Chew on you" now sounds pretty much the same to me as the "demo".  ;D
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 27, 2018, 12:31:31 PM
http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2018/04/25/exclusive-interview-with-punk-rock-legend-rat-scabies-ahead-of-his-sussex-appearance/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on May 24, 2018, 10:10:31 AM
http://www.fighting-boredom.co.uk/interview/rat-scabies-interview/
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I was surprised by the variety of music on the record, the lack of vocals across some of it and that one track doesn’t even have drumming. I assumed that the track without drums was the cigar box guitar?

Oh the Cigar Box guitar is all over the album. There’s no getting away from it. There’s something about that instrument that changes everything about the way you perceive music to be constructed and where you perceive it to be valuable. It’s a very weird thing, because when I made the first one I only did it really because my son came home from work and gave me a cigar box. I had a piece of wood and three tuning keys and I remembered the story that was what poor people used to do in America, and that was kind of the birth of a lot of the slide in blues guitar styles. I thought well that’s kind of really interesting. So I looked at this box for a few days and then worked out how you do could do it, put strings on it and everything and make it work as an instrument. Then the realisations that came along with that were really quite phenomenal, because you lose everything that we regard as being technically proficient. In terms of, you don’t have tuning, you don’t have a piano to tune to or anything else that does it. So actually what you do is you just tighten the strings up until they sound good. And when you play an instrument like that with this kind of slide thing it’s so much more of a cerebral kind of experience because you have to listen to what you’re playing. It’s not like a guitar with frets where you know where the notes are. It’s something like a saxophone where you’ll know where the notes are, but you have to get to them. It sounds a bit artsy fartsy really, but actually, you have to have a different kind of consciousness to play an instrument like that because you have to be more aware of what’s going on around you. Which is all kinds of performing. To forget about what you’re doing and only focus on what’s going on around you.

I ask if the album’s title, ‘PHD (Prison, Hospital, Debt), is autobiographical.

Yes. Firstly I liked it because it’s funny. Because Rat Scabies is probably the last person that would have one of those. In fact that or an MBE or uttering the words ‘Guilty your Honour’ you know none of those apply. But those are the things going on in my life. Life isn’t about what we have and what we plan. It’s about what happens around us, and those were the things that were going on around me. Music was actually the only escape I had. Where everything else was so maudlin that to be able to play a guitar and feel good about creating a piece of music, doing something or making a sound that was kind of inspirational really. Without sounding too depressing about it. It was cheap medicine.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 01, 2018, 07:57:42 AM
https://essentiallypop.com/epop/2018/05/doctor-beat-punk-icon-rat-scabies-on-the-damned-drumming-and-his-indulgent-debut-solo-album-phd/
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Is it all new material or stuff you’d worked on over many years?

Some of it is recent, as recent until right up until we cut the album. The track Benni’s Song literally only got finished in the same week that the album came out. Some of the other stuff is a couple of years old and then there’s a couple of things that go back to the late ‘80s-‘90s – when the band wasn’t particularly functioning well, or wasn’t doing anything – there’s a couple of things from that time I felt should’ve seen the light of day and now they have.

http://louderthanwar.com/rat-scabies-p-h-d-prison-hospital-debt-album-review/
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I don’t know why it should be, but it is a surprisingly good album. Varied, funny, rockin’, jazzy, psychedelic and laid-back. Every song is different, you just don’t know what’s coming next.  And it’s all shot thru with Rat’s personality and down-to-earth humour.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Rockula on June 04, 2018, 07:44:51 PM
I'm pretty sure 'My Wrists Hurt' with Dave Grunfeld on keyboards goes back a bit further than that. Like about 1979......
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 05, 2018, 08:26:56 AM
Why do you think that? Wasn't Grunfeld joining the Damned for the tour in 1995?
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 15, 2018, 12:39:40 PM
https://mongolcult.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/chewing-on-you-an-interview-with-rat-scabies/
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You know when you’ve just got a lot of stuff going on around you that you don’t really like very much and none of it is good news? But there was always one thing I could do which was mess around with music and try and make up a tune and feel good about that. So that’s where that title came from. I also just kinda liked the idea of a PHD, the supposition that you’re talking about your education and your education consists of those three things. *laughs*

I spend quite a lot of time in Phoenix Arizona and Area 51 isn’t far away and you have those big clear desert skies. Nearly everyone that lives in that town sees stuff that doesn’t really have an explanation. There was one time I sitting in the living room of the place I was staying…..you see the trouble with this stuff is if you tell people what happened it sounds like you’re a fucking nutcase *laughs*   But I swear I was with the guitar player of the band I was staying with at the time and this small black sphere the size of a squash ball floated down the stairs at quite high speed, buzzed around the kitchen damaging everything and then back out up the stairs and away again at high speed. It was one of those things that was such an outrageous event that we were both pretty gobsmacked about whether it had even happened. If it hadn’t been for the fact that the two us had seen the same thing you’d put it down to some kind of marijuana induced incident *laughs* So that was one of the strangest things that happened. I never reported it or anything like that but out there’s a lot of stuff buzzing around out there out in the sky that’s a mystery.

So I had this whole broad left field influence when I was growing up and a part of that was things like Atlantis and the Holy Grail and all these legends. Where do they come from? What is it based on and is there any element of truth in any of these stories? And if there is, can you find it? So that’s kind of how I am with the whole thing, I find it quite fascinating and I’ve witnessed enough strange small events that it makes you go ‘well that was weird, I think there’s something going on here that I don’t really have a name for or an understanding of’ but at the same time I’m very rational about it. I don’t ‘believe’ in things like ghosts or fairies but I like to observe it and see if it’s proven to me.

I remember Rat telling me the Arizona story and closed with "you don't believe me, huh?".  ;D
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on August 17, 2018, 06:07:27 PM
Lengthy interview with Rat. Not sure if all the facts are 100% ("abandoned as a baby"? - never heard that one), but it's a fun read.
https://pleasekillme.com/rat-scabies/
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PKM: Have you ever met Ginger Baker?

Rat Scabies: Actually, a friend of mine is his roadie and I fill in when he can’t do it. So I set up Ginger’s drums regularly. It’s great because I’ve been watching Ginger play since I was fifteen.

PKM: So you obviously get on with him well.

Rat Scabies: No. I don’t think anyone does really. Haha! I was interviewed in his documentary and they cut me from it because I was the only one to say nice things. So I thought it was a bit unfair to him. The thing that Ginger did was bring African music to Europe. He went to Africa just to learn about African rhythms and how that music worked. He was the first person to do that in the early 1970’s. He nearly got shot for supporting a revolution and nobody is interested in that, they are only interested in him being a cunt.

That part was quite interesting as I'd watched that doc a while ago... had no idea Rat could've been in it.

Here's a review of the PATM gig last week:
https://louderthanwar.com/professor-madman-london-100-club-live-review/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on October 09, 2018, 03:40:03 PM
Interviews:
https://thetrapset.libsyn.com/186-rat-scabies-the-damned

http://www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/61-october-interviews/20797-2018-10-06-00-45-45.html
https://www.uberrock.co.uk/interviews/61-october-interviews/20798-2018-10-07-10-32-53.html
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on November 12, 2018, 09:54:35 AM
I remember this was up on his myspace ten years ago or so...

https://youtu.be/Xqj8wz2Mkuc
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on March 31, 2020, 12:09:46 PM
https://vivelerock.net/ouiji-does-it/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 02, 2020, 03:36:40 PM
Another new project: The Sinclairs' "Sparkle" to be released in May 2020.

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The new project from The Damned's Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone of Flipron and The Neville Staple Band!
The band will be performing at this year's Rebellion Festival in August!
Available on both CD and limited edition RED vinyl!

https://www.wowhd.de/sinclairs-sparkle/889466165016
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on April 02, 2020, 04:09:32 PM
These Damned spin-off albums are coming along like buses at the moment - in bunches!
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on April 17, 2020, 04:12:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwpfazXYBw4
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 24, 2020, 04:05:11 PM
http://www.neonfiller.com/wordpress/?p=13636&fbclid=IwAR17JOSeChigQgKxqCfOnGhNJb-DCxCSPvBU4_21a4z0s8lHf-Slmtk4HqY
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As we emerge from our cacoons and our routine of one walk a day will we want something slow and dramatic? Or will want something fast and furious to reflect our new freedom? Will we go back to the future and crave sci-fi B-movie style synths?

I like to think the answer may well be all three, which is exactly what is on offer in the debut from The Sinclairs, formed by Damned drummer Rat Scabies and Jesse Budd, aka Billy Shinbone, from Flipron and guitarist with Neville Staple’s band.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on May 07, 2020, 08:48:48 AM
https://vivelerock.net/introducing-the-sinclairs/

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How did The Sinclairs meet?

Rat: We met back in the ’90s when Billy and his band Flipron walked into my studio asking how much time a hundred quid would buy them. Somehow, they managed to stay for a couple of years. I ended up producing two Flipron albums and we’ve been friends throughout.

Why the name The Sinclairs? Wasn’t it an old car, a Consul?

Rat: Well it’s a family name attached to the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland which is one of those places that holds a strange magnetism for those who might be involved on a hunt for the Holy Grail. But that’s not the real reason. I just liked the sound of it.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on May 15, 2020, 01:34:39 PM
Wow, Fred just was mentioned on F*c*b**k!!

The Sinclairs via FB:
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A big thanks to all of you for support on our first release, as you may have guessed interaction with our audience is something we at Sinclairs HQ cherish so we thought we’d publish the ones that we liked best.

Frederick Owen-
Great video! First time Rat has used brushes since cleaning Fairfield Halls?

Terrence Victor Jones-
Fantastic, that White Falcon is pure rock n roll. Makes the Phantom Chords sound like Showaddywaddy !!

Tim Curtis-
Music Fantastic. Floor could do with a wipe though :-

Dave Harvey-
Am I the only one who thinks this is dog shit
...The Sinclairs- So far...

Ian Michie-
....look forward to the CD, but....terrible cover photo.
...The Sinclairs- Ian Michie thank goodness you spotted that! What were we thinking!?
We'll get them reprinted with something that meets your approval! 😂
...Ian Michie The Sinclairs ...knew you would understand - thanks!

David Arnoff-
That's a bloody good photo, that is.

Andy Popplewell-
Rats dancing partners looks a little old

Richard Wilkins-
At first glance I thought it was Alan Rickman!

Billy Webb- Reminds me of something out of Twin peaks . Twin freaks

So thanks everyone for the interaction! Here's one of the videos that elicited some of those comments!
https://youtu.be/QwpfazXYBw4

The Sinclairs album "Sparkle" is released on May 8th 2020. The Sinclairs are: Rat Scabies (The Damned) and Billy Shinbone (The Neville Staple Band / Flipron)...

Hilarious comments in there!  ;D
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on May 15, 2020, 02:36:01 PM
F*c*b**k?!

Me?!

F*ck!
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on May 17, 2020, 10:14:20 AM
https://www.punknews.org/article/72674/interviews-rat-scabies-on-the-new-sinclairs-lp-modern-punk-and-the-damned
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What are you up to today?
To be quite honest, fuck all and I’m quite happy about that. (Laughs)

Strange times, eh?
Yeah it is – very. It’s terrible with all of the sickness and death and sadness. But, on the other side of the coin, I really like the silence of not having sirens and airplanes constantly flying by. The birds are singing and it’s pretty cool. If the pubs were open, it would almost be the perfect existence.

That’s a pretty positive attitude.
Yeah, you have to be these days. Life is pretty good.

Congratulations on the release of your first Sinclairs record. My first question is why an instrumental album?

I’ve always known Billy as one of the most prolific lyricists – I don’t know if you’re familiar with this band or not. The words he spouts out are quite incredible. He told me one day, “I really want to make an instrumental album…just once, just to get away from words.” He’s a Damned fan and he had some ideas about doing some things with the guitar, so we went in the studio for a few days and put it down. It was a bit strange – it was just two blokes who can play a bit. (Laughs) So we left it for a few months and then he turned up at my house with a set of keyboard bass pedals and this 30-quid synthesizer – a little, pathetic thing. I messed around with the synth and it was really cool and all a bit random. Because of this out-of-tuneness and this lack of musical ability that I’ve got, it made everything sound a bit weird and a bit odd. But when we heard it, we both kind of went, “Ah, that’s better.” (Laughs) It was more of an emotional response than a musical one.

Is it true that the song “The Sewers of Carcasonne” is about you searching for the Holy Grail in France?

Yeah, it is. I was sort of brought up with the Grail stories by my parents who were researchers and into that whole thing. And a few years ago, I did a book with my neighbour about the whole Grail thing and the Templars. I got into some really interesting places like Knights Templar initiation ceremonies…some secret society stuff. We’d creep around cemeteries late at night and so the whole thing was kind of fun. But the titles of the songs appeared after the music did – it was quite strange. When you listen to that song, you can really imagine this medieval sewer as you go down there, looking for something that has been lost.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 09, 2020, 05:49:34 PM
The Sinclairs "Dodgems" (Official Music Video):
https://youtu.be/oYg8-VDn5bw
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 16, 2020, 08:26:52 AM
https://newnoisemagazine.com/interview-rat-scabies-on-drumming-for-the-damned-the-early-days-of-english-punk-and-his-latest-releases/

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Drummer Rat Scabies, who seems to always be involved with multiple projects, took time out from his busy schedule to discuss two of his latest releases: Sparkle, the debut album from The Sinclairs, a wild, stoner-esque, two-man instrumental ensemble, which came out in early-May on Cleopatra Records; and the next installment from Professor And The Madman, Séance, whose release date is not yet set. He also dives a bit into the early days of the first wave of English punk and his monumental tenure as drummer for The Damned.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 26, 2020, 08:38:06 AM
https://newnoisemagazine.com/news-rat-scabies-and-paul-gray-return-with-professor-and-the-madman/

Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Alan Grundy on June 28, 2020, 09:42:20 AM
Really enjoyed TV's Phoenix FM outing last month. There's a new one up now with Rat - he's chosen an eclectic mix of tracks (there's an Adverts one there too!). When I get three and a half hours to spare, I'll give it a listen.
https://www.phoenixfm.com/2020/06/27/blank-generation-20-rat-scabies/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on June 29, 2020, 04:26:48 PM
There's a new one up now with Rat - he's chosen an eclectic mix of tracks (there's an Adverts one there too!).

Thanks for sharing. That's nice of him to include the Adverts!  8)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on July 08, 2020, 09:20:42 AM
https://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2020/07/03/still-rat-scabies-after-all-these-years-punk-legend-talks-covid-19-dad-his-new-album-and-joey-ramone

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Scabies, who turns 65 (!) in July is not slowing down. In fact, he is maybe more active than in his early days. His latest, a superduo called The Sinclairs, is Scabies and the formable Jesse Budd (known also as Billy Shinbone), frontman of veteran psychedelic-folk group Flipron. They transformed a few jam sessions into a surf music lover’s dream, a 10-song rumble-seat ride called Sparkle (Cleopatra Records). The album, released in May, is described in their official press release as “Easy Listening made difficult.” The description is apt.

From the opening Ventures-esque “La Venta,” and the mesmerizing Santo & Johnny-like “Sleep Walk,” to the ’60s alien soundtrack-styled “Dodgems and Twin Peak-psych echoes of “Lipstick Rumble,” Scabies and Shinbone stretch their chops and make one hip and entertaining road-trip album.

Scabies has stayed super-active since his 1995 exit from The Damned. A list of impressive collaborations includes Chris Constantinou and the Mutants, and he has a new band with Constantinou called One Thousand Motels. Other bands include The Gin Goblins, Professor and the Madmen (with Alfie Agnew and Sean Elliot of DI and former Damned bass player Paul Gray).

Tucson Weekly: How are you and your family weathering the virus?

Rat Scabies: I find the whole thing incredibly unique actually, and also divisive because on the one hand I absolutely feel for the people, their losses, the sickness that’s going around. But at the same time, I look at the panic knee-jerk reactions of governments. I am wondering how they are handling it.

The other thing is, I quite enjoy a lot of it. I’m liking the clean air, the lack of noise, the lack of cars, and the lack of people. The pubs are open, so I really don’t mind it too much. It’s very ecological at the moment, isn’t it?

Did you ever think of this sort of Ventures meets Twin Peaks feel, to make it a soundtrack for a movie?

Funny enough you should say that, we’ve got an invitation, and we’re working on it. I don’t want to sour it but what the idea is they run movies with us playing the soundtrack live in the cinema just like in the good old days. So, that’s an idea we are talking about and I find quite exciting.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 04, 2020, 12:22:33 PM
"It’s Blacknell Calling"
https://podidoc.co.uk/blacknell-calling

(Scroll down and find the one with Rat)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on September 04, 2020, 09:02:38 PM
Ta - I'll have a listen to a couple of them Uli.  :)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 05, 2020, 08:30:00 AM
And here's the next interview already:
https://www.metalexpressradio.com/2020/09/04/rat-scabies-professor-and-the-madman-the-damned-the-direction-is-menacing-and-quite-unnerving-at-times/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on September 09, 2020, 07:39:47 PM
https://www.punktuationmag.com/news/is-rat-scabies-back-in-the-damned-has-he-just-let-the-rat-out-of-the-bag/
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Rockula on September 10, 2020, 02:15:50 AM
https://www.punktuationmag.com/news/is-rat-scabies-back-in-the-damned-has-he-just-let-the-rat-out-of-the-bag/

I'm not saying for definite that I know anything but can I just say that Rat's last couple of albums with Professor And The Madmen were done online/via email and the band members weren't even in the same country let alone the same room. Rat and Paul Gray are claimed to have said previously that they'd never work with each other again. And any 'live' reunion assumes that band will be even able to perform 'live' in the next year or so. It seems that without physical meetings are perfectly feasible.

Captain Sensible seems to have offered an 'olive branch' in recent interviews where he says he can't even remember what the disagreements were about (although I could remind him if he asked me for specifics).

And let's remember that the Rat/Paul working together online thing ended up in an actual live gig at The 100 Club.

Never say never. ;)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 10, 2020, 08:41:27 AM
And any 'live' reunion assumes that band will be even able to perform 'live' in the next year or so.

Never say never. ;)

That's my biggest concern - that any show announced might have to be cancelled in the end.  :(
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on September 11, 2020, 12:29:11 PM
I've heard rumours from several sources now, so I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that some form of Damned reunion is planned.

Will it be live?

Will they record the album that Rat was so keen on in their documentary?

Will it be the current lineup + Rat?

Will it be the 1976 lineup?

Will it be various incarnations (A bit like the "Final Damnation" show/video)?

Whatever they decide upon will be most welcome!
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on September 12, 2020, 12:53:04 AM
They should just get on and announce the reunion now - worst kept secret since every previous Sex Pistols reunion!
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 12, 2020, 08:39:00 AM
They should just get on and announce the reunion now

No way. First they need to sell the EP (recorded in 2019) which will be released soon. Then they can talk...
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: FredNoTimeToBe2021 on September 12, 2020, 01:45:27 PM
Fair point, but I'm not surprised that Rat 'let slip' what he did as he was always the salesman for the band when he was in it!  ;)
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 15, 2020, 04:15:32 PM
https://www.moderndrummer.com/2020/09/rat-scabies-on-the-upcoming-album-by-professor-and-the-madman/
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MD: You recently released an album by the Sinclairs, the duo you share with Billy Shinbone. That band has very different vibe from Professor and the Madman but is great fun as well. You’ve been friends with Billy since producing his band back in the ’90s. What are the qualities that you most appreciate in the musicians you choose to work with–musical knowledge, humor, style…?

Rat: The answer is that I really only work with artists whose music I like, and that I like as people as well. Billy and I have a long history. I’ve known him since 1995. As for Professor and the Madman, I met them at a gig in Southern California in 2015. Sean and Alfie were playing with another band that night, and they heard that I was in the audience and coaxed me on stage to play [the classic Damned song] “Smash It Up” with them. Afterwards, they invited me over to Alfie’s home studio and we jammed a bit. Sean was very funny right from the start, Alfie was a bit reserved. But we quickly broke the ice and were happy with the tune we had worked on. I relate to them both—we’ve all been around the block and have been playing music for a long time. From my experience, if you work with people who you don’t connect with, it’s a pain in the ass. I’ve been doing this long enough to allow myself the luxury of only working with people I can relate to. In the evenings, when I’m cooking dinner, I’ll put on various projects that I’m working on, and they always make me feel good and give me a sense of satisfaction.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 18, 2020, 12:34:22 PM
https://musicrepublicmagazine.com/2020/09/13339/
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We are very happy to exclusively premiere the new video and single, “Time Machine,” a track taken from the new album, “Seance”.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on September 22, 2020, 06:22:31 PM
Yet another project with Ratty on drums!

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RAT SCABIES & CHRIS CONSTANTINOU Release New Full-Length Studio Collaboration ONE THOUSAND MOTELS!

Los Angeles, CA - Rat Scabies, the famed drummer for The Damned, and Chris Constantinou, a much in-demand bass player who has worked with Adam Ant, Sinead O’Connor, Bow Wow Wow and others, have come together for a brand-new project, One Thousand Motels! This is not the first time these two creative forces have united their musical powers. They were both heavily involved with the punk rock supergroup The Mutants, which featured members of UK Subs, The Specials, Vice Squad, The MC5, Stiff Little Fingers.
While in NY making another album, Rat & Chris found themselves with some downtime. Chris explained “We had finished the album and the bars were shut. I had a bunch of demos lying around which were just waiting for the right drummer.” As soon as he heard the tunes, Rat was onboard and instinctively got on with it and within a few days they had the bones of the album that would become 2% Out Of Sync.
“Chris writes from the heart and shares his ups and downs, which are often butt clenchingly awkward,” Rat explained “He writes about his loves, losses and good times, which often play out like a Jaques Brel movie (if there were such a thing).” Chris responded with a simple “My songs are about my experiences, what else have I got to write about?”
They finished laying down the drum tracks in Glastonbury at Orchard Studios while Chris overdubbed in a shed in his back garden. “There were times,” whines Rat “when we’d blown all our money and it felt like it was time to call it quits, but I’d listen to the rough mixes and felt it would be a dreadful waste not to finish this record - the tunes are just too good.”
Eventually the recordings were finished and Nicholas De Carlo was invited to mix the album at his privately owned “Mash Studios” in Ramsgate, Kent. “We were totally over the moon with the way Nick De Carlo made us sound” said Chris, “He brought an organic feel to the mixes and created a sound that is both proficient and natural and which crucially leaves my melodies alone.” “Yeah, for sure” added Rat, “NDC gave it some bollocks.”
When asked about the choice of name for the new project I think Rat summed it up best when he said “We’re too old and battle worn to be making career moves, so we wanted a name that immediately summarised where we’ve come from, but not necessarily where we’re going.”

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you One Thousand Motels.
Stream the album: https://orcd.co/one_thousand_motels
For further information One Thousand Motels can be contacted via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneThousandMotels/

Track List:
1. Beautiful Losers
2. Definition
3. Gone
4. Rain
5. Kings X Guru
6. Andy’s Wonder World
7. Kill Me If You Love Me
8. 2% Out
9. I Like Sex In The Suburbs
10. Gerry’s Ashes
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on October 20, 2020, 12:39:45 PM
https://vivelerock.net/sinclairs-video-premiere/
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Hot on the heels of their spectacular debut album Sparkle, the duo featuring Rat Scabies and Billy Shinbone from Somerset band FLIPRON and Neville Staple’s band have teamed up with our old friend Paul-Ronney Angel from THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE for the timely single ‘Halloween Wings’.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on November 10, 2020, 10:07:58 AM
https://www.songfacts.com/blog/podcast/the-damned-founder-rat-scabies

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Drummer's Perspective
I do work a lot with vocals, but if they're singing, then I don't think I should be doing a lot of drums - you've got to make space for what's going on. That was one of the good things about working with Dave Vanian. He had a great sense of dynamics as a singer. He always knew when the band was being noisy and he would make sure there was room to do the right thing.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on December 04, 2020, 09:43:05 AM
https://louderthanwar.com/watch-this-rat-scabies-band-the-sinclairs-xmas-single/

The Sinclairs has a Christmas single out – it’s dripping with the dark stuff and that peculiar melancholy of xmas and is a wonderful affair and is called “Pillow Fight Skies” and features Jane Horrocks in the video…
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Uli on April 12, 2021, 07:21:46 PM
Rat has been keeping himself busy (as usual).

http://www.themidlandsrocks.com/one-thousand-motels-get-in-where-you-fit-in/

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Featuring Damned drummer Rat Scabies and multi-instrumentalist Chris Constantinou (Adam Ant) One Thousand Motels have added desert legend Sam Wheeler to their ranks for a union that’s the stuff of rock n’ roll dreams. Their latest album Get In Where You Fit In is more organic than their debut (2020’s 2% Out Of Sync) and finds the guys broadening their palette to create an album that reaches towards heady heights.

https://www.underdog-fanzine.de/2021/03/25/the-69-cats-pr%C3%A4sentieren-ihre-neue-single/
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Jetzt ist die Gruppe mit einer neuen Besetzung aus der heiligen Krypta zurückgekehrt, zu der der langjährige Schlagzeuger von The Damned, Rat Scabies, und Nekromantix-Gründer Kim Nekroman gehören.
Title: Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
Post by: Rockula on April 13, 2021, 11:17:28 AM
First released track from 'Get In Where You Fit In' is 'Never Forget Redemption' and to my ears it's like Alabama 3.
Which I like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2RviKHQzgk