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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #31 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/

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« Reply #32 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)
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« Reply #33 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.
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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #34 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)
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« Reply #35 on: September 04, 2020, 09:02:38 PM »
Ta - I'll have a listen to a couple of them Uli.  :)
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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #38 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. ;)

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« Reply #39 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.  :(
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« Reply #40 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!
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« Reply #41 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!
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« Reply #42 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...
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« Reply #43 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!  ;)
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Re: Rat Scabies solo album PHD
« Reply #44 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.
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