Monday, April 18, 2011

Danny Mommens for Queen and Country, and the Bollocks!

Vooruit Gent 15 april 2011
Jock: They would not even let Danny Mommens in to our dressing room to play Queen and country of which he sings on our album last will and testament my dear

Danny: i ask 4 mc donald ? they said .... blabla.....
It was a cool show, cool sound, more than Fischer Z!

A Fistful of...4-Skins

A Fistful of...4-Skins is the second studio album by English punk rock/Oi! band, The 4-Skins, released in 1983 by Syndicate Records. In comparison to The 4-Skins' previous material, "A Fistful Of...4-Skins" featured a slower, heavier, more melodic, hard rock-based sound.

Less successful than its predecessor, the album charted outside the Top 30 on the UK independent chart. The band members claimed that this was due to chart manipulation.[1] The album was later combined with debut LP, The Good, The Bad & The 4-Skins (omitting the track "One Law for Them" from that album due to space limitations) and released on a single CD by Link Records in 1987 as A Few 4-Skins More, Vol.1.

Following the breakup of the line-up that recorded the band's previous album, The Good, The Bad & The 4-Skins, Hoxton Tom McCourt had assembled a new line-up (the fourth overall) including former The Last Resort singer Roi Pearce, and future Skrewdriver guitarist, Paul Swain.
Track listing
All songs written and composed by McCourt/Pearce/Bransom/Swain.

No. Title Length
1. "5 More Years" 3:20
2. "Waiting For A Friend" 3:36
3. "Johnny Go Home" 2:59
4. "The Gambler" 3:30
5. "I'll Stick To My Guns" 2:53
6. "On File" 3:57
7. "Forgotten Hero" 4:01
8. "The Spy From Alaska" 2:57
9. "H.M.P." 3:10
10. "No Excuse" 3:33
11. "Betrayed" 3:40
12. "City Boy" 3:51
13. "New War" 4:10

CD reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "On The Streets" 2:46
15. "Saturday" (Demo) 3:05


Roi Pearce - lead vocals
Hoxton Tom McCourt - bass guitar, lead vocal on "New War"
Ian Bransom - drums
Paul Swain - guitar
Keith Bollock Brother - backing vocals
Neil Barker - backing vocals

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Tent - Six Emty Places 1981


A Tent - Six Emty Places 1981

Alaska Studios, Lodon

February - April 1981
Recording session of ‘A Tent’
Album released as ‘Six Empty Places’ on Cherry Red: BRED 17 (GB)

Gavin Povey - keyboards
Dudu Pukwana - alto sax
Keith Bradshaw - bass

Mike Richardson - drums
Middleton - vocals
Mike Alway - guitar

LP Six Empty Places

1. Seven Years Part 1 (No Thought)
2. Seven Years Part 2 (Abundance)
3. Parachuting In Bolivia
4. Intellectual Stance
5. No Way Of Knowing
6. Dockland Lullaby Part 1 & 2
7. She’s Waiting To Be Looked At (Hanging By A Thread)
8. Shiney Black FBI Shoes, Up And Down The Stairs/I Thought Things Were Ironed Out……

4" be 2"

pictured from left to right
Billy Sloane, Oor Martin, Rabbie Burns, Irn Bru, H Broon,
J Rotten, Jock McDonald, Gerry O'Donnell

The Rainbow

The Rainbow in Finsbury Park N4. Large venue, originally a cinema in 1931, that had seen just about every major act play there fom Jimi Hendrix to the Who. Infamous for the Clash riot where seats were torn up.

The Stranglers regularly played here and the Ramones had their New year Eve concert immortalised on vinyl with the double It Alive. In 1977/1978 Jock McDonald would rent out the top and put on gigs, meaning you could have Thin Lizzy playing below while the Spotty Dogs cranked it out upstairs.

Sadly residents complaints about noise and people shut it down in the Eighties. Now some god-awful gospel revival bollocks. Fantastic ceiling of star and palm trees....but no Rainbow.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Simon Hobart died from drink- inquest told

Simon Hobart
Died from drink- inquest told
by Marc Shoffman
24 February 2006

Club promoter Simon Hobart died after an evening of heavy drinking, a South London inquest was told.
Mr Hobart, who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. He was found dead outside his flat in October last year.
His wallet, which he usually carried with him, could not be found
despite searches at all his venues. Dr Vesna Djurovic, who conducted the autopsy, said the toxic effect of alcohol had affected his breathing.
The promoter started his DJ career at the gothic club Kitcat in the
1980s and later opened a club night called Bedrock at the famous
Marquee club. In 1995 he launched Popstarz, which in time became the largest gay club night in London with thousands of regular revellers.
It also attracted scores of big name stars including Mick Jagger,
Brian Molko, Keith Flint and Little Britain star Matt Lucas.
He later went on to launch Ghetto, the popular club situated below the Astoria in the centre of the west end and latterly Trash Palace, a gay bar in China Town.

Blanche Leeding, who worked at Ghetto on the last night he was seen, told the inquest, “he was in a very good mood” but added that Mr Hobart had been drinking more since his mother’s death.

Mr Hobart was driven home by driver John Stansfield who told the

inquest the club promoter seemed “quite inebriated”. Mr Stansfield

said: “He was trying to find the key to the lock to the outside gates, he found the key then he went into the property – I offered him help but he seemed agitated and he said ‘just go, just go, just go’.”

Kate Varnon, a neighbour discovered his body the next morning, she
said he was still sitting up by the door leading to the block where he lived holding his mobile phone: “About half past eight my chap left to go to work and came back in to say there was a man lying outside.”
“I went out with my phone and I dialled 999 as I checked for a pulse. He was the wrong colour.”
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Simon Hobart 1964 - 2005

Simon Hobart
Dynamic promoter and DJ who brought imaginative flair to the London gay club scene

David Hudson
The Guardian, Wednesday 2 November 2005

The club promoter and DJ Simon Hobart, who has died unexpectedly at the age of 41, made a major contribution to London's gay club landscape, providing a haven for thousands of young gay people who felt out of place elsewhere. A courteous, charming and unassuming man, he stamped his mark on an arena awash with overinflated egos, exhibitionists and hyperbole.
Though born in Peru, Simon was brought up in Hemel Hempstead, where he attended Cavendish comprehensive school. Like many, he escaped the boredom of small-town life through a love of music, embracing post-punk and the outsider allure of the fledgling goth scene. At 16, he moved to London to become a trainee chef at the Ritz hotel, but soon left to study for his A-levels at Kingsway College, Westminster.

By this time he had already discovered London's nightlife, hanging out at clubs such as the Blitz, presided over by an early hero and inspiration, Steve Strange. Simon got his first break from infamous punk gig promoter Jock McDonald, who invited him to DJ at the Kariba club in Soho in 1982.

Simon launched his first club night as a promoter, Fly Trap, in June 1983. This ran for a few months, and was followed by the Kit Kat in February 1984. Opening at Studio One on Oxford Street (now the Metro), it moved to a converted warehouse known as the Pleasure Dive in Westbourne Grove, where it became London's premier goth hangout, providing a more glamorous and tongue-in-cheek alternative to its more po-faced rival, the Batcave in Soho. The Kit Kat gave Simon his first taste of notoriety, when in January 1985 it landed him on the front page of the Sun. Police had raided the club for drugs and arrested Simon, a photographer snapping "the godfather of goth" as he was led away - he was just 21 at the time.

The Kit Kat attracted a cross-section of goths, punks and outsiders of all sexual persuasions. Simon felt infinitely more comfortable there than on the commercial gay scene, which was still preoccupied with high-energy pop and disco: "I hated the mentality of the people. I hated the music that was being offered, and found it insulting to your intelligence and tastes. We don't want to all act like teenage girls. We don't all want to go to a nightclub just to take drugs or to have sex." This sense of alienation kept Simon in the straight club world, and he went on to launch the rock night Bedrock and house club Fusion, both at the Marquee on Charing Cross Road. But it was the arrival of Britpop in the mid-90s that prompted his entry into the gay club scene.

"I sensed bands like Blur, Pulp and Elastica had an ironic, theatrical element that ran counter to its shoe-gazing, indie dirge side, so I decided to trial a night called Popstarz, where the emphasis would be on boozing not cruising, as an antidote to the mainstream gay scene." The night launched, somewhat ambitiously, in 1995 at the 900-capacity Paradise club at the Angel, Islington, but Simon had few fears of failure. "If Popstarz had failed I wouldn't have embarrassed myself, because I didn't know anyone in the gay community!"

Popstarz didn't fail. It quickly became a huge success, providing an escape for gay lovers of rock and indie music, and anyone else who felt out of place in more mainstream gay venues. Over the last 10 years it has moved from north London to the West End, before settling in its current home, the Scala at King's Cross, and becoming the country's biggest indie night, gay or straight.

Simon was taken aback at how quickly it established a loyal following, and felt encouraged to expand. Following its launch at the Cross Bar at King's Cross, Popstarz spin-off Miss-Shapes recently celebrated its ninth birthday, while three years ago Simon took over the lease of a basement venue in Falconberg Mews, Soho, transforming it into Ghetto, a seven-nights-a-week hangout for alternative gay tribes.

At the end of last year, he bought his first premises, a former Chinese restaurant on Wardour Street that he relaunched as Trash Palace, providing an early evening option for his crowd and an intimate club space. At the time of his death, he presided over a clubbing empire, either promoting his own nights or hosting a diverse collection of offerings, from Red Eye to Nag Nag Nag, Don't Call Me Babe to Pimp, and many others. Uninterested in material success, he entertained only other club promoters who had a passion and belief in what they were doing.

In 2003, The Observer included Simon in its list of the 20 most influential gay people in the country. That year, he launched the annual Ray Of Light event at the Crash club in Vauxhall, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Relief. It was conceived in response to his mother's death from the disease. He is survived by his father and brother.

Simon Hobart, club promoter and DJ, born September 29 1964; died October 23 2005

Monday, April 11, 2011

Infa-Riot, Hornsey Community Centre, London


Hornsey Community Centre, London

THIS IS Infa-Riot's fourth gig and the third time I have seen them, and every time I see them I think, yeah! This is what it's all about, ordinary kids getting together for a bash. Gutter level, a garage band — no pose, no shit, just get on with the job. Protest, hate, love all bottled up and let out in a stream of catchy energetic songs. Punk — what it's supposed to be.

Infa have already built up a strong North London following and tonight the centre is filled with famous faces. Jock McDonald, Paul Young of the 4 Be2's, Brendan of the Longshots, Dave Smith of Bad Apples, John Stevens of Top Of The Pops fame, even Bryan Ferry turned up with his new flame, but he left in a hurry when Paul Thompson was spotted firm handed with the Upstarts. (Are you sure? — Ed)
The Infas take the stage, two 15 year olds and two 17 year olds. Lee (vocalst, Mac drummer, Barry (guitar), Floyd bass, and burst straight into 'Brick Wall', one of their strongest songs ('I'm talking to a brick wall cos you never listen to a word I say'). Next is 'Boring School' followed by 'Five Minute Fashions' which goes down well with the shaven headed punters who chant the chorus ('But you're a skinhead now!')
Then straight into a rabble rousing 'Riot! Riot!' dedicated to Jack Char/ton. 'Britain's Not Lost' is the next offering. The lyrics of this are heartfelt but somewhat misguided and confused, but then again who isn't confused this government and the opposition, the only ones who seem to have any time for today's youth are the SWP, NF and BM which isn't what Cadbury's would call Star Choice. But ' don't worry, Maggie reckons the situation is good for selling antiques.
'Boot Boys', 'Kids Of The 8O's', 'In For A Riot' are three other excellent songs and they all go down a storm. Three encores and Infa-Riot have finished their fourth gig. I recommend you to see their fifth. See them as they are, young, energetic, funny, serious and full of mistakes. See them before the music business sucks them in and blows them out in choc bars. Joe Strummer reckons he's seen it all before, John Lydon reckons it's all finished. But I prefer Jock McDonald's end of gig verdict, "Would you believe it...?"

(MENSI September 1980)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Boris Dommenget - London 1985 -1988

The London years 1985 -1988
Of coarse I didn´t become a rockstar right away, so I took on a nice job as an antique furniture restorer
at Dome antiques in Islington, north London. A couple of months later I changed to Keith Skeel antiques,one of the most exclusive antique warehouses in the U.K., working on high class barock, renaissance and east Asienantiques. Meanwhile I had a bench set up in my flat doing guitar repairs as well and, most important,checking the "MelodyMaker" adds for bands. I tried out many and finally ended up with the Bollock Brothers, going on a big europe tour right away. That was the end of the antique job. They weren´t exactly my taste in music but it was good fun and payed for my living for about 3 years. Occasionally I helped out as an sound engenier in recording.
Check his site

Bollock Brothers' photostream

Sounds 16 November 1986Daily Mirror 13 March 1986Daily Mirror 10 March 1986Rock Rebel QualtyPaul ShureySouthbank Poly 1982
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Sounds 16 November 1986 - Ad

Various - Rock Rebel Quality - 1983

Various - Rock Rebel Quality [Best British Punk]

Catalog#:KOMA 788024
Format:Vinyl, LP, Compilation


A1 Exploited, The – I Hate You
A2 Bollock Brothers, The – Count Dracula (Where's Ya Trousers)
A3 Sid Vicious – Chinese Rocks
A4 UK Subs – Waiting For The Man
A5 Sex Pistols – I Wanna Be Me
A6 French Resistance – Hollywood Girls
B1 Sid Vicious – Belsen
B2 Exploited, The – Maggie
B3 Sex Pistols – No Feelings
B4 Bollock Brothers, The With Billy Idol – Can't Explain
B5 UK Subs – Organised Crime
B6 French Resistance – Straight To Death

Daily Mirror 13 March 1986

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Daily Mirror 10 March 1986