Thursday, 25 May 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Dom Murphy (Electro Hippies)


  A Top 10 today selected by former Electro Hippies bassist/vocalist Dom Murphy. Electro Hippies were a crust punk band from the north west of England (St Helens/Wigan) who were active during the late 80's and who's hard hitting diy songs about subjects such as animal rights and vegetarinism found favour with John Peel. Dom was also a member of Jailcell Recipies.

Thanks for the list Dom....



 1)  THE THE - Uncertain Smile






 2)  CRASS - Big A Little a







 3)  SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS - Cranked Up Really                                                                           High








 4)  STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Suspect Device






 5)  SCREAM - Came Without A Warning






 6)  The Clash - Armagideon Time






 7)  MINOR THREAT - Minor Threat






 8)  DISCHARGE - Ain't No Feeble Bastard






 9)  THE UNDERTONES - My Perfect Cousin






10)  MDC - John Wayne Was A Nazi



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Page Of Punk - Itarurokoro



  Unfortunately this is going to be one of those intros where I don't share much information as I don't know much about the band. A Page Of Punk are from Tokyo, they formed in 2001 and they've released a bunch of records including this 49 track album on Drunken Sailor Records.....  https://drunkensailorrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fools-punk-line-lp

  A couple of months ago they released a new album on I Hate Smoke Records (just 31 tracks this time!). It's called Punk Day - Beautiful Day and you can find a video for one of the songs below.

  UK punk fans can catch them at this year's Rebellion Festival in Blackpool where they'll be playing the Introducing Stage. You may have heard them on yesterday's Just Some Punk Songs show. If you missed it, it was the first of a 2 part special showcasing bands that will be gracing the Introducing Stage and you can listen to the saved version here : https://www.mixcloud.com/GlobalPunkRadio/just-some-punk-songs-rebellion-introducing-stage-part-1/

  From the new album, this is Itarurokoro (It translates into English as Everywhere)....

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Top Dog - Razor Reg



  Carlisle Oi/Street Punk band Top Dog return next month with a new 4 track ep, it's titled Razor Reg and there'll be a 7" version available from Rebellion Records and Longshot Music. The band previously featured on Just Some Punk Songs with one of the highlights of their excellent debut s/t album (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/top-dog-carve-her-name-with-pride.html).

  Influenced by the classic British Oi stylings originated by the likes of The Business, The 4-Skins, Last Resort etc, Top Dog are one of the new wave of gritty, hard hitting bands that are heading the current revival in authentic street music. I featured some of those bands on the recent Just Some Punk Songs Best Oi Songs Of 2017 (So Far) show (https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-best-oi-songs-of-2017-so-far/). The song I'm posting today would have definitely graced that show if it had have been released earlier.

  Following on from the worldwide success of the album, the band recently played their first overseas gig. This summer they will make their debut appearance at the Rebellion Festival and there's lots of other gigs lined up. They're also busy working on material for album number two and they say to watch out for a special release later this year. You can keep up to date with them on Facebook...  https://www.facebook.com/TopDogStreetpunk/

  This is the title track from the ep, taking us back to the gangland culture of 60's London, it's called Razor Reg....



Monday, 22 May 2017

Kickback Generation - Riptide Refugee



  Kickback Generation are a political punk band from the north east of England who formed in 2012 and boast a line up of Jim Thoroughgood (bass/vocals), Mick Robson (guitar/vocals) and Paul "Puss" Sowerby (drums). Influenced by the likes of Billy Bragg, The Clash, Social Distortion, Gimp Fist etc they've thus far they've released 2 albums, Waiting For The Punchline (2014) and Rant (2016). Today's song is taken from the latter of those.

  Always on the lookout for gigs, they'd appreciate it if anyone who can help out gets in touch via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KickbackGeneration/

  One gig they have got lined up is their appearance on the Introducing Stage at this year's Rebellion Festival. They'll be playing on the Friday (4th Aug) so if you're in Blackpool make sure to check them out.

  The Introducing stage will host an impressive number of up and coming bands, most of whom are new to me so to try and help my fellow punk fans decide who to check out I'm going to broadcast a couple of special Just Some Punk Songs shows featuring as many of those bands as I can squeeze in. The first will air at 8pm (gmt) tomorrow (Tues 23rd) and you can listen live here :  https://www.facebook.com/events/1522262151151719/


  Kickback Generation will feature in that show (with a different song) but for the blog I'm going with Riptide Refugee....


Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Humdrum Express - Lookalike Bond

 

  The Humdrum Express, aka Kidderminster based wry observationalist Ian Passey, previously graced Just Some Punk Songs with a song from last year's The Day My Career Died album ( http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/the-humdrum-express-leopard-print-onesie.html ). Today he returns with the title track of his new ep.

  The ep is titled Lookalike Bond and is available now :  http://thehumdrumexpress.bigcartel.com/product/lookalike-bond-ep

  As well as the title track's humerous look at celebrity culture and the business of celebrity lookalikes the ep also features a cover of Television Personalities' Painting By Numbers and songs called If Only I'd Watched Blue Peter and Fading Stars On Social Media. Imagine Half Man Half Biscuit with less bile; one man, his acoustic guitar and a sense of humour.

  Here's the excellent video for Lookalike Bond.....

 Not one to stand out from the crowd, an average man on the street
I have to work long hours, but still can’t seem to make ends meet
People have always said I resemble an actor on TV 
I don’t quite know how I ended up joining a look-alike agency

The work was steady, with the opening of a sports shop and a bar
Hardly an insight into what it must be like to be a star
Until one morning, I awoke to find an unexpected twist
My double was named as the next James Bond, and overnight became ‘A’ list

My name’s Bond – well, they say dead ringer
My name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – You only live twice, Goldfinger
My name’s Bond… James lookalike Bond

I forged signatures in Cannes; when I was there to see the sights
Seemed a far cry from switching on some village Christmas lights
Factory hours, now even more a distant memory
Former workmates, I hear, are passing comment jealously

My name’s Bond – I’m so well dressed, exuding charm
My Name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – with a wannabe Honor Blackman on my arm
My name’s Bond… James lookalike Bond


I turned on the TV news, left me shaken not stirred
As the (money) penny dropped, my whole world crashed by what I heard
My doppelganger, is not all he’s cracked up to be
I’ll admit… it scared the living daylights out of me!

His list of crime seems endless, he’s facing 007 years inside
The press are out to get him, my high life’s on the slide
The public are alleging other serious matters
I think I’ll have to sue – my career’s in tatters!

My name’s Bond – The novelty’s wearing thin
My name’s Bond
My name’s Bond – At the mercy of my famous twin
My name’s Bond, James Lookalike Bond

I was tempted by the taste of celebrity and wealth – 
Fooled into thinking I’d be bettering myself
A small crumb of comfort to ease my loss of earning
Is the hangers-on have gone; and I doubt they’ll be returning
Fame based on looks, I won’t be such a fool again
But I felt I needed something to help to ease the pain
I sought medical advice in a bid to ease my woe
My GP said “sit down, Bond” - I said “Dr, NO!”

I’m not Bond – Forget the man I used to be
I’m not Bond
I’m not Bond – Must be someone else who looks like me…

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Jason Long (Smash The Discos webzine)



  Another top 10 for you today, this time the songs have been selected by Jason Long who is the person responsible for one of the best new webzines around, Smash The Discos. Dealing with the best in Oi music, Jason has published some great interviews with bands such as The Svetlanas, Mob Mentality, Brassknuckle, Antagonizers ATL, Hardsell, Sniper 66 and many more. The zine also has plenty of reviews and you can check it out here :  https://smashthediscos.wordpress.com/


  Here's Jason's 10 favourite songs.....

 1)  THE BUSINESS - Smash The Discos


No, not because its my zines name, but because I've always loved this song.





 2)  BLITZ - Voice Of A Generation


I agree 100%. I don't wanna be poor either.





 3)  THE BEATDOWNS - Ruck N Roll 


90s American Oi. Raw, unpolished. So good, it became my webzines official theme song.



 4)  THE MISFITS - Devil's Whorehouse


This song and London Dungeon were 2 good examples of The Misfits breaking away from their usual musical shtick.





 5)  THE DEAD KENNEDYS - Triumph Of The Swill


Read the lyrics. Great song!





 6)  NEGATIVE APPROACH - Nothing


Watch Me Bleed!!!





 7)  THE ALMIGHTY LUMBERJACKS OF DEATH - Motor                                                                             City Trick Or Treat              

I don't wanna see another kid wasted on the city streets, while mom sells pussy for heroin cash, motor city trick or treat.





 8)  ARGY BARGY - Hooligans Heaven


Better than the original by Discipline... hey, it happens.





 9)  LOS OLVIDADOS - Something New


Skate or Die!!!





10)  HARDSELL - Wanna Fight


The truth is in the chorus.














Friday, 19 May 2017

Dusty Mush - Bad Ideas



  Dusty Mush are a fuzzed up garage punk band from Ile-de-France who's sound is pitched somewhere between Billy Childish and early Ty Segall. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Cedric Bottacchi has spent the past 3 years working on their new album, endlessly experimenting with the limits of lo-fi recording and this has resulted in a unique signature sound which has been elevated to a new level by the mastering skills of Patrick Haight (Bare Wires, Ty Segall, Personal & The Pizzas etc...).

  The other members of the band are Maxime Said (drums) and Romain Duplessier (bass). Duplessier also specializes in VHS edited videos (check out The Attic Video channel on Youtube) and has produced several in support of the album (you'll find one below).

  The album is called Cheap Entertainment and it's released May 26th on Howlin Banana Records (France), Stolen Body Records (UK) and Yippee Ki Yay Records (USA). You can find more details here :  https://dustymush.bandcamp.com/

This is Bad Ideas....

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Heavy Drapes - Should I Suck Or Should I Blow



  Heavy Drapes are a Scottish 4 piece from Edinburgh who's line up includes De Liberate (vocals), Rikki Stiv (guitar), Jerry Dangerous (bass) and Billy Chaos (drums). They originally formed in 2007 but spectacularly imploded soon after. Come 2015 and frontman De Liberate decided to give things another go and their Sex Pistols/Iggy & The Stooges/MC5 brand of punk n roll is finding it's way to the ears (and hearts) of a new audience.

  Unhappy with what they percieve to be a safeness and predictability about the current punk scene, this is a band who aim to bring the excitement back. They channel the energy, swagger and danger of the early punk pioneers.

  The song below went down a storm on last week's Just Some Punk Songs show (the show is saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-140517/), it originally came out in 2015 before being rereleased last year by Tarbeach Records. This Is Should I Suck Or Should I Blow.....




Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By Dan Hooligan (Mob Mentality / Hooligan 77)




  Today I'm bringing you a Top 10 songs list chosen by ex Hooligan 77 frontman Dan Hooligan. Dan's now in a new band, Mob Mentality. They're from Pennsylvania and a couple of months ago announced themselves with the excellent No Honor, No Guts, No Glory ep. You can find it name your price here https://mobmentalityoi.bandcamp.com/album/no-honor-no-guts-no-glory-e-p

  He's been busy working on the band's debut album but kindly took time out to share his 10 favourite songs.....



 1)  THE BRUISERS - Never Fall






2)  ACAB - Where Have All The Bootboys Gone






 3)  THE GC5 - White Flag






 4)  BLACK FLAG - American Waste






 5)  THE EXPLOITED - No Forgiveness






 6)  THE BUSINESS - Guiness Boys






 7)  ANGELIC UPSTARTS - Kids On The Streets






 8)  FEAR - Fuck Christmas






 9)  SLAPSHOT - Something To Prove






10)  WARZONE - The Sound Of Revolution



Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Problem Child - Your mother would be proud

 

  Problem Child are a new English working class punk band from Stoke On Trent who feature amongst their ranks Wolf Bites Boy drummer Paul Hankey. They're a trio and the line up is rounded out by Live Wires' vocalist & rhythm guitarist John Barks and ex Dom Morgan bassist Tom Mollatt.

  They've only been together since February but they've already been in the studio and released their first video (see below). I've also played (on the Just Some Punk Songs show) their cover of The Shape Of Things To Come which was a hit for The Headboys back in 1979. As you might expect from their choice of song to cover, their sound combines elements of punk, mod and new wave.

  This is a song about the scrotes that hang around your local shops and it's called Your Mother Would Be Proud....
 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Just Some Punk Songs Radio Show update

  A quick heads up for anyone who enjoys discovering new punk music. The saved versions of the Just Some Punk songs show are going to be uploaded to Mixcloud every week so those that can't make the live broadcast can listen at their convenience.

  Last week I broadcast a best Oi songs of 2017 (so far) special which attracted enough listeners to crash into the Top 10 punk chart. Most of the punk shows on Mixcloud feature old songs but hopefully getting a chart placing for the JSPS show will get the fans of those shows listening to the new and obscure bands that I concentrate on. There's plenty of great new music being released and it deserves a wider audience so if you check out any of the shows I upload feel free to favourite them or share them or whatever (most importantly if you like anything you hear check out the bands).

  Here's the link to this weeks show.....

 https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-140517/


  The bands played were : Caffiends / Slutbomb / Zex / Warwound / Underclass UK / Trummerfraun / Lions Law / The Tuts / Wall / The Stungrenades / Sheer Mag / Piss Test / Hung Like Henratty / Gnarwolves / Heavy Drapes / Riots / Face To Face / Angstgegner / Borrowed Time / Bring The Drones / Missile / Ann Beretta / Abolitionist / Radiohearts.

Parasite Diet - The Traveller

 

  Parasite Diet are a power pop punk band from Nashville who previously featured on Just Some Punk Songs a couple of years ago with a song from their Lost In Time Album  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/parasite-diet-night-of-bugs.html

  Today they make a welcome return as I post a song from the new album, Coast To Coast. It's a fun, 15 track tribute to their favourite overnight radio show, Coast To Coast AM and covers topics such as astral projection, falling in love with Bigfoot and killer bees. There's also covers of songs originally released by Shonen Knife, They Might Be Giants and The Outrights. If you like your punk rock to be bouncy and full of hooks, melodies and all that other catchy stuff then you can check the album out here :  https://parasitediet.bandcamp.com/album/coast-to-coast or here  https://outloudrecords.bandcamp.com/album/coast-to-coast

  The band are currently on indefinite hiatus due to their drummer being unavailable to tour but it's not all bad news. Aside from the album (watch out for a limited vinyl edition) there's already plans to release an ep of already recorded new material. You can get more details here :  https://www.facebook.com/parasitediet/

  This is The Traveller.....

Lying alone in my own bed 
I could be anywhere instead 
we could be anywhere you want 
I could be everywhere at once 
catch me when I'm falling down 
we can turn everyone around 
and if I mean anything, you'll wake me up before I hit the ground 


I can't sleep without you tonight 
can't sleep alone 
and I can't sleep without you tonight 


I can bring heaven home to you 
I can bring earth and oceans too 
I can see everything from here 
I have seen planets disappear 
I have seen time begin and end 
I have seen love lost in the wind 
I have seen universes fall apart and built back up again


Sunday, 14 May 2017

The SoapGirls - Rather be Dead



  Today's update features a band that are somewhat more stylish and graceful than the normal fare served up by Just Some Punk Songs, they're also influenced by the likes of Nirvana, L7 and Joan Jett as opposed to The Clash, Ramones etc. Are they punk? Well they write from the heart about subjects such as animal rights, societys most vulnerable and government policies, they also write introspective songs about real life experiences that have affected either themselves or those close to them. Mixing glamour with grunge, fuzzed up guitars and throbbing bass with powerful vocals, The Soapgirls are a band who's talent and hard work is attracting the attention of plenty of people.

  A duo, the band is comprised of French born sisters Camille (bass/vocals) and Noemie (guitar/vocals) Debray. Now based in Cape Town they spend much of their time touring the UK and Europe though their preaching of feminism and female self empowerment whilst often wearing very little has been known to cause mixed reactions. With true punk spirit though, they just carry on doing what they want and don't apologise to anyone.

  Starting off performing on the streets of South Africa when they were only 8 or 9, they had a few hit pop/dance records before changing their image and heading overseas to persue their dreams. 2015 saw the release of debut album Calls For Rebellion. They also released the single Bad Bitch (https://thesoapgirls.bandcamp.com/). 2017 promises to be a big one for the girls with plenty of gigs, festival appearances, a new album (Societys Reject, out this week and described as "Sex Pistols female version with a Kiss twist") and the single that you can see below. You can get details here :  https://www.facebook.com/TheSoapGirls/

  An emotional tale of a painful break up that portrays the rage and hurt felt when the person you count upon most betrays your confidence, this is Rather Be Dead.....

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Top 10 Songs Chosen By City Miles

 

  City Miles are the exciting new UK Oi/streetpunk band that have only released one song so far, but what a great song it is. Titled Skinhead Till The End, it's one of the years best tracks and bodes well for future releases (they tell me more songs are currently being written and recorded). You can check it out here :  https://citymilesoi.bandcamp.com/releases

https://www.facebook.com/citymilesoi/


  As for the band themselves, no one seems to know anything about them. For a new band they've hit the ground running, it's hard to believe that they've not previously been active on the punk scene (and if you check out the comment on The Streets song below we now know at least one of them has previously been in a touring band 15 years ago). All we know at the moment is that there's 3 of them, they wear balaclavas and they're bloody good. One other thing I've managed to discover is their 10 favourite songs. This is a joint effort with all 3 members contributing so thanks guys, over to you.....


This list could be a hundred songs long and change every single day but today and off the top of our heads here's the list of ten songs you wouldn't go wrong having on a playlist. If you haven't heard any of them give them a go.

 1)  COCK SPARRER - Working


It's a classic right? Still gets put on and loved to this day.





 2)  THE SPECIALS - Doesn't Make It Alright


Love the Specials and the lyrics to this are spot on, Stiff little fingers did a great cover version too.





 3)  BLITZ - Someone's Gonna Die Tonight


I can remember clearly the first time I heard this and fell in love with it, I never thought one band could use so much distortion and still be that tuneful.





 4)  THE RUTS - Staring At The Rude Boys


 Love everything about the ruts this one gets us dancing.





 5)  LEATHERFACE - I Want The Moon


 One of the best opening tracks to a punk album ever.
Gravelly voice, great lyrics, dual guitars what else could you want, RIP Dickie.



 6)  STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - Gotta Gettaway


An all time favourite band, still going strong, hit after hit of the first few albums, hard to choose one song by them.





 7)  CONFLICT - From Protest To Resistance


Talking so much sense. Up the Punx, RIP Paco.





 8)  SNUFF - Keep The Beat


From the amazing debut album Snuff said.





 9)  THE STREETS - Lets Push Things Forward


Bit of a curve ball, first heard this Streets album when on a tour when it came out and the tour manager played it in the van over and over and to this day, the album still makes me laugh.





10)  RANCID - Time Bomb


Breath of fresh air at the time and timeless time bomb.


Friday, 12 May 2017

B-Leaguers - World Famous (in a little town)

 

 
  One of my favourite releases of 2017 so far is the split mini album Tales From A Punk Rock Road Trip which features songs from both B-Leaguers and Hooligan Crooners. It was released a couple of months back and one of the Hooligan Crooners songs featured here : http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/hooligan-crooners-it-goes-like-this.html. I also managed to interview both bands  http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/interview-with-b-leaguers-and-hooligan.html

  Today I'm posting a new video from B-Leaguers which is for one of the album's highlights. The band are from Lincoln and have previously featured on here with a song from their Death Of A Western Heart album but on this release I think they take things up a notch. To label them just a punk band would be to do them an injustice as whilst they sit comfortably in that genre, they aren't constricted by it. They'll also appeal to those who wouldn't necessarily class themselves as punk fans. Their sound is big, it's catchy and it often has a wistfulness that'll have you harking back to times long gone. If you haven't discovered them yet then head over here.....  https://bleaguers.bandcamp.com/

  Top song, top video, this is World Famous (In A Little Town)....


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Missile - Gentrification

 
photo by Lee Conner

"Gentrification makes me really angry
London has gone, everybody else is moving out..." 

  Missile are a 3 piece from Plumstead in South East London and Bournemouth who were together between 1997-2001 before going their seperate ways. Bass player Harvey Hark went off to join punk legends Menace (he's still a member). Fast forward to April 2016 and Harvey got the band back together, as well as himself on bass & vocals there's Paul Bate on vocals & guitar and Martin Weaver on drums (and occasional vocals).

  Despite this being something of a second coming for them it's only now that they've put out a record. The 4 track s/t and self released ep is classic old school UK punk without any frills. You'll probably have a pretty good idea how it sounds when I tell you the titles are Missile, Gentrification, Fat Cat and Gutter. Down and dirty bass driven attacks on worthy targets that should appeal to anyone who grew up pogoing around their bedroom to the likes of The Clash, Newtown Neurotics etc....

  You can listen to the ep here : https://www.reverbnation.com/missile6/ and if you want to keep an eye on any tour dates or updates about the new ep that they're recording this month then give them a like on Facebook...  https://www.facebook.com/punkistheonlyway/

  This is a critique on the changing face of London and how the have nots are being pushed out by the well to do, it's called Gentrification....


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Zex - Child Soldier

 

  Zex are from Ottawa, Canada and have been together since 2014. The line up features Gretchen Steel (vocals), Gab Hole (bass), Mark Useless (drums) and Jo Capitalicide (guitar). So far they've released a bunch of singles and a 2014 album titled Fight For Yourself. You can find those releases out here :  http://www.zexzexzex.com/

  They're heading over to Europe in June and you can check out details here :  https://www.facebook.com/zexzexzexofficial/

  Recently they released a new single on No Front Teeth Records. It features 2 tracks and this is what they had to say about the A side, Child Soldier....

Child soldiers are children under the age of 18 who are recruited by armed groups who use children as shields, cooks, suicide bombers, fighters, spies, messengers and/or for sexual purposes.
Those forced to serve as soldiers most likely are displaced, poor, have little access to education or live in war zones. 
They are mainly recruited by militaries because they are easily manipulated. This is because they are very young to understand or resist any command. They are preferred mostly because they eat less food compared to adults and are not paid. The sense of danger in children is not highly developed making it easy to send them into the line of fire.
10 to 30 percent of kid soldiers are girls. They are used for fighting and are especially vulnerable to sexual violence they are also given to commanders as wives.
The following countries have reported use of child soldiers since 2011: Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Uganda, Congo, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen and more.
In Sierra Leone child soldiers terrorized civilians by cutting off hands and arms. In Somalia war profiteers use child soldiers to prolong warfare in order to prevent taxes and curtailing illegal businesses. In Liberia former president Charles Taylor abducted many child soldiers to use in his fight for power in a war that lasted 14 years. His Rivals, whom included the infamous General Butt Naked (Joshua Blahyi), also used child soldiers in the brutal war.
Since there have been many technological advances in the making of war weapons they have been made real easy to use, which has contributed to the increase in child soldiers.
Some child soldiers are forced to act violently against their families and communities to make sure they do not return home.
Some children are coerced into fighting by their family or communities. Such was the case of Canadian Omar Khadr who at the age of 15 was captured while fighting in Afghanistan . Subsequently he was held for 10 years without trial in Guantanamo Bay. Eventually he was transfered to prison in Canada where his nightmare still continues.
In some countries, former child soldiers have access to rehabilitation programs to help them locate their families, get back into school, receive vocational training, and re-enter civilian life. However, many children have no access to such programs. They may have no way to support themselves and are at risk of re-recruitment
The recruitment of Child soldiers is on the rise and is one of war's most despicable atrocities.


  This is Child Soldier.....

YOU'VE KILLED ME FAMILY NOW I'M YOUR SLAVE 
TRAIN ME TO SHOOT, RAISE ME TO HATE 
TO BATTLEFIELDS I'M SENT AS FODDER 
DOPE IN MY VEINS SO I WON'T FEAR DEATH 

A CHILD SOLDIER GOT NO FUTURE FORCED TO FIGHT 
A CHILD SOLDIER SENT TO RAPE KILL AND DIE 
I'LL KILL FOR COCAINE, KILL FOR DIAMONDS 
ETHNIC CLEANSING, KILL FOR POWER 
I'LL KILL FOR HEROIN, KILL FOR OIL 
DOING GOD'S WORK, KILLING FOR ALLAH 
DEEP IN THE FOREST I'M A GANGSTER 
THEY FEAR MY NAME, I CAN'T GET OUT 
DRINKING THE BLOOD OF THE NEWBORN 
I'VE GOT THE COURAGE, DESTINED TO DIE 

DON'T WANT TO BE A CHILD SOLDIER 
NEVER WANTED TO BE A CHILD SOLDIER 
NEVER WANTED TO KILL A CHILD SOLDIER




Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Haymaker - First to die



  Haymaker are an oi band from Prague (Czech Republic) who's line up features ex Discharger vocalist/guitarist Tim Steinfort alongside Tomas Ashtar (Saints & Sinners - bass/vocals) and Vlad The Bulldog ( Disdainful - drums/vocals).

  Earlier this year they released, on Randale Records ( and Crowd Control Media in the USA), their debut ep, We Are Haymaker. It contains 6 tracks and all of them are great. In support of the ep, they've lined up a short tour of Europe, check out dates on Facebook.... https://www.facebook.com/HaymakerOi/

  If you check on Youtube, you'll find videos for most of the songs on the ep. The one I'm posting below is for a track that I played on a special Just Some Punk Songs show that aimed to shine a spotlight on some of the best oi music releases so far in 2017. 19 songs, 19 bands all squeezed into an hour long show. If you want to listen it's saved here : https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-best-oi-songs-of-2017-so-far/

 




    This is First To Die.....

We're way behind we're living on the edge of time
We must get rich becoming poor became a crime
Many promises where made but in the end
The first to die has always been the working man

They tell our kids in school it's like that don't ask why
We gotta work until we're old enough to die
The more we learn the more we still don't understand
The first to die has always been the working man

Chorus:

We're the first to fight, We're the first to die
And the last to find the bloody reason why
Again and again since I don't know when
The first to die has always been the working man

To keep your job you have to do the best you can
Building houses for unhandy business men
And when you're all used up nobody gives a damn
The first to die has always been the working man


Monday, 8 May 2017

Gnarwolves - Straitjacket

 

  Brighton punks Gnarwolves last appeared on Just Some Punk Songs over 3 years ago with a song from their Chronicles Of Gnarnia compilation (http://justsomepunksongs.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/gnarwolves-tongue-surfer.html). Since then, they've released a debut S/T album and the Adolescence ep and are now bursting back onto the scene with a new album titled Outsiders.

  They're a trio featuring Thom Weeks (guitar/vocals), Charlie Piper (bass/vocals) and Max Weeks (drums). Their sound mixes up elements of punk, emo & indie whilst  the new album, out now on Oxford indie label Big Scary Monsters, reminds me in places of early Weezer. You can check it out here : https://bsmrocks.bandcamp.com/album/outsiders 

  The band are currently touring the UK and you can find details here : http://gnarwolves.com/

  Below you'll find the video for the opening song on the album, this is Straitjacket....

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Underclass Uk - One Size Fits All



  Underclass UK are a hard rocking street punk band from Dagenham (London) who line up with Stuart Newman (vocals/guitar), Andrew Price (lead guitar/vocals), Paul "Pumpy" Margolis (drums) and Charlie (bass).  It's taken a while for them to get to their current settled state (see their Facebook page for a proper band history  https://www.facebook.com/underclassuk/) but now they're in a position where they can put out music of the quality of last years Rip Your Face Off album.

  Influenced by the likes of The Exploited, Cockney Rejects, Cock Sparrer, G.B.H. etc, Rip Your Face Off is (according to Louder Than War) "the sound of a band with a lot to say and a pretty ferocious, uncompromising way of saying it." You can check it out here : https://underclassuk.bandcamp.com/album/rip-your-face-off

  Ferocious and uncompromising certainly applies to this song, it's called One Size Fits All....


Take the kids and scramble their brains 
with false Gods and Prophets of Hate 
Another low for humanity 
a New Breed of Insanity 
Control the planet, dictate the faith 
assimilate to a one world state 
Driven by a 1% 
Genocide and massacres 

A clandestine war of Greed 
Nobody wins, just profit made 

No side wins religious wars 
man written scripts feed dogs of war 
A moral supremacy 
makes neighbours enemies 
Cocaine filled body bags 
drive the hub of World Finance 
Gold, Oil, Drugs, scare stories 
to control the ignorant




Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Tuts - Give Us Something Worth Voting For

 
 

"People Power Knock Down Tory Towers....."


  So we're going to be having another election in the UK. It looks like the result is a foregone conclusion, the electorate are going to vote for continuing with the austerity option, cheered on by the vast majority of the press who really don't seem to like Jeremy Corbyn's disunited Labour Party. Call for a strong NHS, less of a gap between the haves and the have nots, more talk/less bombing, fairer taxing of multinationals and better standards of education for our young and it seems you get labelled a crank. Yeah, Corbyn comes across as an idealist without much of a clue how to actually put his ideas into practice but that's not really a surprise given that most stories are rewritten to suit the agendas of those who have the loudest voice. Personally I'd rather give an idealist the chance to aim towards a better and fairer future, maybe it's an impossible dream but better trying and failing than carrying on as we are. That was a party political broadcast from the Just Some Punk Songs Party. Now for some music.....

  The Tuts are a trio from London featuring Nadia Javed (vocals/guitar), Harriet Doveton (bass/vocals) and Bev Ishmael (drums). They play upbeat diy indie pop-punk music with lyrics dealing with "sexism, feminism and everyday life-isms." Since playing their first gig in 2011 they've been feted by the likes of Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and Pauline Black and received plenty of radio play for their numerous singles and debut album, Update Your Brain. You can check out their music here : https://thetuts.bandcamp.com/

  The song you'll find below featured on Update Your Brain but is now getting a timely single release. The band are also touring and asking people to voice their opinions on what they think is worth voting for. To check out the dates or to send your opinions check out their Facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/thetutsband/

  This is Give Us Something Worth Voting For.....

Friday, 5 May 2017

Rotten Love - You Make Me Twitch

 

  Pretty much all of the updates recently have been new releases (a sign that 2017 is turning out to be a good year for punk music) but today I'm posting a song that's been out for a couple of years but which is an upbeat little number that deserves a place in any collection of great songs.

  Rotten Love are a "power punk" band from Sheffield who released (in Dec 2015) a self titled 8 track mini album which you can find name your price here : https://rottenlove.bandcamp.com/releases . The band features members who've also played in a number of other bands including Pudge, Death Job, Wank Sinatra, Setbacks & Aurochs.  

  A few months later 5 of the songs resurfaced on a 7" called Songs For Rotten Lovers which was released by Kids Of The Lughole and you can check that out here :  https://kidsofthelughole.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-rotten-lovers

  From that record, here's a song that'll make you want to jump around. Snotty, high energy and fun, this is You Make Me Twitch.....

 

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Rancid - Ghost of A Chance

 


  I've mentioned before that the aim of Just Some Punk Songs is to both educate and entertain (it wasn't the original aim as I didn't envisage anyone wanting to check out a bunch of punk songs that I was collecting together for my own entertainment but 300,000 visits down the line that's what the blog has evolved into). I'm guessing by now you've all noticed that Rancid have delivered one hell of a calling card to announce their forthcoming album so today rather than educate, it's just a case of entertainment all round and posting up a song that deserves to be here.

  You all know that Rancid have been together for 25 years, line up with Tim, Lars, Matt and Branden and have been responsible some of punk music's greatest releases (my favourite being 2000's s/t). By now most of you will be aware that the new album is called Trouble Maker and it'll be out on June 9th. If you want to pre order now it then head this way..... http://rancidrancid.com/

  In support of the album they'll be spending much of the summer touring with the likes of Green Day, Dropkick Murphys, Bouncing Souls, The Selecter etc. Check out details on Facebook....  https://www.facebook.com/rancid/

  So what can we expect from the album? No doubt more of the usual catchy street punk singalongs that we've become accustomed to over the years. Roll on June 9th! Below is the first of the 19 new tracks to see the light of day, upbeat, snappy and very good, this is Ghost Of A Chance.....

 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Warwound - Let The Truth Speak

 
photo by Kevin Frost
 

  Warwound originally formed way back in 1982. Influenced by the likes of Discharge, Crass, Rudimentary Peni, Motorhead, Bad Brains etc they were a "fast, no bullshit, hardcore punk band" who released a few demos and played a few gigs round the Midlands area of the UK before calling it a day shortly after a couple of members left to join The Varukers.

  Fast forward 32 years to 2015 and original member Damian Thompson (now on guitar) resurrected the band with Rat Varuker joining on vocals, Ian Glasper on bass and Steve Wingrove on drums. Genre veterans, they've featured in numerous bands including Varukers, Sacrilege, Discharge, The Vile, Flux Of Pink Indians, Stampin Ground, Hellkrusher etc.

  Next month will see the release, on Unrest Records, of new album Burning The Blindfolds Of Bigots. There'll be a UK tour to coincide. Before that, they'll be touring Europe. Check details on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/warwoundofficial/

  The song you'll see below is brutal, relevant and will definitely get your blood pumping. This is Let The Truth Speak.....

 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Slutbomb - Swerve and Protect



  Slutbomb are an anarcho punk band from Ohio influenced by the likes of Subhumans, Black Flag, Operation Ivy, Municipal Waste etc. They've been together since 2015 and line up with Kyle (bass), Deb (vocals), Darrel (guitar/vocals) and Taylor (percussion).

  Last month they released an album called Constant Trouble, it's fast, loud and angry and well worth checking out. The topics touched upon include female equality, christians with blood on their hands, lorry driving assholes and racist police. You can find it name your price here :  https://slutbomb.bandcamp.com/releases

  The song you'll find below is called Swerve And Protect.....

A man is strangled in cold blood 
In the streets a boy bleeds 
Pregnant women thrown on the ground 
Even their own comrades lay dead 
And you say they're doing their job 
They are to serve and protect 

They are here to serve and protect you 
Serve and protect 
The upper class 

You got away because you look like them 
Their leaders have a quota set 
Clean white kid doesn't fit the bill 
Pigs see themselves in you. 
And you say they're doing their job 
They are to serve and protect 

They are here to serve and protect you 
Serve and protect 
The upper class 

Use your Power to bring change 
Bring this into your space 
Use your power to bring change 
Destroy these racist police 
And you say they're doing their job 
They are to serve and protect 

They are here to serve and protect you 
Serve and protect 
The upper class




Monday, 1 May 2017

Radiohearts - Daytime Man

 

 
  Long Beach, California, power pop-punk heroes Radiohearts have graced this blog a couple of times already with Lot To Learn and So Low. Both wonderfully catchy songs that recall classic bands such as The Boys, Generation X, Elvis Costello, The Buzzcocks, Undertones etc. Truth be told I could have chosen pretty much any of the tracks from their 4 eps to feature as they're all excellent. This is one of those rare bands that make churning out catchy tunes look far easier than it is. No surprise then that the arrival of ep number 5 got me excited.

  Lining up with Jason Cordero (drums/vocals), Tony Ferralez (guitar/vocals), Ed Stuart (vocals/guitar) and Mike Yager (bass), Radiohearts are all about melodies and hooks. The members ( who have also graced a number of other bands including Tenement Rats, The Distraction, The Thingz and Transistor) borrow from their late 70's heroes but add their own spin to keep things sounding fresh.

  The new 7" ep was released a couple of days ago on Wanda Records and features 5 new tracks. It's titled Daytime Man and it's also available digitally here : https://radiohearts.bandcamp.com/album/daytime-man 

  This is the title track, Daytime Man.....

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Cock Sparrer - Nothing Like You




  If you're a fan of Oi! Oi! music you'll probably agree that we've been spoilt recently with some top notch new releases. As I've commented before, the Oi! scene is undergoing a resurgence at the moment with many great new bands putting out some brilliant music. It's not only the current generation that are thriving, today I'm posting a song by a band that's graced the scene for longer than there's been a scene. Cock Sparrer have a new album out, but you already know that don't you?

  Titled Forever, it's out now on Pirates Press, Chase The Ace and Randale Records and whilst it might not be to the liking of those who prefer their street music raw and gritty, for the rest of us it's chock full of catchy, sing along punk rock anthems that will slot nicely into their live sets. Any band still releasing music so many years after getting together deserves respect but when they can still keep up with the new breed, then you can't really ask for any more than that.

  There's a couple of singles from the album, Every Step Of The Way and Contender but pretty much all of the tracks are catchy enough to merit a seperate release. Here's one of them, Nothing Like You.....