It’s been a very long time since I saw any of the second wave of punk bands on stage, unless it’s been Discharge. But tonight, sobriety willing, I’m hoping to make it up town to see GBH.
I’ve seen them, along with the likes of the UK Subs, Exploited, Sham 69 and Anti Nowhere League, loads of times over the years. But I fear using online technology isn’t very punk rock so my last recorded sighting of the Brummie punx was way back in 1996. I must’ve seen them in the 21 years since?
A lot of those bands passed through the Potteries in the mid to late 90’s and I saw most of them locally. If ’96 was the last time I saw them, then tonight will be the first time I’ve seen them whilst I’m in a state of inebriation!
A lot of the bands are still treading the boards, but more so now they appear to be confined to a more festival style setting. A series of all day events under the Calling banner have been going strong over the last few years. Even though I’m slap bang centre of North West Calling (Manchester) and Midlands Calling (usually Wolverhampton), I’m yet to take the plunge and get along to any, mainly because I have other gigs planned. The same with the long standing Rebellion weekend in Blackpool, a veritable who’s who of punk spread over four days and multiple stages on the coast of the Irish sea. Usually this weekend has clashed with Bloodstock.
I was seriously tempted with a drive to the Golden Mile this year to experience the punk showcase as there were a few bands I’d like to have seen. But once the stage times were released into the public domain that put paid to that idea. Virtually every band I wanted to see was spread over all four days and due to hit the stage post 9pm, in a few cases after the witching hour and I was working the next day. Saved me some cash anyway
Tomorrow’s stumbling block is my towns annual beer festival. I’m supposed to be off work all of this week. Today is my fifth and final day that I’ve worked this week. We have plans Saturday, so that only leaves tonight to sample some fine (and not so fine) ales. Let’s wait and see how that pans out.
Give Me Fire was released as a single by Clay Records in 1982, but never made it onto a studio album until the 2002 reissue on Captain Oi! Records of City Baby’s Revenge.
Only a day or so late with this weeks delve into the diary. I spent Sunday in a damp Munich watching Iron Maiden, Slayer and Anthrax then up ridiculously early for my flight home on Monday morning. So this week…
Tuesday – Leeds, Temple of Boom
I really want to see Power Trip, but I may or may not have transport in the evening as my car should be going into the garage.
Thursday – Wolverhampton, The Giffard Arms
I’m not overly familiar with any of the bands playing, but I have a week off work and it finishes early enough to get the train home.
Originally I was going to see AC/DC in London, but as soon as I was offered a refund on my tickets in the wake of the controversial vocalist issue I took it. If only the photo below was still the same I’d be there.
Heading to Leicester for the Uprising event is a possibility, but the main draw for me was Acid Reign, then I found out they’ve only got 30 minutes on stage!
There’s a all day punk do in Manchester happening which could be worth looking into.
One Last Run who I missed last week have a home town Warrington show which could be interesting.
Or the most local gig is in Leek watching Senser who I saw live for the first time 22 years ago.
A drive to Bristol to catch some of Sunday’s festivities at the Temple Festival was on the back burner. Carcass, Grave, Arkangel, Vision of Disorder would have made drive worth it, but yesterday (under a huge black cloud) the whole thing was cancelled. Some bands are trying to organise make up shows to cut their losses, so something late might drop into place.
Sitting at home watching the football scores come through via the TV, a phone app, and friends who support the opposing team, tonight isn’t going well for my team, so here’s another post.
The second wave of UK punk bands started to form after being influenced by the original bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Dammed in the last few years of the 70’s. Often referred to as street punk or UK82, they took the sound of those before them but added heavy drum beats, distorted guitars and lyrically had a much more bleak outlook than their predecessors. Their image was often more akin to what you’d think punks looked like, studded leather jackets, colourful soaped mohawks, tartan bondage trousers…
To give them their original full name, Charged GBH emerged from the streets of the UK’s second city Birmingham in 1978. They released their debut album City Baby Attacked by Rats in 1982 on Clay Records located 48 miles up the M6, here in Stoke on Trent. The label was home for local band Discharge.
The core trio of Colin, Jock and Ross have all been together since day one. Even though they’ve not released any new music since 2010 they still ply their trade worldwide 38 years into their career.
I’ve seen the band quite a few times live, often with members of the band in various states of intoxication! One show, might have been the Que Club in Birmingham, Jock actually fell off the stage. It’s been a long time since I last saw them, so something else that needs to be rectified.
Sick Boy was featured on their debut album. Slayer also covered the track for their Undisputed Attitude release. If you want to hear it follow this link.