predicted John Lydon didn't
appear at last Monday's 'In
The City' talk in Manchester.
No official explanation was given,
but personally I'm glad he didn't
do it, corporate bullshit anyway...
By the way, it's not that I'm keeping
the reasons for John's proposed
trip to the UK to myself, I just
want to confirm it all before I
currently has a copy of the CD edition
of 'Metal Box' signed by
Martin Atkins. It's not normally
the kind of thing I'd mention, but
the interesting thing about it is
that it's been sealed with PiL
tape by Martin. Which apparently
was meant to be on the original
vinyl copies, but never was. Check
Chau and his band Candyheads
play the London Monarch on November
5th. Don't forget to check out
out exclusive interview
with Ted from earlier this year.
Edmonds is touring Australia
with Billy Bragg in October. Full
tour dates on Billy's site.
Bruni, keyboard player in
the 1984 tour, is currently touring
UK/Europe with Aimee Mann, check
out Aimee's official
site for tour dates.
to KARSTEN ROEKENS for
is now looking increasingly likely
that John Lydon will NOT
be appearing at Monday's 'In
the City' convention in Manchester.
After recent events in the USA 'In
The City' have not received
further notice from John that he
will still be attending the event,
and the strong rumour is that John
will not be travelling over to the
UK for the talk...
However, Wobble is still set to
appear on Sunday's panel.
his no-show for 'In the City', it
looks like John will now be travelling
over to the UK at the end of October.
More info soon, you won't believe
this one... !
exclusive interview with
original PiL drummer Jim Walker
by Karsten Roekens is on-line now.
Jim talks about how he joined the
band, reveals details of unreleased
material, the events leading up
to the destruction of the original
line up and the internal struggles
within the band, along with his
plans for the future.
Jim doesn't pull any punches and
the interview features countless
information never printed elsewhere.
to check it out...
rare picture of John Lydon, Keith
Levene and Mick Jones, taken backstage
at New York, Bonds in summer 1981.
Appears in the new Bob Gruen
Clash photo book, 'The Clash'
printed by In Vision. Available
now, should for any reason (and
I can't think of any) you should
to Punk Rock Paul
Wobble and Deep Space are playing
some further Northern America
shows in October. Confirmed dates
October - Detroit, Magic Stick,
12 October - Cleveland, Beachland
13 October - Toronto, Lee's Palace,
14 October - Montreal, Cabaret Music
Jah Wobble - 'The Early
Years' is out now, see below
and the 30
Hertz Site for full info . Don't
forget the forthcoming Solaris shows
to Patrick MacArdle and the Jah
Wobble Discussion List for
info, sign up now!
for the lack of updates lately.
I'm hoping to get some stuff done
at the weekend... Coming soon -
with original PiL drummer Jim
Walker. Definitely worth checking
PiL's live performance of 'Careering'
from the 'Old Grey Whistle Test'
5.2.80 is featured on a new BBC
'Old Grey Whistle Test' DVD
compilation. If you order via the
Shop you receive a 20% discount.
to Rob Banks
a bit more important than PiL news....
founder and New York
is, I was gonna say alive and well
but that doesn't sound appropriate.
Well, basically she's alive and
physically unhurt but like thousands
of other NY residents she is still
slowly trying to put her life back
together again. M our thoughts
are with you, may the road rise...
that I've been looking to Mr Lydon
to solve our problems, but over
the last few days I've had snippets
of various PiL songs and JL quotes
in my head, 'World Destruction',
Home' & '4 Enclosed Walls' to
name a few. However, the one quote
to remember is:
Anger is an energy, hate is not...
forgot this yesterday!
Wobble will also be appearing
at this years 'In
The City' convention. Unfortunately
it wont be the same day as John
Lydon though. Wobble will be on
the pannel for Sunday 30th September,
the day before John appears.
ITC have released datails of
the content of JL's "celebrity
Lydon is to give the ITC celebrity
interview, to celebrate the convention's
Eight years after svengali Malcolm
McLaren's ITC appearance, the notorious
frontman will tell his side of the
great Rock'n'Roll swindle. Lydon
became the most infamous man in
Britain as the singer with the Sex
Pistols. When the band collapsed
he hooked up with ITC panellist
Jah Wobble to create Public Image
Ltd, and make equally powerful records.
In a long and varied career that
has seen solo albums, books, and
no end of cultural commentary, Lydon
stands alone as a man who is still
willing to speak his mind.
John Lydon will be returning to
Manchester 25 years on from the
Sex Pistols' legendary appearances
at the Free Trade Hall - widely
credited with kick-starting the
UK punk movement. 15 years ago,
Manchester celebrated the tenth
summer since this epochal event.
Lydon will talk about punk's legacy,
his own present and pop's future
in punk's silver jubilee year.
News 31st July for further details
of John 's 'interview'.
Wobble has revamped his 30
Hertz Site, and you can now
will be re-releasing the long lost
1983 'Invaders of the Heart -
Bedroom Album' on CD for the
first time, via his own 30 Hertz
Records on 24th September.
The 2 CD set has been remastred
from the vinyl (with thanks to
Wobble Hot List founder Patrick
MacArdle), and will include
the original album, along with a
bonus CD of rare 12" singles
from around the same time, including
the likes of 'Blow Out', 'Voodoo'
& 'Long, Long Way'. See the
Hertz Site for full info...
fourth and final part of Keith
Levene's interview with on-line
magazine Perfect Sound Forever
has just been published. Keith finishes
off the PiL story and reveals some
of his plans for the future, and
his latest project Missing
As always not be missed. Check it
Incidentally, I'd just like to take
this opportunity to THANK Jason
Gross of Perfect Sound for his persistence
in tracking down Keith, and getting
him to speak in such detail about
PiL. The interviews brought lots
of new information to light, much
of which had been ignored in the
past, well done Jason...
flirting with The Damage Manual
last year, Jah Wobble is
once again teaming up for another
'Jah Wobble's Solaris' will
feature Wobble on bass, along with
Bill Laswell (Bass & Electronics)
, Jaki Leibezeit (Drums), Graham
Haynes (Cornet), Harold Budd (Piano).
Sounds good to me!
for full info and ticket details.
The band will be touring the UK
in October, confirmed dates so far
21 LONDON Ocean
Monday 22 GLASGOW The Arches
Tuesday 23 MANCHESTER Contact Theatre
Wednesday 24 LEEDS The Wardrobe
Thursday 25 KENDAL Brewery Arts
Saturday 27 BRIGHTON Dome (Corn
Sunday 28 COVENTRY Warwick Arts
to Patrick MacArdle and the Jah
Wobble Discussion List for
info, sign up now!
rumour mill has been is overdrive
has been talk of a John Lydon solo
tour of the UK in August/September,
including Festival appearances.
However, bottom line is it ISNT
gonna happen... Apparently
talks were in progress but John
has told the organisers to fuck
At first I thought it was complete
bullshit, however, the rumours seemed
to gather more credibility as the
days went on. Despite the fact JL
will be over in the UK soon for
the In the City talk
it seems unlikely hed tour
without any product to push. But
Another rumour circulating is that
Metal Box is
being re-issued this month.
However, Virgin Records know nothing
about it, so its not gonna
appeared on the US TV debate
show Politically Incorrect
this week (9th).
In the City "interview"
will be held at the Midland Crowne
Plaza Hotel, Manchester on Monday
1st October at 5.30pm. Unfortunately
the convention delegates are mainly
from the music industry and this
is probably reflected in the prices...
Registration Rates for the event
are as follows:
Early Bird Registration
(before 5pm, Friday 3rd August):
£365 +VAT (per person)
Early Bird Corporate Registration:
£1460 + VAT (five delegates
from same company)
Full Delegate Registration: £395
+ VAT (per person)
Corporate Registration: £1580
+ VAT (five delegates from same
Fashionably Late Registration
(from 9am, Monday 24th September):
£445 + VAT (per person)
Fashionably Late Corporate Registration:
£1780 + VAT (five delegates
from same company)
Dance Summit Registration:
(Full pass valid only on Saturday
29th September) £195 + VAT
Day Rate: £225.00 plus VAT.
You can register from the official
In the City web
Thanks to Imran Kassim at ITC
for the info...
Lydon will be appearing on the
Channel 4 (UK) TV programme 'Hello
Culture' this Sunday 29th
July, 10.55pm. The art based
show, exploring Modern Culture,
this week takes a look at Nihilism
and will be asking John for his
thoughts, should be entertaining...
Lydon is scheduled to speak
at this years In The City
music business convention in Manchester
at the end of September. It looks
like the talk may not be open to
the public, however, we are working
on getting more info on the event
and will keep you informed. In the
meantime check out the official
site for more info.
to John's Rotten Radio show
on Eyada may remember him
mentioning a dance remix of '4
Enclosed Walls' he had heard,
and loved, but didn't know who it
was by. Well, thanks to our ace
archivist Karsten Roekens
we can reveal it was by German remixer/producer
Westbam. The track 'Hold Me Back',
which samples the "Allah"
verse, was released on 12"single
in Germany 1990 (LOW SPIRIT, SYRT
6), and is also included on the
CD single 'The Roof Is On Fire',
released in 1991.
unfortunately Eyada has now bit
the dust due to financial difficulties,
Lydon is interviewed in the
August issue of FRONT magazine.
The three page interview unfortunately
doesn't tell us anything about his
latest projects, and mostly centres
on the Pistols, and 'The Filth and
the Fury. However, it does feature
some typically Lydon comments and
opinions that, as always, are well
worth a read...
Wobble & the Invaders of the
Heart play The Trowbridge
Festival, England this Sunday,
Lydon took part in a special
web chat for the UK satellite
& digital premiere of the 'The
Filth and the Fury' on FilmFour,
last Saturday, 30th June. Unfortunately
it turned out to be a bit of a non-event
as it was heavily over subscribed,
and those who did get logged on,
only got to chat to JL for around
30 minutes. It wasn't exactly the
most informative interview of all
time either... A transcription of
the "chat" is available
third part of Keith Levene's
exclusive interview with E-Zine
Sound has just been published.
This is the third of a four part
interview, and centres on the 'Flowers
of Romance' and 'Commercial Zone'
period, not to be missed....
Check it out here.
live guitarist, circa 1989
& 1992, Ted
Chau has a new band called 'CandyHeads'.
Their album 'Go Forth and Multiply'
should be in the shops by the end
of the year. You can download a
preview MP3 via their official
with Ted here!
play Croydon, Cartoon Club,
on Sunday 15th July, doors
time PiL guitarist Steve
New, circa 1980, has just released
a solo album on Alan McGee's PiL
named Poptones Records.
New - 'Here Comes Everybody'
is available for £9.99 via
The largely instrumental album,
described by Steve as his "jazz
album", features a mixture
of very different sounds and influences.
Ranging from electronic noise, to
rock, to psychedelic, via dance
and punk! Well weird, but strangely
poppy, and highly recommended,
just like Steve!
of John Lydon's 'Copkiller'
(aka 'Order of Death') movie
can now buy the official
Ennio Morricone soundtrack
on CD for the first time, via Morricone
Soundtracks '. Previously the
soundtrack only existed as a very
scarce French import, issued in
PiL or John Lydon DO NOT
appear on the soundtrack, and to
be quite frank the music is awful.
I once said in F&F it sounded
like Morricone had done it at 'ten
to five on Friday afternoon'. What
could have been a brilliant PiL
project, unfortunately turned to
nothing, shocker eh...
Still, the CD has a quirky collectors
value. Mostly due to the new cover
shot (featuring the rare Italian
film poster), and the fact the
CD also features extra music
not featured on the original French
Wobble's Deep Space release
a new live album this week, 'Largely
Live in Hartlepool and Manchester'.
The 2 CD set was recorded
last year and should be in shops
now. Full order info etc at the
The following live dates are also
pencilled in for the coming weeks...
DEEP SPACE - FARNDALE, NORTH YORK
MOORS NATIONAL PARK
DEEP SPACE - CROYDON, WORLD MUSIC
INVADERS OF THE HEART & MOLAM
- TOWBRIDGE FESTIVAL
DEEP SPACE - SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL