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MRR Radio #1584 • 11/19/17

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Monday Photo Blog: Mixed Bag


January 18th, 2010 by

Playing a bit of catch-up today on the Photo Blog…three photos that were sent in a little while ago.

Moritz from Derby Dolls doing some kind of voodoo. Oschatz, Germany 28 Nov 2009 (photo by Biene)

Moritz from Derby Dolls doing some kind of voodoo. Oschatz, Germany 28 Nov 2009 (photo by Biene)

Seditius (photo by Paolo Proserpio)

Seditius (photo by Paolo Proserpio)

Wanna submit a photo for the MRR Photo Blog?

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty. We will be exercising a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 500 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

There are a lot of awesome photographers out there shooting shows…and there are a lot of unseen archives of old shows. Show us what you’ve got!



We Are the Lamb


January 17th, 2010 by

In honor of the recent reissue of The Brat‘s classic song, “The Wolf,” as a limited edition single on Timmy Hefner’s 540 Records, here is the feature on the band from the February 1982 issue of Low Rider magazine. (“The Wolf” was originally only available on the Rhino’s 1983 East LA comp LP, Los Angelinos: The Eastside Renaissance). I had only ever seen the cover of this Low Rider issue before, so thanks to Dave Hyde for posting the whole damn thing! Pretty incredible… I gotta hear the song “Misogyny” now! When is that Brat discography ever comin’ out??

[Click on the pages below to see them at full, readable size.]



From the Vaults (literally!): CONVULSIONS vs. Satan’s Slaves


January 14th, 2010 by
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Thanks to Phil of Bradford, UK’s CONVULSIONS for sending in the great story below, along with 9 songs for us to enjoy! “Electro Convulsive Therapy” and “Hatred Controls,” along with three other studio tracks and four live numbers. Phil talked down the quality of the live tunes, but personally I think they are fkkn brilliant, especially as delivered by a crew of 16 year olds who hadn’t the slightest clue what they were doing! CONVULSIONS are truly one of my favorite unsung ’80s UK bands. —Robert

SUBHUMANS, THE INSTIGATORS, CONVULSIONS — Vaults Bar, Bradford, May 15th, 1983…

On Saturday 14th May, the Subhumans had played a gig at the Palm Cove Club in Bradford with The Instigators also on the bill. During the evening it was announced that there would be a second gig the following evening to help the Subhumans pay for some repair work to their van. As we were in the crowd, we approached the promoter, Nick Toczek, and blagged our way onto the bill, which was now Subhumans, Instigators, and Convulsions. Venue for the gig: The Vaults Bar. Shit!!!!

Bradford was, and still is, home to a motorcycle gang called the Satan’s Slaves. These guys are full patch-wearing 1%er outlaw bikers in the same vein as the Hell’s Angels, Mongols, Bandidos etc. They are an organised club with full members, prospects, hangers on, and all the rest of the outlaw biker trappings, with violence being high on the agenda. Very heavy dudes. The headquarters of the club was… The Vaults Bar!!

You could walk past this place (if you were dumb enough) any night of the week and pass rows of choppers parked on the pavement, with the odd prospect standing guard outside, glaring at anyone who dared look their way. It was a definite no-go area. To attempt to put on a punk gig there was a total no brainer, but fuck it, we were on the same bill as our heroes the Subhumans.

So we arrive at the venue early — around 6:30 to load our gear in before the Satan’s Slaves arrive. First job was to move all the tables and chairs from in front of the stage to make a dance floor for the punks to enjoy the music. Bad move, we found out later, as there is a definite hierarchy within the Slaves. Big cheeses have their own tables in front of the stage. Not tonight fellas. So, we set up the amps and drums; PA guy arrives and sets up. Subhumans and Instigators arrive and wonder why we look nervous. I don’t remember how much we told them, as they weren’t from our town so we probably took the “ignorance is bliss” approach. Around 7:30 the Slaves begin to arrive with their leader at the front. He was a mean looking dude called “Les C” (left out his full name) with a shaved head and a hook where his right hand once was (!—web ed.). I guess the other bands were beginning to realise that these guys weren’t here for the music, and they’re not happy with the rearranged seating. We decide to get up and play, as we were first on the bill. First few songs went down okay with the (very) few punters (fools?) who’d braved the venue, although the Slaves seemed unimpressed as they glared out of the shadows… Tune number five in the set: “System’s Slaves,” with the chorus, “We don’t wanna be systems slaves.” Stan decides to change the chorus to “We don’t wanna be Satan’s Slaves” without telling anyone. I remember giving him a sort of “Oh, fuck” glance and then ducking out of the way of the first of many beer bottles to come flying our way. I think we did pretty well, and none of us actually suffered a direct hit, although we were showered with broken glass. We raced through the rest of the set and jumped off stage to mingle in with the punters. You have to realise that the bikers were all in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. We were all 16, so we can be excused for our non-confrontational (cowardly) behaviour?

Next up: Instigators. Not many upfront of the stage (can’t blame them), followed by Subhumans. Think a few of us braved the pit for the Subhumans (our heroes) set.

Anyway, the end of the night approaches and word goes around that the Slaves are waiting outside and are gonna kick our asses. We decided to go down in style, so about 20 of us who were left got into a bunch and armed with guitars, amps and drums for weapons charged out making a lot of noise straight into an armed gang of… nobody!! The bikers had simply roared off into the night, much to our relief.

We had many run-ins over the years with trendies, football fans, and lesser gangs of bikers, but this was the most memorable. Being a punk in the UK in the ’80s made you Public Enemy Number 1 to all the dickheads in town.

This all happened 27 years ago, so may not be 100% accurate, but it’s how I remember it. Happy days!!

—Phil

Thanks again, Phil! Here are the track he sent in, and you can read and hear more, including Convulsions’ Electro Convulsive Therapy demo, at Terminal Escape.

Convulsions – “Coming Your Way Soon” MP3
Convulsions – “Electro Convulsive Therapy” (v.2)
Convulsions – “Hatred Controls” (v.2) MP3
Convulsions – “You’re Nobody” MP3
Convulsions – “Media Punx” MP3
Convulsions – “In Command” (live) MP3
Convulsions – “Hassled Youth” (live) MP3
Convulsions – “Freedom of Speech” (live) MP3
Convulsions – “Belfast in Bradford” (live) MP3

And the post wouldn’t be complete without…

Convulsions – “System’s Slave” MP3



Monday Photo Blog: Will Kinser kills it!


January 11th, 2010 by

As you can see from the last post, the MRR photo issue is finally out! Fuck yeah!

Another hearty thanks to everyone who sent in photos, to the people who sent in interviews and those who helped with the bibliography of punk photo books. Extra big thanks to Will Kinser who offered some long distance help from Germany, coming through not only with two interviews, but he sent in an awesome batch of photos too. Here are a few of ’em:

Abrupt (photo by Will Kinzer)

Abrupt (photo by Will Kinser)

Peligro Social (photo by Will Kinser)

Peligro Social (photo by Will Kinser)

Skit Kids (photo by Will Kinzer)

Skitkids (photo by Will Kinser)

Death Charge (photo by Will Kinzer)

Deathcharge (photo by Will Kinser)

I wanna clear a small point of confusion — I had mentioned a silk-screened cover version of the photo issue being available for subscribers. Due to various technical difficulties, it didn’t happen. The photo issue is available directly from MRR or anywhere that usually carries Maximum.

In the (near) future, check out MRR for interviews with some great punk photographers from the past, including Ed Colver, James Stark, and lots more.

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Wanna submit a photo for the MRR Photo Blog?

If you shoot shows and have photos you want to submit for the MRR Blog, send them to: Be sure to put “MRR Photo Blog” in the subject. Include your name, the band, where and when it was shot. Just send your best photos – edit tightly. Three to five photos is plenty. We will be exercising a little quality control here…not everything sent in will be posted. Please size your photos so they are 500 pixels (72 dpi) at the longest side.

There are a lot of awesome photographers out there shooting shows…and there are a lot of unseen archives of old shows. Show us what you’ve got!



Maximum Rocknroll #321 • February 2010

Maximum Rocknroll rings in the New Year with a special photo issue. Featuring contributions from over 75 photographers, issue #321 is chock-a-block with killer punk photos from around the world. It includes an Aaron Cometbus/Anna Brown interview with longtime MRR contributor Murray Bowles (If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries…). We talk with Helge Schreiber, compiler of the last MRR photo issue, Welcome to Cruise Country (1987), and we also interview 924 Gilman St.’s house photographer Larry Wolfley. Brazilian photographers and editors of Fodido E Xerocado, Mateus Mondini and Daigo Oliva go head-to-head, Karoline Collins and Chrissy Piper interview each other, and Patrick Baclet talks about publishing his photo book, Out of Vogue. Token garage punk photographers Mark “icki” Murrmann and Chris “Canderson” Anderson get grilled. This special photo issue also includes an extensive, illustrated bibliography of punk photo books. But really the focus is on the photos. Lots and lots of photos. All this plus the usual columns, news and the most extensive review section in punk. Cover shot of Spain’s INVASION by Mateus Mondini.

This issue is out of print, but it is now available as a PDF download in our webstore!