Charting the great bands progress through the late 60's. A fascinating and entertaining documentary film.
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‘Come in from school / My head buzzing with rules’
Jook, ‘Crazy Kids’, 1974.
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‘Yes, I’m in Aggravation Place / Where the pressure takes the smile off every face’
Jook, ‘Aggravation Place’, 1978
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It was April 1980 and punk was dying.

Dig the new breed who were still pretty much the old breed with the occasional knob on. The Jam, the Clash and the Stranglers were no longer punk bands in any sense of the word. They’d ‘progressed’. A straight punk band wasn’t cool any more. Ska had wrestled the scene away from punkified London and carried it off to a ghost town in the bleak midwest for a bleak midwinter. It wouldn’t survive.
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 18:42

The Kinks - From Muswell Hill to Village Green

The Kinks - Dave Davies - Ray Davies.
© Words - Angeline Wilcox

There can’t be many pop songs that make reference to “my poor rheumatic back” or “tea and toasted, buttered currant buns”, but then again, there aren’t many pop groups like The Kinks. These lyrics from their delightfully quirky “Autumn Almanac”, released in 1967, typify the quintessentially English perspective, humour and appeal of the group that dominated the charts throughout the 1960s.
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Saturday, 15 November 2014 13:02

The Troggs – Pure Punk Inspiration

/The Troggs - Wild Thing

©Words - Cameron K's


The Trogglodytes formed in 1964 in Andover, Southern England. They shortened their name to Troggs when they signed for Larry Page in 1965. The original line up was Reg Ball (now Presley) on lead vocals, Chris Britton (Lead Guitar), Pete Staples (bass), Ronnie Bond (drums). Despite being signed to Page One Records their manager leased them to CBS for debut single "Lost Girl." The single failed to impact.
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/Graham Dee.
© Nick Churchill

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Graham Dee -The Thirteenth Man

I flatter myself that anyone should notice, but before we go any further I must declare an interest here – I have a songwriting credit on this album, generously bestowed on me for providing the title of track three, Emily Nuthin.
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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 19:24

Ordinary Noise Make a Bang with ZANI

Ordinary Noise 1.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari



Ordinary Noise are two common words which are likely to be said on numerous occasions throughout a life time. Yet when these words are combined there is a surreal context to them, simple words yet complex, which in turn makes a great name for a band.
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Dennis Greaves Nine Below Zero 1.j

© Words - Matteo Sedazzari
“My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.”

As stated by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem about the Arthurian legend Sir Galahad. Galahad noted for his chivalry, bravery and virtue, and with his traits, as the legend goes, to be one of only three people to see and touch the Holy Grail. Like a lot of legends and folklore,
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 14:10

The Zombies

The Zombies 1.j

They started to play at local venues in St Albans. Paul Arnold, left the group to become a doctor was replaced by Chris White. The lads were all clever and university bound at the end of the summer of 1963. For fun they entered themselves into a local band contest (The Herts Beat Contest) with the first prize a recording deal with British Decca Records. Rod and Chris hoped winning the contest would keep them together.
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