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The Cool Of Bard Knox....

Bugbear’s Festive R&R- Pure Xmas Mania with Special Guest Knox of The Vibrators. Dec 2014. by Tony Bugbear on Mixcloud

Knox, the Romantic punk rock raconteur who put the Vibe into The Vibrators back there at the phlegm strewn, sulphate hastened new dawn of 1976, has just launched the world’s very first Rock n Roll ‘charity shop’. A rock rescue mission with Knox at the helm, this wonderful venture at 96 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 (next door to The Dublin Castle natch) is a revolutionary new concept set to turn musicians’ supercool cast offs and natural generosity of spirit into funds for needy people. Yeah, a wonderful idea from this utter gent of song we should all get behind with donations and purchases alike. Before you get along there with your old guitar, your signed albums or your lock of hair from Wilko’s’barnet (super rare) listen to Knox here in conversation with Bugbear, talking about his ace new project, and all things Vibrators and beyond. And what with it being Christmas there’s a pleasingly plump festive feast of tunes, many picked by Knox, and some containing the words ‘Baby Baby’…

Included in the playlist here is Swerve the classic single by ‘Manchester’s lost band’ the very wonderful Dub Sex. The legendary Hulme birthed post punk originals announce their first London show for over 26 years, Jan 31st in The Dublin Castle… In 2014 the band reformed for a limited number of shows and festival appearance including breath-taking performances at Kendal Calling and Manchester’s Sound Control. DUB SEX frontman Mark Hoyle: “The shows this year have been very special, Dub Sex are sounding better than ever. We always loved playing in London; we can’t wait for this one. It’s the only London show in the diary for the first 6 months of next year at least, so it’s a must come to show for our fans in the capital” Formed in the concrete landscape of 1980’s Hulme they had a unique, raw and at times brutal sound all of their own. The band came to prominence in the late 80’s releasing 4 critically acclaimed EP’s, recording 4 John Peel sessions and performing on local and national TV (Snub TV and Tony Wilson’s Granada TV show, The Other Side of Midnight) with the release of the classic Swerve EP in 1989. DUB SEX never fitted into Madchester scene and disappeared in 1990 with members Mark Hoyle (vocals/guitar) and Cathy Brooks (bass) going on to form Dumb and guitarist Chris Bridgett going on to form Rude Club. Tonight Bug Bear are very pleased to host this show as a part of Independent Venues Week 2015.

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