Business Controlled’s “Cleaning Up the Streets”

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In the early 1980s, possibly ’81, I saw a film on day time TV, what I thought was called “Cleaning Up the Streets”. It was a Canadian ..

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George Berger’s “The Story of Crass”

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I have just finished the book about Crass called “The Story of Crass” by George Berger. I saw Crass twice in the 80s. The first ..

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Red Aligatorz/The Girls @ The Warehouse

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When gigs turn out to be better, much better, than what we hoped it makes it all the more special to play together again. From meeting up with ..

4 months ago
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Swanny´s Interview

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In this interview Swanny talks about the connection with punk music and his life long love of Rockabilly music. He also talks about his introduction ..

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Interview: Kevin

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I have had conversations with Kev over the decades about punk, music, politics, society, Carlisle, UK… etc. As he is a few years ..

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Red Aligatorz Gig – Penrith “The Warehouse”

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It seems the Red Aligatorz have been let out of the asylum for another evening. This time they will be playing in Penrith/Cumbria on Friday, ..

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The Men Upstairs / Daisy Chain Connection

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As punk music changed and evolved over the UK, it also did in Carlisle in its own way. People who were one time Punks/Mods/New Wave formed ..

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Interviews – New Page

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I have decided to add a new page to the blog. Up until now this blog has been my own personal interpretation of punk and local punk bands ..

7 months ago
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Lonesome’s Amsterdam Recording.

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Many people go to Amsterdam for many reasons. Three young lads from Carlisle in 1986 went to Amsterdam to play music, all else was secondary; ..

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Penrith’s Red Aligatorz

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I joined the Red Aligatorz in November 1985, I knew there was a band already, I did not join from the beginning; but I never knew much about ..

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International Dole Cheques – sober’ish

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During the Red Aligatorz (The Virginia Vagabonds) period Ellie and I were involved with another band that was very different to the structured ..

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Every Smle´s A Lie – Demos and Posters

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Line ups of the band were: Jan-88 to July 88 (rough dates) Dung – guitar and vocals Smoo – Guitar Will Greenwood – Bass ..

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Grinning In the Graveyards: “The York Tapes”

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Hidden away in Ellie’s cuboards were a few cassettes from the 1980s, I am sure there are more cassettes out there in attics all forgotten ..

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Red Aligatorz: Reunion Video

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The Reunion of the Red Aligatorz at the Old Fire Station was more than what we (the band) expected. The music, the venue were good but the crowd ..

1 year ago
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Red Aligatorz: Kitchen Reunion Demo

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Here is the recording from the previous blog where I mentioned The Red Aligatorz rehearsal, leading up to the reunion gig at the Old Fire ..

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A Guitar Story…

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I am not sure if it is the same for other instruments and musicians, but a guitar can be a personal item. The old story of BB King running ..

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Red Aligatorz’s Article 5/3/18

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Here is a link to the on-line “Cumbria Live” What’s On in Cumbria Site, it features an article about the Red Aligatorz’s ..

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Stars and Stripes – a home from home

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Stars and Stripes, was a nightclub at the bottom of Botchergate, Carlisle. It was at the bottom of London Road, a long road heading south ..

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“Panic Cities Last Hope”

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Another find in the bottom of my cupboard is a poster featuring one of Carlisle’s well known Punk bands “The Beguiled” ..

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Guana Batz / Red Aligatorz

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Stars and Stripes was a place the Red Aligatorz played at regular intervals, not only on the Wednesday Jam nights (where no one turned up) where ..

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Kitchen Rehearsal – 31 Years Brewing

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It took me longer to cycle the 8 miles to Carlisle than it took Ellie to drive from Macclesfield, 150+ miles away, the recent heavy snow ..

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Blog Stats…and Views

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Considering the main reason for this blog was to inform people of the punk bands that were around in the late 70s and 80s in North Cumbria, ..

1 year ago
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Aligatorz’s Radio Cumbria Interview

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For the past 3 weeks Swanny and I have been playing a few songs in his kitchen; I can not call it a rehearsal as the songs have slotted ..

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Aligatorz Kitchen Music

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In December 14th 1985 I wrote in my diary that I was “going to see Swanny to play some rockabilly music in his kitchen”. A few days ..

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Home Recording

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I have been meaning to guy a new guitar for sometime; the old acoustic I have has a big crack down its body and does not stay in tune for long. ..

1 year ago
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Red Aligatorz: Tojo; Amsterdam to Dunfermline

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Swanny has been doing a lot of work with the Red Aligatorz reunion gig (which is still scheduled for the 10th March). In the past Swanny ..

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Red Aligatorz: Birmingham Powerhouse

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Another surprise poster has come to light concerning a gig the Red Aligatorz did in 1987, brought to my notice by Swanny. It is of a gig they ..

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Uncut Magazine’s…bullshit.

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A few months ago I did an interview for “Uncut” magazine about the punk scene in Carlisle (see the post below). At the end of the interview ..

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The Red Aligatorz: a bass story

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I recently got a mail from Ellie, the double bass player in the Red Aligatorz. In preparation for the fourth coming reunion gig he sent ..

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Festive 50 (1978)

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I was having a chat my mate Fib, about our favourite New Years musical play lists, of days gone by. I remember in 1978; when I had been ..

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Red Aligatorz Reunion

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“I was hanging around the market street…” isn’t that how the Clash song goes, from “All the Young Punks”. ..

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76/77 UK Punk Stories wanted

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A writer got in contact via my “Carlisle’s punk bands” blog, called Peter Watts. He is seeking info about punk bands outside ..

2 years ago
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Krautrock and Punk

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Krautrock and Punk do not seem the obvious bedfellows, and when I do my research into punk in Carlisle this musical collaboration in the 80s are not obvious. ..

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Anarchist Jacket

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I had a black and white copy of the The Sex Pistols File: And in this one source of information available at the time on the group, there ..

2 years ago
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The Wishing Chair

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Nick Scott – vocals / guitar Dunoe – vocals Liz – bass Simon Blackshaw – Drums I knew of the Wishing Chair when ..

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Cumbrian Band “Chaos”

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I got sent these tracks by John Kemp, in response to Ed Butlers mail, which I enclose here: John writes: Chaos were Jav Turnbull (Vocals), ..

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Design a Cassette?

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Did you ever make anyone (or yourself) a music cassette? If you did, did you take the time to design it? To spend time and thought into ..

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14 Ways to Be A Rad Dude

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Douchebag Awareness Ribbon by Kate Morris I wrote last week about the ways that dudes are unintentionally (or very intentionally) crappy ..

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Sid (D.O.S.) R.I.P.

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A few days ago I read the news of the death of Sid, the singer in the Carlisle band ‘D.O.S.’ (see ‘D.O.S. page’ ..

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Hiatus

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Ah yes, it’s come to this. I can’t pretend like I’m keeping this site up anymore. I started it in 2012 when I was working ..

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“No Thrills” in concert

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It has been ages since I was at a punk gig, I can’t even remember when it was? The other week I went to see 3 punk bands in Carlisle’s ..

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The Red Aligatorz

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An update on the Red Aligatorz page: I recently met Swanny again after many years, the last time I saw him he was in London, now back in Carlisle ..

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Missoula Active Band Database

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Just popping my head up from my underground lair to let y’all know that there’s a nifty local project going on: the Missoula ..

3 years ago
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The Ironing Boards

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Jeff Deaf – vocals Norman Fright – guitar Morbid Electrician – bass guitar Paul Pimms – drums One of the early Carlisle ..

3 years ago
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Within the Walls (Sunday)

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Sunday session of “Within the Walls” with local groups of Carlisle, was equally as good as Saturday. Here are some photos of the bands ..

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Within the Walls (Saturday)

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Saturday 28th May, 2016. Carlisle city center had an assortment of local bands playing free for the general public. Organized by the city ..

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