They discuss everything from rocking against racism and clashing with Teddy Boys to the underground Vault, a 19th century burial crypt turned gig venue and rehearsal rooms.
It also touches on the late Rick Blair's Attrix Records, Brighton's answer to Rough Trade, who released three independent albums: Vaultage 78, 79 and 80.
• Kev Wright is a young independent filmmaker who hopes to extend the documentary in the near future. He has put his own money into the project so far, much like the punk bands the film represents. He deserves a lot of credit.
Visitors to this site may have noticed that the jukebox was not displaying our free mp3's over recent weeks. This was due to a technical glitch concerning Box.com, changing from a Flash based format to Inline frames. Would have been handy if they'd let us know in advance.
After a lot of faffing about, phone calls to their offshore support network and tedious work with code, I finally got to the bottom of it and so the jukebox is now up and running again.
I had to go through the entire site and change all the audio widgets. Some of them are still not
displaying properly, but I hope to correct all of this in time. So apologies to visitors who may not have been able to access partcular audio files.
Help save the Hippodrome - historic Brighton music venue
If you agree and feel, as we do, that this historic masterpiece must be saved and returned to its former glory as a beautiful and unique venue which serves the community rather than corporate investors, please make your feelings known to the Councillors - their email addresses are in the pdf below, please be polite and constructive. If you would prefer to write a letter, please address it to: Council Planning Department, King’s House. Grand Avenue, Hove BN3 2LS.
Hi, I want to let you know that the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has extended its deadline until November 4, 2014, and any help from Punk Brighton in distributing this news would be greatly appreciated. A press release is attached.
Called "the songwriting competition to take note of," by the New York Times, ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and over $40,000 in prizes.
Judges for this year include: Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Bastille, J. Holiday, Sara Evans, DJ Snake, Avicii, McCoy Tyner, Garbage, John Hiatt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Gerald Casale (Devo), Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic), Dan McCarroll (President, Capitol/Virgin Label Group); and many, many more.
We sincerely appreciate your support and hope you can help spread the word about the extended deadline for ISC.
Mr Chill, former Dodgems front man Gary Turner and punkdaddy, ex-Flesh/Lillettes/April & The Fools guitarist Phil Perfect joined forces back around 2010 and the result is the eagerly awaited debut album Devil's Music.
These two had known each other since about 1972. During the heyday of punk they frequently shared the stage with their respective bands at The Vault, The Richmond and The Buccaneer.
They first got together to record I Blame Rock n Roll under the banner of The Dodgems feat. punkdaddy. This was put together almost entirley by sending each player's part as an mp3 attached to an email and then mixed and recorded at punkdaddy's.
The other Dodgems were far flung around the globe since the heady days of Lord Lucan (have they found him yet?) with drummer Charlie Zuber out in Tasmania, Paul Birchall in South Africa, Doug Potter up in Manchester and Gary the only remaining Brighton connection.
punkdaddy had made a solo album, Retard In The White House (2006), a mash up of samples and his own guitar work and having got that out
of his system wanted to work with a singer and get back to his punk rock roots.
Enter Dick Damage, who contacted punkdaddy through this very website, the pair hadnt clapped eyes on each other for something like 25 years,
punkdaddy: "Me and Dick made an album from his words and my tunes, we called it TSDS after his song The Shit Dont Stick (2007). We had a lot of fun making it and it was all done upstairs at mine just using a mic, a mac and a guitar."
Dick sadly passed away in 2011, which is well documented elsewhere in this site.
Wanting to continue working with a singer and lyric writer, punkdaddy hooked up with Mr Chill, who himself was on the lookout for a tunesmith to turn his words into music.
Mr Chill: "The first song we wrote was Angie. Really the whole album came out of that one song. It's a sad song about losing the person you love to an incurable disease, but punkdaddy came up with a melody that was so well matched to the lyric that we knew there was more to come..."
British Music Archive • Music downloads • Radio Obscure
The British Music Archive is a non-profit music and heritage website that features an audio streaming library of commercially unreleased recordings (demos) with associated biographies. It celebrates the less-established bands that define the real story behind the British rock underground.
The website is presently dominated by underground acts from the 1960s that barely made it out of their respective suburbs, but unwittingly contributed so richly to our youth culture and music history and yet sadly, disappeared largely unrecognised.
With your help, we would like to broaden our musical content so that we can portray the underground music scene post 1970. To do this, all we would be asking for is your permission for your music (as featured on punkbrighton) to appear simultaneously on a website that has a similar theme, but with music drawn nationwide.
Regular punkbrighton contributor and the man who wrote the Attrix Memoirs, Stuart Jones is back on the radio. Sort of. He's put together a webpage of podcasts which you can play or download, one-hour programmes stuffed with the head-spinning variety of music normally found on his very popular Mr.Obscure webpage.
There are rarities, archive treasures, original demo recordings of famous stuff, bizarre comedy items and much more.
The new page is called Radio Obscure and you can get to it here.
punkbrighton is an online museum created and maintained by it's creator and curator, punkdaddy. I started off with a tatty old box file supplied to me by one Rick Blair, an amiable fellow, a man of integrity and a personal friend. That was in February 1999. I asked Rick if he could let me have any old photos and press cuttings from his days as creator and boss of Attrix Records, Brighton's first truly independent record company, set up in 1977, and as ever, he was obliging.
Rick offered to write the first article for the spawning punkbrighton site and I was about to lend him my old Olivetti typewriter when he died suddenly in May 1999. It was such a blow to everyone who knew him, but it made me all the more determined to get all his Attrix Records stuff online so that it wouldn't die with him. Over the years, site visitors have supplied hundreds of additional photos, press cuttings, mp3's and their own recollections to help make the site what it is today.
Launched in January 2000, punkbrighton was pretty soon nominated for a Yahoo Web Award, which was a bit of a surprise, because although the site functioned properly and had quite a bit of content, I thought the layout was shite. I've tried to improve it over time but it wasn't until ten years later, in 2010, that I finally felt able to let rip with some artistic input.
I hope punkbrighton does justice to all the bands and everyone else who was involved in the mighty upheaval that kicked off with the advent of punk. if you've got stuff, send it in.
DICK DAMAGE RIP
- tributes still coming in
It was in January 2011 we announced the death of DD but tributes are still coming in. See Read Our Mail or go directly to the Dick Damage page
The Punk History of Brighton Acknowledgements
Rick & Julie Blair, Stuart Jones, Suzy Horne, Dave Barnard, Ken Hogg, Barb Wilson, James Byford, Mark Walling, Mike Dunford, Robin Banks, Terry Newbery,
Rod Johnson, ComputerBox, Jay Derrick, Mick Perrin, Alan St.Paul, Paul Bonham, Paul Kaczmarek, Paul Martin, Alex Ogg, David Roughton, David Peacock, Dick & Mary Chapman,
John Pender, Simon Woolven, John Betteridge, Bexhill News, Brighton & Hove Gazette, The Leader, The Argus, Sounds, NME, Surrey Daily Advertiser, Daily Mirror