David Costa December 31, 2000
Do you have a complete list of all recordings made by The Piranhas, if not do you know if there is a site where I can find it? Thanks
Ian Ryder December 30, 2000
Hello there. For the last couple of years I have been trying to find out about the "Piranhas". I was given a tape of theirs at school. Since then I have found an Album but have still had no luck finding 'Tom Harks'. Do you know anywhere or any one?
Andr'e Pawlowski December 29, 2000
A really good site! Do you know any books about the history of punk music? Please e-mail me with them if you do. . . Thanx
Lex December 28, 2000
Finally got on the net! This is one of the first sites I have properly looked at, and I'm pleased to say it's far better than it could have turned out!!! Keep up the good work. Where are Anal Beard, or have I missed them? Look out for their vinyl with the lyric sheet. (Usually teamed up with the Fish Brothers!) Anyone know of anyone with decent old or new skinhead Brighton photos or music info (ska, oi! etc. (non-political thanx very much))?
Brian O'Toole December 24, 2000
Where can I find the lyrics to TOM HARK? Thanks!!
Ang December 21, 2000
Would love to hear about the gigs you performed on Hastings Pier, and what it was like for the band to play there where people like Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones performed?
Simone December 13, 2000
Cool page! I was wondering if you know of any really good punk shops in Brighton that sell clothes and shit?
I'm new to this town, so it would be cool if you could help, thanx.
DAVID December 10, 2000
Liked the bit about the dps [knew a few of them] it's sad about Tony, now seen about town busking for drug money. It tugs on the old heart strings.
Adam Gwatkin November 29, 2000
I like the site, even though I am not a PUNK fan. I am doing a school project on the Punk Culture! Any info, links etc... would be appreciated! I need info bout the roots and culture of Punk as well as the Mods vs Punk warfare around Brighton! Can u help me? if so could you please E-mail me with info b4 Fri 1 December 2000!
Wilko November 23, 2000
Smooth site, man. Plenty of inside info, I like it a lot. All the best and keep it going dudes.
Alan St Paul November 17, 2000
Came across this photo of the old Resource Centre van. Probably not of general interest but may bring back memories to the many groups who travelled to gigs in it. Cheers.search
Long Haired Punk November 3, 2000
What makes you come home from work and search for "Piranhas" ? Drugs probably! Great to find this site, still have the first two Vaultage LP's, the thickest vinyl I have ( although not coloured or pictured), great value for money. You can even feel the screen printing on the first one. I think I was at the gig at the Alhambra when Pete Waterman saw the Piranhas. Well at least I was there when John Peel was there, which I think was a Sunday in January 1979 - I even got him to join the BBC Blue Badge Club. He played the BBC a record on the Monday but unfortunately I was otherwise detained in a cell at Brighton police station - they tell me he played a record by Fingerprintz.
Did anyone go to the Hungry Years in 76-78 when they came round to at least having a 10 minute punk slot each evening? I let the DJ join BBC so we could get a few more punk records played. I sort of remember a great punk night at the Resource Centre, didn't it burn down?
Stuart October 27 2000
Any chance of another section - bands from the surrounding area? There were several good bands who played the Alhambra - The Numbers for example (incidentally, I'd love to get a tape of more of their music, the EP they released just isn't enough!!) and also a few bands who played regularly in Worthing - Edwin Frog and the Bloated Toads, Luke Warm and the Tepids. (I WAS luke Warm!!).
Andrew Lindsay October 27, 2000
I brought the LP Vaultage 79 , soon after I had left. The reason was because I thought, well if it comes from Brighton and it's cheap it must be either a punk LP or Mod LP. Funnily when I got it home it was both. It has been played many times. The band I was in did a very bad version of 'I must be mad' by Woody and the Splinters and my brother in-law's band still do a cover of 'Bloody', when they play. Thanks for putting it together, it is nice to meet people who get off their arse and do stuff. I still do music although it is computer-based and I'm still influenced by the punk ethic. I do not know if you where into mod bands, but I do the Chords website, find it at www.thechords.co.uk. If you like let me know and we could trade links to each others sites. Thanks again and thanks for your time.
Mr Twat October 24, 2000
Does anyone remember Spermovdoom? A local punk band from the 90's, led by a fat Yorkshireman called Scoffa. They supported a few old favourites like 999, GBH, the Anti- Nowhere League and the UK Subs.
Jonnie Condom October 17, 2000
If this is the same person, the old guy who played the tin moved to a new venue around 1978. There are some toilets over the road from the top of George Street in Hove. The last time I saw him he was using a mouth organ - great wheezing sound from the chest - and had moved on to a metal comb for the 'drumming'. After that I never saw him again.
Jonnie Condom October 16, 2000
How soon you all forget! Jonnie & the Lubes are all alive - well just - and kicking. Attrix single RB05EP I Got Rabies / Terror In The Parking Lot. Terror made an appearance on Teenage Treats Vol 5. Odds & sods archive stuff tucked away in storage somewhere, coming soon.
Grub October 15, 2000
More detail about the whole punk motion. Include images of styles and people.
Pao October 13, 2000
I would like, if you can, information about the history of punk in its social sense. I would appreciate some interesting addresses in the web with that info. Thanks, Pasti.
Russell Pointing October 10, 2000
I was pleased to come across your site, it's made me feel extremely old. I was the 'singer' and wrote the words for one of pop's greatest moments 'The Russians are coming', by The Red Squares on Vaultage 80. I also promoted bands at the Sussex Sports Centre in Queen Square above the Ice Rink. We had such gems as The Chefs, The Vandells, The Golinski Brothers, The Vogue, Woody and The Splinters and loads more until Dame' 'someone or other' had us shut down. After that I put on the Piranhas in their 'Tom Hark' era at the Cinescene cinema at the top of North Street, supported by Daddy Yum Yum. We had several more planned in the following weeks at the Cinescene including Wreckless Eric and Bad Manners, but there was some minor vandalism and the owner lost his bottle.
Great times and we all thought we were so wild....I now have two children who laugh like drains when I play them the 'Oldies' and obviously think I'm an old fart...Who'd have thought? Thanks for the memories I look forward to looking at your site again.
Caitlin Oct 2000
Hi, yes. I found your page to be really interesting. I am doing an independent research project on the punk rock movement of the 70's. I was wondering if you could give me any information or direct me to a webpage where I would be able to find info on everything from the band and the music to the effects the movement had on society. Thank you very much for your time. Anything on the punk movement would be great. Thankfully yours, Caitlin.
Jay Derrick September 4, 2000
The Vault's story came to an end in Oct 1980 when the Resource Centre was burned to the ground. 'People's Hall in Flames' said the Argus - 'A major investigation was launched today into the blaze which wrecked Brighton's controversial Resource Centre....The centre is used by dozens of rock and punk bands for practice sessions and concerts. Firemen did their best to remove drum kits, keyboards and amplifying equipment as more than a foot of water built up in the basement...' At the time many people suspected Nazi organisations of starting the fire, as the Centre supported anti-fascist groups and printed their leaflets, and many of the bands played Rock Against Racism gigs. It's great your site is dedicated to Rick. He managed to achieve so much with so little but was one of the least pushy people I've ever met. The vaults helped get loads of bands going and the Vaultage albums were saying 'You can do this too', which is why even if the music wasn't all punk, the message was.
One other thing: I believe Zoot Allures should be credited for the artwork design on the Vaultage albums - it's an enduring image. Great site!
Mike Bee September 17, 2000
Hi, loved the site its smart! I'm doing a 1500 word essay at college on the punk era and was wondering if you could give me a bit of info? I'm after when the whole thing started, like key bands, I think the New York Dolls were one of them, and how punk evolved to new age bands, all the kind of shit you need to pass a course!.
Any info would be great, cheers.
John Killick September 9, 2000
Could you please find out if Dave Barnard, of the "Depressions," has a father of the same name. He looks remarkably like someone I went to school with who was also into music in a big way, but it can't be him as that David Barnard would be 48 years old now. Thankyou.
Jay Derrick September 4, 2000
The vault's story came to an end in Oct 1980 when the Resource Centre was burned to the ground. 'People's Hall in Flames' said the Argus - 'A major investigation was launched today into the blaze which wrecked Brighton's controversial Resource Centre....The centre is used by dozens of rock and punk bands for practice sessions and concerts. Firemen did their best to remove drum kits, keyboards and amplifying equipment as more than a foot of water built up in the basement...' At the time many people suspected Nazi organisations of starting the fire, as the Centre supported anti-fascist groups and printed their leaflets, and many of the bands played Rock Against Racism gigs.
It's great your site is dedicated to Rick. He managed to achieve so much with so little but was one of the least pushy people I've ever met. The vaults helped get loads of bands going and the vaultage albums were saying 'You can do this too', which is why even if the music wasn't all punk, the message was.
One other thing: I believe Zoot Allures should be credited for the artwork design on the Vaultage albums - it's an enduring image. Great site!
Nicole September 4, 2000 T-shirt winner for Best e-mail August 2000
I cant believe I won. That is so cool. I would like to thank you's for reading through all the crap and picking me for the best crap of all. Punk is coming back. This has made my year. You know what I was talking about if you were me. Umm umm, this is still so cool. And I am still being heard. Thanks to you's for starting it all. Bye.
Fred Pipes September 1, 2000
Fantastic -- takes me back. I was living in Guildford at the time (I used to edit Barbed Wire fanzine) and used to go see The Piranhas every Friday night at The Royal (owned by the son of Mick MacManus the famous wrestler)... Happy Days. Loved the music so much I moved to Brighton! How about a 'Where are they now?' section? - We all know where Bob Grover is...)
Güven Sept 1, 2000
Punk is not dead ! We are going to prove it in Turkey. We are planning a web site to gather all punks in one ring...follow us. Let's close the file of hiphop, techno and dance shits...together...punk is not dead! We're going to prove it...punk is going to rise again...support us...! It's not DEAD..
Lorena August 22, 2000
I live in Tijuana Mexico, Im writing an article about the punk movement. I want to focus it through the anarchy philosophy. I would like to find out about the history of the punk movement, I've been lost in the web but all I can find is contemporary punk bands. I need to know about the beginning of the movement and the context of it.
Katherine August 21, 2000
I am researching for C4's Collector's Lot and am looking for someone with a great Punk collection. - It could be any type of clothes / memorabilia / badges etc. - Do you or anyone you know have this type of collection. - Please get in touch if you do, or call me on mobile: 07946 663 965.
Simon August 11, 2000
Hi there. Goooood site. I found on yer webpage a lot to do with psychobilly so I'm hoping you might be able to help me... I'm trying to get a tattoo done but cant find the picture I want. I used to own the t-shirt it was from. King Kurt t-shirt with a rat in a pink drape suit singing on it.... would you happen to have a picture of this? Any help would be wonderfull!!!!!
Rowena August 15, 2000
Hullo, I'm from Australia and I'm 16 and I have to say I love this website. I am sick to death of all these dickhead bands coming out crapping on about how they are punk! A few of them are and are very good, but the rest talk a load of bollacks. I tell people that if they want to listen to real punk they have to go back in time and hear bands like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Patti Smith, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Killing Joke, Siouxsie and the Banshees, I think you get my drift. I just hate how all these new bands crap on and think they are something they're not. Well thats my winge but apart from that a bloody good site.
PS: I lived in London for 5 years and there were some quick arse punks there. It's just a shame about my age, I'm only a bubby. xxxxxx
Dawn August 28, 2000
I love it! I've just been blasted back 20+ years. Brilliant.
Gavin Hewitt July 31, 2000
Hey, great little site you got here, pity i wasnt around in them days.. I'm just a wee little baby.. hehe, erm I mainly come here cos i like promised my mom and pop a copy of the Piranhas - Tom Hark if that even exists- they werent to sure on the name, I've like looked in all the local shops through the old records but cant find zip.. if anyone could help me locate a copy of this I'd be VERY appreciative, even if its just an mp3, it'd be absolutley great.. Or has anyone got a copy they want to sell maybe? Please people, dont make me a liar! hehe Well nice site you got again... if anyone knows anything can you please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Bruv McCallum July 1, 2000
The APL arose following the success of Tony Byford (Piranhas manager) in securing residences at the Richmond and putting on bands generally associated with the Piranhas. Helen of the Chefs put on a gig at the Vault called 'Ratpi' (i.e. rat-pee) featuring the bands which practised in the same vault. Smeggy and the Cheesy Bits, the Accents and possibly Midnight and the Lemon Boys (but certainly later the latter preferred to stay more aloof). The thing was a joke, because apart from anything else we rather liked the Piranhas and used to go to the same parties and drink in the same pubs etc. However an ex steel worker and speed dealer got some of the friends of those bands to join in the APL and he spent some of his money making stickers in red black and white with an APL logo (all looking a bit Nazi-ish). Prat. There were only ever about 4 people in the APL. Tony told me it was that he had complained about some duff dope he'd sold him. I believe it.
Joby July 8, 2000
Great site! Well produced, good info etc. I may have had a 'weedy voice' but surely must be rated as a great lyricist? Irony is that I now have 5 chavvies! Have retired to Penzance Cornwall where am still a social activist in rented social-housing rather than squatting but still hitting the system albeit in a more reformist manner. That shit Steve Bassam (Squatters Union) gets a peerage, I joined the local Labour Party & they expelled me within 6 weeks for being drunk at a meeting, perhaps if it was Leicester Square, I lied about my age & gave a false Islington address I would still be a member. Steve Beardsley (guitarist) became a mental nurse as did lead singer (Tommy) of Wrist Action (best BTN band at time). Peter & TTB did quite a few gigs down here early '80's. Hope some people get back to me after this contact. Anyone remember 'Britannia Squat', a vacant office block near the rail station which I cracked & we occupied for a weekend May 1977? What bands played & who was there? I may have been 'tired & emotional' at the time therefore memories are indistinct.
Jon Goode July 4, 2000
Excellent to see your website and for personal reasons, the Dick Damage page - just thought I'd let you know the photo was taken at The Alhambra in the summer of 1980 possibly supporting Birds with Ears or headlining the Airtight Garage Band... expect further inane insights from this to be avid correspondent... keep up the excellent work...can supply you with appalling outakes of Dilemma Recordings live practices at the Vault and horrendous squawkings at all fab Brighton venues of 1980/81.
Nicole June 30, 2000 Our first Best e-mail winner:
There's not much to say. The only thing I can say is thank you. You's have helped so many people realize what they want to do and not to let the govenment bring them down. I don't fit in with the people I live around but I do fit in with people like you's. I don't care what people think about me as long as they listen to what I say. And for some reason they do listen to me. So that's the power that you have given one girl and trust me, I'll do good with it. Well that's all. Cheers.
Nick Crooks June 9, 2000
Great site - I was a 15 year-old punk wannabe in '79 until my parents upped sticks and moved us to Atlanta, Georgia. I recently flogged my vinyl at a used record shop here but kept my copy of Vaultage 78 and all 45's including Nicky and the Dots etc. Saw bands at a pub on the waterfront inc. Vandells. There was no punk here in '79 and I quickly shed my anarchistic tendencies to get on with American life; but those days were in many ways the most stimulating of my life. Pogo on brother.
Richard Alden June 9, 2000
What a great site! I was heavily into the Brighton scene in the late 70s, even though I lived in Cardiff. My best mate lived in Brighton. We were well underage but we used to sneak into all the gigs. I loved Nicky and the D´s and others on the Vaultage LPs that I have now forgotten, but think it would be great to see them all again.
Vince Mewett Sunday, April 30 2000
I never thought i would see Nicky and the Dots on a web site. I was a huge fan back in 78 and 79, and memorably went to see them play in London on a special Small Wonder night with Crass etc. Apart from the fact that they were by and far the best band there, the other memory is being dropped by the coach driver at Pease Pottage, and we had to walk back to Horsham. I would love to see some pics from those gigs or hear what Nick Dwyer is doing these days, he may have an extremely vague memory of me as a 16 year old working in Nat West Bank North Street. I was always pestering them to get on early as I had to hitch lifts home to Henfield. Great memories. Please keep me informed re: the proposed re-union.
Grimps April 2, 2000
A fucking ace web site, I knew nothing about the "Vault" until I visited this site . It goes to show what things were like back t the begining of the punk-rock aera ! Could someone please contact me with a good Punk video site. I am looking for stuff like Johnny and the 4skins, the Test Tube Babies etc.
Alistair Mr. Talk Loudly March 16, 2000
I remember that bloke in your picture of 'homeless man'. He used to play on his baccy tin with one spoon - the most minimalist busker in history. Could you make it easier to get to the guest book so that we can have a few chats going? Cheers, Al .
James Haine March 24, 2000
Wot a huge coincidence. I just pulled out all 3 volumes of Vaultage tonight and listened to them back to back. I always wondered what happened to truly talented bands like The Golinski Brothers. Anyhow, found this on a different search vehicle, and as soon as I saw something to the effect of 'Punk in Brighton' I knew I was on to something. Anyhow, cheers to you for the sight and may one day all the wonderful bands on the Vaultage compilations have some sort of biography on this page (Birds with Ears, etc)
sid piranha March 7, 2000
What a great discovery this site is! Peel played 'Bloody' a couple of months back - if anyone's still collecting royalties! What happened to Helen McCookerybook from the Chefs? Another top band.
Alan St.Paul February 11, 2000
Hi, great to see the site, and be reminded of the old days. I used to (still do in fact) work at the Resource Centre and have got a fair few photos of the crypt and the upstairs if you're short. I'm still in touch with Suzie Horne and her partner Martin and could pass some on through them if you're interested. (see Archives June 2000)
Sir Wal Markin February 5, 2000
Feckin aida ... this site just got seriously professional ... I'm flippin impressed. I'm viewing it with the text in geneva which looks remarkably good and easy to read ... the layout has come on leaps and bounds and the overall site is now a site rather than a collection of pages out bands ... I guess I had never really investigated the whole site before but will do so more often now it has added appeal as a website and not just a punk resource. Top work fella!!
Raal Harris February 1, 2000
What a corker! Top banana! Really like the site, a real feel of some exiting-looking times. Vive la revolution. What about printing some of the lyrics and maybe a where are they now file?
Art September 20, 1999
Nice site, I have been into punk/alternative since 77 and I remember a lot of great British bands. I imagine Brighton must have been hopping, especially being a resort town and all! I live in the United States.
Particleman September 30, 1999
I have a question about a debate a friend of mine and I had yesterday. You see, he says that Doc Martens were the only thing to truly capitalize on the punk rock movement. I told him he was out to lunch and that almost everything capitalized on punk. Maybe Doc Martens were one of the first companies to make money off of punk rock, but they certainly weren't the only ones. So I was wondering if you could give me or point me to information about punk rockers clothes--did they mainly wear Docs at all, or was it combat boots as i had always assumed? Any info would be useful...thanks