Looking For Johnny - the legend of Johnny Thunders

Looking For Johnny posterLooking For Johnny - the legend of Johnny Thunders

CHIP BAKER films in association with JUNGLE RECORDS presents a DANNY GARCIA FILM:
  
a documentary on the life of the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist

Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock’n’roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general.  
‘Looking For Johnny’ is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991.

When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist’s demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it.

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Geraint Watkins 'Moustique'

Geraint Watkins 'Moustique' coverGERAINT WATKINS 'Moustique'

'Warm, witty and heartfelt, dispensing alternately rueful and wry nuggets of wisdom from the badlands of middle age.' – Graeme Thompson, The Word.

'A suave refinement of deep-seated influences... matching a spare sophisticated style with a connoisseur's touch. Astringent, observational songs seal the deal.' – Gavin Martin, Uncut.

Geraint Watkins, the acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, is to release his fourth solo studio album 'Moustique' on both CD and LP in early 2014.

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Hillbilly Moon seven-inch Explosion

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Seven inch singles prove to be a hit.

The Hillbilly Moon Explosion 7" 'My Love For Evermore' is now on its seventh pressing. 

Together with the coloured vinyl limited editions of the new 'Flying High Moaning Low' and the 'Maniac Lover' EP limited editions (black one not pictured), they make a pretty picture. 

Got yours yet?

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NFD 'Reformations'

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NFD announce a their first release for five years – a mini-album titled ‘Reformations’.

NFD are a London-based hybrid Goth/Rock band led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Peter ‘Bob’ White.  The band now comprises Cradle Of Filth lead guitarist James McIlroy, The Eden House & Fields of the Nephilim bassist Tony Pettitt, guitarist Chris Milden and Italian drum force Luca Mazzucconi both of Lahannya.

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The Waldos 'Rent Party'

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WALTER LURE was the co-frontman and songwriter for The Heartbreakers, responsible for songs such as One Track Mind, Get Off The Phone, All By Myself and Too Much Junkie Business.  He formed The Waldos in the late 80’s, and their album ‘Rent Party’, produced by The Dictators’ Andy Shernoff, was released in 1994.

Rebounding from the punk maelstrom and bad habits, Walter famously survived by getting a job on Wall Street.  However, many of his band-mates did not survive – in addition to Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan, The Waldos’ Tony Coiro and Charlie Sox and Walter’s brother Ritchie Lure from his earlier outfit The Heroes, all passed on.

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The Eden House 'Half Life'

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The long-awaited new album from this gothic-prog rock band. 

Features an array of guests, including vocalists Lee Douglas (Anathema) and Monica Richards (Faith & the Muse), guitarists Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and Simon Hinkler (The Mission).

The London-based gothic/prog rock/trip-hop band The Eden House release a new single and album on CD, 180g vinyl LP and download, four years after their acclaimed debut album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’.  

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Hillbilly Moon Explosion 'Damn Right Honey'

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‘Damn Right Honey!’ LP & CD

Damn Right Honey!’ follows up the 2011 ‘Buy Beg Or Steal’ album that spawned the viral and vinyl hit murder ballad duet with Sparky Phillips,My Love For Evermore’. 

Based around ex-patriot Englishmen Oliver Baroni and Duncan James with chanteuse Emanuela Hutter, they’ve long been showing Zurich how to rock’n’roll.  Now having conquered both their domestic residence and neighbouring France, as part of a 10-nation European tour they returned to the UK in May and visit again in August 2013:

9. London Camden Underworld; 10. Cardiff Bogies; 11. Blackpool Rebellion Festival.

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Geraint Watkins 'Mosquito Vol 2'

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Four more brand new recordings on 10" vinyl and digital EP from the esteemed Welsh singer-songwriter. As seen in 2012-13 on world tour support to Nick Lowe, and in Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.

Geraint Watkins releases a second 10" vinyl and digital EP of brand new songs, 'Mosquito Vol. 2 – at the gates of dawn'. Produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe), and recorded at Goldtop Studio in London, it follows 'Mosquito Vol. 1', building up to a new album due soon.

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THE EDEN HOUSE 'Bad Men'

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New CD-single, featuring guest vocalist Monica Richards (Faith & The Muse) and guest guitarists Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), and Simon Hinkler (The Mission). New album ‘Half Life’ follows in May, along with live dates.

The London-based gothic/prog rock/trip-hop band The Eden House are to release a new single and album, four years after their acclaimed debut album ‘Smoke & Mirrors’.  

The Eden House is a collaborative project known for featuring an eclectic selection of guest artists, each adding their diverse talents to the music. 

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Heartbreakers LAMF definitive box

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A 4-CD clam-shell box set with a 44-page booklet and 4 badges.
Includes the original 1977 Track LP restored, with the infamous ‘mud’ removed, plus 13 early demo tracks, including previously unreleased tracks with Richard Hell, and 21 alternative mixes from the epic 1977 mixing sessions at five London studios.

The Heartbreakers (Johnny Thunders, Walter Lure, Billy Rath & Jerry Nolan) were at the centre of the London punk scene in 1977, having been invited by the Sex Pistols onto the infamous ‘Anarchy Tour’.  UK punks treated the US band as rock royalty because of their New York Dolls pedigree.  Malcolm McLaren had briefly managed the Dolls in NY.

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GERAINT WATKINS Mosquito Vol. 1

 

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Four brand new recordings on 10” vinyl and digital EP from the esteemed Welsh singer-songwriter.  As seen in 2012 on world tour support to Nick Lowe, and in Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.

Geraint Watkins releases a brand new 10” vinyl and digital EP, ‘Mosquito Vol. 1’.  Produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe), and recorded at Goldtop Studio in London, it will be followed by ‘Mosquito Vol. 2’ and then a new album in Spring 2013.

 

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Hillbilly Moon Explosion 'Raw Deal'

 

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·    A viral and vinyl hit single!
·    A London Olympics opening event!
·    More UK gigs, from sublime to anarchic!
·    Retrospective compilation LP and CD to coincide.

Hillbilly Moon Explosion’s wide appeal is best demonstrated in that uniquely they are to play both the Jazz Café and the hardcore Rebellion Punk Festival in the same week.  And just prior to those dates, there’s the little matter of representing Switzerland at their London Olympics opening event…

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Broken Bones 'Dem Bones'

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Re-issue of classic, 1984 debut studio LP by the ex-Discharge speed-metal punk band, packaged in original gatefold sleeve artwork with lyrics.  Unavailable on vinyl for over a decade!  New DMM cut.

Broken Bones formed in 1983 by members of leading hard-core punk band, Discharge.  The ‘Dem Bones’ LP was first released on Fall Out Records in 1984, produced by Clay Records’ Mike Stone who had also produced Discharge. 

Broken Bones added a metallic crunch to their sound without ever sacrificing any of the power and aggression, influencing many bands to come.  From the ‘Potteries’ area, Stoke-On-Trent, they issued two 7”, Decapitated and Crucifix prior to the album, and later Seeing Thru My Eyes, all fast and furious anthems and UK indie chart Top 10 entries. 

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FALLEN ANGELS In Loving Memory and Wheel Of Fortune

Fallen Angels In Loving Memory 

FALLEN ANGELS 'In Loving Memory' & 'Wheel Of Fortune'

Knox of The Vibrators’ side-project: two albums first time on CD, in a two-CD set.   With nine bonus tracks and 12-page booklet.  Features Hanoi Rocks members Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide.

In 1984, Knox found he had some spare time away from The Vibrators and a bunch of new songs.  He teamed up with Hanoi Rocks who were also kicking their heels to form ‘Fallen Angels’ and recorded an eponymous album.

The project continued for a further two albums, now issued on CD for the first time.  With Hanoi Rocks busy, in 1986 he formed a regular line-up with guitarist Matt Kellet, Vibrators bassist Mark Duncan and drummer Richard Wernham (aka Ricky Slaughter of The Motors). 

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Jungle Records 30th Anniversary

Jungle Records 30th AnniversaryJungle is celebrating this milestone.  How did that happen?  As an aide memoire, we've inserted a few highlights and amusements to our Timeline on our Facebook page.  And added a new music page. 

So come over there and slap our backs, give us 'spect, high fives, loves and more appropriately, likes.

When we started out, both CDs and cyberspace were pure science fiction.  Here comes the next 30!

The Eden House Timeflows

The Eden House - Timeflows cover THE EDEN HOUSE 'Timeflows' mini-album LP and CD

A new mini-album is released on February 27 2012 on cardpak CD and 180g LP from this acclaimed gothic / ethereal rock band.  The Eden House are based around the nucleus of former Adoration/NFD/This Burning Effigy guitarist Steve Carey, ex Fields of the Nephilim bassist Tony Pettitt, and twice Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd sound architect, guitarist Andy Jackson

This release also features The Mission guitarist Simon Hinkler guesting on lead track ‘Neversea’, alongside vocalists Valenteen, Amandine Ferrari and Meghan-Noel Evans.  The band will be gigging in both UK and Europe to support.

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Anne Marie Hurst

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Former SKELETAL FAMILY / GHOST DANCE vocalist Anne Marie Hurst releases her debut album ‘Day Of All Days’ after a 20 year hiatus.  Backed by original Skeletal Family members plus special guests PAUL WELLER and OCEAN COLOUR SCENE’s Steve Cradock.

Anne Marie has teamed up with Skeletal Family founder members Stan Greenwood (guitar) and Roger “Trotwood” Nowell (Bass) to create ‘Day Of All Days’.  It was written and recorded over the last two years at both Paul Weller's Black Barn Studio and Vale Studios, Worcester and mixed by Steve Carey of The Eden House.

 

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Bone Orchard

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BONE ORCHARD ‘Stuffed To The Gills & Other Fishy Tales’ CD+DVD

The first time on CD for this cult Post-punk / Gothic / Psychobilly-jazz blues 80’s band from Brighton.  A comprehensive 17-track anthology of the best of their series of Jungle releases, PLUS a DVD with seven video promo clips + seven archive live performance tracks, & 12-page booklet with 1,000-word history by Grave Jibes webzine editor, lyrics and photos.

Bone Orchard grew out of an alternative Brighton nightclub run by singer Chrissy McGee in 1983.  Their first 4-track demo led to a John Peel session, which quickly led to a record deal with Jungle (and a publishing deal with Mute/Sonet).  

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Heartbreakers in UK 2011

THE HEARTBREAKERS return to the UK!

This Autumn, the two surviving members of (Johnny Thunders &) The Heartbreakers return to the UK, some 35 years after they first arrived from the USA for the ‘Anarchy Tour’ with the Sex Pistols, Damned & Clash.

WALTER LURE, guitarist, co-frontman and songwriter of many of the ‘L.A.M.F.’ classic tracks, and BILLY RATH, the bass-player who’s reappeared after over 25 years out of the music scene, have both announced UK tour dates.

But although they’ve played together recently in the USA, their UK dates have been booked separately – coincidentally over consecutive weeks!  

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Hillbilly Moon Explosion

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·    Two million Youtube views for ‘My Love For Evermore’!
·    Six 7” single pressings of ‘My Love For Evermore’!
·    Gigging extensively around Europe and the UK.

The Anglo/ European ‘neobilly’ Youtube sensations return to the UK for a brief series of gigs in February.

It’s their first visit since their ‘Buy Beg or Steal’ album and ‘My Love For Evermore’ single featuring Sparky Phillips (Demented Are Go).  The video is a Youtube hit with well over half a million views to date, and the 7” now has a fifth, green vinyl pressing.  

Although half the band are English, they’re based in Zurich and have been touring Europe constantly since this, their fourth album release.  But these are rare UK gigs; they were last remembered here in 2004 supporting The Stray Cats.  Dates are:

10 Feb. 2012     LONDON, Camden        Underworld
11 Feb. 2012     STAMFORD, Lincs         Voodoo Lounge
12 Feb. 2012     CARDIFF                     Bogiez

For full European dates, click here.

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Tyla Gang - Rewired

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New album from the unreleased 3rd album and other 1977 & 1978 studio sessions, plus bonus live album.  Reformed after 32 years, and touring Europe, coinciding with Sean Tyla's autobiography!

In 1977 former Ducks Deluxe front-man Sean Tyla’s new project The Tyla Gang was the second artist signed to the newly-formed Stiff Records, with the 7” single ‘Styrofoam’.  Then came the ‘Suicide Jockey’ 7” on Skydog.  Next it was to new US-based label Beserkely Records, home to The Modern Lovers, who issued two albums: ‘Yachtless’ (1977) and ‘Moonproof’ (1978). 

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Ducks Deluxe - Side Tracks & Smokers

 

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New album collecting both early (1973/4) and new (2009) previously unreleased DUCKS DELUXE recordings.

Ducks Deluxe were prime movers in the UK pub-rock scene from 1972-1975, alongside others such as Brinsley Schwartz, Ace and later Dr. Feelgood, etc. 

Led by vocalist Sean Tyla and guitarist Martin Belmont, they got a strong live following playing well-honed good-time rock’n’roll, and issued two albums on RCA as well as releases on French indie pioneer Skydog Records.

 

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Boyd & Wain

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Debut album from modern folk singer-songwriter Katy Boyd & violinist Benny Wain, produced by Neil Brockbank (Nick Lowe) at Goldtop Studio

Boyd and Wain are an award winning Anglo American Americana/Folk duo. Their music is pure roots and rhythm and the songs are compelling, home grown tales of every day life… Katy pokes fun as easily as she tells a story of unfulfilled dreams. The sound is honest and original, the vocals are passionate and Benny’s fiddlin’ is just plain brilliant. 

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Sid Vicious - timeline: - www.sidviciouslives.com

 

Sid Vicious 'Sid Lives' 

Sid Vicious 'Sid Lives' 2xCD and 2xLP

This Sid Vicious timeline history below, from his beginnings to Sex Pistols and beyond, is taken from the 'Sid Lives' CD's 24-page booklet and LP gatefold sleeve of the double-album. 

It's the full recordings of four of Sid's last performances from Max's Kansas City, September 1978, with guitarist Steve Dior and New York Dolls rhythm section Arthur Kane and Jerry Nolan.

Also included is Steve Dior's fascinating recollections of life with Sid, and the background to each song, only available in hardcopy in the 2xCD and the sold out Limited Edition of 300 in red vinyl, 2xLP gatefold sleeve version. (Look out for a limited blue vinyl version soon!)

FREUDCD095 / FREUDLP095.     

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King Kurt

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King Kurt

'Ooh Wallah Wallah' CD + DVD


King Kurt release for the first time on CD, their debut, break-through Stiff Records album ‘OOH WALLAH WALLAH’. 

It comes with seven extra tracks, being all the early singles, including their chart entries Destination Zululand, Mack The Knife and Banana Banana; plus a DVD – featuring all the video promos, documentaries and much more.

  In 1983 King Kurt hit the Top 40 with ‘Destination Zululand’ on Stiff Records.  They’d already built up a frenzied following at their riotous gigs, famously strewn with all sorts of muck thrown both at and from the audience whilst also offering haircuts and drinking competitions!  

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The Eden House

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The Eden House 'The Looking Glass' DVD + CD.

The Eden House have a new release 'The Looking Glass', coinciding with a European tour.  It's a 2-disc set: a DVD with 9 songs filmed at Goldtop studio, plus a CD with five new recordings of interesting covers. 

As on their debut album 'Smoke & Mirrors', it features a number of female singers: Julianne Regan, Evi Vine and Amandine Ferrari, plus new guest vocalist: Tallulah Rendell

This is the first release to feature Andy Jackson on guitar (he's Pink Floyd's twice Grammy nominated recording engineer), alongside Bob Loveday on violin (of Van Morrison and Bob Geldof's bands), Simon Rippin on drums (ex NFD and Nefilim), and the core duo of guitarist Steve Carey (Adoration/This Burning Effigy) and bassist Tony Pettitt (Fields of the Nephilim).

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MARTIN BELMONT - The Guest List

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Martin Belmont - The Guest List

Guitarist Martin Belmont is reunited with many of the singers he’s played with: - all new recordings with Paul Carrack, Nick Lowe, Carlene Carter, Graham Parker, Sean Tyla, Geraint Watkins, Hank Wangford, Johnny Nicky, Barbara Marsh & Reg Meuross.

  Martin Belmont’s long and varied career has found him playing with many outstanding artists.  After an initiation as roadie for Brinsley Schwartz, in 1972 he formed Ducks Deluxe, issuing two albums on RCA.  In 1975 he formed Graham Parker and the Rumour who were much-feted over their 5 years and six albums.  Then he spent two years from 1980 as guitarist for Carlene Carter, succeeded by five years with Nick Lowe’s Cowboy Outfit, in both line-ups playing alongside Paul Carrack.

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Geraint Watkins

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Geraint Watkins has released a deluxe, expanded version of his ‘In A Bad Mood’ album.  It follows the numerous radio sessions and appearance on BBC TV’s ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ that greeted the release of the original version late last year.  It features five new recordings. 

‘We’ve Only Just Begun’ is The Carpenters classic with an orchestral arrangement by Kate St. John; ‘Wonderful Life’ is an early and unavailable Geraint song given a new styling; ‘Bouffant’ is a brand new song from the Watkins lab.  Nick Lowe has been covering ‘Only A Rose’ as a duet with Geraint in his live shows – this version was recorded in Zurich last year.  The album now finishes with ‘Soldier Of Love’, the much-covered Watkins classic, here in a touching solo piano version.

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Glasgow's Park Lane Studio

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Park Lane Archives

From the vaults of the legendary Glasgow studio - exclusive, previously unreleased rarities from TEXAS, DEL AMITRI, PRIMAL SCREAM, BLUEBELLS, DEACON BLUE, ALTERED IMAGES, GUN, HIPSWAY, LOVE & MONEY and many more!

PARK LANE STUDIO in Glasgow was host to many young bands from 1980 onwards, often making their first recordings and still seeking a record deal.  Some became very successful, and a vibrant scene soon developed centred around the studio. 

Now the studio archives have been prised open, and a treasure trove of fascinating and unreleased tapes discovered! 

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