April 28, 2017
FREE entry night at Kingston’s most rock and roll venue, The Fighting Cocks, and Red Hot Music is proud to present the first ever UK date for Hawaii Zombies, a pop/punk band from Italy.
Backed by the incendiary punk/post-punk of Who Killed Nancy Johnson? – “spiked with amphetamines… a band that embraces punk’s origins as well as influences from the last four decades” – thePUNKsite.com.
Plus rock/pop/punk band 50ft Woman, fronted by 6ft glamazon Minki – “Think Aerosmith, Debbie Harry, The Ramones, The New York Dolls , CBGB’s and the film ‘Into the Valley of The Ultra Vixens’ all rolled into one and you may get a feel of what [they're] about” – The Gassienda.
Supported in turn by local punk band Pistolhead – “Fuck off am I listening to them, I’m off to do some gardening” – Chris Evans, Radio 2.
All this for FREE. Red Hot Music must be stupid. Take advantage.
June 23, 2017
**Alan Clayson and the Argonauts** “were one of rock’s most glorious and enjoyable follies, and somewhere there is a parallel universe where they are bigger than The Beatles” (Rock ‘N’ Reel) and hold “a premier position on rock’s Lunatic Fringe” (Melody Maker).
In the late 1970s Clayson was being spoken of and written about in the same paragraphs as Wreckless Eric, John Otway, Tom Robinson and Elvis Costello, and featured in a BBC Radio One In Concert (which turned up on a 2001 bootleg CD).
Notoriety and cult glories aplenty but the Argonauts eventually succumbed to the treacherous seas of showbiz: no golden fleece. That was presumed to be that until a telephone call from out of the blue in summer 2005 from Damaged Goods records resulted in the release of “Sunset On A Legend”, a double-CD retrospective, and a reformation for a sensational farewell performance – which turned out to be the first of many. Here’s another not to be missed for fans of post-punking pre-punking outre outsider rock’n'roll.
Plus **The Bronsons** – pub rock and rhythm’n'booze revivalists in a Brinsley Scwartz via Ducks Deluxe sense, plus a bit of acidic Dr Feelgood punky boogie woogie oh yes. The Count Bishops and The Inmates are also reference points via a little counter cultural trippy blues. A great night out in themselves.
And **Eliphant** – psych pop , strains of late 60’s U.S. garage pop too, but this has that R’n'B fuelled slightly whimsical late 60’s brit feel, decently hooky and an authentic retro sound, fine work.