Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Pork Dukes- Pink pork

Horrible!!! A dirty old punk demenzial offensive album on this blog!!!
But there are some reasons for this, the first is that they played a rude punk'n'roll in a perfect and very enjoying way.
For the second reason, and to understand why this album is here and if is connected with others posts on this blog, read the band history, also to know how strange is rock'n'roll world. The question is: from where came the identical twins named Vilos Styles, front man of the band, and Horendus Styles, lead guitar man of the same rotten band?

The true identities of the Pork Dukes were originally a closely-guarded secret, the band playing in pig masks during live performances. Various rumours circulated amongst fans and in the music press that the band was actually Led Zeppelin, Steeleye Span, The Rezillos, Fairport Convention or Tenpole Tudor in disguise. It was also suggested that either Keith Moon or Dudley Moore may have been lead singer.

In reality, the band was originally composed of twin brothers and former Gnidrolog members Colin Goldring (vocals / guitar) and Stewart Goldring (guitar / vocals) using the pseudonyms Vilos and Horrendus Styles, respectively – alongside Scabs (bass guitar), Germun LePig (drums) (later replaced by Bonk aka. Rocky Rhythm) and Mack E. Valley (keyboards. He was later replaced by Guardian Angel prior partway through the recording sessions for the second album.

Combining a Buzzcocks-style pop punk sound with bawdy subject matter, gross-out toilet humour and profanity in their songs, the band released their debut single "Bend and Flush" b/w "Throbbing Gristle" in 1977 on Wood Records, a subsidiary of Caroline Records UK created specifically for the band.

Due to the lyrical content of their recordings, the band struggled for airplay, though it was known that BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel was a fan.

The controversy surrounding the band and backlash from feminist groups led to them being unable to find a management company to represent them or perform at large venues (gigs were frequently played unannounced at small community centres to avoid protesters). Towards the end the band were reduced to playing gigs at mental institutions (Vilos Styles was training to become a psychiatric nurse at this point) to entertain the patients.

Following the release of the studio Pink Pork and three singles on Wood Records, the band broke up in 1979, with the album Pig Out of Hell being released posthumously by Wood in either between 1979-1981. Bonk (aka. Rocky Rhythm) later played for The Revillos, Tenpole Tudor and The Damned frontman Dave Vanian's Phantom Chords.

In 2001 the Pork Dukes reformed. Returning to the band on drums was Bonk (aka. Rocky Rhythm) and new member Vince Santini (ex-The Revillos) on bass guitar / vocals, who replaced Scabs. They continue to record and tour.

Legends of the Killed By Death scene for many years, The Pork Dukes were a blatant example of poor taste and gross humor. Formed in 1977, the band was a total mystery. Playing live in pig masks, the band was rumoured to be members of Led Zeppelin, Keith Moon, and even Dudley Moore. Even more mysteriously, is how the band managed to keep everything at a quite level and make it past bans and legal action. Now reformed, they continue to tour and record material.


Identical twins Vilos Styles, vocals/guitar and Horendus Styles, lead guitar have worked together since their youth. They appeared in the stage musical Oliver! in London’s west end in 1973, then formed the respected progressive rock band Gnidrolog, releasing two critically acclaimed albums on RCA. They recorded a single with Leiber & Stoller, the writing team who wrote some of Elvis Presley’s biggest hits. As actors they appeared in the classic 1970s TV show Hi-De-Hi, before forming The Pork Dukes as a mystery punk band in 1976, with drummer Bonk.

Bonk, drums: Bonk is the Pork Dukes’ original drummer. He quit the Dukes in 1979. Then under the stage name Rocky Rhythm, he helped form successful Scottish pop combo The Revillos, appearing a number of times on Top Of The Pops. More recently he played drums for Damned singer David Vanian’s band The Phantom Chords, Tenpole Tudor and many other name bands and singers. The low point of his career was headlining the London Palladium – with an Elvis impersonator…

Vince Santini, bass: Vince is an old cohort of Bonk since his days touring the world as bassist with The Revillos in the 1980s. Doubling as an actor and singer, he has appeared in Shakespeare plays, operas, musicals, church choirs - and now the Pork Dukes. Clearly a natural progression...

PS: comments are very wellcome, on this post in a special way...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tempest- Live in london 1974

This bootleg is from a little and unknown italian label, Microphone records, and is the only known live registration from Tempest. I don't know what is the original source, surely this is not a bootleg from an audience old tape because the sound quality is very good.


John Hiseman-- Drums
Allan Holdsworth - Guitar
Ollie Halsall - Guitar
Paul Williams - Lead Vocals
Mark Clarke - Bass, Keyboards, Vocals


01- Foyers of fun - 06:58
02- Gorgon - 08:41
03- Up and on - 07:40
04- Grey and black - 03:39
05 - Brothers - 15:25
06 - Strangeher (Including drums solo) - 13:26

Original inner sleeve notes of cd:

Tempest form the brief "rock parenthesis" in the career of mythical drummer John Hiseman, reached at the height of his popularity between 68 and 71with Colosseum, after a series of performances in the English blues most well known formations (Graham Bond and John Mayall to name the better known).

The band made two LP's (Tempest and Living in fear) cut between 73 - 74, during wich the group formation underwent several changes (immediately prior the second album, lost the vocalist Paul Wiulliams - ex Juicy Lucy - and the prestigious guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who was substituted by another English big name of the six cordes, Ollie Halsall - ex Patto). Bass player Mark Clarke who, togheter with Hiseman, came from the split Colosseum group, completes the rhythm section of the band and also takes the solo voice part in the second LP.

This recorded concert magically portrays the transition period between the two albums, and gives us a true sound "scoop": the simultaneous presence of all members mentioned: a real "jewel" for guitar lovers, who are able to listen to the mythicall Allan Holdsworth challenging the first rate Ollie Halsall to a "duel" in this unusual rock contest.

(Mark Clarke)


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Uriah Heep live at the Ahoy 1975

Once again a big thank you to Eduardo who supplied

me with this bootleg from 1975 which was recorded at the

8000 seater Ahoy in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands during

the Return to Fantasy Tour
This is an Audience recording and for its time is not too bad 


01 - Devils Daughter
02 - Stealin'
03 - Suicidal Man
04 - Shady Lady
05 - Prima Donna
06 - Rainbow Demon

01 - July Morning
02 - Return to Fantasy
03 - Easy Livin'
04 - Sweet Lorraine
05 - Gypsy 

David Byron Vocals
Ken Hensley Keyboards, Vocals Guitar
Mick Box Guitar, Vocals
John Wetton Bass, Vocals
Lee (The Bear) Kerslake Drums Vocals

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Praying Mantis - Turn The Tables EP

The Band

Tino Troy Guitar, Vocals
Chris Troy Bass, Vocals
Bernie Shaw Lead Vocals
Dave Potts Drums
Jon Bavin Keyboards

If Bernie is too be believed this three track EP was released on the 27th Aug 1982, the same day they made their appearance at that years reading festival He announces the fact during the introduction to "Tell Me The Nightmares Wrong" during their live set 

None of these tracks ever made it onto an album ( I think) except for the instrumental "A Question Of Time"
which wound up on the Demorabilia album


01. Turn The Tables
02. Tell Me The Nightmares Wrong
03. A Question Of Time

There is a great interview with Bernie Here that was done in 1998 and pretty much covers his whole career up until that point 

Monday, July 12, 2010

John Sloman and (Gary Moore?) - The Demos

This collection of demos was originally titled Gary Moore the John Sloman demos and came with a cover featuring Gary Moore on the front so I thought I would rectify that as all these songs are written by John with the vast majority finding there way on to his first solo effort "Disappearances Can Be Deceptive..." There is also a version of "Inside Out" which had already surfaced as Uriah Heep's "My Joanna Needs Tuning (inside Out)" the B Side to the single version of "Think it Over" featuring Sloman on vocals, a song that has been quoted as the "worst song ever written by the band" Which is a shame really, as I quite like it and in my opinion the band have released worse (Love Stealer springs to mind). The band apparently have said that as no-one ever listens to the B side of singles it didn't really matter if it was a good or a bad title (perhaps I was the exception as I always gave the B-side a listen, and in a lot of cases the 'flip' side' would be better, I can think of two Heep examples, 'Been Hurt' the flip side to 'Carry On'  and 'Why' the Flip side to 'Easy Livin''. Both of which are far superior to the A-side) 

Not being a particularly big Gary Moore fan i couldn't tell you if he is on these Demos or not.
Perhaps someone out there can confirm it

 The Tracks

1 - Hooked on a Dream
2 - Jealous Eyes
3 - Guilty #2
4 - She Talks About You
5 - In Too Deep
6 - You Took the Love
7 - Inside Out
8 - Perfect Strangers (Perfect Mix) 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Babys - 1978 - Head First

Head First is The Babys third album. The album spawned the mega hit Everytime I Think of You, which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.


* John Waite: Bass & Lead Vocals
* Walter Stocker: Lead Guitar
* Tony Brock: Drums

Additional personnel
* Michael Corby: Rhythm Guitars & Keyboards
* Jack Conrad: Bass
* Kevin Kelly: Piano
* Jimmy Haskell: Strings & Horns
* Marti McCall/Myrna Mathews/Dianna Lee: Additional vocals
* John Sinclair: synthetizer

The Babys were a British rock/pop group best known for their songs "Isn't It Time" and "Everytime I Think of You". Both songs reached #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in the late 1970s.
The 1976-1978 Babys line-up consisted of vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock, Keyboard player/guitarist Michael Corby, and guitarist Wally Stocker.
After Corby was sacked by Chrysalis in August 1978 a replacement was sought. The company brought in two musicians to replace the co-founder: Jonathan Cain on keyboards and Ricky Phillips to play bass. From 1979 until the final breakup in 1981 the Babys line-up consisted of vocalist Waite, drummer Brock, bassist Phillips, guitarist Stocker and keyboardist Cain.
Corby had been dismissed and the control of the name of the band was never relinquished by him, in effect making the 1979 band a breakaway group from the original contract and not entitled to use the name.
The Babys Archives states a very strong case against the name being used after Corby and Millar were sacked, the original contract clearly has Corby as a member and never lists Cain and Phillips. Corby commissioned The Babys Archives a number of years ago to correct a number of misconceptions about the origins of the group.
John Waite went on to produce a major solo hit, "Missing You", in 1984. Stocker and Brock worked with Rod Stewart and other mainstream artists including Elton John and Air Supply. Cain enjoyed major success with Journey and Phillips with Bad English.

John Sinclair is a keyboardist who has played for bands such as The Babys, Heavy Metal Kids, Savoy Brown, The Cult, but is probably best known for his time in Uriah Heep and playing for Ozzy Osbourne's band. He also is credited with styling keyboard parts for This Is Spinal Tap.

All informations are from Wikipedia


Friday, July 9, 2010

Colosseum- 1971- Live

1. "Rope Ladder to the Moon" (Pete Brown/Jack Bruce) – 9:43
2. "Walking in the Park" (Graham Bond) – 8:21
3. "Skelington" (Dave Clempson/Jon Hiseman) – 14:52
4. "I Can't Live Without You" (James Litherland) – 7:28
5. "Tanglewood '63" (Mike Gibbs) – 10:12
6. "Encore... "Stormy Monday Blues"" (T-Bone Walker) – 7:29
7. "Lost Angeles" (Dave Greenslade/Dick Heckstall-Smith/Chris Farlowe) – 15:43


* Mark Clarke: Bass, Vocals
* Dave "Clem" Clempson: Guitars, Vocals
* Chris Farlowe: Vocals
* Dave Greenslade: Organ, Vibes
* Dick Heckstall-Smith: Saxophones
* Jon Hiseman: Drums

From "Wikipedia", the free encyclopedia:

Live album by Colosseum
Released September 17, 1971
Recorded March 18 & 27, 1971
Genre Jazz fusion, blues-rock
Length 73:48
Label Bronze/Castle
Producer Gerry Bron, Jon Hiseman & Colosseum

Colosseum Live is a live album by Colosseum, released in 1971.

This album was recorded at Manchester University (March 18, 1971)[1] and the Big Apple, Brighton (March 27, 1971)[2], on the "Daughter of Time" tour. After "Colosseum Live", the band broke up for 23 years and reunited in 1994.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bakerloo - The BBC Sessions 1969


1. big bear ffolly
2. this worried feeling
3. the last blues
4. driving bachwards

Bakerloo Members:

Dave Clem Clempson - guitar & vocals
Terry Poole - bass & vocals
Keith Baker - drums

A power trio similar to the latter outfit, they also incorporated some of the artier elements of pop music from that period--Dave "Clem" Clempson played solid, bluesy lead guitar, but he also doubled on harpsichord and piano as well as providing the mouth harp, while Terry Poole played bass and Keith Baker played drums.

They made all the right moves as a performing outfit, courtesy of their manager, Jim Simpson (who also handled Black Sabbath, known as Earth at the time, in those days)--he organised a U.K. tour, dubbed "Big Bear Ffolly" (which later became the title of a Bakerloo song) which had Bakerloo, Earth, Locomotive and Tea And Symphony playing throughout the country

Bakerloo was also one of the support acts on Oct. 18, 1968, the night Led Zeppelin made their debut at London's Marquee Club. Bakerloo were among the early signings to EMI's Harvest label, where they made their debut in the middle of 1969 with the single "Driving Backwards" b/w"Once Upon A Time" in July.

They followed it up that fall with their self-titled album, which gave their jazz-inflected electric blues, reminiscent in some ways of Blodwyn Pig's work, a full workout. Cut under the guidance of producer Gus Dudgeon and released in November of that year, the album was one of the harder rocking releases in the early Harvest schedule. Bakerloo were one of the more sophisticated blues-oriented power trios, and that might've been their undoing in finding an audience.

Given time, they might've been another Ten Years After, but there was barely any time to find their potential, for the band broke up in late 1969 when Clem Clempson quit to join Colosseum, which proved to be a stopping point on his way into the line-up of Humble Pie as Peter Frampton's successor, and later worked with Roger Daltrey, Tom Waits, and The Records, among other major acts. Terry Poole passed through Graham Bond's band in the early/middle-1970's, and Keith Baker later became a member of Uriah Heep. Poole and Baker later reteamed, while Clempson has been a very busy session player for decades. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide