17TH September 2016 Undercover Festival Winter Warmer Too (II)
Hitting the ground running from Undercover Festival in Brighton (Sept) a cracking evening of the very best alternative / Punk music has been announced for HERSHAM in Surrey on 15th Oct.
The team behind the Festival proudly present their second annual Winter Warmer gig but this time it has been moved to HERSHAM a town known to many for its Punk heritage.
With an eye raising line up of
Mick from Undercover said “The Hersham Sports & Social Club is a cracking venue with a smashing stage so with very cheap bar prices along with this belting line up what more can you ask for?
Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders.
‘When I first met Johnny,’ Captain Sensible – the band’s original guitarist – says, ‘I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny – who had recently married – started to become evasive as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. “In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or needed to record!’ said Dave Berk, the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten – punk rock’s great lost band!
But they are back! And headlining in Hersham no less. .
Legendary first wave punk n’ roll band from Croydon. Now back together and have a new album out.
Hugely popular on the Punk and alternative scene.
The band is the remaining original members, Johnny Moped, Slimy Toad and Dave Berk, joined by Rock N Roll Robot (Rob from CASE) and Jacko Pistorious .
“Johnny Moped had all three ingredients necessary for maximum rock’n‘roll: amateurism, mayhem & humour. As the proud owner of a pair of Slimey Toad’s shorts I give my full endorsement to this silver digital beermat. Essential punk rock!” Billy Childish (1995)
40 years and counting
Inspired by American bands such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the sixties and Glam Rock acts like Slade and Sweet, THE LURKERS formed in West London in mid 1976 and quickly forged their own identity with their own brand of punk tunes and lyrics encompassing subjects such as social unacceptability and personal politics.
The band built up a huge loyal following around the punk heyday of 1977 and signed to Beggars Banquet where they scored five top forty hits between 1977 and 1979 . They also appeared on Top of the Pops and many other television shows and became regulars on the popular Radio One John Peel Show.
The Lurkers decided to call it a day in 1980. Just two years later, a sudden resurgence of interest in the band inspired them to get back together to record for original manager, Mike Stone’s, Clay Label, home of emerging hardcore punks Discharge and GBH. In 1984, new singer Mark Fincham ran off to work the drag clubs of Berlin and the band once again folded.
Original bassist Arturo Bassick got the whole thing going again in 1987 – they have continued ever since, with one line-up or another.
And they are coming to Hersham
Out of Staines, no messing straight up honest as you like punk rock, who don’t bother with their own stuff as they believe it just clouds the issue, the issue being bringing these tunes back to an appreciative audience and not trying to promote their own half assed take on current affairs.
“Stone heroes – basically a post punk band, after hearing their second EP my views drastically changed – the Song ‘Engineering’ is a pop classic with very dark undertones, BE another rock / punk classic ,, Death of a Poet is a very clever stab about forgotten voices, and ‘I Hate you’ sums up a sad punk ethic. After seeing them Live they have a couple of new songs ‘Insane ‘ draws you into the darkest depths of your mind, ‘Wonder’ is a pop masterpiece which questions the very world you live in. This band is Punk/Pop/Rock I am not sure but they are very clever and keep you guessing with some catchy riffs and seemingly blasé confidence which draws you in like a very addictive drug. I just cannot get enough of their originality. try it you will most definitely like it.”
— anon, Fanzine
Surrey rag bag outfit that wow audiences when they perform live, and then wait for a while in the deepest recesses of musical conscience for another gig and then assault your senses and sensibilities again.