Archive for the crocs Category

Never Mind The Bollock Brothers

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, halloween, new wave, Punk, retromania on October 29, 2008 by planetmondo

If you were the age to be out, about and shaking a leg (or flapping an arm) in Southend’s early 80s alt.clubs and shady places like Crocs, Chesters and The Monkey House – or whatever your regional variation was – these two tunes should be more time-trippy than test driving the TARDIS, take you right back to the dry ice-age, and have your phantom senses tasting the ‘snakebites and black‘, smelling the ‘Hard Rock‘ hairspray (or Boots green, gunky, ‘Country Born‘ setting gel), and perhaps feeling the itch of a black mohair jumper if you were ever a proto goth-monster or grebo-warrior…

The Bollock Brothers Horror Movies

I really must get the BB’s ’83 rework of the Pistols NMTB album

Red Lipstique Drac’s Back

At the time, there were shifty whispers that Red Lipstique were actually the Bollock Brothers in disco disguise.


You can see more about the Southend scene (including my live pics of The Damned, The Sweet and Lords Of The New Church – and my punk top 50) at the always excellent Southend Punk site

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Something Old – Something New

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, new music, new wave, retromania on May 27, 2008 by planetmondo



Something New

Tronik and myself went to see Big Boss Man at Metro last week (unfortunately BBM didn’t play due to the drummer’s Tonsillitis) but we did manage to catch Silvery’s high speed, high energy Victoriana vampings as well as shiny new Swedish band Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck’s debut UK gig – MWML seem to specialize in songs sketched in the neat clean lines of Scandanavian designs, blended with the muted toots of trumpets, trombones and the jolly melancholy of Nick Drake on a sunny day all finished off with a polite pop polish. But don’t just take my word for it – why not taste test one of their Scanda-pops below? Or check out their Myspace site

Mockingbird, Wish Me Luck – Let’s Watch The Sunrise

Something Old

Bank holiday Sunday saw me shaking a leg and raising a glass at the Crocs 80-85 reunion along with assorted other ex Goths, Punks, Psychobillies and Blitz Kids (sort of fiends reunited – and on the Sabbath too!) How good was it to hear all the Crocs classics at club volume – as well as these period pieces I’d completely forgotten about…

Don Armando – I’m An Indian Too.

Tuxedo Moon – No Tears

Blue Rondo a La Turk – Klacto Vee Sedstein

And The Winner is…….

Posted in 80's, crocs, electronic music, pop quiz on April 24, 2008 by planetmondo

Mick with a stealthy 6 points who wins a trip back in time here..

Simon also deserves a shout for his healthy 4 score as well.

Perhaps it was a bit of a toughy in places – due to some ‘local knowledge’ tracks that were club hits at Crocs and few other South East/London venues. Hats not off, but tilted at a rakish eighties (over one eye)angle to everyone else who had a pop at this piece of pop puffery.

So, the final chart rundown then ..

All clips were from Standard 12″ versions execept where in italics

80s 12″ Teaser

Click on any of the answers for a full length youtube refresher…

Spandau Ballet – The Freeze

Visage – Night Train

Bow Wow Wow – Chihuahua

Simple Minds – I Travel

Divine – Love Reaction
No it wasn’t Blue Monday but Divine and Bobby O’s ‘hi-NRG’ rip off

ABC – The Look Of Love
From the semi offical club remix, as used in this vid’

Pete Shelley – Telephone Operator

Bollock Brothers – The Bunker

Yazoo – Situation
It does sound an awful lot like Axel F in places.

Gary Numan – Music For Chameleons

Japan – Quiet Life

Gina X – No GDM

And as an extra – probably my fave tune from this selection.
I’m not really a fan of SM, but this track is more Moroder/Cerrone than their usual proto U2 antheming.

Simple Minds – ‘I Travel (Remix)’

Purple Nasties

Posted in 80, crocs, electronic music, mini mix, mixes, new wave, Punk on April 14, 2008 by planetmondo

When I first started shaking a leg (or ‘flapping’ if it was The Cramps) at clubs back in the early eighties, Crocs in Rayleigh was the place to go if you were in the sunny Southend area. Marmite, Piley and I were regulars at Crocs alongside Depeche Mode (who played their debut show there), Boy George, Steve Strange and various other celebrity Blitz Kids, Punks and Pysco Billies that hoofed it down from London for the cheap drink (50p a pint before 10) and top tunes spun by resident DJ ‘Fatman’.

This Mixwit comp is a rough sampler of the sound of the crowd from Crocs around the 1982/84 period until it eventually became refitted in chrome, mirrors and plastic palm trees and rebranded as the ‘Pink Toothbrush’. One tune that was a guaranteed banker and fitted formats of all local clubs at the time…

The Monkey House – sounds for alt.student crowd
Chesters – Electro night on Wednesdays
Zero Six – Jazz Funk for Casuals and Soul Boys
T.O.T.S – Eighties Disco

was the Bobby O produced Ronni Griffith track ‘The Best Part Of Breaking Up’. Unfortunatley but understandably Mixwit’s database didn’t stretch to this eighties obscurity, so I’ve loaded it up below…

Ronni Griffith – The Best Part Of Breaking Up

I will be loading up a hard copy of this mix at some point – but on a similar theme the good people at Punk Globe magazine invited me to submit a ‘Top Ten’ of anything for the April issue – which is now on their website and includes my top tunes and random items that I’ve been buzzing on recently – s’here if you fancy a peep Punk Globe Top Tens. (They’ve also loaded up my Brian James interview too – in case you missed it first time round)

Punkarama

Posted in 1977, Bromley Contigent, crocs, internet, photo, Punk, Sex Pistols, The Damned on August 21, 2007 by planetmondo

Following on from my last Punk themed post here’s a couple more leopard skin and safety pin links

I found a great set of Punk pics while browsing Flickr recently.

There’s loads of memorabilia and some fantastically candid home photos of the Bromley Contingent, Chrissie Hynde, Judy Nylon and others taken by Simon Barker (legendary for always wearing an Anarchy shirt) around 76/77. After a bit of research it turns out these photos and more appear in a 9 part Summer of Hate feature which is here at 3AM (you have to browse parts 1 – 9 via page 9)

And on a more local level, another highly recommended website is Southend Punk – You don’t have to have been a punk or even lived in Southend to enjoy this site. It’s such a great document of what was happening in one area of Britain and all over the UK before, during and after the Punk big bang – I guarantee that if you’ve got any sort of interest in the late 70’s early 80’s Punk & New Wave period – Southend Punk will up your High Street.

You could even check out some of my photos of The Damned, and Lords of the New Church live at Crocs in 1983 at Southend Punk – Or have a peep at my Punk Top 50 which appears in the playlist section, while you’re there.