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Give it away give it away give it away now

Posted in freebies, new music, perfect pop, the stranglers, The Wolfmen on November 18, 2008 by planetmondo

How do they do it? How (and why) do pedigree performers manage to give their goodies away on the the freemans? I wouldn’t want to get wrapped up in the fuss, and faff of writing, recording, mixing and mastering – only to have knocked myself out for literally nothing! Well whatever my head-scratching take on it is – it happens.

The Wolfmen have come up with yet another new fruity tune, perhaps more muted and minor modal than the regular glam-garagerocking-pop but an absolute peachy treat that’s almost Roxy Music meets Goldfrappish. Not only is it one of the strongest ear ticklers of the year – but it’s available for free – that’s right F.R.E.E – you can grab it by zipping over to the Wolfmen’s HQ and just clicking on the Wolf’s head

The Wolfmen – ‘Nothing To Say To You’


Hugh Cornwell – ‘Going To The City’

And, ex-Strangler Hugh Cornwell is offering one full album’s worth of new tunes for a big fat nothing – yes, really! You can get your get hand’s on Hugh’s ‘Hooverdam’ and it will cost you not one Earth penny – s’available right here

How is it that long-serving proto-punks like these can have put in thirty years of songwriting service and still deliver top drawer tunes, while so many Indie kids and contemporary clangers fold or stick to a safe-bet formula after just a few samey albums?

The Company Of Wolves Part 1

Posted in glam, new music, perfect pop, Punk, Questions and Answers, The Wolfmen on September 29, 2008 by planetmondo

How long have I been howling about The Wolfmen now ? Oh, almost one full year – and in a years of worth hearing the singles, flips sides and Myspace oddities I’ve never become numb-eared to any of Wolfies tunes.

I finally got my paws on the album a couple of weeks ago and it is wall-to-wall wallop all the way, not so much an album more a bespoke collection of killer could-be singles and potential heavyweight hits (staggeringly several tracks were recorded live in the studio) – It’s as close you’ll get to Slade stomping through The Supremes songbook , The Sonics singing ‘Sugar Sugar’ or ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ re-jigged by Georgio Moroder with splashes and swatches of Roxy, solo Bryan Ferry, T Rex and the Sex Pistols all glazed with an electro pop gloss – but don’t just take my word for it. How about an exclusive track by track guide from the Wolf-gang themselves….

Needles In The Camel’s Eye

Chris Constantinou
We both love the song (‘Needles’ is the opening track from Eno’s ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’). We were trying to come up with something based around it and thought bollox – let’s just do it. We did a decent demo, then worked with Chris Hughes (ex-Ants drummer) who put the drums on – Steve Musters and finally Alan Moulder mixed it.

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While London Sleeps

Marco Pirroni
Another tune left over from our ‘Jack the ripper” musical idea (which
we stole from Spinal Tap), the title’s also stolen from the Rin Tin Tin silent movie which’ll come as a surprise to Chris as I told him I thought of it.

CC
Lyrically and vocally it’s a mixture of stuff – I think it’s pretty obvious what it’s about 🙂 I get to play harp at the end – we have 3 demo versions of this, all totally different!

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Love Is A Dog

CC
Another one started at mine and Marco’s , then worked on with Steve
Musters at Raezor and finally mixed by Alan Moulder ..
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Up All Nighter

MP
You will find this hard to believe, but this started as our take on
Northern Soul, it didn’t end up as anything that you could have played
at Wigan Casino but these things happen in the creative process. But maybe we will get round to finishing the Wolfmen 20 great lost soul classics album one day.

CC
This one started off as a demo from me and Marco’s place – we worked on it at Chris Hughes studio who put the drums on it …
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Better Days

MP
I frown heavily on songs with an optimistic feel and on positive thinking in general,but I like this and it’s going to be our next single.

CC
I had these lyrics for years, and even used to play a version of this with Jackie Onassid …but this has been totally transformed into a new song and BRILLIANCE by Marco ! The guys in the band did a great job with it … check the surf video out on youtube .. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..
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Buzz Me Kate

MP
I’m told I know who this is about…but I honestly have no idea ask Chris

CC
Hmm …. I think it’s obvious what this is about lyrically. Recorded live at Raezor and Steve Musters mixed it ..

Side 2 of the ‘The Company Of Wolves’ is right here

To check out all the dates details and new tracks – beam on over to…
The Wolfmen’s Myspace site

It’s The Wolf – It’s The Wolf

Posted in glam, live bands, new music, Punk, The Wolfmen on June 2, 2008 by planetmondo

The 333 Mother Club is not in anyway your typical run of the mill rock venue. The DJ picks ‘n’ mixes hits and obscurities from Johnny Ray belters to Mark Vidler booties. There’s no stage. The room seems to be scattered with lost property oddities – umbrellas, dress maker’s mannequins, Chestfield chairs and has the buzz of a bordello disco set dressed by The Munsters – all of which make it the perfect prowling ground for The Wolfmen.

After Molloy’s electropoppingindiedisco(more on them soon) and Space Age sitar from Bishi , The Wolfmen were up and at ’em, flooring it from the off and coming at the crowd like greyhounds out of a trap – ripping straight into ‘Needles In The Camel’s Eye’, ‘Jackie Says’ ,’Cecile’ and showing off shiny new tunes like ‘Better Days’ (a ready made summer single if ever there was one) and ‘Whack That Bass’ from the due soon album ‘Modernity Killed Everynight’. Aside from Eno’s ‘Needles’, other covers included a pre Velvet’s Lou Reed track ‘Do The Ostrich’ (as featured in The Word recently) and a Bollywood Burlesque meets Biker Bar remake/remodel of ‘Silver Machine’ when Bishi joined The Wolfmen to add some slinky sitar trims to the Space Rock classic.

Despite a monthly residency I haven’t seen The Wolfmen in action since their debut gig last November, and this experience was more of an all out ‘needles in the red’ rocker than the Wolf Gang’s first show, with a fistful tunes that compounded the stomp of Glam, the power of Punk and the sugary hooks of Hitsville U.S.A into a bundle as tight and tough as Bruce Lee’s ‘one inch punch’.

So, see you there next month – same Wolf-time same Wolf-channel.

The Wolfmen – ‘Do the Ostritch’

The Wolfmen – ‘Cecilie’

Recommended Reading…

The Wolfmen Official Site

The Wolfmen on MySpace

Prowling Wolf – Marco Pirroni (Part 2)

Posted in glam, guitar, Punk, Questions and Answers, The Wolfmen on March 3, 2008 by planetmondo

Part 1 one of my Marco interview is right here – just in case you’ve missed it.

Is it true that you own Dave Hill’s ‘Super Yob’ guitar? – How many guitars are in your collection, and which guitars or amps would you grab if the house caught fire?

I do have ‘Super Yob’ but I’m thinking of lending it to Rob Dickens new British Rock Museum which opens next year. I have about 50 or 60 guitars, but I don’t keep them at home. If I had to grab one it would my 59′ Les Paul Junior which is my number one live guitar,and my 65 hot rodded Fender Twin which sounds more like a Marshall but with that glam upper mid nasal feedback honk sound. I’m not a big amp collector, I have about 10 mostly small combos all pre seventies. I use these in the studio a lot sometimes combined with plug-ins like Guitar Rig 3.

As someone that was part of Punk scene from the beginning, were there any records or ‘guilty pleasures’ Disco or Pop tracks etc… you enjoyed during the Punk wars but had to keep ‘hush hush’ about at the time?

I never felt I had to keep hush about anything, in fact I worked at trying to think of the worst thing could say to piss off the Punk purists, but I will always insist that ‘I Feel Love’ by Donna Summer is one of the greatest records ever made coz it is! (And as if by magic – the original Moroder 12″ version of ‘I Feel Love’ )

The whole attitude to Punk seems to have become almost reverential now, are there any Punk myths you’d like to qualify or quosh?

Punk like beauty is in the eye of the beholder so Punk is anything you want it to be,which is the best thing about it.I’m tired of arguing about Punk and now I just say “I don’t care” or “I’m bored” which are standard 1976 answers to everything.

The pre Marco ‘Dirk’ era Adam and The Ants songs have an angular almost Indie clang about them (apart from the B sides) , it’s only later when you team up with Adam that the songs start to become chart topping tunes. Do you feel your input into the writing, sound and success of Ant music gets enough recognition?

Oddly I sometimes feel I get too much credit, that I single handedly transformed a cult Punk band into a mega international success…not so,our success was down to Adam and myself fed with where we both were in our lives and the dark days of the late 70s – without Adams drive and vision I wouldn’t be talking to you now.

What bands (new or old) are currently playing on The Wolfmen’s iPods?
this week I’m mostly playing Melody Gardot’s new album and Scum of the Earth as they sound exactly like Rob Zombie of whom I am a huge fan! Guitar Wolf are another fave of mine, as I write this I’m listening to the soundtracks to ‘Thunderball”‘and ‘Bladerunner'(the original Vangelis version).

So many traditional areas of the music industry Top of the Pops, music weeklies, unscripted radio playlists seem to have gone into meltdown over the last few years, how do you approach promoting The Wolfmen and their music in the digital age?

I think that all of us making music now, are still trying to find and create a music biz for the 21st century, clearly the internet is a massive part of this but its by no means the be all and end all, when people talk about the future of music they are really talking about the future of the marketing of music which I leave to more “interested” men. The Wolfmen will be releasing an 11 track album/CD I cannot defend accusations that this may be an outdated format all I can say is, that is what I have always liked, and I would like to continue that until it is no longer viable, the 7″ single is already a loss leader and although that format is what I grew up on I don’t mourn its passing anymore than I miss the rotary dial on telephones, basically… “in modern times the modern way”.

Where would you like The Wolfmen to be this time next year?

Winning Grammies and lighting cigarettes with £50 notes, but it depends on where the world is this time next year! In an ever changing world we have to take things a day at a time and see where it all leads us.

The Wolfmen – Jackie Says (Alan Mulder Mix)

The Wolfmen – Love Is A Dog (Alan Mulder Mix)

The Wolfmen ‘Jackie Says’

The Wolfmen – ‘Needles In The Camels Eye’- studio footage

The Wolfmens Re-make/re-model of Eno’s ‘Needle In The Camels Eye’ is released on the
10th March

Unfortunatley I couldn’t make the Embassy gig last week but a review of it is here on the Car Trouble website

Dates and details of live shows, releases and downloads are available at…
The Wolfmen’s official Myspace site

A special salute goes out to Marco and Ian Peel for their time, trouble and and accessibility in arranging this interview

Wolves In Chic Clothing – Marco Pirroni (Part 1)

Posted in glam, new music, Punk, Questions and Answers, The Wolfmen on February 25, 2008 by planetmondo

Chelmsford Odeon, December 13th 1980 – Adam and The Ants are on the final few dates of their Frontier Tour, the audience is split 90/10 in favour of spiky spitting punks over shiny new pop fans. An enthusiastic, energetic punch up between skuffling skinheads and mad eyed mohicans bubbles away in front of the stage until eventually Adam has to stop the band and scream at the scrappers “it’s not 1977 anymore”. The fight fizzles out and the show goes on all punchy double drums with glam twang guitars. And there’s me a trembly teen at his first ‘grown up’ gig watching wide eyed at the back .

Fast forward 27 years. The Islington Academy, November 14th 2007 – it’s The Wolfmen’s debut gig, slinking on stage they kick start with a spectacular sizzler – but hang on a mo’ isn’t that one of my favourite Eno tunes with added Roxy riffing? Now it’s glam garage guitars, flute solos and sitars sharing the same stage, and what’s that about the special guest star Dahler Mendhi? He’s unable make the gig due to an interview with Her Majesty’s finest, not a problem as the show goes on all snap, snarl and sparkle. And there’s me a seasoned salty ol’ gig goer watching wide eyed at the bar.


I thought The Wolfmen’s debut show last November was a stormer what were your feelings on it?

I think we pulled it off,we got away with it – we were rough, ready and raw which is great. One odd thing about doing this for 30 years is I do not have the ability to make mistakes any more which I miss,sometimes the best things come out of unpredictability…thats my excuse for not turning up to rehearsals and I’m sticking to it!

The set opened with Eno’s ‘Needles in the Camels Eye’ which is an inspired choice of cover version. Did you try out any other covers before ‘Needles’? And are there any more lined up for the future?

No we haven’t as yet worked on other covers, but at some point I would like to try ‘Homosapien’by Pete Shelley,’Don’t split It’ by The Subway Sect ,’The Telephone Call’ by Kraftwerk (don’t ask me how we are going to do that!), ‘Theres A Ghost In My House’ by R.Dean Taylor and even maybe ‘Sounds Of The Underground’ by Girls Aloud or ‘House Of Love’ by East 17, but at the moment we are working on our stuff so don’t expect these anytime soon. I think covers should be worked on in downtime for fun.

Everyone I’ve played Wolfmen material to is always hooked after a couple of plays, where do you start when writing new songs and what comes first the catchy tunes or rocky swagger?

Catchy tunes come first every time. Rock swagger is easy,we’ve had enough practice at that – I learnt Rock swagger before I could even play!

There’s some eclectic instrumentation on several tracks flute, harmonica over growling guitars. Do you write with a view to adding these touches, or does it get worked up later?

We think about it later,there’s always a space where we think “what can we do here?” shall we just stick yet another guitar solo over it or make an attempt at something different? Chris is a bit of a multi-instrumentalist so that comes in handy,I can only play the guitar and the intro to ‘Virginia Plain’ on a Stylophone,but to be frank I don’t get much call for that these days.

(I can also play ‘Run Run Run’ by the Velvet Underground on drums, but again that talent is not in demand anymore…well it never was.)

The Wolfmen are start their residency at the Embassy club tomorrow( future dates and details are on The Wolfmen Myspace site), are there any plans for a UK or international tour after this?

It all depends if people want us, we are in talks about touring India at the moment but it’s early days yet.

Who were the guitarists or artists that inspired you to pick up a guitar? And are you self taught?

Mick Ronson,Phil Manzanera,Marc Bolan,Link Wray,Pete Townsend and yes I am self taught (Steve Jones is also in my hero list but no way am I admitting that to him) .

If you could choose anyone dead or alive to jam with, or join The Wolfmen for one track who would it be and on what song?

I’d love Andy Mackay to come down and do something, or Simon House to do some violin but we don’t have the song yet, when we do I’ll be straight on the phone. And of course the great, incredible and unbelievable Ms Mo Tucker who ranks with Keith Moon as greatest rock drummer of all time!

The Wolfmen – ‘Cecilie’

The Wolfmen – ‘Cecilie’ (Alan Mulder Mix)

The Wolfmen – ‘While London Sleeps’ (Alan Mulder Mix)


Coming in part 2…

What is the connection between Marco and the rocking chipmunk Dave Hill?

Were there any ‘guilty pleasures’ at the height of the punk Wars?

Where will the Wolfmen be in a years time?

Recommended reading until then…

The Wolfmen’s Myspace site

The Wolfmen’s Wikipedia entry

The Marco compiled CDs

Biba: Champagne & Novocaine

Sex : Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die

Marco Solo

Posted in glam, Punk, The Wolfmen on February 19, 2008 by planetmondo

Yes boys, girls, bloggers and bloggettes – Mr Marco Pirroni formerly of The Models, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Adam and The Ants and currently starring in his new project The Wolfmen will be appearing here – right here on the Planet Mondo blog next week – where we’ll be discussing…

How do you promote a new band in the 21st Century?
What is the connection between Slade and The Wolfmen?
Were there any ‘guilty pleasures’ at the height of the Punk wars?

That’s next week, but in the meantime why not lend an ear to one of their tunes

The Wolfmen – While London Sleeps

Or an eye to one of their sites…

The Wolfmen official website
The Wolfmen on Myspace

I was lucky enough to catch The Wolfmen’s blistering debut gig at the Islington Academy last November, which you can read about here or have peep at here…

The Wolfmen Go Wild After Dark

Posted in gigs, glam, live bands, Punk, The Wolfmen on November 19, 2007 by planetmondo


“Aaaaaooooowwww” that’s me last Wednesday after being left bitten and buzzing by The Wolfmen.

Formed by Marco Pirroni (guitarist and co-writer in Adam’s Ants ) and Chris Constantinou (bass playing ex Ant) I caught them strutting like roosters, and stomping like champs live and unleashed at the Islington Academy last week. Opening with a thundering cover of Eno’s ‘Needle in The Camel’s Eye’ The Wolfmen tore the place up with a snarling, snapping set of their own two fisted tunes and GlamGaragePunk all fired out with the vibe of vintage Roxy Music, and spirit of Johnny Thunders and Marc Bolan jamming down at Devil Gate Drive.

The Wolfmen’s songs Cecile, Jackie Says, While London Sleeps are all hugely infectious (spin them up below) and highlight why Adam Ant went from being the King of Indie clang with ‘Dirk’ to King of The Wild Frontier and the Prince Charming of Pop after hooking up with Marco as a songwriter. But there’s more to this Wolf pack than tattooed knuckled sugar Pop Punk , Two Eyes is all space age breakbeats and Bhangra anthems wrapped in screaming guitars, flutes and sitars with a lead vocal from Daler Mehndi (Daler was unable to make the gig unfortunately, having being detained for something dodgy) but the celebrity credit rating was still high with endorsement from gig attendees Pete Shelley,Simone Stenfors, and Radio One’s Bobby Friction all going wild for the Wolfmen.

If you like Rock that sparkles and Pop that wallops watch out for The Wolfmen in case they’re prowling and preening near you soon.

Get your teeth into these Rollerball rockers

The Wolfmen – Cecile

The Wolfmen – Jackie Says

Then check out The Wolfmen sites for dates and details of gigs and releases
The wolfmen – Myspace site
The wolfmen – official site