Re: Best Band Ever To Come Out of Leeds

Has Abner still got that magnificent quiff?

"We are The Fall"

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Young Marxist at Tescos wrote:

Has Abner still got that magnificent quiff?

Which ones Abner ? Didn't really notice.

Just thought the fat bloke doesn't look that fat now.

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onandoff wrote:

What that the name of that ska punk band in the 80's with whatsisname Dowling up front?

- They were called Little Chief, onandoff

- ah, yes, that was it, thanks

- no problem, also they're out of retirement for one night only this sunday 21 Dec at the new Roscoe; cameo spots from Jon Strong and Patsy Matheson; all in honour of John Keenan's 60th birthday - £9 in and a free buffet

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Can I just have the free buffet and not come in?

To be someone must be a wonderful thing
A famous footballer or a rock singer

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Spacehog---  Reminds me of a claim to fame...

Millennium new years eve my bros girlfriend threw a party at her house in Headingly - next door neighbors had a fuck off marque
in the back garden with a loud as fuck (but very very good) band playing.

Both parties were fancy dress and as the night wore on the 2 parties merged into one.

Turns out it was space hog were the band playing as the lead singers parents were in fact the neighbors....and the girl dressed as
snow white knocking back the jd and cokes was ..... Liv Tyler!!

i kid you not

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wedding present by a country mile...and im claiming they,re from leeds even if they aint on the proviso that along with the smiths ,they are my all time faves!
more recently The Voltz are pretty damn good!...and they ARE a leeds band (i think!):D

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Blue Lou Boyle wrote:

Can I just have the free buffet and not come in?

He says entrance to the gig is free for you

But the buffet will be £9 wink

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wink

I'll bring a bag

To be someone must be a wonderful thing
A famous footballer or a rock singer

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For me it has to be those wee bands that you wore round the football sock that had yer number on em.A design classic and an icon of the seventies and the Leeds glory days.

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Er seriously tho for me it has to be Girls At Our Best.

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otis wrote:

Post House Pirates (CBDS your ken)

You mean Public House Pirates, anyone else remember Turbo Kink?

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I hate Spacehog!

There was also the Dope Smugglaz who were Tim Sheridan and Keith Binner. Their debut single in approx summer 1999 was a cover of Mclaren's Double Double Dutch that went top 10. I think they were both genuinely from Leeds. They made a few singles, and an album which I own but not sure if it was ever released. There was a cover of Donavon's Barabajagal with Howard Marks doing the talking bits (incidentally well before he lived in Leeds) and one with Shaun Ryder too.

My personal Top Whatever Leeds (ish) bands:

=1st Sisters/Utah Saints
2 Chumbawamba
3 Three Johns....anyone know the track Cheap Computer?
4 Gang of Four
5 Black Wire
6 The Mission
7 That one that did that song about Combat Yoga! featuring a certain OMJ'er on vox!!!

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Saw a new Leeds band last night, at The Lexington on Pentonville Rd.

Manhattan Love Suicides.

Bit Mary Chain, very indie. Worth a look.

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Age of Chance not been mentioned nor have the Parachute Men not that they were the best groups out. i see that AOC actually reformed the other week ?

anyone remeber a band from (or lived in Armley) who used to knock aroud at KitKat and the indie club in Sheepscar ?

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No one mentioned the Expelliers [how do you spell that]?
Shenna & the goys
the dentists [well know nazi punk band from 77 ] crap mind

I like dead musicians ,not live music.

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Expelaires.  Craig out of The Sisters was with them I think.  Had a track on that Hicks From The Sticks compilation album in the early 80s.

Ventz were another shower of Nazi shit as well, as I recall.

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soldierant wrote:

No one mentioned the Expelliers ] crap mind

Forgot all about them. One of those bands that seemed to play every other week in the then Leeds Poly refectory along with Gang of Four, Mekons et al

As for my choices then in no particular order it has to be:-

Prowlers
Standard
Four Horseman
Zuma
Fandangos
Julie Strother
Charlie Speed
Squarefoot Brothers (Dusty Miller)
Still Jumpin

Ahh those were the days. My left foot didn't stop tapping away until Thursday after a weekend of those sounds.

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'I could have been someone'
"Well so could anyone"

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Young Marxist at Tescos wrote:

Expelaires.  Craig out of The Sisters was with them I think.  Had a track on that Hicks From The Sticks compilation album in the early 80s.

Ventz were another shower of Nazi shit as well, as I recall.

I forgot all about the ventz part of the same group of people i think ?
There was a group of nazi punks back then always causing problems for people

Glad you mentioned the "Hicks from the sticks "album just dug mine out .It was along side a Liverpool comp called "Street to Sreeet "
The y were comp crazy back then
The Expelaires :"Sympathy" [Dont be taken in ]
Also from Leeds Music for pleasure
Iam sure i knew some of the Expelaires ?, i seem to recall them being in my bathroom at some point & being drunkenly stupid pointing at the expelaire in the bathroom & asking if they were together ,well something like that
Just looking at the mickey mouse lp recorded between May 78 & May 79
it as a Bunnymen track on called "Monkies"
wasn't aware they were going back then ,or more likely forgot they were going back then

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heyho wrote:
soldierant wrote:

No one mentioned the Expelliers ] crap mind

Forgot all about them. One of those bands that seemed to play every other week in the then Leeds Poly refectory along with Gang of Four, Mekons et al

As for my choices then in no particular order it has to be:-

Prowlers
Standard
Four Horseman
Zuma
Fandangos
Julie Strother
Charlie Speed
Squarefoot Brothers (Dusty Miller)
Still Jumpin

Ahh those were the days. My left foot didn't stop tapping away until Thursday after a weekend of those sounds.

Are these bands from the 80's/ 90's ?
soz Iam a bit dim when it comes to local bands  since the 70's

Didn't the Dentists attack the mekons or gang of four back then in the refectory ?
sure someone told me ,could have been off here?

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soldierant wrote:
heyho wrote:
soldierant wrote:

No one mentioned the Expelliers ] crap mind

Forgot all about them. One of those bands that seemed to play every other week in the then Leeds Poly refectory along with Gang of Four, Mekons et al

As for my choices then in no particular order it has to be:-

Prowlers
Standard
Four Horseman
Zuma
Fandangos
Julie Strother
Charlie Speed
Squarefoot Brothers (Dusty Miller)
Still Jumpin

Ahh those were the days. My left foot didn't stop tapping away until Thursday after a weekend of those sounds.

Are these bands from the 80's/ 90's ?
soz Iam a bit dim when it comes to local bands  since the 70's

Didn't the Dentists attack the mekons or gang of four back then in the refectory ?
sure someone told me ,could have been off here?

http://www.aryanunity.org/memoirs8.html


When at the end of 1977 we wound up the Leeds based British National Party and I advised in a final bulletin that members should join the far bigger National Front, I was pleased at the time that our organisation remained intact and that the BNP and the NF in the various towns and cities where we had a parallel organisation - the BNP and NF membership merged quite easily.

Our Sheffield organiser, John Wood told the Northern Press at the time. "We go into the National Front not because of a watering down of our principles, but to take our principles and tactics INTO the NF."

It was a few months before my own membership was accepted and for that short period of time - served to show the remaining "populists" in the NF that I could simply not just march back in, I spent my time speaking and editing the now independent "British News", the old BNP monthly which now supported the NF.

In 1978, I was accepted into the NF and shortly became Yorkshire Regional Organiser. This was a time of rapid growth for the NF and there were literally THOUSANDS of members pouring through the organisation. I had thought that after leaving a position of National Leadership, I would have an easy time of it with a lesser role in the NF, I had thought wrong. My days in the ever expanding NF were fuller than ever.

I was responsible for one of the strongest NF Regions in the country. Our strongest branches were Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Sheffield, Hull and York. We also had active groups in Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham, Harrogate and quite a number of smaller towns.

In Leeds for instance we had no less than three full and very active branches. Leeds West, East and South. For a national London demonstration and especially for the annual November Remembrance day march - we would usually take three full coaches from Leeds sometimes four. Bradford would muster two. Members were coming in at an unprecedented rate.
(Left: Former BNP activists on a NF demo' in Leeds)

We were also scoring well in local elections and national by-elections, very often pushing the Liberal Party into fourth place. Despite these successes, we still faced challenges from the Tory "patriot" wing of the party and this resulted in yet another split when John Kingsley-Read and others left the NF to form the short lived, but quite successful during it's time, National Party. Other tiny splits followed but these soon withered away and the NF was now a nationally known organisation (and beyond) and was giving the ZOG dominated System some real worries.

In Leeds, the BNP members in integrating themselves into the local Leeds NF, played a dominant part in getting the NF back onto the streets and hitting back at the equally fast growing Anti-Nazi League. Members of the NF vied with each other in "badge collecting". To get these, a White Nationalist had to physically remove a badge or badges from a red paper seller or anti-NF demonstrator. There was even a league (I believe) in who could get the most badges. No red's badge was safe. I once watched one of our members at a Hull activity tackle a red paper seller and come back with no less than five badges! Unfortunately he got arrested for this but I think he topped the unofficial league that week!

This was also the time when Punk Rock (begun in 1976) was becoming the dominant wave in the youth music scene. At first I was bewildered when I saw some of our once clean cut members wearing safety pins and dressing in ex-charity shop clothes. However, I could also see that Punk was becoming a powerful weapon for anyone who could turn it politically. The reds were already attempting to do this with their newly formed "Rock Against Racism", and many teenagers went to their concerts, not because they were anti-racist but simply to hear the music.

This couldn't be allowed to continue. We either had to condemn Punk or use it. I chose the latter option and started a spoof fanzine called "Punk Front" which featured a NF logo with safety pin in it. To my great surprise, "Punk Front" was a huge success and soon, especially in Leeds, NF members and supporters were going to the biggest Punk Club around - the infamous "F Club". I started to regularly go to the club and NF Punks were recruiting other punks.
(Right: Leeds 'Punk Front' members on a NF demo' circa 1978)

In a few months, the NF was the dominant political force on the big punk scene in Leeds. Music papers such as "Sounds" and "The New Musical Express" were taking an interest in us. Gary Bushell was sent up to look into the phenomena. We had pro-NF letters published in many music papers and other punks started bringing out pro-NF fanzines. We even started two bands - the Ventz and the Dentists. Both these bands were to feature later on in the start of "Rock Against Communism"

The reds in Leeds hit back by getting their own bands onto the stage of the club. They didn't last long. One of their bands "The Mekons" had a particularly rough time of it. I remember one night the BBC "Old Grey Whistle Test" with John Peel turned up at the club to film the bands (and the audience). The first band on was, as I recall, the Mekons, whose first song was "The National Front is a F*****g Nazi Front". Of course this went down as welcome as a pork pie at a Jewish wedding. The audience was about 80% NF punks and skins and the first lines of the song were greeted by a shower of beer glasses. Then the crowd stormed the stage and the evening came to an eventful end with the BBC crew scattering for cover as a pro-NF band took to the stage instead and a slightly punk version of "Rule Britannia" finished off the evening. I remember standing at the bar and surveying the scene. The reds and media had fled. The NF were triumphant amongst a litter of broken chairs, bottles and broken glass. In those days we considered that a successful evening!

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kaydubya wrote:
soldierant wrote:
heyho wrote:

Forgot all about them. One of those bands that seemed to play every other week in the then Leeds Poly refectory along with Gang of Four, Mekons et al

As for my choices then in no particular order it has to be:-

Prowlers
Standard
Four Horseman
Zuma
Fandangos
Julie Strother
Charlie Speed
Squarefoot Brothers (Dusty Miller)
Still Jumpin

Ahh those were the days. My left foot didn't stop tapping away until Thursday after a weekend of those sounds.

Are these bands from the 80's/ 90's ?
soz Iam a bit dim when it comes to local bands  since the 70's

Didn't the Dentists attack the mekons or gang of four back then in the refectory ?
sure someone told me ,could have been off here?

http://www.aryanunity.org/memoirs8.html


When at the end of 1977 we wound up the Leeds based British National Party and I advised in a final bulletin that members should join the far bigger National Front, I was pleased at the time that our organisation remained intact and that the BNP and the NF in the various towns and cities where we had a parallel organisation - the BNP and NF membership merged quite easily.

Our Sheffield organiser, John Wood told the Northern Press at the time. "We go into the National Front not because of a watering down of our principles, but to take our principles and tactics INTO the NF."

It was a few months before my own membership was accepted and for that short period of time - served to show the remaining "populists" in the NF that I could simply not just march back in, I spent my time speaking and editing the now independent "British News", the old BNP monthly which now supported the NF.

In 1978, I was accepted into the NF and shortly became Yorkshire Regional Organiser. This was a time of rapid growth for the NF and there were literally THOUSANDS of members pouring through the organisation. I had thought that after leaving a position of National Leadership, I would have an easy time of it with a lesser role in the NF, I had thought wrong. My days in the ever expanding NF were fuller than ever.

I was responsible for one of the strongest NF Regions in the country. Our strongest branches were Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax, Sheffield, Hull and York. We also had active groups in Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham, Harrogate and quite a number of smaller towns.

In Leeds for instance we had no less than three full and very active branches. Leeds West, East and South. For a national London demonstration and especially for the annual November Remembrance day march - we would usually take three full coaches from Leeds sometimes four. Bradford would muster two. Members were coming in at an unprecedented rate.
(Left: Former BNP activists on a NF demo' in Leeds)

We were also scoring well in local elections and national by-elections, very often pushing the Liberal Party into fourth place. Despite these successes, we still faced challenges from the Tory "patriot" wing of the party and this resulted in yet another split when John Kingsley-Read and others left the NF to form the short lived, but quite successful during it's time, National Party. Other tiny splits followed but these soon withered away and the NF was now a nationally known organisation (and beyond) and was giving the ZOG dominated System some real worries.

In Leeds, the BNP members in integrating themselves into the local Leeds NF, played a dominant part in getting the NF back onto the streets and hitting back at the equally fast growing Anti-Nazi League. Members of the NF vied with each other in "badge collecting". To get these, a White Nationalist had to physically remove a badge or badges from a red paper seller or anti-NF demonstrator. There was even a league (I believe) in who could get the most badges. No red's badge was safe. I once watched one of our members at a Hull activity tackle a red paper seller and come back with no less than five badges! Unfortunately he got arrested for this but I think he topped the unofficial league that week!

This was also the time when Punk Rock (begun in 1976) was becoming the dominant wave in the youth music scene. At first I was bewildered when I saw some of our once clean cut members wearing safety pins and dressing in ex-charity shop clothes. However, I could also see that Punk was becoming a powerful weapon for anyone who could turn it politically. The reds were already attempting to do this with their newly formed "Rock Against Racism", and many teenagers went to their concerts, not because they were anti-racist but simply to hear the music.

This couldn't be allowed to continue. We either had to condemn Punk or use it. I chose the latter option and started a spoof fanzine called "Punk Front" which featured a NF logo with safety pin in it. To my great surprise, "Punk Front" was a huge success and soon, especially in Leeds, NF members and supporters were going to the biggest Punk Club around - the infamous "F Club". I started to regularly go to the club and NF Punks were recruiting other punks.
(Right: Leeds 'Punk Front' members on a NF demo' circa 1978)

In a few months, the NF was the dominant political force on the big punk scene in Leeds. Music papers such as "Sounds" and "The New Musical Express" were taking an interest in us. Gary Bushell was sent up to look into the phenomena. We had pro-NF letters published in many music papers and other punks started bringing out pro-NF fanzines. We even started two bands - the Ventz and the Dentists. Both these bands were to feature later on in the start of "Rock Against Communism"

The reds in Leeds hit back by getting their own bands onto the stage of the club. They didn't last long. One of their bands "The Mekons" had a particularly rough time of it. I remember one night the BBC "Old Grey Whistle Test" with John Peel turned up at the club to film the bands (and the audience). The first band on was, as I recall, the Mekons, whose first song was "The National Front is a F*****g Nazi Front". Of course this went down as welcome as a pork pie at a Jewish wedding. The audience was about 80% NF punks and skins and the first lines of the song were greeted by a shower of beer glasses. Then the crowd stormed the stage and the evening came to an eventful end with the BBC crew scattering for cover as a pro-NF band took to the stage instead and a slightly punk version of "Rule Britannia" finished off the evening. I remember standing at the bar and surveying the scene. The reds and media had fled. The NF were triumphant amongst a litter of broken chairs, bottles and broken glass. In those days we considered that a successful evening!

Thats a good article
As i was reading it i was wondering if it was wrote by a big NF man & Bradford City fan from Buttershaw Upper
Mick ??Can't remember his second name now but he was high up in the NF at the time
We used to Have Jeff Robinson[founder of Bradford RAR]  for quite a few lessons back then [quality teacher .You could learn something in his class's tha nos] so our class debates with Mick & Jeff were always interesting .


I never had any problems at the F club but some of my asian /black friends wouldn't go over there unless we all went on mass .I can only really remember one big off with the wrong footers ,can't remember who was playing now ? where we chased them out of the club ,They came over to Bradford on mass for the Buzzcocks .Penetration gig at George's hall in 78  when one of them got stabbed & were chased back to the train station
I still have an old Ultravox poster from the FClub  from Oct 78 but i  changed it to NF club .
So i am Presuming that was how it was percieved to be
There was always undercurrent of ziggy heilness going on in the NF Club only when it moved to Branigans mind
When it was at the Poly or Francis Street there were none.
I never personally had any trouble in there though maybe because of my Leeds connections ?

Mick Rhodes that was his name wonder what happened to him ? guite genial for a Ziggy

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Three Johns for me. The album was a bit of a let down, but live they always hit the mark.

A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French p*rn.

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best band ever to come out of Leeds, Sids Ashes - mind you I would say that cos it aws my band. The Butterflies (pre GAOB were pretty good). As for th F Club having an NF reputation, it had none of the sort, in fact there was many a rumble outside as the regulars tried to keep them away.

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Nightmares on Wax
Abrasive Wheels
Breaking the Illusion (or more accurately, my old pal, Tommy)
3 Minute Culture
Bridewells

She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey, but I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki...

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Dance Chapter
Gang of Four
Mekons
Delta 5
Girls at our Best
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Sisters (Lurch aka Craig Adams was previously in the Expelaires)
Weddoes
Nightmares on Wax

Only those who dream will someday see their dreams converted to reality

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