Category: music

Signing On — UB40 documentary

“2010 is the 30th anniversary of UB40’s first album “Signing Off”. This documentary, hosted by Ranking Roger from “The Beat”, was produced by Birmingham City University to celebrate UB40’s landmark debut and the band’s nationwide tour to promote its re-release.…

The Metal Mermaid

Nicholas Bullen, formerly of Napalm Death, and Johnny ‘Doom’ talk about the Mermaid “an unlikely meeting place for anarchist punks and heavy metal fans”. From the wonderful Home of Metal. The Siren of Sparkhill by katherinejhgodfrey

New Gurdan Thomas EP

Brum folkers Gurdan Thomas have new EP out this week, produced we’re told by legendary Birmingham producer Bob Lamb (The Lilac Time, UB40). It’s out on a “pay what you like” deal on bandcamp: "Todd" – Gurdan Thomas by Commercially…

Concert on the the 11 Bus

Don’t normally  churn PR quite as straight, but this is a good one: “Sunday 3rd October will see OxjamBrum and The Green Bus take over the 11 bus route for an afternoon of music with a difference, as part of…

The Diskery

Lovely documentary about The Diskery — 40 years old and one of Birmingham’s best record shops. As the record stores disappear, treasure one that has lasted so long.

Anyone got photos of 70s/80s Brum venues?

A plea from Jez: I’m making a film about Reggae, Punk and Bhangra in Birmingham around how communities and individuals express themselves through music. I received a small amount of funding for this with a condition I used 75% (roughly…

Back in Fàshiön

(Self)-Published by the brilliantly named Brummie Git Press Luke James’s Stairway To Nowhere is out now. He says it’s “the true, unexpurgated, and twisted story (with pictures) of the original line-up of Fàshiön (1978-80)” and who are we to argue…

The sound of metal

Dan Davies recorded recorded a Home Of Metal tour hosted by Chris Phipps in March last year as a series of snippets of audio — he’s now gotten round to getting it online as a sort of tour. Have a…