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Relics from a Lost Era: How Big Biz Will Get Rid Of Alternative Culture If You Let Them

You must have heard about how in the last 10 years the council has shot down legendary UK venues such as the 12 bar and Madame Jojo’s in the Soho area, where UK subculture thrived for hundreds of years before. Maybe you have thought that soon, there won’t be a place where you can hang out after a tiring day at work. Because if things keep changing so fast, the beating heart of London will soon be replaced by retail money grabbers of soulless corporations. What they don’t know is that the highest bidder won’t keep London alive. It’s something that local people do. And here’s some proof of that.

The UK’s Tin Pan Alley – A Place Once Home To Anyone

We are, of course talking about Denmark Street, where The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie and Small Faces used to hang out, getting their first demos ready or just having fun. Up until recently, you could see bands, DJs, cabaret and all kinds of unusual entertainment. It was a place where people could enjoy complete creative and sexual freedom and break away from the stigmas of everyday society. It was a place well and alive with music gigs of all kinds to choose from. But if you visit a few years from now, the only choice you’re gonna get is to shop at Tesco or enjoy a drink ’til 11pm, then it’s off to bed with you. It’s like someone up there declared that this disease of individuality must be stopped once and for all...to give way to mindless consumption and a force-fed, boring middle-class lifestyle.

But There’s Still Hope For Alternative Culture

Even though the council shut down local venues, they can’t get rid of its people so easily. We are still out there, even though somewhat scattered and sometimes directionless. At FFR UK, we want to gather under one banner anyone who’s into different subcultures, let that be punk, folk, goth, reggae, hardcore or anything that goes against the norm. The goal is, to get together so we can organize  amazing, fun music nights with live bands anywhere. We also want to keep some memories of our favorite venues and share them with you. So we (Tara Rez of The Duel and Segs Jennings of The Ruts/Ruts DC) went out to interview some fine people who were still active in the music life of Soho before the end. On our Youtube Channel dedicated to counter-culture reports, interviews, and live music gigs you can check out and share what may be the last records of something great and unique. You will remember to never give in to the pressure of big businesses and their wicked allies. Stick to where your heart is at. The sound of our guitars will break through the silence and our people will be free to enjoy life once again.


UK Now Wave Punks The Duel Announce U.S Management

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Continuing a momentous 2014 for THE DUEL, the British punk rock band is thrilled to announce they have  US management with Cliff Davis  and C.A.D HARDCORE. With over a decade of boundary pushing releases, a lyrical presence unafraid to challenge social and political issues, and an impressive reputation for their explosive live performances, the band has emerged as one of the UK’s most inspiring punk rock propositions, with a live reputation to match. Shows with the likes of Dead Kennedys, UK Subs, Vice Squad, Buzzcocks, Peter Hook, and Sham 69 over the years, as well as their own headlining performances and numerous appearances at the world’s biggest punk festival Rebellion, has established the band as one of the genre’s genuinely explosive and potently influential bands. That reputation has spread beyond the shores of their homeland, and it is fair to say that “Waging War” and its predecessor, “Soundtrack To The End Of The World”, has helped sparked a hungry spotlight on their sounds in America. So The Duel are thrilled to take that awareness and presence to new levels and intensity through the linking up with the exciting management team at C.A.D HardCore. Now The Duel cannot wait to taste the unique US punk scene and give it a healthy dose of now-wave incitement. Pete RingMaster


FFR UK Reggae Punk @ The Intrepid Fox

As the heat of the summer turns towards an autumn glow, the temperature is set to remain high as FFR UK brings London another of their renowned and feverishly devoured Reggae Punk nights.

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Wednesday September 10th sees FFR UK take over The Intrepid Fox @ Archway Tavern, for a night of energy and passion aligned to music eager to infect feet and soul. There will be no escaping physically and emotionally incendiary sounds as the event brings together two of the capital’s inimitable bands.

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Throughout the night DJ SEGS will also be igniting the audience with his legendary DJ set. From the boundary blurring Ruts DC and the original bass player and co-writer of punk’s most inspirational protagonists The Ruts, Segs always parades artists and music to spark the mind and feed the heart, with this night sure to find even richer treasures from him.

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The show also sees THE HOMOSEXUALS bring their unique punk/post-punk invention to tease and thrill. Formed in 1976 out of the ashes of The Rejects, the band which has been described as "punk visionaries”, has been one of the perpetual forces of the London D.I.Y. movement.

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Under the drive of creator Bruno Wizard, The Homosexuals continue to dismiss restraints whilst creating irresistible sounds and are primed to offer the night their healthily distinct flavour alongside another attention grabbing proposition in the shape of THE SMOKES. A trio brewing up a gripping Iggy-esque style of sonic punk, the Londoners has continued to seduce ears and turn heads top strong reactions, something sure to be emulated on Wednesday night. With special guests and surprises going hand in hand with exhilarating sounds, all compared by BART BARTON as The Spirit of Andy Warhol, only those in hibernation will be happy to miss another exciting FFR UK presentation. For anyone unable to join the fun, the night will also be streamed live @ www.fruk.com

By Pete RingMaster

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