November 5 1993
November 5 1993
One could easily be forgive for forgetting about a record label that has been releasing classic albums for nearly 40 years. it’s a sign of todays mobile world. We no longer need to rely on a labels good name for records to listen to. Alternative Tentacles started in 1979 and since then it’s roster has included (wait for it), Alice Donut, Citizen Fish, Leftover Crack, Noam Chomsky, Pansy Division, Unsane, Butthole Surfers, DOA, Nomenasno, Neurosis, Victims Family and of course Jello Biafra and his various music associates including the Dead kennedys.
They have been releasing records since California Uber Alles was unleashed amongst a legion of punks. It is almost impossible to get a list of releases as there has been cd’s, 7″‘s, digital releases and t-shirts all seem to have catalogue numbers. I can safely guess at around 400 releases. 400 picks of rockin’ hardcore and off kilter country tunes designed to educate a nation and overthrow the machinations.
When Crucifucks were singing about Wisconsin or the Beatnigs telling us that Television was the Drug of the Nation alternative tentacles were shouting from the rooftops.
After the Dead Kennedys gave us Frankenchrist the label started to run into trouble due to the amount of attention PMRC were putting. I contacted the label in the UK to see if Irish Punks could help out with No More Censorhip Defense Fund. We put a gig on, showed solidarity in the way the label have been showing since.
It isn’t just a label for punk rock and up front hardcore there is alternative twang of Evan Johns and Eugene Chadbourne or the rockabilly blues style of more recent visitors to Ireland, the Legendary Shack Shakers
It is still releasing records, bringing out podcasts and finding new ways to encourage subversion. Jello is still playing music and releasing records, Winston Smith is still producing art and the label still flourishes
The Dead Kennedys have been such a huge part of my life. Like so many other bands that fit into my invisible memoirs Jello’s troubadors have always been close to my heart.
I remember my brothers buying Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, the vinyl kept getting played. We dissected the songs and wondered did they really want to ‘Kill The Poor”. Of course they didn’t and as my horizons broadened and the tunnel vision glasses of world politics were removed the Dead Kennedys played a part in assisting my global understanding. My globalisation was American hardcore in the form of the DK’s and Bad Brains and Minor Threat – Spanish history from the Ex, Central and South America from the Clash – british politics from Crass, the Redskins, three johns and new model army. Personal politics from Flux of Pink Indians and how to conduct business from labels like Alternative tentacles.
Of course Jello is still playing and is in Dublin this week. IN celebration of his gig this weeks radio show is a compilation of some of his bands. You could be have a lot of shows considering the amount of records Jello has been involved in but I wanted to take a selection for this week show. Enjoy
This weeks news August 31
Instigators were a UK hardcore band who played Ireland in 1988. I remember being blown away by their onstage antics as singer Andy Turner used the wooden stage as a springboard. he moved trampoline like from amp to amp, corner to corner. Their first album was re-issued on Skuld last year, with the Second Now available for pre order from Boss Tuneage
Also available to preorder on Boss Tuneage is Retard Picnic by the Stupids.
It’s not just UK bands that are getting re-issues – US legendary hardcore band The Dicks have had some of their records re-issed by Alternative tentacles including Kill from the heart . There is a movie about the band being screened around the States over the next while.
On the way
Many of us old punks remember Stiff Little Fingers as having some classic punk songs. Infalmmable material was the album that took us away from our 4 bedroom walls and inspired many to make their own noise. Henry Cluney and Jim Reilly from the band are back playing as XSLF. They are returning to Dublin on September 19 to play in Fibber Magees. Also on the bill are Dublin Street Punk band, Hooligan, Dundalk punkers The GAKK and Clash Jam Wallop. All for €10, bargain
There’s plenty of excitment for Fuzz coming to Dublin this week. They are bringing their riff laden sound to Whelans on Wednesday. As U:mack put it “The mood is not light. The songs project a state of perpetual paranoia and eroding mental health.
And as it should be, you know? It’s a record for the burners.”
Dublin Songs and Stories was an event organised by the people behind Come here to me blog. It was a night exactly as described and raised over €2,000 for Pieta Housse. The second colume is on this week and is a benefit for Rape Crisis centre. BP Fallon, Steve Averill and ADW will be telliong some tales, Mick Pyro and John Flynn will be singing some songs and there will be loads more in between. Sounds like a great night ahead .
Fuzz – Whelans – September 2
Dublin Songs and Stories – Sugar Club -September 3
Workmans Club 5th Birthday Celebrations – Sept 8th – 12th
Al Porter – Sept 8th
The Hot Sprockets – Sept 9th
Little Green Cars w/ guests Other Creatures – Sept 10th
Little Green Cars w/ guests Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Sept 11th
Eternal Summers w/ guests Pleasure Beach – Sept 12th
Tickets to all shows just €5
Jello Biafra + Paranoid Visions + Sissy – Hangar September 9
Vic Goddard and Subway Sect + The Dubtones + Gakk – Fibber Magees – September 11
Eternal Summers + Plpeasure Beach – Workmans Club – September 12
Dope Body – Whelans – September 12
August Wells – Workmans Club – September 13
Sleaford Mods – Hangar – September 19
XSLF + Hooligan – Fibber Magees – September 19
La Misma + Disguise + Overbite + Surge – Dublin September 20
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Whelans – September 26
Wheatus – Whelans – September 28
B Dolan – Wormkans Club – September 29
We Shall Overcome – Dublin – October 2-4
Hard Working Class Heroes – Dublin – October 2+3
Juan Wauters + No Monster Club – Whelans – October 4
The Lemonheads – Academy – October 5
Hey Rosetta – Workmans Club – October 9
Giveamanakick – Whelans – October 10
Nothing Clean – Tenterhooks – October 10
Cockney Rejects – Grand Social – October 10
Inner Terrestials – Fibber Magees – October 16
English Dogs – Fibber Magees – October 23
dAVID kITT – wHELANS – oCTOBER 24
Litovsk – Dublin – October 25
US Girls – Whelans – October 25
Liturgy – Whelans – October 26
Dragster + Angry Itch + Stop start Again + Black Pitts + Jobseekers – Fibbers – October 30
Deer hunter button factory – November 1
Slaves – The Academy – November 5
Girl Band – Button Factory – November 7
Stiff Little Fingers – The Academy – November 13
Coitus + Paranoid Visions + Coldwar + Liberty – Fibbers – November 14
Mercury Rev – Button Factory November 22
Chelsea Wolfe – Button Factory November 25
Peter Hook and the Light – The Academy – November 27
OM – Button Factory – November 28
Therapy – Button Factory December 11
The Selecter – The Academy – December 11
Bad Manners – The Academy – december 28