‘A NEW PARADIGM FOR FEMALES’: THE SLITS SMASHED EXPECTATIONS AND HAD FUN DOING IT.
Formed in 1976, the Slits were one of the earliest all-female punk bands—if not the first. The fantastic, feature-length documentary on the group, Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits, was recently released in theatres. It’s about to come out on DVD, and we’re happy to say we have our favorite segment from the doc to share with you.
A trailer for the new unauthorized Morrissey biopic England Is Mine has been revealed. The film follows Morrissey (played by Jack Lowden) in the late 1970s, before he was the frontman of The Smiths, during his formative years when he was still Steven Patrick Morrissey – a writer – and just meets Johnny Marr. The film is directed by Mark Gill and will be released in the UK on August 4.
‘DANCE CRAZE – THE BEST OF BRITISH SKA LIVE!’ FT MADNESS, THE SPECIALS, THE BEAT & MORE.
There’s no need to explain why this film is such a corker. Joe Massot’s Dance Craze is 84 minutes of absolutely mint performances from the best British ska acts of the early 80s, featuring 27 tracks from Madness, The Specials, The Beat, The Selecter, Bad Manners and The Bodysnatchers.
All the bands were signed to the iconic 2 Tone label, who also put out a soundtrack album featuring some of the best cuts from the film. I have that record and it’s excellent, but seeing the footage for the first time in full really puts it in perspective.
The energy, the passion, the clothes, the diversity and yet the sense of community, it’s no wonder ska was the biggest youth movement in the UK after punk. These gigs look great, and it’s a pity more modern live experiences aren’t as communal and just such goddam fun.
I mean, how could you possibly go wrong with a tracklist like this:
“Nite Klub” – The Specials
“The Prince” – Madness
“Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu” – Bad Manners
“007 (Shanty Town)” – The Bodysnatchers
“Three Minute Hero” – The Selecter
“Ranking Full Stop” – The Beat
“Big Shot” – The Beat
“Concrete Jungle” – The Specials
“Swan Lake” – Madness
“Razor Blade Alley” – Madness
“Missing Words” – The Selecter
“Let’s Do the Rock Steady” – The Bodysnatchers
“Lip Up Fatty” – Bad Manners
“Madness” – Madness
“Too Much Too Young” – The Specials
“On My Radio” – The Selecter
“Easy Life” – The Bodysnatchers
“Rough Rider” – The Beat
“Man at C&A” – The Specials
“Inner London Violence” – Bad Manners
“Night Boat to Cairo” – Madness
“Twist and Crawl” – The Beat
“Wooly Bully” – Bad Manners
“Too Much Pressure” – The Selecter
“Mirror in the Bathroom” – The Beat
“One Step Beyond” – Madness
“Nite Klub” – The Specials.
Watch a Trailer for Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ New Album and Film
“Most of us don’t want to change, really,” Nick Cave speculates. “I mean, why should we?” This somber statement opens the trailer for his forthcoming album with The Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree and corresponding film, One More Time With Feeling. The trailer was released today, announcing that the film will premiere on Sept. 8, with the release of the album following on Sept. 9.
Filmed in black and white and color, and screenings available in 3D and 2D, One More Time With Feeling was originally supposed to capture live performance of the recording of Skeleton Tree, but following the death of Cave’s 15-year-old son in November, it became a more poignant project. The film will present band interviews and narration from Cave, like what is heard in the trailer, with the performance of the tracklisting of Skeleton Tree. Directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly), Cave’s website describes the film as “fragile, raw and true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.”