Mar 30The pUKEs - LONDON Boston Arms
178 Junction Road, Tufnell Park, London N19 5QQ
+ The Cult Maniacs + Hagar The Womb + Shocks of Mighty
The Cult Maniax come from the darkest depths of Torrington in North Devon, and were without a doubt one of the more original punk bands to leer out of Britain’s second wave of punk.
Their name alone conjured up all sorts of dubious scenarios and deviant behaviour, which any self-respecting punk should dive into without a second thought!
They sung about Devil worshipping, riots, and loose women.
They were managed by a local MP’s daughter and even got sued by a nearby boozer for recording a song about the landlord.
If you never got to see them live you don’t know what you missed.
This event is a one off show and is to celebrate the life of Steve ‘Gogs/BBP’ Parsons who sadly passed away on 24th December 2012.
This also the first time Cult Maniax have played in London for over 20 years and should not be missed!!!
HAGAR THE WOMB
The band was formed in London in 1980, in the toilets of the Wapping Anarchy Centre, established by the efforts of seminal anarchist bands Crass and Poison Girls.1 The original line-up was all-female, reflecting the band’s purpose of giving women a voice in the anarcho-punk scene: Ruth Elias (vocals), Karen Amden (vocals), Nicola Corcoran (vocals), Janet Nassim (guitar), and Steph Cohen (bass guitar).1 One week after forming they played their first gig with Zounds and The Mob, with ‘Scarecrow’ playing drums.1 They soon recruited a second guitarist, ‘Jon From Bromley’, and a permanemt drummer, Chris Knowles, formerly of Cold War and The Boiled Eggs.1 Corcoran left, leaving two vocalists.1 The band’s first demo included the track “For the Ferryman”, which was released on the Mortarhate label compilation LP Who? What? Why? When? Where? in 1984.1 Cohen was replaced by Mitch Flacko prior to the band’s first release proper. The band toured the UK punk circuit!
for five years, releasing two 12-inch EPs and recording a Peel Session for BBC Radio 1 on 11 February 1984.2 Their first EP, The Word of the Womb (released on Conflict’s Mortarhate label) was a hit on the UK Indie Chart during 1984, peaking at number six, and staying in the chart for more than five months.13 Elaine Reubens joined the band in time for the recording of their Peel session.1 The band released a second EP, Funnery In a Nunnery (UK Indie No. 9) the next year,3 now on the Abstract label, drawing comparisons with Siouxsie & the Banshees, Delta 5 and The Slits.4 Flacko left, his replacement being Paul “Veg” Venables, and Julie Sorrell was brought in to replace Amden.1 They continued for another year, but there were no further releases and the band split up.
After Youth in Asia ceased to be around 1984, the remaining members Kay, Mick, Bernie and Mark started over as Decadent Few. Musically, they were much more advanced than the previous band, but the sound was still similar. Hagar the Womb had just broken up and their bassist Steph was looking for a new band to join and decided to join Decadent Few, but she didn’t last long and was replaced by Gary Smith. Later on, Mark left to focus on his career as an electrician. The remained as a four-piece.
Several tapes and records were recorded, such as a tape titled ‘Kaputt’, and a whole album that was never released(‘Low Life’ was one of those songs in that album). In addition, another release was ‘They Shoot Children, don’t they?’ and a record called ‘Irrehuus’. Kay went on to also sing for Radical Dance Faction(RDF) and married their guitarist Phil- and then sang for The Astronauts.