Tell everyone. Literally everyone. And show them this video. Cos we need to sell 100 copies of Singing Down the Government to be able to release the new album. Help us do that.
Send it viral, comrades. Send it viral.
Last year we went and played Southend. Three things happened.
1. We discovered the best night out in Britain. Podrophenia’s bashes at the Railway in Southend are phenomenal. Mondo and Piley’s record collections rank amongst the best in the UK, and they bring the choicest cuts down to play. The crowd is the most mixed crowd you could imagine. After the revolution we picture a world without cliques and tiresome fetishistic sub-genres. We imagine nights out full of people from 18 to 80, unconcerned by clothes or hair, but deeply concerned with comradeship, dancing and having a great time. That is, quite literally, what the Podrophenia bash is like. And, astonishingly, it’s free.
2. We discovered Eight Rounds Rapid. Playing on their home turf. Menacing and hard hitting. RnB meets intelligent punk. They are extraordinarily good. Just extraordinarily good. We since had them down to London to play the Buffalo Bar at Xmas. They blew everyone away.
3. We had fish’n'chips on the seafront. And it was righteous. Well, the two vegetarians had vegeburgers and chips. But the rest of us had fish. And it was righteous.
You know what’s happening on Friday 1st February? We will be re-acquainting ourselves with all these three things!!!! The Guild is ridiculously excited. As should you be. It’s an hour from London on the train. Come and join us. The best night out in Britain, including two of the best bands in Britain, and you get to eat fish’n'chips on the seafront.
Free entry. Did we mention that?
We are sitting here at Thee Faction HQ with a pile of jiffy bags, badges, records and CDs, just waiting for those last minute seasonal orders to come in. It is the simplest possible way of getting your Christmas presents in. Order right now, and we’ll post them straight away. Think about how many people in your life:
1. Would love Thee Faction
2. Need to hear Thee Faction
3. Would be so affronted by Thee Faction that it’s worth seven quid just to see the look on their face
Your socialist friends need a soundtrack. Your liberal friends need their minds changing. Your conservative friends need a kick up the arse. Thee Faction records are the gift that keeps on giving, in all three of these departments. Order a big bundle of them now, and distribute them amongst everyone you know.
It’s worth remembering that we have the next record written and rehearsed. We’re booked in to record it mid-January. But we can’t get it properly recorded and mixed and pressed until we have sold a lot more of Singing Down The Government.
The deals are still on:
Order right now, comrades. Much depends on it. Not 100% convinced? Catch up on what the media has been saying about us.
On Wednesday 12th December you have the opportunity to attend the gig of 2012. Something pretty spectacular will need to happen in the last few days of the year if this one is to be beaten. We’ll talk you through it.
First up, Eight Rounds Rapid. Essex’s finest. We predict this will be the last time you see them play bottom of the bill anywhere. Indeed, we suspect the next time you see them it’ll be somewhere much bigger, and they’ll be top of the bill. We played with them on their home turf, in Southend, and they were phenomenal. Best young band in Britain. Think ATV/Gang of Four/World Domination Enterprises/Future of the Left/Dr Feelgood/ John Cooper Clarke. But ploughing their own furrow in the finest way. Here’s their latest:
Then it’s a gang of our very favourite comrades (individually), grouped together as one of the world’s most comradely bands. Steve White and the Protest Family. At the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival earlier this year, everywhere you looked they were playing. And they were always epic. If you’ve never seen them you will love them. If you have seen them you already love them. Here’s one of theirs:
In between the Protest Family and Thee Faction comes what could be the high point of the evening. It’s certainly the bit that is most intriguing those who are coming. One of Thee Faction’s very favourite writers and comrades, Francis Wheen, is going to say a few words. You know him, of course, from Radio 4′s The News Quiz, from Private Eye, from the odd appearance on Have I Got News For You…but mainly you know him from his books. He brought Marx to life in his 1999 biography of the great man, for example. Thee Faction devour everything he writes. So it’ll be ‘best of order’ for a few minutes while he addresses the hordes. He may even throw in some vocals on a couple of Thee Faction songs….
Then we’re on. It’s our last show of an incredible year. We’ve played with some amazing bands this year (Franz Nikolay, Attila The Stockbroker, Laetitia Sadier, The Tuts, Joanne Joanne….). We’ve played some fantastic events (Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Marxism 2012, Communist University of Wales, the DDRofRnB…). We’ve put out the best Socialist RnB album of the year. But we’ve already got half an eye on 2013. Indeed, we’ll be straight into the studio in January to record the next album. So at the Buffalo Bar gig there’ll be some old favourites, some carefully chosen prime cuts from the current album, and a handful of corkers off the next one. Plus we’re polishing our polemic…..Less rock more talk….
So you’re going to be getting your fiver’s worth. Or six quid’s worth if you pay on the door. But we recommend booking tickets in advance. More efficient.
Doors open at 20.00. Get there early. Miss nothing. And wear your best clothes. You owe it to the movement.
Yup, we know: this old picture doesn’t reflect our current line-up (including, as it does, Horace Hardman and leaving out, as it does, Thee Citizen and Brass Kapital). But people keep choosing to use it. We must speak to Comrade ‘Cils and get a new one done.
Anyway, the point is that, after our triumphant gig in Newport in November we’ve decided to go back to South Wales and finish what we started. This time we’re the guests of the Welsh Communists, who are running their Communist University of Wales on the weekend of the 7-9 December. We’re playing at the social on the Saturday night. It’s at Clwb y Bont in Pontypridd. We can’t wait. We love these gigs where we’re the guests of a political gang of one kind or another. The Communists, of course have been known to be very insulting about “dilletante and statistician” GDH Cole. But not to worry. We’re sure they’re very sorry. We’re going to have a ball, and we are sure they will too.
The gig is open to the general public, of course. So come and watch us sing and play. No doubt there’ll be other bits of entertainment too. Check the programme for details.
See you in Pontypridd, comrades. It’s going to be epic.
Here’s some samizdat footage of us in action last time we played in Wales…on the 16th November at Le Pub in Newport:
Drop whatever else you might be intending to do tonight, and come to the Half Moon, Putney, for the DDRofRnB.
Opening the show will be Shocks of Mighty. They play blistering punk rock, and are proper solid comrades. Get there early and make sure you see them.
Next up will be Attila the Stockbroker. He’s a legend, and needs no introduction. We can’t believe we have the opportunity to play with him. He’s also invited us to play Glastonwick in 2013, and tonight might feel a bit like an audition for that. The best news is that we will be backing him on two songs. So make sure you take photos and video of those moments. We’ll never forgive you if you don’t.
Then we’re on. Well, we’re on after Attila cos he needs to get the train back to Sussex, and the comrades in the RMT haven’t managed to lay on a special train. We’re launching the new album. We’re kicking off with a brand new song that’s on the next blimmin’ album. That’s how prolific we are. We’re going to do a Greatest Hits set, with favourites from the first two albums and the ones the radio has been playing from the new one.
But, as you know, the point of the DDRofRnB is not who is playing. The point is to change the world. Our club is unique in its comradely atmosphere and political determination, in its larks and laughs and its solidarity and socialism. That’s why people keep coming back. Billy Brentford will be compering. Baby Face will be on polemic. And the bands will be on fire.
See you at the Half Moon, comrade. Wear your best clothes. Scruffiness is bourgeois. Liberal individualism at its worst. Dress for the class.
Spread it around. Print it and carry it with you on Saturday. If your fellow marchers aren’t doing enough singing, get ‘em to point their phones at this and sing along to ‘Don’t Forget What The Movement’s Done For You’.
Here are the lyrics:
Don’t forget what the movement’s done for you baby
Don’t forget what the movement’s done for you
Without the Tolpuddle boys and the match-factory girls
You’d have a diffident voice in a different world
Trim the advantage, don’t feel abandoned
Remember your Grandad, don’t take us for granted!
Don’t be a dot in the city
When it’s hot in the city
We’re what you’ve got in the city tonight
We’re a lot in the city
Don’t you rot in the city
We ain’t gonna give up the fight
Your bank holidays, the 1st day of May
Half Saturdays and the minimum wage….
Get your tickets in advance for a fiver. That’s £1.25 per band. Phenomenal value. See you there.
That’s Socialist RnB legends Thee Faction. All-woman Duran Duran tribute band Joanne Joanne. Wojtek off of out of Symposium. And all-grrrl punk rock phenomenon The Tuts. All chums of ours. It’s going to be super-comradely and fun, as you’d expect of a Guided Missile night.
Check the on-stage times to make sure you see all four bands.