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the next UKDK Com Reunion 3 event.
Last year's January 2007 REUNION II
'Rising from the Dead'- after nearly 25 years UK Decay back on stage in Luton!!
What a night! What a buzz!
�Brilliant night. Excellent bands. DK playing too was the icing. Thoroughly
enjoyed it, as did my lad.� (Bugsy)
�What an excellent night! What a hangover! All those face from the
past - un-fucking-believable!� (Baby Ray)
�A night of reminiscence, that was for me.
I saw concepts and ideals that I've always had only in my mind/soul
became reality for a night.� (Scary Girl)
�A bloody amazin fantastic night.� (Sandra)
�The vibe through the night was just fantastic, obviously helped by
the surprise performance of UK Decay themselves.
Believe me people, if you didn't bother coming, you missed a night of
history in the making.� (Nephilimbabe on the Coven blog)
The above comments sum up the feelings of most of those who attended
last Saturdays "Class of 1978-1989 Reunion II" at the Hat Factory Art
Centre in Luton.
The venue was packed by 8.30pm as Jesus Christ Supercharger took
the stage, by now most had realized that something special was in the
Generations of punk and alternative culture were arriving from the four
corners of the land, many from the legions of the old Luton/area UK DK
tribes and many from the neo generations of punk urbane-ology.
This was to be a �Night for Celebration� � a night to remember;
a night to reminisce and above all, a night to recall the old spirit and inject
into the new.
Things were hooting up at the door as the sound check time over ran but
patience was rewarded as Jesus Christ Supercharger opened the evening
with their brand of �garage surf�. Ex Paschendale-Party Girls
guitarist Johnny G, lacerating those twangy licks, over Baby Rays and
Dan-the-Mans impeccable slabs of rhythm, they provided an intelligent
yet poignant portent for what was to come.
After a brief break, MC �Dreg� announced to an anticipant by now throng
that there was to be an �Unexpected Guest� to the occasion, then unbelievably�
UK Decay took the stage! There was a dazzle
of camera flashes and mobiles held high as Abbo and the boys took the
stage. It was to be a short �if you blinked you would miss it� affair but as
Abbo uttered those immortal words �For-My-Country�, the buzz
For a couple of minutes, we were thrust back a quarter of a century to
the heyday of DK, it was clear that the spirit was still as vibrant now as
it ever was. Sitting on the late Steve Harle�s stool was Baby Ray, a
perfect replacement it turned out. On bass was Martin �Segovia� Smith and
on Guitar, Steve Spon. Abbo thrust the microphone far out to into the
audience who sang their hearts out along to the bands most famous
mantra. Given the hasty nature of this last minute inclusion to the
proceedings, UK DK had sadly only prepared the one song for the show
and stumped for the encore, they simply replayed For My Country once
again! Every moment of the performance, was lapped up by the tribe
and then the band departed!
This was a moment many had thought would never happen and here it
Next on was Luton�s �neo-punk�; The Adenoids who looked spectacular
with their Mohawks, Kilts and studded leather wear!
Their music heralds the now generation�s tribute and attitude to the punk
culture, perfectly summing up the original punk ethos.
They reminded some of us older lot of the way that we used to be, albeit
with a modern twist! They were fun and were joined, for a couple of songs
by Matt Rogue, another Luton Punk legend in the making.
Next were UK DK reunion regulars now called �Los Cyclones�, who
presented a blistering set of �Storming garage punk and raw soul�. This
was Luton Face �Blink Pokers� new band, now hailing from Leicester
and they delivered!
The final band was Norwich�s Hot-Wired who again looked spectacular,
they provided a �moshing� finale to the �live-bands� part of the evening.
Sadly i didn�t catch much of their set but judging by the atmosphere and
comments made by others, they provided an admirable climax to the live
Because the live sets had over-run sadly the DJ�s sets got squeezed to
about 40 mins each between DJ Nick Switch and Nephilimbabe whom
quickly got the crowd dancing all over the area on Basement one
including the stage! With a mix of Punk and post punk classics, the room
was a riot of old and new punks throwing themselves around in
exuberance! Sadly again, before we new it the time was up, this party
could have kept going forever, but hey! don't the very best moments
always come to an end whilst the iron is at it's hottest?
DJ Bonzi and Andy Attick provided some classic tunes
in-between the bands and it would have been great to have had them
play longer as well, but that was the tome of the night!
In Basement Two, the video footage created a backdrop of images from
�the-days-of DK�, with video Jock, Matty; who had spent several sleepless
nights trying to make sense of �VOBs�, rippers et all, in order to prepare
the presentation of the old footage.
Scores of fascinated old and new faces pored over UK Decay at
Luton Carnival and the Werewolf video etc. The �old� faces spotting their
younger faces in the crowd and the newer faces, checking out how the
�older� lot did it!
With Sandra and Caroline working on the merchandise counter and the
settee-furbished archways, this area provided a perfect escape from the
frantic-exuberation�s of Basement One. The promised second projector
did not happen but it mattered not as it the material planned for this was
simply played back during the intermissions on the main projector.
The Eighties �Anti-Nirex� � �Dumping it on Parliament� album was played
back on the sound system, which included a score or more of punk and
alternative Luton bands.
Finally and intriguingly, a half hour set of Drum and Bass and ambient
dub from (ex-UK Decay) Steve Spon�s, Nostramus provided a progressive
alternative to the punky culture in the other area. �Many punks later
moved into rave culture and particularly Drum �n Bass� asserted Steve
At the end of the night, the Hat Factory was in a state of devastation!
The event proving to be one of the busiest they have ever had! There
was a romp of broken glasses, spilt drinks, and even fag buts; in a
non-smoking venue! Someone sadly had broken a glass door and
someone had nicked some coffee mugs and a spout from the caf� above.
But nothing will take away the sheer vibe and buzz of that evening!
We even had an �artist-in-residence� Hugh Byrne who has made some
fantastic montage artwork from the evenings proceedings.
Roll on �Class of 1979 � 1989 Reunion III�!
Credits and thank you�s
UK Decay Communities
Greg, Spon and werewolf!
(Organising-admin- stage management- backdrops etc etc)
The Hat Factory and staff
Hugh Byrne and Snap (Social Awareness Needs Project)
Derek Smith and Jackie from Spiral
(T-Shirt design & creativity)
Paul Rab John (CD design and production)
Dharma Sister �;Rebeski� (Co-ordination- Photo)
EJ and PJ (Door management)
Sandra and Caroline (Merchandise)
Matty Love (Video footage-preparation and projection)
PJ and Norman (transport)
Headstart (posters and flyers)
Nephilimbabe and the Coven (additional publicity, promotion and CD decks)
Ian Lee (runner)
Chris the sound technician
James 'SDZ' and 'Tribal Editor' -Level-one (web servers-without which
none of this would have been possible!)
Jesus Christ Supercharger
The actualisation of UK Decay�
Abbo (He did all this despite coming down with tonsillitis!)
Martin �Seggy� Smith (who only knew about this the day before!)
Steve Spon (for falling of the back of his chair)
�Baby Ray� Drums (for keeping the spirit of Steve Harle alive!)
And of course Nostramus.
And most of all, The biggest 'Thank You' for all of you that made the
effort to take part in this event, by being there and remaking the vibe
that once was!
Werewolf for Uk Decay Communities!
Could this be the start of something new?
We shall have to see!
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UK Decay Communities presents a
'Celebration of Punk & Alternative music from Luton 1978 - 1989�.
4 Live punk bands, followed by DJ�s, rare UK Decay & other Luton punk film footage from the 80�s
In Basement One
Live entertainment will include top Luton punk band, 'The Adenoids', who will be bringing their
colourful anarchic style to the punky mela and ex Lutonian punk, Blink's new Leicester band '
Los Cyclones' described as "a lethal cocktail of wild rock'n'roll, storming garage punk and raw
soul with a dark twist". .
Now we can add to that 'Jesus Christ Supercharger', a three piece comprising of 'ex'-'Baby Ray'
Philpot, on drums, 'Johnny�G' on guitar and 'Dan-the-Man' on bass.
All three, played in the well-known 80's Luton band, 'The Party Girls', in the mid-eighties.
They will be bringing to the party a 'Surf Punk' flavour. Finally one of East Anglia's top
contemporary punk bands 'Hot-Wired' from Norwich will wind up the live
proceedings before the DJ's take the floor.
The live entertainment kicks of in the Hat Factory's 'Basement one' venue at 8pm and runs till
11.30pm, after which the bands give way to DJ's playing a variety of punk and alternative
music from the late 70's till today!
DJ Nick 'Switch' from the legendary 'Switch' club that ran for nearly 15 years in Luton from the
mid 80,s will be providing a taste of the Switch club alongside DJ Nephilimbabe who will be
providing a taste of darker beats from today's premier Luton alternative club 'The Coven'.
DJ Bonzi from Northampton's Roadmenders will also be adding to the occasion.
In Basement Two
In this area, there will be an opportunity to relax and view on a large screen, rare footage
of UK Decay at Luton Carnival 1982 and at Dingwalls in 1981, Bowes Lyon in Stevenage,
and other classic UK Decay film. Also screened will be footage from other Luton/area punk/
alternative bands from the 80's including, Bone Orchard & the Party Girls at the Library
Theatre in Luton in 1984, Click Click at Lung Function (mid 80's), IN Excelsis at the Venue,
London in 1985 and Furyo at Tropicana beach (1985). Later a 'chill out' DJ set from (ex UK Decay)
Spon AKA Nostramus and other guests will provide a 'chill-out' alternative
All are welcome!
This event is an open reunion and anyone who has at one time or another felt the spirit of punk,
post-punk, goth, or any of the sub-genre's, whether from yesteryear or today, is invited.
If you want to collect hard copy tickets, details are here
They are �7.00 each if ordered online
Or �7.50 on the door
Online Ticket sales will cease 2am GMT Thursday 25th January!
UK Decay and other Merchandise
We are planning to have UK Decay and other merchandise available on
the night, hopefully including T-Shirts and CD's!
Any other Luton/area Punk footage?
May I take this chance to put out a shout to anyone whom may have
video footage of any other of the Luton/area Punk-New Wave bands
from the late 70's and 80's, we would also love to hear from you and
to show this on the night!
We have already heard a rumour that Dan from 'The Party Girls' may
have some footage from the Party Girls supporting Bone Orchard at
the Luton Library Theatre gig C1984!
I know video cameras were a rare and expensive item back in the day,
but there is stuff out there!
If you do have any footage please note; we will have to get this digitised
and authored onto DVD before the night!
so; lets see what is out there!
One further note,
Sadly UK Decay will not be actually playing at this event!
But ex members of the band will be attending, Spon has promised
that he will DJ in basement two some of his Nostramus work and like
last time it is hoped that Martin 'Segovia' Smith and Eddie 'Twiggy' Branch
will make an appearance. An Invitation will be sent out to Abbo, but as
he is a busy man these day's, it remains to be seen if he will turn up!
However, you never know!
UK/DK COM RE-2 HOTLINE phone number.
From January 5th 2007 to January 28th, there will be a 'hotline' phone number
regarding the event. You can leave a message and we will get back to you as
soon as possible if we are not manning the phone at the time. The number is
More Information, such as maps, accomodation etc etc can be found on
the following replies
The capacity of this venue is sticktly limited to 200!
If you want to be certain of your place at the event, then please remmember...
That online ticket sales will cease at 2am GMT on Thursday 25th January!
you can check out my new band on my space www.myspace.com/Loscyclones...i've only just got the site up and running so theres not a great deal on there..we're recording tonight so hopefully by the weekend there will be a couple of downloads..looking forward to the next re-union _________________ gimme some of that rock'n'roll
the kinda stuff that don't save souls
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