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34 Years Ago: LAIBACH interviewed by TV Tednik (with English translation)

LAIBACH's infamous TV Tednik interview was broadcast by RTV Ljubljana on this day in 1983. Following the broadcast Slovenian authorities banned all public appearances. They also banned the use of the name LAIBACH. ...in June 1983, the group made their first television appearance in an interview on the current affairs programme TV Tednik (TV Weekly). Wearing military fatigues and white armbands bearing a simple black cross, Laibach were interviewed in front of graphic images of large political rallies more than a little reminiscent of those in Nuremberg whilst reciting their "Documents of Oppression". Their flirtation with such controversial imagery once again revealed uncomfortable similarities between Fascist and Socialist Realist iconography; similarities which instantly posed questions about the freedom of the...

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31 Years Ago: CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER live in a Bel Air backyard

UPDATE: the band sent us a correction: Actually this party was after “Convicted” was released. We played so we could get some money to get up north to play 2 shows.Just FYI. The gig date is correct, on this day in 1986, but the "days before the release..." stuff below is not! Thanks to CS for the info! Days before Sometime after their debut LP was released CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER play at a friend's birthday in Bel Air (the band were from neighbouring Santa Monica). A lot of people thank that "Convicted" is about not fitting in, as far as punks not fitting into society, and not being normal. Well, it's not. It's about a guy who gets out of prison...

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37 Years Ago: CRASS live in Bristol

Not a crystal clear recording but it is a great document of the times. This gig took place at the Trinity community centre on this day in 1980. £1 entry. Trinity centre is right by St. Pauls which saw race riots a couple of months earlier: Tensions were still high. A couple of songs in and you can hear a crowd of about 50 raid the centre. (5:35) In the comments for the video David Strut writes: "There was huge fight at the beginning of the Crass's set, About 50 Royalists wearing crash helmets and armed with home-made coshes stormed Trinity Hall and beat the fuck out of any punks that were unfortunately standing at the back before getting overpowered by...

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35 Years Ago: THE 4-SKINS release The Good, The Bad & The 4-Skins

East End Oi! classic by the 4-SKINS, released this month in 1982. The second half of the LP is a live recording. For the mugs in Ealing 4-SKINS were an infamous live act well before the album due to the Southall riot in 1981: We played the gig with The Business and The Last Resort. We'd been playing venues like The Bridge House with these bands, and having crowds of about 650 plus. Most of the coaches that night carried fans of The Last Resort. When we got there the coppers said some Asians had set up a sort of picket. We didn't want any trouble so we said we'd go and talk to them. They said we don't want...

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35 Years Ago: THE CURE end the Pornography tour in Belgium and almost split for good

The show was quite flat and, during the encore, Biddles came on and started singing 'Smith's a wanker, Tolhurst's a wanker, only Simon's worth anything in this band'. I was drumming, so I stopped, threw the drumsticks at the back of his head and told him to fuck off. Everyone looked at each other... and that was it. This recording is the encore from the last night of THE CURE's Pornography tour 1982. 11 June, Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium. It's improvised, bitter chaos with Gary Biddles (CURE roadie who later formed PRESENCE and FOOLS DANCE with other CURE members) taking the mic and Smith on drums. Gary died in 2013. We were friends from way back. So they were gonna go on tour...

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