September 2013 • Rare Piranhas 7" white label pressing turns up

Almost forty years later - now it can be heard!

Many thanks to John Gosling, who sent in an mp3 of a very rare white label 7 inch pressing of Shut Up by the Piranhas, and also to Stuart Jones who took a lot of time and effort to clean up the recording.

In a bid to find out more about this rare gem, Stuart got this reply from the Piranhas' John Helmer:

"Neither Bob nor I can remember that much about it. Bob recalls that we might have had it mastered for a single, but the white labels weren't up to scratch so we didn't release it.

As to what year I couldn't say, but very early - probably 77-78. Given that date, the drummer is probably Dick (Slexia), but equally could be one of two others.

Having listened to the sound file we both really like it and have no objections to it being put up on punkbrighton. This is Piranhas pre-history: pre-Attrix and even pre-having-a-saxophone-player. Neither Bob or I have any other old cassettes, white labels or anything else of this track, so what you have is the only copy, so far as we know."

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Stuart Jones:
"Here's a white-hot treasure, a pounding, malevolent razor-cut delivered with awesome confidence. Over a marauding rhythm section and some outstanding lead guitar, Grover's vocal sounds at times uncannily like that of John Lydon and - even more so - the bloke in Wire.

This is a recording of considerable historical importance as regards the Brighton music scene of the time, not to mention a valuable and fascinating addition to the general UK punk movement sometime between 1977 - 1978.

Now all we need is for BBC6 Music to repeat the group's 15th September 1980 Mike Read session, with its two unreleased songs, Pay Back and Two-Time Sally. Unless of course someone reading this has a tape of it..."

Read Stuart's piece in full as downloadable PDF

Also find it on on punkbrighton jukebox

Thanks also to Dave King for sending us these ancient recordings of the Mockingbirds, now added to the punkbrighton jukebox
And thanks again to Stuart who split the tracks taken from Dave's old cassette.

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Exceptional live gig at the Albert • Helen McCookerybook + Nightingales

GIg review - Sun 4 August 2013

Helen McCookerybook + Nightingales
at the Albert (Trafalgar St)
Sun 4th August 2013

Good to see singer/songwriter Helen McCookerybook back in Brighton for this exceptional gig at the Albert.

Supporting Birmingham outfit The Nightingales, the former Smartees, Joby & The Hooligans and Chefs singer, bass player and guitarist is also the author of the definitive music book The Lost Women Of Rock Music,

Armed with a gorgeous new (?) sunburst Telecaster, Helen started off to slightly muted polite applause, but as she went through her considerable repertoire the audience became more responsive, animated by her sweet voice and amusing lyrics.

Helen's witty and charming banter soon got the people on her side, a few old Chefs numbers were delivered with her easy style and she finished her set to quite a rousing ovation. Job done!

Interesting recent interview with Helen here

The main act from Brum gave a performance of tremendous power, proving they've lost none of their edge over the years. With their young female drummer pounding the skins, it soon became apparent this was a class act.

Robert's vocals and lyrics brought to mind Beefheart at his best, married to guitar and bass from the top drawer, ensuring the punters had their money's worth. Thanks to both acts and promoters Spinning Chilli for a memorable evening's entertainment.

GIg preview - Thurs 10 October 2013

Bit of a way off yet but should be a whole lot of fun when the nights have drawn in and the weather has got back to being typically British.

Old Brighton punks join forces to make new album

Mr Chill meets punkdaddy

Mr Chill, former Dodgems front man Gary Turner and punkdaddy, ex-Flesh/Lillettes/April & The Fools guitarist Phil Perfect joined forces back around 2010 and the result is the eagerly awaited debut album Devil's Music.

These two had known each other since about 1972. During the heyday of punk they frequently shared the stage with their respective bands at The Vault, The Richmond and The Buccaneer.

They first got together to record I Blame Rock n Roll under the banner of The Dodgems feat. punkdaddy. This was put together almost entirley by sending each player's part as an mp3 attached to an email and then mixed and recorded at punkdaddy's.

The other Dodgems were far flung around the globe since the heady days of Lord Lucan (have they found him yet?) with drummer Charlie Zuber out in Tasmania, Paul Birchall in South Africa, Doug Potter up in Manchester and Gary the only remaining Brighton connection.

punkdaddy had made a solo album, Retard In The White House (2006), a mash up of samples and his own guitar work and having got that out

of his system wanted to work with a singer and get back to his punk rock roots.

Enter Dick Damage, who contacted punkdaddy through this very website, the pair hadnt clapped eyes on each other for something like 25 years,

punkdaddy: "Me and Dick made an album from his words and my tunes, we called it TSDS after his song The Shit Dont Stick (2007). We had a lot of fun making it and it was all done upstairs at mine just using a mic, a mac and a guitar."

Dick sadly passed away in 2011, which is well documented elsewhere in this site.

Wanting to continue working with a singer and lyric writer, punkdaddy hooked up with Mr Chill, who himself was on the lookout for a tunesmith to turn his words into music.

Mr Chill: "The first song we wrote was Angie. Really the whole album came out of that one song. It's a sad song about losing the person you love to an incurable disease, but punkdaddy came up with a melody that was so well matched to the lyric that we knew there was more to come..."

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• The album Mr Chill meets punkdaddy is available on CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify

British Music Archive • Music downloads • Radio Obscure

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The British Music Archive is a non-profit music and heritage website that features an audio streaming library of commercially unreleased recordings (demos) with associated biographies. It celebrates the less-established bands that define the real story behind the British rock underground.

The website is presently dominated by underground acts from the 1960s that barely made it out of their respective suburbs, but unwittingly contributed so richly to our youth culture and music history and yet sadly, disappeared largely unrecognised.

With your help, we would like to broaden our musical content so that we can portray the underground music scene post 1970. To do this, all we would be asking for is your permission for your music (as featured on punkbrighton) to appear simultaneously on a website that has a similar theme, but with music drawn nationwide.

If you would like to know more about this website, please visit:

Regular punkbrighton contributor Stuart Jones is back on the radio. Sort of. He's put together a webpage of podcasts which you can play or download, one-hour programmes stuffed with the head-spinning variety of music normally found on his very popular Mr.Obscure webpage.

There are rarities, archive treasures, original demo recordings of famous stuff, bizarre comedy items and much more.

The new page is called Radio Obscure and you can get to it here.

punkbrighton is an online museum created and maintained by it's creator and curator, punkdaddy. I started off with a tatty old box file supplied to me by one Rick Blair, an amiable fellow, a man of integrity and a personal friend. That was in February 1999. I asked Rick if he could let me have any old photos and press cuttings from his days as creator and boss of Attrix Records, Brighton's first truly independent record company, set up in 1977, and as ever, he was obliging.

Rick offered to write the first article for the spawning punkbrighton site and I was about to lend him my old Olivetti typewriter when he died suddenly in May 1999. It was such a blow to everyone who knew him, but it made me all the more determined to get all his Attrix Records stuff online so that it wouldn't die with him. Over the years, site visitors have supplied hundreds of additional photos, press cuttings, mp3's and their own recollections to help make the site what it is today.

Launched in January 2000, punkbrighton was pretty soon nominated for a Yahoo Web Award, which was a bit of a surprise, because although the site functioned properly and had quite a bit of content, I thought the layout was shite. I've tried to improve it over time but it wasn't until ten years later, in 2010, that I finally felt able to let rip with some artistic input.

I hope punkbrighton does justice to all the bands and everyone else who was involved in the mighty upheaval that kicked off with the advent of punk. if you've got stuff, send it in.


- tributes still coming in

It was in January 2011 we announced the death of DD but tributes are still coming in. See Read Our Mail or go directly to the Dick Damage page

Vaultage 78 | Vaultage 79 | Vaultage 80
the gold standard of Brighton punk

punkbrighton Jukebox mp3s from 35 bands

Ammonites Rehearsal - 15 tracks

Birds With Ears Youth In Asia entire LP

Dick Damage & punkdaddy - TSDS

Joe Cool & the Killers - 3 tracks

Messthetics #108 - 24 tracks, 10 mp3's and a video

Midnight & the Lemon Boys (JSD) - 8 tracks

Molesters Peel Sessions 1 & 2 - 7 tracks

Nicky & the Dots Peel Session - 4 tracks

The Numbers EP - 5 tracks

Piranhas Peel sessions 1, 2 & 3 - 12 tracks

Jamie Barnard Special Patrol - 2 tracks

Stuart Jones check out his many blogs
tons of music freebies +

Stu's post-punk compilation: - free mp3's

Visit the last archived page:
punkbrighton Alldayer Archive

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CD's you can buy from punkbrighton

A couple of excellent CD's are available from this website. Pay by credit or debit card or through secure PayPal gateway.

The Parrots/VolSec
PARSEC • 19 tracks

Parrots VolSec CD

The Dodgems Anthology
1978-1980 • 17 tracks

Dodgems Anthology CD 1978-80


The Attrix Calender 1981
by David Roughton
PunkBrighton CD sleeve
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Watch punkdaddy's interview with the BBC
or listen to my music, if you can be arsed

Read our Archives to see how the site has evolved since it's launch in Y2K

Coming eventually...
Look out for Situation Butane No.2, featuring the second part of Joe Strummer's interview with Stuart Jones. In the meantime, have a read of Situation Butane No.1

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