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Archive November 2006

Helen McCookerybook, former Chefs' singer and bassist, returned to Brighton at the Albert for a solo gig on the 18th October. Supported by the excellent Popguns, Helen put on a fine evening's entertainment to pretty much a full house. Backed only by her semi-acoiustic guitar, Helen showed she has lost none of her bubbly personality or talent for songwriting. She has moved on into a more jazz oriented style which fitted the relaxed atmosphere. The Popguns warmed up the punters with their lively folky set full of imaginative songs.

Several old faces from the punk days were there, John Helmer from the Piranhas, Jonathan Sussams from Fan Club and Dick Damage along with yours truly. Joby (formerly of the Hooligans) was expected but a bad back kept him away. Joby, a word in your ear: when I went to an acupuncturist with a bad back she asked me how much beer I drank!

Apparently the amber nectar can adversely affect your lumber regions, be warned! Get in touch Joby, DD wants a word. All in all it was a fun night out. I've also added a few more pictures of Helen in the early days, sent to us by photographer David Peacock. Also added some photos from the Albert taken by Jonathan. Click her mug opposite to see them.

A new book on punk, 'No More Heroes - A Complete History Of UK Punk From 1976 To 1980' by Alex Ogg is out now, published by Cherry Red Books. I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive in order to review it. From what Alex has told me it's a pretty exhaustive study (700 pages) of the punk years and features several Brighton bands. Check out Alex's site, www.alexogg.com to read more. He's been a great help to punkbrighton, supplying information as well as encouragement and moral support.

You can download a press release for the book in pdf format.
Dont have a copy of Acrobat?

'1979: The Story So Far' continues from our October issue next month.

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• Helen McCookerybook: the former Chefs singer's solo gig at the Albert brought a few old faces out of the woodwork. Pictured with her is Jonathan Sussams, former bass player with Fan Club.

• Brighton's very own Deadbeat Descendant played the Albert on Thursday 9 Nov. Support was provided by Imitation Electric Piano and The Only. A good evening's entertainment was had by all.