Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Anti-Nowhere League - Live And Loud

Their first gig was at the Tunbridge Wells annual carnival, at which they got arrested. This led to their first press coverage with the local newspaper describing their gig as a 'cacophony of noise'. In 1981, Gooky (who left the same year), Hopper and Clive "Winston" Blake came in on lead guitar, drums and bass respectively, although Hopper was quickly replaced with PJ ('Persian John') (real name Djahanshah Aghssa). They managed to get a slot in The Exploited's Apocalypse tour, along with Chron Gen and Anti Pasti. This led to them signing to John Curd's record label WXYZ, with Curd and Chris Gabrin co-managing the band. Later that year, they also opened for The Damned on a short tour round the north of England and Scotland. November 1981 saw the release of their first single, a cover version of Ralph McTell's "Streets of London". This single later became the group's anthem, "So What" on the B-side. In 1982, they took part in the 'So What Tour' in the company of such groups as Chelsea, Chron Gen and the Defects, and the release of their debut album We Are...The League. However, the Obscene Publications Squad seized all copies of their records, which were removed from retailers and they were banned from TV and radio. In addition, they were removed from the Top Of The Pops studio because Animal was carrying a 3ft axe around with him. The year finished with the 'Hardcore Storms America' tour with the UK Subs.
Gilly (real name Mark Gilham) joined the band in 1983 as an extra guitarist, which according to the bands website,, was because Magoo was drinking heavily and was often unable to carry out his commitments as guitarist. The band went to Yugoslavia to record a live album, called Live In Yugoslavia, but this was dogged by problems with the authorities insisting that references that Animal had made about their recently deceased president Tito be removed from the master tapes, and any language which they deemed to be offensive be bleeped.

Tracks
.. for you
.. queen & country
.. johannesburg
.. wreck a nowhere
.. streets of london
.. crime
.. we will sruvive
.. branded
.. woman
.. can't stand rock 'n' roll
.. we are the league
.. something else
.. let the country feed you
.. let's break the law
.. i hate people
.. snowman
.. on the waterfront
.. going down
.. so what (bonus track)
.. fuck around the clock (bonus track)

Details
.. Year: 1990
.. Country: U.K.
.. Bitrate: VBR
.. Home-Page: www.antinowhereleague.com/
.. Label: Link Records
.. BUY: http://www.antinowhereleague.com/merchandise_cds.html

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