Tuesday, November 08, 2005

UK Decay November T-Shirt Offer.

UK Decay Communities presents...

UK Decay T-Shirt offer

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T-Shirt Offer!

The shop is now open
only until Monday November 21st 2005!

You can make your purchase via Pay Pal as our preferred

method or you can email Frank for other payment details. From now until

November 21st 2005 you again have the opportunity to purchase your own Shirt

from the ‘Classic UK Decay T-Shirt & Ladies Shirt’ series. This print run

see the introduction of a new 3rd 'Classic' UK Decay T- Shirt, 'For My Country’

to add to the first two designs, the Classic 'Unexpected Guest' and the ‘For-

Madmen Only’ T-Shirt’s. All three designs shall be available on 100%cotton,

220 gram 'Ladies Shirts' All orders that are in by Monday 21st November shall

be despatched on Tuesday 6th December 2005 in time to make the seasonal post!

These shirts will make an excellent gift idea and will
certainly turn a few heads!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Hey Cool UK Decay T-Shirt

Now Available!...

For Madmen Only T-Shirt

The Classic 'For
Madmen Only'

Unexpected Guest T - Shirt as worn by Rodney from 'Only Fools & Horses'

The Classic 'Unexpected
T-Shirt, as worn by

'Rodney' from 'Only Fools and Horses'.

There are 2 T-Shirts Now Available!...until July 4th 2005 This is the official UK Decay Communities website & the thoughts of chairman Werewolf.
If you want to replace that ancient moth eaten relic from a bygone age with a slick modern shirt that identifies with the Tribal spirit of the embryonic era of the emerging 'Goth' music scene, look no further! UK Decay were a "cult band" and were exlemplified by the BBC in the costume department
'Only Fools and Hor
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Friday, June 03, 2005



UK Decay Communities presents “UK DK Today 2” June 2005
Our Bi-annual
newsletter is now available!

Ram-packed full of images and unique content, this ‘Newsletter’ is really a collector’s magazine!
Presented in a slick ‘PDF’ format so it’s convenient to print, this 54 page edition explores the life and times of the Luton and Home Counties area of the UK and it’s ‘Punk’ and ‘Alternative’ music scene’s of the 1970’s and 80’s.

There is an interview with Steve Spon by Paul Rab John. In it, the early years of the Luton and area Punk scene are explored. A unique look at ‘Sno-White’, ‘Pneumania’ and the ‘Rezistors’ and Spon’s exploits preceding the ‘UKDK’ days. Some quite ‘eye-opening’ events to be found here!
Ian Lee delves into his meticulous memories and photo archives to bring us tales of chance meetings with the famous. Ian also re tells the legends of the Forgotten Bands from Leighton Buzzard.
This Issue hosts a 25-page Fanzine special. Featuring a review of Punk/DIY culture from the late 70’s and early 80’s containing interviews with UK Decay and information on the UK Punk scene. Included are sample pages from many of the featured Zine’s. Some have only been discovered recently making this news letter a unique archive of the early 80s Luton and UK punk scene. To round this of, Steve Spon has donned his ‘Fanzine head’ again to mock-up a front cover and a comment for a 2005 issue of ‘The Suss’!

There is a round up of the latest UK Decay Community News, and more links and reviews of some of our member’s projects. There is even a Crossword Puzzle that will test yourknowledge of those days!

Finally, at last you can own an Official UK Decay Communities T Shirt. This exclusive
opportunity is now available for a limited period only. News of it can be found in the newsletter.

For further information click here

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Mick Mercers Review 2nd Jan. 2005


Pity the poor Goths who never saw UK Decay, or experienced the kind of days which may never come again, where, with a fully functioning music media, Goth started and grew effectively in the UK because small amounts of coverage were enough to get a hard working band sufficient exposure to spread their name throughout the country. If their records were any good they could be playing to thousands within months. Word-of-mouth was like a plague back then. Bands who ventured abroad spread their reputation further, and assumed a larger form onstage, as confidence inflated their imagination. While nobody was bigger than Adam & The Ants in the underground channels, UK Decay were one of the biggest bands behind them. If they had mainly concentrated on the UK they would eventually have got onto a bigger label, as they were quite capable of headlining the largest venues.

That’s the nostalgia over with, as we start a New Year, knowing full well the possibilities/limitations our bands face these days, but I started that way because someone raised an interesting point with me recently, asking who was the most important band – Bauhaus or UK Decay? The answer was the latter, in every way imaginable. Bauhaus were simply an excellent band who had the music but needed to wait to discover an image, then went their own way. UK Decay had the sound, didn’t give a toss about image, and had the Punk ethos, so they helped bands along the way, understanding the communal aspect. (Prime beneficiary of their support, for instance, was Sex Gang Children, but many benefited.) UK decay were cool, as well as responsible.

You know, there never was a more tumultuous band as UK Decay in full flight either. This CD finds them at a time when Eddie Branch’s bass and Steve Harle’s drums together would blow away any Goth band on the planet today, and with Spon’s guitar guile, their style was like an angry fountain. Songs which grew and developed in ugly, violent environments (they hardly ever had time to rehearse!), these are also celebratory items, which the crowd love. ‘Unwind’ twists handily into the exuberantly scummy ‘Werewolf’, and ‘Dresden’ is on fire (oops!), while ‘Barbarian’ and ‘Barbarians’ are dollops of ratty noise, the latter made skittishly acceptable by Harle’s flashing finesse. ‘Sexual’ still shivers in a masterful way, with a grizzly bass/drum rope ladder across which Abbo plunges and bucks, as guitar arrows fly in all directions, and ‘Stagestruck’ is a slinky bass-boosted bastard, with a hearty, howling punch.

‘Rising From The Dread’ is a lolloping spree of rusty sparks, ‘Twist In The Tale’ cavorts with wordy jousting and ‘Unexpected Guest’ has one of the greatest bass openings ever, out of which the rest crawl into a punishing roaring, semi-commercial style, where the macabre intensity festers beautifully. ‘Testament’ is as mesmerising now as it was then, with gaseous guitar drifting over rhythmic barbed wire, on which Abbo is caught, roaring happily. Then they flip backwards and give us the early ‘Black Cat’, charming by comparison, before they pound to a finish in Hammersmith with the brittle ‘UK Decay’, a Pistolian ‘For My Country’ and another ‘Unwind.’ The bonus tracks included then come from St. Albans, four months earlier. These are more faded in quality but include a blunt ‘Duel’, frantic ‘Jerusalem’, jerking ‘Mayday Malady’ and a rumbling ‘Stagestruck.’

UK Decay split up far too soon, when Abbo went off to form the thunderously dull Furyo, and with no CD reissues, due to difficulties between the band and Southern Studios agreeing on what to do, their reputation has dwindled disappointingly. Many people just don’t appreciate the essential part they played in Goth’s birth, or how fantastic they sound. Now Spon has at least got everyone to agree this can come out maybe things will change and their roles as Dark Midwives will be recognised, as well as the quality of their songs. I have no idea as to what difference the re-mastering’ element makes, but the Klub Foot material is superb, while still not as exciting as they could be! Other releases should soon follow, including their sole ‘For Madmen Only’ album.

The single most important band in the initial Goth phase, these are your spiritual forefathers and, for once, respect is due.

(This limited edition version is only available to registered members of this site. Go into the forums for details. No set date has reached my ears for a normal release. I’ll let you know when I hear.)

Mick Mercers Review 2nd Jan. 2005
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