Gutter Gospel: David Jo, Rev. Paul, Jimmy Dore, Cuddly Toys, Trash Gallery, Rogue Journalist, Housing First, What’s Left Of The Left In Tatters, Andy McCoy, Beasts Of Bourbon, Finding Feelgood, Dogs, Kusworth, Waterboys, Hollywood Brats! (-by General Labor rhinestone cowboy, antisocial glamarchist, burntout recluse, outlaw singer, dirtbag leftist, lifelong dishwasher, record store dude, and desert trail bonfire storytellin’ man “cancelled since ’83”)

A SORROWFUL JOY I’VE KNOWN SINCE I WAS A BOY

REV. PAUL S. CUNNINGHAM

My friend The Rev. has a new EP coming out, I’ve loved all three songs I’ve heard off it, he has steadily become one of my favorite contemporary singer/songwriters. He is smart and gutsy and when he sings about the grit and the pain and the wind and the rain, let me tell ya, you can hear how he’s lived all those blusey lyrics first hand, he might look like a blonde haired Captain Jack Sparrow, but he is no Dizney pirate, he is a true pirate, an outlaw brother of the darkness, related not just to biker rock Bastards like me, Nasty Bastard, and Circus Of Power, but also to very sophisticated songwriting poet motherfuckers like Kris Kristofferson and Tom Waits. If you loved Guns N Roses but thought they just lost the plot, at Farm Aid, and think they’ve been absurd ever since, this hard skool throwback might be your guy. If you liked Junkyard, or Rock City Angels, that sweet spot where blooze metal meets outlaw country and sleaze punk in the moonlit empty bottles blackout A:M, you will likely also become a fan of Rev. Paul’s. He’s one of us independent D.I.Y. motherfuckers. Tell your friends about him. He is so good. He has excess heart and lyrics on fire with the truth.

Song # 3 off my upcoming EP !!☠ From here to Durango ! It’s for Bobby !🖤 | By Rev. Paul S. Cunningham | Facebook

I LOVE THIS COMEDIAN! A STANDUP COMIC’S JOB IS TO PUNCH UP AND TO ALWAYS CHALLENGE THE NARRATIVE OF KNOWN LIARS. THESE SHITLIBS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WHO ARE OFFENDED BY THE TRUTH SHOULD GO FUCK THEMSELVES. FOR SCIENCE AND DIVERSITY AND EATING BUGS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING. FOR SAFESPACE CORRECTNESS.

War Propaganda About Ukraine Starting to Wear Thin – CovertAction Magazine

“Cenk just called the Grayzone and everyone pushing back on NATO proxy war in Ukraine “Putin puppets” This dude is such an imperialist shitlib it’s unreal.” (-Revolutionary Blackout Media)

 BOLAN & BOWIE’S GLAM MASTERPIECE MADMAN 

If you been feeling somewhat crazy, confused, frayed or even outright unhinged about half the time, ya know that is perfectly natural in fictitious times such as these, when the regulatory agencies have all been captured and controlled by one or two people, and every once trusted media source, bought off platform, or ancient authority figure is gaslighting the fuck out of us with their bad cop/good cop fixed and unchanging duopoly bullshit, doing their best to escalate from tiredass guns and abortion culture wars wedge issues into fullout “order from chaos” manufactured civil wars or martial law. Everytime I read their bullshit mockingbird consolidated press, I know I feel crazy. Like Black In The Empire said on Twitter recently, that Cenk guy who used to be progressive took 20 million from a Clinton megadonor and now all he does is attack real anti war leftists and help the DNC whitewash McCain and Bush/Cheney crimes, while single-mindedly vilifying Trump like he’s some rare and unprecedented anomaly rather than a run of the mill, typical oaf, fat country club member of the Murkkkan ruling class. “Cenk pretends to fight the people who gave him the twenty million dollars”. Yep, their bogus narrative is always such a ridiculous sham, like when CNN insists there’s no inflation, no recession and everybody just LOVES Biden and Kamala. It’s never any legit reflection of what’s goin’ on out here in the fields. They talkin’ bout building bigger mega yachts and mega mansions and rockets to Mars, while we struggling to pay for groceries or the fuckedup electric bills or jackedup rents while Tv swears there’s no recession, our only problem is that mean ole bad wolf TRUMP. He’s not woke, and is a manspreader sexist Russian spy!!! They keep pushing the Bill Gates clone meat, and as a person who has not ate animal meat in about twenty or maybe twenty one years, since my longlost daughter befriended a pig at a petting zoo in the Midwest, whatever the Davos fuckers suggest we poors do, from giving up our property, to getting many more mandatory “safe and effective” monkeypox warped-speed shots for the public good, to giving up all privacy, or ownership, or cash, or “Our Bodies, Ourselves” medical autonomy, I sense that they, THEMselves, the fascist fucks who own the politicians, and plan your future in secret, are doing quite the opposite. Kim Kardashian would not even take a real bite from her synthetic Bill Gates burger, her sister and his pop/punk illuminati sacrifice boyfriend that goony drummer are all batshit crazy if you ask me, but we’ve established I think most everybody’s crazy, suffering from collective delusions, fanatical nationalist ginned up “pride”, and Stockholm Syndrome, psychotic greed: it’s the only thing that’s trickled down from those sick fucks at the top. I don’t trust any billionaires. Billionaires are not good people. I have to wonder about millionaires, too, quite honestly. 

JEFF DRAKE BOOK COMING SOON! 

My teenage band used to do “She’s So Filthy” and one of my old roommates recorded that version on the 45 of “Pillbox”. Love The Joneses, and also, The Humpers and The Vice Principals. Co Starring Long Beach Salon Pop SUPER HERO, my man, Billy Burke. Can’t wait to read Drake’s autobiography. He’s the guy half o’ Hollywood modeled themselves after-all those Izzy Stradlin types. The West Coast Thunders. Marvelous!

Jeff Drake – interview exclusive – RPM Online

MY MAINMAN BROTHER NEEN FROM GUITAR GEISHA GOT ME INTO THIS BAND. SO GOOD! Have a listen!

Going Out West – YouTube

TRASH GALLERY AND THE UNTEENS NEEN

Aw, man, you ever hear these guys? Maverick lone wolf/lone star rocknroll renegade, Neen Youkhana is an underrated punknroll superstar! Unless you live in Canada, chances are you may not have heard of them, because he really has always ran an authentic indie operation. In my eyes, he’s a Real Rocknroll underground cult hero! Righteous cat, too. Check ’em out and remember what real hard drivin’ rocknroll sounds like. Nothin’ but FUCK YEAH! In addition to being a first class crooner and guitar player, whenever I hear his music, it always reminds me of being on the highway. It is late night travel music, it has a great sense of movement in all of it, mobility, the road and the night sky. He’s kinda like Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy rolled into one. ‘Little Vintage Aerosmith in there also, Theater Of Hate, and Four Horsemen, and for me, even a little Jim Morrison in some of his growls.

WHAT? YOU CALL THAT AN INSURRECTION????! WHILE BIG 5 PAIDOFF WHORE PIGMEDIA MOAN ON AND ON AND ON ABOUT OAF TRUMP AND MAGA PROTEST QSHAMAN…REAL JOURNALISTS ARE KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED BY THE EMPIRE!

   People like me, who’ve seen too much real life violence, and carry the lifelong lasting effects of fuckedup trauma don’t really care to watch any of that splatter film casual violence occult shit that’s all over Netflix and Hulu now, on days when it’s way too hot to be outdoors for long, I have succumbed to indulging in one of those really, really dumb models dating on the bikini beach shows. I’m not proud of it. I’m kicked offa social media by deep state censorbots for anti war posts and think it’s been detrimental to most people’s mental health anyways. I never believe any of the media headlines owned by Bezos or Gates, Vanguard or Blackrock. It’s all pro war, pro “Gates Reset” all the time now, just flat-out horseshit. He’s buying up all the farmlands and sniveling suckers think it’s cause he loves the cuddly animals and wants us poors to be “healthy”. I don’t personally wanna hear anymore bullshit from the Cheney/Bush bunch, or the sold-out shitlib, pro war DNC about Capital Hill protests of Trump supporters. I want them to fix the water supply and house all the people. I want them to negotiate an end to wars based on lies, proxy armies, coups and Nato expansionism. I want them to demilitarize the police and defund the alphabet gangs. Trump is a threat for sure in that he wants to continue these insane Biden wars, escalate conflict with China which started under Obama cause his Goldman Sachs bosses owe the Chinese money they don’t wanna pay. Trump wants to put homeless people in tent cities and dissolve the department of education and replace it all with Betsy Des Vos white power charter “Christian” schools-they hate poor people so much, the opposite of what Christianity is supposed to be. Sadly, the Dems are almost exactly the same but with some gratuitous tokenism and two oopsy daisy rotating villains-and a ridiculous emphasis on theatrical support for traditionally oppressed cultures but they still keep all the same systems in place-the drug war, the forever wars, children in cages at border gulags, Gitmo, the surveillance panopticon. The low wages. The poisoned water in Flint, the jackedup rents. The Slippery Slope. Both parties are in cahoots, just do the bidding of billionaires. I want them to fulfill the Bernie Sanders mandate that was used to sheepdog stadiums full of people back into the might as well be Republikkkans DNC. Universal housing, real healthcare not just crazy fuckedup snatch n grab big pharma racketeering,  free higher education for all, like they have in sanctioned socialist democracies like Venezuela and Cuba and had in Libya before Hillary killed Gaddafi with her neo-con mercenaries. After they do that, maybe we can talk about AOC’s feelings some more. Anybody else noticing all the coordinated messaging, high level celebs like Angelina Jolie and Nichole Kidman and the Kardashians pushing the Klaus Schwab and Bill Gates “Let them Eat Bugs” bullshit in like, “Vanity Fair”? Thing about the nutty so called great reset and Bill Gates frankenfood bugs and fake lab meat and secreted geoengineering and spraying of barium to blockout the sun shit is these exact same rich elites who openly say they want to depopulate, the psychotic evil sociopaths, who profit from disastrous wars that cause the overwhelming majority of harm to the ecosystems though Greta Thunberg never mentions that, and who fly around damaging the atmosphere in their private planes are gonna say we have to give up all our rights for nature and puppydogs and keep planting stories and assigning celebrities in the controlled press, to advance their globalist bullshit NWO tyranny agendas. Their insanely evil cult leader says you will eat the bugs and own nothing and be happy. 

But you really worried about Qshaman protesting some more? Furry hats and facepaint, oh my! They mighta took down the Georgia Guidestones, but that techslavery advocate Harari dude who is Kooky Klaus and depopulation agenda Bill’s closest Isareali advisor gets giddy talking about depopulating. Meanwhile they silence the truth tellers in cruel Dick Cheney torture  gulags. Shitlibs fret about AOC’s feelings some more. Rightwing pigmedia propagandists keep calling Schwab and Davos “progressives” and “socialists”. They are fascists and tyrants, actually. I see why the Qanaons are so confused, all the rightwing media calls Biden and Obama socialists and progressives which is some kinda horrible joke, until Capital Hill protest, those gullible patsies on the right-they’d never really received the Cointelpro treatment like this, but the billionaire Reset whackjobs don’t care how you self identify. They gonna try ‘n’ control everybody. From The Thank Obamas and the Thank a Kkkops. The NWO is not your friend.

WikiLeaks on Twitter: “Brief recap of the Julian Assange case and recent decision to allow his extradition for publishing | #FreeAssangeNOW https://t.co/XYAht4zDYP” / Twitter

WikiLeaks on Twitter: “The CIA plan to kill or kidnap @WikiLeaks Publisher and Journalist Julian Assange in London | @CBSNews #FreeAssangeNOW https://t.co/FbbkiJ1WfW” / Twitter

‘The American friends’: New court files expose Sheldon Adelson’s security team in US spy operation against Julian Assange – The Grayzone

@TwitterSupport has placed a deceptive warning label on the link to our republication of a factual report on the tied or Rolling Stone’s editor in chief to the military-intelligence apparatus (-Max Blumenthal)

https://twitter.com/safety/unsafe_link_warning?unsafe_link=https://thegrayzone.com/2022/08/09/establishment-daily-beast-rolling-stone-intelligence-ties/

CIA, Pompeo Sued For Alleged Spying On Assange Visitors (thedissenter.org)

The establishment are mad about Murkkkans protesting and not trusting election results from known liars like the Cheneys but they are still happy as pie to take big checks from Hillary’s friends the pharoahs who have people dismembered for fun. Saudi Arabia’s Enablers Condemned as Woman Sentenced to 34 Years for Tweets (commondreams.org)

even the Thank A KKKOP Love A Uniform Patriotic Flag Waving Right is getting the cointelpro infiltration and incitement agent provocateur business nowadays. Unprecedented.

Various Alleged Instigators of Capitol Riot Finally Indicted For Sedition but Questions Remain About Government Infiltration and Incitement – CovertAction Magazine

Nineteen Years Ago Today the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq in One of the Worst Crimes of the Modern Era – CovertAction Magazine

But Shitlibs love Bush/Cheney!!!!??? And John McCain. And his moderate rebels with the Toyota motorcades, all the masked men in Syria. Proxy wars still suck. They lied about white helmets, they lied about WMD’s, they lied about everything. But here’s a gay talkshow celebrity to tell you that Mike Pompeo, Dick Cheney, W Bush, Obama and Zelensky are “NICE”.

IF YOU’VE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REINDOCTRIANTED TO HATE AND FEAR FREE SPEECH WHISTLEBLOWER JOURNALISTS AND WORSHIP AND TRUST WEF PUPPETS AND DAVOS BILLIONAIRES YOU MIGHT ALREADY BE A FASCIST PIG.

“Democrats are mad at Bernie because he is telling the truth about their bill that will not reduce inflation, but will expand fossil fuels and we are mad at Bernie for continuing to caucus with and enable a corrupt corporate party that hates him and every social policy he ran on.” (-Ryan Knight)

“Pretending the US government has been taken by Marxists lets the “populist right” feel like shrieking about communism is fighting the power when really they’re just facilitating longstanding neocon agendas against China and longstanding CIA/FBI agendas against western socialists.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

Responses Among The Left To FBI Raid Against Trump (thedissenter.org)

Ron Paul Told The Truth About The FBI 40 YEARS AGO! – YouTube

Nina Turner’s Phony “Racism” Charge Called Out By “Revolutionary Blackout Network” – YouTube

Chris Hedges on Twitter: “The Chris Hedges Report Podcast: John Kiriakou, who was the CIA’s Chief of Counterterrorism Operations in Pakistan, and Chris Hedges discuss why the CIA needs to be abolished. on The Chris Hedges Report https://t.co/nSWpAiE9Fx” / Twitter

How Russia thwarted US imperial plans in Ukraine and beyond – Multipolarista

“We don’t care about employment, we don’t care about the law…” (-Paul K. And The Weathermen)

 ANDY McCOY FOREVER

Mondays suck in the dead end desert ghost towns cause everything is still closed, it’s like a Double Sunday. I end up roaming restlessly on the deer trails by the river and foothills of the big mountain, trying to avoid rattle snakes and meth heads and bullshit propaganda on all the hypnoscreens. All my thoughts always seem to stray back to rocknroll. Andy McCoy‘s the original architect/songwriter/genius of Hanoi Rocks, and he’s got a new record out. “JUKEBOX JUNKIE”. Ya know Mike’s current touring gang is a slick, professional, well oiled machine, but Andy is still an elegantly wasted fulltime gypsy songwriting, big hat, larger than life, swashbucklingly debaucherous, one-off pirate outlaw, artist bohemian, visionary. A dear, sweet, most honorable, and faithful friend of mine memorably called him a burning wreckage and I smiled at the apt description cause I get what he means. Poor ole Andy slurs his words and stumbles around in a perpetually intoxicated honky tonk haze, his halo is always a bit crooked. Reminds me of somebody somehow, almost….familiar. By that I mean myself. Ha ha. I know he is frequently slagged by people online, in the ever annoying youtube comments, for his defiantly stubborn rocknroll lifestyle, cause people like the Crue ponce around gloating about how they got away with so much gross and mean spirited, unkind, unremorsefully insensitive, ballsout predator bullshit, because they make a lot of money, and tediously lecturing people about the 12 steps to sobriety which is not that impressive coming guys who flagrantly call their boxset “Music To Crash Your Car To” parts one and two and continue to get busted drunk driving, and getting more plastic surgeries, and doing big capitalist stadium tours, and tacky automythologizing made for tv movies ,and cashing unremorsefully in on their destructive car crashings, and hooker punchings, and ticket sales, and surgically enhanced Baywatch beauties from long ago, but they honestly peaked with “Too Fast For Love”. The online Crueheads are just ignorant metal goons and fame hags and wealth worshippers. Andy is a staggering, swaggering, prolific composer, painter, and libertine outsider remnant of another time, a one man Red Light District, an abandoned amusement park on legs, a throwback to Exile On Main Street in winklepickers, who still writes great songs sometimes, and no one really holds a candle to him as a performer or all around romantic rocknroll genius, in my book, at least. He might not make as much money as the Crue or Keith or Joe Perry or whoever, but I don’t care about money or power, and his electrifying contributions to our punkroll glammy subculture are timelessly immortalized and irrefutable. As I told my friend, “Tooting Bec Wreck to Eternity”! Those rich guys might have made more moolah, but Andy McCoy has made better art. I mean, sometimes, “Into The Valley Of The Dolls” is my favorite album, or “Love” by The Cult, but most frequently, in my lifetime, it’s been predominantly “Back To Mystery City” that has inspired me and my ouvre of under recorded songs, and entire way of life the most. “Everywhere you goin’ baybeh, you know I will follow…” That “WASTED YEARS” video is still the best concert I’ve probably ever seen.

(RIP) TIMO

“This time the collapse will be global. It will not be possible, as in ancient societies, to migrate to new ecosystems rich in natural resources. The steady rise in heat will devastate crop yields and make much of the planet uninhabitable. Climate scientists warn that once temperatures rise by 4℃, the earth, at best, will be able to sustain a billion people.

The more insurmountable the crisis becomes, the more we, like our prehistoric ancestors, will retreat into self-defeating responses, violence, magical thinking and denial

The historian Arnold Toynbee, who singled out unchecked militarism as the fatal blow to past empires, argued that civilizations are not murdered, but commit suicide. They fail to adapt to a crisis, ensuring their own obliteration. Our civilization’s collapse will be unique in size, magnified by the destructive force of our fossil fuel-driven industrial society. But it will replicate the familiar patterns of collapse that toppled civilizations of the past. The difference will be in scale, and  this time there will be no exit.” (-Chris Hedges)

‘They want your land, they want your gold and they want your kids. These are the real assets they are after.’ (- Catherine Austin Fitts)

As Democrats continue to gaslight the public about their ‘big win’ here is what Brett Hartl, the director of the Center for Biological Diversity, is saying: “This is a climate suicide pact. It’s self-defeating to handcuff renewable energy to massive new oil and gas extraction.” (-Ryan Knight)

“This new bill is genocide, there is no other way to put it. This is a life or death situation & the longer we act as though the world isn’t on fire around us, the worse our burns will be.” – Siqiniq Maupin, Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic. (Guardian 8/9/22)

“Never forget that right after Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered to send the US aid in the form of 1,586 doctors and 37 tons of medical supplies. “Others have sent money. We are offering to save lives,” Castro said. The offer was rejected by the Bush administration.” (-Radio Free Amanda)

“When you are an internal colony denied self-determination, the colonial master can determine your fate. I was organizing in the gulf when this happened & it was a brutal reminder of our status as captives.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

WHAT’S LEFT

    What passes for the Left in this country is a bunch of rank and file suckers and cowardly followers pledging unconditional allegiance to rightwing corporate, pro war, Wall Street motherfuckers like Obama’s Eric Holder and Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and AOC. Dumbfuck celebrity shmucks still drunk on Trump Derangement Syndrome, who have mad, media fed, partisan blind love for Hunter, Zelensky and Gropey Joe cause they have no real principles aside from feelgoodist Thank Obama partisan bullshit and idenity politricks partisan hate. They all work for bankers and inside trade and strictly obey big pharma and military weapons manufacturers and proxy army contractors. AOC and her bosom buddy Lyn Cheney, can both empty justice-tweet all day long that “Trump” is bad, but that only serves to distract from all the unforgivably stupid and appallingly evil shit the Gropey Joe admin is up to. I never liked one thing about Golden Toilet Donald Trump, but pigmedia still focusing exclusively on him all day everyday, as all purpose boogeyman scapegoat blamehound has gotten mighty old. Nobody gets up that early. Shitlibs refuse to stand for any leftist principle beyond performative red carpet bullshit-tax the rich dresses at the creepy Meta Gala with the Eyes Wide Shut crowd, or watching RuPaul. Ho hum, big deal-when you gonna do something to stop the wars or house the people? Never, ’cause the government, like the media, is owned and operated for and by the private plane Bloomberg/Pelosi super rich, and the ruling class megabillionaire donors love war and fascism, they got so much wealth and power they can force all kinds of undemocratic, inhumane, nefarious bullshit on us peasants  just for their own sadistic glee, and we, the people will obediently snipe back n forth about some nickel and dime culture wars bullshit, rather than ever correctly identify and seek to overthrow our common oppressors-the Davos billionaires with the evil sci-fi agendas and social currency ratings, cashless society bullshit, and dick rockets. Klaus Schwab brags about how his tech-fascist minions have infiltrated every government on earth. I heard his talk with the Pfizer CEO and they got diabolical shit in store for you, but pigmedia keeps everybody hypnotically focused on Orange Man Bad and forgetting all about and whitewashing the warcrimes of the Bush/Cheneys and Obama and Pelosis. Hillary overthrew Libya, had their leader brutally killed by proxies and went on tv and laughed about it. The Cheneys brought you Gitmo and waterboarding and indefinite detention of righteous whistle blower journalists like Julian Assange and Daniel Hale. Podesta said they need to “make an example of” leakers. Somebody killed Seth Rich. They killed Michael Hastings in a fiery ball of fire. They paid off TYT to become warpig script reciters though they used to do news from a left perspective-but no longer. 

    Dems never stop complaining about Trump bragging to Billy Bush, “if you’re famous they’ll even let you grab their expletive deleted”, but somehow manage to ignore all the Clinton/Biden accusers. Hillary and Warren keep hammering on about Sanders being sexist while Gropey Joe never stops awkwardly touching women and children and sniffing their hair and shaking hands with people who aren’t there, all on camera, and gives his son a super decadent lux lifestyle, with his white nationalist cronies in the Ukraine, full of backroom bargaining, hookers, crack, and oil company vice presidencies, and all the shitlibs see the Azov insignias and just shrug and look the other way. It’s really beyond scandalous, that this congress will give another 8 billion in weapons, every three or four days to slow bleed Russia over there in their sacrifice zone with the coup government Obama installed, but we got millions of people homeless in the streets and the justice-tweeters  would rather fund wars and police state militarization than house the people. Let alone provide a clean water supply to Flint, or universal healthcare or education. Legacy TV is still All Trump All The Time. Hard to find anything on Netflix or Hulu except creepy occult programming horror bullshit, and the ongoing glorification of idle heiress, model jet set, mk ultra beta kitten, influencer brandings. They brand them like cows.

You can’t really describe someone as a sellout, if they never had any principles to begin with. I had an ex girlfriend tell me she didn’t live by her principles. Huh? What? That I had more integrity than anyone she ever met and we were not compatible. What? Huh? Yeah looking back, summa the people I was most devastatingly disappointed by, never promised to be beside me throwing Molotov’s at the barricades, anyways, ya know-they were always sucking up to rich people, consolidating their own private landowner passive income streams, groveling stand for nothing mediocrities who only ever cared about their own comforts, luxury lifestyles and fitting in with the upper class. AOC, like Obama, is just a marketing campaign, an empty rebrand, a hoax in a pants suit. Same as all those people I can still get sucked in to feeling bad about, who were just never who I imagined they should be, to begin with. They’d rather sit at the bar with the posers and liars than do anything that might seem controversial or risk  losing some kinda brownie points, extra credit, apple polisher asskiss GPA scores with their booj inlaws by ever straying faintly off script. All that, while wearing a leather jacket with the Clash logo painted on the back. Everybody seems so zombified. They’re all on the Government Pills, social media crack, and propaganda tv, waiting for UPS to deliver their Amazon boxes for Science and Pinkhats White Women Educated Diversity and War On Russia and China because it was “Her Turn”. Orange Man Bad, you know?! So boring and trite and insultingly transparent, all these so called official narrative reciters are like teleprompter readers. AI obedient praising lady fascists and the FBI.

6 Things Wrong With the Inflation Reduction Act • Children’s Health Defense (childrenshealthdefense.org)

JOHN KIRIAKOU: J Edgar Hoover’s Evil Brainchild – Consortium News

WATCH: Mike Pompeo Sued Over Surveillance of Assange Visitors – Consortium News

“There is a disturbing trend where the politicians (both Democrat and Republican) who sold out our communities at every turn are criminalizing homelessness instead of providing public housing & healthcare. They’re criminalizing the problems that their corporatist policies created.” (-Ryan Knight)

WARPIG KISSINGER SAYS EMPIRE HAS GOTTEN TOO FAR OUTTA POCKET WHILE PIG MEDIA REBRANDS DUMB FRATBOY BUSH W AS SOME KINDA FOLSKY LEADERSHIP HERO. LIZ CHENEY’S HUSBAND IS HUNTER BIDEN’S LAWYER? SECRET POLICE SICCED ON TRUMP BY GROPEY JOE ADMIN.

In a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, immortal Hague fugitive Henry Kissinger says the US is acting in a crazy and irrational way that has brought it to the edge of war with Russia and China:

Mr. Kissinger sees today’s world as verging on a dangerous disequilibrium. “We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to,” he says. Could the U.S. manage the two adversaries by triangulating between them, as during the Nixon years? He offers no simple prescription. “You can’t just now say we’re going to split them off and turn them against each other. All you can do is not to accelerate the tensions and to create options, and for that you have to have some purpose.”

On the question of Taiwan, Mr. Kissinger worries that the U.S. and China are maneuvering toward a crisis, and he counsels steadiness on Washington’s part. “The policy that was carried out by both parties has produced and allowed the progress of Taiwan into an autonomous democratic entity and has preserved peace between China and the U.S. for 50 years,” he says. “One should be very careful, therefore, in measures that seem to change the basic structure.”

Mr. Kissinger courted controversy earlier this year by suggesting that incautious policies on the part of the U.S. and NATO may have touched off the crisis in Ukraine. He sees no choice but to take Vladimir Putin’s stated security concerns seriously and believes that it was a mistake for NATO to signal to Ukraine that it might eventually join the alliance: “I thought that Poland—all the traditional Western countries that have been part of Western history—were logical members of NATO,” he says. But Ukraine, in his view, is a collection of territories once appended to Russia, which Russians see as their own, even though “some Ukrainians” do not. Stability would be better served by its acting as a buffer between Russia and the West: “I was in favor of the full independence of Ukraine, but I thought its best role was something like Finland.”

Kissinger: “We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to.” https://t.co/mytxSajU6Q

— Gal Luft (@GalLuft) August 13, 2022

I don’t know about you, but to me this warning is much, much more ominous coming from a bloodsoaked swamp monster than it would be from some anti-imperialist peace activist who was speaking from outside the belly of the imperial machine. This man is a literal war criminal who, as a leading empire manager, helped to unleash unfathomable horrors all around the world the consequences of which are still being felt today.

And as far as you can tell from his own comments, he remains completely unreformed.

“Looking back over his long and often controversial career, however, he is not given to self-criticism,” The Wall Street Journal’s Laura Secor writes.

“I do not torture myself with things we might have done differently,” Kissinger tells her.

So Kissinger remains an unapologetic warmongering psychopath. But if he hasn’t changed as a person, what has? Why is he now cautioning against US aggression and warning that the empire has taken things too far?

Well, if Kissinger hasn’t changed, we can only surmise that it is the US empire itself that has changed. Its behavior is now so insane and illogical that it is making a 99 year-old Henry Kissinger nervous.

Which, if you really think about it, is one of the scariest things you could possibly imagine.

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The empire’s departure from the Henry Kissinger iteration of murderous madness to its new form of insanity appears to have begun around the turn of the century, when the influx of neoconservatives into the White House combined with the jingoism which followed 9/11 to usher in an era of interventionism and military expansionism of such brazenness and recklessness that many from the old guard balked.

Kissinger was supportive of the 2003 Iraq invasion, but well before it began he was already saying that he had serious misgivings about the lack of clear thinking and forward planning he was seeing on that front. The neoconservative goal of US planetary hegemony at any cost which led to that invasion (and the planning of many more) has since become the mainstream Beltway consensus perspective on US foreign policy, and it is responsible for the escalations that Kissinger is now warning about.

“The PNAC plan envisions a strategic confrontation with China, and a still greater permanent military presence in every corner of the world,” wrote Michael Parenti in his 2004 book Superpatriotism. “The objective is not just power for its own sake but power to control the world’s natural resources and markets, power to privatize and deregulate the economies of every nation in the world, and power to hoist upon the backs of peoples everywhere — including North America — the blessings of an untrammeled global ‘free market.’ The end goal is to ensure not merely the supremacy of global capitalism as such, but the supremacy of American global capitalism by preventing the emergence of any other potentially competing superpower.”

By “PNAC plan” Parenti means the plans of the neoconservatives behind the notorious Project for the New American Century think tank, whose unipolarist militaristic agendas they explicitly advocated.

Henry Kissinger is warning about the dangers of US warmongering not because he has gotten saner, but because the US war machine has gotten crazier. That we are now hurtling toward confrontations that don’t appear rational to someone who has spent the majority of his life watching the mechanics of empire from inside its inner chambers should concern us all. When you are talking about brinkmanship between major world powers, especially nuclear brinkmanship, the last thing you need is for one of the parties involved to be acting erratically and nonsensically.

We need de-escalation and detente, and we need it yesterday. If you’re too hawkish for Henry Kissinger, you’re too motherfucking hawkish.(-Caitlin Johnstone)

FROM THE BELLEY OF THE BEASTS

Sleazegrinder gave me my first Beast disc. Their songs spoke to my very heart, they had obviously had very similar experiences and lifestyles as I did back in my teens and twenties because all their songs reminded me of myself and many of my booze soaked fringe dancing former intimates. Spencer’s solo albums, as well. Tex reminded me of my ferocious partying old friends, Tap (RIP) and Mike L. (RIP) and Mark B. (RIP), he was a raunchy blues beltin’ hard livin’ soulman, probably the best of who’s still left. The Beasts, The Horseheads, and The Comatones were the primary influences of the sleazy bluespunk pregentrified dirty old Boston underground band, The Original Suffering Bastards, even though the magazine critics all compared us to American Heartbreak, D-Generation and The Hangmen. We were deadend kids, we never had no money and all our wouldbe benefactors were just hustling us to get near our desirable old girlfriends or famous friends-they were careerist social climbers wasting my time and lying to my face. It’s so impossibly sad and fuckedup and hard to believe summa the Beasts are already gone and summa my old bandmates, too. It really does all go by in a blurry blaze after you reach a certain age, it seems to accelerate.

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/rent-becoming-crisis-us

Hillary Clinton had emails on server more classified than top secret – CBS News

“Remember when the FBI raided the Clinton residence to  confiscate Hillary ‘s server with top secret documents illegally stored and how the media Alleged that she violated espionage laws?” (-Garland Nixon)

Whistleblowers revealed widespread FBI misconduct ahead of Trump raid | Just The News

“There is also the professional left element which reacts with open glee as the security state runs wild on MAGA, the same way many of them celebrated deaths of unvaccinated right-wing septuagenarians with Covid. The culture wars define their shared identity & trump any principle.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“A shocking new poll finds that 90% of Americans have little to no trust in the mainstream media. I’m not sure why that is but perhaps it’s because they lied us into: Iraq Afghanistan Syria Libya Vietnam Korea Somalia Haiti Guatemala Honduras Chile Ukraine..” (-Lee Camp)

“Today, is the anniversary of President Truman’s obliteration of Hiroshima, a civilian city. The dropping of the atomic bomb was experimental and meant to show the world who was boss. What has changed?” (-John Pilger)

Ray McGovern [and Michael Wong] on the US/Russia/China Triangle and Danger of Nuclear War – Ray McGovern

www.antiwar.com

Ray’s Likely Last (as in ‘Final’) Appearance on SKYNEWS/ Australia – Ray McGovern

They Don’t Want Money, They Want Your Kids — Catherine Austin Fitts (rumble.com)

GRAVEYARD OF EMPTY BOTTLES: REMEMBERING THE CLASSIC DOGS D’AMOUR LINEUP

   Man I’ll never forget the day my old pal, Cowboy Bobby Cloyd (RIP) showed up at my purple apartment with that Mother Love Bone “Shine” cassette-he later had a Columbus band he called Shine, and also, one called the Healers, but so far, no record of their live or studio performances has washed up on youtube. Bobby gifted me with a really nice black cowboy hat that I wore for years and totally wish I still had! He also brought over a bottle of Jack almost every night when I was still too young to buy my own, and The Dogs D’Amour “Dynomite Jet Saloon” on “putrid green vinyl” and wowee we were all so enamored with their songwriting, artwork, clothing, and lyrics, they had the whole thing down, just a raggedy lot of old school rocknroll troubadours a bit like The Faces. The Stones, Hanoi Rocks. My little garagebands covered their songs for years. All our early efforts to write originals were like far less clever imitations of The Dogs! By the time I got out to Hollywood, every blackhaired no hoper from all the smalltowns had already migrated there and formed their own Dogs D’Amour ripoff bands. My ex girlfriend was cohabitating with about ten of ’em. They all mighta dressed and drank like Tyla, but none of ’em had his songwriting ability, nor the musicianship of the Dogs. They were all like boxes of Loreal blue black hair dye and Aqua Net in Lip Service clothing teasing their hair up like Nikki Sixx but their songs were like gangster rap stupid, cause everybody’s hooker/stripper/phone sex operator girlfriends were into NWA and summa those popular on the Sunset Strip one sick posse, metal head, last call hair dudes offered me crack my first night in town. Jo Dog is such a special guitar player, everything he does is brilliant, his artwork is amazing, so is Bam’s. I remember feeling all disgruntled by Tyla’s heavy merchandising back in my teens and twenties because I could never afford his prices or keep up with the onslaught of Dogs goodies. I gave up on collecting his discography when I was about 26-there was just too much and I’m a pauper and once the other Dogs left, I lost all interest, honestly. I don’t know why they all fell out, but it would appear that Tyla kinda likes to keep a tight reign on all his operations, to most of us old Dogs D’Amour diehard fans, the Jet Saloon lineup will always be the one. You know I gotta say, sometimes in my own journeys, I’ve been capable of having too much to drink and sortof injuring myself but I can’t help but have some of that euphoric recall when I think back on the old days that have long since passed. The Dogs D’Amour were always a big part of that. Much more fun. Much more fun. My town cemetery has big signs everywhere, “Alcoholic Beverages Prohibited”.

 As you are now, so once was I…

FI FI FO FUN

Daniel Hale Support Team on Twitter: “Today is Daniel’s thirty-fifth birthday. He said “I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about turning 35 in here but it sure is something!” We’re sending him photos of supporters wishing him a happy birthday, so drop a selfie in the thread with a message if you’re comfortable! https://t.co/u28tCFHiy3” / Twitter

voicesofconscience.com

OLD VETERAN’S HOME FREAKOUT

    I’ve been out walking in the hot burning sun, my hair’s wet, clothes are, too, had to take the shirt off and put it in the laundry room. It’s hot. Part of the reason so many people get weird and freakout in these desert no man’s lands is because there are so few distractions, you end up back in your own tapes, your old buried trauma, your dog vomit anxieties and bad memories. I am trying to learn how to just let all that pass, burn off in the heat. I was outside last night to photograph the sunset and a poor old geezer from the old folks veterans home on the hill was having a very clearly audible nervous breakdown/standoff with the nurses or jailers or white coats or whatever you wanna call the staff up these. Negligent protocols resulted in a whole shit ton of his former peers dying off in the death plague of two years ago and me, I keep listening to what those dudes at Pfizer and the WEF have to say in their youtube discussions, and am not entirely convinced it ain’t all intentional. I can’t believe the corporate media is really pushing this all day everyday image makeover of the Bush/Cheneys and people are falling for it. Even rightwing Breitbart “news” has made note of how they’ve gone from admitting Dick Cheney was an unfathomable evil ala Darth Vader during the Obama Feelgood Rebrand, but now, they’re trotting all these old generals, spooks, bureaucrats and war criminals back out and giving them airtime to blame it all on fuckin’ Trump. I don’t know why all these deep state goons and spooks would be mad at him-he is all for private plane ownership, inside trading, taking megadonor bribes from Israeli billionaires and the KSA, wars on Russia, China, Iran, and an ever expanding dystopian police state, men in uniform indiscriminately gunning down minorities, feeling up the poor, criminalizing homelessness, stopping and frisking, spying on our emails and dictating our personal choices. Same as Pelosi and company.


Campaign Against Antisemitism on Twitter: “Russell Brand @rustyrockets and Aaron Mate believe that allegations of antisemitism in @UKLabour were merely “insults used to undermine criticism of Israel or destroy Jeremy Corbyn.” https://t.co/Cjwp2yJyCI” / Twitter

“Mike “we lie, we cheat, we steal” Pompeo is being sued for having the CIA spy on Julian Assange and his visitors in the Ecuadorian Embassy.  The CIA is a criminal organization of the highest order.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“Expect a swift public rehabilitation of the Espionage Act, previously known as one of the most pernicious laws on the books: used to prosecute Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Daniel Ellsberg and others. Now it’ll become a benevolent tool of Preserving Democracy™” (-Michael Tracey)

 “Liberals spent the entire Trump administration shrieking about the looming threat of fascism only to wind up cheerleading for the fucking Espionage Act.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“GREAT NEWS! Matt Hoh is back on the NC ballot, giving working people a chance to vote for what our lives depend on – M4A, housing as a human right, an end to endless war & an economy for working families. It’s outrageous Dems tried to deny voters a people-powered choice!” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“Socialists: “We need healthcare and housing for all in this country.” Liberals: “No, we need the FBI to dig up Trump’s ex-wife because he hid documents in her casket.” If you think Democrats & liberals want to do both you’re not paying attention. It’s Trump, Trump, Trump all the time. And in 10 years when they’ve exhausted that they’ll find a new villain to obfuscate the public with. They will do everything except fight for the change we need.” (-Ryan Knight)

“I’m glad Trump lost because otherwise immigrants would still be mistreated and the Iran deal and Roe v Wade would be dead and he’d probably be driving us toward WW3 by now. That damn fascist would’ve probably even started prosecuting his political enemies under the Espionage Act.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

“No they’re not “ leftists”, they’re Democrats. Big difference. Democrats are a right wing , conservative, pro war, pro wall st, anti-worker party that serves the same corporations & billionaires as the Republicans.” (-Jimmy Dore)

youtu.be/35tVOCcnoLY

Caitlin Johnstone: Ukraine Gets CBS to Retract Critical Report – Consortium News

Killing Children in ‘Self Defense’ – Consortium News

WATERBOYS, BOUNTY HUNTERS, JACOBITES, HAWKS, & TENDERHOOKS

By the time I relocated with half my band and a couple girls and my oldest kid to the hardscrabble, blue collar working class big city Dorchester ghetto, times were changing, last real rockstar Andy Wood had died and all that grunge bullshit and gangster rap was coming in. We met a real cool chick who shared our love for the NY Dolls and Dogs Damour and Nick Cave and stuff at a record store where we were consigning a dozen copies of my old fanzine, which was our version of pre internet social networking, how we looked for replacement musicians, met other groups, bitched about the metalheads we thought were fake or stupid, and waxed enthusiastic about the ones we loved. A whole lot like what we do here. I ended up becoming roommates for about four and a half years with the record store chick and she turned me on to so much stuff like those raggle taggle gypsy Waterboys and Snatches Of Pink and New Model Army, Rowland S. Howard and Dylan and beat poets and Kusworth and Sudden. She is always in my heart. Long after I’d fallen out with her boyfriend baby daddy who’d moved in to our apartment, I kept showing up on her front step with a bottle, three sheets to the wind, lookin’ for a home in every face I saw. Once or twice a year on a social occasion to break the ice. I could never completely let go of any of the good ones, she was like my soul sister. I heard she works at a bakery. God bless her. God love her. I sure do. I will always feel like forever in her debt for teaching me about all the bands I just mentioned, The Waterboys “Fisherman’s Blues” and “This Is The Sea” became two of the most important records of my life, and she protected me from her P.C. college chick roommates, and I leaned on her quite a bit when one of my old exes started giving me grief. We stayed up all night talking and drinking these special coffee drinks and listening to “The Big Store.” Those were the days, man!

The Waterboys The Whole Of The Moon : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

The Hawks: Obviously 5 Believers – album review – Punk-Rocker

ORGANIZE RESISTANCE! IT’S UP TO YOU TO PREVENT THE NEW WORLD ORDER! BILLIONAIRE SUPERVILLAINS ARE NOT YOUR SCIENTIFIC SUPER SAVIORS!

“Rule number one in Western media: If it’s bad, Russia and China did it!” (-Danny Haiphong)

“The propaganda machine allows the US empire to not only commit a crime but also justify it and blame it on others.”

ISSUE #95: Empire apologists are acting as if provocation is not a thing. (substack.com)

WEF Wants to Use AI to Automate Censorship of “Disinformation” – Activist Post

Trudeau is Implementing a Federal “Digital Identity Program” – Activist Post

The Psy-Ops of Inflation Reports (theepochtimes.com)

Army Wants “tech that can support and integrate everything from sensors to 5G and augmented reality headsets” for Ground Soldiers – Activist Post

“Beyond Chilling” – Homeland Security Seeks to Share Biometric Databanks With Foreign Countries – Activist Post

New Research Finds CIA Used Black Americans as Drugs Experiment Guinea Pigs (mintpressnews.com)

Intelligence Services Interference in British Democracy, with Kit Klarenberg (mintpressnews.com)

“These are animals, not people”: Zelensky frees convicted child rapists, torturers to reinforce depleted military – The Grayzone

YOU GAZE AT ALL OF THE NEW WAVE BEAUTIES

Another band of quite debonaire scarf wearers that deserved way more fame and fortune than they received were The Hollywood Brats, some of whom later became the Boys. Me and my old crew of rowdy all night wildboy carousers were all quite keen on the champagne and whiskey and always related strongly to them and their dashing dandified peacocking and hilarious good time all the time lyrics. I’m sure you’ve read the book. They were kings of protopunk kings. People always tell me this kinda rocknroll is outta style and that I should start experimenting with A.I. hut two computer muzak, but really this is the only stuff for me. Johnny Thunders used to say, ‘it’s hard to get a guy off Wall Street”, yeah, I can dig that. You should see how hard it is trying to get a guy off Central Park West. Everybody’s hooked to the rah rah war machine propaganda, I can’t live in the Tv world. I really like to get it on, put on a big rock show for the kids. This is really how it’s done, if you ask me. Our way of life.

ROGUE JOURNALIST CAIT JOHNSTONE

There’s a scene in The Usual Suspects where Kevin Spacey tells the fable of the mysterious Keyser Soze and how he became a crime lord.

“One story the guys told me, the story I believe, was from his days in Turkey,” he says. “There was a gang of Hungarians that wanted their own mob. They realized that to be in power, you didn’t need guns or money or even numbers. You just needed the will to do what the other guy wouldn’t.”

Spacey’s character describes the way the Hungarians came after Soze and his family to take over his drug dealing business, but the viciousness with which they did so was no match for the viciousness they are met with.

“Then he showed these men of will what will really was,” Spacey says, describing the way Soze kills his own family and then wipes out the families and friends of the entire Hungarian gang.

And what’s funny is if you carefully watch the way power moves in the world, you will see that this is pretty much how it works. The most vicious among us are elevated to the top, because all our systems are built in a way which elevates viciousness.

The US empire is able to dominate the world exactly because it has “the will to do what the other guy wouldn’t.” Whenever I lay out my evidence that the US is the most tyrannical regime on earth, I’ll get someone conceding that this is true but arguing that the US only behaves that way because it is the most powerful. Any other government with the power of the United States would behave with the same amount of viciousness or worse, they argue.

And I always tell them that they’ve got it exactly backwards. The US isn’t uniquely vicious because it is the world’s most powerful government, the US is the world’s most powerful government because it is uniquely vicious.

The United States put an exclamation point at the end of the second world war by dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan, not because it needed to (it didn’t), but because it wanted to intimidate the Soviet Union. It then immediately launched into a succession of new wars and strategic operations of astonishing viciousness with the goal of eventually becoming the global dominator. It achieved this at the fall of the USSR, after which it immediately instituted a policy of working to ensure that no rival superpowers ever develop and began working toward “full spectrum dominance” of the land, sea, air, and space. All of the major international conflicts of our day are the direct result of these policies.

None of the people driving the imperial power structure which rules over us are in their positions because of their wisdom or kindness. Oligarchs get to the top of their corporate and financial ladders by being willing to step on whoever they need to step on to get ahead. Military strategists get to their positions by demonstrating an aptitude for military domination. Intelligence officials get to their positions because they understand how to facilitate the interests of the oligarchic empire. Politicians get to the top by displaying a willingness to serve imperial power.

And this principle tracks from the top down through the rest of our entire society. The only valuing system we have for human behavior is money, but what human behavior does money value? Competitiveness makes money. War and militarism make money. Ecocide makes money. Sickness makes money. Finite commodities make money. The entanglement of corporate and state power makes money. Propagandizing people into believing they need more than they have makes money.

What doesn’t make money? Kindness. Collaboration. Peace. A thriving biosphere. Health. Psychological well being. Political transparency and integrity. Decisions made to benefit the whole. Sources of energy that can’t be controlled by the powerful. Abundance. People being content with what they have.

Goldman Sachs asks in biotech research report: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’ https://t.co/My7QSINDHc

— CNBC (@CNBC) April 11, 2018

Money has no wisdom. The “invisible hand” of the free market will never value the better angels of humanity.

Pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in the valuing of treatments over preventions and cures. The arms industry has a vested interest in inflaming hostilities between nations. Ecocidal industries have a vested interest in ensuring that they remain able to rape and pillage our planet without legal intervention while offloading the cost of the consequences to the public. Monopolistic corporations have a vested interest in intertwining themselves with government power to protect themselves from antitrust cases.

Everything we ache for our world to be — the way we know it ought to be deep down in our heart of hearts — is subverted by the systems we have in place, which are all geared toward taking it in the exact opposite direction.

The world will never know peace as long as war is profitable. The world will never know health as long as sickness is profitable. The ecosystem will never thrive as long as ecocide is profitable. We will remain ruled by tyrants for as long as our systems elevate tyranny.

To have a healthy world, we’re going to need systems in place which elevate health instead of viciousness. Until then the gravitational pull of those systems will continually steer us toward dysfunction. Hoping we can move toward peace and harmony without changing those systems is like stepping off a cliff and hoping you don’t fall.

We need to move from competition-based models to collaboration-based models. Systems which value working in collaboration toward the greater good, both in collaboration with each other and with our ecosystem. Until we do, we’ll fall every time.(-Caitlin Johnstone)

More on Creepy Ring Cameras Data Collection on Owners, Neighbors, and Giving It to Police; “can record audio from 20 feet away” – Activist Post

Ukraine And The New Al Qaeda (unlimitedhangout.com)

Hollywood Brats + The Vultz – Nell’s (London) 31st August 2019

We’re in London, West Kensington, Nell’s ready to witness a once in a life time event. Hollywood Brats are about to get back together on stage for the first time since 1974. People from all over the world are in the house tonight: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Italy, Germany, France it’s unbelievable! Nell’s packed, totally sold out, there’s not a single spot left on te floor.

The night is opened by The Vultz, awesome ’77 act reminiscent of Buzzcocks, Heartbreakers, Vibrators totally willed to give us a good time. Their set puts a smile on everybody’s face instantly, they connect with the whole audience immediately and we all end up cheering with the band and having a great time.

After The Vultz get back to the dressing rooms the momentum starts to build up and finally here they are, the last of the rock and roll dandies, The Hollywood Brats. Matheson is dressed to kill, flamboyant and sassy as he’s about to show us how a great frontman takes care of business, Casino Steel is giving us his rock and roll royalty realness behind shades, Brady is unpredictable and ready to attack like the devilish slinger he is. Side to side with the original lineup we find Peter Baarli (Backstreet Girls) all wrapped up in a polka dot extravaganza in charge of guitar duties, Martin Hansson (Backstreet Girl, The Boys) on drums wearing his trademark skull chest t-shirt and last but not least Kent Norberg (Sator) ready to provide all the outstanding bass an occasion like this requires.

The band jumps immediately on Tumble With Me, Chez Maxime and Zurich 17, these gentlemen are not kidding, they’re taking no prisoners. They sound dangerous, sleazy remembering us this is no revival we’re witnessing, this is history in the making. Band’s classics like Nightmare, Another School Day, Courtesan fit perfectly with the brand new single Vampire Nazi as well with amphetaminic versions of Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen, Dean Martin’s Little Ole Wine Drinker Me and The Kinks I Need You for which the band invites to join them Sir Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats).

The audience is ecstatic, for most of the people here tonight Hollywood Brats is not only a great band but is also a statement of identity, a brick of rock’n’roll history too long neglected and ignored. A way of living music and life that’s never been fully understood. This is not punk, not metal, not blues, not glam rock, this is the way rock and roll could and should have been. This is Jagger in a pink satin suit on Top Of The Pops dancing to Brown Sugar, this is Johansen’s clumpsy pliés at Midnight Special, this is Bowie biting Ronno’s guitar, this is the cheetah sawn on the back of Iggy’s jacket, this is an invitation to the biggest party ever that the world 45 years ago dismissed. Hollywood Brats were fundamental in shaping a way of being, in shaping our tastes, our personalities and everybody here tonight is so thankful and happy to embrace the ones that opened the gates showing us there was a place we can always go back to and feel home.

Baarli, Hansson and Norbert does a wonderful job underlining and enhancing every song in the set, never trying to put their egos in front of the vibe of the compositions. The night could not finish before the band plays their anthem Sick O You on which drive Nell’s totally mental. What a night!!! A 100% once in a lifetime experience… Or maybe the first of more gigs to come? Cross your fingers mates, cheerio!

Lester Greenowski

Casino Steel

Seldom have I felt this much anticipation. Today I will interview Casino Steel, the Godfather of Punk. Cas, the living legend who contributed to so many records that mean so much to me. The artist/songwriter with bands like Andrew Matheson & The Hollywood Brats, London SS, The Boys, Holton & Steel, Claudia, Big Hand, Casino, to name but a few. Cas, the man who actually turned down the offer to become a permanent member of the Ramones. “Casino Ramone” – put that in your pipe and smoke it! Casino Steel is more active than ever. We have just seen the pan-European release of the album “There Is A Tear in My Beer” on the Wild Kingdom label distributed by Sound Pollution. This is an album mixing Cas’s original songs with covers of country songs that are especially close to his heart. Not only that, but Cas and his old brother-in-arms Honest John Plain have just finished mixing a brand new album recorded in Annecy in northern France. The name of the band is “The Last Rock’n’Roll Band”.
(Interview by Jalle Jardland, Translation by Mats Sjöblom)

Cas, I would like to open with a question about how you and Andrew Matheson met in 1971, and how you came to start “The Queen”.

Cas: We met through advertisements in Melody Maker. We were both inspired by The Stones and wanted to start a band “to annoy and disturb”! We thought everything was too polite and uninteresting.

Can you tell us what happened on that night at the Marquee when you decided to change your name to The Hollywood Brats?

Cas: We had gigs at the Café des Artistes, The Marquee, The Speakeasy and Samanthas as “The Queen”. Then Freddy Mercury and Queen had a “hit”. He turned up at the Marquee with demands that we change our name. I told Freddy to go to hell, then Andrew threw him out of the dressingroom. We had already thought of changing our name to The Hollywood Brats, which we thought was a much better name, so there wasn’t a problem anyway.

The classic “Grown Up Wrong” was recorded in 1972-73. Why wasn’t it released until 1975, and why only in Scandinavia? What happened?

Cas: Nobody liked The Hollywood Brats. Genesis and Yes were popular then. Still, Mercury Records in Norway liked the record and we released it as “Andrew Matheson & The Brats” to avoid contract troubles with NEMS. The disc sold 563 copies. Today, a mint condition copy fetches £4000 according to Record Collector.

Sick on You has been the object of academic studies in Canada. Can you tell us about that?

Cas: The University of Toronto describes “Sick on You” in “The History of Popular Music” as the first ever intelligent punk rock song.

Hollywood Brats are often compared to the New York Dolls. How do you feel about that? Clothes, musical style?

Cas: We were very much alike, but we had never heard of The Dolls before they came to London. They had the same manager as us in London, Laurie O’Leary. We thought they were terrible the first time we saw them. We didn’t like any bands those days.

Do you know what the New York Dolls thought of the Hollywood Brats?

Cas: They thought we were fantastic!!

Why did you call it a day?

Cas: Nobody wanted us! We went to Montreal to try to get into the USA that way, but they hated us there as well!

You and Andrew have continued to cooperate and write songs through the years. Which song do you think is your best collaborative effort?

Cas: “Sick on You”.

Hollywood Brats never got the recognition you deserved, but “Grown Up Wrong” still influenced many bands even though distribution was limited to Scandinavia. Can you name any?

Cas: The Boys, The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Generation X, Slaughter & the Dogs etc.

Can you tell us what happened when the New York Dolls’ ex-manager Malcolm McLaren asked you and Andrew Matheson to a meeting to discuss an idea of his?

Cas: He told us that he was setting up a project that he wanted us to front. Andrew said “That’s the most ridiculous suggestion I’ve ever heard. Fuck off!” With those words we left Malcom’s office!

Was the project the Sex Pistols?

Cas: Yes, it became the Sex Pistols the year after.

How did you come to meet Matt Dangerfield and start writing songs with him?

Cas: Andrew and I got introduced by one of our friends, Geir Waade, who knew Mick Jones and Tony James. We were to start London SS, but Andrew thought Mick wasn’t a good enough guitar player. Then Andrew left for Canada and Matt and I carried on.

Matt had a studio by his home in Maida Vale. Did you record there often?Who else used to be there?

Cas: We rehearsed and recorded songs all the time! The regulars varied but included The Clash, The Boys, Generation-X, The Damned, Wreckless Eric and some lesser known bands.

What was the London music scene like back then?

Cas: Crap, until the “Roxy Club” turned up. Actually, there were some good pubs, where bands like Dr Feelgood, Eddie & the Hotrods, The Pirates etc. played.

What other musicians or bands did you socialise with?

Cas: None, but a few good football players.

Anyone in particular who liked to hang out with musicians?

Cas: Rodney Marsh, Stan Bowles, Frank Worthington, George Best, Charlie George, Martin Chivers, Peter Osgood, Alan Hudson etc.

In “The Boys”, did you consider yourselves a “punk band”?

Cas: Well, maybe not from the beginning, but we did some performances with Lemmy & Motörhead, where they were presented as “The Loudest Band in the World” and we as “The Fastest Band in the World”. Also, the press called us punk rockers.

You hung out with Sid Vicious. What was he like as a person? What did you use to do?

Cas: Sid was a “hang-around” in Matt’s studio! I went to an Abba concert with Sid and Lemmy! We thought they were great!

You opened for the Ramones on their “Baby I Love You” tour. Is it true that they didn’t play their hit song because they didn’t know the chords? And that John taught them how to play them?

Cas: That is absolutely correct. Johnny was very impressed when we taught him E minor.

Do you think the Ramones – or rather demon producer Phil Spector – used session musicians when recording “Baby I Love You”? As they couldn’t play it live and didn’t know the chords?

Cas: Yes, they used a lot of session musicians on “End of the Century”.

What was it like to be playing Hammond organ and singing harmonies with Duncan “Kid” Reid and Matt Dangerfield on Ramones’ UK gigs?

Cas: It was totally fantastic. I did many gigs with Ramones without the Boys. That is probably why they eventually offered me a place in the band.

Yes, you were invited to join the Ramones as “Casino Ramone”. Why did you turn down the offer?

Cas: Because they had no social life within the band. They would fix me up with an apartment in the Bronx, but I wasn’t very temped to be sitting there all on my own!

Did the tension between Joey and Johnny influence your decision?

Cas: Yes, of course! They hated each other then!

You recorded “To Hell with the Boys” in Norway – in the town of Hell, to be specific. In my opinion, the cover is a masterpiece, with the band outside God’s expedition at the railway station cleary marked “Hell”. Norwegian producer Bjørn Nessjø had strong preferences as to who should sing lead on the record. Did this cause dissension in the band or did it strengthen you?

Cas: I recall no problems. Maybe Duncan had a problem with Bjørn wanting Matt’s “John Lennon” approach as much as possible.

You left the band before the fourth record, “Boys Only”. Why?

Cas: I was a wreck and becoming an alcoholic. I had to get out of the circus. Also, it didn’t seem like The Boys were going anywhere.

You and Gary Holton left London and went to Norway. What happened there?

Cas: We became megastars there. We were on top of all the charts and sold out all our concerts.

What was Rig Rock?

Cas: We conned the press into believing that we had met on an oil rig where we were both working as roughnecks. They bought it, and christened our music “Rig Rock”.

How come your plans to break in the USA failed?

Cas: We never had time to go there and play.

How did Gary feel about living in Norway?

Cas: He liked it very much! He made good money and could take his pick of the ladies.

Why did you hang out with all those bikers?

Cas: They always threw good parties with fine girls.

Why did you disband Holton & Steel after four fantastic albums?

Cas: We took a break while Gary was doing [tv comedy series] “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet”.

And then he died. I’m sorry to ask this, but were you at all surprised by Gary’s death, or was he living so hard it was merely a matter of time?

Cas: I actually thought he had cut down on his drug use, so it did come as a surprise.

I found this information on your web site: “The follow-up to Holton & Steel was supposed to be Gary Holton, Casino Steel, Ellen Foley and Carlene Carter. After Gary’s death CCCP was formed with Carlene Carter, Claudia Scott, Casino Steel and John Payne. The album sold well, but the magic wasn’t there, so CCCP disbanded after one album only.” How did Carlene Carter come to be in the band? Did you ever meet her mother June Carter or her famous step-father Johnny Cash?

Cas: Carlene was acting in a play with Gary on a West End theatre, “Pumpettes & Dinettes”. I have toured with Johnny Cash, and then I also met June Carter.

The Boys play a few gigs a year ever since 2001. What made you go to Japan for the first concert?

Cas: The Internet had made us popular again in Japan. Vinyl Japan sold over 80 000 of our LPs that year.

What did it feel like to do two sold-out concerts at the Camden Barfly last autumn, with almost everyone in the audience singing along to all your songs?

Cas: All Boys gigs are special, the one at Barfly maybe especially so, as we met so many old friends.

You have a faithful following in the “Backstage Pass” members; hard-core fans who follow you all around Europe. What does that mean to you?

Cas: “Backstage Pass” are fantastic! I’m not sure we would be playing together today if it hadn’t been for our good friends in BSP.

Have you in the Boys closed the door on ever recording another album together?

Cas: I think so! John and I both now concentrate on The Last Rock’n’Roll Band.

How do you feel about playing with Honest John Plain again? After all, John was in The Tequila Band, backed up Holton & Steel and was also involved in projects like Ian Hunter’s Dirt Laundry with you.

Cas: It’s completely ace to be playing together with John. We have always gotten along and like the same types of music.

How do you think John has evolved as a songwriter, guitar player and singer since the time in The Boys?

Cas: He has become a song writing machine. Together, we can spew out songs! As a guitarist and vocalist he is excellent!

Which song is the best John has written?

Cas: “First Time”

Tell us what was on your mind when you picked out the songs and recorded the album “There’s A Tear in my Beer”, that is now being released through-out Europe.

Cas: This album was recorded at a time when I was deeply depressed. It was a necessary thing for me to do!

You once said that “There can be more Rock’n’Roll in Country than in Rock’n’Roll”. Explain!

Cas: Country lyrics mean a lot to me. I am more interested in “smoke filled bar rooms” than in “street fighting”.

One last question. Which song is the best you have written so far?

Cas: Possibly “Heroine”.

I’d like to thank you for the interview, and wish you luck with the release of the album “There Is A Tear in My Beer” on the Wild Kingdom label, distributed through-out Europe by Sound Pollution.

Cas: Thank you!

And of course, the best of luck to the new super group The Last Rock’n’Roll Band. In fact, Cas brought the record, so I could listen to it after the interview. After listening to it with a big smile on my face, I really look forward to its release! Good songs potently performed! Maybe I will get to interview John & Cas about The Last Rock’n’Roll Band presently… That would be great fun!

If you want to find out more of the wonderful life of Mr Casino Steel, The Godfather of Punk.

Links http://www.casinosteel.com
http://www.myspace.com/casinosteel
http://www.myspace.com/thelastrocknrollband
http://www.theboys.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/theboysuk
http://www.myspace.com/backstagepassers
http://www.hollywoodbrats.com

Record/distribution companies

http://www.wildkingdom.se
http://www.spdist.se
http://www.captainoi.com

Downloads http://www.musicblink.com

http://www.casinosteel.com

2007-07-15