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On the official Poison Girls site, Richard Famous has posted the following news:

It is with huge sadness that we must pass on the news that Lance d’Boyle has died – 16 January 2017.

Lance was a founder member and drummer with Poison Girls from 1977 through to 1985. As well as his musical contributions he produced four editions of The Impossible Dream art/collage/photomontage magazine.

His importance to Poison Girls and Xntrix Records were immense.

He will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.

Let the beat go on.

Richard Famous

Lance d'Boyle - Poison Girls

Pete Fender has posted the following announcement on Facebook.

We are mourning the sad loss of Gary Lance Robins, better known as Lance d’Boyle, the founding drummer with Poison Girls and our friend and companion for 45 years.

For the last 26 years, Gary has been scratching a meagre living as an artist in a remote part of the Sierra Nevada, high up the mountains of rural Granada in Spain.

In February last year, Gary’s life-long friend and soulmate Frances, Vi Subversa, passed away, leaving him devastated. Before she passed, Gary came over to England to see her for the last time, and during this visit he was the victim of a credit card snatch that left him in debt for thousands of pounds, and without any means of support apart from his basic pension and the proceeds of a few pieces of art. The credit bank have refused his case for compensation and in fact have charged substantial interest on the original amount.

In light of this fact, we are launching this urgent appeal to raise funds for Gary’s funeral costs and to clear his debts. If you can, please head over to the Poison Girls downloads page – where you are free to download whatever you like, and donate what you can. Thank you xx

 

LITTLE ANNIE (FORMERLY ‘Annie Anxiety’) has announced the publication of a new artbook Meditation in Chaos, the vinyl re-issue of her first LP Soul Possession (1983), and live appearances on the European leg of the Swans’ tour.

Little Annie - Meditation in Chaos

Meditation in Chaos


Published by Timeless Editions – 2016 – France
21 x 29 cm – 84 pages in colours – Hardcover

Nowadays terms like “legendary” and “star” have all but lost their meaning, nevertheless Editions Timeless are proud to present the first ever artbook by a truly stellar legend, the original dub diva: Little Annie Anxiety Bandez!

Little Annie is loved and adored for decades of inimitable torch singing, the list of her collaborators reads like the who’s who of out-there music: Swans, Coil, the On-U Sound stable, Crass, Anohni, Baby Dee, Marc Almond – and the list goes on!

Annie has been painting and taking photos for years, her motifs include iconic religious imagery, the brooding skyscrapers of her former home NYC and intricate floral compositions.

“Meditation In Chaos” presents a glimpse at all of these and much more. The book features an introduction by her friend Penny Rimbaud of Crass and several stunning portraits of Annie herself.

Apart from the standard hardbound version of the book there are three limited art sub-editions featuring original art presented in a ribboned folder.

Annie Anxiety - Soul Possession

Annie Anxiety: Soul Possession – vinyl re-issue


Many influential characters graced the stage of Max’s Kansas City within the creative zeitgeist of New York City during the late 1970’s, but one local native named Annie Bandez thrust herself into the downtown scene with her punk ensemble Annie and the Asexuals, establishing her nom de plume Annie Anxiety (later known as “Little Annie”) and colliding head-on with the social norms of contemporary punk culture entangling the city at that time.

After a couple years of disintegrated pursuits in New York, Annie relocated to England, finding herself at the doorstep of the famed anarcho-commune Dial House headed by activist Penny Rimbaud. It was here that Annie Anxiety established herself as a singular artist and voice with her debut 1981 single Barbed Wire Halo on seminal Crass Records and forging a creative alliance with Crass members Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. As the landscape of punk in the United Kingdom was shifting towards a more diverse, multicultural focal point, artists such as Annie Anxiety found themselves exploring musical signatures in styles such as dub reggae and rocksteady.

In the summer of 1983, Annie began work at Southern Studios on what would be her first full length endeavor which encompassed all of her creative assets at that time. Employing the expertise of legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood to realize this vision, Annie pulled together members of Crass, Flux of Pink Indians, Family Fodder, African Head Charge, London Underground and Art Interface to record her groundbreaking dub industrial masterpiece. Upon its initial release by the unofficial Crass off-shoot label Corpus Christi in 1984, Soul Possession started the avalanche of activity that would include dozens of releases and collaborations with Nurse With Wound, Coil, Current 93, Swans and Marc Almond.

Dais Records proudly reissues Soul Possession on vinyl for the first time in over 30 years in a limited edition pressing featuring the original artwork by Eve Libertine on January 6, 2017. Limited to 500 copies (400 black vinyl / 100 brown vinyl).

Little Annie – live dates in Europe


In March 2017, Little Annie joins the Swans’ European tour for dates from Oslo through to Amsterdam. There are no UK dates for this tour line-up, but further dates are set to be announced.

Little Annie - Trace - 2016
http://www.songkick.com/artists/549013-little-annie
Little Annie - assorted works

A new interview with the reformed Omega Tribe has been published in the Bulgarian zine Sofia Rebel Station (13 October 2016), which has been translated into English by DIYConspiracy.net.
 
Omega Tribe - Angry Songs - sleeve

In a feature in The Guardian‘s music section, published earlier this month (4 November 2016), Steve Von Till of the Oakland metal band Neurosis select tracks from the 1980s British anarcho-punk scene and concludes that: ‘Crass were the mother of all bands’.

Von Till selects Discharge (Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing); Subhumans (From the Cradle to the Grave); Rudimentary Peni (When You Are a Martian Church); Crass (Mother Earth) and Chumbawamba (Stagnation/Liberation).
 
Neurosis - Crass were the mother of all punk bands - The Guardian


 
A group of film students at Falmouth University are looking to crowdsource the funding for a documentary exploring the history and legacy of “anarcho-punk within the southwest of England” and, specifically, the work of The Mob.

It depends on how much you know, but it is quite fair to say, that although the anarcho punk scene was not the most commercially pleasing, it definitely meant most “business” of anyone of its counterpart punk waves! The standard conversation is about bands like Crass, Conflict, Poison Girls, Rubella Ballet, Flux of Pink Indians, Rudimentary Peni, Dirt, Omega Tribe! (this is not only a quick grouping, but a loose one) but what I want to consider is the idea of anarcho-punk within the southwest of England!! How the politics of rural England perhaps influenced young minds differently to the urban perspective.

The other aim is to explore the idea of youth politics, how have the old school bands kept to or or changed their politics! And how does it influence their lives three decades on.

We have been in talks with Mark Wilson of The Mob and members of Virus! More TBC

You can find out more and leave a donation, or fund a reward, on the Old Life, Our World Crowdfunder site. The pitch stays open until the morning of 20 December 2016, when all pledges will be taken to fund the project.
 

Where's the Pleasure  - front cover

Following their successful vinyl re-release of the Poison Girls’ albums Hex and Chappaquiddick Bridge, Water Wing Records are to re-issue the acclaimed (and deservedly so) 1982 Poison Girls’ LP Where’s the Pleasure.

First released in September 1982 on their own Xntrix Records label, Where’s The Pleasure was described by Johnny Waller in Sounds as “The last great punk record”. The record came out of a period of change for Poison Girls. A new house, a new bass player, a completely new set, and, with it, a determination to challenge the expectations of their audience. What resulted is an outstanding collection of songs. Vi Subversa’s lyrics seamlessly make the personal political, and the political relevant to everyday life. The music bristles with inventiveness. What we hear is a band at the top of their game, exploring different styles and enjoying themselves in the process. It is Poison Girls flexing their musical muscles, rediscovering their roots, and connecting with the true spirit of punk, which is of course, unbridled, messy and adventurous creativity. Where’s The Pleasure is a truly wonderful achievement by a truly unique band.

The record can be ordered direct from the Water Wing Records site (in the US). In the UK, as with the earlier Poison Girls’ releases on the Water Wing label, All The Madmen are also offering Where’s the Pleasure for pre-order.

Digital downloads of all tracks on the album are available on the official Poison Girls web site (for a suggested donation of £6.50).

Where's the Pleasure  - back cover

Penny Rimbaud reflects on the experience of his recent heart attack in a recent edition of BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts (7 November 2016), which is available (in the UK) to stream and download through the BBC iPlayer. Host Josie Long also quotes from the lyrics of her favourite Crass song Big A, Little A.

Rimbaud’s appearance on the show is also available (as a ‘Radio Four in four’ clip) on the BBC Programmes‘ site.

Penny Rimbaud - Short Cuts

Why I found my heart attack a beautiful experience

Penny Rimbaud is a writer, philosopher and musician. He recently had a heart attack at Rochdale train station. He explains how confronting death was profoundly beautiful and liberating.

First broadcast on Short Cuts, 7 November 2016.

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