This episode of the Johnny And Elwood show is all about bands from the south of England (excluding London, that gets its own episode). There was a good chance that I may have gone to university in Bournemouth, way down south, and may never have met my wife and as such Elwood would not exist. It’s strange to think how many decisions have to be made to end up where we are. It’s fun to imagine the path your life would have followed had you made one decision differently.
Recently I watched a documentary about spies during the Second World War in the lead up to D-Day. They were tasked with spreading disinformation to the nazis to conceal the intended landing site of Normandy, instead making the nazis believe the landings would happen in Calais. The nazis believed them and kept their forces stationed in Calais and the landings were a success. So many decisions had to be made to ensure that this worked, including one agent who threatened the whole operation after the death of her dog, she decided not to go ahead with her threat and didn’t spill the beans. Another of the spies was so successful he was awarded the iron cross and a knighthood.
Another incredible decision made was that of Vi Subversa, a middle aged mother of two, to start the band Poison Girls. Punk music at the time must have seemed like young mans game, there were few bands with women in them and even less with a middle aged person. But something made Vi want to start a punk band and the result was awesome.
Caves, “Wild Dad” Always Why (Specialist Subject)
Weatherstate, “Ill” Dumbstruck EP (Failure By Design)
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Cosmic Thoughts, “Living Wage” Work Night Out (Hot Salvation)
Grand Pop, “Nova Scotia” Eight Nights (Specialist Subject)
Trust Fund, “Alexandra” Bringing the Backline (Self-released)
Muncie Girls, “Bubble Bath” Fixed Ideals (Specialist Subject)
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Lice, “Ted’s Dead” It All Worked Out Great, Vol 1 (Balley)
Sans Pareil, “Tracksuit Debris” The Future Ooze (Hot Salvation)
Crows an wra, “Vibrant Clolours” Kalopsia (Middle Man)
Attack! Vipers!, “Ghost Town Blues” Deadweight Revival (Yo-yo)
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The Cut Ups, “Exeter” Building Bridges, Starting Here (Household Name)
Crazy Arm, “Broken By The Wheel” Born To Ruin (Xtra Mile)
Svalbard, “For The Sake Of The Breed” It’s Hard To Have Hope (Holy Roar)
Matilda’s Scoundrels, “Bow To The Powers” As The Tide Turns (Self-released)
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Subhumans, “Work - Rest - Play - Die” Time Flies/Rats (Southern Studios)
Poison Girls, “Pretty Polly” Chappaquiddick Bridge (Crass)
Amebix, “Drink And Be Merry” Arise! (Easy Action)
Next episode we’ll be looking at punk from London. It’s going to be tough to find any good bands from there.
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