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2019 Barfly Top Tens: Joey Bedlam

joey bedlamTen bands Joey saw live in 2019 - or wishes she did and watched online:

  1. Bigger Than Jesus (Australia)
  2. The Heinous Hounds Blues Band (Australia)
  3. The Sick Rose (Italy)
  4. The Stems (Australia)
  5. Rough n Tumble (Netherlands)
  6. Radio Birdman (USA/Australia)
  7. The Casanovas (Australia and in expectation of their album launch cos I know it will blow my mind)
  8. Jeff Dahl (USA)
  9. Sonny Vincent (Testors)
  10. The Laissez Fairs (Ireland/USA)

Joey Bedlam was the leader of Melbourne's Doll Squad and will be releasing a new recording in 2020. 

 

A Tribute to Sonny Vincent - Various Artists (Disturbed Records)

sonny tributeThree years ago, family tragedy thrust Sonny Vincent from being a cult New York punk legend into the role of full-time carer. 

Based in Europe for two decades from where he prolifically recorded and toured, he was suddenly pulled back to the USA by a home gas explosion and fire that left his son, daughter-in-law and grandson on life support in a North Carolina hospital.

Sonny’s family has survived but his music is on indefinite hold. Day-to-day life now revolves around his 12-year-old grandson Cayden, still undergoing skin grafts while trying to live the life of a schoolboy. Sonny hasn’t picked up a guitar since that fateful night and has been existing on donations.

The protopunk filth and the FURY

primitive 1969 76Sonny Vincent: Primitive 1969-76. Diamond Distance & Liquid Fury - Sonny Vincent (Hozac Archival)

Some would hide their earliest bands’ recordings in a dark place and hope nobody found them. Thankfully, not Sonny Vincent.

As one of the last New York punks still standing, Sonny Vincent criminally remains a well-kept secret. The music he’s made under his own name, and with a string of bands - most notably, Max’s Kansas City and CBGB graduates, Testors - is some of the best primal sound around. This collection of songs from his pre-punk bands, spanning 1969-72, does nothing to detract from that track record. 

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