More january News and gigs and updates

January 24, 2007

Hi Folks,
theres a lot going on this end…P.A.I.N going to Europe, The Nightingales going to USA, Dufus coming to UK again in May and the rest….
I’ve just added some Culture Shock and Citizen Fish vinyl I found to the Iron Man Records shop. Also I have a few last copies of RDF Raggamuffin Statement on cd and also Wasteland and Borderline Cases on vinyl left along with Crass, Subhumans and loads of other stuff here:

Next Military Suplus / RDF gig is:
31st March 2006 Military Surplus / RDF, Birmingham

MILITARY SURPLUS / RDF ….yes, its them!
8:30PM – LATE
Sound by F.R.C
Lights and backdrops by Bendy

Here are details of
P.A.I.N playing in Poland and Lithuania in February 2007:
2007-02-17 saturday
15 LTL (4,5 euros), 9pm
P.A.I.N. [uk] scorching punk-dub-reggae
HERO DISHONEST [fin] thrash-punk
BAD DISPOSITION [lt] vilnius punk
ZIMBABWE [lt] melodic punk

Grupe Prostitute DJs [lt] eclectic party beats
The Face a.k.a. Kevin Mancuso-Retroactive DJs [it-lt] ’77 waves
Uwa Kahula-DoomooStudio [lt] party beats

artCore crew

“New Style” club (ex-sport palace), Rinktines str. 1, Vilnius, Lithuania
contact: domas@… / +37069904055

regarding P.A.I.N gig in Warsaw contact
Piotr Maslanka for more info
Tel.+48 602 447 556

This Saturday, hundreds of thousands of Americans will march on Washington
DC to demand peace and justice in Iraq and the Middle East.
We can be there
too, raising a global voice of solidarity — through our own worldwide
virtual march. Time is short, so add your voice and join the march today!

Avaaz supporters in Washington have offered to carry real banners and
placards at the US demonstration – showing how many internet marchers from
all round the world are joining in. We will carry the flag of each country
that generates more than 500 internet marchers, so tell your friends!

With American opposition to this war mounting, 45,000 of us from over 100
countries have already joined the call to oppose Bush’s military escalation
and demand a real plan to end this war.

Can we get 75,000 – even 100,000 people from round the world to join the
march before Saturday? Click here to join the march:

This could signal the rebirth of the US peace movement. We need to show
them the world is on their side. Let’s bring our call for peace to the
streets of power in Washington. Join the global peace march and tell your
friends today!

With hope,

Ricken, Paul, Tom, Rachel, Galit, Lee-Sean and the rest of the Ceasefire
Campaign (now! ) Team

PS – In an online poll last year, nearly a thousand of you helped choose a
compelling new name for our global campaigning effort –
Avaaz means “voice” or “song” in many Asian languages. The new site is up,
so check it out!

Eastfield are in Birmingham this Friday with G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S and then once a month up to and
including April. marvellous. please read on….and feel free to pass on

Friday 26 January 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Epic Skate Park
Moseley Road, Moseley
Eastfield, G.o.r.g.e.o.u.s, Intention and Radiation Angels
8 – 11.30pm. £3 entry

Wednesday 31 January – NORWICH B2 Club
Eastfield, Washed Up and Dead Enders

Thursday February 8 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Scruffy Murphys
Dale End, City Centre
Eastfield, Rotunda, Intention and Ram-Man
7.30-11pm. £3

Saturday February 10 2007 – BELPER Queens Head
Chesterfield Road
Eastfield, Chris Butler, Steven Cooper, Phil Doleman
8-11pm. £4

Friday February 16 2006 – KETTERING Sawyers
Montagu Street
Eastfield and Verbal Warning
8 – 11.30pm. cheap entry

Thursday February 22 2007 – READING The Turks Head
31, London Rd, Reading RG1 5BJ (10 mins walk from Reading BR station)
Eastfield, Second in Line, Organised Sports and The Stats.
8:00 – 11:00. Free entry. Cheap beer & food.

Friday February 23 2007 – HALIFAX The Shay
Eastfield, The Kirkz and AB Negative
8pm. free entry

Saturday February 24 2007 – ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE The Station
Eastfield, TV Smith, Christina Lee and some bloke from the Icicle Works
Pub Hours. £2

Friday March 2 2007 – KETTERING Sawyers
Montague Street
Eastfield and The Men They Couldn’t Hang

Saturday 10 March 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Market Tavern
Moseley Street, Digbeth
Eastfield, Bus Station Loonies, This System Kills, Kamikaze Sperm and others
8-11pm. cheap entry.

Friday March 23 2007 – KETTERING Sawyers (Jessi solo)
TV Smith, Steven Cooper & the Charlies, Jessi Eastfield

Saturday April 7 2007 – BIRMINGHAM Epic Skate Park – Vegan Prisoners Support
Moseley Road, Moseley
Eastfield, Active Slaughter, Contempt, Ram-Man, Cupid Stunt, Intention and
ASBO All-stars
DJs, Films, Food etc. Fun until 4am.

Friday April 13 2007 – LANCASTER Gregson
Moor Lane
Eastfield, Tracey Curtis and Chris Butler


at The Bear Tavern, Bearwood, Birmingham





plus special guests

8:30 – LATE

From Stirchley STOP THE WAR:
Saturday 24th of February, National Demonstration in London called by CND and Stop the War Coalition to object to Trident and to demand troops out of Iraq.  Parliament will debate and vote on Trident in early March. Please contact us for coach tickets as soon as possible.

Coaches leave the Stirchley Community Centre at 8.30 AM calling at the University Guild in Selly Oak at 8.45 AM. Tickets cost £12 full and £6 unwaged with young children travelling free.

Email me for coach tickets or phone  07958109648

3) Friday the 2nd of February at 7.30PM A delegation from  Stirchley Stop the War Group will be meeting with Selly Oak constituency MP Lynne Jones in Cotteridge. The idea would be to clarify some of the issues that we have been working on. Specifically:

  • The rising levels of racism against Muslims. Lynne refused to sign the national open letter from STW on the issue.
  • Afghanistan.
  • Iraq. Lynne abstained on the parliamentary vote for an enquiry and refused to sign the EDM lodged by John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn, which calls for immediate troop withdrawal saying that ‘now we are there we do have responsibilities’.

Contact us if you are interested in being part of the delegation.
return to England at the End of May 2007
to tour and hope to visit Holland/Belgium and Germany in June. If you want to find out more or book the band to play contact Seth at or
you can buy the new DUFUS album The LAST CLASSED BLAST from

Dufus – The Last Classed Blast “An incredible record which wears off-kilter, experimental song structures like a gleaming new suit” – Mary Boyd, National Student Newspaper

“Songs like the cut-up Dawn Crusade and the interestingly titled Nenglich Phlarloosely keep the freak flag flying” – Subba Culture

“A weird mix of folk, Beefheart and Zappa style avant-nuttiness” – Mark Rowland Penny Black Music

“It’s dark, carnivale and a very special record” – Skif, Vanity Project Review

“Leading lights of anti-folk deliver more utterly bonkers songs” – Subba Culture

“Rightly respected as one of the most prolific, original and influential bands to emerge from the `anti-folk’ scene and in their ten years of being have been criminally ignored by wider audiences” – Mary Boyd, National Student Newspaper

“Bands like Dufus are essential within the rock music spectrum to keep complacency and mediocrity well in its place” – Mary Boyd, National Student Newspaper

“Artwork by Nick White, who also did the art for Loveheart by Merz. He’s got such a distinctive style, it’s brilliant, and suits an album that’ll find fans with those who like their music weird without being impenetrable” – Giacomo Lee, Reading University Magazine

also of interest to DUFUS fans and the rest…Brent who plays drums for DUFUS will be bringing his other band called WOODEN GHOST to UK in April so againif you want to find out more or book the band to play contact Brent at

Dufus and Nightingales Music CDs available from: ,, , (USA),,,,,,,,, etc

Nightingales and Dufus Digital Downloads available from:, itunes, Napster, Emusic, HMV, Karma, MSN, 7 Dugital, Sony Connect, Musicnet, OD2, Real Rhapsody, Yahoomusic, Wippit, Tune Tribe, Virgin Digital,etc

Dufus, P.A.I.N and Nightingales Music videos available on:,

Iron Man Records releases available for Podcasters:

The Nightingales have some gigs coming up and are off to USA in March:
FEBRUARY 2 2007 8:00 PM  –   Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham   –   with The Courtesy Group & more tba. 8pm – Midnight. Advance tickets £5 (+ booking fee) available from Swordfish Records (Temple Street, Birmingham city centre) & Jibbering Records (Moseley) from mid Jan. Info, etc – gsalterandhisid@… or visit

FEBRUARY 4 2007 8:00 PM  –   Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London. Guided Missile presents the NIGHTINGALES + REVEREND TED CHIPPINGTON + Violet Violet . Advance tickets (£7) from

FEBRUARY 5 2007 8:00 PM  –  Bloomsbury Theatre London. TEDSTOCK – SOLD OUT. See venue web site for details of this event –

FEBRUARY 24 2007 8:00 PM  –  Hare & Hounds. High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham –  £7. REVEREND TED CHIPPINGTON  + The Courtesy Group + Mills & Boon + Nadeem Rangzeb + DJ Dylan

FEBRUARY 28 2007 6:00 PM  –  The Hideout (TBC). Chicago, Illinois  –  $TBC, with  Janet Beveridge Bean (& maybe Catherine Irwin? &/or the full on Freakwater? TBC). Please note this show may be moved from The Hideout. More info soon

MARCH 1 2007 8:00 PM  –   Cafe Bourbon Street, 2216 Summit Street, Columbus, Ohio  –  $TBC, with others tba. More info soon

MARCH 2 2007 8:00 PM  –   The Lime Spider (TBC), 207 S.Main Street, Akron, Ohio  –  $TBC, with Home & Garden + Half Cleveland. More info soon
MARCH 3 2007 8:00 PM  –  Gooski’s, 3117 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   –  $TBC, with The Victoria Lucas . Gooski’s – (412) 686-1658
MARCH 4 2007 8:00 PM  –  Johnny Brenda’s , 1021 N.Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  –  $8, with The Victoria Lucas + The Notekillers
MARCH 5 2007 8:00 PM  –   AS220 (TBC), 115 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island   –  $TBC, with The Victoria Lucas & others tba
MARCH 6 2007 8:00 PM  –  Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, NYC (Manhatten), New York  –  $TBC, with others tba
MARCH 8 2007 8:00 PM  –   Union Hall, 702 Union Street, NYC (Brooklyn), New York  –  $TBC, with The Victoria Lucas & others tba
MARCH 9 2007 8:00 PM  –   Abbey Lounge (TBC), 3 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts  –  $TBC, with The Victoria Lucas + The In Out
MARCH 10 2007 8:00 PM  –   Rudy’s, 307 Elm Street, New Haven, Connecticut  –  $TBC, with The Victoria Lucas & others tba

thats all for now, catch you later

We're fucked

January 15, 2007

The problems with “ID Cards” from

Not just a card. The card is the least of it… #

The proposed identity management system has multiple layers #
The NIR (National Identity Register) — individual checking and numbering of the population — marking many personal details as “registrable facts” to be disclosed and constantly updated — collection and checking of biometrics (e.g. fingerprints) — the card itself — a widespread scanner network and secure (one hopes) infrastructure connecting it to the central database — provision for use across the private and public sectors — data-sharing between organisations on an unprecedented scale.

Massive accumulation of personal data #
50 categories of registrable fact are set out in the Bill, though they could be added to. Effectively an index to all other official and quasi-official records, through cross-references and an audit trail of all checks on the Register, the NIR would be the key to a total life history of every individual, to be retained even after death.

Lifelong surveillance and the meta-database #
Every registered individual will be under an obligation to notify any change in registrable facts. It is a clear aim of the system to require identity verification for many more civil transactions, the occasions to be stored in the audit trail. Information verified and indexed by numbers from the NIR would be easily cross-referenced in any database or set of databases. The “meta-database” of all the thousands of databases cross-referenced is much more powerful and much less secure than the NIR itself.

Overseas ID cards are not comparable #
Many western countries that have ID cards do not have a shared register. Mostly ID cards have been limited in use, with strong legal privacy protections. In Germany centralisation is forbidden for historical reasons, and when cards are replaced, the records are not linked. Belgium has made use of modern encryption methods and local storage to protect privacy and prevent data-sharing, an approach opposite to the Home Office’s. The UK scheme is closest to those of some Middle Eastern countries and of the People’s Republic of China—though the latter has largely given up on biometrics.
The Government has not made a case. There is no evidence the system will produce the stated benefits. Less liberty does not imply greater security. #

Terrorism #
ID does not establish intention. Competent criminals and terrorists will be able to subvert the identity system. Random outrages by individuals can’t be stopped. Ministers agree that ID cards will not prevent atrocities. A blank assertion that the department would find it helpful is not an argument that would be entertained for fundamental change in any other sphere of government but national security. Where is the evidence? Research suggests there is no link between the use of identity cards and the prevalence of terrorism, and in no instance has the presence of an identity card system been shown a significant deterrent to terrorist activity. Experts attest that ID unjustifiably presumed secure actually diminishes security.

Illegal immigration and working #
People will still enter Britain using foreign documents—genuine or forged—and ID cards offer no more deterrent to people smugglers than passports and visas. Employers already face substantial penalties for failing to obtain proof of entitlement to work, yet there are only a handful of prosecutions a year.

Benefit fraud and abuse of public services #
Identity is “only a tiny part of the problem in the benefit system.” Figures for claims under false identity are estimated at £50 million (2.5%) of an (estimated) £2 billion per year in fraudulent claims.

“Identity fraud” #
Both Australia and the USA have far worse problems of identity theft than Britain, precisely because of general reliance on a single reference source. Costs usually cited for of identity-related crime here include much fraud not susceptible to an ID system. Nominally “secure”, trusted, ID is more useful to the fraudster. The Home Office has not explained how it will stop registration by identity thieves in the personae of innocent others. Coherent collection of all sensitive personal data by government, and its easy transmission between departments, will create vast new opportunities for data-theft.

Overcomplicated, unproven technology #
Computer system #
IT providers find that identity systems work best when limited in design. The Home Office scheme combines untested technologies on an unparalleled scale. Its many inchoate purposes create innumerable points for failure. The government record with computer projects is poor, and the ID system is likely to end up a broken mess.

Biometrics #
Not all biometrics will work for all people. Plenty are missing digits, or eyes, or have physical conditions that render one or more biometrics unstable or hard to read. All systems have error. Deployment on a vast scale, with variably trained operators and variably maintained and calibrated equipment, will produce vast numbers of mismatches, leading to potentially gross inconvenience to millions.

Identity Cards will cost money that could be better spent #

No ceiling #
The Government has not ventured figures for the cost to the country as whole of the identity management scheme. That makes evaluation difficult. Civil Service IT experience suggests current projections are likely to be seriously underestimated. Home Office figures are for internal costs only, and have risen sharply—where they are not utterly obscure. Industry estimates suggest that public and private sector compliance costs could easily be double whatever is spent centrally.

Opportunity costs #
The Government has not even tried to show that national ID management will be more cost-effective than less spectacular alternative, targeted, solutions to the same problems (whether tried and tested or novel). We are to trust to luck that it is.

Taxpayer pain #
Even at current Home Office estimates, the additional tax burden of setting up the scheme will be of the order of £200 per person. The direct cost to individuals (of a combined passport and ID card package) is quoted as £93. The impact on other departmental and local authority budgets is unknown. The scope and impact of arbitrary penalties would make speed cameras trivial by comparison.

Unchecked executive powers #

Broad delegated power #
The Home Office seeks wide discretion over the future shape of the scheme. There are more than 30 types of regulatory power for future Secretaries of State that would change the functions and content of the system ad lib. The scope, application and possible extension are extra-parliamentary decisions, even if nominally subject to approval.

Presumption of accuracy #
Data entered onto the National Identity Register (NIR) is arbitrarily presumed to be accurate, and the Home Secretary made a judge of accuracy of information provided to him. Meanwhile, the Home Office gets the power to enter information without informing the individual. But theres no duty to ensure that such data is accurate, or criterion of accuracy. Personal identity is implicitly made wholly subject to state control.

Compulsion by stealth #
Even during the so-called “voluntary phase”, the Home Secretary can add any person to the Register without their consent, and categories of individuals might be compelled selectively to register using powers under any future legislation. Anyone newly applying for a passport or other “designated document”, or renewing an existing one, will automatically have to be interviewed and submit all required details. This is less a phased introduction than a clandestine one. There is to be no choice. And the minimum of notice to the public about the change in the handling of their registrable information.

Limited oversight #
As proposed, the National Identity Scheme Commissioner would have very limited powers and is excluded from considering a number of key issues. He does not even report directly to Parliament. The reliance on administrative penalties means severe punishments may be inflicted without judicial process. The onus is on the individual to seek relief from the courts, at a civil standard of proof. Those who most require the protection of a fair trial are the least likely to be able to resort to legal action.

Individuals managed by executive order #
Without reference to the courts or any appeals process, the Home Secretary may cancel or require surrender of an identity card, without a right of appeal, at any time. Given that the object of the scheme is that an ID card will be eventually required to exercise any ordinary civil function, this amounts to granting the Home Secretary the power of civic life and death.

The National Identity Register creates specific new threats to individuals #

Discrimination—no guarantees #
There have been vapid “assurances” made to some minority groups. That underlines the potential for threat. The system offers a ready-made police-state tool for a future government less trustworthy than the current one. A Home Secretary could create classifications of individuals to be registered as he sees fit, introducing onerous duties backed by severe penalties for fractions of the population. Religious or ethnic affiliation, for example, could be added to the Register by regulation—or be inferred by cross-referencing other information using a National Identity Register Number or associated data.

“Papers, please” #
ID cards in practice would provide a pretext for those in authority—public or private—to question individuals who stand out for reasons of personal appearance or demeanour. This is likely to exacerbate divisions in society. The Chairman of the Bar Council has asked, “is there not a great risk that those who feel at the margins of society—the somewhat disaffected—will be driven into the arms of extremists?”

Third party abuse #
The requirement that all those registered notify all changes in details risks creating the means of tracking and persecution through improper use of the database. A variety of persons have good reason to conceal their identity and whereabouts; for example: those fleeing domestic abuse; victims of “honour” crimes; witnesses in criminal cases; those at risk of kidnapping; undercover investigators; refugees from oppressive regimes overseas; those pursued by the press; those who may be terrorist targets. The seizure of ID cards (like benefit-books and passports now) will become a means for extortion by gangsters.

Lost identity, becoming an un-person #
By making ordinary life dependent on the reliability of a complex administrative system, the scheme makes myriad small errors potentially catastrophic. There’s no hint from the government how it will deal with inevitably large numbers of mis-identifications and errors, or deliberate attacks on or corruption of what would become a critical piece of national infrastructure. A failure in any part of the system at a check might deny a person access to his or her rights or property or to public services, with no immediate solution or redress—”license to live” withdrawn.

Frequently Asked Questions on Identity Cards
What is an ID card?
The government is planning to establish a system that will involve unprecedented collation and monitoring of personal information. The House of Lords said the Identity Cards Bills name is misleading.

This is about more than plastic cards!

An ID card, as part of the National Identity Scheme, will impose upon every adult legally resident in this country, including foreign nationals, a card which will link to the National Identity Register, holding fifty pieces of information about each of them. The ID card itself will be the part of the National Identity Register (NIR) you will carry in your wallet.

This technology brings many pitfalls, including enormous cost, a one stop shop for organised criminals and intrusion into civil liberties. (More about the pitfalls of the scheme.)

Why introduce a National Identity Scheme?
The Government claims its decision to introduce its identity scheme is based in part on the fact thatmany countrues are starting to put biometrics into their passports. The decision to introduce biometrics into some existing identity documents has therefore already been made, and the majority of the population would soon be using biometric identity documents (in the form of passports).

But this is being used as an excuse for a National Identity Register (NIR), masked by the concept of an ID card. The NIR will store fifty categories of information about you, and can be changed or added to without your consent.

The Government has suggested that the Identity Cards Act 2006 will tackle a number of problems, such as terrorism, identity theft, illegal immigration, and benefit fraud. It has never explained how. NO2ID says an identity register and ID cards are mostly irrelevant to these problems, but they will restrict freedom, privacy, and civil rights for everyone.

Tony McNulty, the Home Office minister once responsible for identity cards said: “Perhaps in the past the government, in its enthusiasm, oversold the advantages of identity cards. We did suggest, or at least implied, that they might well be a panacea for identity fraud, for benefit fraud, terrorism, entitlement and access to public services. In its enthusiasm, the government had over-emphasised the benefits to the state rather than for the individual in providing a gold standard in proving your identity.”

Who will be eligible to have an ID card?
This is the same question as “Who is required to register for an ID card?”

Everyone over the age of 16 will be eligible for registration.

Anyone visiting the UK for more than three months will also have to register. (Though what non-residents will have to do with an ID card is unclear.)

What information may be held by the National Identity Scheme?
The Identity Cards Act sets out fifty different sorts of information to be held on each individual, these range from name, address and date of birth to a record of all the occasions on which your record has been accessed and by whom. The Act makes it possible to extend this list in the future, by Home Office regulations.

Will I be able to check the information held about me?
You will be able to check it, but not to change it if it is wrong. You are however personally responsible for the accuracy of the information!

The Home Office states that the Data Protection Act 1998 will apply to the NIR, so an individual will be able to see the NIR information held on him/her. But the Data Protection Act has numerous exceptions for information used by government.

The Home Secretary has the power to change information held on a persons record if he believes it to be inaccurate. He need not ask or tell the individual concerned.

When will the first cards be issued?
The UK IPS (Identity and Passport Service) says the first ID cards will be issued from 2008/09.

What are biometrics?
The Home Office says that:

“A biometric is a unique identifying physical characteristic. Examples include facial recognition, iris patterns and fingerprints.”
Biometrics is not simple. Biometrics is the science of measuring and statistically analyzing human body characteristics, such as faces, iris patterns, fingerprints, voice recognition and so on. Features of them are not always unique, and so biometrics works with the statistical probability rather than offering definite identification.

The idea is an added “safeguard” to prevent another person from using your ID card. A fingerprint is much more difficult to forge than a signature. But that relies on biometric data being checked every time the card is used. Each check against the national database will be recorded.

What biometrics will be used?
This is not yet certain. The Act allows the recording of any biometric. It is likely that facial image, fingerprints and iris patterns will be used. Other biometrics include retina scans, voice patterns, hand measurements and even ear shape.

How reliable are they?
Not reliable enough! The government’s own tests on a sample of 10,000 volunteers, including more than 1,000 disabled volunteers, showed that:

Facial scans worked for 69% of the “quota” group and 48% of disabled volunteers. That is three in ten of the quota group and more than half of the disabled who were unable to use the facial scan technology.
Fingerprints worked for 81% of “quota” group and 80% of disabled people, but was more successful for young people. Two in ten in both groups failed.
Iris scans worked for 96% of “quota” volunteers and 91% of the disabled group. Some glasses wearers failed the checks unless they took their glasses off.
0.62% of the disabled group could not enrol using any of the systems. There are 8.6 million registered disabled people in the UK. So if the volunteers are representative, at least 53,000 will not be able to give a usable biometric.
Black participants and participants aged over 59 had lower iris enrolment success rates according to the study.
These statistics came from this BBC News article.

Will it be compulsory to have an ID card?

Will it be compulsory to carry a card?
Probably. When these FAQs were first written, six months ago, the Home Office maintained that introduction would be voluntary. That was twisting the truth. At some stage it is likely that it will be compulsory to carry one, although this is not yet law.

In practice, once you need an ID card to live, you will have no choice.

Will my information be given out without my consent?
Yes, the Identity Cards Act sets out a number of different departments to whom the NIR will be available, including Revenue and Customs and all the intelligence and police agencies. The Home Secretary can authorise most of the information to be given to any government body if it is needed for any government purpose.

RDF / Military Surplus gig Birmingham 31st March 2007

January 7, 2007

Here’s a message from
We are an independant live soundsystem currently at the moment upstairs at :

B66 4BX

R.D.F./ MILITARY SURPLUS (yes, its them!)
8:30PM – LATE
Telephone : 0121 429 1184
Sound by F.R.C
Lights and backdrops by Bendy

Radical Dance Faction were a band from Berkshire, England.

Radical Dance Faction (RDF) were founded by Chris Bowsher in Hungerford 1986, and were originally known as ‘Military Surplus’. The band experienced many line up changes, and Chris remained the only original member up to the time RDF split up (sometime in the late 1990’s).

RDF’s music combined punk dub and ska, while Chris’ lyrics, spoken rather than song, dealt mainly with political issues, such as the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 in the song Chinese Poem. Chris also witnessed first hand the Hungerford Massacre, describing his experience in Hot on the Wire.

RDF were a regular act on the UK free festival scene prior to the1994 Criminal Justice act, and were part of the crusty and anarcho punk movement.

In August 2006 RDF reformed and played at the Endorse it in Dorset festival. I went to the next gig at The Cross Keys, Great Bedwyn, Wilts on 4th November 2006. As I understand it, more gigs are planned. You can find more info on myspace too.
Related bands

* Steve Swann, one of RDF’s original line-up, co-founded the Revolutionary Dub Warriors & is member of the reformed, dub, ska band Dub The Earth.
* Phil left RDF in 1995, and together with other ex-RDF members and John from AOS3, formed P.A.I.N
* Linda went on to become a member of the band DF118.
* Mark McCarthey joined The Wonder Stuff in 2004.
* Murph joined The Rhythmites.


* Phil Astronaut (guitar)
* Chris Bowsher (vocals)
* Mike Cooper (guitar)
* Steve Cruickshank (drums)
* Sarah Edwards (violin)
* Linda Goodman (vocals)
* Tim Hill (saxophone)
* Fred Johnson (bass)
* Paul McCabe (Keyboards)
* Murph (guitar)
* Brian Powell (guitar, bass)
* Style Scott (drums)
* Graham Spey (Keyboards)
* Steve Swann
* Graham Usher (drums)
* Jim Warne (Guitar)
* Luap



* Taking Refuge (cassette only)
* Hot on the Wire (cassette only)
* Borderline Cases (1990)
* Wasteland (1991)
* Raggamuffin Statement (1995)


* Landing Party
* Beast in the Doorway

you may find a last copy or two of RDF – Raggamuffin Statement on CD at

see you at the gig

January Newsletter 2007

January 5, 2007


HI Folks,
mark from Iron Man records here….hope you are all well……heres the latest news, links and general info for you

I’ve just loaded up some interesting new stuff for sale here:

Iron Man Records Music Blog:

Latest Iron Man Records Photos:

Latest Iron Man Records on My Space:

some interesting news to report:
RDF/Military surplus played a gig in Reading last week and it was excellent, good sound, long set, all the classics and even some new ones! if any fans of RDF or related bands are out there, keep your eyes on the listings as more gigs are planned and any news I’ll pass on through the list etc

Saturday 6th January
Demonic Upchucks
Bug Central
whisky fist
the apostates
REKNAW at the Grosvenor
This line-up has just gotta be seen!
“Take my word for it!!”
At the Grosvenor, Sidney Road
Brixton, London SW9.
£4 – Doors 8PM
More news, downloads, photos + more at:

now with new songs and The Silas on drums and a healthy relationship with Leftover Crack which will result in a split CD with them out on Fat come March
LOS CONIOS as ever with the most eccentric tunery Bristol has to offer
MANDOWN from Chippenham! [yes! it can be done] no comment on how they sound so you will be forced to leave the bar and actually WATCH the first band on for a change
LIVE [ie not involving a computer or i-tunes or i-pod or tripod or senapod or errrrr thats it] AT
London Road
Friday 19 Jan 007
tell as many people as you can, and see you there?!
Dick and los Fish

News from Dufus:
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 2:29 AM
Subject: oh hole DOOF! we are ready for you, friends!
hello buddies,
it’s me, seth from dufus. hope all’s happy in your particular worlds.
we’re happy to be back from tour and had a good bit of time. now
starting to get back into things, doing a couple new albums this
winter and planning some tours for the springtime (not to mention i
have a child on the way, due in april…) so!! onto it…
we have an updated myspace site
with new pictures, a new song, 4 videos and a blog about our most
recent tour! it’s awesome fun…hope you’ll go by. much love,

News from The Nightingales:
FEBRUARY 2 2007 8:00 PM – Hare & Hounds
High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham – £7, £5 advance
NIGHTINGALES + The Courtesy Group & more tba. 8pm – Midnight. Advance tickets £5 (+booking fee) available from Swordfish Records (Temple Street, Birmingham city centre) & Jibbering Records (Moseley) from mid Jan. Info, etc –

FEBRUARY 4 2007 8:00 PM – Bull & Gate
Kentish Town, London – £7
Guided Missile presents the NIGHTINGALES + REVEREND TED CHIPPINGTON + Violet Violet. Advance tickets from

FEBRUARY 5 2007 8:00 PM – Bloomsbury Theatre
London – SOLD OUT

TEDSTOCK – Sold Out. See venue web site for details of this event –

FEBRUARY 24 2007 8:00 PM – Hare & Hounds
High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham – £7

REVEREND TED CHIPPINGTON + The Courtesy Group + Mills & Boon + Nadeem Rangzeb + DJ Dylan

FEBRUARY 28 2007 6:00 PM – The Hideout (TBC)
Chicago, Illinois – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + Janet Beveridge Bean (& maybe Catherine Irwin? &/or the full on Freakwater? TBC). Please note this show may be moved from The Hideout. More info soon

MARCH 1 2007 8:00 PM – Cafe Bourbon Street
2216 Summit Street, Columbus, Ohio – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + others tba. More info soon

MARCH 2 2007 8:00 PM – The Lime Spider (TBC)

207 S.Main Street, Akron, Ohio – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + Home & Garden + Half Cleveland. More info soon

MARCH 3 2007 8:00 PM – Gooski’s

3117 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas. Gooski’s – (412) 686-1658

MARCH 4 2007 8:00 PM – Johnny Brenda’s

1021 N.Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $8

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas + The Notekillers

MARCH 5 2007 8:00 PM – AS220 (TBC)

115 Empire Street, Providence, Rhode Island – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas & others tba

MARCH 6 2007 8:00 PM – Cake Shop

152 Ludlow Street, NYC (Manhatten), New York – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + others tba

MARCH 8 2007 8:00 PM – Union Hall

702 Union Street, NYC (Brooklyn), New York – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas & others tba

MARCH 9 2007 8:00 PM – Abbey Lounge (TBC)

3 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas + The In Out

MARCH 10 2007 8:00 PM – Rudy’s
307 Elm Street, New Haven, Connecticut – $TBC

NIGHTINGALES + The Victoria Lucas & others tba

before too long the ‘gales will be announcing spring dates in switzerland and holland + may dates in scotland. we will also let you know of any further TC or violet violet shows as & when we get ’em


big print will be releasing a 4 cd box set “WALKING DOWN THE ROAD – a history of TED CHIPPINGTON” in early 2007. this release (catalogue # WELLx3) will cost £15 and will only be available at TC & nightingales gigs and mail order. any enquiries &/or pre-orders re: the TC box set should be sent to – all pre-orders will be sent out on the day we recieve delivery of the goods (approx. mid january), otherwise the first opportunity to purchase the record will be at the bull & gate show (see above)

the nightingales are recording a new 6 track ‘mini album’ at the end of january. titled “WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?”, the cd will be released in april 07 (label tbc)

also in jan/feb violet violet are recording an album for release (by NRone records) later in the year


the nightingales four limited edition big print 7″ singles + “pigs on purpose”, “hysterics” & “pissed and potless” cds + the prefects “amateur wankers” cd are all available mail order from us – write to for details

the latest album – “out of true” – is available mail order/online from

the limited edition “let’s think about living” 45 is available mail order/online from

the ‘gales “in the good old country way” cd + the prefects “live 1978” cd are available mail order/online from

for more info, tracklistings, etc, on any of these releases please see ‘recordings’ page of the group’s web site
that’s all folks
happy new year

From: “emma” <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 4:13 PM
Subject: UPDATE Brian Haw – vote to repeal SOCPA, court news and new
Dear supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest near Parliament,

ACT – please circulate

Brian was in court last week charged with failing to comply with the
conditions the police have placed on his protest under the Serious
Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. The three days in court were the
first time that the police’s power to place conditions on protest near
Parliament and how they go about that was tested in a court. Brian’s
defence counsel, Ian MacDonald QC, presented an excellent argument that
Brian has ‘no case to answer’ and should not be tried for failing to
comply. The District Judge hearing the case has adjourned it until 22
January in order to consider these arguments. If Brian’s defence is
successful in the ‘no case to answer’ argument the charges will be
thrown court. If not, the case will proceed.

So the next court date is 22 Jan, 10am, City of Westminster Magistrates
Court, Horseferry Road, London.
See very readable reports of the court proceedings so far at:


SOCPA has made it onto the BBC short list of laws to be thrown out – The
Christmas Repeal! Now is our chance to vote against this law that ban
unauthorised demonstration anywhere around Parliament.

However, we are up against the Hunters who are known for their
mobilising skills. Please vote for SOCPA to be repealed and circulate
this to others.

You can vote by phone:
0901 5221001 to repeal the Dangerous Dogs Act
0901 5221002 to repeal the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act
0901 5221003 to repeal the Human Rights Act
0901 5221004 to repeal the European Communities Act
0901 5221005 to repeal the Hunting Act
0901 5221006 to repeal the Act of Settlement

Or go to the web link above to vote online.

Please distribute this info far and wide to make SOCPA win this vote
it will be a moral, if not actual, victory.


There are 3 new audio and/or video files on Brian’s website. The 2 video
files of are speeches given by Brian and by Mark Thomas (the Mass Lone
Demonstrator Comedian!) at the Reclaiming Our Rights Conference in
December 2006.

You can link to the videos from

The audio piece is an interview given by Brian to Dissident Vox on the
2000th day of his vigil for peace and justice

Both Brian and Mark are on top form so listen and watch if you can. I
hope to get the video files up in different formats in the new year.
They are currently only in Windows Media file format.


Finally, Brian and others will still be in Parliament Square over
Christmas and New Year – of course! Visit them if you can.

Best wishes to all of you – the supporters of Brian and the Parliament
Square Peace Campaign – at this festive time of year. Thanks for your
continuing support and our best wishes to you for a more peaceful and
more just new year.


Parliament Square Peace Campaign
for supporters of Brian Haw and the right to protest

From the Ceasefire campaign lot…..
Dear friends,
Earlier this year, more than 300,000 of us came together to successfully petition for an immediate ceasefire in Lebanon. Since then, we’ve campaigned together on other critical global issues like the war in Iraq and Israel/Palestine. Thank you for being a part of Ceasefire Campaign and continuing to believe in peace during this difficult year.

Now to close 2006, please join with us again to help the people of Lebanon. Massive numbers of unexploded mines and cluster bombs continue to kill and maim civilians – a horrific legacy of war. MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is one of the leading organizations helping to address this problem. Please click below to support their crucial de-mining work.

The UN has reported over 100,000 unexploded cluster bomblets at 359
separate sites in Lebanon. Unexploded ordnance prevents farmers from
cultivating their land, families from returning to their homes, and
children from playing safely outside. These bombs kill or maim unsuspecting civilians; a number of children in Lebanon recently suffered severe injury after mistaking the small explosive packages for toys.

You can help prevent this. MAG, co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, is working hard to make Lebanon safe for civilians by clearing unexploded
ordnance. MAG is providing critical equipment, expertise, and personnel to
assist with cleanup efforts throughout the country, destroying over 11,000 bombs since the ceasefire and assisting over 450,000 people at risk of death or injury from these harmful remnants of conflict. MAG also has active conflict recovery projects elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. We encourage you to support their work here, to ensure that others may have a more peaceful holiday season:

As we reflect upon 2006 and look ahead to 2007, we hope that you will
continue to help us campaign for peace. Through our work together we have shown policymakers that people around the world care deeply about what is happening to those in other countries and demand a better future.

Thanks for all you’ve done, and here’s to a more peaceful and prosperous
Ricken, Rachel, Paul, Tom, Amparo and the Ceasefire Campaign team

Iron Man Shop again

January 5, 2007

Krupskaya album cover

I like staying up all night. The phone doesn’t ring, people don’t ring the doorbell, send me text messages or in any way piss me off. Time to play music, delete as many stupid emails as possible. I’m beginning to wonder if the human race is entering its imaginary friends phase. Who reads this? why? How many imaginary friends have you got? is blogging some new way to attract attention when all else fails. As if I care.

One thing I’m excited about at this time of night though…..I’ve loaded up loads of new cds and vinyl in the Iron Man Shop.
If you are one of my imaginary friends, among the most recent additions you will find: Krupskaya, Anal Beard, Fuck Hate Propganda, H8-Target, Jeff Lewis and Rachel Lipson, Post Regiment and many other bands that I think are amazing. I know who the real bands are, do you? Remember folks, you’re not really there are you? And I’m not really here either. Fun eh?