Howard Marks 1945 – 2016

April 11, 2016

Howard Marks performing at The Garage, London in 2000

“In the early hours of 10th April 2016, Howard Marks died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his four loving children.

The best-selling author, life time campaigner, raconteur, stand-up comedian and counterculture hero died after battling bowel cancer that was diagnosed at a terminal stage in August 2014.

He fought the illness with grace and humour.

His death was 21 years to the day since his release from prison in the United States, his second bout of imprisonment for cannabis smuggling since his miraculous acquittal at the Old Bailey in 1980.

One of his last acts was to set up the Mr Nice foundation, to ensure the causes dear to him continue to receive his support.”

“I have tried every way I can think of to accelerate the day of Cannabis legalisation, thereby ceasing the torture of Cannabis smokers. I’ve flooded the country with the good herb, I’ve stood for Parliament, and I’ve skinned up in police stations. None of it has worked. I needed help. I got it from P.A.I.N., the best guys in the world” – Howard Marks (2000)

Iron Man Records had the pleasure of meeting, working with and listening to Howard Marks. He really was exactly as you would hope. A truly decent bloke, funny, humble and just Mr Nice. His life and work will live on…..

“You might control a lot of things Drugs Tsar, but you’ll never control my mind…..” Howard Marks from the song Let Me Grow More Weed he recorded with P.A.I.N

It is with great sadness I have to post news of his passing. Love to all his family and those who knew him.

Mark, Iron Man Records 11th April 2016

P.A.I.N Tour 2015

January 22, 2015

P.A.I.N Tour Dates 2015
P.A.I.N have a number of tour dates for 2015 and more to be confirmed soon. Here are the dates so far:

Jan 24th – The Riverside, Sheffield

March 7th – The Birdcage, Southsea

April 4th – Zonhoven Punk Fest

May 23rd – Fibbers, Dublin

June 6th – The Hairy Dog, Derby

June 12-14th – Symmetry Fest Norfolk

July 3rd – Birmingham

July 4th – Degeneration Fest, Telford

Aug 6-9th – Rebellion Blackpool

Aug 13th-16th – Boomtown, Winchester

Sept 11th-12th – Shrubfest, Norfolk

P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, pissed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics.

Phil Pain: Vox and Guitar
Captain Ozbert: Vox and Bass
Dan the Man: Vox and Drums
Steuie Boh: Vox and Percussion and Saxophone
Steo: Vox and Samples

P.A.I.N Gig Bookings & P.A.I.N record or live Reviews:

Iron Man Records: (uk+44) 07974 746810 email: mark at ironmanrecords.co.uk

P.A.I.N Facebook Page

Discography:

P.A.I.N : “Oh My God! We’re Doing it.” CD Buy it

P.A.I.N featuring Howard Marks : “Let Me Grow More Weed” CD single Buy it

P.A.I.N : “Our Universe Commences Here” Gatefold Vinyl Buy it

P.A.I.N for Download on iTunes

P.A.I.N releases are also available through Amazon and the usual suspects like HMV.

P.A.I.N - May 23rd 2015 Fibber Magees

P.A.I.N – Our Universe Commences Here Vinyl distributed by Cargo

September 30, 2014

P.A.I.N - O.U.C.H - Our Universe Commences Here 1600x1600

Track Listings

1. Schtum
2. P.A.I.N
3. Blue Ska
4. Rocking Cross De Borda
5. Neighbourhood Watch
6. Super Drugs
7. A-Z
8. S.T.A.H.B.M
9. Eastern Dub
10. Chickens

Double Gatefold Vinyl (Distributed By Cargo 13 Oct 2014)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Iron Man Records

O.U.C.H is the long awaited second album from P.A.I.N. The South London conspiracy offer the world a radioactive audio file crammed full of Nuclear Dub, Genetically modified Ska, and BSE laced Punk Rock. The album is about the prison system, its use against the defenceless, and laws that cannot be defended. The band have found allies in unexpected places, such as the well documented liason with Howard Marks and the support of Kate Bush. Always outspoken, P.A.I.N see their music as a vehicle of political expression; There is much more to Our Universe than the prohibition of Cannabis, you only have to look at the poetic irony of simultaneous fuel protests and widespread environmental catastrophe. Everyone will talk of the necessity for radical change, yet still, nothing changes. Are we all just consumers for the profit of the IMF? Do our lives really amount to a column of figures? Just who has the power now? Surprisingly, it’s still all of us. The Protest Movement has become global in response, and we now have a genuine opportunity to fight back at the real enemy; no longer the copper, or politician, but the evil bastards who claim with a straight face that they own 90% of the worlds resources. We are all born on this planet and every single human being alive has an equal right to life, air, water, and food. They tell us that this is being naive and unrealistic. We tell them that we will never rest until our demands are met, they had better sleep lightly – P.A.I.N.

Original sleeve artwork by top British cartoonist Pete Loveday whose Saga of Russell comic books can be found around the world. P.A.I.N feature ex-members of R.D.F and A.O.S.3. Members of P.A.I.N can also be found in SUICIDE BID, RUBELLA BALLET, LESS and LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCHORD.

P.A.I.N - OUCH poster 150 dpi

P.A.I.N – Oh My God! We’re doing it! CD distributed by Cargo

September 29, 2014

P.A.I.N - Oh My God! We're Doing It....We're Fuckin' Doing It....!! 1600x1600

Track Listings
1. Intro/Beltane
2. Everything Must Go
3. Pork Dub
4. British Justice
5. No Leaders For The Free
6. Money
7. Oh No! It’s The Pigs
8. Lighters
9. Punx With Guns

Audio CD (Distributed by Cargo 13 Oct 2014)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Iron Man Records

This is the re-issue on Iron Man Records of P.A.I.N’s classic first album. Originally released on Inner State back in 1995 the album sold out and after the collapse of Inner State had been lost until now. The Original artwork has been reconstructed to be as close to the original as possible and the track listing includes all the classics from the P.A.I.N set.

The album includes the work of Phil, Dan and Ozzy who were all in R.D.F. Phil has also played guitar with RUBELLA BALLET and been involved with the band called SUICIDE BID. John is no longer performing with the band and is currently working with a reformed A.O.S.3. (John also did LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCHORD and later a band called LESS)

This record was seen by P.A.I.N as the third in a trilogy, RDF: Raggamuffin Statement, A.O.S.3: Diversionary Tactics and this cd P.A.I.N: Oh My God! We’re Doing it.

P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, and pissed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their addled heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics. The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way, working extensively with groups like Reclaim the Streets, Anti-globalisation groups, Hunt Saboteurs, Anti-fascists, Squatters, Mad Pride, MacLibel, and many more….

That’s the politics, however, it would be to sell the band short to say the story stops there…They are, like most punk bands, part Pistols, part Spinal Tap (actually, was there much difference?) and the best things about P.A.I.N are the stories of what has happened to them over the years, genuinely unbelievable situations…Contrary to the many rumours circulating, the band have not split up, they never did. The band are alive and well and gigging all over the place, writing songs for the next album. They have a page on facebook too.

“Through raw dub, reggae and punk rock P.A.I.N. challenge inconsistent politics and attack and question through intelligent and bright lyrics: “So many thousands across the country with nowhere to go at night, so they take over empty derelict houses to call their own and try to put right, can’t you see that squatting is not a moral wrong it’s a cry for help from those in need, anxious for a roof over their head when the council are deaf to their pleas”. There are bands that just use politics as a front and something to sing about and there are bands that truly believe in what they are writing and singing about and who are devoted to it even when they’re not making music and that’s P.A.I.N. Their sound and attitude is unquestionably English and this record could have come out in the late ’70’s, early ’80’s or really anytime up to the present. It’s old-fashioned and fresh all at once and it’s a pity that you don’t really get bands like this anymore….really staunch, raw political bands. It’s all just silly shit these days where very few punk rock bands have got anything really important to say.”

 “P.A.I.N (Propaganda and Information Network for the uninitiated) were/are a band formed from the ashes of the seminal RDF (Radical Dance Faction) and the festy-dub-ska-punk AOS3 (named after Augustus Owsley Stanley III, maker of much LSD and roadie for Grateful Dead). With that background in mind, “Oh My God…” manages to combine a hard radical political edge with catchy tunes, skanking dub and some original sampling!

At just over 40 minutes with 9 tracks including the RDF songs “Punx with guns” and “Lighters” (with the same tune as Dum-Diggy on Ragamuffin Statement) there is something for everyone on here. From the slowed-out dub reggae of “Beltane” and the ludicrously catchy “Money” to the punked up “British Justice” and “Oh no! It’s the Pigs,” this album incorporates the best of the earlier bands’ sounds. The political angle makes this album sublime and not done in a conventional anarcho-ranting way but fusing some humour, simple choruses and catchy tunes such as “If you go down to Sainsbury’s, the special offer of the week is that it’s free” and “British justice… British justice… I can’t make sense of it ‘cos I’m stupid.” Vegetarianism, environmental activism, anti-capitalism, self-organisation and anti-statism are among the topics covered in songs, but not in a preach-shove-down-throat way but to the relaxing dub beats and bouncing British punk. To round it all off, the album ends with armed revolution on the streets of Britain!

Admittedly the recording quality could be a tad better but by standards of other DIY punk/reggae/free-festival types, it’s not that bad! To top it all off, the title comes from the truly brilliant anarchist-propaganda Tin Tin “Breaking Free” comic which makes for a great album cover and t-shirt!

“Oh my God…” brings together all the best elements of AOS3, RDF, the anarchist-influences, free festivalling and biting satire. Still going strong despite losing John from AOS3, P.A.I.N manage to make one of the best ska-dub-punk-esque releases which you can come back to again and again. Finally, to top it all off, many hours will be wasted laughing at the booklet that comes with it demonstrating all the political acts against the state, government, Tories and much more. May the session continue!” By MH Lambert on 8 Oct 2007.

P.A.I.N- Oh My God! Net Advert

P.A.I.N – Brighton, 15th March, 2014

January 7, 2014

The Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton, BN1 4FQ. Doors 7pm Tickets £6
P.A.I.N - Brighton 15th March 2014

Saturday, 15 March 2014
19:00 until 22:30

BRIGHTON : The Green Door Store
Trafalgar Arches
Lower Goods Yard
Brighton
BN1 4FQ

The Surplus People present a mash up night of punk/ska/dub/reggae/rockerbilly with…

P.A.I.N (Propaganda And Information Network)
&
RATBAG
&
HOLLYWOOD ASSASSINS

P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, pissed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics. The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way.

Advance tickets here: www.wegottickets.com/event/250937

Buy P.A.I.N records and T-shirts here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

P.A.I.N – Brighton, 15th March, 2014

January 7, 2014

The Green Door Store, Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton, BN1 4FQ. Doors 7pm Tickets £6
P.A.I.N - Brighton 15th March 2014

Saturday, 15 March 2014
19:00 until 22:30

BRIGHTON : The Green Door Store
Trafalgar Arches
Lower Goods Yard
Brighton
BN1 4FQ

The Surplus People present a mash up night of punk/ska/dub/reggae/rockerbilly with…

P.A.I.N (Propaganda And Information Network)
&
RATBAG
&
HOLLYWOOD ASSASSINS

P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, pissed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics. The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way.

Advance tickets here: www.wegottickets.com/event/250937

Buy P.A.I.N records and T-shirts here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 28, 2013

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The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 21, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi
The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 14, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi

The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

P.A.I.N – Saturday 26th Nov 2011 Boars Head, Kidderminster

November 22, 2011

P.A.I.N - Sat 26th Nov 2011 Boars Head, Kidderminster

Saturday 26th November
at The Boars Head, Worcester Street, Kidderminster

P.A.I.N.
Autonomads
Black Star Dub Collective
plus SDB and One Foot Skank DJ’s

8pm – Late
£5 more info see www.facebook.com/skankingdubbeats
or www.boars-head-kidderminster.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/PropagandaAndInformationNetwork

Let Me Grow More Weed (feat. Howard Marks & Larry McDonald) – Single by P.A.I.N

Oh My God! We’re Doing It….We’re F****n’ Doing It….!! by P.A.I.N

O.U.C.H – Our Universe Commences Here by P.A.I.N

P.A.I.N play Bearded Theory Festival Main Stage on 15th May 2011 at Keldeston Park, Derbyshire

February 6, 2011

P.A.I.N are playing the Bearded Theory festival Main Stage on Sunday 15th May 2011 at Keldeston Park, Derbyshire. please check the line up on the festival website just in case dates or times are changed. http://www.beardedtheory.co.uk

“Something completely different – a refreshing change” BBC Entertainment

Bearded Theory Festival will be celebrating its fourth successful year in 2011 and is enjoying being the fastest growing UK Festival.

The record breaking party with Beards, Bands, Arts, Crafts, Weddings, DJs and General Daftness, is a three day music festival that has now firmly entrenched itself as being the first “proper” festival of the season.

Every year Bearded Theory attempts to break the world record for the most amount of people wearing a fancy dress beards in one place and at one time. We want to live up to our bizarre name and invite everyone that attends to take part.

P.A.I.N play heavy dub reggae, good time ska, pissed off punk rock, and endeavour to keep their heads around the contradictory and confusing areas of radical politics. The Band has supported numerous underground struggles and pressure groups along the way.

Phil Pain: Vox and Guitar
Captain Ozbert: Vox and Bass
Dan the Man: Vox and Drums
Steuie Boh: Vox and Percussion and Saxophone
Steo: Vox and Samples

P.A.I.N Gig Bookings: email: steopain at yahoo.co.uk
Iron Man Records: (uk+44) 07974 746810 mark at ironmanrecords.co.uk

P.A.I.N Facebook Page

P.A.I.N - TShirt design

P.A.I.N play The Old Bell, Derby, England November 12th, 2010

September 27, 2010

News just in from Steo and the others:

P.A.I.N will be playing at The Old Bell in Derby on November 12th 2010 with

English dogs

Dogsflesh

Total Bloody Chaos

Cryogenics

Hacksaw

Benefit Gig for Freedom Programme and Mcmillan, Mark Greenwell Memorial gig.

The Old Bell, Sadler Gate, DERBY, DE1 3NQ Tel: 01332 343 701

http://www.myspace.com/theoldbellinderby

P.A.I.N Discography:

P.A.I.N : “Oh My God! We’re Doing it.” Buy it

P.A.I.N featuring Howard Marks : “Let Me Grow More Weed” CD single Buy it

P.A.I.N : “Our Universe Commences Here” Buy it

P.A.I.N: T-Shirt with “Oh My God…” Design on back and P.A.I.N logo on front Buy it

listen to P.A.I.N on Last.fm here

P.A.I.N have a page on Facebook here

Members of P.A.I.N can also be found in PARANOID VISIONS, SUICIDE BID, A.O.S.3, and LESS.

Urban Haphazard Takeover III – Anti Valentines Extravaganza 13th February 2010, London

February 12, 2010

Urban Haphazard Takeover III – Anti Valentines Extravaganza

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13th February 2010, London – call 07507 162 708 or 07092 846 556 after 9pm.

Bands, Live Hip Hop, DJs, Performance, Cinema

This is a faaaaaaaaaaaaancy dress do! HALF PRICE ENTRY with Fancy Dress!

P.A.I.N. + Step 13 + Mush + Rejected + The K.A.D.T. + Beginning of the End + Roc-Roc-It + Kranked Kranken Kaboret – with compere : Dougie Torrent

Ghostown & MC Jam Baxter + Enreset & MC Wild Eyes + Manage + Sasquatch + Pieface + Ely Muff + Joe Z + Ronin Lenny Parker + Hue Jah Fink + Megabitch + BPM + Repeat + Munkyboy + Theo B + Blind + Frantic + New Orda + Serif Rat + Tim Leg

BOOKING NOW – An Evening With Howard Marks & KAV – DJ & Live Sets

July 19, 2009

Kate is in the final rush of this tour and has just a couple more dates to fill…. For anything, questions, pictures, infos related with the tour please get in touch asap. Kate at 12monthsofsummer.co.uk

KAV is releasing his “Mr Nice EP” in the UK on the 21st September.  A Free Download single from the EP featuring Howard Marks will be released via a National Newspaper & London label  ‘This Feeling’ at the end of August.

As well as this coverage, KAV & Howard will be available to do Press & Radio interviews.

“An Evening With Howard Marks & KAV (ex Happy Mondays).  Howard Marks & KAV DJ Sets… PLUS…
KAV & his Brand New ‘Dirty Rock N’ Roll’/ Psychedelic/ Project –  Full LIVE Set”

DATES
August 22nd – Available
August 23rd – London – This Feeling @ Parker Macmillan
September 3rd – Available
September 4th – Galway – Club Cuba
September 5th – Dublin – Eammon Dorans
September 6th – Available
September 7th – Available
September 8th – Available
September 9th – Available
September 17th – Manchester – Invention @ Moho (tbc.)
September 18th – Liverpool – Magnet
September 19th – Available
September 20th – Nottingham – Maze Club
September 21st – Southend – Mayhem Club
September 22nd – Plymouth – White Rabbit
September 23rd – Leicester / Available

Howard Marks
www.howardmarks.name

Former Drug Smuggler, Author & British Legend. During the mid 1980s, Howard Marks had forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty five companies trading throughout the world.  His autobiography takes him from his South Wales childhood and Oxford University education through his life dealing marijuana and the enormous mythology that accrued around what the tabloids called “the English Toff Drugs King of the World”.  The epitome of British niceness, the nicest international criminal you could hope to meet. Howard is now a well-known Author & regularly tours internationally. In 2000 Howard recorded a song with London based punk band P.A.I.N called “Let Me Grow More Weed.” Howard writes for The Observer, Time Out & The Times, and has appeared on numerous TV Shows discussing his life & views, from Richard & Judy to the 11. O clock Show, to BBC’s Panorama.  He is extremely active amongst the UK debating forum circuit, including Oxford & Cambridge Universities, to Government advisory panels.
First published in 1996, Mr Nice has sold over 780,000 copies in the UK alone, and still remains an international bestseller.

“The adoption of Marks as a counter-cultural hero has meant that he is often invited to DJ, but his status allows for the occasional lapse into old-fashioned music. “If I do play the Shangri-Las in the middle of a techno set, I can get away with it,” he concludes. “They just think I’m stoned.”  The Guardian 2003

What you can expect to hear from Howards DJ Set?  Rock n Roll/ Indie/ Dub/ Techno/ Anything goes. A ‘Back to Mine’ Set!

“A Maverick Phenomenon…. Marks is the Guv’nor!”  – The Sunday Times
“A Folk legend…. Marks has huge charisma.  He sounds like Richard Burton & looks like a Rolling Stone” – The Daily Mail

Kav
www.myspace.com/kavsonic

KAV released his limited edition Debut EP ‘Blaggers N’ Liars’ in April 2008 on London imprint ‘This Feeling’ with Rave Reviews from the UK & International press,  followed by the Double-A-Side single ‘Soul Kid’/‘Rock Chick’ in October, which received fantastic radio support.

KAV is also former guitarist & songwriter from Happy Mondays, the band he helped reform for his London club-night – turned festival Getloaded /  Getloaded In The Park in 2004.

KAV & his band spent the early part of 2009 in the studio in Los Angeles, finishing their Debut Album “Rise Of The Clowns” with producer Josh Ostrander (from LA Band Eastern Conference Champions). KAV is now planning his Debut North American release for October 2009.  In the UK, the band will be releasing a brand new EP, ‘The Mr Nice EP’ at the end of September.  One of the EP tracks is in collaboration with British legend & author ‘Howard Marks’, AKA ‘Mr Nice’, and will be released as a limited edition free download via a national newspaper at the end of August.

What you can expect to hear from KAV’s DJ Set:  Indie/ Electro/ Rock N’ Roll/ Psychedelic / Northen Soul
What you can expect to hear from KAV’s LIVE Set:  Dirty Rock N’ Roll, with Big Catchy Choruses: – www.myspace.com/kavsonic

“This Blagger is A Latterday Jagger”
The Guardian

“KAV is one of those one in a million Artists that just exudes talent”
Kerrang! Radio

P.A.I.N – Propaganda and Information Network 2009 update

April 10, 2009

P.A.I.N have a page on myspace website: http://www.myspace.com/painhq

P.A.I.N are considering options for shows or perhaps another European tour later this year but nothing is confirmed yet.

If you are interested in booking the band to play later in the year contact: steopain  at   yahoo.co.uk

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