MEET EATER - 100 club - sept 28
Eater were arguably thee archetypal first wave punkers: a bunch of school kids ignited into anarchic action by the appalling influence of the utterly irresponsible Sex Pistols. School kids by day, Punk Rock luminaries by night. Just a quick glance at Eater's choice of cover versions tells you everything you need to know about Punk Rock's Darwinian Evolution By Natural Selection.
With such characters in the band as Andy Blade and Dee Generate (14 at the time) - were Eater thee first true british punk band ??? They didn't do rock riffs (Pistols) - hadn't honed their sound for years (Strummer's 101s, years before The Clash), they weren't the Stooges in carnate (The Damned) - or even converts from the pub rock scene (The Vibrators).
Yes, Eater were one of the first 5 bands to don the Punk tag in early 1976 - but applied the DIY ethic without deviation. The band telling friends at school they were in a band ('just to get girls and look cool'). Enough was enough - the pressure was on - time to make it happen - and hey, if the Pistols can do it 'at their age' - we sure can. And they did.
Eater were in resedence at the infamous Roxy Club on Neal Street. This was England's CBGBs, they all played there: Pistols, Clash, Damned, Generation X, The Adverts, X Ray Spex - etc - etc. The nights were glued together by the in-house DJ, Don Letts, bringing Dillinger, Prince Far-I and Burning Spear to the mass of punks gathered undground in this seedy side street off Covent Garden.
Well, i'm gonna stop right there on the story board. trakMARX.com helped bring the Damned Damned Damned reunion together in July 2006 - this time it's finally Eater turn. The first time the group has plugged in and played the Capital in over 29 years! This is the first - and possibly the last (as the next time may be 2035!) - chance to see this legendary band of the class of '76 strut their stuff.
As soon as Don Letts heard the news that the event was on he pledged his services. Don will be DJing, just like he did back in the day at the Roxy, not only with his ol' muckers Eater - but also being joined by TV Smith, leader and mouthpiece of The Adverts. TV wil be playing a selection of Advert songs on the night - which is always a pleasure to behold. Kris Needs (author, one-time editor of Zig Zag magazine, trakMARX contributor & DJ supremo) will also be spinning along with with The Don. The best Goddamn music on the planet. By way of a slight artistic bent - we have the 100 Punks Gallery joining us through the eyes of one Johnny Deluxe. A series of photo-booth shots of famous and non-famous faces of the day that will be staring in on the Eater event we have called MEET EATER.
MEET EATER will take place at the only suitable venue we could have chosen - the home of the Punk Fesival in '76 - the 100 Club on Oxford Street on 28th September 2006. Tickets are strictly limited to 250 - and are on sale NOW - available through www.wegottickets.com/event/11909 - or via the 100 Club website at £15 (including booking fees).
The reason the number 15 is relevant? EATER had an average age of 15 in 1976 - & had a track on their one and only album - "Eater" - called "15" - a direct response to Alice Cooper's "18".
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Adverts & TV Smith
A few early words from Dee Generate on the matter:
This will be the first time Eater have played a full electric set in London with Dee Generate since early 77.
It's been strange meeting up with Andy after 28 years, we had parted on difficult terms when he was 15 and I was 14 years old. I think we both recognise now how the sacking was the start of the demise of Eater, but it's part of the story, and in lots of ways that's what's interesting now. If we had been gigging for the past 30 years - playing the punk nostalgia circuit, getting fat and bald in public - people would have lost interest by now. We arent fat or bald by the way. I am 44 now, but as I started aged 14, I ve got a few years on the others.
The 100 Club gig is going to be just like seeing Eater in 76/77, we havent progressed musically there are no new songs, we havent rehearsed much and will play the same set we did at the Roxy in 76. Having Don Letts there makes it even more real.
Dee Generate August 2006
See ya there!!!
Suburban Kid – tMx 25 – 06/06
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