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Crawling Chaos Magazine

This comes from an email from Jeff in which he’d scanned some old bits and reminisced about our joint frames of mind back in 1983-5….

Tue 08/04/2008 22:29

Hi Rees,
I’ve had a scurry about and found a few more tangible bits of history – the majority (the stuff with the scribbled text and lyrics) are the remnants of a Crawling Chaos A4 fanzine that we colour-photocopied and sent out as a freebie to certain selected correspondents, here presented in the order of discovery. There are also a few posters, reviews and a newspaper article. Also included is a promo photo of Thee Earnest Kakas at the height of their powers. The line up from L to R is: Holly, Vex Drongo, Gordon Douglas Smith and Yeti (my name may have changed but not the hat obviously) This was another of many parallel projects running alongside CC, this one was more focused on surreal comedy than our “normal” output. I’ve included a picture of Bebside Hall as it was about 4 years ago. I don’t think I’ve got anything else – I’ll look though.
(….)
Looking at the fanzine again after scanning, I can now see that Holly’s “Holiday” series of cartoons was intended to end with Backworth and the “Explanation” of the Contents page should be at the front. If there ever was a cover it’s not there now. I like the style though and I think the document gives an accurate reflection of our frames of mind at the time, which judging by the lyrics included must have been after the release of C and before the recording of Waqqaz.
Well I think that’s enough for now.

Cheerio, Jeff

I’ve finally got round to uploading this stuff (sp)

All You People Get Off My Back

All You People Get Off My Back

      

Gob On The Tyne has a a book out soon-ish (tekkin’ its time, innit?) about punk doings round Newcastle.  This track is to be included on a CD accompanying the book.

Yack Yack Yack that's all I hear exuding from your gob, Why don't you just run away and go surfing down a bog?
Yack Yack Yack that’s all I hear exuding from your gob, Why don’t you just run away and go surfing down a bog?

It’s previously un-released on the major output and comes under the Outakes-etc category…  It’s based on an old Jeff riff from the early days.   No further explanation is needed as it’s self-explanatory what it’s about.  (SP)

Punk Band Rap Free Concert Snub – a transcript

   Martin Blank from Gob on the Tyne has prompted me to transcribe an old cutting from Jeff about an earlier exploit of the band….  This is it!

Punk Band Rap Free Concert Snub

Punk rock band crawling chaos hit a wrong note when they made overtures to a Christian group.

For when the Tyneside-based musicians offered to play free in a church coffee bar they were turned down flat.

“We were amazed and shocked at being turned down” said band member Eddie Fenn last night.

“We thought we were doing them a good turn. We were surprised when they turned us down”.

“It is supposed to be a Christian organisation and they wouldn’t even let us play” said the 23 year old youth and community worker of Front Street, Tynemouth.

They were due to appear tonight at the Tynemouth Crossroads coffee bar in the centre of the town.

“They cancelled the show with no explanation other than ‘The coffee bar is run by a group of Christians to help young people in Tynemouth, and seeking to follow Christ’, and ‘only two people on the committee knew about it, and the rest of the committee are not happy’”, said Eddie.

Awaiting.

“One wonders at the reasoning behind such a bland statement when you consider the appalling lack of recreational facilities for teenagers, the fact the group were willing to play free of charge and that many youngsters were eagerly awaiting the performance. We have a medium sized following around here.”

The four man band, which has been formed for 11 months, is due to release a single next month called “Sex Machine”.

The line-up is Eddie on drums, taxi driver Martin Rees aged 24 of Front Street, Tynemouth on vocals and electric organ; guitarist Jeff Crowe, a 23 year old cataloguer of Tynemouth Road, Howden; and civil servant David Holland, aged 21 from Seaton Delaval, on bass.

One of the organisers of the coffee club said that they had apologised to the group for the mix-up.

David Armstrong, 32 year old painter and decorator from Tynemouth said; “More than a month ago the band came to me and asked if they could play at the Friday night coffee bar.

I told them I would ask the other members of the bar, but I forgot and when the group came back I said it would be alright.

When the other organisers found out they weren’t too happy. They said it hadn’t been discussed properly.

It was really an internal disagreement. I feel sorry for the group and I have apologised but I don’t want anyone blamed for it.!

Postscript

The band did eventually play the gig.  All went well and no-one was offended.  Pip pip!

 

Added Extra Pictures and Posters

I’ve added some more pictures and posters that I’ve scanned and photographed today, to the pictures page.  Highlights, if you like, include the poster for the last ever Crawling Chaos gig in the Low Countries, some Blonde Ethiopian stuff, some Ernest Kakas incarnations and a late era Crawling Chaos gig.

The last one is notable  as Jeff has assembled tights and my old white leather jacket (to which he always had an attachment) into a fashion statement.  The key motif is “the painting of the faces with felt pens” in the gangster style of the “Ant Hill Mob” from Wacky Races.

This (and other gig dandiness),  pre-dates the recent gig silliness of Gnarls Barkley by two decades, proving yet again that Crawling Chaos were ahead of the times by a chasm.