Weird Tales 2011 gig with The Mob, Zounds, The Astronauts and The Hamsters

After a gap of thirty one years, some of the bands that performed on the original Jonathan Barnett inspired Weird Tales tours from 1979 and 1980 are back together to perform again on 18th November 2011.

The Mob. Anyone that was lucky enough to get a ticket for Bristol reunion performance in April or be placed on the guest list for the surprise shindig  in London’s Hoxton will know that The Mob in 2011 are a must see. If you were not lucky enough to be in attendance for those performances then get a ticket or two for this Weird Tales 2011. 

For a measly £12.00 you get The Mob, and the other Weird Tales veterans, Zounds, The Astronauts (performing tracks from the first two albums I am led to believe), and The Hamsters from Manchester (a certified favorite band of Mark E Smith from The Fall back in those days).

Also on the Weird Tales 2011 bill are bands and poets that did not perform on the original Weird Tales tours but as individuals did witness some of the gigs during that era. Rubella Ballet, Idiot Strength and Andy T. 

I am hoping that original Weird Tales sound man Grant Showbiz will be on the sound desk during the night at the Weird Tales 2011 event. I think this is being discussed at the moment with him so fingers crossed.

Four hundred and fifty capacity in this Brixton venue that used to be called The White Horse a long time ago, so get the tickets quick or miss out!

You can get a ticket online or posted from HERE or direct from the JAMM venue.

Address details for the venue and text about the club HERE

Both the previous two 2011 performances by The Mob, recorded off the sound desk, are exclusively available for download on this KYPP site if you search for them.

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47 thoughts on “Weird Tales 2011 gig with The Mob, Zounds, The Astronauts and The Hamsters”

  1. Penguin/Mark…I seem to recall there was an ebay page selling Mob T shirts..

    Is it ok and can you post me a link..

    Ta !

  2. The Mob will be performing with Idiot Strength on Friday 14th October at the Quicksilver Mail pub in Yeovil. This event is in turn to celebrate the works of Wilf who along with Steve Batty (as Cracked Image Graffix) supplied the artwork to all The Mob’s records during the original lifetime of the band.
    The Wilf exhibition is being shown in Yeovil at the Octogan Theatre between 3rd to 17th October so the most perfect idea is to go to both events over that weekend.
    Ticket details will be available shortly.

  3. Hi. I´m coming from Vienna especially for the gig (well, gigs including Steve Ignorant´s) and wondered what the accomodation situalion is like around the Brixton Road area? I would be really grateful for any info. Cheers.

  4. Hi
    Is there anyone travelling up from the Dorset area that would like someone to share petrol money as i have a ticket but a dead car at the moment.
    If anyone can help please give me a shout

  5. Also interested in band /start times etc….deciding wether to drive up from Kent or battle my way back to East London and stay round my mums! Anybody know yet??

  6. What I have been informed of is that all bands will be off stage by midnight so folk who need to will be able to catch tubes and other connecting trains. The idea is that between the two rooms in the venue, one band will perform in one room and when that band has finished the set then the next band will perform in the second room and the night will continue between each room for the whole night. This is to avoid long delays between bands I understand.

  7. I quite like the 2 stages idea. I have low patience so it cuts out all the change overs etc. Gonna be the weekend of the year I think.

  8. good job we never tried anything as efficient as this 30 years ago I can just see how that would have gone…

  9. Dont get to excited Chas, could still all go wrong 30 years on 🙂 …….. Although im sure it wont! Can I just ask, what time is the first band on and is it the same running order as the flyer? Oh and what time does it all kick off..7 or 8??

  10. see you there – just found my flowers t shirt. It’s a bit tight and a bit smelly and has some suspicious stains on it. I may still wear it….

  11. What a night! The Mob, Rubella Ballet and Zounds all excellent and their songs sadly still all too relevant. Great to see Sid smacking seven shades of **** out of a drum kit again, and Tony returned to the Rubella fold after all this time. The Mob must have played all the songs I know by them and you could tell they were in no hurry to get offstage. Thanks to all the bands and organisers for bringing us such a great package.

    An enormous thank you to Mark Wilson and friends for helping us get medical help for our friend who collapsed outside after the gig. He was ok apart from dehydration, oxygen deprivation, low blood sugar and i expect emotional exhaustion after dancing to The Mob for the first time since 1984!

    As for getting home, that is a Weird Tale all of its own, but it included following an ambulance, being stopped by the old bill by Hyde Park Corner, a car breakdown and a failure to turn up by the AA. I finally made it home at 8am. All The Madmen indeed…

  12. Penguin: over the next coupla hours i’ll try to email you the photies and video clips I took.

    Yes, a fantastic night in every respect and muchos gracias to all the bands who played and everyone who made it happen.

    And a good slapping to the crowd-surfing dork who kept getting on the stage during The Mob and knocked the image projector over. Grrrrrrr….

    Now i’m gonna spend the next week hearing of all the old friends and faces who were there that I didn’t recogise and have a chance to catch up with. Next time I think you should distribute name badges 😀

    But great to see everyone I did meet – in particular original Napalm Death drummer Miles who I have just dscovered I last saw in April 1983!!

  13. The Mob’s performance exceeded all my expectations. What can I say ‘cept amazing. Congratulations to them and to everyone involved in putting together such a terrific evening’s entertainment. Top marks too to Andy T and Zounds.

  14. “Next time I think you should distribute name badges ”

    Over at speakerplans.com (a forum and site for sound systems) the same has been suggested for some events.

  15. Whilst I thought THE MOB, ZOUNDS & RUBELLA BALLET were great, it was a shame the gig over-ran so much ( i heard THE MOB finished at 1 when it was meant to be done by midnight) & I had to miss the last half hour of THE MOB to get back to Clapham junction for the 01:15 train to Southampton which we did only because the train was 4 minutes late.
    Also I would have been hacked off if I’d paid to see THE MOB & not been allowed in the gig room by bouncers as it was too full.

  16. Fantastic gig. Great to see so many Mob fans crammed into one place. A worthy reception for the band we`ve waited so long for, – glad for you Graham, Curtis and Mark that with our support we have made it worth your while reforming.All gratitude.
    Brilliant to see old faces, especially Spike (Chris Lowe) of Guilty of What fanzine and the Apostles. I lost my voice after gig, what with all that singing, so I couldn`t talk only smile . And did plenty of that.
    I`m looking forward to another London gig sometime but please not during the Olympics !

  17. Great gig, shit venue. All the bands were great. Zounds had the best sound on the night but what the others lacked from so-called engineer they made up for it in passion and energy. Two rooms – what’s that about? I didn’t get it myself. I was most displeased to miss half of the Rubella Ballet set in order to fight my way through into the main stage before The Mob came on.

    Fantastic to see The Mob, like many I never thought I’d ever get the chance. The choruses sounded great with everyone joining in. Nice to see a few faces from the past, perhaps next time there’ll be opportunity to chat! The 40+ degrees Celsius and 95% humidity was hard going but the music made up for it.

    Glad to read that the chap who collapsed outside afterwards was ok. The bouncers were far too rough with him from where I was watching (right in front of it happening) and didn’t have a clue about even basic first aid. Luckily for him Leah came along and provided some positive assistance whilst waiting for the paramedics to turn up.

    The gig was scheduled to finish at 4 am, so many people were pissed off with the staff at Jamm for closing the doors at 2 am. The fact that people had cloakroom tickets didn’t bother the rude moron on the door when he open the door to eject someone. There was no need for that.

    What’s the deal with serving plastic glases and selling bottled beer? Is there any sense behind that…if there is it isn’t common. Brixton Jamm: a festering shithole of a venue. The bar staff and bouncers were ok, but there were some other staff that were right ****s who were not into the anarcho-punk ethos and who just wanted to go home – that’s how it seemed to me.

    Well done to all the bands, organisers and friends for getting it together. Please, next time (if there’ll be a next time) pick a better venue with one stage and and live engineer who’s into to the music.

    I won’t be going back to Brixton Jamm anytime soon.

  18. At least they don’t have the African blokes dispensing soap in the loos anymore but it’s not that easy finding independent venues of the right capacity. I’m sure the band will be open to suggestions of alternatives for future gigs.

  19. I think a bigger venue is called for really – fewer bands on the bill would help (not saying who, that’s not really the point). Definitely agree with much of what Al-ex said, plenty of folks would have loved to have seen all of Rubella Ballet AND Zounds. Recognise that finding cooperative venues is hard as Luggy says.

    Btw it was Tess who was helping my friend who had collapsed. Bouncers not much use and clearly no first aid training. Thanks again to Tess and Mark for helping out. Conditions in the main room definitely contributed to his legs giving way.

    This was the first time I have been to one of these ‘punk revival’ gigs and was impressed by how many young people were there experiencing it all for the first time. I have had my head filled with Mob and Rubella songs all week, it’s like being 15 again!

    T shirt of the night was “I still hate Thatcher” – no contest really.

  20. I really enjoyed the gig. I just missed The Mob the first time round so this was a dream come true for me.
    The only thing i did find frustrating though was having the two stages. I really wanted to see The Astronauts too but unfortunately i missed most of their set because i was in the other room and didn’t know they were on.
    Maybe making it an all-dayer with one stage or starting it a couple hours earlier would have been an idea. But nevermind… i still had the best evening for a long time. And I definitely lost a few years and pounds dancing at the front there.
    A big big thank you to all the bands and everyone involved.

  21. Have to agree with a few comments on here…Mob were excellent, still wish they hadn’t reformed, but glad they did…if that makes sense?? Zounds..always a pleasure but did get a bit larery in the room when they were on. Great to see the Astronauts again, if truth be told prob my fave performance of the night. Weren’t sure about the two rooms, great in principle, but as people have said, didn’t really work out? Im all for independence but, maybe a bigger venue(If) there is a next time…gotta be somewhere off the beaten track. feel sorry for people who couldn’t get in to watch The Mob( and yep I know it aint 1982…if it was we would of been sitting against the walls of somewhere like the Red Lion) but gutted for em anyway. Anyways good night but just a bit too packed etc for my liking (and a few other folk)…thanks for putting it on tho, top night and thanks again.

  22. Great Mob and Rubella sets..thanks very much to everyone responsible
    It might be an idea to return to Civic /”semi civic’ halls for gigs such as these..ala Digbeth Civic Hall etc…and the drastically under-utilised Conway Hall which is still available for hire?
    Left wing councils (choke.. ~ i mean Labour controlled..)such as Islington and Southwark still probably have a lot of suitable spaces that can be hired under a suitable pretext..& currently/for the foreseeable future would probably be glad of the revenue..

    Now we are again suffering the brutalisation of the poor,the draconian elimination of employees rights , the outright thievery that is the selling off of our common resources (forests,NHS,etc..), legislation to consolidate,protect & benefit the wealthy – the landed. & the management ‘class’ , everyday needs (food,heating,travel etc..) being priced out of the realistic reach of the majority,
    the right-wing politicisation of the judiciary, the absense of an independant print media, the willful demonisation and/or neglect of society’s frail and vulnerable (elderly,benefit claimants,the ill etc..),the elimination of legal aid therefore the right to defend oneself against corporate/institutional crime – or solve matters involving inter-familial conflict , the elimination of our welfare state, the privatisation of our road network, the destruction of all concepts of ‘social’ & ‘communal’ to be replaced by the privatisation (and therefore profits for the minority rich) of every aspect of our ‘public’ life….and the list of ever-increasing deeply malevolent social engineering strategies made real continues.

    This combined with the rapid militarisation of the police ahead of (hopefully) imminent mass social disorder as an inevitable & wholly justified reaction to our lives being made insufferably worse whilst we are sold into slavery without the right to object .
    Sound familiar?
    These uber right-wing scum are starting to finish Thatchers work – all post-war programmes of progressive social reform are dismantled/removed as the disenfranchised poor are propelled back to pre-Victorian conditions of living,employment & expectations for a happy peaceful life.
    ..and a cabal of self serving millionaires laugh in our faces as we swallow the con that is “The Deficit””… the sickest part is they’ve now got us fighting/blaming each other for deliberately withheld resources .

    As I see it, the only visible rallying points for the public who object to this relentless brutalisation/facist social engineering are the “Occupy” camps at St.Pauls, Finsbury Pavement, any-town-near-you…etc.. – the most faithfull examples of self-autonomous group resistance (yes , anarcho) that i have witnessed since Greenham,Faslane,Comiso (italy) etc in the early to mid-80’s.

    These fledgling “social-resistance” camps are growing day by day, as people realise that numbers (and solidarity)are what will count when push comes to shove.
    But what is needed badly is for bands such as Mob,Zoundz, Rubella,.. dare i say Antisect ~ to play benefits if possible for these camps so that they can go from strength to strength .
    Costs there are being kept to a minimum..but food, heating etc are an obvious necessity …anarcho days are indeed here again.

    If you can please go and visit these camps (or more importantly start you own)..people there are as friendly and as welcoming as you or I, and i dare say that maybe you will sense the infinite possibilities that exist because of those camps .

    Let the tribe increase..

  23. Despite the shortcomings of Brixton Jamm it was a bloody good gig! I have my reservations about the whole punk nostalgia thing – after being at the Feeding of the 5000 gig / pantomime at Shepherd’s Bush in 2007, which I walked out of. The Mob gig was just an honest grass-roots gig, compared to the Ignorant Corporations branded strategy. Anarcho-punk for anarcho has beens – no thanks!

  24. Has anyone recorded the Brixton gig as i could not get there and would like to hear if it was as good as the Quicksilver Mall, the sound of the download is fab and it warms the heart to know that people still share music and not try and fleece people for all they can get.
    Looking forward to Bristol in the new year i will have wheels again by then so come on.

  25. Excellent news Penguin. Any idea what is happening with the video that Sid and Zillah did at Bristol earlier in the year? I know Sid has been playing with it and he sounded happy about it.

    Bristol in the New Year?

  26. The audio from most bands (if not all) will be uploaded onto KYPP in time for christmas. The video I am not sure what to do with, I may give it to Sid from Rubella…

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