Punk Rock: Classic and Modern

The REOFFENDERS are on an indefinite break. Never say never, but we currently have no plans to play. However, we had joy and we had fun... and we blogged about it. Enjoy reading and reliving some good times.

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Monday, June 27, 2005

We're Not Worthy! We're Not Worthy!

Bosch, Hoover and I have spent the last 5 days in a muddy field in Glastonbury. My voice is a little wrecked from shouting "Where's your head at" with Basement Jaxx last night.

Anywhooooo, we saw Chris T-T in the Left Field yesterday afternoon. He was doing his more political stuff cos of where he was playing but we got a chance to say hi afterwards, wallow in his greatness and shake the man's hand. We also bought him a beer as royalties but then lost him, so I had to drink it myself. Well what else could I do?


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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Birthday to Dave

Dave plays DidgThe REOFFENDERS played a private birthday party yesterday for our mate, Dave. He lives in a very peachy spot just outside Exeter with a huge garden, perfect!

After a spot of treasure hunting (Lou and I won, hurrah!), The REOFFENDERS played in glorious sunshine in the garden. Much beer was drank before and during, so we weren't as serious as we normally are(!?) and added an extra prop and a couple of new gags to the set. Dave joined us on didgeridoo which was well impressive. That whole circular breathing thing is fascinating.

Cheers for the invite Dave, see you next year at DaveStock!


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Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Bowling Green

We will be playing The Bowling Green in Exeter in July... watch this space (or the gigs page)


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Jimmy Eat World at last

Indesit, Hoover and I went to Bristol last night to see Jimmy Eat World in action. This was the date that was rearranged after the March cancelled gig.

Paul and I were talking over a beer beforehand, and I saw somebody pointing at the back of his T-shirt (he was wearing his BMAD festival T-shirt with the list of bands on the back). The guys were from a band called Full Speed Alone who were a last minute addition to the BMAD gig.

The support band, Fortune Drive from Bristol played a blinder. Gotta get hold of a CD if they have one, they played about half an hour I think and it wasn't enough.

Jimmy were excellent, lots of energy, sweat, brilliant harmonies between the vocalists and lots of people jumping up and down, including Mr Hoover getting an elbow in the face resulting in a cut lip. I went particularly nuts when they played "The Middle". That's what one of my songs, that is!

We also had an exciting moment as we stood outside the takeaway opposite the Hippodrome as Michael Ball went past on his tour bus and waved at us! The street was awash with blue rinses swooning for him!

Tonight, sees the three musketeers wandering over to Exmouth to see naked ape in the last week of Battle of the Bands. Go and see them! They're great (and are Radar's other managed band).


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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Three Fat Fish

  • We've been asked to play 3 Fat Fish in Exeter!

  • We'll be supported by at one or two other bands!

  • They'll be charging on the door!

  • Our name will be postered on lamp posts all over town!

Am I excited! Hell yeah!


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Success in Newton Abbot

We weren't sure what to expect from the gig this afternoon. A sunny Sunday afternoon gig is always a worry in case there's no one there but there was a good crowd in there and they were definitely up for some music and dancing.

Before we even started, we were getting requests and fortunately, we were able to deliver. We had intended to drop Just a Girl on account of my voice being abit rough still, but we were asked specifically for No Doubt so I soldiered on like the professional rock star that I am(!).

There was a particularly lively lady dancing right in front of us who had had a shandy or two before we arrived. In mid-dance, she pulled up her t-shirt to reveal... well everything! Alas, Mr Hoover had no glasses or contact lenses so was oblivious to it all!

Cheers to Ally who was a star REOFFENDERS dancer. This thing's catching on!


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Friday, June 10, 2005

The Strand Last Night

And a quick word from me...

We have been promised a gig at the Strand so we will be back to Exmouth soon.

Thanks to everyone for coming to support us. Cheers to Greg for doing the sound, Radar for performing managerial duties (and providing me a pint of water when my voice gave up!), the Naked Ape boys, Claire and Terry from the Old Barrel and the Crush UK gang for coming to support. Also, I'd like to echo Hoover's comments, well done King Oliver - "cos I'm the ice cream man....". Loved it!!!


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REOFFENDERS storm the Strand

Well last night it was The Strand in Exmouth's turn to get the REOFFENDERS treatment... and it was another success!

It was Morph's turn to suffer in the throat dept. She all but expired during Celebrity Skin, but Radar rushed to the rescue with a glass of water and she soldiered on like a good 'un.

We shoved Teenage Kicks down the list this time and i think it took its rightful place in the big finale of hits at the end of the set. The punters do seem to like that one don't they.

"The REOFFENDERS dancers" gag seems to be a hit too. This time we had four be-wigged revellers at the front doing the most appalling travesty of the dance moves i've ever had the misfortune to witness... we done kids, you were fab! It was certainly one for the camera phones.

Halfway through the set Radar managerially moved in to secure a follow up gig (date to be confirmed).. nice one Mr Manager. He also got NAKED APE booked to play next week. They are fantastic so you'd better be there for that.

Finally a word of our stage-mates for the night, the impeccable KING OLIVER. It's easy to entertain with a bunch of tried and tested covers like we do, but these guys brought some beatifully crafted original stuff to the party. With a chilled out relaxed jazzy feel King Oliver are also one to watch. They've got a website but i can't find it this morning. Guys, if you email me I'll put a link here to it.

Oh, and it was supposed to be a "battle of the bands", but we just had a fab time. Who knows who won and who knows if we care. Both bands had a great night and secured bookings to return. If either of us make it to the final... well that would be a bonus.

Love Hoover


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Monday, June 06, 2005

What a Weekend!

The REOFFENDERS had a fantastic weekend. Thanks to Terry and everyone a the Lime Tree for organising such a great event yesterday.

We were abit unsure how we'd be received yesterday, being on first at 2pm while everyone was eating their sunday roast but we went down a storm. John had a flash of inspiration in the morning and charged £3 for charity for people to nominate friends/loved ones as dancers during Stop in the Name of Love.

Lou, official groupy, took the victims off to the function room to show them their moves and to let them choose their wigs. All three dancers were fantastic and it was obviously entertaining to everyone else in the pub. Big thanks to Lou who did a fantasic job with the dance training and also stood at the front doing the actions so that our new recruits could copy. Twas magic!

Our offshoot band, Calling Orson, took to the stage two hours later doing a 45 minute set. It was our first gig and went really well. When we have a full set, The Lime Tree will give us a gig.

There then followed some serious drinking by myself and Indesit, which helped me accidentally spend £25 on Marilyn Manson merchandise in the charity auction. Radar spent slightly more on a set of Ginger Fish's drum sticks!

We stayed for the rest of the bands and everyone did really well. Tweak Freaks and Naked Ape were particularly fine.

In total, The Lime Tree raised £800 for the Derriford Hospital Baby Unit. Job well done everyone!


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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Lime Tree Gig Last Night

Despite going to bed at about 1 ish last night, I'm up already. I woke up and all I could hear in my head is "I'm just a girl....." Argh! Make it Stop!

Gig was great last night. The pub was abit quiet but apparently the Anti-Nowhere League were playing up the road at the Half Moon. Hey ho, you can't win 'em all! The people who were there though enjoyed it with assurances that they'd be back today for more. I do love seeing the expressions on peoples faces when we do that first "real punk classic". Lets hear it? Britney, Britney, BRITNEY...

Mr Hoover's voice held out impressively although I can hear him coughing his guts up as I write. A couple of Vocalzones will sort him out by the time we play today!

Paul with red spike in his hairMr Indesit had the best hair! He gelled it into a spike down the middle of his head and then sprayed it red. Nice one!

As an exciting by the way, Hoover and I got home last night to find an email from Ebay telling us that we were now the proud owners of a PA! We've been blagging PAs for a while and it's good to be self sufficient now. Can't wait to get my paws on it.

As another exciting by the way, Paul, John and I have our first outing with our acoustic side-line Calling Orson today. Looking forward to it but a tad nervous.


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Friday, June 03, 2005

A Dicket to Dottingham Please?

With the double whammy weekend looming, John and I have both got stinking colds. We've been knocking back Vitamin C and hot honey, lemon and ginger (very punk rock!) like gooduns today so fingers crossed.

Will Mr Hoover manage that note at the end of the Hives?


He did, you know!!!

By Blogger Heather, at 7:37 am, June 05, 2005  

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Bottle Inn

Mr Hoover and I went out again last night looking for prospective gig venues. We found the website of The Bottle Inn which reported good beer and food, free camping on gig nights and the gigs listed showed that they were quite up for abit of Punk.

So off we trotted to Marshwood in Dorset (only about 40 minutes in the car) and had a really nice meal washed down with a good pint of Otter before we retired to the back room to play pool. The room at the back is a really nice size, and has a pool table and a big TV for football watching (that'll keep Mr Indesit happy). Hiding behind a curtain at the back of the room was a good sized stage area with ceiling mounted stage lights. It was obvious that the landlord appreciates his music.

Fingers crossed we'll get a gig there. It's a very peachy little spot.


Wow - we use the Bottle Inn at work for community involvement events - we get the local farmers along, feed and water them and then involve them in our projects.

I could add punk rock to a engagement methods!

By Blogger Brucie, at 7:08 pm, June 03, 2005  

I'd be well happy being fed and watered there!!! When I say watered, I mean the Otter variety :-)

By Blogger Heather, at 8:20 pm, June 03, 2005  

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