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, July 31, 2006

So Long...And Thanks for All The Fish...

The REOFFENDERS after Brucie's last gigAfter Brucie's last gig, we had a little post gig beer and pizza night which went on till the wee small hours of the morning (sorry neighbours).

Brucie called in later that day after he'd had some kip and dropped in a card. I thought as it was addressed to a wider audience than just the band, I should share it. Thanks again everyone

to Reoffenders past, present and future!
(plus choreographers, makeup, fans)

I'm still overwhelmed by your generosity and still buzzing from a great last gig. I will never forget my time with you guys - it was like double-wow, knockout fab, as Jimmy would say!

(Italian for Brucie)

*look: capitals!"


Brucie? Brucie who? Oh is he that bloke who used to play the drums for us? ;o))

By Blogger Johnny Hoover, at 3:08 pm, July 31, 2006  

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Thank You

The boys being sillyThank you to everyone who came to The Jolly Porter last night and for being such an great audience. There was so much energy and it was a really good party atmosphere from start to finish. It was a great send off for Brucie on his last gig.

Thank you most of all to Brucie for being such a awesome drummer over the last three years. Who else is going to do impromptu Half Man Half Biscuit songs?


Who's going to throw sticks at me now?

By Blogger Justin Hotpoint, at 7:33 pm, July 30, 2006  

Never fear Hot, Brucie has been teaching me the art of stick throwing, and apparently I am a natural...

By Blogger Tracy Toshiba, at 8:54 am, August 04, 2006  

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Double Whammy Weekend

On Friday, we played at a charity gig at the Phoenix in Exmouth with our mates at Letters to Leaders. They played a great 45 minute set before we took to the stage.

It was very hot in Exmouth and it got much hotter and sweatier, with much jumping about as we played for almost two hours. Normally we give Brucie a break halfway through when we play Injured Popstars but I made an executive decision with the setlist and kept him working hard on those drums! Sorry mate :-)

John with his new spikey hairHighlight of the night for us was Good Riddance as everyone in the audience joined in and raised the roof.

Saturday took us to Torquay, relatively new territory and a new venue. We had more space to set up and we took advantage of that in our performance. There'll be no standing in a corner shuffling feet for this band!

Indesit and Hotpoint took their silliness to a new level during Jetplane with Justin sitting on Paul's shoulders while they played. If anyone got a photo of that, please let me know.

The ritual of balloon bursting body slams continued after the gig with me scoring my first! Yay!


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Monday, July 17, 2006

S.O.B. at Guilfest

S.O.B. at GuilfestTracy and I went to Guilfest yesterday to see our S.O.B. mates in action. It was great to see them on a big stage and so well supported. The compere was a little taken a back by the "S-O-B" chants!

The boys did really well and are going from strength to strength. There's talk of gigs in Europe and a possible appearance at Reading Festival (which would be marvellous cos Hoover and I already have tickets) so the summer is just warming up for them.

It's been a wee while since I've been able to go band outfit shopping with one of the band. It's a girl thing! Tosh and I had much fun wandering round stalls looking at red and black stuff, dog collars, studded belts, chains....

We finished the evening by jilting Billy Idol in favour of Therapy? They rocked big time. There's nothing quite like a hot and sweaty mosh pit to end a fantastic day!

Thanks guys, we had a great time


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Introducing Tracy Toshiba

After three years of Reoffending, we're sad to say that Brucie has decided to leave the band due to work and family commitments. And, he says he never liked Marmite anyway!

He'll be a tough act to follow and we'll miss his impersonations, bad jokes and distinct music taste.

Tracy Toshiba has taken on the challenge of filling his boots. She'll debut at the Bolton Inn in Brixham before joining us on tour in Cornwall.

Yay! Another girl in the band!


'ello Tosh.

Another girl. Be affraid, be very affraid.

By Blogger Justin Hotpoint, at 11:31 am, July 19, 2006  

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Punk Rock comes to Sidmouth

The REOFFENDERS brought punk to Sidmouth on Friday and they loved it!

In the week before the folk festival, we were perhaps an unlikely booking but the Radway got dancing and by the end, wouldn't let us stop!


After being asked all night to do some Half Man Half Biscuit, Brucie stepped up to the mic for an impromptu blast of The Trumpton Riots. Quality!

Indesit and Hotpoint took the balloon bursting to another level with both of them stuffing balloons up their shirts at the same time before charging at each other. Some Radway regulars joined in the antics in what appears to be a regular post-gig activity.


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Friday, July 14, 2006

Highly Recommended!

Angie at work brought in Saturday's newspaper which included the following gem:

Highly Recommended: Reoffenders at the Crawford, Chas and Dave at Babbacombe Theatre and Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean at the Cinema

Apart from the fact that I seem to have a mouth as big as the planet, I'd like to say how happy I am to have reached the same level as Johnny Depp. I can live with him sharing my limelight.

(Has anyone noticed that I'm just washing over the whole Chas n Dave thing?)


I think a cover of Chas And Dave's Rabbit's in order, don't you?

By Blogger Justin Hotpoint, at 11:38 am, July 14, 2006  

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Monday, July 10, 2006

I wanna do it again! Again! Again! Again!

Saturday saw The REOFFENDERS play their first gig in three weeks, something that hasn't happened in quite a while. But football has played havoc with gig bookings lately (and they keep telling me its only every 4 years so don't complain...) and it was good to get back to it.

Hoover and I had friends visiting from London so it was exciting to have them in the audience. Ports hasn't seen Hoover sing live in 5 years and he's come out of his shell a smidge since then (yes, I know... hard to believe he ever had a shell to hide in!).

We did a 2.5 hour set at the request of Ben, the landlord. Normally we do one 2 hour set but we decided to give Brucie a break on the drums and cut the 2.5 hours into two sets. It ain't pretty when your drummer collapses due to exhaustion.

I do like the Crawford (for many reasons but particularly ...) because there's loads of furniture to climb on. The boys were rather enjoying themselves standing on the banisters.

The balloon net didn't quite work to plan - it came off the ceiling 2 songs before it was needed, but as always the balloons were very popular with sensible adults turning into 5 year olds at the blink of an eye.

Funniest thing in the world was Hotpoint and Indesit bursting balloons at the end. Indesit shoved a balloon up his shirt before they charged at each other to body slam! Then again! Then again! I honestly thought Indesit was going to wet himself, he was laughing so much!


Ind and I are in training for the balloon popping world record. We are currently not very good.

By Blogger Justin Hotpoint, at 9:12 am, July 11, 2006  

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Tour T-Shirt

We've ordered a tour t-shirt - just one to see what it's like. I got an email tonight to say that its been despatched (from Paris no less so we may have to wait a few days)

It'd be a crime to have a tour, whatever the size, and not have a t-shirt!


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