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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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Punktastic Party

Last night, we played at Bodmin's 65th birthday party in Wellington. Bodmin had told guests that it was punk theme fancy dress and it really helped everyone get in the mood. There was a great assortment of wigs, some brilliant home made outfits and more tartan than can fit in the whole of Scotland!

Bodmin had also given us 6 bottles of beer and cider to give as prizes throughout the night for people getting into the spirit. Hoover was making up the competitions on the fly which ranged from "Most Tartan Worn", "Best Eurovision Song Contest Dancing" and "Lippiest Bird in the Room"!

Ewan Oosami joined us in his DJing role and assured me there would be no Come on Eileen or Dancing Queen, instead there was Iggy Pop, Janes Addiction and Green Day. Superb!

A top night and a pleasure to be asked to play. Cheers


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Palmers 200 Induced Comedy Show

The Crown in Bridport is owned by Palmers brewery. John's favourite beer is Palmers 200, so I suggested that perhaps tonight I'd drive so he could enjoy his favourite beer. What I'd forgotten is how much he talks between songs when he's had a drink. Instead of being a 5 piece band, it felt more like the Johnny Hoover Show!

The audience appreciated the comedy show which was added to by my utter frustration in getting him to do as he was told. Normally, if we're short of time, I decide what songs to cut and relay that to the rest of the band who accept that I have a plan and know what I'm doing. Anyway, that's what NORMALLY happens! sigh!

I think he's driving from now on at every gig!

p.s. great to see Clare and Rose there! Thanks guys!
p.p.s. John is annoyingly talented and funny when he's squiffy


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Friday, March 20, 2009

New Venues

We've played a couple of new venues lately, the first being The Brass Monkey in Teignmouth. A customer of theirs really liked us so had asked for us to be booked by the pub for their birthday. However, in the months since we were booked, I'd been asked by lots of bands that we know.. "do you realise how small it is?". Oh dear, I thought.

As it happened, we had much more room than I'd been led to believe, although its one of those funny shaped pubs for a band so there was a bit of head scratching for a bit while we worked out the best way to setup.

The night went well and Dave, the birthday boy, joined us on the mic for the encore of My Way. He looked a happy bunny.

Our next new venue was the Stoke Arms in Exeter. As we were setting up, a guy who'd obviously had one or two shandies during the day, requested some lesser known Clash songs which unfortunately we don't do. I was concerned at this point that if we had a room full of hardcore punk fans, we might get bottled off when we played some of our more cheesy songs.

I need not have worried. Three songs in and the same guy is begging for Britney and poledancing round a pillar. A sight for sore eyes!

We had a few familiar faces in the audience but there were lots of locals who didn't really know what to expect, and they loved it.

Hurrah for us and to the Stoke for taking a punt on us. We'll see you back there in June.


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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Home Gig at the Crawford

The Crawford is one of our favourite venues - we have a home crowd, plenty of space and an elevated position for us.

Aiden was in the audience and was on fine form, in danger of upstaging us with his dancing on tables and patio umbrella dance. But he's great to have in the audience - he jumps around like a nutter but never knocks anything over ;-)

We unveiled our Abba Song and subjected Paul and Bully to wig wearing. There seems to be no limit to how much cheese our audience can take!


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