Steve from Retro Man Blog and Rock Photographer Paul Slattery talk to Ian Ballard, boss of the legendary Punk and Garage Rock label Damaged Goods Records. In this first episode we play and discuss some of the label's pivotal early releases and discover how Ian started off in the big bad world of the music business. Along the way Ian and Paul chat about their early experiences with the Manic Street Preachers and Billy Childish, and we hear the stories and background behind a choice selection of other Damaged Goods releases and some of the characters involved. These include Graham Day, Helen Love meeting Joey Ramone, The Snivelling Shits, Thee Headcoats versus the NME, Thee Headcoatees in Japan and Holly Golightly and The White Stripes. You can also hear an exclusive track from the brand new album by Thee Spivs, "The Crowds and The Sounds", due to be released on Damaged Goods on June 24th.
Part 2 of The Damaged Goods Story is coming soon so please keep a check on our Soundcloud page, or here on the Blog, for more news on the release date. The next Episode will bring the story up to date and features some great music from the likes of Buzzcocks, Pete Molinari, Billy Childish and The Singing Loins, Fabienne Delsol, The Wolfmen, The Briefs, Cyanide Pills, The pUKES and another fantastic exclusive track from Thee Spivs brand new album...!
|Ian from Damaged Goods and Billy Childish - Photo by Paul Slattery|
Retro Man Blog is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with Damaged Goods, we will be hosting Thee Spivs new album Launch Party at The Half Moon Putney on June 29th. Copies of the new album will be available for sale on the night. Tickets are just £8.00 in advance from The Half Moon, click here to buy - be sure to book early to guarantee entrance as this is shaping up to be a great night. Support comes from The Fallen Leaves, who feature original Subway Sect guitarist Rob Symmons, and the line-up is completed by local garage rock heroes, The Past Tense.
Thanks to Adam Donovan of The Jetsonics for the gig poster.