I checked out the Philistines at
Maxwell’s in Hoboken and what a rare treat it was…
You wanna know the difference between the good the bad
& the ugly -- this was fucken GREAT!
Fronted by former Sex Pistol, Rich Kid and Iggy Pop, bass
player Glen Matlock. These guys played classic punk pop
busting with catchy hooks and vibrant energy. The rest of
the band consists of former Professionals Ray Mc Veigh on
lead guitar and backing vocals, Sinnerstar Koozie Johns on
guitar & backing vocals and, solid as a rock, Chris
Musto, formerly of Johnny Thunders, Michael Monroe, Joe
Strummer to name but a few, on Drums and backing vocals.
Opening up with Yeah Right the pace was relentless from
there on in. Other songs that stick in my mind were Okay
Kiddo, Suck It And See, and Piece Of The Action. They
wound up with a rip roaring version of Pretty Vacant, (by
the way, my personal Pistols favorite) which of course
Glen wrote and reminds us of what a great song writer he
always has been.
They way they handled their music & instruments with a
swaggering nonchalant that just stinks of dirty
rock’n’roll. It’s a breath of fresh air to see these
guys all the way from the UK here on these shores.
It’s a good kick in the pants, a wake up call, a great
reminder of how real rockers do it. None of that
posy crap the fucken music media try to ram down our
So if you missed ‘em, don’t be a wanker, get online to
www.thephilistinesuk.com and buy their fucken record. It’s
worth every penny!!