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When it comes to playing sleazy rock 'n roll delivered with real true grit it's hard to find the real McCoy. New York Dolls and the original Guns 'n Roses are two bands that spring to mind. They didn't give a fuck what anyone thought, including the press.

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They wrote songs full of grit and gusto,songs that ordinary people on the street could relate to. But with them follows a plethora of bands wanting to emulate the rock 'n roll lifestyle, thinking that by simply slipping on a Jack Daniels' t-shirt with a fag hanging from their gobs and a middle digit in the air they have graced the air of uber cool rockness and whilst that may fool the majority for a little while, the truth comes out and they lay themselves bare in a pool of fakeness.

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One band that have taken musical influences from from the New York Dolls and Guns 'n Roses are Pink Cigar. Based in West London the four piece have been building up a secret following by playing every toilet imaginable in The Smoke and now it is time to join in on the party with the release of their rather spiffing four track EP on iTunes. Here are four individual tracks that will rivet their way into your alcohol induced veins.

In fact this EP is so good that once was you've played it, you immediately get up to play it again. The aptly titled 'Generation Next' storms out of the speakers, slicing you apart.

Singer Sharkie Cottrell may not have the greatest of lungs but it really dosn't matter when he delivers with a obnoxious punky edge. Guitarist Edd Whyte is a Johnny Thunders deadringer (he can't help the fact that he was born with a big hooter and owns a mop of black hair), but he cranks the riffs out with ease.

'Strange' takes a change of direction with a slow strutting vibe of walking down Tin Pan Alley after midnight in the pouring rain and not giving a toss. 'Ladykiller' is another corking head shaker. The slow building 'The Throat' is a real snarling grower ends this impressive EP.

Having seen the band live a few times I know they have plenty more stompers in the cannon. If there is one band you want to get into before they became cover stars then take a drag on the Pink Cigar. They will make you cough, they will make you vomit but you will come up smelling of roses.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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