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like a phoenix from the ashes of the early eighties band, the
new-look Verbal Warning spluttered into life in 2005.
Paul, switching to bass, decided to resurrect the band, and,
after using the modern technology of the Internet to find Ian
on drums and Lee on guitar, finally turned the years back to
bring in John on vocals
Trying to keep the spirit of old school punk rock alive, the
band retained some of the old songs as well as writing some
new ones, as the new line-up took the band, having actually
learnt how to play with their instruments, off into a slightly
more melodic direction, making sure to retain the energy of
Punk Rock. The comment at practices often being “Are we sure
that’s fast enough?”
The nerve racking first gig for the new line-up was supporting
Smother and the Peer Pressure Puppets at
’s Town Mill on
Friday, 27th May 2005
and Bishop’s Stortford followed before the band took to
their first outdoor festival stage, courtesy of Blyth Power,
at the Tallington Ashes in July of that year.A mix of Politics
and humour rub shoulders and the band always try to make live
shows as entertaining as possible, often doing two hour sets
with new songs mixing with the old plus a selection
By October 2005 VW had ticked one of their boxes by doing a
gig at the Victoria Inn, Derby supporting Punk Rock pioneers
the Vibrators and were beginning to build themselves a loyal
following in the Nottingham, Derby and Mansfield areas.
The debut album A Kick in the Verbals was released in 2006 and
regular live shows continued.
Since then they have supported a host of punk rock legends
including the UK Subs, Eddie and the Hot Rods, TV Smith,
Patrik Fitzgerald, John Otway, Penetration and the Lurkers.
They have also played a string of top festivals including
Rebellion in Blackpool, the world’s biggest punk fest,
Strummercamp, Glastonwick and Concrete Jungle along with some
CAMRA beer festival appearances, another cause dear to the
after a four-year wait, you can’t rush quality as they say,
Verbal Warning have finally released their 2nd Album, the
stunning Red Star Radio this summer (2010), which has been
very well received, getting the thumbs up from Big Cheese
magazine, and a 5 Star review in the Nottingham Post.
Both CD’s are available at their online shop at
Warning’s early eighties incarnation built themselves an
uncompromising reputation in the
area and played with some of the big bands of the day.
Chumbawumba,, Conflict Napalm Death, and The Subhumans all
shared bills with the original Warning.
first gig as the tastefully named Dead Presleys, with Dave on
vocals, Paul on guitar, Colin on bass and Phil playing drums
was at Nottingham’s legendary Ad Lib Club on 7th December
1980. After it was discovered, in no uncertain terms, that the
local Teddy Boy community didn’t share the bands sense of
humour, the name was changed to Verbal Warning, with Wayne
replacing Phil on drums and later sharing vocals with Dave
after Paul Clarke, aka Adolf, was drafted in on drums.
gig at the-then Trent Polytechnic on 14th May 1981, ended in a
hasty exit after Singer Dave Smith was thought to have
suggested he was glad IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands was dead,
infuriating a large Irish contingent in the audience.
quit the band the “classic” line-up of Paul on guitar,
Adolf on drums, Colin on bass and Dave doing the vocals then
gig at Beeston Community Centre on 11th July 1981 saw them on
a bill with one Potential Difference whose vocalist John is
now the front man for the modern-day VW.
big gig at Beeston Community Centre (known affectionately as
The Shed) on 24th October 1981 saw Warning on the same bill as
Flux, Subhumans, The Fits and Anarchist Attack.
even strutted their stuff in Long Eaton’s dance nightclub
Isabellas in May 1982.Other notable 1982 gigs included an
appearance with stalwarts Resistance 77 at The Black Horse,
Somercotes, on 20th August, Resistance are still going strong
today, in fact both bands appeared on the same bill again
nearly 30 years later at the Mill in Mansfield, one at
Sherwood Community Centre with Flux, Antisect, Black Anthem,
and Blasphemy and a great gig at Derby’s Havana Club.
22nd January 1983, Warning appeared with Conflict and Omega
Tribe at Nottingham’s Union Club but were forced to leave
the venue quickly after plugs were pulled on them during their
set and threats made when the band suggested to a hostile
audience that Conflict and Crass were ‘only rock and roll
also played at the city’s Yorker (now the Rose of England)
on Mansfield Road with Rudimentary Peni, Business of Pleasure
the Apostles didn’t turn up for a gig at St Anns’ Bluebell
Hill Leisure Centre on 30th April, Warning found themselves
headlining, supported by soon-to-be John Peel faves Napalm
also supported Dirt and Heresy in Colwick, Resistance 77 at
the Hearty Good Fellow, and, once again, the Subhumans at the
trip to London saw the band play with The Apostles while a gig
at The Meadows Community Centre on 13th August saw the band on
with Chumbawumba, Disorder and Potential Threat.
all-dayer at Colwick’s Vale Social Club on 10th March 1984
was headlined by Conflict, supported by bands including
Antisystem, Icons of Filth, The Instigators, Verbal Warning,
Hagar the Womb, Seats of Piss and The Scumdribblers.
But it wasn’t to last much longer and after a handful of
gigs, and more personnel changes a show with Lost Cherries at
Nottingham’s long demolished Narrowboat proved to be the
catalyst for prolonged sabbatical.
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Right folks - The Gig Guide has been
updated with all the latest shows we've got booked
for the rest of the year. Also watch this space for details of a new
t-shirt design as it comes hot off the press