Brighton and Hove News » Double punk rock gig announced with Spizzenergi & Johnny Moped
Black Rabbit Productions & Pogo Events Presents have announced a special double-header punk rock gig this afternoon which will take place at Patterns in Brighton on Friday 5th May 2023.
Yes, it’s a long way off, but I strongly suspect tickets will go crazy for this one as it’s all about featuring two of the star bands from the recent official Jordan Mooney Charity Memorial concert – namely Spizzenergi and Johnny Moped.
Spizzenergi is the band centered around the extravagant London singer Spizz. Over the years the band has had many names, from Spizzoil and Spizzles to the rather long Athletico Spizz 80s, but the music has always remained the same, a mixture of punk energy and the futuristic vision of its singer, a man always hoping that the future will deliver us from the miserable present.
The very first UK Indie Singles Chart appeared on January 19, 1980 and the number one single that week was just 2 minutes and 17 seconds long and was released on Rough Trade Records in December 1979 and it stayed up for another six weeks – this record being “Where is Captain Kirk?” » by Spizzenergi. What a fabulous stage for the group! No one can ever take that away from them!
Spizz himself is exactly what the music industry needs – a truly quirky, yet lovable character! There’s just something very British about Spizz’s psyche. To fight in his own inimitable style and not pay attention to what others think. His degree of eccentricity within our British society as a whole is also balanced in proportion to his immense courage, mental vigor and genius. I don’t understand why he’s not based in bohemian Brighton, where he would no doubt reside in a madness or something similar.
Nowadays, Spizz and his eclectic Sputnik-like crew consist of Luca Comencini (guitar), Ben Lawson (bass), Phil Ross (guitar) and Alan Galaxy (drums).
Their most recent releases are the singles “Christmas in the Street of Denmark” in 2020, followed by a David Bowie cover ‘Valentine’s day’ in 2021, both singles mixed by longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti.
Few bands on the Damaged Goods list are as beloved as Johnny Moped. One of the first punk bands of 1977, they were at the heart of the London punk scene, regulars at the Roxy Club and much loved by fans and peers alike.
“Johnny Moped had the three ingredients necessary for maximum rock ‘n’ roll: amateurism, chaos and humour… Essential punk rock! – Billy Childish
In 2006 the ‘Johnny Moped Bootleg Tapes Vol 1 & 2’, a compilation of rarities has been unleashed. Since then, the revitalized band released a studio album in 2016 titled “He’s a really cool baby,” closely followed by a reissue of their 1978 classic ‘Cycledelic’.
Tours across Europe followed, as did a string of UK dates in support of longtime associates The Damned – Read Brighton & Hove News’ review of the Brighton date HERE.
The band also had successful appearances at the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool and, indeed, Johnny Moped and Spizzenergi were once again booked for this year’s extravaganza. The Brighton & Hove News will be there!
Johnny Moped has recorded sessions for Marc Riley’s BBC 6Music show. The current band consists of the remaining original members, Johnny Moped and Slimy Toad, joined by Rock ‘n’ Roll Robot (Rob of CASE) on guitar, Jacko Pistorious on bass and drummer Marty Love (on board after the recent departure by Dave Berk).
2019 saw the release of the band “Living in a dream world” 7″ single on a choice of three different colors. The track was taken from their “Lure Your Mind” album.
Buy your tickets for the Brighton concert HERE.
More information on Johnny Moped HERE.