THE THOUGHT CRIMINALS - LIVE - One-Off Reunion Show!
Annandale Hotel, Sydney - Saturday February 4th
DOORS: 8pm TICKET PRICE: $20 + b.f. / $25 @ door price
THE THOUGHT CRIMINALS on stage 9:45pm
+ "1984 - The Movie" on the BIG screen
+ J Katz Punk Reggae Party between sets
+ Rock'n'Roll Karaoke in Raymond J's Back Bar
"CHRONO LOGICAL" In-stores Now with special packaging
Or download it from www.thethoughtcriminals.com.au
Name : Roger Grierson aka Jack Boots
Band : The Thought Criminals
Job In Band : Bass and telephone (don't knock it IGGY played the vaccum cleaner and one should never underestimate the power of domestic appliances in your act)
Website Address : www.thethoughtcriminals.com.au
Hometown : SEEDNEY
Best thing about the music scene in your hometown :
Then? Great New bands with fresh energy everywhere. Now? some of the old bands still playing
What's the story behind the name?
It comes from 1984 By George Orwell which you should read immediately if you haven't already
How did the band come together?
I put and ad up at the Paris Theatre and also met bruce the singer when I bought some punk singles from him
How long has the band been around?
About Thirty years
How would you describe your sound?
Smarty arty punky party style
What's your current release? Tell us a little about it…
It's a 2 CD set called CHRONO LOGICAL , its pretty much our entire Oeuvre. If you don't want the CD or the vinyl version, you can also download all of our songs for free from our website
OFF THE STAGE
When did you decide you had to be a musician, and how did you go about it?
When I heard the Desperate Bicycles sing " if you can understand, go and form a band, it was easy it was cheap go and do it"
What was your first band name and what style did you play?
The Front and we played punky versions of our fave songs at the Hasfield hotel, a squat in Kings Cross
Tell us three albums you couldn't live without in your collection
The ADVERTS crossing the Red Sea
WIRE Chairs Missing
Ramones End of the Century
Best piece of musical advice you've been given
Desperate Bicycles song 'Advice on Arrest' : practical and catchy
Two groups/artists you'd love to take out on the road
TV SMITH from the adverts and sekret sekret
Favourite song of your group?
Us ? Fuck the Neighbours The public ? Fun
The thing you most look forward to just before a tour is
The thing you least look forward to before a tour is
dealing with people who ask us if (a) we are any good and (b) if we attract the Wrong crowd, whatever that is
When your not doing band related stuff, what are you usually found doing?
Organizing gigs and recordings for other bands and generally helping other bands
ON THE STAGE / ROAD
What gear do you use?
Drums and wires and pedals and some electricity
Favourite place (city/town/country) you've toured… and why?
nowhere beats Sydney 2000 cos you can walk home
Favourite venue to perform at… and why?
The Stagedoor tavern cos we can pick the bands and do the whole gig Our Way
Who hogs the stereo in the van the most?
After a week in the van/bus on tour which band member will have the messiest section, and what would we most likely find stashed there?
Prob Derik the drummer , and mostly computer bits and screwed up summonses, the little troublemaker
Who in your group has the worst "bad habit" on tour, and what is it?
We tried having habits but found heroin boring overrated and problematic
Most embarrassing moment on tour?
Being told in court by some nuns that we had exposed ourselves, swore at them, pulled knives and chanted Nazi slogans (hey, try arguing in court with a nun !)
Give us a good quick 'on the road' story, funny, embarrassing, memorable, whatever…
see abo ve, sort of funny now but not at the time it was pathetic
What's getting the most spins in your stereo right now?
The Thought Criminals rule our stereo, we are self obsessed
Tell us a band or artist everyone should check out and why…
The adverts or Wire because they express themselves brilliantly and do it with catchy tunes
If you could change one thing about the music industry today, what would it be?
Push the whole thing over a cliff , we reckon