Album of the Week: Wild Billy Childish & CTMF – Brand New Cage

Wild Billy Childish needs no introduction on these pages.

The prolific, but never, ever lacking patriarch of garage punk drops another record with CTMF, and “Brand New Cage” is an instant classic.

Twelve new tracks of rock and roll perfection ripped from the garage of the 60s and punk of the 70s, two written and sung by bassist Nurse Julie. Lyrically the tracks run the gamut in true Childish fashion, the history of punk, lost loves, spirituality and an ode to the “forgotten” Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

From Damaged Goods: The sleeve art features a photo of an 18-year old Billy taken in a King’s Cross photo booth in September 1978. – “I used to cut these tribal marks into my cheeks every few weeks with a razor blade. I was really interested in African tribal scars, and I knew they had ash in there so I would rub cigarette ash in – very painful! I’m actually dressed there the most dangerous way you could be, as a punk rock teddy boy. The teds didn’t like you wearing any ted gear.I’ve got a leopardskin waistcoat, bootlace tie and my hair flat. You had 40 year old men that would glass you. We’d go see Bo Diddley in ’70s and we’d dress a little bit ted. I was on a few death lists locally with teddy boys.”

Order it now from Damaged Goods – HERE!


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Domestic now, but spent early to late 80s playing drums in a hair metal band in Toronto. Since then I've lost the hair and have found new ways to scratch the rock and roll itch.

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