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Pork Dukes
Origin London, England, UK
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1976 - 1979, 1993, 2001 -
Labels Wood, Vinyl Japan, Snail, Damaged Goods, Detour
Website http://www.porkdukes.com/
Members
Colin Goldring
Stewart Goldring
Vince Santini
Bonk
Former members
Scabs
Germun LePig
Mack E. Valley
Guardian Angel

The Pork Dukes are a punk rock band, formed 1976 during the first wave of British punk in London, England, UK.

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History

The band was originally composed of twin brothers and former Gnidrolog members Colin Goldring (vocals / guitar) and Stewart Goldring (guitar / vocals) using the pseudonyms Vilos and Horrendus Styles, respectively – alongside Scabs (bass guitar), Germun LePig (drums) (later replaced by Bonk aka. Rocky Rhythm) and Mack E. Valley (keyboards. He was later replaced by Guardian Angel prior partway through the recording sessions for the second album.

Combining a Buzzcocks-style pop punk sound with bawdy subject matter, gross-out toilet humour and profanity in their songs, the band released their debut single "Bend and Flush" b/w "Throbbing Gristle" in 1977 on Wood Records, a subsidiary of Caroline Records UK created specifically for the band.[1]

Due to the lyrical content of their recordings, the band struggled for airplay, though it was known that BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel was a fan.[2]

The true identities of the Pork Dukes were originally a closely-guarded secret, the band playing in pig masks during live performances. Various rumours circulated amongst fans and in the music press that the band was actually Led Zeppelin, Steeleye Span, The Rezillos, Fairport Convention or Tenpole Tudor in disguise. It was also suggested that either Keith Moon or Dudley Moore may have been lead singer. [3] [4]

The controversy surrounding the band and backlash from feminist groups led to them being unable to find a management company to represent them or perform at large venues (gigs were frequently played unannounced at small community centres to avoid protesters). Towards the end the band were reduced to playing gigs at mental institutions (Vilos Styles was training to become a psychiatric nurse at this point) to entertain the patients.[1]

Following the release of the studio Pink Pork and three singles on Wood Records, the band broke up in 1979, with the album Pig Out of Hell being released posthumously by Wood in 1980. Bonk (aka. Rocky Rhythm) later played for The Revillos, Tenpole Tudor and The Damned frontman Dave Vanian's Phantom Chords.[5]

In 2001 the Pork Dukes reformed. Returning to the band on drums was Bonk (aka. Rocky Rhythm) and new member Vince Santini (ex-The Revillos) on bass guitar / vocals, who replaced Scabs. They continue to record and tour.

On Saturday 30 August 2008 the band will play a one-off gig at London's 12 Bar Club.

Discography

All the Filth!
Compilation album by Pork Dukes
Released 1999
Length 59:48
Label Vinyl Japan (Re-issued by Damaged Goods Records, 2007)
2007 reissue cover
30th Anniversary Edition
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Singles

  • "Bend and Flush" b/w "Throbbing Gristle" (1977)
  • "Making Bacon" b/w "Tight Pussy" (1977)
  • "Telephone Masturbator" b/w "Melody Makers" (1978)
  • "Pop Stars" b/w "Save the Pigs, Burn the Fucking Farmers (God Save the Pigs)" (2005)

EPs

  • "Filthy Nasty: Live" (1994)
  • "Telephone Masturbator EP" (1999)
  • "Pop Stars EP" (2004)

Albums

  • Pink Pork (1979)
  • Pig Out of Hell (1980)

All the Filth!

All the Filth! is a Pork Dukes compilation album. Released in 1999, it is notable as the first CD release to feature some of the band's long out-of-print 1970s-era recordings. Alongside the A and B-sides of the first three singles and a selection of tracks from the studio albums Pink Pork and Pig Out of Hell, the album also features several previously unreleased tracks from the Pink Pork sessions and unreleased material recorded in the early 1990s. The album was re-issued by Damaged Goods Records in 2007 with four additional tracks from the 2004 Pop Stars EP.[2]

Squeal Meat Again!

Squeal Meat Again
Live album by Pork Dukes
Released 2002
Recorded The Cartoon Club, Croydon, May 10th, 2002
Length 51:55
Label Snail
Producer Henry Krinkle

Squeal Meat Again! is the first full-length live album from the Pork Dukes. It was recorded on May 10, 2002, at the The Cartoon Club, Croydon, shortly following the band's decision to reform and resume playing.

Kum Kleen!

Kum Kleen!
Compilation album by Pork Dukes
Released 2003
Recorded 1976 − 80
Length 47:26
Label Damaged Goods

Kum Kleen! is a compilation album from the Pork Dukes. Alongside a first-time-on-CD roundup of tracks from the long deleted albums Pink Pork and Pig Out of Hell, the compilation features several previously-unreleased studio rarities dating from 1976 − 80 and the Filthy Nasty: Live 7" EP in its entirety.

References

  1. ^ Bonk (1999). London 1977. In All the Filth! [CD liner notes]. London: Vinyl Japan Records (UK) Ltd.
  2. ^ http://www.damagedgoods.co.uk/cgi-bin/miva?dama/merchant.mv+Screen=PROD&Store_Code=1&Product_Code=DAMGOOD279CD&Category_Code=LR

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