Fight Your Own Wars

Fight Your Own War, Power Electronics and Noise Culture, edited by Jennifer Wallis was published by Headpress in 2016. It features an enthusiastic article by Tom Bench centred around the Fat Arse’d Report CD, various mentions elsewhere and plenty of insights into our fellow performers, noise makers and friends. Well worth a squint: http://www.headpress.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=159

“IF YOU CAN HAVE THIS MUCH FUN WITH NOWT BUT A BROKEN GUITAR, SOME OLD BAKING TRAYS, TWO LINES OF LYRICS AND A BELT TO WHIP THE FLOOR WITH, WHAT SORT OF DECADENT IDIOT WOULD NEED THE LORY-LOADS OF EQUIPMENT AND SELF-REGARD CARRIED AROUND BY MAJOR ROCK BANDS?” Tom Bench

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Out there sounds for all the family

Out there sounds for all the family, Recon Festival, Bradford Playhouse 18th October 2015. With Hookworms, The Space Lady, Eric Boros, Mia la Metta, Ichi, The Incredible Niblo, Survival Skills & Tomaga

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SNIFF THE SHOE
THE MAGIC SHOE

SNIFF THE SHOE
SACRED SHOE

SNIFF THE SHOE
THE MAGIC SHOE

SNIFF THE SHOE
BLUE SUEDE SHOE

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Running wild with the feral gang at the Bongo Panto

 

Do you want The Bongoleeros in your home town?

If you are interested in asking The Bongoleeros to enliven your local market town, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. We like to play in broad daylight and have little need for electricity or a stage. We welcome hostile audiences. If you want to give it a go, we’ll ask our mates Vile Plumage and The Incredible Niblo to come along and make a night of it.

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“The Bongo’s don’t sound like anyone – The Rampton Musical Society maybe if they have one”

contact us via bongoleeros at gmail dot com

The Bongoleeros – FASCINATION AND FEAR

Ah! The Bongoleeros…. When asked to write this brief introduction I initially thought of dada, performance art and the deconstruction/reappropriation of rock ‘n’ roll. Fuck that. There’s nothing contrived or high-brow about these freaks…

Bongoleeros are a rock ‘n’ roll band who play songs about creepin and a-peepin, sing homages to the sweet voice and filthy mind of Hank Williams and perform downright righteous versions of Chuck Berry classics.

I’m not sure how many people are involved. They’re a mysterious group. They have names like Barry Island, Bogo Yogo, Peepin Tom Bogal & the spirit of Chuck Berry, The Coconut ladies, Judge BongoWrongo and The Creeper, perhaps alter egos of two or more people. The first time I saw them there were three, last time there were only two. I’m not sure they were the same people, it’s hard to tell behind the masks and balaclavas. Maybe the third member is in prison…

Even their product is mysterious. Grainy videos of hillbilly woodland stomp, rumoured recordings based on ‘powerless electronics’ and ‘remedial ecstasy’ make up their hard to find output. Easier to come across are their now legendary live performances – a band possessed by the voodoo spirit, instilling excitement, fascination and fear in audiences, promoters and venue owners alike.

Maybe people go to a Bongoleeros concert with the hope of danger, perhaps with the same fascination that causes motorists to slow when there is an accident on the other side of the central reservation. Fuck that too. I say “WHAT ABOUT THE MUSIC!” – stripped down b-movie rock ‘n’ roll delivered with the energy and conviction of people whose lives depend on it.

And they wear good shoes and shirts.
Alright!

Michael Flower
VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA
THE MICHAEL FLOWER BAND

Who are The Bongoleeros?

Sir Charles Bascomb and Major Lloyd, otherwise know as brothers Darren and Barry Island grew up near Pitchley West Yorkshire. After years running a failed mobile disco, Chuck Berry spoke to them in a dream about dancing in hot pants. They soon formed The Bongoleeros out of the embers of the local morris dancing side. Hailed as the GREATEST WRESTLERS IN THE WORLD by a bench of Dutch street drinkers and voted the worst band in Leeds, they continue to play primitive and remedial DaDa rockabilly in small towns across the land.

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