|DATELINE : 26 APRIL 2013
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ALIEN SEX FIEND TO PLAY
AMPHI FESTIVAL, KOLN, GERMANY
CHERRY RED RELEASE NEW ALIEN
SEX FIEND CD COMPILATION
FOOTAGE OF ALIEN SEX FIEND AT
THE BATCAVE IN 1983
ALIEN SEX FIEND's 30th BATCAVE ANNIVERSARY
BLUE CRUMB TRUCK ONLINE STORE
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SEX FIEND TO PLAY AMPHI FESTIVAL, KOLN, GERMANY
Saturday July 20th 2013
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View of Tanzbrunnen, the festival site (without all the people!).
On the left
ALIEN SEX FIEND
Saturday 20th July 2013
Venue : Amphi
Lots more helpful info including travel info for airports, rail & car.
RED RELEASE NEW ALIEN SEX FIEND CD COMPILATION
"BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL (THE COLLECTION)"
Scheduled release date 6th May - Pre-order NOW
GOOD AND EVIL (THE COLLECTION)"
Release Date: 6th May 2013
via Cherry Red Records
Cat No: PRESS3CD
This release has been designed as a "starting point" or "introductory" compilation to the music of the iconic band, Alien Sex Fiend. Offered at a low retail price, this CD's 16 tracks cover ASF's music from their first single "Ignore The Machine", classics like "I Walk the Line" & "Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied" through to 1994's "Inferno". (Note: No 13th Moon Records tracks are included, this is a Cherry Red/Anagram based collection only)
Cherry Red say "PressPlay is a brand new Cherry Red label which offers the perfect introduction to the music of its most popular artists at a competitive price. From 70s prog to punk, vintage ska to rock’n’roll, 60s beat to 80s indie, PressPlay’s "The Collection” range will complement the existing Cherry Red labels by combining great value-for-money with the best music from a wide range of iconic cult bands /artists. Each compilation offers the ideal starting place for the general music fan."
OF ALIEN SEX FIEND AT THE BATCAVE IN 1983
from BBC TV Halloween programme
|Dangerous Minds web site has a feature by Rod Connolly entitled "Children
Of The Night" which includes 3 films about early 1980s goth clubs.
Extracts from the feature :
Photo credit : Tony Mottram
30th BATCAVE ANNIVERSARY SHOW
CELEBRATING 3O YEARS OF FIENDISHNESS
1st December 2012 - Boston Dome, London, UK
Photos, set list, reviews, Nik & Mrs Fiend write...
Above photos : Per-Ake Warn
Extracts from Frequency
Thirty years ago, thirty years ago to the very day, the original power couple of electro-goth, Nik Fiend and his wife, erm, Mrs Fiend, unveiled their psychedelic horror show for the first, and for what they admit they believed would also be the last, time. And somehow they’re still here, thirty years on. And it’s time for a party.
The years drop away like the limbs of a zombie who’s just had Bruce Campbell show up unannounced with a chainsaw... within the first couple of songs it’s like a particularly weird episode of Dr Who, where we’ve all been sent back in time and it’s the golden age of Fiendishness again... A swirling morass of psychobilly guitars, electro beats, horror visuals and punk attitude. And it’s only when you hear them all back to back again that you remember just how many great songs Alien Sex Fiend have. “Smells Like…”, “Dead And Buried,” “Now I’m Feeling Zombiefied…” and it seems like they play them ALL in an insane three-hour marathon.... and it’s PRETTY FUCKING SWEET.
By the end, when there are thank-you speeches and the offer of cake (yeah, cake! Remember, kids, it’s a made-up drug…), Nik’s a king celebrating his jubilee bedecked in razor wire and drowning in stage blood, and it’s all just about as awesome as you could possibly want it to be.
I know you never went away, but welcome back anyway, Nik. And the Mrs.
Nik Fiend, Mrs Fiend (background), Doc Milton (silhouette)
Nik Fiend & the famous "IT" book
Nik and Mrs Fiend write about the 30th Anniversary show...
Nik Fiend's actual set list, which he decorated post-show
We tried to include something from every album -
|Mrs Fiend writes :
I think we've all only just got over quite what a monumental night the 1st December 2012 was! The original plan - although admittedly it was a bit vague (!) - was that we'd play 2 sets of around 90 minutes each, with an intermission (30 mins or so?) about half way through.... BUT on the night there was news that there was some sort of breakdown on the Underground / Tube trains.... bugger! Everyone was concerned that if we kicked off our first set at the planned time a lot of people were going to miss a lot of IT... SO it was decided to delay proceedings & instead of us getting a "lie down" during the 30 minutes intermission we were gonna hafta keep rocking for a full 3 hours.... could we do it?? OF COURSE! It's The Fiends you're talking about here!! We ain't wimps! We can pass out afterwards instead!... Eventually we got the word that the trains were back in action - wahey! - & off we went stage-wards....
Mat "Pod", Nik Fiend, & Doc Milton
The 3 foot high 30th Anniversary Cake
By our reckoning our anniversary cake weighed
|Nik Fiend writes :
We can only feel humbled by all the support Alien Sex Fiend has had over all these years! Fiend fans came from far & wide for this final gig of 2012 A.D. & our 30th Anniversary Show, they had travelled from South Africa, the U.S.A., Germany, France, Holland, Ireland.... & that's just the ones that we heard of, or managed to say hi to post show. And wot a nite IT woz! A right ol' knees-up. FINALLY we got to play freely without hitting a curfew & runnin' outta time... we ended up playing for 3 hours 20 minutes, which for us flew past as quick as anyfing... Mrs Fiend even managed to get her geetar strapped on & fuzz us out of existence wiv "My Brain Is In The Cupboard" from 1987 followed by the very first ASF tune "Boneshaker Baby" from 1982 (!) which turned the Dome into a full-on mosh pit - pulsating psychobilly reverberations a go-go... The gig elevated us to new heights, beyond anyfing I could have thought... or expected... - a huge THANK YOU goes to our crew "The Space Cadets" (both old & new) who all came together from across the UK & Europe to help put on such an amazing & memorable gig .
It was fantastic to meet up / work with all sorts of people that we've known since our early days... some were at that very first Batcave gig! During the after show party we got to do a bit of a meet n greet - thanks to everyone who brought us various presents, cheers (hic!) to Alec & Tina for the back-stage champagne, to Debbie, Phil, Porl & Gail, to Tez for "being there", & to the audience who joined in the night's celebrations.
Cos she is "off on one" & looking
in the other direction!
Extracts from Ave Noctem Review
"Gig of the year"
30 years of The Fiend, wow doesn’t time fly, like a bat! I have loved this band for a very long time myself and had been looking forward to this somewhat rare performance from the Fiend, one that was going to be a celebration and one that was going to be host to many of their great songs from the past as well as no doubt a smattering of newer ones. The stage looked absolutely fantastic, dressed to the hilt with the accoutrements of the Fiend’s stage show. It was littered with webs and bones and bins and dolls and all manner of ghastly things that were no doubt going to be put to use later. I have fond memories of being almost brained by a plastic bone launched off the stage at the Whitby Dracfest back in (apparently) 1997.
The sound it has to be said was fantastic, the clarity of it all brilliant. Things were bouncing us about like a spring loaded, booby trapped trampoline and it did not take much to get the crowd dancing away to the songs that we all knew and loved. Strobes and lights mesmerised us and massive bursts of pulsating energy blew out the speakers and to cap it all the singer decided to roll around the stage, not acting his age in the slightest. For every up there is a down but ‘Manic Depression’ - yep some of us do get it every day - had me grinning like a loon. We had been told to expect some numbers that had not been played in many a moon and one I cannot even remember if I have ever heard live was ‘In And Out Of My Mind’ wow, was really not expecting that and indeed it is still there, working its way around what little mind I have left. The depressive, repetitive beats backed up the ghostly pulsating atmosphere nicely.
Nik took brief time out to thank us all for coming and as ever acted with a noticeable humble demeanour as chuffed as we were that they were still doing this after three decades. White noise and full on epilepsy inducing strobes took us to another dimension, no other word can sum it up better that “wow!”. “Bats In The Belfry, meet me at the altar, like a little lamb lead me to the slaughter.“ Did anyone here not know the words to Attack? Doubtful by the sound of it and if the band had an anthem would it possibly be their Bela Lugosi? I think it is very likely and judging by the reaction it was a song we expected and the one that ASF probably could not have got away leaving out their set. We seriously did the bossanova!
Gig of the year!
Written by Pete Woods
Mat "Pod" in background with a blood splattered
Big thanks to Doc Milton (guitar) & Mat "Pod"
We are indebted to the "regular" space cadets - JB,
Fiendish blessings to you all...
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Message from Liz of Blue
||Here is a list of places where you can connect
with Alien Sex Fiend & fellow fiend fans.
IF IT'S NOT LISTED HERE - then it is NOT an official site / page / group - so beware of imitators!
Alien Sex Fiend on Facebook at facebook.com/AlienSexFiendOfficial
Alien Sex Fiend on MySpace at myspace.com/aliensexfiend
(you don't have to belong to MySpace to visit this page)
13th Moon Records/Alien Sex Fiend channel on YouTube at youtube.com/13thMoonRecords
Alien Sex Fiend on Vampire Freaks at vampirefreaks.com/AlienSexFiend
Any relevant blogs & updates posted by Nik & Mrs Fiend on Facebook & MySpace will be included on this website from time to time. So if you are not into social networking you will still get the important news from THIS site (as always!) & if you SUBSCRIBE to my "ASF News" list you will receive any news updates via email.
So it's up to you - you can go whichever route you prefer - or all of them!!
Nik & Mrs Fiend run the Facebook & MySpace pages themselves,
much of the info
- Updated with info on the forthcoming CD compilation
"Between Good And Evil (The Collection)"
LINKS - Updated
NEWS ARCHIVE - Previous "Alien
World News" articles are in the News Archive