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    What can you say about Armitage Shanks a band named after a fine bit of porcelain..... well quite a lot actually...... Formed in Snodland, Kent in early 1991, good mates of Billy Childish they released their first single ''Do You Want Some Fuckin' Shirts Off Or What'' (with Billy Childish on Vocals) in early 1993, they became the support band at ''Thee Headcoats'' London shows at the now legendary Wild Western Room in Archway (mainly because Dick drove Thee Headcoats van). They recorded and mixed their debut album ''Takin' The Piss'' in three and a half hours at Toe Rag Studios (still a record I believe), Mr Childish twiddled the knobs while they drunk excessively. A fantastic album, still one of the best albums ever on Damaged Goods Records (so says Ian Damaged). From there on there was no stopping them, playing to over 20 people sometimes at their own shows in London, they then headed out on their first (and only) UK tour, drinking their way around the country followed by a full European tour the year after. They did a punk covers album for Vinyl Japan in which they annihilated 20 punk classics and then released lots of singles on labels in Germany (that's us at Little Teddy), France, Japan and America. Another album ''Shanks Pony'' followed in 1995, another stormer and a live album called ''Cacophony Now'' was released in mid 1997 which was recorded at the Hope'N'Anchor in October 1996. They then took an enforced break for 5 or so years... ...and the good news is that now the Shanks are back and they have also just finished a brand new album of new material, their first for 7 years which as ever was recorded in the now famous Toe Rag Studios in East London. It's called... wait for it... ''Urinal Heap'' and I reckon it's their best yet so we just had to have a chat with Ian at Damaged Goods to go for a vinyl edition.

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