'Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League'
(Anti-Nowhere League, et al / DVD+CD / NR / 2019 / Cleopatra Entertainment - MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League' tells the full uncensored story of how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile came together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the UK charts with their debut single!
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, the Anti-Nowhere League are an English hardcore punk band, formed in 1979 by lead singer Animal (Nick Culmer), guitarist Magoo (Chris Exall), Bones (Tony Shaw) on drums and Chris Elvy on bass.
Their first gig was as a three piece at the 1980 Chaos Show at St Mark's Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells on 31 March 1980. They later managed to get a slot in Discharge and The Exploited's Apocalypse tour, along with Chron Gen and Anti-Pasti.
Chris Elvy was replaced by Clive Blake (Winston) and Bones (Tony Shaw) was replaced by PJ (Persian John) as they moved towards going pro (which ultimately led them signing to John Curd's record label WXYZ Records).
November 1981 saw the release of their first single, a cover version of Ralph McTell's 'Streets of London'. The single peaked at No. 48 in the UK Singles Chart and spent five weeks in the listings.
Funnily enough, the profanity-laden B-side of the single, 'So What' later became the group's anthem. In 1982, ANL took part in the 'So What Tour' alongside groups such as Chelsea, The Meteors, Chron Gen and The Defects.
This very same year also saw the release of their debut album, We Are...The League. It reached No. 24 in the UK Albums Chart and spent eleven weeks in the chart.
This brand new DVD + CD package 'Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League' showcases the uncensored story of how this band of misfits came together to form not only a chart band, but an ongoing musical outlet for fans (old and new) even today!
Here via a scattering of various interview snippets we hear that some fans first saw ANL back in 1982 and how the young teens of today relate to them because, as one red-haired Mohican lad puts it, "They're f**kin' good 'cause they piss people off!".
As inflammatory lyrics are casually read out by senior citizens and further stories are spun of how fans came to fall in love with the band ("It's that f**k off attitude that I loved", being a constant running theme), the fact that when they play their home town they are known as "local heroes" says it all really.
Interestingly enough, as Magoo (Chris Exall) reveals, he may well have started and created the band, got them some gigs and such, but without lead singer Animal (Nick Culmer), the band wouldn't have gotten past Tunbridge Wells!
Stories are told, reminisced in most part by ex-band members of just how good the band had it back in their heyday. Of how they could get away with murder on stage, drink all day and all night, cop off with fan's girlfriends and play the music that they had written. As they put it themselves here, How many people get that chance. So yeah, it was good. It was very, very good".
And as ex-drummer PJ (Persian John) perfectly sums up, "Anti-Nowhere League just exploded like a star and the ripple will carry on forever". This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Additional Interview Footage
• 19 Track CD of Previously Unreleased 1982 Live Performances
'Anti-Nowhere League: We Are The League' [DVD + CD] is out August 9th, 2019 via MVD Visual.