Yes, that's right because the cover star of Eighth Day Magazine Issue Twenty-three, out now in Print and eMag form, is Steve Ignorant! In our massive twenty-four page interview, Steve tells Alice Jones-Rodgers all about that time he and his Crass bandmates made a tape at Dial House supposedly of a conversation between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan regarding the Falklands War, not only fooling the world's press but also worrying Thatcher enough to question whether it was a security threat. In fact, the hoax was taken so seriously that the band were investigated by the F.B.I.! We also delve into the history and other misdemenours of the anarcho-punk legends and hear all about Steve's time with, among others, Conflict and Paranoid Visions as well as his recent adventures with a band who couldn't sound any more different from Crass, Slice of Life.
Elsewhere in this huge issue, Alice also interviews former Transvision Vamp and Racine frontwoman Wendy James all about everything from sexism in 1980s Britain right through to her brand new album 'Queen High Straight'; new Big Stir Records signees, Canterbury and South London based four-piece Spygenius all about their brand new fifth album, the seventeen-track double monster 'Man on the Sea' and labelmates, Californian power-pop quartet The Brothers Steve, who tell us all about their soon to be classic debut album '#1'.
Meanwhile, Kevin Burke talks to actor and musician Michael Des Barres about his wonderful new J. Elvis Weinstein directed documentary 'What Do You Want Me to Be?', which is available to watch on Amazon Prime now, and a career that has spanned six decades and seen him act alongside Sidney Poitier in 'To Sir, With Love' (1967) and front bands such as Silverhead, Detective, The Power Station and Chequered Past; Australian-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Emma Swfit about her new Bob Dylan covers album 'Blonde on the Tracks' and former Soft Boys guitarist Kimberley Rew, who went on to enjoy massive success and a Eurovision Song Contest win with Katrina and The Waves and is these days seen writing performing alongside his wife and musical partner, the equally talented Lee Cave-Berry.
And that is not all! Peter Dennis interviews New Jersey post-punk and emo influenced rockers Can't Swim and gives us an in-depth insight into the punk subculture Straight Edge; Frenchy joins us for another rant, this month about the government's £1.57m grant to help the arts through the COVID-19 pandemic and Dan Webster's legendary comic strip Wasted World returns for another instalment. German Shepherd Records also return to bring you more different noises for your ears, this month introducing you to Chorley three-piece Matthew Hopkins.
But that is still not all because this month, Alice reviews The Holloway Echoes' second album 'Stack 'Em Up' and Hung Like Hanratty's fourth album 'Dragged Up' and chats to both bands in the process. She also gives her verdict on the Caitlin Moran written and Coky Giedroyk directed feel-good movie 'How to Build a Girl' and reveals all about this year's twelve nominees for the Mercury Prize, set to take place on 24th September.