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The Only Ones featured in the new edition of Record Collector magazine

Out today – issue 543 (April 2023)

My four-page article on Another Girl, Another Planet starts on P73. It is extracted and adapted from the relevant chapter in “It’s The Truth – The Making Of The Only Ones” (out April 1st). Thank you to Paul Lester and the team at RC.

If you would like to buy a copy of the magazine it is stocked by WH Smith or you can contact the Diamond Publishing subscription line on 0208 752 8193. For overseas enquiries please email

Second Review – Vive Le Rock!

Thanks to Gerry Ransom for this excellent review in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

Issue #100 with Dance Craze on the cover, available in your local WH Smith now

The first review!

“crammed with enough detail to stand as a primer on the glorious chaos of the band’s brief career”

Thank you Alastair McKay @ Uncut (May 2023)

Exclusive to Record Collector magazine!

April 2023 issue (on sale 23rd March) – #543 (probably The Who on the front cover) 

The Only Ones

“Ahead of the publication of Simon Wright’s It’s The Truth: Making The Only Ones, we zero in on the writing and recording of the punk/new wave band’s unutterably great Another Girl, Another Planet single.”

The four-page article is extracted and modified from the chapter in It’s The Truth on the writing and recording of Another Girl, Another Planet.

The magazine costs £6.25 and is widely available in the UK with stockists including WH Smith. In the US I believe Barnes & Noble stock the title

My thanks to Paul, Johnny and Bruno at Record Collector for helping make this happen.

Where can I buy a copy of It’s The Truth ?

Release date is April 1st but you can pre-order now from:

Rough Trade (signed copies)

Amazon UK

The Book Depository



Barnes & Noble (USA)

Adlibris (Sweden)

Paperback and eBook versions are both available


First Press Coverage of It’s The Truth

Thank you Gerry Ranson and Vive Le Rock!

See it here

Kaught At The Kampus

Reekus Records RKCD 148 (also available on limited edition black and blue vinyl)

Order from 

This release is a labour of love from Elvera Butler, who with her husband Andy ran The Downtown Kampus in Cork from  1977-1981. Formerly The Arcadia Ballroom on Cork’s Lower Road, the Kampus was the music venue of University College Cork. Over four years the Kampus showcased  many major English bands such as The Cure, The Specials, UB40, The Beat, the Albertos, John Otway, XTC and The Only Ones (twice). What made the Kampus special was the support it gave to Irish bands, big and small. U2 and Rory Gallagher both played there but so did Nun Attax, Mean Features, Micro Disney and Urban Blitz. These last four bands featured on an EP, recorded live at the Kampus on August 30th 1980 with the express purpose of getting these bands more exposure – sort of a live demo tape. 

Micro Disney disliked the choice of ‘National Anthem’ but it was the only song they played that night which had recorded properly: Reekus redress the balance by adding to this CD re-release four additional Micro Disney songs, specially recorded at Dublin’s Windmill Studios in 1981. The other less well-known bands are equally worthy of your attention, especially the legendary Nun Attax. Three of the bands went on to have careers in the UK. Mick Lynch, the vocalist with Mean Features, went on to form Stump, Nun Attax were signed to a couple of labels including Creation and Micro Disney signed to Rough Trade and then Virgin, before Sean and Cathal parted to form The High Llamas and Fatima Mansions respectively. 

Accompanying the CD is a 16 page fanzine packed with evocative pictures and fascinating stories from musicians and fans reminiscing about the four ‘golden years’ that the Kampus brought to the Cork music scene. An exemplary document of a fascinating time.

And now a London book launch!

@ Rough Trade West, London W11 early evening on April 6th, book signing and Q&A with band members

More here

We’re on and!

Wow! Thank you Rough Trade!

Here it is… and how to order

Official release date is April 1st 2023, but you can pre-order a signed copy now exclusively from Rough Trade using this link