SOME PRODUCT: ANNE MCCLOY DOES IT HERSELF
Anne McCloy could be punk rock’s latest first lady, a natural to the DIY ethic, the South Derry-born, St Martins-trained designer/musician/London scenester has been doing just that since graduating in 1998…
“I didn’t go to work for anyone,” she remembers “I just did it myself.” The result of this independent woman’s venture was Some Product in 2001, a series of simple graphic T-shirts with Punk-style slogans quickly adopted by local London hipsters. But it didn’t stop with fashion. McCloy took her one (wo)man band literally, pausing with the T-shirts to knock out her self-financed, and self-produced, seven inch single, appropriately titled SID VICIOUS IS DEAD. Although “nothing was planned” , it was good enough to get her on tour with The Liars and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and right in there with London’s burgeoning Indie scene. It’s here that McCloy’s latest project turns the spotlight. On a nothing-happening night in March 2003, she received a text about a Libertines gig in the band’s house, the Albion Rooms. Having met Pete and Carl a couple of times, McCloy went down with the video camera she had taken on the recent Liars tour. It turned out to be a crucial gig in the band’s history: this was the night of the police raid. A fifteen-minute edit of an hour’s footage, McCloy’s again appropriately titled Fuck The Poice is an affectionate portrait of a band pre-crisis. Pete n’ Carl joke around in an atmosphere that can only be described as youthful joie de vivre – with guests, groupies and gang bangers like the Queens of Noize singing along to every word. As well as giving an insight into the tempestuous relationahip between two frontmen, the film clearly represents the beginning of London’s revived Indie scene. “It was the start of something, “ McCloy agrees, “the first time in ages the UK came out from under America’s shadow.” Exciting it may be but McCloy is clear that London now can never be London then. “Punk was such a monumental time,” she says. “It defined and reshaped modern popular culture, you can’t top that.” For evidence of a 1977 attitude alive and well, however, she does point to the growth of self-starter bands “bringing the DIY mood of Punk. That’s the thing people have grabbed on to,” she says “with things like MySpace. It’s great but it’s like a full time job.” As if McCloy hasn’t got enough to keep her busy. Recently scheduling a screening of Fuck The Police in the middle of touring with Babyshambles, she went straight from the band being busted to the Raindance Festival –“how punk rock is that?” Then there’s kickstarting her T-shirt label from its hiatus and finally getting round to writing some more songs. All this, you understand, is still on her tod. “I don’t start out wanting to work alone but it ends up like that.” Brings a whole new meaning to Do It Yourself.
RARE CLIPS OF PETE’N’CARL TURNED INTO SHORT FILM
Unseen footage of one of The Libertines’ infamous flat gigs is to feature in a film at this year’s Raindance Festival in London. The as-yet-untitled short film chronicles a secret show by the band held in their old house in Bethnal Green’s Teesdale Street which ended with the police turning up and stopping the show.
Creator of the clip, Anne McCloy told NME: “I shot the gig in March 2003 and edited it to a 15-20 minute short. I showed it to some people at Raindance and they got really excited about it.”
The movie sees Pete Doherty, Carl Barat and John Hassall (in typical fashion, Gary Powell turned up after the event) play a selection of Libertines songs including ‘The Delaney’, ‘I Get Along’ and ‘Up The Bracket’ to a living room full of fans. McCloy explained: “They’re playing music, a neighbour turns up and gives them a bit of verbal and then the cops show up and clear everyone out. It captures how it was so last-minute: everyone showing up, having a can of beer and then stopping as quickly as they started.”
She added: “These gigs started the whole concept of the guerilla gig so in a way it’s nostalgic seeing the whole interaction.”
The Raindance Film Festival kicks off on September 28 in London and showcases new independent film talent from the UK and worldwide.
F*CK THE POLICE STARRING THE LIBERTINES
Raindance Film Festival London October 2005
As David Johansen of The New York Dolls puts it: ‘Rock and roll had become just a be-denimed drum solo’. Then came punk. Through interviews and lots and lots of clips comes this definitive view of where punk came from, what it was, what it stood for, what it wasn’t, where it went, why it was, and woo wah woo.
Some say it only lasted a hundred days, others that it only lasted at the Hundred Club, but here it is, kicking and spitting in a way that will make you want to walk the King’s Road in your bondage straps and spiky collar one more Saturday afternoon, pine over M&S replacing S&M, and lament the loss of a social phenomenon diverse enough to be so many things to so many people that it just had to turn into something else. ‘Fuck you! I don’t care what you think! I’m doing what I want to do!’ – Siouxsie Sioux.
Grammy award-winning Don Letts has come a long way since I saw his first shaking Super8 movie shot on a birthday-present-Beaulieu at the ICA in 1977. He’s made many films about punk, but Punk: Attitude puts it into its most comprehensive and visionary context yet. CZ
Playing with The Libertines: Fuck the Police
LIBERTINES: F*CK THE POLICE
UK DV 18 mins Director/Producer Anne McCloy Featuring The Libertines Print Source firstname.lastname@example.org
21 March 2003 Teesdale Street E2. The Libertines play a gig for friends and fans only to be interrupted by disgruntled neighbours and shut down by the cops.
The Libertines: Fuck the Police will also play
in Raindance Symphony Orchestra
VARIETY August 2005
LONDON -- London's Raindance indie film fest lineup is again dominated by music docs and pics, many from first-time helmers.
After audience approval for fare such as Ramones doc "End of the Century" at last year's edition, the festival's 13th run, Sept. 28-Oct. 9, will have more for music lovers, organizers announced Friday.
Slate includes Sundance director award winner "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" and two punk projects, Don Lett's doc "Punk: Attitude" and Danny Vinick's "TV Party."
Fruit Chan's blackly humorous psychodrama "Dumplings" will close the fest. The opener is yet to be announced.
Also showing will be Anne McCloy's 15-minute short on troubled Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty, taken when the police busted a gig of his former band, the Libertines.
Raindance showcases a wide variety of indie cinema and this year will screen Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim," Saul Metzstein's "Guy X," Scott Coffey's "Ellie Parker" and Timour Bekmambetov's Russian box office smash "Night Watch."
Guests skedded to attend include Vanessa Redgrave, who will be in London with helmer son Carlo Nero to support their pic "The Fever," co-starring Redgrave and Angelina Jolie.
The Raindance 2005 jury includes writer-director Richard Jobson, musician Tommy Ramone, producers Peter Carlton and Mia Bays and thesps Kate Ashfield, Nathalie Press and Toby Kebbell.
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GIGWISE SEPTEMBER 2003
Saturday 07/06/03 SOME PRODUCT, YEAH YEAH YEAHS @ KENTISH TOWN FORUM, LONDON
Hand-picked to open the show by headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Some Product is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Anne McCloy. Performing accompanied only by her black Fender Stratocaster, Anne runs through a set comprising an eclectic mix of garage-rock, blues and rap. The result is a thoroughly entertaining and unquestionably individual performance. A particular highlight is 'Sid Vicious is Dead', a brooding blues number containing an incredibly catchy guitar riff. Fans of The Kills take note.
THE FACE APRIL 2001
Irish designer and recent St Martins graduate Anne McCloy’s message is loud and clear: Fit In, Get Lost, Revolt In Style and Kill All Hippies. Well, that’s if her T-shirts are anything to go by. The angst-ridden illustrator has joined up with LABELX to form the design umbrella Someproduct, producing a range of black-and-white T-shirts that wouldn’t look out of place on the scrawny chest of Sid Vicious. Anarchistic slogans are slapped alongside carton bombs, smiley faces and the odd Irish terrorist mural. It’s inspired photocopy chic,’ says McCloy. The perfect match for your new padlock and chain, then.