The Human Punk nights at the 100 Club started in 2014 after a sit-down curry at George‘s in Uxbridge, organised by Dr Vinyl and Geno Blue, who had been running Club Ska at the Rayners Inn in West London. The idea came out of conversations between Vinyl and John (aka JK Herbert) about their being a lack of nights in Central London that represented punk in its home town, and in particular bands from the Greater London area, suburbs and satellites.
The Doctor and Blue suggested the title of John’s novel, to tap into the spirit of and ideas behind the book. Herbert had collaborated with Club Ska a couple of times, most notably the Bad Manners show there in 2005, and so over the dhansaks and vindaloos and some ice-cold lager, Human Punk was born. In time, Geno Blue moved on and left the London area, with Vinyl and Herbert taking the nights forward.
Human Punk started with a bang – the Old Firm Casuals backed up by Control, Runnin’ Riot and the East End Badoes. And it has continued with Ruts DC, Sham 69, Roy Ellis, The Last Resort, The Business, Infa-Riot, Cockney Rejects, Knock Off, Johnny Moped, The Polecats, The Pack, The Professionals, The Gonads, Lion’s Law, Anti-Nowhere League, UK Subs, Spear Of Destiny, Crown Court and many many more – some bands long established and still productive, others young and just starting out. There have also been three 7-inch singles with Knock Off, 16 Guns and The Lurkers.
The 100 Club is home. An underground venue in the heart of London, it is the area’s last great rocking club, surviving gentrification and the erasing of the city’s culture. Nights are also held at the 229 Venue in Great Portland Street, as well as occasional shows at The Underworld in Camden Town and the 02 in Islington – but the 100 Club is a big part of Human Punk, with its great family owners and staff, top sound engineers in Raye and Dan, and a third human punk called Blueblagger manning the door.