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Proud Scum’s First Gig in 10 Years

Proud Scum played at the Kings Arms as the headline act for Punk It Up 2018, the first gig since 2008. Committing to the gig in mid 2017 there was uncertainly about whether guitarist, Sid Scum, and bassist, Alistair Rabbit, would be able to make the show.

As it turned out, neither was able to make it so we turned to back ups, original guitarist John Atrocity and bassist Graham Hood from The Johnnys. (Graham was also playing that night with The Johnnys).

There was nervousness in the Scum camp about how well the new line-up would work, particularly as we only got three rehearsals. But after two rehearsals we were pretty confidant we could pull it off.

Just so long as John didn’t walk out – again.

And when our fifteen minutes of fame finally arrived – past bedtime for blokes our age – we did good.

Sarah Kidd of Ambient Light said…
“Finally the moment had arrived; Proud Scum, the Auckland band who in 1979 were noted as one of the more influential of the second wave of New Zealand punk arrived to mass applause and cheering. Last year’s Punk It Up saw Jonathan Jamrag join the Bankrobbers for a cover of I Am A Rabbit, while tonight’s fans got eight glorious tracks from Jamrag and co. A particular point of note for Proud Scum’s set was seeing John Atrocity once again on stage with Jamrag, having left the band in 1979. Proving once and for all that the punk family is indeed a family and while fallouts may occur, time heals all. With tracks such as ‘Sid’, ‘Reuben’ and of course ‘I am a Rabbit’ which saw the fans chant the chorus at the top of their lungs, Proud Scum’s heralded return to The Kings Arm stage was unquestionably a huge success!”

And Marty Duda of 13th Floor said…
“Finally we got to Proud Scum. This is the first time the band has played together since the AK79 reunion of 2008. A decade late and singer Jonathan Jamrag and drummer Bruce Diode are joined by original guitarist John Atrocity, who left the group with some acrimony back in 1979.
As Jonathan noted when he introduced John, “he didn’t jump off the Grafton Bridge”, referring to their notorious song, Suicide 2.
The band was filled out by bass player Graham Hood of The Johnnys and The Normals.
They raced through an 8-song, 20-minute set in true punk fashion. After playing their song, Sid, which seemed to last all of 45 seconds, Jonathan announced that it was in the key of FF, “fuckin’ fast”.
When they got to Suicide 2, he confided that they were unsure whether to play the song as it insults the newly-returned guitarist. By John was game and the song sounded great, as did the final two, Reuben’s Coming Back and I Am A Rabbit.”

Can we still pull it off when we’re 70?


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Punk It Up – Kings Arms February 17, 2018

First Gig Since 2008 – Punk It Up 2018

Proud Scum are playing at Punk It Up in Auckland on 17th February. Their first gig in a decade.



95BFM Interview on “The Legend Lives On” EP. Aired 22nd August 2013

Jamrag rambling about Sid, Reuben, John Atrocity and crowd sourcing.

Proud Scum are…

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Proud Scum at Manor Studios, November 20th 2008.  From left to right, Sid Scum (guitar), Alistair Rabbit (bass), Jonathan Jamrag (vocals) and Bruce Hulk (drums).
Alistair and Sid in the doorway of Zwines night club, November 20th 2008.
Proud Scum hanging out with the Scavengers outside Manor Studio, November 18th 2008.

At various times Proud Scum have included:
John Atrocity (guitar) early 1979
Vince Pinker (bass) most of 1980
Matthew Ellard (bass) a few weeks in 1983

Proud Scum in Sydney

After the fire at the Windsor Castle Hotel (while they were playing) Proud Scum found it difficult to get gigs in Auckland and decided to move to Australia where they thought they’d make it big.
They moved to Sydney in early 1980 and played support to Toy Love – once – upstairs at the Civic Hotel. Then they secured a Saturday afternoon residency downstairs at the Civic where they played to a small following for a few months.
They played their final gig on New Years Day 1981 at the Oxford Hotel.  That was it apart from one gig in 1983 at the Royal Hotel in Chippendale.
Proud Scum may be world famous in New Zealand but in Australia they were a bunch of wannabes who never were.

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Royal Hotel, Chippendale, 1983.

Best Punk Band

Rabbit PosterProud Scum was a notable punk band in New Zealand punk’s second wave. Proud Scum were formed in Auckland in 1979 and attracted a hardcore punk and bootboy following.

Formed from members of punk bands Rooter and The Atrocities, Proud Scum were: Jonathan Jamrag (Griffiths) (vocals), John Atrocity (Jenkins) (guitar), Alastair Rabbit (Duguid) (bass), and Bruce Diode (Hoffman) (drums). Atrocity left in June 1979 (replaced by Sid Scum).