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Paintbox

The Papers

Rebellious Rock/Reggae with a shake of Pop Fun - Music For A Better World

We are a Rock/Reggae/Pop band inspired by Bob Marley, Dylan and the Doors. Twin brothers John and Mike (Harry) Fitzsimons are the main writers, with collaboration from all the band members, notably Norman Marsh (drums) and Rob Bright (lead guitar). We make fun music with a message. We want to see a fairer, more tolerant caring world. We take a swing at crap politicians, corrupt business and fawning media that try to use humanity for their own interests. We started the band in 1979 at the height of the cold war, streets filling with fascist, a racist media, social destruction and environmental meltdown . Our latest album 'Paintbox' is typical of a band that wanted to change the world in 1979 and still does in 2017. In '79 the world was a mess, Oh man we're talking about impending third world war using nukes! And there was a whole bagful of new planet problems - environmental issues - nuclear power plants that didn't work and went bang – Chernobyl, Three Mile Island. On top of that no one seemed to care – there was the new pre-occupation with consumerism and celebrity - what is that stuff??? have we all lost our minds???, Yeah we did not like Thatcher or Reagan - they were destructive assholes - they ended social cohesiveness and took a meat clever to civilised society –  the usual septic vision - make money who cares who gets hurt!. Today its looking bad again, with a mad-dog US president combing his hair while the country burns, a UK population running scared from Europe, rabid financial corruption, homelessness, poverty, food banks - greed has no limits. Paintbox is an album of songs aimed at all this insanity. The Papers were originally based in Brixton South London, the home of much musical carnage and wholesome partying. Today the band are based in Brighton and Exeter. Now when it comes to a party towns you wont find much to beat Brighton, but it is also a place of tolerance, debate, creativity, music, love, new ideas and political mash ups - just perfect – and Mike ('harry) our bass player lives there. The rest of the band hang in Exeter, home to a more sedate population but just as fired up about the world we seem to be destroying. Listen in and come on down to the gigs. Check us out on FB and our website. Love to you all - The Papers

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Cowgirl Kiss

The Papers

Music For A Better World

THE PAPERS new release COWGIRL KISS is a song that takes a swipe at pill culture. The band rides into town with a better way of being healthy using natural remedies and alternative approaches to staying fit from yoga and homeopathy to acupuncture and wholefoods. Get with the beat, get up on your feet, and dump the pills, they're making you ill.

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Living in the Rhythm of Life

The Papers

Rock Reggae from a band that cares about the world and its people

Song about Costa Rica and the way life can be managed so that we all have enough, we can be generous and loving, take care of our planet and still have a fun time.

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A Matter of Justice

The Papers

Music that Matters

In Europe the principles of Human Rights are being undermined. Established in 1948 following the second world war, this landmark bill of rights is a hallmark of modern civilisation. It has been signed by over 200 countries including all western governments. Yet it is in the West that the talk of dilution is loudest. Why? read the principles enshrined in the bill and think which should be removed. We say none.

Hear The Papers in a sombre yet hopeful mood on this reggae inspired protest song. Recorded live in Teinmouth Devon in one take, just the way it felt

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Live Your Dreams

The Papers

Whatever you dream make it real: 'It Doesn't matter who you are' 'Barack Obama

We put Barrack Obama on our single because in our view he is an example to all who want to live their dream. A peacemaker who has had to battle with the traditionalists, he’s done a good job of ending war in our world, introducing a fundamental right - heath care for all, and now ending years of hostility towards Cuba. He also rejected austerity as the way to solve the economic crises of 2008 favouring instead to invest in his country, his people and its industries. We say Live your Dreams! but its hard to do that if you live in a world where there is an unfair distribution of wealth and opportunity. Anyone who is determined should be able to get a job, raise a family and enjoy the life they dream of. It should not depend on who you know, whether you went to private school or how much money your family has.

The Papers stand for equality and fairness, if you agree then our dream is your dream. Our music reflects our roots, it is a unique mix of politics, rock, reggae and pop, uncompromising but also fun. Live your Dreams and sign up on our web site to get more music and keep up with our dream!!

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Fahrenheit In A Centigrade World

The Papers

A trip to a world full of metal women, maniacal police, punctured egos, arrogant celebrities, futureless politics, and Orwellian madmen. Unforgiving, incendiary, dangerous, inspiring, uncompromising end of the world party music.

The Papers were formed in 1979 and were based in the wild end of Brixton South London and oscillated between the music scenes in Brixton and Deptford Crossfields estate – the home of Dire Straits, Squeeze and many other fine bands. The scene was agitated, uncompromising, exhilarating, ripe for political protest and full of invention and unstoppable musical carnage. In the middle of this The Papers emerged with their strident tough talking explosion of challenging agi-pop.

The Papers are:

John Fitzsimons - lead vocals, guitar, writer John Wilkinson - lead guitar, keys, backing vocals, writer Mike Fitzsimons - bass, backing vocals Norman Marsh - drums

Twin brothers John and Mike Fitzsimons were born in Orpington, Kent in 1951. The sons of Irish emigrants they graduated from Essex University in 1971 and spend most of their energies directed towards music projects until forming the Papers in 1980. Bands along the way included ‘The Mighty Plod, The Stan Laurel Band and Targets as well as many other experimental projects. John Wilkinson was born in Barrow in Furnace, a graduate of Warwick University. Norman Marsh comes from Putney.

Within a year following an introduction by their good friends The Skunks (later The Craze) to Salamander Productions The Papers were recording their first single with Tony Taverner at Maison Rouge studios in Fulham, London, owned and run by Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson. Panache Music (Malcolm Forester) signed the band for publishing and produced the first two singles.

The first single 'How many More' featured the then US president Ronald Reagan (probably the world’s first ‘sample’). This single gained the band the reputation they wanted – politico agi pop. Rising to number one in the indie charts and being played by national BBC Radio. A proliferation of gigs followed, notably many at new festivals.

The follow up single ‘Reggae On The Radio' while as strong musically did not have such an impact. The music industry were unsure what to do with a band that straddled politics and pop. Deals came to an inevitable end. The band continued to play for a couple of years and expanded the line up to include sax (Bernie Hagley of Vanity Fair), vocals (Jenny Geraty) and percussion (Barry)

The Papers released their third single in 1984, 'The Only One I See', an anti war epic recorded at Mekon studios with Rob Doran (Hard Corps).

Then the band went their separate ways. Mike joined the Piranhas in Brighton. John Wilkinson jouned God Made Trouble. Norman and John 'went west'.

With political stakes raised even higher in todays 'modern world' and the emergence of the new wave of British Bands such as Hard Fi, The Futureheads and Bloc Party it was decided to re-release the Papers songs. Listen in and you’ll see why. The themes are eerily similar, nuclear proliferation, war, environmental meltdown.

The Papers music has been digitally re-mastered and the new album is now available. Get ready for another dose of hard-nosed agi-pop – and learn to dance.

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Jun7

Exeter RESPECT festival CANCELLED!!

Exeter RESPECT festival, Belmont Park, Exeter, DEVON

On Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019 Exeter sprang to life once again in the beautiful grounds of Belmont Park to the sounds of world music & dance at The Respect Festival. Now part of ‘Exeter Live Better’, the family friendly festival celebrated it’s 22nd year with a theme of ethnic diversity marking 25 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa.

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Jan2

Writing and Recording

Writing and Recording, Belgium, Ghent

We'll be spending some time off the road writing new material during Jan/Feb 2018. Sign up to stay up to date x

Aug23

Summer Carnivali! with The Papers

The Phoenix Arts Centre, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon

All language students welcome. A concert for the young and those with a positive outlook of Europe and the world.

£10 Advance £8 Concessions £6 Student

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