Author and former punk rock musician Jim Algie will be spinning a tribute to the genre’s resilience and enduring influence at the WTF Bar and Gallery in Bangkok on Friday, March 30.

Starting at 9pm, the DJ set will commence with the keystones of punk from 1976, like the Ramones, the Clash, the Sex Pistols, the Damned and Dead Boys, before taking a sonic time-warp into the roots of the genre, from the Velvet Underground to the Stooges, MC5, Modern Lovers, David Bowie and the New York Dolls.

The cover of Combat Rock, which shows the band standing on railway tracks outside Bangkok

The famous album cover shot just outside Bangkok

All the punk-influenced bands from the 1980s and ‘90s, such as the Replacements, the Pogues, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Cramps, Nirvana and Metallica, will get a fair hearing, along with some of the new school titans like the Strokes and White Stripes, before the grand slam finale of all-time punk classics: “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Anarchy in the UK,” “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Teenage Kicks” and “London Calling.”

Infamous punk movies will be screened on the wall outside the club, California’s DJ Ladybug will play a short set of her favorite “punk mutations,” and some impromptu classes in “Slam Dancing 101” are also set for the back lane.

Jim Algie toured the world with various indie rock bands for 10 years and worked as a college-radio DJ, before moving to Bangkok to start a writing career. The new and expanded version of his latest book, “On the Night Joey Ramone Died: Tales of Rock and Punk from Bangkok, New York, Cambodia and Norway,” riffs on those experiences. The new paperback will be on sale at the venue for 500 baht.

Rock up and punk out!


The expanded version of Jim Algie’s latest book, “On the Night Joey Ramone Died: Tales of rock and punk from Bangkok, New York, Cambodia and Norway” contains a 130-page non-fiction of “Rock Writings and Musical Memoirs,” including “My Close Encounters with Rock Stars,” featuring Joe Strummer, the Pixies, Ice-T, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jim Carroll and Leonard Cohen, while “My Last Gig and Worst Onstage Disaster” chronicles a near-death experience he had in Berlin. The new paperback is available from Amazon for US$12.99 and in an ebook format for US$2.99.   

Author Jim Algie playing bass with Jerry Jerry

Jim Algie (aka Blake Cheetah) onstage with the cow-punk/psychobilly band Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra