The Sex Pissed Dolls Christmas Show at the Robin 2, Bilston.

So we’re coming up to Christmas and what better way to celebrate than have five young ladies pounding out a mixture of punk classics and original songs. By the name you might be forgiven thinking that the Sex Pissed Dolls are just a bunch of girls playing at being a Sex Pistols tribute – but you’d be wrong, far wrong in fact. These girls can play, and they play very well indeed and despite the band’s name they play a totally mental mixture of good old fashioned punk classics mixed in with songs written by the band. All of which made for a mad night in Bilston.

Support on the night was provided by Purple Stereo, from just up the road in Willenhall, followed by The Bitten, from Wolverhampton.

Both bands brought their respective supporters along to swell the numbers and both supplied a mix of rock and punk delivered with much vim and vigour which was pretty bloody good.

Purple Stereo opened the proceedings with a set of half a dozen songs, all of which can be heard on Souncloud if you missed the gig or just fancy reminiscing. The band started with Dead Man’s Soul from the EP of the same name. The five songs that followed were all good, solid rock music that warmed the spirits on what was an otherwise dismal night outside. These lads have a very accomplished and likeable sound, nothing too extreme just good quality original music that’s easy to listen to. These are a band worth going to see if they play near you. The songs will all appear on their next album but not before they release their new single, I Said No, and supporting video which are in production right now. You can keep up with what the band are doing by visiting their website:

Next up was The Bitten complete with their flat caps and attitude bringing along their mash up of rock and roll mushed with punk. This was a lively set of what I would call post-punk influenced rock music all held together by wisecracks and questionable behaviour. Like Purple Stereo the band have a well developed style and execution as they unleash their songs on the audience many of whom became new fans by the end of the set. The band don’t yet have an album to their name but hopefully some, if not all, the songs played tonight will make their way on to a release in the not too distant future. If you want to listen to some quality ‘punk ‘n’ roll’ as the band call it seek them out and give the band your support, they’re worth the effort. The Bitten also don’t have a website, but you can stay tuned to their gigs via their Facebook page: and on Soundcloud check them out.

The stars of the night up next, here come The Sex Pissed Dolls.

It may have been chilly outside but the atmosphere inside the Robin 2 was about to become overheated as the five girls that make up the Sex Pissed Dolls hit the stage and go straight into Pretty Vacant! The Sex Pissed Dolls are Nancy Doll, Connie Rotter, Jilly Idol, Anna Key and Kitty Vacant. Sadly this was to be Kitty’s final gig with the band so a big send off was the order of the day. The setlist was a who’s who of classic punk rock as the band tore through Teenage Kicks, Hurry Up Harry and Hanging on the Telephone before presenting one of their own, Sci Fi from their EP Maniac. The guitars of Kitty and Connie pump out the punk twiddly bits while the bass of Jilly Idol pounds the low notes. In the background Anna Key hits the skins hard but at the front there is a whirling dervish of a vocalist, Nancy Doll. The songs are short, the turnover high, the temperature even higher as the band get through God Save the Queen, Hersham Boys and Ever Fallen in Love before crossing the pond for the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop. Time for another song off the bands’ EP, this time it was the title track, Maniac. Next, one of those songs attributed to the Sex Pistols but in reality it was a duet of Steve Jones and Paul Cook, the songs writers, on the recorded version, Silly Thing off The Rock & Roll Swindle. Jilted John and She Sells Sanctuary made way for something more recent, Smells of Teen Spirit by Nirvana followed by Fight for Your Right by the Beastie Boys and Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer. The classics kept on coming but then so did the balloons followed by the foam snow which covered the front rows of the crown and gave both Nancy and Connie the opportunity to come down from the stage with Connie doing a tour of the crowd courtesy of a crowd surf. The night finished with a series of top songs including Holidays in the Sun, EMI, Should I Stay or Should I Go and Sheena is a Punk Rocker.


Was there any more? Could the audience take any more? Yes there was and yes they could; the bands third and final original song, Shitty Old Town preceded New Rose by the Damned and that’s how the audience felt as the night came to a close. Many of the audience wet and foamy, the rest just worn out from pogoing and yelling til they were hoarse. The Dolls Barmy Army were out in force and support the band religiously; it’s easy to see why. Find out more about the Sex Pissed Dolls on their Facebook page or website,, and if you want a brilliant punk-fuelled night out go and see them because they are addictively good. Next gig is at the River Rooms, Stourbridge in March as their Avenging Angels tour kicks off. My thanks go to Paul Smith, the bands’ manager for letting me cover the show.

Purple Stereo Setlist:

Dead Man’s Soul

Slave Within

See You on the Other Side

Reaching for Heaven

Silence Breaks the Dawn of the Day

I Said No


The Bitten Setlist:

Call of Wolves


Snakes & Ladders

Tattoos & Bruises

Drinking to Remember

Rules of the Game

The Man Comes Around

Almost the Perfect Husband

Thumb Screws


Sex Pissed Dolls Setlist:

Pretty Vacant

Teenage Kicks

Hurry Up Harry

Hanging on the Telephone

Sci Fi

God Save the Queen

Hersham Boys

Ever Fallen in Love

Blitzkrieg Bop


Silly Thing

Jilted John

She Sells Sanctuary

Smells of Teen Spirit

Fight for Your Right (to Party)

Psycho Killer

Holidays in the Sun


Should I Stay or Should I Go

Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Shitty Old Town

New Rose

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