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February 29, 2012

UKBANDS.NET 1997-2012 - I Wonder?

Filed under: General Musings — ian @ 10:56 pm

John Booth, Friday 30 December 2011: “Does anyone really want to know or care about how fraudsters destroyed any hope of creating a portal that may have been the only chance the independent bands in UK may have had?”

Nope! Oh yeah go on then, I would love to know what happened since I was kicked out of in 2007 just for supporting Andy’s ChatAboutMusic Forum!

John Booth again, “ is no more, as most of you will have already realized by now! It was destroyed by 3 people. So what Happened! Well if anyone is interested then I will be happy to write a full explanation and publish it on the record for all to see because these scum bags seem to have got away with it until their next exploit is known. So 2012 is the year to tell the story of and how it fell to ashes due to the greed of a few scumbags leaving a wake of distruction in their path.”

Well John, as Cassie, one of your former employees, stated in UKBands…a deletion too far! on the ChatAboutMusic Forum, “What goes around, comes around.” BTW., why didn’t you post what happened?

It’s the little things that piss me off like: Andy’s band Sheldon, they haven’t been a member of since 2007 (when they too were unceremoniously booted out), who up until recently still had a UKbands profile, even though they had asked you, John Booth, to remove it. You refused! I also didn’t like the petty way you exposed our full names instead of our Usernames after we were barred! “What a moron.” - Andy 2007.

I feel that died in 2005, as each week went by more and more of the old stalwarts disapeared, only to spring up, rebirthed in MySpace (Booth’s nemesis); MySpace is also waning fast (or is it dead?), I suppose Facebook is next!

I joined while making a website for a friend’s daughter’s band in 2004. I was flamed on my first post by a mafia style mother who was protecting her stupid tosser of a son (a lead singer). It didn’t matter. I enjoyed the combined experience of Menendez, UKbands and SEO, so I set-up Unsigned Band Promotion. A lot has changed since then, forums are ‘old hat’ and social media has taken over; just about all the forums I’ve been a member of, apart from one, have fallen by the wayside like guestbooks in the night (who the fuck’s got one of those anymore?).

Over the past couple of day’s I’ve been reading two ChatAboutMusic forum threads, “UKbands time line” and “UKBands…a deletion too far!”, that I saved for posterity (yes, I’ve got it all guys) before John Booth persuaded Proboards to delete them. Both are massive threads running to many pages and they’re a compelling read, detailing how and why it all went wrong for John Booth and in 2007 written by those who were there.

This blog post was going to be a contraversial diatribe, but after reading the forum posts by: Andy, Seags, Matt of The Malloys, Kate, MediaMoggie, KateM, Chaz, Cooper, Allan Wall, Cassie, oneyeopen, Martin GD greendragon, Moby, Revolution Radio, Benny of Bullo Pill, Melandra of Voodoo Doll, and the wonderful (where is he now, baby you can drive my car) Jack Neill, to name but a few, I thought better of it, but I thought I’d quote the wonderful daddy of them all and Flying Hero, Seags, “Suck my septic stump Booth.”


Oh, BTW, if you would like to make a comment, I’m always happy to receive your comments, PLEASE do not make them slanderous, otherwise I may have to “moderate” them! ;)  I would like to progress from where we were on ChatAboutMusic.


  1. The thing about UKB was the fact that it was absolutely the best site on the web for UK bands and artists…
    Then it became the site about living the lifestyle of a rock star… eh!? We didnt need that… Advice and tips… thats what we went for, not spending our money on bus rides.

    JB ran it into the ground because he tried to become a fat cat… the recession hit and luxuries had to go… UKB decided it was mandatory for a decent act to have a convoy… BS JB, we dont wanna be guns n roses… We actually appreciate our fanbase.

    We wrote, we argued, but we were censored and thats what the problem with JB and UKB was.

    I dont believe forums will be a thing of the past, they just need to be moderated, not dictated.

    URL Edited Matt ;)

    Comment by Matt — March 1, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

  2. Thanks Matt :) True. I really hope forums will not be a thing of the past, I’ve loved my time on some of them, UKB included; tips, advice, banter and a sense of community that you don’t really get on social media sites because the focus is more on the subject matter, rather than spreading oneself about and networking.

    Comment by ian — March 1, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  3. UKmusicianForums

    Welldone Matt for setting up UKmusicianForums :)

    Comment by ian — April 6, 2012 @ 7:42 am

  4. I have to say that from what I saw of John, he was always fair and I thought the site was an excellent one. I am sorry to see it go.

    Comment by Kim Ives — July 27, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

  5. Many thanks for your comment Kim :) Please feel to join us on UKmusicianForums, you’d be most welcome.

    Comment by ian — July 29, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

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