The pUKEs formed in January 2011 with the sole intent to play punk classics on the ukulele. The Exploited, Dead Kennedys and X-Ray Spex have all been reworked by the girls’ wit and musicality – as many as 15 regular members meet in Stoke Newington, London, once a month to rehearse.
But it doesn’t stop there; they thought it would be interesting to have a go at the sleeve artwork as well, including The Clash‘s London Calling, Blondie’s Parallel Lines and The Damned and Ramones’ first albums. The photographs were taken by Diana More, on location around London and in her Bethnal Green studio. pUKEs member and graphic designer Lorna Tiefholz took care of the artwork.
“We had a lot of fun on the photo shoot especially with the cream cakes on the Damned cover!” enthuse The pUKEs.
The pUKEs – Iconic Punk Art is at Filthy MacNasty’s, 68 Amwell Street, London EC1 until December 17. Entry is free. It will then be showing at Norwich Arts Centre from January 6-30.
The girls also play at the Dublin Castle, Camden on December 18, and have a Christmas gig with girl punk trio Rabies Babies at The Royal Sovereign, Northwold Road, London E5 on December 23, which starts at 8pm and is free. If you’re still searching for a Christmas present for the punk in your life, calendars and individual prints are available via their website.