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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Blazer, May 24, 2021.
Nobody in a real Punk band thought they'd ever see 30.
Punk threads never end well lol. I'm out this time, before I'm in.....
Back then, I used to keep mixed cassettes in the car.
I had that Captain Sensible tune next to these two, so my brain is trained to always hear them all together.
Whenever it hears one of them, it expects the others to be following.
These guys keep putting out great music. Started in 79
Great quote, my personal punk experience from 76 - 78 and how it is represented now are often at odds.
Can I get that on a t-shirt?
Neither did the fans for that matter.
"Look, it's Pat Smear, that guy is still ALIVE?"
When I went in search of X, the first band I found were THESE guys.
Who as I understand added "Japan" to their name to differentiate themselves from X.
But when I found X, I was pleasantly surprised to hear so much rockabilly in their sound.
Seems to me the same thing happened to punk that happened to a lot of forms- it was started by, sorta, revolutionaries but eventually musicians started getting interested and things just changed. Personally I'd rather listen to Fear than The Ramones, but was it really punk anymore? I read a quote somewhere that a fan at one of their (Fear's) shows commented (dismissively) "I think one of those guys went to music school", and that about sums it up.
Teenage Head out of Hamilton Ontario (Canada) did a great job of transitioning and surviving the 70's - 80's. Not exactly known around the planet, but they are Canadian treasures of the genre. The singer (Frankie Venom - RIP) is now gone, but the band continues to this day.
Here's a glimpse of them in '81... about 2 albums (and 5 years) into their long journey.
not sure when this next clip is but it's a great audio capture... it is EXACTLY how they sounded live!
I'm of the opinion that success is pretty much antithetical to continued relevance in punk. Punk was often a loud, inarticulate, but exciting reaction to marginalization (economic, social, what-have-you) and once you have become successful it's difficult to mine that vein with any sort of authenticity. The Clash handled it by sort of transitioning into pop, dub, and other forms but even that was ephemeral and soon over. It's really hard to continue to perform in the guise of a member of the disenfranchised, despised, and marginalized population when you're hobnobbing with Hollywood royalty...
I think the Talking Heads probably fit into your thread as survivors of the 70's
My punk experience dates to the late '70s when my roomie was the sound man for a punk venue, Paradise Island aka The Island.
I knew a few guys in punk bands but the only local name I recall is the Hates.
One punk band I knew had the peculiar line of of a couple of guys who were DJs at the local classical station.
I did meet quite a few punkettes who my roomie brought home every night.
All in all, a colorful crowd.
Yes indeed, by 1977 (in the UK) we were going to parties with safety pins clipped in our noses with girls wearing skirts made out of plastic bags.
Though I was already a stodgy hippie wannabe at the time, my first wife was a punk-lovin’ gal.
She bravely endured stuff I was into, like Rockpile, John Hiatt, and the Riders In The Sky (our first date).
I tried to listen to her stuff, the Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd., Throbbing Gristle, etc., but alas, to no avail.
She was only a year and a half younger than me.
She did hip me to the B52s and Kate Bush (not punk, I know).
Anyways, this thread takes me back.
If we’d stayed together, we’d be celebrating 40 years.
Cool! My old neighborhood. Lived there in 1995. On Valencia St between 16th and 17th.
I was watching an old episode of the Daily Show, years ago. Stewart's guest was Jack Black. They were talking about food in New York since that was where they were. Of course, the great pizza topic comes up. Then Jack tells Jon, that it's impossible to find a decent burrito in NY. Jon asked him where's the best? He says, "La Cumbre." Which was two doors away from my apartment building. I have eaten hundreds of burritos from them and Pancho Villa's.