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Sunday, 7 October 2007

THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW.


So God Save The Queen is being re-re-released again. The last time it was to celebrate 25 years since punk, this time it's because it's been 30 years. The NME are trying to get everyone to buy it and make it No.1. For fucks sake! It's been 30 years, and "our future dream" has become "a shopping scheme" The Pistols have been and gone, so NME why don't you try and get the public to buy something that is relevant to today and get that to No.1, (e.g Carbon/Silicon's Last Post, a record which shows that a couple of old punks; Mick Jones and Tony James can still be relevant both musically and ideologically .)probably quite hard, because with a few exceptions there is nothing. "Get one over the man", you fools, yer just playing into the hands of the man. What we need is revolution, not retrolution. It's like Orwell said 'Who controls the past controls the future:who controls the present controls the past.' The media has become obsessed with charts and top 10's. We should be charting the present and not the past. This year I reckon I'd be hard pushed to find 10 'top' singles/albums, now what does that say about where we are now, to where we were then.

5 comments:

Dualtrack said...

I still see kids with Sex Pistols patches on their jackets these days. I asked one kid "You like the oldies? Like the Sex Pistols, Ramones, Misfits?" and he said "no man, that's punk rock - not oldies!"

So I pointed out that being a punk today is like being REALLY into Big Band Music back in 1977, when the Sex Pistols were popular.

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

It's a fucked up old world dualtrack, cheers for yer comment.

Chris Ripple said...

It's like a red rag to a bull sometimes... Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick but I agree with dualtrack's first para' but not the second as it just isn't true.
To get it in the open I'm of the 'Hippy' generation which probably predates the pair of yez but... PUNK ? Punk as I think we could all agree is more a state of mind or an attitude rather than a musical genre or a uniform. The 'Punk era' per se as we know it is just another in a long line of 'Punk era's' that go way back this century.
Think about it in historical terms to show a little perspective. Was early Rock'n'roll punk ? Yes, you betcha it was. Society hated it and tried to ban it. Now where have we all heard that before ? The so called 'Hippy' movement ? Punk, You Betcha ! Society hated it and tried to ban it. Prior to Rock'n'roll, Be bop in Jazz circles and Big Band music in the 1930's (Because it encouraged wild, lewd and lascivious dancing among the young...)Sad but true. It was all 'Punk' as it had the ethos and the 'attitude' of the relevant times. In each case the relevant powers sought to break it and when they found they couldn't they marketed the 'style' to us in polystyrene wrappers, and in it's acceptance by society dualtrack is right, they all become oldies. The state of mind for those who 'know', however, remains. Which is probably why there are so many musically disaffected people out there, 'Cos right now there ain't no 'PUNK'.
Ps. Frank Sinatra was always referred to as a 'punk' before he became big in films.

Chris Ripple said...

Going back to the original N.P.W. posting however...
I've bought 2x 'new' C.D's this year apart from Grateful Dead stuff which I'm going to get anyway...
Neil (dinosaur) Young's Living with war and Ry (dinosaur) Cooder's My name is Buddy which features a red cat as it's main protagonist. My contention is that regardless of identity they are both 'Punk' albums. Listen and agree, you'd be hard put not to.

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Cheers Chris, what can I say, it's always good when looked at from all angles. IT'S ALL A STATE OF MIND.