Friday, November 18, 2005


All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it

Everybody's doing
Just what they're told to
Nobody wants
To go to jail!

Are you taking over
or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards
Or are you going forwards?
[White Riot - The Clash]

Punk rock is kind of an anti-establishment movement started by about mid-seventies.
- Interestingly British punk coincided with the rise of Thatcherism and nearly all Brit-punks reflect attitude of anger and social alienation

- Part of reaction was against certain tendencies that had overtaken popular music of the seventies like the grandiose progressive rock and also the superficial “disco” music.

- The punks also rejected the hippie counterculture of the sixties.

London calling, now don't look to us
Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain't got no swing
'Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing
[London Calling : The Clash]

- The punks embraced a new fashion; characterized by highly theatrical use of cosmetics with bold eye-make-up and spiked hair-style [Mohawk]. The clothing was usually torn pants and shirts, put together with tapes or safety-pins. Leather or vinyl clothing was also common. Punk band like “minor threat” began with slogans like “no drink, no smoke, no f@#$” and created a counter-culture to the counter-culture!

- It is also associated with the DIY [do it yourself] attitude. Form your own band, write own lyrics and even become music journalist and critic.

- It is said to have origins in:
- The Garage Rock of the mid-sixties ; with bands such as The Sonics, The Seeds ...
- The Glam /Glitter rock of late sixties ...
- Some politically confrontational bands like the Stooges, MC5 ...

Punk Rock originated in about mid 70's, by bands like The Ramones in US and Sex pistols and The Clash in the UK. Some other acts: New York Dolls, Sonic Youth, the Pretenders, Blondie, Dead Kennedys ...

It emphasized simple musical structure with short songs; usually less than three minutes; confrontational lyrics and use of simple three-cords. Extolling DIY ethic they insisted that anyone can start a punk band. [This is a chord, this is another, and this is the third. Now form a band]

Hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go hey ho, let’s go
They’re forming in straight line they’re going through a tight wind
The kids are losing their minds the blitzkrieg bop
[Blitzkreig Bop: Ramones]

RAMONES: Blitzkreig Bop, I wanna be sedated, Sheena is a punk rocker, Pin head, I wanna be your boyfriend
SEX PISTOLS: Anachy in the UK, God save the Queen
THE CLASH: Complete control, London calling, Rock the casbah, White Riot, Should I stay or should I go, Death or Glory,
STOOGES: Search n Destroy
NEW-YORK DOLLS: Personality Crisis


At 18 November, 2005 15:05, Blogger Sundeep said...

Nice to see that there are still people out there who listen to bands like the clash!! I thought they were virtually extinct. Their music is pretty cool and so is their general attitude as reflected by their lyrics. While bands like the sex pistols are a bit too nihilistic, the clash is more like a socially conscious punk rock outfit.

At 18 November, 2005 19:23, Blogger Intern said...


Clash is fun to hear anytime. Even I prefer "The Clash" much more than other punk rock groups like Sex pistols, Ramones ...

But I like *blues* based rock the most. For me Eric Clapton RULES n Rolling Stone is close behind!

At 19 November, 2005 23:22, Blogger Artful Badger said...

Wow I cannot believe you listen to all this stuff. I haven't even heard any of the names. Any good suggestions?

At 20 November, 2005 17:44, Blogger doppelganger said...

yeah, punk rocks! I think there is one incident which absolutely defines punk rock. The sex pistols had this concert on the banks of the Thames and the Queen was going to parade near the area. The rebellious group that they are, they sing "God save the Queen" when she is passing by! That is one awfully nihilistic song ending quite aptly with " Nawwww Future for you".

The other fun incident which springs to mind is Syd Vicious being arrested by the London Police for wearing a "i hate Pink Floyd" shirt.

One thing I find queer is that a lot of these band members purposely did not take too many lessons in music so as to retain a raw earthy feel in their music. Probably one of the reasons why punk rock songs are so easy to cover. The punk clothes was certainly one of the nice things to come out of the movement. Seriously think there is some correlation between cross dressing and the punk generation!

(btw, any suggestions for a fun time in chicago??)

At 20 November, 2005 19:02, Blogger Intern said...

I'm sure you're gonna enjoy "The Clash"!!

THANKS for that bit -
very interesting !!!

I think much before Punk Rock emerged, Clint Eastwood made famous these lines: "Do you feel lucky punk? DO YOU?" [movie: Dirty Harry] Punk always used to mean "a young person disrespectful of authority"! I like Green Day [esp. his eye-makeup]- he's revived punk ...

About Chicago,
its awesome these days...
The lights festival is on!!
I can suggest many things, but what is you looking for becomes important!
BUT its EXTREMELY COLD - be very well prepared with entire winter gear; especially if you want to move arounds...
Guess you'd be here for thanksgiving?


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