Minutemen jam econo
on a public access TV show called Acoustic Blowout in 1985. You can find more Minutemen videos and concert recordings on corndogs.org
The Jon Spenser Blues Explosion was (is) a groundbreaking rock and roll band
(not a blues band) well known for its live performances. Not much video footage
of their concerts
is extant, but this performance on an Australian TV show in 1994 is pretty typical
, if the word "typical" is suitable for someone trying to incite a riot. [more inside]
, a BBC documentary / studio discussion programme from 1977, looks at the burgeoning phenomena of punk rock. (SLYT)
The Last Gang in Town.
Punk rock legends Paul Simonon and Mick Jones of the Clash sit down with Ian Rubbish
of the Bizarros
and talk of old times and how Ian was inspired by each Clash album. They then get together and jam an old Bizarros tune.
The Day My Kid Went Punk
Afterschool Special - Teen decides to make himself noticed from the rest of the crowd by becoming a Punk Rocker (SLYT)
Thanks to lobbying from John Belushi, on Halloween night, 1981, LA punk band Fear played a set on Saturday Night Live
. The New York Post
headline the next day read "FEAR Riot Leaves Saturday Night Glad To Be Alive.” [more inside]
Punks Not Dead.... but it can get you killed. Punk rock in oppresive regimes.
Punk's Not Dead
. The revival of punk in couture fashion and elsewhere
The Wipers were a tight and catchy post-punk band founded in Portland in 1977. Today they're best known for covers by The Vivian Girls
and Nirvana (Return of the Rat
, and esp. D7 - studio
, live 1 2 3 4
). But the originals are pretty interesting too. John Peel said of their first album "Is It Real": " 'It is one of punk's great albums by perhaps the most unappreciated band of all time'." [more inside]
Female-Fronted Punk Rock 1977-1989.
A huge, 12 (!) disc, mix of punk rock sung by women.
Jim Carroll has died.
Avant-garde writer, punk rocker, doped-up downtown scenester, never-made-it schoolyard hoop-dreamer. He couldn't have expected to live to see a master's thesis in English at San Diego State
written about his journal/novel The Basketball Diaries, or to be interviewed by Jon Stewart
about being played by Leo DiCaprio in the movie of his (early) life. [more inside]
Max's Kansas City closed 25 years ago this night.
Although Hilly Kristal's CBGB's
is more iconic
and perhaps better known today, Mickey Ruskin's Max's Kansas City
(and its infamous back room
) was every bit as important to fostering the punk scene
of the late 1970s and early 80s. Located a 213 Park Avenue South
, just up the street from historic Union Square
, Max's played host to the Heartbreakers
, Bruce Springsteen
, the Ramones
, Wayne/Jayne County and the Fast
, the New York Dolls
, and quite a few others. What's standing there today? Why, the 213 Park Avenue South Deli
, of course.
Punk Guitar Heroes - Television's Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd Television
, and its guitar pas de deux
between Tom Verlaine
and Richard Lloyd
, fit into the punk scene
only because they are the ones basically responsible for CBGB
becoming a punk rock
convinced Hilly Kristal
to let them practice there and play shows, and the rest is history
. [more inside]
Something to Hüsker
: Bob Mould
, Grant Hart
and Greg Norton
live with Joan Rivers
on the Late Show. Also live versions of the Byrds' Eight Miles High
, The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill/I Apologize
, Pink Turns to Blue
, Every Everything, Makes no Sense at All, Ticket to Ride
, New Day Rising
, These Important Years, Every Everytime
, and a video for Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely
Fanboifilter: Bad Brains
have a new album out balled Build a Nation
. Some people like it
, some people kind of like it
. The Onion
link has one song up, their myspace page has four more
, along with a pic of smiling album producer Adam Yauch
of the Beastie Boys (interview
Punk Rock For the People
States love symbols. Colorado has the Stegosaurus
as its state fossil
. New York has the Sugar Maple
as its state tree
. And every state has an official song
. But what about an official punk rock song
is leading the way. [warning: youtube / wikipedia / websites that were designed in frontpage 95 ]
"Punk rock today is like Happy Days or Civil War re-enactment.”
LA Weekly is sponsoring "14 and Shooting,"
an exhibit of west coast punk photos taken by Jennifer Finch, former bassist for L7
Can punk rock episodes of old TV shows kill? Check out punk episodes from Quincy
, CHiPs (Part 1
and Part 2
), 21 Jump Street (Part 1
and Part 2
), as well as the appearance of the Dickies
on the Don Rickles sitcom, CPO Sharkey. Other prime vintage examples of media cluelessness on punk rock include a fashion show
and a scaremongering Time magazine article
, although a recent cookie commercial
may revive the punksploitation genre.
: I was a rock photographer working in London 1976-1984. This is my private collection. These pics have been stored since the Punk Days. This is the first time they can be seen in 25 years.
and London Punks
- Punk rock goes straight: no drugs, no drink, no sex, no meat.
30 minute audio documentary and flash site on an underground music movement.
, Youth of Today
, Seven Seconds
, Gorilla Biscuits
all X'ed it out.
Another member of the Blank Generation lost.
Robert Quine was found dead in his apartment in NYC yesterday, he committed suicide. He was sixty years old and had played with Richard Hell
& the Voidoids
, Lou Reed
, Matthew Sweet
, Lloyd Cole
, Materia, Brian Eno
and others, he also cut an LP with Jody Harris (Escape), and one with Fred Maher (Basic). It has been reported that he was suffering depression brought on by the death of his wife Alice last August. Robert also recorded the Velvet Underground on a hand held cassette deck, the highlights were issued last year as The Quine Tapes
a three CD set. Personally, I'll always remember him from the jagged guitar parts from Richard Hell and Voidoids' "Blank Generation", which were the only guitar parts that I ever bothered to learn and faithfully reproduce note for note in the many times my band covered the song. Condolences to those that survive him.
Grand Old Punks
The Sunday Times reported on Johnny Ramone's conservative beliefs today As he grew up he realised that for all his guitar thrashing, he was a conservative at heart. He opposes abortion and gay marriage and thinks welfare benefits are too generous. “Everyone in America can succeed to at least the middle-class level if they work hard enough,” he said.
Do these people
have a point or do they just not get it?
Punk Rock Aerobics.
"Punk Rock Aerobics: The work out that rocks out. No more sucky classes full of braindead bimbos in spandex thongs. PRA is for fun people with discerning taste. An hour and a half of cardio and strengthening class that will have you pogoing and skanking your butt off!" Brought to you by Maura and Hilken (the latter of the band fuzzy
). As they say on the mission
page: "Free your mind and your ass will follow."
Dee Dee Ramone dead at 50.
First Joey, now Dee Dee. I wanted to be a punk rocker, too, just like Sheena, but I wasn't cool enough back in my rock and roll highschool days. If a punker dies, do we wear white to mourn him/her?