Punk Rock Scrapbook
March 8, 2005 7:05 AM   Subscribe

Punk Rock Scrapbook. J Neo Marvin carried an instamatic camera to a lot of gigs way back when, and he has posted them on his band's website. The Clash, X, The Ramones and more.
posted by planetkyoto (19 comments total)
Nice find! Good memories there.... Ah summer of 78' face down in my own vomit and cut arms with the Avengers spinning in the backround. Where have all the good times gone?
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:28 AM on March 8, 2005

On another note, considering what he was probably working with camera-wise, this is a cool document of the time. Looking at this picture I couldn't help but think how music/fashion is coming full circle.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:32 AM on March 8, 2005

And yeow, has this guy aged well.

Thanks, planetkyoto, for the stroll down memory lane.
posted by thinkpiece at 7:35 AM on March 8, 2005

Yes, great link! It's nice to see photos of the Slits, Swans, and Gang of Four. You don't come across those too often.
posted by Hillman Cobs at 7:35 AM on March 8, 2005

This takes me back. Particularly the pictures of Flipper, arguably one of the most interesting and influential bands in a vast sea of clones. I had the good fortune to see Flipper at the now-defunct Farm about a year before Wil Shatter died. It was an amazing show.
posted by cows of industry at 7:36 AM on March 8, 2005

Very cool.
posted by greasy_skillet at 7:42 AM on March 8, 2005

My, Ricky Williams, how you've changed. And here I thought you were in your 20s. ; ) (I couldn't resist!)

Seriously, this is cool.
posted by SisterHavana at 8:19 AM on March 8, 2005

Speaking of aging well, Viv Albertine, who taught aerobics before becoming a tv director, still looks like this. Jon Langford and Sally Timms of the Mekons haven't changed much either. Punk rock that doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
posted by liam at 8:23 AM on March 8, 2005

Wow. Now to go dig out those old LPs from the closet ... Thanks for the memories, pk.
posted by Pdubby at 8:27 AM on March 8, 2005

Flipper! Wow, what a coincidence, I've been on a Flipper bender for a week now.
Can't you hear the war cry?
It's time to enlist
The people speak as one
The cattle, the crowd
Those too afraid to live
Demand a sacrifice
A sacrifice
Cant you smell their stinking breath
Listen to them
Wheezing and gasping and
Chanting their slogans
The grave diggers song
Demand a sacrifice
A sacrifice
Can't you smell the fresh blood
Steaming into the soil
As our patriots
Fathers and mothers and lovers
Admire the military style
Praising God and the state
Crying tears of pride
For the sons and lovers
For all the fools slaughteres
For the maimed, the dying
And the dead
So the nation will live
So the people will remain as cattle
Demand a sacrifice
A sacrifice
[apologies for the long post, I couldn't decide what to excerpt so you get the whole thing (Sacrifice, circa 1983)]
posted by intermod at 8:50 AM on March 8, 2005

File this under 'cool'. Thanks, planetkyoto.
posted by badger_flammable at 9:12 AM on March 8, 2005

Oh that's great intermod...I can't tell you how often I realize I'm mumbling rhythmically "the demand is a sacrifice...the demand is a sacrifice" to the intense consternation and confusion of those around me. Glad to see *someone* else is out there...
posted by freebird at 9:14 AM on March 8, 2005

Great pictures!

The Young Marble Giants...The Slits...The Fall...Flipper....The Avengers....

No choreographed background dancers or corporate sponsors in sight.

I was mostly down here in Los Angeles during those days, though I did see the Pistols at Winterland, the Throwing Muses at Berkeley Square, Devo at the Mabuhay (when they'd only out Jocko Homo single), Pavement at a little press club near the Berkeley Marina...

If anyone's interested, there is a new documentary on the Minutemen coming out:


And I'm working on a documentary about the Germs and the LA punk scene 1977-1980ish, too.

If anyone has any material relating to the Germs of the LA scene, or knows of such, I'd sure appreciate any leads.

posted by yakcat01 at 9:18 AM on March 8, 2005

Ah, those were truly the days. Great find!
posted by scody at 10:47 AM on March 8, 2005

I just freaked out upon seeing those Gang of Four photos. Man, this is so coooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by basicchannel at 11:52 AM on March 8, 2005

Wow! I was in Manhattan (well, taking the bus in from NJ) and later LA during those years. I think I was one of the few who wore out both Springsteen and Sex Pistols recors, at least in my high school.

Has not aged well
posted by billsaysthis at 5:04 PM on March 8, 2005

Ah, yes . . . From back when disco sucked, and when even widely popular rock bands sounded somewhat different from one another. Those were the days.

Cool pictures.
posted by BatGod at 10:43 PM on March 8, 2005

Has not aged well

Are you kidding? He's still *alive*! Isn't that amazing enough?
posted by Ayn Marx at 7:34 PM on March 9, 2005

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