Posted tagged ‘1980s’

White Noise Inferiority

2012/12/27

As my liver knows only too well, it was recently the 10th anniversary of Joe Strummer passing on. One of his legacies was embracing immigrant culture, much to the benefit of popular music ever since.

Not everyone in the punk community saw diversity as a good thing, however. Here’s an interview from the pages of Colorblind, a Chicago fanzine dedicated to stamping out racism. It’s a window into the mindset of Ian Stuart, from the skinhead band Skrewdriver. It also shows a darker side to the punk attitude – instead of channeling anger into creating positive change, it’s an example of exclusion, isolation, and hatred.

It’s also quite sad. The 20th anniversary of  Ian Stuart’s death is next year, but it’s not likely many will be marking the day with any commemoration. I know my liver won’t be.

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Setting off The Flaming Lips

2012/12/26

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Here’s an interview with The Flaming Lips in Forced Exposure, shortly after the release of their first LP.

They talk about the local Oklahoma scene, why they started a band, and what’ll happen if Sonic Youth decides to cancel playing a show with them.

 

 

 

 

“We started the band out of boredom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I think the punk thing definitely turned us on…just play and see what happens. Just do it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We want to be the next Beatles. The Beatles better watch out because we are gonna kick their ass.”

The History of Punk, Class #13

2012/12/17

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday December 23 4PM
Location: Upstairs at Remedy Café (8631 – 109 Street)
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“The Punk Rock Book Club”

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Jian Ghomeshi has written a book about growing up in a suburb of Toronto in the early 1980s. Right there, that’s enough material for a class on the history of punk. Not only that, but 1982 weaves in themes of generational conflict, coming of age, multiculturalism, and, of course, music.

Class this week will be in intellectual book club format, held upstairs in the Remedy Café think-tank (aka on the couches). We’ll sit around and talk about David Bowie, the impact of the Iranian Revolution, and what it’s like to be in grade 9. We’ll also expand on Ghomeshi’s look at this particular year of the dog, by examining the wider context of Canadian punk music. Finally, we’ll get serious and discuss the bombing of Toronto’s Litton Systems in October 1982 by the activist group Direct Action.

Following the class there will be a class field trip to a  fundraiser for the inner city agency Bissell Centre, with a bunch of great folks from the Edmonton music community. Find more info about it by clicking here.

Readings:
Jian Ghomeshi, 1982.
Punk and Protest: Laws, Counterculture, Action!

Playlist:
The (English) Beat “Save it for Later”
David Bowie “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)”
Madness “Our House”
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Arabian Knights”
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”
Queen and David Bowie “Under Pressure”
The Clash “Straight to Hell”
Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
Culture Club “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”
Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder “Ebony and Ivory”
The Human League “The Things that Dreams are Made of”
David Bowie “Let’s Dance”
Tall New Buildings “Breaking Her Walls”
Moxy Früvous “Stuck in the 90s”
Arcade Fire “The Suburbs”
Bare Naked Ladies ‘This is me in Grade 9″

Life Before Memes

2012/10/22

The History of Punk, Class #11

2012/10/13

The Edmonton Free School
Sunday October 14 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta (enter Humanities through south door)
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“The Edmonton Punk Scene”

Music scenes in Canadian cities like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver get lots of attention. But as everyone in Edmonton knows, there’s lots going on here too. We’ll trace the connections bands like SNFU had with the wider punk network in the 1980s. We’ll look at contemporary bands too, as well as venues, radio shows, and other musical institutions.

Also, local punk rocker David Gault will be presenting a video he made about a song written by Ben Sir from Worst Days Down. After that, we’ll plan out our first punk homework assignment, where everyone picks an Edmonton punk band to do a short presentation on for next class. Don’t worrk, everybody already got an A.

Playlist:
SNFU – “Cannibal Cafe”
The Smalls – “Dan Diddle A Na”
Ben Disaster – “Where the Night Goes Darkest”
Zero Cool – “We’re Not Fugazi” 

Do-it-Yourself Dutch Punk

2012/07/03

“The New Messiah” was recorded in 1986 (or maybe ’84 or ’85) by two friends in the Netherlands. Music and background vocals, Joost Maessen. Lyrics and lead vocals, Tibor van Rooij.

It’s DIY, political, and an example of youthful self-expression. The song highlights what kids outside traditional punk centres were up to, and it also shows punk as an attitude rather than a specific sound.

Listen to it over here, on the Tumblr:
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One time, back in punk history…

2012/06/18

My friends just received this as a housewarming present. Their pal had carried it around with him since the show…