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The History of Punk Radio Show #30


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 4 May, when we looked at generational continuity, politics, and Edmonton’s Dead Venues!

Dead Venues

1. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Union Prayer”
2. Kim Fowley (LA) – “Is America Dead?”
3. Hüsker Dü (Saint Paul) – “8 Miles High”
4. DOA (Vancouver) – “Communication Breakdown”
5. Ramones (NYC) – “Judy is a Punk”
6. Jr. Gone Wild (Edmonton) – “Why I Hate the 60s”
7. The James T. Kirks (Edmonton) – “StingWray”
8. Wednesday Night Heroes (Edmonton) – “Our Common Struggle”
9. Mad Bombers Society (Edmonton) – “You Can’t Dance”
10. The Frank (Blackfalds) – “What a Sight”
11. Nirvana (Seattle) – “Aneurysm” (Live at Reading)
12. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Death to the Sickoids”


The History of Punk Radio Show #8


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 17 November!

1. The Clash (London) – “Know Your Rights” (Live)
2. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Firing Squad”
3. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Holiday in Cambodia”
4. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round”
5. Gang Green (Braintree)– “Kill a Commie”
6. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Political Song for Michael Jackson”
7. Bad Religion (Los Angeles) – “New America”
8. Fugazi (Washington DC) – “Turnover”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
10. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “Born in the USA”
11. Banshee (Edmonton) – “Raoul Found a Dead Dude” (Live)
12. Ben Disaster (Edmonton) – “See you Next Spring”
13. Single Mothers (London) – “Womb”
14. Still Life (Edmonton) – “Safe as a Hospital”


The History of Punk Radio Show #7


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 3 November!

1. The Offspring (Huntington Beach) – “LAPD”
2. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Police Truck”
3. Sex Pistols (London) – “Anarchy in the UK”
4. Crass (Epping) – “Big A, little a”
5. Stiff Little Fingers (Belfast) – “Alternative Ulster”
6. The Ramones (NYC) – “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”
7. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “West Germany”
8. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Viet Nam”
9. DOA (Vancouver) – “WWIII”
10. The Clash (London) – “Washington Bullets”
11. The Avengers (San Francisco) – “The American in Me”
12. The Sonics (Tacoma) – “The Hustler”
13. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Slave to My Dick”
14. The Slits (London) – “Typical Girl”
15. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “How’d You Like a Putter to the Face?”

DKinAT Dec 84

Recycling was important to DOA!


Recycling was important to DOA!

The History of Punk, Class #16


The Edmonton Free School
Monday November 18th 7:00PM
Location: Humanities Centre 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages & All-Welcome

“Let’s find a new way to smash a guitar” 


Punk has long been connected with politics and activism. Reacting against mainstream values has taken on many different forms – from style of dress, to song lyrics, to organizing protests.

In this class, we will trace punk’s role in engaging youth with social movements. We will also examine whether or not punk continues to be a relevant form of protest in the West, like it is in other parts of the world.

Finally, we will extend the discussion to include other faucets of youth culture – what is the broader relationship between music and politics for the millennial generation, and what ways are they rallying against injustice and authority?

“Somebody needs to figure out a new way to smash a guitar”
“Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression”
“Pussy Riot’s plight is only one example of mistreatment by authorities”
“Why Music Needs to get Political Again”
“Past-tense Pop”
“Punk spoke up for angry kids. Why won’t today’s bands follow suit?”
“Frank Turner’s (a)political stance is part of a post-ideological culture”
“At least youth protest culture is not stuck in the 80s, like its critics”
“The Many Sides to Nowhere”
Vote for Joe!
“White Noise Inferiority”

The Clash – “Know Your Rights”
The Stranglers – “No More Heroes”
The Smiths – “Shakespeare’s Sister”
Dropkick Murphys – “Take ‘Em Down”
The Offspring “Kill the President”
“Punk Band Pussy Riot Protests in Cathedral of Christ the Saviour”


The History of Punk, Class #4


The Edmonton Free School
Saturday 2 June 1:30PM
Location: Humanities 1-14, The University of Alberta
All-Ages, All-Welcome

“Punk and Politics Picnic” 

The alternative community was a magnet for radical beliefs, on all sides of the political spectrum. This seminar will look at issues such as the Cold War, Environmentalism, Women’s Rights, and the power of the state.

This week we’ll be having class outside. A punk rock picnic!

Vegetarianism has become a tenet of many punk rock participants, so try and bring something to share that fits that theme of not being meat.

Dave Grohl: ’80s Hardcore
Not Just White Noise Supremacy: The Diversity of the Underground Punk Network in late 1970s-early 1990s America

Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles
Jello Biafra is running for Mayor?
Yup, Jello Biafra ran for Mayor”
The Ramones – “Bonzo goes to Bitburg”
The Clash – “Louie Louie”
Black Flag – “Louie Louie”
Iggy Pop – “Louie Louie”
The Offspring – “Tehran”
The Offspring – “I’m not the one”
The Offspring – “LAPD”

Ian MacKaye – straight edge & vegetarianism
Ian Mackaye talks politics, protest and profit
Ian Mackaye testifies against an all ages ban
Jello Biafra on Oprah with Tipper Gore
Henry Rollins Teeing Off – Defenders of Free Speech
NOFX – “Franco Un-American”
Joey Keithley at Occupy Ottawa

Vote for Joe!


Joey Keithley lives his life by a basic formula: Talk – Action = 0. Since the mid-1970s, he’s not only played in a great punk rock band, but he’s usually out on the front lines of important causes before other “activists” can even organize a photo-op. Now he’s taking his inspirational attitude straight into the conventional political arena.

Last week, he told the crowd at his free acoustic show at Permanent Records in Edmonton he was thinking of running for the NDP in the next B.C. election. This was followed by a tweet last night which said: “I am working on winning an NDP nomination for the next provincial election in my beloved BC We can change this world into a better place.” And, in the National Post, an article appeared under the headline “Prominent punk rocker seeking NDP nomination.”

No word as of yet if Keithley will be using his nickname “Shithead” during his nomination campaign, but one thing is for sure: it’s about time punk rock hit Canadian politics, and there’s no one better suited to do it than him.

Personal Expression vs. the Powerful’s Repression


Personal expression takes on many forms. Got something to say? Write a song. Draw a picture. Compose a poem. Do a dance. Heck, you can even express yourself by going for a run – as proved by Kevin Bacon in the film Footloose. As everyone knows, Bacon used running and dancing to not only express himself, but to help solve his problems and save the youth in his town from the repression of Jon Lithgow. Oh, and I guess he used gymnastics too.

pick up your Sunday shoes, Kevin.

Lithgow thought he was keeping kids safe from the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll. He decided that music and dancing threatened youth, and used his authority on the Town Council to get them banned. He connected personal expression with societal ills that were a blight on respectable values, and kids’ safety. Dancing was a gateway drug to trouble.


There’s No Tim in Team: A Modest Proposal for the Political Influence of Entertainers


While growing up in a country that relentlessly bombards youth with the social conditioning to be obsessed with ice hockey, it’s not surprising that I spent a large chunk of my allowance collecting hockey cards (the rest was spent, of course, on comic books and 5 cent candies). I had a lot of great ones – a card commemorating Wayne Gretzky’s “1000th point,” heck, I think I had the card of every Edmonton Oiler that was later sold off or traded for a profit at a loss to the community. Yep, I had a pretty big collection. Also, I think I have bitterness issues still resonating from the late 1980s and early 90s.

This card is tucked up under my 50 mission Cap


An American Composer in Prague


In 1970, a young American composer named Martin Bresnick traveled to Prague to present a short film. He had written its score. As a member of the Students for a Democratic Society and a musician, Bresnick was no stranger to the relationship between politics and music, especially directed towards protest of the Vietnam War. Behind the Iron Curtain, he experienced this relationship again – in a city that had shorty before suffered a harsh reprisal for attempts at liberalization.

“Prague 1970: Music in Spring”
May 25, 2011 The New York Times

GERARD LEROUX/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The above picture is from 1969, and highlights a tragic, and far too common form of protest:  “people of what was then Czechoslovakia paid tribute to Jan Palach, a student who had set himself on fire to protest Soviet occupation.” (thanks nytimes)