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Sunday, November 29, 2009
THE WAYBACK MACHINE: BLASTS FROM THE PAST: PUNK ROOTS. MALCOLM MCCLAREN HAD TO STEAL IT FROM SOMEWHERE
Ever so often you need to just jump in the Wayback Machine and get to the origins of everything you love.
I love Punk. As a kid in the late 70's I stayed up late one night and watched the premiere of a new show called "Weekend". I have no idea what else they talked about that night, but, a story on this new thing called "Punk" blew my mind.
For a bored , fat, soon to be Gay kid, Punk proved to me that their was a world outside of Seattle.
I couldn't wait to get there.
Of course everyone knows about the Sex Pistols and all that rot, but, Punk started a lot earlier.
Here are some of the very first Punk rockers.
After all, Malcolm McClaren had to steal it from somewhere.
The acknowledged Kings/Queens of 70's New York Punk, the New York Dolls had one hella short ,but, influential ride!
Some people think of The Velvet Underground as sort of a gimmick that Andy Warhol thought up during his SuperStar period. Led by Nico and Legendary Lou Reed, Velvet is still influencing garage bands to this day.
Regardless of whether or not she broke up The Beatles, there's no denying that Yoko Ono might have just been the first Badass Punk Bitch. You don't like her "singing"? Fuck you. You don't "get" her? Fuck you more.
That's Punk attitude baby.
Yoko is punk.
While we're on the ladies, Patti Smith is one of the OG Punks. Her collaborations with Robert Mapplethorpe and her hard living are legendary. She could and still does keep up with the boys and in most cases, she's got a bigger set than most guys in rock.
You can't have a little Trib to Punk without mentioning these guys. The Ramones perfected the two minute Punk throwdown, all blistering guitars, hard beats and catchy lyrics you could scream to all night while doing beer bongs.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip in The WayBack Machine.