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Punk Is The New Rock Dinosaur

By Ginger | August 19, 2009

Please watch this.

I used to think that punk was a pretty radical movement. 

Tired of the jumpers and ten minute keyboard solos of bloated rock it set out to streamline everything into sexy, modern chunks for the digestion of a bright new world reacting to a stuffy old guard. Watching this makes me feel that punk needs to be brought up to date. The DIY spirit must reinvent itself to stay relevant. Punks are crusty old fogies with bad back patches and too many studs on their bike jackets.

Like Joe Strummer said “I’ve got my motorcycle jacket but I’m walking all the time” (This Is England)

Don’t be a dinosaur punk, be a radical.

Amen, brother.


7 Responses to “Punk Is The New Rock Dinosaur”

  1. Marty Gower Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 16:57

    Great video – I don’t think there’s two sets of people – 1. Those that realise this. 2. Those that don’t. The 2nd group will catch up soon and actually never realise they where ever behind!

  2. Marty Gower Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 16:58

    Doh! I will repost!! Great video – I DO think there’s two sets of people – 1. Those that realise this. 2. Those that don’t. The 2nd group will catch up soon and actually never realise they where ever behind!

  3. Gallifrey Seven Says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 23:28

    I’m sorry, but all that video did was embed in my mind – just that little bit more – that everything is for sale nowadays. Combine that with the current thinking in “customer service”.

    This really is not weighted in favour of the customer, and has nothing to do with service, but rather about imposing on the customer the demands and needs of the business, whilst making unrealistic and unmanageable claims as to the quality and effectiveness of said “customer” “service”.

    I have had cause to deal with five seperate companies in the past week, and have a 100% record of being badly let down by said companies, despite what their own blurb claims as to just how mind-blowingly amazing they think they are.

    Just as these companies don’t know the first little thing about what customer service really is (i.e. admitting blame when things go wrong and going all out to rectify the problem), these satanic…sorry…marketing people treat everyone as a dollar/pound sign and nothing else. Combine the two (most large companies have marketing and customer service as their two biggest departments) and there is a recipe for virtual slavery of the average man in the street.

    The price of everything and the value of nothing.

  4. Mike Says:
    August 20th, 2009 at 12:09

    When I tell people about the Wildhearts, I generally give them my opinion that they are the only true punk band ‘cos they’ve maintained the “fuck-you-I’ll-do-it-my-way” spirit throughout their entire career, ‘cos punk to me was always more about the radical attitude than about the music or the fashions. The reason I got my smiley bones tattoo done was not just ‘cos I love the music but more as a reminder and inspiration to be true to myself.

  5. Rick Says:
    August 21st, 2009 at 15:05

    98% of an entire generation feeding their plans, diaries, thoughts, friendships, relationships, photos, videos, likes and dislikes into a giant database owned by a US corporation several times a day? I’m sure the marketing implications are fantastic but does that not concern anyone even slightly?!

  6. Kate Says:
    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:29

    Oddly I was discussing this very thing with one of my (old punk) friends recently and we said the same thing. We need that punk ethic back so badly – do it yourself, help out your mates all of that. Is it just me that is bothered by the fact that “shopping” is considered both an acceptable way to spend time and a social activity? And why is everything suddenly going digital? So we have to buy more “stuff” if we want to participate? Oops I’ll put the soapbox away now and just warn you not to get me started on the “fitness” and “diet” industries, or plastic surgery, or …well lots of things really. Particularly if I’ve been drinking 🙂 Katex

  7. VickyP Says:
    August 23rd, 2009 at 22:16

    Have you read TV Smith’s book ‘Getting There – Punk Rock Tour Diaries’? It’s about his experiences doing things the DIY way. Like the Anvil movie, it’s equal parts touching and heartwarming.


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