Oh, did we have fun for ti dave's return to HuSi yesterday. Bob Abooey and Ad Hoc going "take that you felon!", "No you take that!", granny webwench "I reee-meem-beeer the holy wars of 1972...", blixco "Kalifornia Uber Alles!", iGrrrl "I was there!", CRWM "I was there!", and hundreds more, too many to mention here. And suprvising all this, ti dave, knowing he's done a good day's work. And still convinced Blondie was not a punk.
Reaching a closure
After the bloodshed, it is time for diplomacy to step in. What we need is a Declaration of Punk we can all agree to, and refer to for future debates. This is just a quick draft, I am not claiming to be iGrrrl or anything.
Once upon a time...
So in the mid 1970s a new youth movement appeared in the West, and became known as 'punk'. Many people were part of the scene, some of them in bands. I think nobody can disagree with the fact that the Ramones were punks (right? RIGHT??) and had a lot to do with the creation of the whole scene with their first world tour which sparked off scenes wherever they played, from London (where they played at the Round House, in Camden, and inspired the Sex Pistols, the Clash, who were in the audience and hanged out with them back stage) to California. So far so good, right?
Many musicians were part of the scene, and not all of them actually sounded punk (e.g., Patti Smith) or did so only partially (e.g., early Blondie). Eventually, for a variety of reason (mostly to do with people wanting to making money and with cheap synthesizers becoming readingly available), the scene broke up in a myriad of directions: the Pistols self-destructed, Siouxsee went off to start Goth, the Clash, Talking Heads and Blondie got a beat, the Californians [I don't know what happened to them, from Europe they just seemed to be a bit isolated from the rest of the scene], Nina Hagen, the Damned, Generation X, Lene Lovich and many more were clever enough to cash in while they could. In short, they were punks no more. Except for he Ramones, never changed one bit (except for that stupid album they did with Phil Spector). Incidentally, you should try and watch The Ramones End Of The Century, it's excellent.
So there you have it: Blondie can be counted as punk (she was part of the scene) but they also can be counted as non-punk (95% of their music you can buy in the shop is disco music).
I would also like to add, completely gratuitously, that I think Patti Smith is the most overrated musician in the history of Western civilasation - even more than Frank 'protector saint of trolls' Zappa. Her success is a triumph of design over content: she fooled everyone just because she looks xtremly cool on the cover of her first album. Patti Smith's music, in fact, is utter shit, has always been utter shit, and will always be utter shit.
Just wanted to have that in writing on the internet.
That's all, people
Thank you, and have a nice day.
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