Showing posts with label punk rock. Show all posts
Showing posts with label punk rock. Show all posts

The price for criticizing Castro: $28

Porno para Richado is a Cuban punk band whose lead singer was fined $28 for dissing the Castro regime:

A Cuban punk rocker known for his raunchy lyrics criticizing Fidel Castro was convicted of public disorder Friday, but freed after a court dismissed a more serious "social dangerousness" charge that could have sent him to prison for four years.

Following a two-hour trial, the court ordered Gorki Aguila to pay 600 pesos (US$28) and released the 39-year-old singer.

"I am very proud of all the people who have supported me, and I feel even more hate for this tyranny," Aguilar told reporters upon his release.

... and we thought all protest bands of the punk and metal vein were left-wingers.

28 bucks may be a small deal here, but in Cuba, it's serious money. If that band can attract a big enough audience to get their protest message across, the Blogland will be glad to contribute some cash towards his legal defense fun. At $28 per Castro-spankin' performance, that's less than some of the concerts we've attended this year.

We found this video of the band, which kinda reminded us of the Black Flag classic "Bastard in Love". Take a look and tell us what you think:

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Holidays in the Sun

It's been three decades since the Sex Pistols exploded onto the music scene, introducing the world to punk rock and give the whole music world a swift kick in the rear.

While the band didn't last long, here's one of the most famous songs - a wild, frenzied rocker entitled "Holidays in the Sun":

... which we're planning on real soon, once this thesis is dead and buried ... any freakin' day now ...

Give 'em enough rope: Classic Clash

Another classic album from the Clash was their "Give 'em enough rope" album.

Their second album, it was released in December 1978, about a year before their famous London Calling album. It showed them moving away from the straight-punk style of their first album, and towards the much more creative style that would be credit for the success of London Calling.

While it remains an often-overlooked album, it's one of my favorites. What are my favorite songs on the album? Safe European Home, Tommy Gun, and Julie's been working for the Drug Squad.

If you're into the Clash, or want to learn more about the roots of punk music, this is a must-have album.

... and now, the You Tube video of a concert performance of Safe European Home:

CBGB: The original punk rock club closing ... dammit!

Yes, it's true ... CBGB, the hole-in-the-wall bar that became the cradle of American punk rock, is closing following an unresolvable tenant-landlord dispute.

It's a shame that this couldn't have been worked out. With a tenant like this, you'd think their landlord would use their freakin' head and not want to destroy such a historic cultural landmark.

I guess some people will just, no matter what, have crap for brains.

CBGB will be missed, and we'll not likely see another place like this for a long time to come ... no one place has had so much influence on American rock and roll.
Legs McNeil remembers the night back in 1975 when he walked into the dingy storefront club perched in the even dingier Bowery neighborhood. The band onstage, four guys in leather jackets and torn jeans, was the Ramones. McNeil sat at a nearby table, watching their set with Lou Reed.

It was unforgettable. But as McNeil would soon discover, it was just a typical night at CBGB's, the club that spawned punk rock while launching the careers of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones.

"Every night was memorable, except I don't remember 'em," said a laughing McNeil, co-author of the punk rock history "Please Kill Me."

After Sunday, memories are all that will remain when the cramped club with its capacity of barely 300 people goes out of business after 33 years. Although its boom years are long gone, CBGB's remained a Manhattan music scene fixture: part museum, part barroom, home to more than a few rock and roll ghosts.

Check their website out, while you can ... and see if you can name the artists pictured without having to look at the website.

London's Calling

The last few days I've been listening to the 25th anniversary re-release of The Clash's groundbreaking London Calling album.

The new version includes a second audio CD of studio rehearsal recordings and a video DVD with good background material on the album.

While punk, especially in the late 70s and early 80s when The Clash were out there, the music was about rebellion, and challenging the full range of what was considered "establishment", including political, economic and cultural. Certainly, they'd never have envisioned their music crossing over into mainstream, with the title track being used in a television ad for a British liquor product as well as in Die Another Day, the most recent James Bond movie.

With punk attitude and stripped down guitars, combined with some very interesting reggae influences, the album's style reverberated through the sounds of The Police, and through a whole wide range of punk and ska bands, and was one of the earliest examples of punk's independent DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit branching out beyond just punk rock itself.

Don't just take my word for it - go buy the album. Trust me - it's WORTH IT!