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10 glam-rock artists from the 1970s who heralded the coming age of punk
10 glam-rock artists from the 1970s who heralded the coming age of punk
Rock ‘n’ roll had, for the most part, lost its “roll” by 1970. It became rock music—self-serious, dour, pompous, filled with pretensions to being “art.” It ceased being fabulous teenage noise, filled with Chuck Berry’s playful swagger and Elvis’ hypersexualized pelvic thrust and rebel sneer. Kids wanted something loud and flashy, full of energ...
Kid Congo Powers is the most outside insider in all of punk rock
Kid Congo Powers is the most outside insider in all of punk rock
Kid Congo Powers has been one of punk rock’s most valuable players since 1979. That was the moment when boho poet/Slash journalist/Blondie fan club president Jeffrey Lee Pierce handed an open-tuned electric guitar to the Ramones fan club president, who’d previously been one of the suburban teenage habitues of influential local DJ Rodney Bingenheimer’s storefront glam palace, the English Disco. Sho
10 bands who led the very grisly idea of goth-punk across history
10 bands who led the very grisly idea of goth-punk across history
“Goth-punk,” eh? Not as far-fetched as you might believe. Goth was essentially an offshoot of punk, especially its darker early bands—the Damned or Siouxsie And The Banshees, anyone? But basically, anyone playing chainsaw punk rooted in the artsier end of glam a la Bowie and Roxy Music, a fondness for Hammer horror films, macabre literature in the Edgar Allan Poe/H.P. Lovecraft vein...
These five records prove exactly how the Damned became punk-rock icons
These five records prove exactly how the Damned became punk-rock icons
Real talk? The Damned are the greatest punk band to come out of the United Kingdom. Yes, the Sex Pistols got the notoriety while the Clash got the mainstream success. But the Damned? They're still writing chapters in punk-rock history. For those of you unaware (it's cool, just don't parade that), this APTV video shows you the records to start with...