It scared the living daylights outta parents, the pop world and dinosaurs who dominated the planet since the learly 70's
Punk was a new fresh attack on their multi-tracked multi layered concept albums of the serious music listener and the preformed showbiz pop acts of the charts. Punk was real, it was nasty and it was coming to get ya!
aNARCHY IN THE UK
"I enjoy listening to old 78s of the Berlin Music Hall. My father was over there just after the war and one of my earliest childhood memories is of him playing his collection of German 78s".
DAVE VANIAN - 1979
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE - 1979.
"The geezer who wants to throw glasses at me, can he come up on the side of the stage here, then chuck 'em.
Then I'll shake him by the hand, or something similar".
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE (TO THE AUDIENCE) - JULY 6TH 1979.
"The Damned were so bad, good-bad. What they did...in the fantastic punk tradition, the Damned were a band that played what I call straight-forward rock. They were the beginning of hard-core in reality. Chris Miller, Rat Scabies, I love him. We did a gig at the Rainbow together after I left the Clash with Richard Sohl from the Patti Smith Band. We did one rehearsal for it - it was Bernard's idea. We went on before the Clash. It was quite funny". ".
KEITH LEVINE (PIL)
When we were told it was gig time, I went running down the steep stairs toward the stage. I wasn't thinking about anything but getting out there. I turned a corner on the steps and ran full on into Dave Vanian, The Damned's singer. He was dressed to the hilt in his vampire gear. I nearly knocked him over. I felt like such a jerk. He was cool though. He extended his hand & said 'hello'. I was tripping out on that as I went down the stairs. A guy who's records I had listened to for years and all I could do was nearly send him flying down a flight of stairs".
HENRY ROLLINS (ROLLINS BAND) - 1994.
"The Damned wouldn't get in the coach with us. That wasn't nice. They followed behind in this little transit. Mind you, we wouldn't have filth like that in our coach".
JOHNNY ROTTEN (SEX PISTOLS) - 1986.
"The Damned are a very dirty version of The Bay City Rollers ... or Eddie & The Hot Rods with make-up".
JOHNNY ROTTEN (SEX PISTOLS) - JUNE 1977.
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Punk Rock was the musical terrorism of the 20th century!!! It was spat out with a wild contempt by the devils children. It took over where derision left off. It ripped us up and ripped things apart. It was offensive to the ignorant public who it scared or revolted in style. It was loud and uncompromising and on the loose! It's vibratons could be felt in the cheapest dives and caverns. It's sickly devotees become the tackiest bunch in a teen mindset. It screamed out songs from the street in 3 minutes flat or less jack knifed by one almighty lone chord ringing in our ears. It was a hard 'n' tough alternative to the candy flossed deceited caccoon of pop. It gloryfyed cheap appeal with a new sound of rebellion. There were no rules for the defiant ones who hung around in places where bordem was rife. And apathy slunk around every street corner. It didn't need permission for anything. It was anti-fashion without no boundaries. It created angry slash n epoxy texts written by disssaffected youths. Punk breathed, it sweated it was alive and it had attitude. It attracted the fast living amongst us without no snotty sullen pimps to control the noise or shut us up for at least 15 minutes!
Peter Don't Care September 2001