I grew up in the 80s and 90s so I got to hear a lot of really cool punk bands. There were lots of bands in my city that were in the whole scene, so
it made it even more fun. I'm a metalhead by heart but punk was a huge influence on my life. All of the bands I posted were the ones I grew up
with. They all made life interesting for me.
Most of all... I LOVE and miss those people I hung around durring the punk screnes.. They were by far the best people I ever knew. They didn't judge
you. They judged those that wanted to subdue you.
I was born in the mid 90's so I didn't grow up with the entire punk scene but I did get some of it. I like to think that early Blink 182 (Dude
ranch and back) was by definition "punk" also I didn't see a lot of Social Distortion.
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Back in '77 I remember watching this performance on Top Of The Pops and was fascinated.
I was in my last year of Primary School and it was the start of a lifelong liking and involvement in all things Punk.
Within a relatively short period of time my older brother and I acquired The Bollocks album, The Clash's first LP and of course Damned, Damned,
Over the next couple of years or so we somehow managed to obtain numerous records, many of which are still regular players on my turntable.
There's far, far too many to list here but I think SLF deserve particular mention - a band that have stood the test of time and have survived with
their integrity in tact despite the particularly vile nature of the music industry.
I have also been fortunate to see literally hundreds of Punk bands live, some well known some quite obscure - and I've loved every mnute of it.
I listen to music of all type's and genre's but Punk has stayed with me throughout and I think I still have the Punk ethos, attitude and outlook
today despite my obvious advancing years.
Finally, for the time being - a big shout out to a true legend of Punk - Charlie Harper who recently celebrated his 70th birthday by headlining at
North West Calling in Manchester.
Charlie is a man who remains the epitome of Punk and all its values and is truly a very, very nice man who always has time for people - and he's
frigging good at what he does.
To this day Joe Strummer is one of only two people who I consider personal heroes.
Of course there's lots of people I admire and respect - but a hero has to something different, and Joe was that - a true genius who despite his many
faults tried to remain true to his values.
Musically the biggest regrets I have is not being able to see The Sex Pistols live first time round, I got to see them on The Filthy Lucre Tour in
1997 and never seeing The Clash. I saw Mick Jones live with Big Audio Dynamite, (and got back stage, for a while but that's a whole different story
and perhaps best not related on ATS), and saw Joe a couple of times with The Mescaleros and once with The Pogues.
Not many people know that Mick and Joe played together one last time shortly before Joe died and 20 years after they had last played together.
It was a fundraiser at Acton Town Hall for striking firemen.
As any serious Clash fan will understand, the first time I watched this is etched in my memory, truly a 'hairs standing on end' moment.
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