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Stop being a sap!

by J. C. Greenway
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spray-on leggings

Yes, you read that right.

Release your inner anarchist in a Sid Vicious meets Agyness Deyn ensemble

That sound you can hear is either Sid spinning in his grave or me banging my head against a wall, I’m not sure which will be louder from where you are.  I can’t help thinking that it would be great if young people today managed to have a scene or a sound of their own that wasn’t immediately co-opted in order to sell them and old bastards who should know better spray-on leggings.  Remember: no punk’s wardrobe is complete without them!!!

Everything has become so safe, such a carbon copy of what goes before and any glimmer of musical innovation is soon picked over, labelled and packaged for easy purchase by mainstream wankers who know nothing and can’t be arsed to look up the ideas behind the sneer.  Safety pin earrings – can it get any weirder?

And maybe Sid himself would laugh, at his name being invoked to sell you some shit clobber, as Malcolm McLaren once noted,

if Rotten is the voice of punk, then Vicious is the attitude

and McLaren always knew that nothing quite sells like attitude.  Why bother to create your own point of view or opinion when you can just pull on the trousers you bought that day and take a shortcut to credibility?   We are empty people, devoid of new ideas and new ways of thinking, doomed to keep going round and round and round on the same wheel because that is the way it has always been.

So if you want to take something from punk, instead of the aesthetic, take the true attitude: the Do It Yourself approach to getting published, getting your music released or whatever it is that defines your success.  Just like this man says:

I will always believe in punk-rock, because it’s about creating something for yourself.  Part of it was: ‘Stop being a sap! Lift your head up and see what is really going on in the political, social and religious situations, and try and see through all the smoke screens’.

Joe Strummer, July 2002

”I will always believe in punk-rock, because it’s about creating something for yourself.
Part of it was: ‘Stop being a sap! Lift your head up and see what is really going on in the political,
social and religious situations, and try and see through all the smoke screens.”
(July 2002)


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