Linda Lindas, teenage punk girls band


This 16 June 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

The Linda Lindas are Mila (8), Eloise (11), Lucia (12), and Bela (14).

This 11 August 2019 is called The Linda Lindas – Linda Linda [LIVE]

You can see a bit in these videos that this band of enthusiastic preteen/teenage girl musicians were still learning then … but look at how fantastically they have progressed now that they are two years older! No more need for a guest bass player like in the top video etc.

This 21 May 2021 video is called The Linda Lindas – “Racist, Sexist Boy” (Live at LA Public Library).

Now 10-year-old drummer Mila drums and sings at the same time. Far from easy.

The song is about anti-Asian racism in the USA.

This 21 May 2021 video says about itself:

Official video of punk band, The Linda Lindas, performing a mashup cover of Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl and The Muffs’ Big Mouth in Moxie 🖤★

Look at that audience, like a sea on a stormy day. Many of them girls in their early teens. A bit reminiscent of this concert in 1980. Some writings depict that age group as stupid musically, incapable of anything but screaming and swooning as manufactured boring boy bands perform. That may be true for some individuals. But it was not true for the whole category in 1980, and it is not true now.

This 22 May 2021 video says about itself:

Teen punk rockers, The Linda Lindas, are going viral with their original song “Racist Sexist Boy.”

Charlie Harper, UK Subs, punk and ska


This 13 November 2020 music video from England says about itself:

Form Square is the lead single from The Mistakes upcoming LP “A head full of damage”. Featuring Charlie Harper of The UK Subs.

So, Charlie Harper recently not only recorded new music for the UK Subs. He not only made a solo 7″. He not only played harmonica with Brighton all-girl band the Ramonas. He also played harmonica with this band from Poole in Dorset, the Mistakes. With a photo of Paul Simonon of the Clash in the background of the video.

The song is about standing strong in difficult situations.

The Mistakes call themselves ‘punk rock and roll with a ska influence.’ You can hear that influence in the song Form Square.

So, what is the relationship between ska and punk?

In the 1960s there was the first international wave of ska, with Millie Small and other Jamaican musicians.

In Jamaica, it became an influence on reggae. In the 1970s, there came mutual influence between ska and punk bands in Britain and elsewhere.

Like one can hear in Brighton band the Piranhas.

This live video is called Cheap ‘N’ Nasty | The Piranhas | The Prince Albert, Brighton | 30/03/2019.

The song was first recorded much earlier, in 1979.

The Piranhas then became an influence on the bass player/female vocalist of Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, named after the Piranhas song.

You can hear some ska influence in the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Covergirl EP, with four songs written by her. Not in the first song, Covergirl. In the second song, Unknown.

This video has all four songs of the Covergirl EP.

And today, there is still ska influence in British punk bands. As not only the Mistakes show. Also this video by Smiley & The Underclass.

This 2020 video is called Smiley & The Underclass – We All Get Like This (Official Music Video). This London band has also played outside Britain, eg, in Germany and Japan.

This 2021 video by Millie Manders and The Shutup is called Broken Record.

They also have a song called Panic. Which, like the recent Charlie Harper song of the same name, is about the threatening climate crisis.

The present line-up of the band is Millie vocals, Alex drums, Don trumpet and sax, James guitar, Georgina, bass.

Happy birthday, Siouxsie Sioux!


This 1982 music video from the Royal Albert Hall in London, England says about itself:

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Painted Bird – Live

Without Siouxsie Sioux and other women like Poly Styrene, the Slits etc. there would have been no punk today.

Today, 27 May, is Siouxsie’s birthday. A very happy birthday, thank you for everything!

It is still early, but Happy Halloween for everyone, with Siouxsie!

Siouxsie and the Banshees 1981 interview and photos here.

Another interview: here.

About Siouxsie and the Banshees, and other, lyrics: here.

Are Siouxsie and the Banshees a Goth band? Here.

Siouxsie and the Banshees music videos: here. More videos here.

UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs’ new EP


This music video from England says about itself:

Alvin Gibbs & The Disobedient Servants – “Live@Rebellion Festival”

Winter Gardens, Blackpool. August 3, 2019.

That was the last Rebellion festival before the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition has been postponed to August 2022.

Alvin Gibbs is best known as bass player in the UK Subs: 1980–1983, 1988, 1996, 1999–2002, 2003–present. Talking about the UK Subs: today, 24 May, is Charlie Harper’s birthday.

Besides the UK Subs, Alvin also played in the Iggy Pop band. And, with Charlie Harper, in the Urban Dogs. And in the 1990s in Cheap And Nasty. Cheap And Nasty should not be confused with other bands with very similar names. Nothing to do with the later West Australian band Cheap’n’Nasty. Also unconnected to Dutch punk band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty. Alvin knows them. They played with the Subs in 1980 and 1981. He bought the first copy of their Covergirl EP.

In 2018, Alvin formed his band the Disobedient Servants.

Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett

This photo shows Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants. Band live photo credit Andy Luckett.

The band that, like also, eg, the UK Subs, played at the 2019 Rebellion festival. And the band which now has released a new EP. Simultaneously with the new record by UK Subs singer Charlie Harper.

The Disobedient Servants are: Alvin on bass and vocals, UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver (not the cook) and Ruts DC guitarist Leigh Heggarty.

The new EP is called State of Grace. Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert) designed the sleeve.

The three songs on it are: ‘State Of Grace’, ‘Too Bad She’s In Love’, and ‘Brother, Sister’.

The first two songs are about somewhat problematic relationships.

In State of Grace, the guitar sounds out. Alvin’s voice clearly sounds well, though different from Charlie Harper.

Too Bad She’s In Love is a faster song than State of Grace. You can hear Alvin’s bass prominently.

While the third song, like Charlie Harper’s new song Panic,is about grave world problems.

From the lyrics of Brother, Sister:

“When the cake is cut in favour of the few
Brother, I can’t take it anymore…
When forests are burned and the world’s unconcerned…
Sister, it cuts me to the core…

When I see the hunters murder just for blood
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When leaders speak of change but do nothing
Sister, it cuts me to the core

When freedom’s dead, our democracy unwed
Brother, I can’t take it anymore
When a tyrant ties a rope to your throat
Sister, it cuts me to the core”.

Even someone who is not a fan of punk music told me that Alvin has a good voice in this song.

UK Subs singer Charlie Harper’s new record


This music video from London in England says about itself:

UK Subs performing live at the 100 Club

12 January 2020

This video is the sequel.

Anyone who knows anything about punk music knows the UK Subs.

Founded in 1976, as one of the first wave British punk bands.

Still making music today.

Not only known for their many live concerts and many records. Also for helping other bands. When fellow English band Crass did their first interview in a Dutch fanzine in 1978, they praised especially the Subs for that.

In September 1980, the UK Subs played in Venlo, the Netherlands. The Pinkpop organisation refused to pay to have a support band. Then, Subs singer Charlie Harper paid out of his own pocket for the petrol of the small car of the bass player/female vocalist of Dutch band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, so they could come to Venlo to play.

Next year, 1981, UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs wanted to buy the first copy of the Cheap ‘n’ Nasty Covergirl EP. It happened.

More recently, Charlie Harper has been helping Brighton, England all-women punk band the Ramonas. Eg, by playing harmonica with them.

Talking about recently. Just after the live London videos on the top of this blog post were recorded, the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of deaths. More millions with permanent brain or permanent lung damage.

There are a few bright spots.

In some places, wildlife benefited from lockdowns. In New Zealand, only 25 people died. Concerts with 50,000 people without anyone catching COVD-19 are again possible there.

Thanks to the government listening to a pink-haired punk girl: to New Zealand COVID-19 fighter Dr Siouxsie (note the spelling) Wiles.

More bright spots: Captain Sensible of the Damned predicted that after the pandemic, it would turn out that many musicians had written good songs during lockdowns.

That is becoming apparent already. As the UK Subs have recorded new songs. Some for their new LP, Reverse Engineering. It will be out later this year. An album with twelve songs, three by each of the four band members.

And there is a new EP by the other band of Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs, the Disobedient Servants. I will review that record in a later blog post.

This blog post is about the new 7″ solo single by Charlie Harper. Charlie designed the sleeve himself. Originally, the songs were intended to go with Charlie’s autobiography. As that book was delayed, they are released now.

There are two songs on it. Panic, and Post War Punks.

The people playing on it are, on Panic:

Charlie Harper – Vocals
Marlon Payne – Guitar & Piano
Victoria Smith – Bass
Marley Perez – Drums

Marley Perez is Charlie Harper’s grandson.

Victoria Smith is also special. She is the bass player of the Ramonas. And also a bass teacher. Clara Wiseman, a woman teaching music, has played bass for the UK Subs before. But as far as I know, this is the first time that a specialised bass teacher plays on a Charlie Harper record.

Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

On Post War Punks the line-up of ‘Charlie Harper & The Sub Machine’ is the same, except that Bram Payne, Marlon’s brother, plays bass instead of Victoria Smith.

Let us look at the two songs. First, Panic.

The music reminds me a bit of one of my favourite songs, Melody Lee by the Damned. At first, a piano. Is this going to be classical music or something? Then, unexpectedly, the snare drum and other instruments and the vocals come, making it a real punk song.

Charlie names young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as an inspiration for this song. You can hear that in the lyrics, which are about threatening climate catastrophe ‘for God and greed’. How religious fundamentalists and short-sighted Big Businessmen in Big Oil etc. ruin the environment, and how everyone suffers from that. There is a certain similarity to the 2020 Damned song about the threat of bees becoming extinct.

The next song, Post War Punks, right from the start, leaves no doubt about being punk. It mentions ‘Post war punks eating post punk sandwiches’.

Charlie Harper

Maybe Charlie on this photo eats a post punk sandwich.

Both Charlie’s and Alvin’s songs are in this Punks Not Dead radio show.

Anti-coronavirus vaccinations at Count Dracula’s castle


This 9 May 2020 video says about itself:

Dracula’s castle’ offers Covid vaccines in Romania | AFP

This weekend, visitors to Romania’s Bran Castle – widely known as the inspiration for the lair of Dracula – are being jabbed with needles rather than vampire fangs as authorities look for creative ways to boost the number of people who receive the coronavirus vaccination.

FAUCI: ‘NO DOUBT’ COVID-19 DEATHS UNDERCOUNTED Dr. Anthony Fauci said he has “no doubt” the number of Americans killed by COVID-19 is much higher than what has been officially reported. A recent study counted nearly double the amount recorded by federal health officials. [HuffPost]

 

Vaccine hesitancy is nothing new. Here’s the damage it’s done over centuries, May 11 2021, 6:00 AM Pockets of people have railed against vaccines as long as the preventives have existed: here.

MEET THE INFLUENCERS MAKING MILLIONS BY DEALING DOUBT ABOUT VACCINES For a network of social media influencers, speaking out against vaccines, including the coronavirus shots, isn’t just a personal crusade. It’s also a profitable business. Find out how they are cashing in from spreading fears. [HuffPost]

Here’s what happened when I told Congress the Black and ugly truth about long COVID.

Chinese all-girl punk band Dummy Toys


This 2021 music video from China about an all-women band says about itself:

Dummy Toys – “Street Punk Girls” MV

Name: Dummy Toys乐队
Country of origin: China
Location: Qingdao
Genre: Punk-Rock

This video is called Dummy Toys – “Wake Up Bitches” Goes To Lanzhou 2019.

Their Bandcamp site is here. An interview with the band is here.

This 2020 video is called Dummy Toys – Not A Puppet [FULL ALBUM]. That CD was on the band´s own label.

The tracks are:

00:00 Intro 00:49 Street Punk Girls 02:30 Not A Puppet 04:34 Adespota thing 06:14 Anti Sweet Girl 07:53 City Of Dead 10:02 Flying Young Girl 11:47 I’m a Zombie 12:57 Universe Recombination 14:40 Mentally Deficient 16:42 Hallucination 19:09 DMC Baby 21:56 Thank you for Ramones

Swedish punk girls start band, film review


This video says about itself:

We Are The Best! International Trailer 1 (2014) – Swedish Drama Movie HD

Three 12 and 13-year-old girls decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm.

This video is called Exclusive Clip From Punk Film ‘We Are The Best’.

The start of this band of young girls’ start is a bit like the first concert of Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976. When Siouxsie had never played on stage, Steve had never played bass, Sid Vicious had never played drums, and Marco Pironi had only played some guitar in his bedroom.

Two atheist Swedish girls on drums and bass invite a Christian acoustic guitar player called Hedvig to join them. Not because of agreement with her religious views but because they don’t like that she is shunned at school. They can’t persuade Hedvig to give up religion, but they do convince her to cut her long hair off.

A member of a mainstream rock band offers to give Hedvig electric guitar lessons. But it turns out that without previous electric experience, she is a much better electric guitar player than him. Finally, the girls get respect from older rock musicians.

There really was a band of 12-13-year-old girls, in the Netherlands in early 1980. Sub-trax were interviewed on national radio.

Unfortunately, their drummer had to stop. So their intention to play in March 1980 in Voorschoten with Crass, Poison Girls, Cheap ‘n’ Nasty and other bands could not go ahead.

Poly Styrene film in Britain and Ireland


This 26 February 2021 video from Britain says about itself:

Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché | Official Trailer | Available to Watch 5 March

Directed by Paul Sng and Celeste Bell

Documentary | English | 89 min

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements.

Featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga, this documentary follows Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.

ON RELEASE ACROSS UK/IRELAND MARCH 5

This film has been on public view in Britain and Ireland. Will it ever be possible to see it outside Britain and Ireland?