Siouxsie singer, Siouxsie guitarist, Siouxsie COVID-19 doctor


This music video from England is called Siouxsie And The Banshees – Warwick University 1981.

As far as I know, there are three women in the world called Siouxsie. Siouxsie of the Banshees. And Siouxsie Medley, United States post-hardcore punk rock guitarist. Finally, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, the best known New Zealand doctor now fighting COVID-19.

All three Siouxsies have in common that they were born Susan (Susie) and changed the spelling later.

This 9 July 2020 video is called Vocal Coach [Beth Roars] reacts to Siouxsie And the Banshees – Spellbound (Siouxsie Sioux Live).

Siouxsie Sioux is not just a songwriter and singer, but sometimes also a guitar player.

In this live music video, she sings the Banshees song Sin in my heart. And plays second guitar to the late John McGeoch’s lead guitar.

This live music video from the USA says about itself:

Dead Sara – Killing in the Name (Rage Against the Machine cover)

Dead Sara performing Killing in the Name Of at the Echo in Los Angeles on 5/6/2014.

Chris Null and [lead guitarist] Siouxsie Medley venture into the crowd to play towards the end.

Suzie Medley changed her name to Siouxsie mainly because of her partly Native American ancestry.

Finally, Dr Siouxsie Wiles from New Zealand.

Ever since she was a teenager, she has dyed her hair pink.

She now angers right-wingers in New Zealand who want to ‘kick that woman off TV’.

She gets hate mail from sexists who hate women, especially pink-haired women who supposedly ‘cannot be real scientists’. And from ‘coronavirus is just a little flu‘ ‘Flu Klux Klan‘ persons who would not mind if in New Zealand as many people would die like rats from COVID-19 as in Donald Trump’s USA and in Bolsonaro’s Brazil. Usually, these two categories of Siouxsie Wiles haters are the same persons.

Brazilian punk rock against Bolsonaro


This 16 May 2019 Portuguese language video from Brazil says about itself (translated):

Bolsonaro is making punk rock resurge in Brazil“, says Mao, of Garotos Podres

History professor José Rodrigues Mao Júnior, lead singer of the punk band Garotos Podres, had a coffee with journalist Fred Melo Paiva. They talked about the controversy of the Dead Kennedys poster, about politics and Bolsonaro.

A resident of São Bernardo (São Paolo region), [leftist ex-president] Lula’s political birthplace, Mao thinks that the ex-president will only get out of jail with the people on the streets. “Bolsonaro managed to turn Lula into a hero, in the sense of Greek mythology.”

The legendary singer credits the revival of punk in the São Paolo region to the “barbarism” of Bolsonaro. “Nothing is more invigorating,” he says, “than having a cause to fight for.”

Now, after Bolsonaro’s Amazon rainforest wildfires and his anti-science coronavirus policies, leading to massive disaster, there is more reason than ever to rock against Bolsonaro.

Punk’s not dead — this 10-year-old drummer gives it life.

Cheap’n’Nasty, Dutch punk rock EP


This music video is the full 1981 Covergirl EP by Dutch first wave punk rock band Cheap’n’Nasty.

Recorded in a studio in Dordrecht for the band’s own Smashstick Plastics Records label.

Four songs: 1. Cover Girl 2. Unknown 3. I’m a Photomodel 4. No More Violence (On TV)

The lyrics, by bass player/singer Terry, mention thoughts about suicide, and criticize the fashion industry, the tourist industry, and media censorship.

YouTube commenter Tanja Brouwer commented:

Nice music! Love the drummer

The question is: which drummer? On three of the EP’s songs, Maarten played the drums. On No More Violence, Ria.

UPDATE: Tanja meant me, Maarten says 🙂

This music video is the song I’m a Photomodel from that EP. As remastered in 2016.

This music video is the song Cover Girl from that EP. As remastered in 2016.

The name of the band had nothing to do with the later, 1988, song “Cheap an’ Nasty” by Whitesnake.

Also nothing to do with the British Cheap’N’Nasty band, founded in 1990. Featuring Alvin Gibbs, ex-UK Subs, on guitar.

Also nothing to do with the later West Australian band Cheap’n’Nasty.

China bans Dutch pork because of COVID-19


This 1977 live music video from England is Siouxsie and the Banshees – Carcass.

The lyrics are about a slaughterhouse worker falling in love with a dead pig‘s carcass, leading to his self-mutilation and death.

Today, with COVID-19, slaughterhouse workers’ health and lives are endangered in a different way.

Not only the health and lives of slaughterhouse workers; also of people they may come into contact with.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

China has temporarily stopped importing pork from four Dutch meat corporations that have had coronavirus infections. China is holding back imports from multiple countries following the recent upsurge of the coronavirus in Beijing, the capital. According to the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and the meatpacking sector, China may see imports of fish and meat from slaughterhouses where employees are or have been infected with the coronavirus as a source of infection.

The ministry is trying to change China’s minds.

Strokes and mental state changes hint at how COVID-19 harms the brain. New clues emerge about relatively rare, but potentially severe, neurological symptoms: here.

Maid of Ace, English women punk rockers


This live music video says about itself:

Maid of Ace – 01.11.2019 – Collosseum Music Pub, Košice, Slovakia (Full Concert)

Members:

Alison C Elliott – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Anna C Elliott – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Amy C Elliott – Bass, Vocals
Abby C Elliott – Drums

Maid of Ace are an all-women punk rock band from England.

In that, they are a bit similar to other British bands. Like Nancy and the Dolls.

But the difference is that Nancy and the Dolls mainly play covers from other bands. Until recently, they were called the Sex Pissed Dolls, playing, eg, Sex Pistols covers, like this 16 May 2019 Anarchy in the UK.

Maid of Ace are also somewhat similar to the British Ramonas. The Ramonas play their own songs, but very often, covers of their role models, the Ramones. Like this 2019 Sheena is a punk rocker, recorded in Bilbao in the Basque Country in Spain.

Maid of Ace sometimes do play covers. Like this Happy House, originally by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Recorded on 23 November 2013 in Maid of Ace’s native Hastings.

But they mostly play their own stuff. And while the Ramonas, similarly to the Ramones, all have the surname Ramona on stage, Maid of Ace all have the same surnames because they really are sisters.

Maid of Ace interview: here. And here. And here. And here.

By Ged Babey in Britain, July 31, 2016:

Album Review

Maid of Ace: Maid In England (Maid of Ace Records) …

8/10

All-girl all-sister band from Hastings. New Breed Punk Rock’n’Roll. Ged Babey thinks they are ace…. For fans of the Distillers, the Runaways and Hole

I blame the parents.

If you have four girls why would you name them Alison Cara, Anna Coral, Abby Charlotte, and Amy Catherine? Well because if your surname was Elliott, you’d have, initially: Four ACE’s. A good hand and a great band.

The Ramones, as we know, were not brothers, and there are a few bands with sisters in, but I can’t think of any others who have FOUR sisters in. Apart from the Shaggs

The best thing about Maid of Ace, apart from their biker-rock’n’roll punk-tunes, is the fact they don’t sell themselves as a tits’n’ass chick band or a preachy feminista-sista act. They just get on with it. They play hard and fast and loud and dirty. They have a blood-ties gang mentality and their mission is to have fun. The photo on the album cover captures their essence, as do their promotional videos. Maid of Ace’s brand of rebellion is about living now, getting pissed, having a laugh and kicking ass, rockin’ out … on a budget and in-spite of the bad-times, grey-skies, hell-in-a-handcart end-of-days we’re living through. That said,
it’s not possible to be ‘a punk band’ and not have ‘something to say’.

Raise the Minimum Wage’ is one song which touches on the daily grind. A brilliant imitation of a robo-computer-voice saying ‘You-have Zero-pounds, zero-pence’ is blow-torched by Alison’s throaty roar. Her voice shreds!

This is the 2018 video of that Minimum Wage song.

A song called ‘Fight’ is a manic manifesto of basic punk rock ideals “Fight for what you believe in…. Take Control …Follow your heart ’n’ feed your soul!” It is the most-hardcore track on the album and reminds me of Conflict, whereas the rest of the album is more street punk meets biker-rock.

‘Greed’ is an anti-capitalism rant you can have a good vent to when you sing-a-long. But targets poverty-porn too: “Somebody else’s tragedy is entertainment for you and me. Ignore!”

This video shows Maid of Ace playing Greed and Spittin Blood live in York, on 20 July 2019.

The title track is more about feeling homesick when on tour rather than any kind of flag-waving nationalism. The Oi! Oi! Oi! chorus will go down well at Rebellion no doubt.

Here is the video of that title track, Made in England.

Maid of Ace don’t really do ‘love songs’. The relationship songs, shall we say are just as raging. The people in their sights are either ‘Boring’ or a ‘Monster’. Even a song called ‘For You’ seems to be more about the romance of getting fucked-up together.

Maid of Ace are one of a bunch of bands who have female members who play a heavy but melodic, grunge-influenced kind of punk rock. Brassick, Trioxin Cherry, Army of Skanks, Hands Off Gretel … all of whom can out drink and outplay or holler their male contemporaries.

This is MOA’s second album -the highlights from the first, Dickhead and Bone Deth have played-to-death videos on Youtube. They were great statements of intent and Maid In England is a solid follow up; Hollywood Rain and Disaster of Noise show musical progression but with none of the rawness smoothed off. Superficial similarities to the Distillers and the Runaways aside, they actually have the feel of a band whose influences probably cover everything from Oi!, Goth, Greebo, Punk, Anarcho, Thrash and Metal. …

I would say that they were Lemmy‘s bastard offspring but that would be casting aspersions on their mum and dad who have raised them well, a ready-made sisterhood of rockers who raise Hell!

Like with musicians all over the world, the COVID-19 disaster now causes problems for Maid of Ace. Certainly in Britain, where Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s mismanagement causes infection after infection. Maybe it takes the removal of the Conservative government to make it possible for Maid of Ace to play safely with audiences again.

Here are their future concerts (if possible).

This 12 June 2020 video says about itself:

“REPENT” performed by “Maid Of Ace”

The second single off their forthcoming third album, due August 2020.

Trump sued for Rolling Stones music abuse


This 28 June 2020 Reuters news agency video says about itself:

Rolling Stones threaten lawsuit over Trump’s music use

The Rolling Stones are working with performing-rights organization BMI to try to stop President Donald Trump from using their songs in his campaign.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

It is not the first time that the band has complained about the use of its songs. In 2016, Trump frequently used the Stones song You Can’t Always Get What You Want, and at the recent campaign meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the classic resounded again.

Trump is not only opposed by the Stones. The family of Tom Petty, who died in 2017, has also objected to the use of his oeuvre in Tulsa. Petty’s I Won’t Back Down was played there.

Petty’s family says in a statement that the rocker and his descendants are fiercely against racism and discrimination. “Tom Petty would never have wanted one of his songs to be used for a campaign of hatred. He wanted to bring people together.”

Trump is not the only United States Republican politician with a history of abusing music.

In 2016, Tom Petty opposed far-right Republican politician Bachmann abusing his music.

As a 2016 post at this blog said:

The Rolling Stones are not the first musicians to complain about Trump. Also Adele (Skyfall) and Aerosmith (Dream On), Neil Young and REM were angry that their music was used during campaign meetings.

This tweet is about Trump’s Republican party abusing a George Harrison song.

Tom Morello fought against Republican Paul Ryan abusing his music.

Republican President George W Bush abused the music of many musicians to torture prisoners with. To the indignation of, eg, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. See also here.

After the failed Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump very probably won’t play K-pop music at his events.

K-pop fans against racist politicians


This 22 June 2020 video says about itself:

K-pop fans and TikTok teens troll Trump with fake registrations for first campaign rally in months

US President Donald Trump’s first campaign rally in months took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20, 2020, but only hosted only a fraction of the number of supporters his staff expected. Some of the no-shows may have been teenagers who registered to attend the rally but stayed home. Days before the event, calls went out on social-media apps TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, asking Trump opponents who had no intention of going to the rally to sign up anyway. The message spread among teens, including many fans of Korean pop music, who have recently pivoted their networks to support political causes including the Black Lives Matter movement.

This video has been updated to change a visual element.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Trolling Trump and hashtags disruption, online protests by K-pop fans are getting louder

They claimed responsibility for the many empty seats at the Trump election meeting, made a large donation to the Black Lives Matter movement, and flooded the hashtag WhiteLivesMatter on Twitter with gif pictures of their favourite Korean pop stars to crowd out other [white supremacist] messages. K-pop fans have been making themselves heard in recent weeks. In the Netherlands, too, they went against Wilders and Johan Derksen [a Dutch racist politician and a racist soccer commentator] on social media.

The social involvement of the fans is not new, says Elmer Veldkamp, ​​anthropologist and assistant professor of Korea Studies. “That started in 2007, when the first K-pop idols called on their fans to stop buying gifts for artists, but to spend the money on donations to charities. Fans immediately took it up fanatically.”

Eg, they donate money to goals they find fit with their idols. For example, in honour of the birthday of a singer, often fondly compared to a squirrel by fans, 37 endangered red squirrels were adopted in Scotland.

But most of the time, fans imitate the donation behavior of their idols. For example, early this month, when it was announced that the band BTS donated a million dollars to the Black Lives Matter movement, the hashtag #MatchAMillion became trending on Twitter. With that, fans collected more than $ 817,000 in the first 24 hours.

“After such a donation, the fans know that the goal is supported by their idols and are going to work for it in other ways,” says K-pop expert Mai Verbij. “This is also how Dutch fans come up with their own actions on social media.”

More and more political

According to Veldkamp, ​​the actions of the K-pop fans are only now noticeable because our eyes are very focused on the USA. “But you can see fan involvement shifting towards more political goals for some time now. Eg, fans from Chile drew attention to the deaths during protests against right-wing President Piñera at the end of last year.”

Researchers already predicted that supporters would continue to use their tight online infrastructure for these kinds of political goals. In particular the fight against racism.

That goal also fits in well with the diverse fan base of K-pop, says Verbij. “Many fans have diverse cultural backgrounds or come from the LGBTQ community. They feel very committed to the fight against racism. They want to make the world a better place with their idols.” …

Fight for appreciation

K-pop has come a long way, but Asian pop is still barely played on the radio in Western countries. “The fans have been fighting for more appreciation for years and use the activism to make the music more known,” says Senders. …

South Korea

While the idols speak out clearly about certain social issues abroad, they keep quiet about many problems in South Korea. Afraid to lose sponsors and advertisers. “Eg, the subject of homosexuality is very sensitive and they do not speak out against discrimination against children of mixed parents in South Korea,” says teacher of Korea Studies Elmer Veldkamp.

In the country, the actions of the fans are therefore followed with suspicion. “For example, you see in comments in South Korean media that people are concerned about the relationship the USA and South Korea,” said Veldkamp.

He thinks the success at the Trump gathering – an initiative by US American fans – will give them a taste for more. “There is a strong infrastructure that fans can use for everything. It is a group that does not just leave and that we will hear more about.”

TIKTOK TEENS MOBILIZE AGAINST TRUMP TikTok users who are angry over Trump’s threat to ban the China-owned social platform are bombarding his campaign app with terrible reviews. Unpopularity isn’t necessarily enough for Apple to remove an app, but the reviews make for interesting reading. [HuffPost]

British singer Vera Lynn, RIP


This is a video of British singer Vera Lynn singing We’ll Meet Again.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

British singer Vera Lynn has died at the age of 103, reports British public broadcaster BBC. …

The song We’ll meet again, which she recorded in 1942, was seen as a boost for the many lovers who were separated by the war. The song helped the soldiers express and share their experiences, their fears and their sorrows, she later said, “A lot of these boys never told anything about the war.”

Ms Lynn supported the World War II fight against nazi Germany. However, later she opposed the Afghan war of United States President George W Bush, British Blairite Prime Minister Tony Blair and later Conservative Prime Ministers.

A side of Vera Lynn not mentioned in either the BBC or the NOS reports.

British Conservative PM Johnson’s racism, parody music


This 15 June 2020 satiric music video from Britain about Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is called Borissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again (‘Racism Only’ version).

It is a parody of the song by Morrissey – Big Mouth Strikes Again.

It says about itself:

The Prime Minister is right – we must not erase our history.

LYRICS:

Libya, Libya I was only joking when I said
You could be like Dubai once you clear away all the dead
Take a joke, Libya

And Africans
Africans, it was just my inimitable style
When I called you piccaninnies with watermelon smiles
Just a bit of humour

And now I know just how those Sikhs felt
Now I know how all those Sikhs felt
When I turned up to their temple
And went mental
And banged on about whisky tariffs

Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth, la la la
Big mouth strikes again
I’ve every right to judge you based
Upon your race

Women in burkas
Women in burkas, it was really nothing when I joshed
That you all look like a letterbox
And a bank robber

And Obama
Obama, I was only joking when I mentioned
That you have an ancestral dislike of the UK
Because you’re Kenyan

And Burma – is it still called Burma?
Burma, I assure you I was only quipping
When I rocked up and recited Kipling

And Jews
Jews, I was only saying it in jest
When I wrote that you control the press
And rig elections

And Papa New Guinea
Papa New Guinea, I was only being playful
When I called you chief-killing cannibals

And Uganda
Uganda, I was only joking when I said…

English slave trader Colston, Tina Turner parody


This 9 June 2020 satirical music video from Britain is a parody of the song Proud Mary by Tina Turner.

It says about itself:

[17th-century Bristol, England slave trader] Edward Colston – Rolling to the River

The statue of Edward Colston sings.

LYRICS:

Left a good job in the city
Joined the Royal African Company
Worked my way up to Deputy Governor
19,000 slaves died on our journeys
Statue was still erected
But it seems some of you objected
Now I’m rolling, rolling, rolling to the river

Grave of enslaved African in Bristol vandalised in ‘retaliation attack’: here.