Swiss yodeling concert, coronavirus superspreader


This 14 October 2020 Swiss German video from Schwyz canton says about itself (translated):

The number of COVID-19 cases in the inner part of the canton has been rising rapidly for 10 days. In Schwyz, we currently have one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in all of Europe. …

Our isolation ward for COVID patients fills up more every day and the proportion of patients requiring ventilation is increasing. …

Therefore: Wear masks and avoid crowds – also privately! It is time to react. Immediately!

Translated from Dutch NOS radio, 15 November 2020:

Yodel concert turns out to be superspreader

In the Swiss canton of Schwyz, the number of coronavirus infections has increased sharply after two yodel concerts. About 600 people attended those concerts at the end of last month. Face masks were not required, though those present were asked to keep their distance from each other.

Nine days after the performances, several visitors turned out to be infected and that number has now increased to 1,238 cases of infection that can be directly or indirectly related to the concerts. Half of the people who take a test turn out to be positive. According to a Swiss doctor, the explosive increase in the number of cases in Schwyz is “one of the worst in Europe“.

The yodellers probably infected the public. Shortly after the concert it turned out that some yodellers were infected with the virus. They probably spread the virus to the public with their singing.

‘Fresh coffee now smells like exhaust gas’, ex-coronavirus patients find out. Are they really ‘ex-‘patients? ‘Mild‘ coronavirus infection so often turns out to be not that mild.

Runaway teenage girls in songs


This 1979 video from England is the song Girl on the run by young punk singer Honey Bane.

Honey Bane herself was on the run from a Borstal-like prison.

Teenage girls sometimes have very good reasons to run away: domestic abuse, imprisonment, etc.

Then they often go from the countryside to cities.

However, in the cities, they may get new problems.

This 1982 music video from England is the song Strange little girl, by the Stranglers.

The song was written in 1975 but only came out seven years later. This means discrepancy between the song and the video. In 1975, there were not yet the punk girls with Mohican hairdos shown in the video.

There is also a discrepancy between lyrics like: ‘She’s feeling old/’Cause she found/All things cold’ and the video images of the runaway girl discovering new punk friends in the city. By the way, the tallest girl, with the red letters on her white t-shirt under her black leather jacket, on the right of the video: is the bass player/vocalist of Dutch band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

New song by The Damned, Manipulator


This punk rock music video from Britain says about itself:

Manipulator · The Damned

Manipulator

℗ A Spinefarm Records / Search And Destroy Records Recording; ℗ 2020 The Damned, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited

Released on: 2020-09-18

Associated Performer, Vocals: David Vanian
Associated Performer, Guitar: Captain Sensible
Associated Performer, Keyboards: Monty Oxymoron
Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: Paul Gray
Associated Performer, Drums: Andrew Pinching
Producer, Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Tom Dalgety
Composer Lyricist: Paul Gray

Captain Sensible, Viv Albertine, punk music news


This video (audio really) says about itself:

Captain Sensible – Talks about The Damned, Punk, Keep ‘Em Alive & more – Radio Broadcast 12/09/2020

Captain Sensible talks about New Rose, Touring, Punk Movement, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Rockfield Studios, [new single] Keep ‘Em Alive, Bees and Eloise.

Also news about Viv Albertine, formerly Slits guitarist.

By Madison Bloom, September 1, 2020:

Viv Albertine’s Memoirs to Be Adapted for Television

Based on the former Slits member’s two books: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. and To Throw Away Unopened

Karlsen, Woolley, and Horovitz added: “What an exciting and exhilarating prospect to re-explore a time when music, fashion, political ideologies and sexuality were turned on their heads. So beautifully evoked alongside personal insights and frank reflections of an extraordinary woman’s life in Albertine’s two incredible memoirs.”

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. focused on Albertine’s experiences as a part of the 1970s punk scene in London, where she made history as a guitarist for the Slits, while also befriending members of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, and more. To Throw Away Unopened delves more into the author’s family relationships and personal life.

Slits at 1980 Morning Star festival: here.

Rock Against Racism on film


This May 2020 video says about itself:

LIVING ROOM Q&As: White Riot with director Rubika Shah and host Mark Kermode

The 13th in this season does something a little different… As well as a live Q&A with director Rubika Shah, Mykaell Riley (Steel Pulse) and Zak Cochrane (Love Music Hate Racism), hosted by Mark Kermode, we’ll also have a live musical performance from rapper Lloyd Luther.

On 19 September 2020, I went to see the film White Riot. It is about the late 1970s Rock Against Racism movement in England.

There was the racist neo-nazi National Front party. There was police racism. And there was racism by established rock musicians like Eric Clapton.

The film is extensively about Temporary Hoarding fanzine of Rock Against Racism. There was no internet then. It helped bring together fans of mainly black reggae and ska bands, and of punk bands, to fight racism together.

At the very first Rock Against Racism concert, punk band 999 played.

It made Jamaican British reggae musicians feel they were not alone in their fight against police brutality.

Punks also benefited. Many English local councils banned punk concerts. RAR concerts were sometimes the only way for punk bands to play there.

Not only African Caribbean people were targeted by racism. So were South Asian immigrants. Punk was sometimes depicted as a purely white movement. Wrong. There was the Pakistani London band Alien Kulture, featured in the film. Their name was derived from a dog whistle racist quote by Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher. Alien Kulture played a bit Clash-like songs.

This is their 1979 song Asian Youth.

This is their song Airport Arrest, with lyrics.

Also in the film is Somali British singer Poly Styrene and her band X-ray Spex. Very correctly so, as she played a big role in breaking down racist and sexist prejudices.

I had hoped very much to see the London band Verdict in the film. They played scores of gigs for Rock Against Racism all over London. Two girls in that band had been founding members of the first punk band of France, also the first-ever all-women rock band in whatever genre in France: the Lou’s. These two were Eurasian Dutch drummer Sascha de Jong and French saxophone player Raphaelle Devins. In 1981, in Leiden, the Netherlands, Sascha founded the Miami Beach Girls. Raphaelle became saxophone player in Cheap ‘n’ Nasty.

The film concludes with a big anti-racist concert in London, in which Jimmy Pursey of Sham’69 joined the Clash in singing White Riot.

Dutch daily Trouw wished that the film, about the late 1970s in England, had shown more links to 2020 issues. Though the last lines of the film warn that the anti-racist fight cannot be over yet.

Women in Indonesian punk rock


This 2016 video says about itself:

A documentary about women in the Indonesian Hardcore/Punk scene.

Now with English subtitles.

My Indonesian correspondent Ari writes today:

The involvement of women has been quite strong in Indonesia, but it’s hard to generalize across the board. For example, the straight-edge punk scene might have fewer women involved as musicians

That may be the case in various countries, maybe because of Christian right or Hare Krishna fundamentalist religious influences in straight-edge.

whereas the crust punk scene might have more female singers.

And then there will be variations across the localities, too; Jakarta vs. Bandung vs. Yogyakarta vs. Padang.

But since I have been out of Indonesia since 2009, I cannot give you a fair assessment of the scenes. There is a documentary made by Indonesian punk women about women in the Indonesian punk scenes called Ini Scene Kami Juga (This is Our Scene, Too/ 2016). What I can tell you is that there have been prominent women in the (DIY) punk scenes such as Kartika Jahja (singer of the band The Dissidents) who also contributed to the edited anthology Revenge of the She Punks (2019).

Indonesian punk band plays traditional Indonesian instruments


This 2016 music video from Indonesia says about itself (translated):

PUNKLUNG (Punk Calung)

PUNKLUNG (Punk Calung) a music group from Cicalengka, Bandung Regency, a fusion of two cultures as a representation of “Music Without Borders”.

With the vision and mission of “having a critical spirit but still preserving the traditions of our ancestors” so as not to let them become extinct, let alone claimed by others!

Song – Blood Juang

Written by PUNKLUNG

A calung is a bamboo tube xylophone used in Indonesian music of Sundanese (west Java), Javanese (central and east Java) and Balinese (Bali island) language regions.

A west Javanese angklung is not an expensive instrument. So, comparatively accessible to Indonesian punk musicians, most of whom do not have much money.

My Indonesian correspondent Ari wrote:

There’s a band from my hometown [in west Java] that incorporated angklung (bamboo xylophone-like instruments) as their main instruments: PUNKLUNG (Punk Calung). They sing in Sundanese, which is our local language, different from the Indonesian language.

There is a kind of parallel with the Irish Pogues, with influences from both punk rock and Irish folk music.

Indonesian traditional music genres have maybe the biggest variety in xylophone-like instruments in the world. Eg, in gamelan ensembles. With Balinese gamelan traditionally being faster than Javanese gamelan, so maybe a bit more reminiscent of punk rock.

Remember the xylophone in Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie and the Banshees from Britain.

Another Punklung music video says about itself (translated):

Punklung is a punk community that aims to preserve regional culture, especially in West Java. Punklung was formed by Iday, Dempak, Somad, Demok, Putih, and Adi based on motivation to rebuild the local culture. In achieving its goals, the community, which was founded in 2000, uses acculturation of punk and Sundanese culture in its performances. Apart from the genre of punk music with a fast and stomping beat, Punklung also performed social and political-themed songs to show punk culture to the wider community.

White Riot, new film on Rock Against Racism


This 14 October 2019 video from England says about itself:

Director Rubika Shah interview on White Riot and winning the London Film Festival documentary competition 2019

Interviewer: Cristiana Ferrauti
Video: Marta Starczynowska
Editor: Filippo L’Astorina

This film is about the Rock Against Racism movement in Britain in the late 1970s; in which many fans of punk rock, ska and reggae music together stopped the nazi National Front party.

English punk girls Maid of Ace, new single


This 28 August 2020 punk rock music video from England says about itself:

“LIVE FAST OR DIE” performed by “Maid Of Ace

The third single & title track off their new album, OUT NOW!

As you can see in the video of this new single, the four Maid of Ace sisters are from Hastings on the English south coast.

British Ramonas play Ramones and own songs


This 28 August 2020 punk rock music video from Britain says about itself:

The RamonasRebellion Punk Festival 2020 (online stream [because of COVID-19])

Havana Affair (Ramones)
Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (Ramones)
Our World (Ramonas)
2016 (£**k Thi$) (Ramonas)