British punk women Ramonas’ new single


This 4 January 2021 punk music video from Britain says about itself:

The Ramonas – I Want To Live In Outer Space (Official Video)

Title track from our album ‘I Want To Live In Outer Space’ OUT NOW on CD, vinyl and download!

Vocals – Lisa Lathwell
Guitar – Maxine Cahill
Bass & Backing Vocals – Victoria Smith
Drums – Camille Phillips

This song, and other songs, is by the Ramonas themselves.

They also play cover versions of Ramones songs.

English Ramonas concerts in Europe


This 27 December 2020 music video by the all-women band the Ramonas from Brighton, England says about itself:

The RamonasKé Futuro [Online Festival [originally from Ecuador] stream]

If you missed our set for Ké Futuro’s online festival you can watch again here!

For our slot, we decided to compile live footage from our shows in Germany and France as a reminder of some good times on the road. We can’t wait to get back to it when everything resumes! Stay safe and keep pogoing!

Songs: The Ramones covers California Sun, Surfing Bird, I believe in miracles, 53rd and 3d, Now I wanna sniff some glue. Then, two of their own compositions, the second one is Broke. Finally, the Ramones covers Pinhead, Chinese Rocks, and Sheena is a Punk Rocker.

Punk in Europe and women


This video series is called Women at Their Best: Female-fronted Punk, Post-punk, etc.

After the earlier presentations on 18 December 2020, the day about Europe of the international Punk Scholars Network conference on the internet, came a panel about punk and women in Europe.

First came a keynote speech by Laura Way – Punk, Gender and Ageing: Just Typical Girls? She has published here on that subject. She concludes that punk women, when growing older like everyone else, usually don’t ‘grow out of’ being punk.

Then came Louise Barrière on The German Ladyfest Scene and Its Venues: A Feminist Understanding of Self-Managed Leisure Collective Activities, and Inter-Generational Activist Solidarities. Ms Barrière writes a PhD thesis including histories of venues in Germany. Like SO36 in Berlin, where in 1980 British band Zounds and Dutch Cheap ‘n’ Nasty played along with German bands. In 2003, Ladyfests started in Germany, inspired by the 1990s Riotgrrl movement among United States hardcore punk women. Ladyfests promote concerts with bands with significant female participation. Usually, Ladyfest audiences are bigger in Germany than in France.

Finally, Katharina Alexi – Music and Activism: The New Feminist Movement of Punk (2010-2020), Right-Wing Populism and Punkriarchy. She noted that there are too many festivals where all bands are all-male. According to her, ever since 2010 there is a new movement of punk women, which does not have a name yet. Many of these newly emerging musicians consider themselves to be feminists. I might mention the Black British punk women of Big Joanie.

I should add that using or not using the label feminist does not always say everything. Eg, in 1970s-1980s Britain, women like Siouxsie Sioux, the Mo-dettes and the Slits supported women’s reproductive and other rights, but did not call themselves feminists, being opponents of labels. While United States Republican politician Sarah Palin, a Donald Trump supporter who favours banning abortion, does label herself a feminist.

Thanks, all organisers and presenters! The 2020 Punk Scholars Network conference was interesting and instructive. I certainly do not intend it to be my last PSN activity.

Italian and Israeli punk, music videos


This January 2020 punk music video from Italy is called Call The Cops – Wasting My Time.

This June 2017 music video from Italy is Call the Cops – They Believe.

Adding to my recent blog posts on punk in Italy and in Israel, this post. Hat tips by Terry, bass/female lead vocals of Cheap ‘n’ Nasty, author of the four songs on this EP:

The Bologna, Italy band of the top videos, which toured the USA in 2017 are not the only ones called Call the Cops. According to Last.fm, there were/are at least three others: a California, USA electro-pop band; a class struggle punk rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, disbanded in 2007; and a band from Arizona.

The video below here is by a young band from Haifa, Israel; which was on tour with the Bologna Call the Cops in 2019.

The March 2019 video says about itself:

Akrabut – Hiroshima Palastina (Full Album)

(Recorded at Beit Alpha/Tel Aviv – Mix And Master By Gad Terrorfranca)

00:00 – Hayom Ve Lo Mahar 01:26 – Kluv 04:00 – 67 05:07 – Gardom 06:44 – Shin.Kuf.Resh 08:59 – Akrabut (Feat.Hala)

This is a 2018 live video of Akrabut.

Punk in Italy and Greece, research reports


This video from England says about itself:

KNIFE 49 from Milan, Italy talk with Erin Micklow at Rebellion Punk Music Festival in Blackpool, England + live show footage for Last Rockers TV!

On 18 December 2020, the Punk Scholars Network conference on the Internet, the second day on Europe, continued.

Giulio D’Errico – From Punk to Squat. The (re)birth of Social Centres in the early eighties Italy and the role of anarcho-punk. Giulio D’Errico said that punk in Italy got impulses in 1980 from a Poison Girls concert, and a Clash concert in Bologna. Crass also had influence. Later, much influence from the USA.

Then came Chrysi Aikaterini Efthymiadou – Growing Up in a Multicultural Town of Greece: Personality and Punk Culture as the Main Reasons for Rejecting Religion. It was about her home town Xanthi in Northern Greece, with a Christian majority and Muslim minority. She had interviewed eight punks from Christian families, and one male and one female punk from Muslim families. Most families did not really object to their children becoming atheist. Punk was not the cause, rather a consequence of young people becoming atheist. Punks in Xanthi listened to foreign bands like Bad Religion, but mainly to Greek punk bands.

Then, Yorgos Paschos, with his presentation DIY Venues as Real Utopias. It was about concerts, recording studios etc. in squats in Athens, Greece. The economic crisis in Greece strengthened the squatters’ and punk movements. Now, however, the coronavirus disaster means the venues cannot be open. Yorgos Paschos now works in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. About a question how punk scenes in Greece and the Netherlands compare, he replied that he knew comparatively little about the Dutch situation. As far as Rotterdam is concerned, there is no Do It Yourself punk venue there. Punk in the Netherlands seemed to be more integrated in state structures than its Greek counterpart.

Psychords punk girls rock around Christmas tree


This 5 December 2020 music video from Italy is called Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Punk Rock Cover by Psychords. Originally by Brenda Lee.

In the video, the bass player has a T-shirt in her hands saying Odio tutti- I hate the whole world.

In this video you can see and hear how the Psychords sound and look if it is not Christmas time:

PSYCHORDS – I WANNA LIVE LIKE JOEY RAMONE

HEY YOU! Welcome to the first video release by the punk-rock-girl-power trio Psychords. Directed by MrTeko O’Liax.
LET’S GOOOOO!!!!

‼️NB.

About the confederate flag: we recorded this video in a Southern Rock Venue with all USA flags everywhere. We deviate completely from its meaning because it was just a circumstance. As our fans know we’re totally No racist, No fascist, No nazi, No political. We just want to play the music that we love.

Tks and enjoy our music🤘🏻

Punk in Europe, research reports


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

The RamonasRebellion Punk Festival 2020 (online stream)

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

On 18 December 2020, there was the Punk Scholars Network internet conference second day about Britain and other European countries.

Here are my personal impressions of that day.

First, there was James Rendell – The Shape of (Live) Punk to Come?: The Rise of Online Music Portal Shows During the Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Examples of online music are the Ramonas (see above) and Zounds.

Then came Nikola Vojnović – Subcultural Event Tourism: The Case Study of Monte Paradiso Festival in Pula (Croatia). This punk festival attracted 300 visitors the first time in 1992. In the years before the coronavirus crisis, it attracted 1000-3000 people.

Then came Waldemar Kuligowski from Poland. After some technical problems had been solved, he could start his presentation From the “Sold” Festival to the Punk “Open-Air Museum”. It was about two annual open-air punk festivals in Poland.

Punk in Poland had started in 1978 when the Raincoats from England had played there.

This music video is called Raincoats in Warsaw, April 1978. With Gina Birch on bass and Ana da Silva on guitar. The video continues with a 1979 London concert, when Vicki Aspinall had joined them on violin.

In 1980 was the Jarocin festival for the first time. Then, only Polish bands. Later, also foreign punk bands like the Anti-Nowhere League and GBH played.

In 1994, the festival had become commercial. Cigarette corporation Marlboro was the sponsor. This caused conflict. Only in 2004 the festival started again. Bands like Bad Religion and Bad Brains came. But there was pressure by authorities to go in a Roman Catholic and nationalist direction.

In 2008 came for the first time a festival in Goniadz in eastern Poland. Reunited old bands played there, and also new bands, recently started especially in eastern Poland.

Punk in Israel, research report


This 2016 music video says about itself:

Breaking The Cultural Curfew – Israeli Hardcore Punk Compilation (1995)

00:00 1. Public Domain – Working Class 00:50 2. Kuku Bloff – Bat Sheva 03:46 3. Rampage – The Thrasher in You 05:10 4. 911 Pigs – Skate 07:28 5. Useless ID – Is it Right 09:50 6. Nekhei Naatza – Concentration Camps for Northeners

On 17 December 2020, on the USA day of the Punk Scholars Conference on the Internet, Zack Furness, assistant professor Penn State University (Allegheny), read a paper on punk in Israel; on which this blog post is based. Called “Israeli Punk and Radical Politics in the 90s”. He is the editor of Punkademics (2012). He spent the better part of two decades playing in punk bands, most recently in Barons (Pittsburgh).

Punk in Israel started a bit haltingly. In the 1980s, there was the band Cholera.

This music video says about itself:

Cholera, early 80’s punk from Jerusalem, Israel. Recorded rehearsals from 1982-1983. Released in 2012 on HCB Records

There was a club, the Penguin Club in Tel Aviv, where punk records were played, but where no bands played. It still exists, but has gone commercial disco.

Avi Pitchon became active. He was a fan of British band Crass, and also as a critic of the treatment of Palestinian people.

In the 1990s, punk became a relatively big movement. Among hardcore bands, there were straight edgers Public Domain, founded in 1992.

Punks are active in objecting to military service, for animal rights and other causes.

Just before 1990, there were few anarchists in Israel. Now, most anarchists are punks. Zionist left parties hardly reacted to the punk movement. The communist party made it possible for punk bands to play in their Left Bank building.

Among children of immigrants from Russia, the punk scene is somewhat separate from other Israelis.

James Joyce and Stiff Little Fingers punk


This music video from Northern Ireland is called Stiff Little Fingers Live Queens Hall Belfast 6 Tracks 1980.

On 16 December 2020 the Punk Scholars Conference on the internet, after days about France, about Europe and about Indonesia, moved to the USA. That did not mean that all papers presented were about the USA.

One paper was about Ireland. It compared the novel Ulysses by famous 20th-century Irish author James Joyce to the punk album Inflammable Material by Belfast band Stiff Little Fingers. Professor Ryan Kerr, English, University of Florida said that writings about Ulysses are often limited to its literary innovations. They don’t mention the sharp criticism in it of the British army and police in Ireland.

Likewise, the lyrics of Stiff Little Fingers contain criticism of the British army and police in Ireland. Stiff Little Fingers differ from, eg, the Pogues, in not having influence of traditional Irish folk music in their punk rock.

The first presentation was by Michael Valania from Sacramento in California. It was about direct action activism, eg by British punk band Crass, Food Not Bombs and the Occupy movement.

Next came Ellen Bernhard, Department of Communication, Graphic Design & Multimedia, Georgian Court University (Lakewood, New Jersey). She spoke about Epitaph Records. Epitaph Records is an independent music label founded in Los Angeles by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz in 1981. Ellen Bernhard says there are older generation-younger generation tensions about it.

Then, Olivier Berube-Sasseville spoke on skinheads in France (1983-1993). Most writings so far are on far right skinheads. However, not all skins are neo-nazis.

Marian Phillips spoke about queercore from 1980 to the present. Queercore fights for LGBTQ rights within the punk movement. The name with -core sounds like it is a subdivision of hardcore punk. It is not; queercore bands may play many different punky music styles, not just hardcore punk in the post-1980s sense (not the same as the pre-1980 sense of ‘hardcore’ by the way). What links them is ideas and lyrics, not really musical genre. Queercore is varied (eg, Black queer punks).

Peter Woods discussed Do It Yourself punk venues in the USA. Cameras had recorded what happened just after concerts. Quite often, people from the audience then went up to the bands to ask questions about instruments, amps, etc. Discussions which may be valuable for starting new bands, improving existing bands, etc. When a woman had just finished playing on stage, both men and women asked her questions. But when a man had just finished playing on stage, only male members of the audience asked him questions. In this way, women who may want to start bands or to improve their music may become excluded from valuable information. Thus making music scenes one-sidedly male. How can venues improve that?

Is this only a problem where the research was done, or in all of the USA, or worldwide? Only at a certain time or always? When Terry of Dutch band Cheap ‘n’ Nasty started to play bass, she spoke not only to Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, who gave her a plectrum. She talked also to Jean-Jacques Burnel of the Stranglers who gave her relevant information.

There was also a paper on punk in Israel, but I will write about that in a separate blog post.

Punk in Indonesia, research conference report


This 2017 video is called Antiphaty – Anti Punk Fuck Off (Official Video).

Antiphaty are a band from Malang, Indonesia.

15 December 2020 was the day of the Indonesia part of the Punk Scholars Conference on the internet; after earlier days about France and about Britain and other European countries.

It started for me with online concerts by the bands SOFT-X and S.W.E.W..

219 people were participating in the internet session then, not only from Indonesia, also from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Britain, the Netherlands, the USA, Brazil and other countries.

Then, there were two parallel sessions.

In mine, Ms Ekawati Marhaenny Dukut spoke about Punklung music. That is music played by punks on anklung instruments; traditional West Javenese instruments which are simple, so more affordable than an electric guitar with amp.

An audience member said there should be more innovation in Indonesian punk.

Then, Ms Ni Putu Sridiniari from Ubud in Bali spoke about Spirituality and colonial imaginaries in present-day Ubud: Postcolonial critique from the eyes of a local. In Ubud, there was the rise of a New Age style ‘spirituality’ and wellness industry. With ideas from Indian Hinduism (or western misconceptions of Indian Hinduism), neglecting that Balinese Hinduism has developed in its own way. It was an interesting lecture shedding light on Indonesian society today.

It did not fit directly into the punk theme of the conference. Traditional gamelan music of Bali is faster than in Java island. Might that influence Balinese punk musicians to also play faster than their Javanese colleagues? Ms Ni Putu Sridiniari replied that, not being a music expert, she did not know.

Then, Aliffaiz Achmad Iman Naufal Octavideta about Jakarta graffiti writers in sticker slap culture.

After that, the bands Cryptical Death and Faith Runner played. Though the sound quality was not optimal, the bands sounded fresh, somewhat reminiscent of Stiff Little Fingers.

This music video is called CRYPTICAL DEATH – Injustice Society.

Then, Barakalla Robyn spoke about punk music and the climate crisis. He plays in the band Somagora. They play songs about global warming. So does at least one punk band in Bali.

Then, about Indonesian Dutch contributions to the 1977-1981 first European punk wave.

Then, Manunggal K. Wardaya spoke about how the post-1965 mass murders by the Suharto dictatorship of about a million communists and so-called communists were reflected in the lyrics of Indonesian heavy metal bands. The grandmother of one heavy metal band member had been jailed without trial for 13 years, for being, not in the communist party. But in an artists’ organisation which included leftist members. A relative of another heavy metal musician had been in prison without trial for over nine years; he was not in the communist party, but in the PNI party of Indonesia’s first president Sukarno.

Bands played: The Next Victim; and Humanimal, a bit Beastie Boys like.

Then, keynote presentations in breakout room A: Hikmawan Saefullah and Elise Imray Papineau. Behind Ms Papineau was a sign saying Capitalism is the virus.

Hikmawan Saefullah remembered how he in 1994 played in his first punk band. A time when bands like the Clash and Crass were influences in Indonesia. They played covers of Green Day and Bad Religion. The first concert was at an Islamic school. Many punks in Indonesia are also Muslims. Many, not all, are homeless.

Punks played an important role in the overthrow of dictator Suharto. However, after the fall of Suharto, some problems of the old regime like corruption and arrests of punks continued. Some pro-democracy activists became disillusioned. Some of these converted to fundamentalist Islam and stopped playing music. At least one of those who had become fundamentalist later returned to punk music and now considers himself an anarcho-Muslim. Some, including a punk drummer woman, became atheist. The situation for atheists in Indonesia is difficult.

Recently, awareness of bad conditions for workers, climate change and the coronavirus crisis led to an upturn in interest in punk, anarchism and other progressive tendencies.

Then, a question about the relationship between punk and psychobilly in Indonesia. Psychobilly is not big in Indonesia now. A few years ago there was the band Gorilla Trampoline with a female singer in Bandung. This year, another Indonesian psychobilly band was supposed to play in the Netherlands. But the COVID-19 crisis intervened.

The conflicts between fans of different music genres in Indonesia are now much less than in the 1990s. Then, heavy metal fans used to throw bottles when punk bands played. Not anymore.

Finally, the band Somagora played an acoustic set, including songs like Sick society and searise. Their guitarist had a Beastie Boys T-shirt on.