6 months ago, I hadn’t even heard of The Dandy Warhols. Then one night on Facebook, in response to a post I’d placed, my friend Terry sent me a link to the Dandy’s track ‘Bohemian Like You’, & I was hooked.
My initial thought, that I had found some contemporary music I liked, quickly altered, finding out instead that this song had been released in 2000.
However, they are great musicians & it was easy to find a load of other tracks I liked.
I downloaded a couple of albums.
I thought that it would be great to see this band live (as they certainly know how to move), so I signed up to their website. A couple of weeks later I was informed of their 25th anniversary tour & I bought 2 tickets for the Brixton Academy.
Fast track forward a few months, to two weeks before the gig.
I’d never done this before, but I wondered if our VW press office could get in touch with the band & get me backstage to meet them.
4 days before, success & Zia McCabe, the percussion & bassist from the group got in touch.
I popped into Worlds End shop & picked some t-shirts for the band, as I thought that gifts were in order.
It’s good to forge ties with quality.
The night of the concert was great. The band members were all lovely & I was happy that Zia & Courtney liked the t-shirts, which they chose from. The band’s stage performance was very professional, as they went through 25 years of work, seamlessly blending song after song (I wanted to dance, but you can’t do that on The Academy balcony). The light show was pretty good too.
& if you think that all their best work is in the past, then check out ‘Be Alright’ from their current album ‘Why You so Crazy’. This is just as good & the accompanying 360° video shot in their headquarters in Portland is pretty cool.
I like it!
Maybe I can get them to play for our next Xmas party….
ASH FROM CHAOS by Joe Corré Punk has become a marketing exercise to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice, a cog in the Nonstop Distraction Machine. The establishment endorsed impotent rebel. Whilst we are occupied with Punk’s carcass of Nostalgia in the pursuit of cool. Our house is being burgled and set on fire. What will be the value of its Ashes? DIY is Punk’s only lasting ethic of value. Discover the truth for yourself and act on it. This is activism. You can choose, how you inform yourself, vote, what you eat, buy, consume and discard, where you put your money, how you participate in OUR FUTURE.
A reserve price of £6 million, has been put on the ‘pile of ash’ from the highly controversial punk memorabilia burn by Lazinc Gallery in Mayfair – which is now immortalised in a dramatic artwork. Lazinc’s reserve makes the ‘Punk Ash Art’ worth more than the artefacts’ original value of £5 million. Lazinc director Steve Lazarides is best known for being the agent of Banksy. He says: “We are very proud to be exhibiting Corré’s art work. His incredible work defines an era.” The work will be on display in Lazinc’s first-floor viewing room until 7th May 2018 The artwork will also incorporate Malcolm McLaren’s death mask. Sculptor Nick Reynolds, who created the original, was instructed by Joe Corré to recreate the mask for his art presentation. On the 40th Anniversary of the release of Anarchy In The UK, 26th November 2016, Joe Corré, who co-founded Agent Provocateur, torched his entire punk memorabilia collection including bondage gear, Johnny Rotten’s trousers and a tiny swastika-sporting Sid Vicious doll. It followed a year of punk celebrations orchestrated by the Museum of London, the British Library, the British Film Institute, the British Fashion Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as the Mayor of London. Corré was highly critical of the shameless commercialisation of punk by the State and corporate sector. “With Virgin Punk credit cards, Punky McNuggets, Punk Fairy Liquid, bondage trousers from Louis Vuitton and punk car insurance, something needed to be done to put a stop to the rot” he says. “This expensive pile of ash commemorates the demise of Punk but also society as we know it,” says Corré. “Punk was hijacked by corporations and the Establishment, it’s potency rendered meaningless”. Corré has double-hijacked Punk back, killing it off as an act of kindness. “NO NINSDOL! Punk became new wave. Punk became tame, conformity in another uniform. Punk needed to be destroyed so it’s spirit could be set free,” remarks Corré. According to Corré: “Punk is dead, it is used by corporations to offer people an illusion of an alternative choice to sell them something they don’t need. It’s been hijacked but I’ve hijacked it back and we can now use that opportunity to see things for what they really are. Now we’re talking about the value of ash.” All of the profits from the sale of this ‘Ash From Chaos’ artwork will go towards the Humanade charity to continue the fight against fracking, support some of London’s youth organisations as well as environmental protection. This unique display will feature as one of the last chapters in a series of events culminating in the Burn Punk London Documentary, which will be released later this year and will explain the reasons behind the burn.
In January 2017, 9 year old Oliver Simpson wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May about his fears about Swiss Petrochemical Giant Ineos seeking an Injunction to prevent any protest for the villagers of Marsh Lane, Derbyshire. Continue reading →
Today is the release date for the 1982 Blade Runner sequel, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & since the original film was used in inspiration for Vivienne & Malcolm’s SS83 Punkature collection, I thought that I would do a post about this. Continue reading →