Slaughter wrote:coz their easy to listen to, have nice hooks in their songs, dont get all drunk all the time and swear, and they have the true spirit of punk in themselves.
Hmmm that sentence manages to contradict itself in just about every way possible....
Nickee, interesting to read your thoughts. Yes, I guess to a large degree the political side of bands these days if often under-developed or ignored completely, however one only has to look at the political discussions on this board to garner some insights into why this occurs.
Firstly, people can be a lot better informed about what's happening in the world these days, so a band doesn't necessarily have the same sort of "responsibility" as it were to convey and inform its audience on political situations.
Secondly, although early punk did have some political themes, the really political stuff didn't really come into effect until 79/80. However, this is still 23 years of political diatribes and anthems. Really, a lot of the issues have been addressed with in a musical form - in a sense, the people that go to shows have heard it. It's a case of preaching to the converted - and not only that, but could we do a better job than what has been done? I personally would find it difficult to better anything Conflict wrote.
I think at times the lack of violence at shows can be a good thing, however I'd hate to see replced with harmonious lethargy. Punk bands should be exciting and energetic, they should create a urge to be active.
I am glad to see someone mentioning the old NZ bands, because there is a big problem with people these days not bothering to get involved with our punk history. You can talk to people such as myself who got into this type of music only a decade ago or more, and then talk to people who got into it even more recently, and you will notice the lack of knowledge of older bands amongst the second group. I think it's a very sad thing, as both groups are currently the future of this type of music.
Yes, I agree the bands were more real then. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any good bands playing punk music. Perhaps we could recommend some that you may be interested in?
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