You'll see above a very scary jukebox. If you love your music in its original form I warn you now, DO NOT try it. If you can imagine The Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK played by a little old man in a pub with one of those organ things then that's what these midi files sound like. However, if you want a little music while you read the rest of this page then I have selected a few of my favourites for you to choose from (unfortunately, I can't find any Siouxsie and the Banshees so if anyone can help me out................)
This page contains a list of some of my favourite bands, links will be added at a later date wherever possible (and once I've checked with the owners!). As an old punk rocker (in all senses of the word) I have also included a personal history of punk in the late 1970's - as with the rest of this site it's not yet finished and is really just the bare bones.
Anyway, here's my list of favourites:
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sisters of Mercy
Beautiful South (I know, I've mellowed in my old age)
Donna's Personal History of Punk
1976 - I was 14. Time to throw away the Bay City Rollers trousers and get rid of the feather cut.
Without my knowledge, Malcolm McLaren had first of all become manager of the New York Dolls and then formed the Sex Pistols while I was still singing 'Shang-A-Lang' along with Les, Woody et al.
On November 5th 1976, the first real punk single was released - 'New Rose' by The Damned and later that month The Sex Pistols released 'Anarchy in the UK'. Meanwhile, The Stranglers, The 101ers (later to become The Clash), The Buzzcocks, Generation X and Siouxsie and the Banshees were making their presence felt in small clubs.
On December 1st 1976 The Sex Pistols swore at interviewer Bill Grundy on Thames TV's family tea time programme. Needless to say, this put paid to my chances of ever being allowed to see them play live. My mother was not amused. Neither, apparently, was lorry driver James Holmes who was reported as having kicked in the screen of his TV in disgust.
By the end of 1977, punk acts filled the Top 40 and my hair had blue streaks. My mother was still not amused and the subject of disinheriting came up quite a lot in conversations back then.
In 1978, the Sex Pistols split but punk continued in various forms. Never a fan of bands such as GBH, The Exploited etc, I became a New Romantic and then a Goth. My mum didn't like that either.
Today, I have become a boring businesswoman with ordinary hair and no black lipstick. My mum likes me now. The Sex Pistols reformed and they look even older than me. I still play all my old LPs, and I still get that punky sneer on my face when I listen to them.. Strangely enough though, I have never felt the urge to spit at anyone..................
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