Tag: punk


  • Vibrate You by King Adora

    Vibrate You by King Adora

    King Adora arrived before quickly vanishing completely, a standout cameo in a really shit film. Though they’re gone, Vibrate You is still here, always somewhere close to me. Hands up if you form emotional connections with albums? 2001 was a strange time which demanded strange music made by odd people. I knew I wanted to […]

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  • The Path to Happiness

    The Path to Happiness

    Most writers arrive fully-formed, their debut novel hailed as something special and original. That or they’re just ignored and left to fend for themselves. The word ‘debut’ carries a special cache around the publishing industry. I started off performing live shows, writing my own stories, hoping to be published one day. Twilight was a huge […]

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  • Vampira, a love story

    Vampira, a love story

    Vampira exists in a few clips and the hearts of her fans, who have kept her memory alive for decades. When I think of Vampira, usually around the end of October every year, I wonder if she knew her work was pioneering. Everything about her perfectly summed up the time, yet sent it up as […]

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  • Benefactor by Romeo Void

    Benefactor by Romeo Void

    Let’s have it right: no other band sound, or made sounds like Romeo Void. It isn’t just the saxophone or the synths. Romeo Void had something else that set it apart from other songwriters and musicians – her name is Debora Iyall and her writing was fundamentally rooted in poetry, while her appearance was striking […]

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  • Ping Pong Bitches by Ping Ping Bitches

    Ping Pong Bitches by Ping Ping Bitches

    The Sunday Mail seemed to live at the side of the couch until the next edition appeared. At this point in my life, when I was heading to college, the Sunday newspapers felt like a mandatory part of working class life. Everyone read the News of the World and (here in Scotland) the Sunday Mail. […]

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  • Juvenilia by Liz Phair

    Juvenilia by Liz Phair

    Juvenilia is an EP by Liz Phair released in 1995 by Matador Records. Ostensibly a single for Jealousy, a track taken from her second album Whip-Smart (which I still listen to quite often), it also shows a more playful side to a singer/songwriter often written off by male journalists because she never quite became what […]

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  • Nemesisters by Babes In Toyland

    Nemesisters by Babes In Toyland

    Last week while cleaning out my Cupboard of Crap, where all the junk and clutter fits even when there’s no space left, I suddenly remembered something I’d forgot about for years. There I stood with a pair of gloves and a mask, trying not to breathe in years of dormant dust, when a box marked […]

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  • Frankenchrist by Dead Kennedys

    Frankenchrist by Dead Kennedys

    The Dead Kennedys. They’re the most ‘punk’ punk band of all time. They represent the highest standard in which all other punk bands should be judged. As a band, as a force, they were political, righteous, and always willing to fight for their beliefs. What a lot of people didn’t get (and still don’t) is […]

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  • The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    The Future Of War by Atari Teenage Riot

    Years before Prodigy released their seminal Fat Of The Land, there was Atari Teenage Riot making a racket with their acerbic digital punk. The Future of War, their second album, was the logical conclusion of the futuristic fusion of aggressive guitar riffs and skull-caving beats. Atari Teenage Riot’s original incarnation – Alec Empire, Hanin Elias, […]

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  • Goo by Sonic Youth

    Goo by Sonic Youth

    Some records are defiantly underground. Others are absolutely mainstream. Then there’s Goo by Sonic Youth. Though released on a major label (Geffen), it looks and sounds like the work of artists hellbent on confusing the listener. Sonic Youth always had the reputation of confounding expectations; they were serious about what they did but had a […]

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