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  • Punk Rockers Knock Christmas

    12/20/2013 4:45:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    What's been called the "War on Christmas" is often a case of secular liberals wanting to engage in Christmas denial. In the name of not wanting to offend people of minority faiths (or no faith), they remove the C-word from department store catalogs and Christmas songs from public school concerts, leaving us with lame messages about snow. But there's another kind of Christmas denial: the kind that simply stomps on Christianity as ridiculous and kicks over the nativity set. Take the atheist punk band Bad Religion and its new record of Christmas songs they found "hilarious" to record. Co-founder Brett...
  • Obama weighs in on Pussy Riot Sentence

    08/17/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT · by beebuster2000 · 45 replies
    wapoblog ^ | august 17, 2012 | david nakamura
    At his daily briefing, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the administration is “disappointed by the Pussy Riot verdict. While we understand the group’s behavior was offensive for some, we have concerns about the way these young women were treated by the Russian judicial system.”
  • (Muslim) Aceh ‘Punks’ Arrested for ‘Re-education’

    12/14/2011 7:09:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    The Jakarta Globe ^ | December 13, 2011 | Nurdin Hasan
    Aceh ‘Punks’ Arrested for ‘Re-education’ Banda Aceh. Dozens of young people were being held and punished by Aceh police on Tuesday for the supposed crime of being “punk,” despite not being charged with any crime nor being brought before a court. The 64 music lovers, some of whom had come from as far as Jakarta and West Java, were arrested by regular and Shariah police as they held a charity concert in Banda Aceh’s Taman Budaya park on Saturday night. Banda Aceh police took the arrestees on Tuesday afternoon to the Aceh State Police School for “reeducation.” Aceh police chief...
  • A Last Night Among the Spirits at the Chelsea Hotel (closes to guests)

    08/01/2011 9:58:29 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2011 | CARA BUCKLEY
    ...Saturday night was, by all indications, the last night that the Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street would be open to guests, though the duration of the closing, the first in its history, was unknown. The building is to be sold for over $80 million to the developer Joseph Chetrit, though the deal had not closed as of Sunday, according to someone close to the matter, who asked not to be named because the negotiations were confidential. Extensive renovations are expected to take at least a year. The hotel’s 100 permanent residents will be allowed to stay, but they have...
  • God Save Wills and Kate by Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols frontman Lydon wishes Royal couple well)

    11/18/2010 12:42:14 PM PST · by Stoat · 6 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | November 18, 2010 | SEAN HAMILTON
      Well-wisher ... John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in Sex Pistols anthem God Save The Queen By SEAN HAMILTON AS snarling punk idol Johnny Rotten, singer John Lydon famously railed against the monarchy in The Sex Pistols' Seventies anthem God Save The Queen. So you might not expect him to join well-wishers queuing to congratulate Prince William and Kate. Here he tells SEAN HAMILTON why he wishes them well. WHEN I heard William had popped the question to Kate, I had a nice cup of tea for them. Later on, I might even put some bucks fizz...
  • Muslim-Hindu punk rock bands part of new movement

    01/02/2010 10:30:43 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies · 568+ views
    AP ^ | January 2, 2010 | RUSSELL CONTRERAS
    WAYLAND, Mass. (AP) -- A small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants and sparking new bands across America. Bands like The Kominas (kuh-MEE'-nahs), based in Wayland, Mass., are trying to use their music to explore their identities as Americans and fight stereotypes about South Asian immigrants.
  • (Joan) JETT IN BATTLE OF THE EX-BAND (Runaways)

    08/25/2009 10:57:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies · 3,440+ views
    New York Post ^ | August 23, 2009 | By JANON FISHER
    <p>Joan Jett has a black heart for a former bandmate.</p> <p>The hard-rocking frontwoman is suing a bassist of her first band, the Runaways, for blocking a film about the all-girl hard-rock group.</p> <p>Jacqueline Fuchs, a k a Jackie Fox, who played for the band from December 1975 to June 1977, claims to own a piece of its trademark and has gone out of her way to disrupt the biopic, titled "The Runaways."</p>
  • Band of (punk) brothers

    06/16/2009 11:47:06 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 31 replies · 1,381+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 06/17/09 | Jessica Fargen
    A South Shore preteen band named after a Dropkick Murphys song about a drunken bruiser is getting support from their punk rock heroes as they fight for the right to perform in bars. Ken Casey, a Dropkick Murphys founding member, told the 9, 10, 11 and 12-year-old members of Barroom Heroes yesterday: We survived and so can you. “Most of the good punk songs out there are about the man keeping you down. You are not a true punk band until you’ve been shut down,” Casey said yesterday in a Herald interview before he invited members of the pint-sized band...
  • Punk Rock Label Endorses McCain/ Palin

    10/31/2008 7:40:48 PM PDT · by toughwuss · 87 replies · 2,782+ views
    Indie Punk Rock Record label Endorses McCain/Palin! Thats cool! Heres what they said: _______________________________________________________________ We Endorse JOHN McCAIN for president! Current mood: anxious I know this isn't going to be cool.... and it does not necesserily represent the opinions of the bands on the label..... and I do normally try to keep politics out of the label business, but this election is too important to sit on the sidelines. I know many of you think anything "establishment" is bad... and you've got disgust for anything GW Bush and (the party that birthed him) the Republicans (and I would agree...
  • Belinda Carlisle's son wants to raise $1,000 for Obama prior to Oct. 24th!

    09/18/2008 2:43:59 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 35 replies · 1,358+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9/17/08 | James Duke Mason
    James Duke Mason, son of famous international singer and former Go-Go's lead singer Belinda Carlisle is an Obama supporter and wants to raise $1,000 for the campaign prior to Oct. 24th. He says "I recognize that Obama will change America".... he also said that "My Mom and her friends have already given me $315.00".... he wants to be part of the "movement of change in America". James has lived in France since he was a toddler. Belinda moved her family (her husband is Morgan Mason, son of famed film actor James Mason) to the French countryside in 1992.
  • Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO?

    06/24/2008 7:19:30 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 124 replies · 304+ views
    The "Musicians Who Turn 50", "Musicians Who Turn 60", "Favorite Drummer" and "Favorite Guitarist" were such hit threads on FR, I've decided to do this one. Who is your favorite SONGWRITING DUO? We all know that Lennon-McCartney were amazing together and possibly the best songwriting duo ever. They might be mentioned several times on this thread. If you choose John & Paul, be specific about which song and lyric(s).
  • Magical Fifty -- Musicians Who Turn 50 This Year!

    06/12/2008 5:21:05 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 54 replies · 2,029+ views
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Vinny Appice, Anita Baker, Jello Biafra, Andrea Bocelli, Simon LeBon, Kate Bush, Belinda Carlisle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shaun Cassidy, Darby Crash, Randy DeBarge, Bruce Dickinson, Thomas Dolby, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Siobhan Fahey, Neil Finn, Bela Fleck, Martin Fry, Lisa Germano, Grandmaster Flash, Jools Holland, Ice-T, Alan Jackson, Michael Jackson, Tony James, Joan Jett, Al Jourgensen, Nik Kershaw, Sammy Kershaw, Limahl, Madonna, Bird McIntyre, Mike Mills, Thurston Moore, Alannah Miles, Gary Numan, Michael Penn, Vicki Peterson, Prince, Stacey Q, Will Sergeant, Nikki Sixx, David Sylvian, Toyah, Tanya Tucker, Paul Weller, Jane Wiedlin, Jah Wobble.
  • Totally 80's Hair Attack Sandbox: "The Godd, The Bad & The Ugly!"

    05/18/2008 11:01:10 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 270 replies · 29,132+ views
    And The Winners Are....
  • Belinda Carlisle Endorses Hillary!

    04/30/2008 3:27:32 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 64 replies · 1,461+ views
    Well, actually, maybe it would’ve been an “important” endorsement 25 years ago? This is video of James Duke Mason, son of 1980’s pop sensation Belinda Carlisle and former Reagan administration official Morgan Mason (who is the son of legendary actor James Mason) — telling the world that his Mom Belinda is endorsing Hillary Clinton! Heaven IS a Place on Earth, Hillary!
  • Controversial Cell Phone Ad Pokes Fun at Holocaust

    09/14/2007 4:32:54 AM PDT · by timsbella · 27 replies · 3,690+ views
    City News Toronto ^ | 14 September 2007 | City News Staff (Toronto)
    It was supposed to be a harmless advertisement for a telecommunications company, but all it ended up demonstrating was an advertiser's negligence and extremely poor taste. The Solo Mobile ad, which Thursday hung high above the crowds inside Downsview Station, depicts a tearful woman wearing a series of buttons, one of which reads "Belsen was a gas," a reference to Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp used during the Second World War. CityNews was notified of the offensive ad by an angry viewer, who like many we spoke to, had little to say in favour of the tasteless display. "I was...
  • Henry Rollins [hardcore band] vs the Australian Govt

    02/18/2006 6:16:13 PM PST · by freedom44 · 63 replies · 1,287+ views ^ | 02/18/06 |
    AMERICAN rocker and writer Henry Rollins was reported to the National Security hotline during his recent Australian tour because of a book he was reading on a flight to Brisbane. A furious Rollins was informed he was "nominated as a possible threat" for reading Jihad: The Rise Of Militant Islam In Central Asia, writes Kathy McCabe. The incident happened on a flight from Auckland on the recent Big Day Out tour. Rollins told Australian fans during his tour that he received a letter from a "nice woman" who worked "in one of those government areas that deals with anti-terrorism matters."...
  • Star-Studded Event Kicks Off Efforts to Save CBGB

    08/03/2005 10:34:23 AM PDT · by weegee · 30 replies · 1,200+ views
    Spin Magazine ^ | August 2, 2005 | Alyssa Rashbaum
    Steven Van Zandt, Tommy Ramone, Debbie Harry, Ted Leo, Jesse Malin, and more band together to save the beleaguered NY landmark. Debbie Harry performs Blondie classics at CBGB, hopefully not for the last time. / Photo by Lane Brown If the graffiti-splattered, poster-covered walls of CBGB could talk, aside from asking for a good scrubbing, they might wax nostalgic about an era when they watched the Ramones grow up and fantasized as Debbie Harry sauntered across the stage. With those legendary walls facing possible demolition in a month, the venue's owner kicked off a month-long campaign on Monday to save...
  • Rock tribute to Warsaw Uprising legend

    03/21/2005 9:08:07 AM PST · by twinself · 31 replies · 1,165+ views
    Gazeta Wyborcza ^ | 03.21.2005 | Robert Sankowski
    LP about Warsaw Uprising by Lao Che rock group will gets to music shops today. - These were young people like us. We decided to make a record about the time of moral test - say the musicians. They come from Plock. Age average in this band is twenty something. They played heavy metal and hip-hop. Under the name Lao Che they've been working since 1999. They do not resemble a typical rock band. Before they start writing a song they discuss the vision of new album very long, research the subject thoroughly they intend to speak of. Their first...
  • Johnny Ramone of 'The Ramones' Dies at 55 (his favorite President was Reagan)

    09/16/2004 7:17:06 AM PDT · by ma bell · 23 replies · 1,202+ views
    LOS ANGELES - Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band "The Ramones" that influenced a generation of rockers, has died. He was 55. AP Photo AP Photo Slideshow: Musician Johnny Ramone Dies at 55 Johnny Ramone of 'The Ramones' Dies at 55 (AP Video) Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo Vega. "He was the guy with a strategy. He was the guy who not only looked after the band's...
  • (Vanity) Can you help out the conservative punk band "Attila and the Huns"?

    05/01/2005 11:16:41 PM PDT · by jeffo · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Hi, I am the Dad of "Attila and the Huns", a rock/punk band that has had numerous songs debut here on Free Republic (for instance, the Michael Moore skewering Hateful Lies and the post-election "nyah nyah" The Better Man Won. The band is one of 28 in the Orlando region picked to compete in a competition sponsored by Zippo Lighters... first prize includes an actual tour. Friends, if you have enjoyed these kids' work in the past, please go to their site ( and click on the banner for the Zippo Hot Tour. You'll have to register, but once you...
  • Less Swearing on TV, Demands Former Sex Pistol

    03/04/2005 3:34:16 PM PST · by Brainhose · 11 replies · 486+ views
    Lake Titicaca ^ | Today | Brainhose
    Former Sex Pistols performer Glen Matlock calls for less profanity in Music and TV now that he has children.HEY GLEN! could it be 30 years too late??I love how these aging Punk rockers have suddenly found themselves now that they have kids.The Sex Pistols were very popular when I was in High School. I never understood the attraction myself. I was into the Beatles, the Stones, the B52s, DevoNeil Young... etc. I never cared for the groups that used profanity at the drop of a hat. Call me an old fogey!
  • Swearing Is Just Pathetic, Says Sex Pistol Star

    02/28/2005 4:37:01 PM PST · by ambrose · 26 replies · 946+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 2.28.05
    Mon 28 Feb 2005 4:26pm (UK) Swearing Is Just Pathetic, Says Sex Pistol Star By Anita Singh, PA Showbusiness Editor They outraged the nation with their four-letter outburst on teatime television – but former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock now says he disapproves of swearing. The band’s bassist claims repeated use of the f-word is “pathetic”. Now a respectable family man, Matlock does not like his children, aged 11 and seven, hearing obscenities on the radio or TV. “It’s pathetic when people just swear for the sake of it,” the 48-year-old tells a Channel 4 show this Sunday. “Something ought to...
  • Rock & Roll Cemetery (Johnny Ramone statue unveiled)

    01/19/2005 6:36:13 PM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 843+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | JANUARY 21 - 27, 2005 | Dan Kapelovitz
    Linda Cummings arrived at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in a white, backless, nearly see-through mini-halter dress, white fur jacket and white high-heeled go-go boots. Not exactly site-specific attire, but then again, she is Johnny Ramone’s widow. Various celebs milled about, including Anthony Kiedis, who showed up wearing a Johnny Ramone–style hairdo to go with the anorexic-model type on his arm. The crowd included everyone from mohawked gutter punks in leather jackets and bondage pants to businessmen in three-piece suits. They had all come for last Friday’s unveiling of the Johnny Ramone memorial statue. Ramone (born John Cummings) died in September from...
  • Life of punker Johnny Ramone celebrated with bronze statue - Unveil Jan14 Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    01/08/2005 12:36:33 PM PST · by weegee · 9 replies · 3,229+ views
    AP via Ottawa Citizen ^ | Jan 8 2005 | no byline
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - Late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone is being immortalized with a bronze statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Ramone, co-founder and guitarist of The Ramones, was 55 when he died of prostate cancer on Sept. 15, 2004, at his Los Angeles home. The statue is near the grave of bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The Johnny Ramone monument, created by artist Wayne Toth, shows Ramone playing his Mosrite guitar and it features the words, "If a man can judge success by how many great friends he has, then I have...
  • Conservative Punk Marine - (A "Pat Tillman" of the punk rock music world...)

    12/29/2004 7:58:29 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 64 replies · 4,173+ views
    In 1997, Michale Graves, then lead singer for the horror punk rock group the Misfits, found himself on tour in Germany at the site where the Berlin Wall once stood. He took home with him a piece of that wall and with a few years' time, a bold commitment to fighting the mindset that built it. Punk rock is all about resisting the establishment. But punk rock itself has an establishment that is driven by Left wing, anti-war, anti-life, anti-faith politics. To scream, as Green Day does in its new CD "American Idiot," "I'm not a part of a redneck...
  • Ramone's Mom Blasts Widow

    12/22/2004 11:25:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 580+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 23, 2004 | Richard Johnson
    A BITTER battle over Johnny Ramone's estate has pit Stella Cummings, the 79-year-old mother of the legendary guitarist, against his wife, Linda Cummings. Stella Cummings claims that Johnny, who died in September of prostate cancer, had promised her $2,500 a month, but she suspects Linda somehow convinced the punk rock pioneer to leave her out of his will.
  • The "Con" in ConPunk

    11/05/2004 1:07:33 PM PST · by weegee · 9 replies · 557+ views
    Perfect Sound Forever ^ | Oct. 29, 2004 | Joseph Larkin
    The irony of “conservative punk,” or ConPunk as it’s uncommonly known, is not lost on yours truly. According to my thesaurus, “conformist” is a synonym of “conservative.” We’ve heard enough about and Rock against Bush in the past year to be swayed into thinking that punk rock – the few remaining bones of punk rock’s corpse not already sold to television commercials – is decidedly liberal. But punk rock’s history is steeped in conservative politics; it should come as no surprise that there’s been a rise in conservative punk in recent years. To those who choose not to take...
  • NYT: Little Steven's Big Crusade (Garage Rock festival, bands old/new - Sat August 14th)

    08/13/2004 4:56:11 PM PDT · by weegee · 22 replies · 647+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: August 11, 2004 | By BEN SISARIO
    To hear Steven Van Zandt tell it, he had no choice. He had simply wanted to do a two-hour radio show, no big deal, on which he could play some of the garage rock he loves and have some fun. But when he pitched the idea to syndicators, what they told him forced him to turn his hobby into a crusade. "They said, 'Stevie, baby, we love you,' " he said, his eyes wide in mock disbelief, "but we cannot get rock 'n' roll on the radio anymore.' " Big pause. "And it was like, aaarrrggghh," he said, his voice...
  • For conservative punks, it’s about (equal) time

    08/03/2004 10:34:49 PM PDT · by paltz · 13 replies · 681+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/3/04 | By Michael E. Ross
    “God bless President Bush, and God bless America!” shouted Johnny Ramone, center, flanked by Dee Dee Ramone, left, and Marky Ramone at the Ramones’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2002. Johnny Ramone's statement pointed to the growing impact of conservatism on younger voters.
  • Punk Rock Hates America?

    07/21/2004 8:29:48 AM PDT · by locochupacabra · 79 replies · 1,170+ views ^ | 7/21/04 | Michale Graves
    Punk Rock Hates America? by Michale Graves 21 July 2004 Groups like are the spearhead of young liberal-minded activist organizations backed by and aligned with big money corporations and groups like, PETA and NARAL. The counter culture of the 1960’s has clearly infused itself within the system and has spawned a new generation of young activists and revolutionary minded leaders with a new sense of fury. They are entrenched in their idealistic views and relativist thinking.  They are the blame America first groups. Whatever has happened to us we have done worse.  They are the present day counterculture...
  • New York Dolls Bassist Dies (Arthur "Killer" Kane)

    07/14/2004 5:08:26 PM PDT · by MikalM · 3 replies · 418+ views
    Billboard ^ | 7/14/04 | Jonathan Cohen
    New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane died last night (July 13) in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia, the group's manager confirms to He was 55. The reunited Dolls were fresh off a well-received appearance at Morrissey's Meltdown Festival in London last month and had also opened some of Morrissey's concerts in May in New York. It is unclear if the David Johansen-led group will still perform next month at Little Steven's International Underground Garage Festival in New York. The Dolls are scheduled to release an album for Morrissey's Attack imprint in September, but no details have been...
  • Ramones Guitarist Losing Fight with Cancer -Report

    06/15/2004 7:23:26 PM PDT · by NYC GOP Chick · 72 replies · 256+ views
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The guitarist with pioneering punk rock band the Ramones is fighting a losing a battle with cancer in a Los Angeles hospital, Rolling Stone magazine reported on its Web site on Tuesday. Johnny Ramone, 55, whose real name is John Cummings, was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago, and it has now spread throughout his body, quoted the band's drummer, Marky Ramone, as saying. "Johnny's been a champ in confronting this, but at this point I think the chances are slim," Marky Ramone said in the report. "John never smoked cigarettes, he wasn't a...
  • Punk Rock Guitarist Robert Quine Found Dead

    06/07/2004 5:46:52 PM PDT · by NYC GOP Chick · 135 replies · 381+ views
    Reuters, via Yahoo ^ | 6.7.2004 | Chris Morris and Jonathan Cohen
    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Billboard) - Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, was found dead Saturday in his New York apartment. He was 61.   According to close friend and guitar maker Rick Kelly, who discovered Quine's body, the musician died of a heroin overdose Memorial Day weekend. He had been despondent over the recent death of his wife. Born in Akron, Ohio, Quine was heavily influenced by the Velvet Underground, whose music he recorded obsessively while living in San Francisco. He moved to New York in 1971 and became the lead guitarist for bassist Richard Hell's...
  • Pro-Republican Punk Song (Vanity)

    06/03/2004 10:03:06 PM PDT · by jeffo · 29 replies · 196+ views
    Hi there, my kids (ages 18 down to 12), disgusted with their favorite rock/punk bands turning off their brains and organizing a "Rock against Bush" CD, have written and performed their own Patriotic/Pro Republican song "Whats Wrong", and I am so proud of them for making this statement I thought I would use my self-imposed one vanity per year to see if anyone would like to hear it. Its on Streaming Audio at (the name of their band is Attila and the Huns). The lyrics are out there as well. Hopefully even if its not your style, you can...
  • Punk Rock, Diversity, and the Gonzo Conservatives

    05/16/2004 10:31:25 AM PDT · by mattdono · 45 replies · 1,719+ views ^ | April 6, 2004 | Dave Smalley
    In 2004, punk rock fans don't have to all be the same. Sheep are the same. Lemmings are the same. But punk rock fans should never demand sameness, be it from the left or the right. A healthy democracy depends on a free thinking, engaged citizenry -- and a healthy punk rock scene should be the FIRST to welcome ideological diversity. I call punk rock conservatives gonzo conservatives. This is not your father's conservatism. Gonzo conservatives have done and seen things their fathers never could have imagined, and right alongside punks on the left. Gonzos are inked and scarred and...
  • George W Bush: Punk icon?

    05/13/2004 11:38:29 PM PDT · by weegee · 74 replies · 8,756+ views
    BBC ^ | Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 10:01 GMT 11:01 UK | By Damian Fowler
    George W Bush: Punk icon? By Damian Fowler BBC reporter in New York It sounds unlikely, but there is a surprising new subculture emerging in the United States: Republican punk rockers. In his knee-high Dr Martens and with his head shaved, Michale Graves is the Bush-friendly face of punk rock. He is the front man for the band Gotham Road, which has just kicked off its US tour. On stage he belts out angry, obscure lyrics, but offstage he is also known for his conservative rants and raves. "The leftist radical agenda seems to be resonating loudly from within pop...
  • Punk Bands Release Anti-Bush Protest CD

    04/20/2004 3:53:26 AM PDT · by kattracks · 49 replies · 912+ views ^ | 4/20/04 | Susan Jones
    ( - A 26-song CD coming out on Tuesday urges punk music fans to "Rock Against Bush." For the "especially low price of $8.98," those fans can hear various bands "uniting against a common enemy." Three of the songs on the CD are titled "Moron," "Warbrain," and "No W." Others include "The School of Assassins" and "Sink, Florida, Sink." According to the punk record label Fat Wreck Chords, which is releasing the CD, 17 of the 26 songs are "unreleased and exclusive," from bands including Social Distortion, NOFX, Ataris, Anti-Flag, New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Descendents, Ministry, and others. A...
  • A Bush Surprise: Fright-Wing Support

    03/20/2004 6:10:32 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 117 replies · 672+ views
    NY Times ^ | 3-20-04 | WARREN ST. JOHN
    With his mohawk, ratty fatigues, assorted chains and his menagerie of tattoos — swallows on each shoulder, a nautical star on his back and the logo of the Bouncing Souls, a New York City punk band, on his right leg — 22-year-old Nick Rizzuto is the very picture of counterculture alienation. But it's when he talks politics that Mr. Rizzuto sounds like a real radical, for a punk anyway. Mr. Rizzuto is adamantly in favor of lowering taxes and for school vouchers, and against campaign finance laws; his favorite Supreme Court justice is Clarence Thomas; he plans to vote for...
  • Punk-Rock Bands Seek to Register Voters Wed Feb 25, 8:14 AM ET

    03/01/2004 12:36:47 PM PST · by NotchJohnson · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/1/04 | ADAM ASHTON
    Bleached-blond Mohawk? Check. Ripped and faded blue jeans? Check. Silver-studded dog collar? Check. Political science textbook? Check. Pierced and tattooed rockers are in for a mosh-pit civics lesson this year. Nearly 200 bands are lining up to lambaste President Bush (news - web sites) and try to register a half-million voters through the Punk Voter coalition. These bands say they can harness votes from the average liberal-leaning but disenfranchised punk-rock fan with a combination of politically charged lyrics and constant reminders about civic duty in a time of war. "If you don't find yourself in the voting booth you may...
  • Punk-rock bands sing out election messages

    02/28/2004 9:30:48 AM PST · by GeneD · 5 replies · 230+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleached-blond Mohawk? Check. Ripped and faded blue jeans? Check. Silver-studded dog collar? Check. Political science textbook? Check.</p> <p>Pierced and tattooed rockers are in for a mosh-pit civics lesson this year. Nearly 200 bands are lining up to lambaste President Bush and try to register a half-million voters through the Punk Voter coalition.</p>
  • Getting out the alienated vote

    02/24/2004 1:18:22 PM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 141+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/24/04 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>The backlash is hitting San Francisco punk rocker Mike Burkett, better known in punk circles as Fat Mike. His perceived sin: launching a national effort to get punk rockers to vote.</p> <p>In Fat Mike's world, you're a sellout if you've got a big record contract, let alone talk up mainstream politics. Which explains the reaction the 37- year-old head of the San Francisco punk label Fat Wreck Chords has received for starting last fall and spending $100,000 on the effort.</p>
  • Getting out the alienated vote Punk rockers' attempts to pitch elections to peers is no easy sell

    02/24/2004 4:34:40 PM PST · by mylife · 8 replies · 233+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/24/04 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>The backlash is hitting San Francisco punk rocker Mike Burkett, better known in punk circles as Fat Mike. His perceived sin: launching a national effort to get punk rockers to vote.</p> <p>In Fat Mike's world, you're a sellout if you've got a big record contract, let alone talk up mainstream politics. Which explains the reaction the 37- year-old head of the San Francisco punk label Fat Wreck Chords has received for starting last fall and spending $100,000 on the effort.</p>
  • Meningitis-stricken teens attended same concert

    09/30/2003 1:01:43 PM PDT · by bicycle thug · 2 replies · 1,042+ views ^ | Sep 30 2003 | By Tim Christie
    A Eugene teen-ager killed by bacterial meningitis and a second one made critically ill by the same virulent disease attended the same punk rock show at the WOW Hall during the Eugene Celebration, public health investigators said Monday. Both 16-year-old Mani Shimada, who died last Thursday, and 15-year-old Christina Norton, who fell ill Sunday and is listed in critical condition, were sickened by bacterial meningitis. Also known as meningococcal disease, the illness can progress at a frightening pace and lead to death if not quickly treated. Both attended the Sept. 20 "Bloodstains Across Eugene" music show at the WOW Hall,...
  • Ramones, Clash Top (Rhino) Punk Box - Four-disc anthology due in October

    07/30/2003 12:06:05 PM PDT · by weegee · 44 replies · 471+ views
    Rolling Stone ^ | July 28, 2003 | COLIN DEVENISH
    Rhino Records will release a four-disc punk box set, Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated? The '70s Punk Rebellion, on October 28th. Following in the footsteps of the garage-rock anthology Nuggets, the set is designed to serve as a punk rock primer, spanning 1973 to 1980. "I'm not doing this set for people who were there the first time or to 'give the kids a history lesson,'" says the collection's producer Gary Stewart. "I'm hoping that somebody new to rock & roll who just picked up albums by the White Stripes, Good Charlotte or Radiohead will find much to...
  • Never mind the WMDs: here's the Sex Pistols

    07/15/2003 10:22:09 PM PDT · by Recourse · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 12, 2003 | ABC News
    Last Update: Saturday, July 12, 2003. 9:40am (AEST) Never mind the WMDs: here's the Sex Pistols British punk band the Sex Pistols want to bring their particular brand of anarchy to Iraq, vowing to play a live concert in Baghdad with the message that democracy has its pitfalls. In an interview posted on the MTV music channel website, Pistols' front man John Lydon, who was known as Johnny Rotten during the punk heyday, said the reformed band hoped to set up the concert for sometime early next year. "I am definite about it," Lydon said. "The red tape is lining...
  • Police make arrest in 1993 Mia Zapata slaying

    01/14/2003 10:39:22 PM PST · by I_Love_My_Husband · 29 replies · 497+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/11/03 | Tracy Johnson
    Saturday, January 11, 2003 Police make arrest in 1993 Mia Zapata slaying By TRACY JOHNSON SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER The 1993 killing of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata, which baffled police and her fans for nearly a decade, appears to have been solved with the arrest of a man in Miami. Police say they used DNA evidence to tie Jesus Mezquia, 48, to the slaying. The Gits, from left, were: Steve Moriarty, Matt Dresdner, Joe Spleen and Mia Zapata. Mezquia was arrested late Friday. He is a Cuban native who lives in the Florida Keys, where police searched his home Saturday,...