Punk’s not dead

Back in the day in Belfast many people didn’t give a shit (language – ED) what ‘side’ or ‘community’ you were from.

If you had the attitude, could (kinda) sing, had a guitar or a drum-kit (or the means to get one on HP from Session Music) you were in the band.

The Stiffs for example:

Last night the BBC broadcast two fantastic documentaries The Irish Rock Story:  A Tale of Two Cities and Irish Rock at the BBC (both available for those outside the UK by clicking the links).

Perhaps the great Terri Hooley (as portrayed by Richard Dormer in Good Vibrations) summed is up best:

Get well soon Terri Hooley




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  • ‘Punk’ died a long time ago…
    And, for the most part, good riddance.

  • Makhno


  • Granni Trixie

    Glad to hear you’re alive and well.
    Do you miss the thran-ness of “here”?

  • Trixie, still Pining away in exile!!

  • chrisjones2

    yeah…bring back Val Doonican and Perry Como eh. You cant beat a chorus of Delaneys Donkey

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    NI’s politics shares the same nihilism of punk. Unfortunately the nihilism of our politics has not yet died. At least punk had a sense of fun along with rebellion against the frustration of stagnation. Ultimately of course it was pointless. However, like all youth movements, it was transitory and that is regrettable. Our politics’ pointlessness is here to stay for an uncomfortably long period of time.

  • Granni Trixie

    Yes,fun indeed. I was a wannabe punk. I remember gong to college on Falls Rd with a piece of toast pinned to my lapel. Rebel without or with a cause?

  • Makhno

    I’d say that it had a bigger long term impact on people and society, than just another trend. Without wanting to overclaim, I can still see an attitude in some people, who like me, were teenagers during this period, created our own songs and bands (sometimes instruments), met people from the ‘other side’ for the first time, and engaged in critiques of authority, from no matter where. For me, that’s the crucial bit, and I’m not saying previous generations didn’t do this, but the homemade element of punk fed this part of the world into a global cultural mainline, and possibly a different type of politics. I would think and hope that the punk generation are heavily represented in the almost 50% not voting in Assembly elections. And perhaps more of them are involved in other politics. The nihilism was a part, but not the totality of the punk ‘thing’.

  • Biftergreenthumb

    Punk is not dead….it just smells that way.

  • Practically_Family

    When lyrics are sprayed on city walls with the approval and funding of the City Council. Punk is very, very dead.