PUNK'S NOT DAD
So you will appreciate my surprise when arriving outside the venue (with my trusty sidekick The Pitman) to find a minor riot occurring, with at least 5 police vans in attendance, blue lights blazing and bodies in various states of disrepair strewn across the street. I'm sure there was some police brutality going on but it was difficult to know who was thumping who given the number of people indulging in the pugilistic mayhem. It fair brought a tear of nostalgia to my eye (or maybe that was the pepper spray). Anyway it turned out that the pub had also been booked for a wake and that the suited revellers were not in fact here to see tonights headliners Punks Not Dad.
Now I have always had a problem with bands like Crass who were unable
to write any song without it having a right-on message, and in some
'The kids don't understand us,They think we're full
But lets get this straight these blokes can really play their instruments,
with a big Pistols guitar sound, and can make a fine old racket that
They take to the stage and launch straight into 'We are the Dads', a Sham 69 reworking if ever I heard one, which is warmly greeted by the sizeable crowd bolstered by the last stragglers from the wake who are slowly drinking themselves into oblivion. The band go for the original punk look with thin ties and jackets festooned with badges and safety pins, although I was a bit alarmed to see that their drummer appeared to be Adrian Childs from BBC1's The One Show.
'The Boy looked at Johnny' starts off with Pretty Vacant style intro that Steve Jones would have been proud of and rattles along at a fine old rate. However at this point part of the audience turned a bit nasty and the band were stopped mid song. It took me back to The Clash in 1980 at Sophia Gardens when Mick Jones put down his guitar to plead with the crowd to stop fighting (oh the nostalgia of it all!). However having ejected the trouble makers the boys continued apace belting out 'Permanent Frustration' and finishing with their chart topper(?) 'Punks Not Dad' with its cracking God Save The Queen guitar lick.
If you want a excellent night out, and prefer you punk with a smile on its face, you could worse than check out Punks Not Dad when they next visit your manor. Sid Life-Crisis (Vox), Joe Strimmer (Bass), Johnny Cardigan (Guitar) and Steve Jones (Banging) I salute you !!