PUNK ROCK EXPLODED ONTO THE LONDON SCENE IN 1976, BUT AS IT GAINED PACE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ITS IDEALS WERE EFFECTIVELY EMASCULATED AS THE MOVEMENT'S LEADING...... more
PUNK ROCK EXPLODED ONTO THE LONDON SCENE IN 1976, BUT AS IT GAINED PACE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ITS IDEALS WERE EFFECTIVELY EMASCULATED AS THE MOVEMENT'S LEADING LIGHTS SUCCUMBED TO THE ALLURE OF FILTHY LUCRE, BECOMING THE BITCHES OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA CORPORATIONS. BY 1977 THE RIPPLE EFFECT HAD REACHED FAR FROM THE EPICENTRE TO OTHER BLEAK, RECESSION HIT UK CITIES. PLACES WHERE NO RECORD COMPANY A&R STAFF EVER VENTURED - THE FROZEN WASTES NORTH OF HATFIELD. THE HEADY, PETROLEUM STENCH OF REBELLION BLEW OVER NEWCASTLE, WHERE PUNK ROCK WAS LESS OF A FASHION BANDWAGON, MORE OF AN AMPHETAMINE FUELLED CALL TO ARMS TO DISCONTENTED YOUTH TRYING TO SURVIVE AMID THE URBAN DECAY. IT BECAME A PLATFORM FOR ALIENATED, SOCIALLY EXCLUDED KIDS WITH NO FUTURE AND NO FUN TO CREATE THEIR OWN BIT OF ACTION. IN THE THICK OF IT WAS THE BIG G, WHOSE BLISTERING LIVE PERFORMANCES WERE A CALL TO ARMS TO PUNKS AROUND THE NORTH OF ENGLAND, FANNING THE FLAMES OF YOUTH REBELLION WITH THEIR POWERHOUSE, ROCKET BLASTED SONGS, STREET LEVEL LYRICS AND CONFRONTATIONAL ATTITUDE, REMINISCENT OF IGGY & THE STOOGES OR THE MC5. ....HARRY HACK AND THE BIG G WERE COUNTERCULTURAL REVOLUTIONARY, ANARCHO ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN, GROUCHO MARXIST, ABSURDIST REACTIONARY YIPPIE PUNKS WHO WANTED TO FUCK THE SYSTEM!!. AT LAST SHOWCASES THIS REMARKABLE BAND TO THE WORLD. A BLAST OF SPINE TINGLING NOSTALGIA FOR THOSE "WHO WERE THERE"....OR A SONIC WHITE KNUCKLE RIDE FOR ANYONE WITH NO PREVIOUS NOTION OF THIS RIOTOUS ASSEMBLY!. "JUST WHAT IS IT YOU'RE REBELLING AGAINST JOHNNY?......."WHAT YA GOT?" WAS DEFINITELY THE ATTITUDE. TRACKS FEATURED ... I HATE THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE / ARTSY FARTSY / STARSKY & HUTCH / FUCK THE SYSTEM / APATHY ROW / SOMEONE'S GOTTA LOSE / WAITING FOR THE BLACKOUT / UNRELEASED 7" (ALTERNATE VERSIONS) THAT WAS CUT AT 'PORKY PRIME CUT'. ...I HATE THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE / STARSKY & HUTCH / APATHY ROW)
Advantages: Very funny and ironic Disadvantages: Helps to have a rough idea of apartheid South Africa
...Riotous Assembly is one of the first books written by Tom Sharpe, published in 1971 after his return from living in South Africa. Set during that period of brutal apartheid, the story centres on the South African police force stationed in the fictitious town of Piemberg.
Kommandant Van Heerden is a career policeman who has risen through the ranks to his present position. He is a keen enforcer...
Advantages: Whedon bringing everything together; action Disadvantages: Nothing for me
...If like me you have seen this one building up for the past few years, then the release of Avengers Assemble will have had you counting down the days until it appeared it the cinemas. From the moment Marvel mogul Stan Lee turned his attention from the X-Men to his other blockbuster potential group of stars by soliciting the release of Iron Man, you just knew that this was inevitable. We have seen...
Advantages: A great cast at teh top of their game with a great script and direction. Disadvantages: A bit long and a lack of tension.
...characters get their own musical references, such as military brass and strings for Captian America. But Silvestri doesn?t smother the action with music, instead using it only to underline particular events.
I really enjoyed ?Marvel Avengers Assemble?. Although it wasn?t the best superhero movie I?ve ever seen, it was a fantastic action-packed romp that played on the relationships between the main...