So this is New Year’s Eve, another year over, a new one about to begin. For a while today thought I might be seeing the new year in with a gang of teenagers, but they came, they drank alcopops, smoked a few fat roll-ups, listened to Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and the Human League and left. So now I can sit here with a civilised bottle of chilled white wine listening to MTV Dance [pump up the jam] and thinking about Kill Your Pet Puppy online.
It is kinda weird. I guess the weirdest thing is the distance between the music on KYPP online and the music which actually got played at Puppy Mansions. There are practical problems – putting some of the music up would annoy record labels, and other of the music is just plain lost. For example I had (may still have) a tape of an album by The Misunderstood which myself and Tony really loved. The Misunderstood were an obscure US sixties psychedelic group much praised by John Peel- hear them at http://www.myspace.com/themisunderstood1966
-which I am doing now
Then – how about The Associates? See KYPP 4, mates of Iggy from Dundee. And Charge, also in KYPP 4. Stu P. of Charge (sadly now deceased) became a good friend of the Puppy Collective… Bauhaus were interviewed in KYPP 3 and I remember us going to see them (with Joy Division? ) at the University of London Union on Mallet Street. And lets not forget Adam and the Ants – despite Tony’s ‘hard to write with tears in my eyes’ piece in KYPP 1, we still danced around our handbags to their pop singles /Kings of the Wild Frontier and went to see Bow Wow Wow at ? The Lyceum?
Punk puritans we were not – see Cory’s “Make -up for Urban Guerillas” in KYPP5. Maybe it was an age thing. Looking at the Southern Records ’Crass Forum’ http://www.southern.com/southern/forum/viewforum.php?id=24
and some of the comments here, yer actual ‘anarcho-punks’ were a younger generation who picked up on punk as teens/pre-teens from 1978 onwards.
Puppies like myself were of the glam generation. For kids who grew up in the sixties (like Sid Vicious – born 1957, a year before me – and his 1967 summer of love /Action Man quote “I didn’t even know the Summer of Love was happening. I was too busy playing with my Action Man”) glam rock was our first love- Bolan, Bowie, Roxy Music, Lou Reed (Transformer), Cockney Rebel . We came of age in 1976 – and our punk was glammed up rather than crassed down. The New York Dolls would be our link from glam to punk – although some of us- (well me at least) went through a prog rock phase – Hawkwind, ELP. Yes, Genesis, Van Der Graff Generator in the gap between glam and punk. And David Bowie’s 1974 ‘Diamond Dogs’ with its 1984 theme prefigured Crass…This ain’t rocknroll. this is genocide!
And in the death
As the last few corpses lay rotting on the slimy thoroughfare
The shutters lifted in inches in Temperance Building
High on Poacher’s Hill
And red mutant eyes gaze down on Hunger City
No more big wheels
Fleas the size of rats sucked on rats the size of cats
And ten thousand peoploids split into small tribes
Coveting the highest of the sterile skyscrapers
Like packs of dogs assaulting the glass fronts of Love-Me Avenue
Ripping and rewrapping mink and shiny silver fox, now legwarmers
Family badge of sapphire and cracked emerald
Any day now …The Year of the Diamond Dogs
Oh caress yourself, my juicy
For my hands have all but withered
Oh dress yourself my urchin one, for I hear them on the stairs
Because of all we’ve seen, because of all we’ve said
We are the dead
We are the dead
We are the dead
The Apostles this ain’t . Too decadent (in all our decadence people die).
Which in the end is my point. I love KYPP online, I love it to death (another glam / Alice Cooper quote)… but let us not forget the ambiguities of our gothic punk heritage which conflict with the certainties of our anarchist punk perceptions. Black clad we were not, glam punks we were.
Rebel Pet Puppies – Hot tramps- I love you so!
You’ve got your mother in a whirl
She’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl
Hey babe, your hair’s alright
Hey babe, let’s go out tonight
You like me, and I like it all
We like dancing and we look divine
You love bands when they’re playing hard
You want more and you want it fast
They put you down, they say I’m wrong
You tacky thing, you put them on
Rebel Rebel, you’ve torn your dress
Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess
Rebel Rebel, how could they know?
Hot tramp, I love you so!
In all our decadence we shall live again…
AL Puppy 00.15:01:01:2008 era vulgaris