A Handy Punk Primer? “They first met in stables full of rubbish.”
Above Photo: Death to The XTC and Eater Single Covers!
The below, superb two minute TV item (it says Japanese on the description but it’s Iranian) is so full of misleading anti-Punk and anti-Western soundbites that it’s a ‘Must Watch’.
I learnt so much about Punk from it.
For example, did you know that the first place Punks gathered “was in a stable”?
Are they not confusing the story of Punk, which was pretty major, with a Christian fairy story? But, true to Punk, this stable was chosen because “it was full of rubbish” (unlike their brilliant report, of course).
I was also much obliged for this snippet: “They decided to shave their heads like horses and to live like animals.”
I always knew Punks had enemies, but to call them the “fruit of the selfishness of the West,” seems a bit far-fetched. But fear not, because worse was to come. For example, Punks, we are told, are “infected tumours on the body of Western Civilisation.”
Surely it must be true if Iranian TV said it?
The segment first aired on a 1980s British TV show hosted by Derek Jameson called ‘Do They Mean Us?’, which was a humorous look at how the British were viewed around the world.
All the photos I used in this article are examples of modern-day Iranian Street Art, which is one of a very few ways Iranians can express their discontent towards their own stifling regime nowadays.
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