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Getting Pissed To Punk (With the Sex Pistols and The Dead Boys) in The Kettle of Fish, Greenwich Village, New York.

Getting Pissed To Punk (With the Sex Pistols and The Dead Boys) in The Kettle of Fish, Greenwich Village, New York.

Above Photo: US Punk Band the Dead Boys’ Young Loud and Snotty Album cover – one of my earliest Punk records, and a band I saw in Liverpool in 1978.

Whenever I’m in New York, one of my favourite place to drink is in the Kettle of Fish, on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

Blurred optics - and I'm not talking about the bottles.

Blurred optics – and I’m not talking about the bottles.

Far more illustrious company has also frequented the Kettle of Fish over the decades, including Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan.

Jack Kerouac at the Kettle of Fish in the 1950s (Jerry Yulsman).

Jack Kerouac at the Kettle of Fish in the 1950s (Jerry Yulsman).

When I was in New York recently, my friend and I visited the bar again for a fantastic few drinks one evening.

With Byron Bishop in the Kettle of Fish, Greenwich Village, New York.

With Byron Bishop in the Kettle of Fish, Greenwich Village, New York.

When we walked in, to my astonishment, “Submission”, one of my favourite tracks off the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind The Bollocks album was playing.

SUBMISSION-SEX PISTOLS

Later I almost fell off my chair (although to be fair, that might have been alcohol-related) when I heard “Sonic Reducer” by the Dead Boys. The Dead Boys were an early and unforgettable US Punk band I saw back in the late 1970s in Liverpool, and they actually get a mention in Bombed Out!.

Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer

All of which simply reaffirms that the Kettle of Fish is a great place to drink if you’re into Punk music, when  you’re lucky enough to find yourself in New York.

A smeary end to a bleary night in the Kettle recently.

A smeary end to a bleary night in the Kettle recently.

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