I was never a punk. In high school I was a trendy little femme who liked the Smiths and sixties music. Duckie was my fashion icon. The only punk rock I listened to was the Dead Milkmen.
The king of the punks at my school was a senior named Alex who came to class one morning with perfectly spiked hair. Multiple four-inch spikes of Ziggy-red hair held up with egg whites or Elmer’s or some other gravity defying concoction. While he was walking down the hall some big dumb jock took a donut and placed it on one of those epic spikes.
Alex left the donut on his head for the rest of the day.
To me, that epitomizes punk rock. You make a personal statement that goes against the grain, you get hassled for it, but ultimately you subvert that mockery by reclaiming it and making it your own.
I didn’t see any donuts at Riot Fest this year but there was no shortage of that same punk rock attitude.
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MP3: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes -” Country Roads” (John Denver cover) from Have Another Ball, out July 8 on Fat Wreck Chords.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their debut album, the band is “releasing the second installment of recordings from the original session. The wildly popular Have a Ball was initially recorded as a double album, but the band decided that the two disc extravaganza might be too much rock for the uninitiated masses.”
“Desperado” by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Another MP3 from Love Their Country, courtesy of Spin’s Hey, This Is Awesome. We previously posted their Dixie Chicks cover, which some crafty YouTuber has mixed up with the original video.
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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes cover the Dixie Chicks: “Goodbye Earl” from Love Their Country, due October 17 on Fat Wreck Chords. Via punknews.