Punk-anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ turns 40

Today, May 27, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Britain’s alternative national anthem God Save the Queen by punk band the Sex Pistols. A song and a band that helped reconnect rock music with culture, participation and rebellion, and resonated far beyond the British shores.

By the time the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen was released, with its criticism of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee, Read more of this post

Punk-hymne fylder 40

I dag, den 27. maj, er det 40 år siden Sex Pistols udgav ”God Save the Queen.” En sang der var med til at ændre Britisk kultur og havde indflydelse langt udenfor Englands grænser – blandt andet i Danmark.

Sex Pistols spillede to koncerter I Daddy’s Dance Hall i København I juli 1977, lige efter udgivelsen af deres mest kendte sand, God Save the Queen. Ligesom det skete i Storbritannien, hvor bands som Joy Division, The Clash og The Cure blev dannet efter hørt Sex Pistols-koncerter, dannede Steen Jørgensen og Peter Peter Sods (senere Sort Sol), efter at have været til koncerten. Read more of this post

Punkhymne lavet på stjålet Bowie-udstyr fylder 40

I dag, den 27. maj, er det 40 år siden Sex Pistols udgav deres alternative nationalsang, ”God Save the Queen.” Sangen blev mødt med lige dele entusiasme og afsky, afhængig af hvor gammel lytteren var, og var med til at give rockmusikken nyt liv som konfronterende og rebelsk musikform.

Punken, som Sex Pistols var den mest kendte eksponent for, var en logisk videreudvikling af rock’n’roll, der fra Gene Vincent og Elvis, til Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls og Bowie, havde kaldt til oprør. Sex Pistols’ forsanger Johnny Rotten var på en måde Ziggy Stardust, med meget dårlige manerer. Read more of this post

Alternative national anthem turns 40

Today, May 27, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Britain’s alternative national anthem God Save the Queen by punk band the Sex Pistols. A song and a band that helped reconnect rock music with culture, participation and rebellion, and resonated in many other placed around the world.

By the time the Sex Pistols’ God Save the Queen was released, with its criticism of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee, Read more of this post

De nye Socialdemokrater

Mette Frederiksen vil vinde regeringsmagten tilbage med klassiske socialdemokratiske dyder, men er ikke meget for at have et fælles politisk projekt med Enhedslisten. Men måske skulle hun overveje det, for de rød-grønnes principprogram minder meget om partiets eget– altså det klassiske fra 1977.

Mette Frederiksens socialdemokrater stemmer mere med de blå end med de røde. Samtidigt siger hun, at kapitalismen er blevet syg, og at hun vil tilbage til ”tidsløse” socialdemokratiske værdier. Read more of this post

Why can’t I vote?

Why can’t I – a British citizen living abroad – register to vote in the next UK general elections, and why must I thus be denied the right to help determine the future of my country, and how it acts internationally, at a time when my vote matters more than ever?

I was born a British citizen in 1972 and have remained one to this day, although I have lived outside the UK (where I grew up in Cambridgeshire) since 1980. I eat marmite on my toast, dream and swear in English, and hope England do well at every World Cup and Euro finals, even though they always end up underachieving.  Read more of this post

The consumerists have no future

One of a million bands emboldened by the laissez-faire possibilities of the internet and studio time, made possible by cheap home studio equipment, no-hopers ‘the consumerists’ are something of a contradiction.

With a name like “the consumerists” and lyrics such as “never fight, your world is wonderful, as long as you always give in,” from the ironic “Give In,” “middle-finger, closed doors” from “Waste Away”, or “endless lies, bitter truths, you are the product” from “The Product,” the band is trying to reach and inform a generation brought up on X-Factor, Facebook and shopping-mall consumerism. Read more of this post