ONE needs to flick through the dusty
annals of rock-lore to remember that 1977
was the year of punk. An exclusively
British phenomenon, or so it appeared.
fought pitched battles with drapes in the
Kings Road Saturday afternoon civil wars,
the Jubilee was denounced, a generation
of newly born infants were force-taught
nappy knotting due to safety pins
becoming a scarce lapel-adorning (or
nose-decorating for the really daring
even her majesty's regal nostril
did not escape) commodity.
years of revolting musical sycophancy,
anything American was severely ridiculed.
that, then peanut vendor ruled territory
of the USA, a few things were stirring
and new wildly rancid musical forms
springing to life. Six thousand miles
from the Roxy and unaware of the London
new wave explosion guitarist Greg Ginn
and bassist Chuck Dukowsky were piecing
together the ingredients for their own
band of untamed angry energy.
handle was Black Flag and the place, a
suburb of Los Angeles called Hermosa
"We were really into the Detroit
bands. The Stooges and MC5 and also a
Detroit band called the Dogs who were
playing in L.A. We liked Black Sabbath
and Little Richard too which was the
stuff that really inspired us to start
the Ramones came out they started a whole
new thing with us. A lot of people think
we heard the Sex Pistols but we were
encouraged by the Ramones really. We
didn't hear the U.K. stuff until much
later. was really a parallel scene
happening in L.A. and England."
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