Compiled with passion and many years of research, both Punk77 and Bored Teenager have documented punk music with a marked difference. Take a tour for yourself, and as you journey from page to page, some band names will jump out, and require no introduction – the Adverts or Generation X, for instance. But, in between, you will see interesting profiles of lesser known but influential punk bands such as the Skunks, The Brownshirts, The Spitfire Boys and Seventeen. Whose musicians continue to inspire the punk, and post-punk revolution that continues to reshape popular music today. No matter what your opinion about the era, there have been some influential UK bands and social ideology that has changed popular culture all over the world. 1977 punk bands took multiple influences and merged them into their own attitude, to be loud, be obnoxious and make your own rules.
Detour records site Bored Teenager, is managed by Dizzy, a mod, that everyone from the era knows. I have had the pleasure of working with him on some band research projects. He seems like a real genuine guy, a very nice man with solid ethical value, and I really like him. I worked with Paul at Punk77 on the Why Control / Bombsite profile, he was a more behind the scenes type of guy. Paul's useful research, and recent book about the Roxy punk venue [video below], is a credit to the punk scene.
OK we all have our heroes from the period, but it was the movement as a whole that left behind a residue. It was this influence that came from regional bands originating from "brash and showy" Liverpool, "angry and introvert" Manchester," punk and reggae" Birmingham, or "saint and sinner" Glasgow that gave the overall movement enough historical horse power and continue to pulsate.
Many people have benefited from Paul and Dizzy's service. Both guys have contributed to the awareness of UK social expression and talent. For stimulating the momentum, I want to say "thanks to both of you". To everyone else I want to say "are we ready to have another go"?