Friday, December 14, 2007

Blast from the past

Last night, as I was getting burned out from work, I decided some slacking was in order - in this case that meant Googling anarchopunk bands from the early to mid 1980s. Which brings me to The Apostles, an English band that an old college friend squatted with one summer (this would be the same friend who turned me on to all sorts of great bands from CRASS to Flux of Pink Indians). The band members tended to view themselves as more of a collective than a band per se, and were definitely community activists during those dark years of Thatcherism (which of course have subsequently been replaced by the dark years of New Labour and Blairism). Their sound was eclectic, which of course immediately intrigued me - they didn't quite fit the punk mold outside of a general DIY ethic. Regrettably whatever I might have had of theirs on cassette has long since disappeared, leaving behind only fading memories - with one exception: "To Hell With Leviticus" from their album, The Lives & Times of The Apostles. That tune had some of the most righteous anti-gaybashing lyrics ever. Those cats also had some cool cover art that really tapped into the Zeitgeist of the 1980s, as well as all sorts of useful info for would-be revolutionaries.


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