Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Punk is dead, long live Penny Rimbaud
I get the point. And it's true that their trebly guitars and shouty faux-punk vocals are deliberately abrasive. But, well, nothing's truly beyond the pale in music. (Is it?)
About five years ago I caught a nice spoken-word/poetry set from Crass' drummer Penny Rimbaud. Nothing "hostile" about this - still less rock 'n' roll. Instead, it was a hushed affair with the audience hanging on to his little poems and political rants as if they were at a Waterstones author reading. Mind you, he's still happily raging against the machine (Blair, the Iraq war etc). Give me Penny over iconic rock "rebels" like Kurt or Johnny any day.