Guest Columnist of the Month
You hear the news once again… one of your favorite
bands from yesteryear is back together and touring. They’re
playing at _______________ for $20 a ticket. Yeah, you only
paid $5 to see them in 1978/80/82/84/86 but you were only
making $3.25 an hour then. Now you’re making $13.25
an hour so it all comes out in the wash, right? Now all
you have to do is waiting.
curse of the Punk Rock Reunion Band is in full swing,
and let me be the first to tell ya that seeing 40+ year
old guys acting like they’re pissed off teenagers
is pretty pathetic. While I used to be the first one in
line to see some living history I’ve come to realize
that 99% of the reunion bands are only doing it for the
the scene for a moment: The Punk Rocker that you idolized
as a 16 year old out to grab the world by the balls is
now a fat, balding letch thinking that what they’re
doing is still relevant because new 16 year old punk rockers
who’ve grabbed the world by the balls with one hand
and forked over weekend-daddy’s credit card to Hot
Topic with the other are willing to swallow whatever has-been
pap the Idol is spewing out. I’m sorry, but someone
still “singing” songs about Reagan 20 years
after its sell-by date is NOT worth the oppressive greenback
you gotta part with.
of the time it would barely even be considered the same
band. If there’s only one original member then is
it really the same band? When the singer is backed up
by people young enough to be their kid (and in one case
that I know of it actually IS the guitar player’s
kid [The Lewd]) how can it be a “reunion”?
here are some specific examples I’ve had the “pleasure”
of seeing in the last few years:
D.I. is the typical example of the “Dad
with his kids as the backing band”. Casey Royer
looked about 50, all saggy-cheeked and thin hair. His
band was all Hot Topic fashionistas decked out in just
the right spikes and studs. Mr. Royer did his best to
appeal to the kids by wearing plaid bondage pants, something
he wasn’t really known for back in the day. One
original member and it’s the same band as “Johnny’s
Got A Problem”? Not in my book.
The Dickies were the same story; Len and
Stan as the grumpy old men, and some of the neighbor kids
as the rhythm section. Can this really be called The Dickies?
Punk Rocker that you idolized as a 16 year old
out to grab the world by the balls is now a fat,
balding letch thinking that what they’re
doing is still relevant"
I never liked Agnostic Front so I didn’t
pay any attention to them, aside from their encore cover
of a Cock Sparrer song played just so the “skinheads”
in the crowd would know that AF were the real deal. Something
AF never would have done back in the day.
The Damned had the Capt. and Dave. They
played all the old hits that have lost any kind of spark
they might have had in the 70’s.
didn’t see the Misfit (as Jerry’s the Only
one left I refuse to refer to them in the plural form!)
so I can’t comment on that aside from saying that
when you’ve got someone who played a minor role
in the Misfits, someone who played a minor role in Black
Flag, and someone who played a minor role in the Ramones
you know all three are desperate for attention and cash.