Take Heed

Punk is a state of mind not just another media label (JB)

We’ll stripmine your underground culture, take a bite out and rinse it clean, give ourselves credit for creating it then sell-it back to you at twice the price (JB)

That’s exactly what happened with the punk movement, music industry took the idea and promoted certain bands that fitted the media “punk” image. That had people believe punk was about swearing in songs, spitting on bands etc etc.
When really punk was about collaborative spirit, a desire to come together through music to change things for the better. The music “scene” was just a small part of the movement a way of communicating and sharing ideas for change whether the environment or society.
This song Take Heed and another called Chickenshit Conformist put this across very well. M
Flux Of Pink Indians – Take Heed: http://youtu.be/p5pyMXL_9Bw

Take Heed
The music business got really scared
When punks created their own Alternative system
One that was honest and really cared
So they set out to destroy what punk had created
By dividing those involved
Choosing cult names and hatred
The gutter press said punks should spit and fight
And the puppet punks were fooled alright
They began to sniff aerosol and tubes of glue
Because the paper said that’s what real punks do
like spitting on bands covering them in shit
Even though they knew if they were playing, they wouldn’t like it
The promoters wanted to put a stop
to the cheap gigs bands arranged on their own
So they introduced more lies and once the seeds were sown
The puppet punks began to smash up halls
Believing they were having a real ball
But the destruction meant nothing at all
They were just dancing to the tunes
That big businessmen called
Very soon bands couldn’t afford to do their own gigs
And the promoters had won
They got their own way
Protecting their halls with bouncers
They decided which bands could play
And best of all they controlled the price that we all have to pay
Punk belongs to the punks
Not the businessmen
They need us, we don’t need them
Punk will never be dead
As long as some of us refuse to be led
The rip-off merchants were quick to cash in
And the puppet punks parted with their hard earned cash
To buy the exploiter’s rip-off trash
Unable to see that these people only sell shit
As long as the people are willing to buy it

Flux of Pink Indians

Encouraging Apathy?

Lyrics for Billboard No1 singles have average reading age of 8yrs old. (Well they don’t want to encourage people to think now do they?)

Encouraging Apathy?
I often wonder if younger people might be a little bit more engaged with politics if they were exposed to politics a little bit more through the people they look-up to and are obviously influenced by, such as musicians, songwriters, comedians, entertainment in general. I think this because from my early teens onwards, the musicians/music/artists/poets/writers I listened to and read were very political, lyrically etc. There were shows like Spitting Image and comedians/entertainers like Ben Elton, although you could describe those two as somewhat mainstream I’m giving them as an example only.Many of my influences could be described as “anti-establishment” the bands and groups printing their own protest pamphlets detailing the different injustices of the time and what groups/organisations were doing to stand up against the wrongs throughout the world, we may not have had social media but we came together through creativity, art, music, poetry etc, it certainly made me and many others more aware of the world around me, offering different points of view, some I agreed with some I despised, but there was more on offer than a bland manufactured consensus and it was a catalyst that enabled me to question, then look for my own answers and come up with a hopefully informed opinion. Something which I feel seems sadly lacking in those that are influencing younger people these days.