Discussion in 'Fire Lotus Tavern' started by Sean Silverfoot, Jan 16, 2016.
This was great, can't believe I never heard of them.
Arguably one of the first ever Punk bands who received little credit for having one of the earliest places in Punk history. Even today they're well overlooked and little noted, as a great white wave of other bands made much larger splashes within only slightly later bands.
You can really see the lead guitar dominant down strokes in this video of them which is the basic hallmark of all Punk, yet you can also hear that hint of Funk still left over in their music creations.
Others may point to earlier songs as being Punk, yet if it doesn't have those dominant lead guitar's down strokes, then it's just a weird song (pre-proto-punk possibly) and not exactly true Proto-Punk. "Death" and their songs from 1974, all have that Punk style which we now know today. But as for Death themselves, they were arguably the first Punk yet got tsunami'ed early, almost just after their first Punk release.
Because Punk first began in Death, one could also say that Punk came from Funk from inside it's egg from Death itself It's just another new sound that was immediately taken-over by the white man with most of the American record companies still stuck in the age of Elvis and Motown having almost abandon Funk, preferring to concentrate their capital monetary investments in their iconic Motown sound. Did Death influence anyone else's entry into Punk? That's also an arguable subject, but I tend to believe that they were "just the first" of a larger influential wave that was searching beyond Rock, as Rock had become almost entirely commercialized by 1974. Instrumentals were becoming obsolete, yet with the Beach sounds, still inspiring those lead guitarists that were still being discovered emerging from their neighborhood garage combo's. I say this because as you may see, their lyrics were quite sparse and seemingly quite random, as if raw strait out of those garage band creative dynamics.
But it really depends on the definition of what Punk is the individual has, to truly say when Punk began. For me, the beginning is with the dominant down-stroke coupled with erratic lyrics. For all the love I have for such bands as the Ramones, I detect an additive of the English band's styled lyrics, sort of like "The Beatles and Buddy Holly mixed with Punk" because they were a more "corporate produced" band from corporate mixing studios.
Thinking about all this makes me want to get out my blue hair gel and give it a good morning splash! ~TL~
Today's tune that's stuck in my head...
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