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Re: "Pop" / RE: (TV) Re: Tom as a punk

On Sun, May 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM, Keith Allison <keith@thewonder.co.uk> wrote:

> What you're talking about is the "anybody can be in a band, you don't have
> to know how to play your instrument" mentality, which is really an English
> idea. It's a social, political rebellion. It had nothing to do with
> Americans.
> Richard Lloyd, Interview on thrustCHAT (2003?)

Hmmm... I'm not sure what he's going for there!  Certainly Americans have
definitely gone through multiple rounds of the populist music/punk rock
thing, from the various waves of folk music to the garage band response to
the British invasion, and definitely a lot of American "punk", and then
later post-punk, new wave, indie, lo-fi or whatever bands were exactly that.
 I'll agree with Richard that the particular American scene with which he
was associated (the one we're trying not to call "early NYC punk") was LESS
about primitive anti-chops attitudes than many subsequent punk-ish related
ones, but saying the Brits did that while the Americans didn't seems an odd
place to draw the line.  Has he heard The Germs? Half Japanese?
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