Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock, they produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; the term "punk rock" was first used by certain American rock critics in the early 1970s to describe 1960s garage bands and subsequent acts perceived as stylistic inheritors. Between 1974 and 1976 the movement now called. By late 1976, bands such as Television and the Ramones in New York City, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned in London, the Saints in Brisbane were recognized as forming its vanguard; as 1977 approached, punk became a major and controversial cultural phenomenon in the UK. It spawned a punk subculture expressing youthful rebellion through distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies.
In 1977 the influence of the music and subculture became more pervasive. It took root in a wide range of local scenes that rejected affiliation with the mainstream. In the late 1970s, punk experienced a second wave as new acts that were not active during its formative years adopted the style. By the early 1980s, faster and more aggressive subgenres such as hardcore punk, street punk and anarcho-punk became the predominant modes of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk pursued other musical directions, giving rise to spinoffs such as post-punk, new wave, indie pop, alternative rock, noise rock. By the 1990s, punk re-emerged in the mainstream with the success of punk rock and pop punk bands such as Green Day, The Offspring, Blink-182; the first wave of punk rock was "aggressively modern" and differed from what came before. According to Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, "In its initial form, a lot of stuff was innovative and exciting. What happens is that people who could not hold a candle to the likes of Hendrix started noodling away.
Soon you had endless solos. By 1973, I knew that what was needed was some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock'n' roll." John Holmstrom, founding editor of Punk magazine, recalls feeling "punk rock had to come along because the rock scene had become so tame that like Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel were being called rock and roll, when to me and other fans and roll meant this wild and rebellious music." In critic Robert Christgau's description, "It was a subculture that scornfully rejected the political idealism and Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth." Technical accessibility and a Do. UK pub rock from 1972-1975 contributed to the emergence of punk rock by developing a network of small venues, such as pubs, where non-mainstream bands could play. Pub rock introduced the idea of independent record labels, such as Stiff Records, which put out basic, low-cost records. Pub rock bands put out small pressings of their records. In the early days of punk rock, this DIY ethic stood in marked contrast to what those in the scene regarded as the ostentatious musical effects and technological demands of many mainstream rock bands.
Musical virtuosity was looked on with suspicion. According to Holmstrom, punk rock was "rock and roll by people who didn't have many skills as musicians but still felt the need to express themselves through music". In December 1976, the English fanzine Sideburns published a now-famous illustration of three chords, captioned "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band"; the title of a 1980 single by the New York punk band Stimulators, "Loud Fast Rules!", inscribed a catchphrase for punk's basic musical approach. Some of British punk rock's leading figures made a show of rejecting not only contemporary mainstream rock and the broader culture it was associated with, but their own most celebrated music predecessors: "No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones in 1977", declared the Clash song "1977"; the previous year, when the punk rock revolution began in Great Britain, was to be both a musical and a cultural "Year Zero". As nostalgia was discarded, many in the scene adopted a nihilistic attitude summed up by the Sex Pistols slogan "No Future".
While "self-imposed alienation" was common among "drunk punks" and "gutter punks", there was always a tension between their nihilistic outlook and the "radical leftist utopianism" of bands such as Crass, who found positive, liberating meaning in the movement. As a Clash associate describes singer Joe Strummer's outlook, "Punk rock is meant to be our freedom. We're meant to be able to do what we want to do."The issue of authenticity is important in the punk subculture—the pejorative term "poseur" is applied to those who associate with punk and adopt its stylistic attributes but are deemed not to share or understand the underlying values and philosophy. Scholar Daniel S. Traber argues that "attaining authenticity in the punk identity can be difficult".
Where Quality Is Job Number 1
Where Quality Is Job #1 is a double-7" EP by the punk rock band Propagandhi, released by Recess Records in 1994. It contains live recordings; the sound quality and packaging are consciously poor, featuring hand-written etched designs instead of labels as well as a confusing error and doodle-filled liner note sheet with reference to songs that did not appear on the EP while omitting songs that did. 7" #1 Side F "Die for the Flag" – 4:01 – 1:01Side U "Degrassi Jr. High Dropouts" 0:04 "Bent" – 2:30 "Greenest Eyes" – 1:03 "Who Will Help Me Bake This Bread?" – 2:397" #2 Side C "Kill Bill Harcus" – 1:12 "Support Gun Control... Kill a Hunter" – 1:48 "Hidden Curriculum" – 1:04Side K Off "Gov't Cartoons" – 3:43 "Leg-Hold Trap" – 2:58 Rather than label the sides as A, B, C, D, Propagandhi chose "F", "U", "C", "K Off"; the compilation album, Where Quantity is Job #1, is a reference to this early release. Despite having similar titles and artwork, only "Leg-Hold Trap," "Gov't Cartoons," Bent," and "Hidden Curriculum" were included on Where Quantity is Job #1 as were the songs "White, Proud And Stupid" and "Fine Day" which were listed on the liner note insert sheet but did not appear on this EP.
There is a five-second snippet of "Degrassi Jr. High Dropouts" at the beginning of Side "U." The song appears in its entirety on Where Quantity is Job #1. "Greenest Eyes" is an early version and first part of the song "Showdown" on How to Clean Everything. "Kill Bill Harcus" is an early version of the song "The Only Good Fascist is a Very Dead Fascist" on Less Talk, More Rock
The Recovered EP
The Recovered EP is a digital EP released by Propagandhi on April 6, 2010. It comprises three unreleased tracks from the How To Clean Everything and Less Talk, More Rock sessions, remixed by lead singer and guitarist Chris Hannah; the EP was released to benefit Partners in Health. "What Price Will You Pay?" – 1:50 "Leg-Hold Trap" – 2:34 "Gamble" – 4:15 "What Price Will You Pay?" was written by Code of Honor and "Gamble" was by The Lowest of the Low. Both covers have drum and bass tracks from the Less Talk, More Rock master tapes, with new guitar and vocal tracks recorded by Chris Hannah at his home studio in 2009. "Leg-Hold Trap" was recorded during the How to Clean Everything sessions, but was vetoed from the album. It is a Toothpick Hercules cover and one of the few Propagandhi songs sung by bassist John K. Samson. Digital liner notes
How to Clean Everything
How to Clean Everything is the first album by the punk rock band Propagandhi, released in 1993. In 2006, the album was ranked as the highest rated punk album of 1993 on Sputnikmusic. Vocalist Chris Hannah said about the album: I dig it. We still play songs from that record; when I hear them and I play them, the message still resonates with me and I can see the 20 year old Chris writing those songs. It’s still fun, I still get a kick out of it; when we play them these days, they seem seamless in the set, with the new songs. There's a bit of a difference in terms of the depth and dimension. I just don't like; that moment in time. I’m just like, "Jesus Christ, turn that fucking thing off", but I don’t regret it. I’m not trying to hide that record from people. I just can't lie to people and tell them we're going to make another. On August 20, 2013, the album was re-released via Fat Wreck, on CD, green vinyl, light blue/white vinyl with the songs "Pigs Will Pay", "Homophobes Are Just Mad Cause They Can't Get Laid" and "Leg-Hold Trap", plus four original demos.
Chris Hannah - guitar, vocals Jord Samolesky - drums, background vocals John K. Samson - bass, vocals official lyrics album information at Fat Wreck Chords
Propagandhi is a Canadian punk rock band formed in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba in 1986 by guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky. The band is located in Winnipeg and completed by bassist Todd Kowalski and guitarist Sulynn Hago. While their earlier work was aligned with the punk rock and skate punk tradition, in years Propagandhi records have moved towards a heavier and more technical heavy metal-influenced sound. Both in their lyrics and hands-on activism, the band's members champion various left wing and anarchist causes and veganism, have taken a vocal stance against human rights violations, racism, homophobia, imperialism and organized religion. In 1986, Samolesky and Hannah recruited original bassist Scott Hopper via a "progressive thrash band looking for bass player" flyer posted in a local record shop. Hopper was replaced three years by Mike Braumeister, which completed the first lineup to perform live. After the band established itself through several demos and larger shows, including one with Fugazi, Braumeister moved to Vancouver, John K. Samson became the band's third bassist.
In 1992, Propagandhi played a show with California punk rock band NOFX and included in their set a cover version of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me". Impressed by their performance, NOFX front man Fat Mike signed them to his independent record label Fat Wreck Chords; the band accompanied him to Los Angeles, where they recorded their debut album, How to Clean Everything, released in 1993. The band spent the next three years touring and issuing several smaller releases, including the How to Clean a Couple o' Things single on Fat Wreck Chords, a split 10" record with I Spy, a split 7" with F. Y. P, the double 7" Where Quality is Job No. 1, the latter three on Recess Records. In 1996, they released their second album, Less Talk, More Rock, via Fat Wreck Chords; the title was ironic, as they had become well known for lengthy song explanations and speeches during live performances. The album was more politicized than its predecessor, with such song titles as "Apparently, I'm a'P. C. Fascist'", "Nailing Descartes to the Wall/ Meat Is Still Murder", "...
And We Thought Nation-States Were a Bad Idea". Ramsey Kanaan, founder of the anarchist publishing company AK Press, appears on "A Public Dis-Service Announcement from Shell" as the voice of the petroleum multinational. Partial proceeds of the album were donated to other activist groups. Less Talk, More Rock caused some controversy at the time of its release due to the band's pro feminism and "gay positive" stance which, according to Hannah, clashed with the sexist and homophobic culture of the West Coast punk rock scene that the band had become associated with. After Less Talk, More Rock's release, Samson formed The Weakerthans. Todd Kowalski of Propagandhi's touring mates I Spy and the political grindcore band Swallowing Shit, replaced him. Hannah and Samolesky founded the record label G7 Welcoming Committee Records, which released The Weakerthans' first album; the label structured itself around the participatory economic proposals of Robin Hahnel and Michael Albert. The band issued. 1, a collection of EP and compilation tracks and live songs.
In 2001, Propagandhi released their third album, Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes. The album was considered by some to be a major departure from their previous works; the song titles and lyrics of Today's Empires, Tomorrow's Ashes furthered the sphere of their political views, bolstered by the addition of Kowalski's aggressive songwriting and an increased density of guitar lines. The album includes enhanced content, with political videos and essays concerning such topics as COINTELPRO and the Black Panther Party. Propagandhi released the album Potemkin City Limits on October 18, 2005. Like its predecessor, the album features multimedia content, with a number of PDF files on topics such as participatory economics and veganism, links to websites of organizations that Propagandhi support; the album's opening track, "A Speculative Fiction", won the 2006 SOCAN Songwriting Prize by online vote. Propagandhi pledged to use the $5000 prize to make donations to the Haiti Action Network and The Welcome Place, an organization in Winnipeg for which they'd done volunteer work which helps refugees start new lives in Manitoba.
Hannah adopted the pseudonym Glen Lambert in the run-up to and immediate aftermath of the release of Potemkin City Limits, causing confusion among some fans and commentators. This coincided with the addition of second guitarist David Guillas, marking the band's first four-piece lineup in their then-twenty year career. Guillas, nicknamed "The Beaver", was a former member of two Winnipeg-based rock outfits, Giant Sons and Rough Music. Hannah had stated that he had been a fan of, influenced by, Guillas' work in Giant Sons. In 2007, the band released a DVD entitled Live from Occupied Territory, which features a recording of their set at The Zoo in Winnipeg on July 19, 2003. Proceeds of the DVD benefit the Middle East Children's Alliance. Included on the DVD are two full-length documentaries: Peace and the Promised Land, As Long as the Rivers Flow; the band spent the following years working on their fifth record. During the recording sessions, Hannah stated that to his ears the record "resemble a nuclear-powered space-age composite of Potemkin City Limits, Less Talk More Rock, Giant Son's Anthology and
In politics and economics, a Potemkin village is any construction built to deceive others into thinking that a situation is better than it is. The term comes from stories of a fake portable village built to impress Empress Catherine II by her former lover Grigory Potemkin during her journey to Crimea in 1787. While modern historians claim accounts of this portable village are exaggerated, the original story was that Potemkin erected phony portable settlements along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to impress the Russian Empress. Grigory Potemkin was a minister and lover of the Russian Empress Catherine II. After the Russian annexation of Crimea from the Ottoman Empire and liquidation of the Cossack Zaporozhian Sich, Potemkin became governor of the region. Crimea had been devastated by the war, the Muslim Tatar inhabitants of Crimea were viewed as a potential fifth column of the Ottoman Empire. In 1787, as a new war was about to break out between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, Catherine II with her court and several ambassadors made an unprecedented six-month trip to New Russia.
One purpose of this trip was to impress Russia's allies prior to the war. Another purpose was to familiarize herself directly, with her new possessions. To help accomplish this, Potemkin set up "mobile villages" on the banks of the Dnieper River; as soon as the barge carrying the Empress and ambassadors arrived, Potemkin's men, dressed as peasants, would populate the village. Once the barge left, the village was disassembled rebuilt downstream overnight. Modern historians are divided on the degree of truth behind the Potemkin village story, some writers argue that the story is an exaggeration. According to Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Potemkin's most comprehensive English-language biographer, the tale of elaborate, fake settlements with glowing fires designed to comfort the monarch and her entourage as they surveyed the barren territory at night, is fictional. Aleksandr Panchenko, an established specialist on 19th-century Russia, used original correspondence and memoirs to conclude that the Potemkin villages are a myth.
He writes: "Based on the above said we must conclude that the myth of'Potemkin villages' is a myth, not an established fact." He writes that "Potyomkin indeed decorated existing cities and villages, but made no secret that this was a decoration". The close relationship between Potemkin and the empress would make it difficult for him to deceive her. Thus, the deception would have been directed towards the foreign ambassadors accompanying the imperial party. Although "Potemkin village" has come to mean in a political context, any hollow or false construct, physical or figurative, meant to hide an undesirable or damaging situation, it is possible that the phrase cannot be applied to its own original historical inspiration. According to some historians, some of the buildings were real and others were constructed to show what the region would look like in the near future and at least Catherine and also her foreign visitors knew which were which. According to these historians, the claims of deception were part of a defamation campaign against Potemkin.
According to a legend, in 1787, when Catherine passed through Tula on her way back from the trip, the local governor Mikhail Krechetnikov indeed attempted a deception of that kind in order to hide the effects of a bad harvest. Western visitors to the Soviet Union were controlled by the secret police during the Soviet famine of 1932–33, e.g. Édouard Herriot said that Soviet Ukraine was "like a garden in full bloom". Following the Manchurian Incident, China's referral of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria to the League of Nations in 1931, the League's representative was given a tour of the "truly Manchurian" parts of the region, it was meant to prove. Japan withdrew from the League the following year. North Korea has a Potemkin village called Kijongdong; the Nazi German Theresienstadt concentration camp, called "the Paradise Ghetto" in World War II, was designed as a concentration camp that could be shown to the Red Cross, but was a Potemkin village: attractive at first, but deceptive and lethal, with high death rates from malnutrition and contagious diseases.
It served as a way-station to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Henry A. Wallace visited a Soviet penal labor camp in Magadan in 1944 and believed that the prisoners were volunteers. In 1998, the energy services company Enron built and maintained a fake trading floor on the 6th story of its downtown Houston headquarters; the trading floor was used to impress Wall Street analysts attending Enron's annual shareholders meeting and included rehearsals conducted by Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. According to journalist and author Rory Carroll, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez had routes in Caracas that would be visited by foreign dignitaries fixed up, with workers placing new paint on the streets and painting rocks and other fragments that were inside of potholes. In 2010, 22 vacant houses in a blighted part of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, were disguised with fake doors and windows painted on the plywood panels used to close them up, so the houses looked occupied. A similar program has been undertaken in Cincinnati.
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How to Clean a Couple o' Things
How to Clean a Couple o' Things is a 7" EP released by Propagandhi alongside their debut album, How to Clean Everything. The artwork consisted of photos and text stuck over the NOFX release The P. M. R. C. Can Suck on This!. NOFX used the already-layered artwork for their Fuck the Kids EP and added a few more things to it. "Pigs Will Pay" "Stick the Fucking Flag Up Your Ass, You Skinhead Creep"