Thursday, May 04, 2006

Gabba Gabba Hey!

Shejay's review of Electronic Bible Chapter 2:

"Kompleksi (Finland) are the Ramones on synths".

Still gaping with my mouth wide open...

3 comments:

Juri said...

Just when you thought (and hoped) that you'd be compared to Iggy and the Stooges... But hey, The Ramones were great! :P

pHinn said...

I don't mind The Ramones comparison, really, though I have owned only their compilation and the "Road To Ruin" LP. I quite like them, though I can't claim to be any No. 1 fan. I recently watched the documentary film on them with some interest, however. And they were also influenced by 60s Nuggets-type of garage rock, so I think there's some common ground. It's only all the pathetic copycat bands The Ramones spawned that I could really live without. Especially all those neo-punk bores who still think it's '77 in '06.

For me punk was and is about the idea that you can do your thing even without being a virtuoso or having to practice solos in a cellar ten hours a day. The thing they usually sell these days as "punk" is another boring trad./purist/"authentic" sound that has never evolved in any way whatsoever -- "dadpunk". The Ramones we can both thank and blame for many things.

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