Thursday, September 20, 2007

Punk Rock Pinup Girls

Punk pock, given its anti-glam posturing, has a surprising share of sex symbols - from Chrissi Hynde to poseurs like Suzie Quattro. Now the modern punk revival, going on in various forms at least since the mid-1980s with Mudhoney and Nirvana, has produced Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah Yeahs.

Punk's anti-aesthetic has appealed to me since the first time I heard the Dead Boys play at Dingwall's on the Camden Locks in London in 1983- stripping back the layers of album-oriented rock to the raw, beating heart of rebellion. Of course, it takes only a few years for the rebels to begin their own march to comformity. As Eric Hoffer so eloquently wrote, "When people are free to do whatever they please, they usually end up imitating each other."

Anyway, here is the latest in a series of really cool videos with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Gold Lion."


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