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    Zombina and the Skeletones.
    Here we are in 2013, 30 years since the death of original punk rock, yet the spirit of that flash movement lives on in various guises and forms. Some real, some misguided. Here at The Daft Punk we help you out in deciphering the true from the false in the latest news.

    As we write, Johnny Rotten is touring the UK and last week played O2 academy, Liverpool with Public Image Limited to a sell-out audience of young and old. The message that “Anger is an Energy” still resonates with youth today in a way that it did when first calling for Anarchy in the UK as a Sex Pistol. The sad truth you’re more likely to see JR on a butter advert or a reality jungle than a music channel hits hard. Whichever side of the fence you fall P.I.L. sound better than ever.

    Verdict: Punk! £5 a pint but sounding amazing!


    Steve Albini

    Celebrating a landmark anniversary with a remastered reissue, 20 years have passed since the conception of In Utero by Nirvana. The attitude and wisdom of its producer Steve Albini is and always has been firmly rooted in punk rock. The recently surfaced letter to the band shows you don’t need a lot of money to make great music. “How much you choose to pay me will not affect my enthusiasm for the record,” writes Albini in one of the most punk rock manifestos to appear on the net since Iggy Pop’s 18-page rider.

    Verdict: Punk rock!



    Pussy Riot

    While we find ourselves at this impasse of retrospective nostalgia we look to the embryonic nation of Russia where a punk band 2 years on still remain imprisoned for anarchy in the former USSR and anti-Christian behaviour; something the UK seemingly embraced over 30 years ago. The plight of Pussy Riot has never been more poignant as Nadezhda Tolokonnikova continues a hunger strike against the conditions of a Russian prison. Another member Maria Alyokhina withdrew her plea for early release in solidarity with her bandmate.


    Verdict: Not Punk! Wake up Russia and free Pussy Riot.



    Dr Martens

    At the other end of the scale, the business of punk rock, the commodity, Dr. Martens has reportedly been valued and bought at £300m. The iconic footwear of the anarchic and rebellious is symbolic as Mohawks and safety pins. Who knows what the next 50 years on the frontline of punk fashion will bring? Owners now know they’ll be walking on more than air cushioned Luftwaffe rubber. Could future DM’s owners have diamonds on the soles of their shoes?


    Verdict: Not Punk! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    As early-bird tickets for Europe’s biggest punk rock festival Rebellion are selling out for 2014, the Vans Warped Tour is about to get underway with two massive days in London. While NOFX are confirmed for Rebellion, Enter Shikari and Rise Against headline Alexandra Palace.

    Verdict: Punk! Great line-ups!


    On home soil, here in Liverpool, Halloween provides a great opportunity for a party and no one loves dressing up more than Zombina and the Skeletones. The evergreen horror pop-punks headline The Kazimier on 31st October. If you prefer something more spandex driven, there is a wrestling themed fancy dress party at Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Renshaw Street with performances from Salem Rages and more.

    Verdict: Punk! Keep it colourful!

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