Vancouver, 1978. So I am over at Glen Ward’s place and he puts an album on for me that he had ordered from Europe and we both were killing ourselves laughing through the whole thing, shaking our heads and pumping our fists, and just so damn high on this horrible, awful, ugly “new” stuff called . . . → Read More: PostArctica: When Punk Rock Hit Vancouver
Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or one of his Conservative minions speak, I think of this song: “Propaganda” by the defunct punk/Oi! band Blitz. The same goes for when I hear Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne or one of her provincial Liberal hacks spew BS talking points. Even though . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Pretty much every time I hear Canadian Prime Minister Stephen…
Video of Jello Biafra appearing on the satirical comedy show Portlandia.
“Yuppies … Yuppies … Yuppies! … How could people let this happen?”
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are on tour right now. See: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/tours.php?sd=x-dgd4VF9l48AYpUWGA
One of the greatest, yet underrated, bands in punk rock is returning to Canada for the first time in about a decade. Stage Bottles, from Frankfurt, Germany, will be playing in Toronto on Friday, April 18 and in Montreal on Saturday, April 19.
For those not familiar with Stage Bottles, they perform . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: One of the greatest, yet underrated, bands in punk rock is…
● “People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” – disgraced American president Richard Nixon
● “I don’t recall. I don’t recall that.” – disgraced American president Ronald Reagan
● “A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: ● “People have got to know whether or not their…
Alright, this is my last anti-Thatcher post of the night. Whew, there sure are a lot of anti-Thatcher songs and videos out there, and I have only posted a fraction of them.
This song isn’t subtle at all. It gets straight to the point. It’s “Maggie” by the Edinburgh, Scotland punk band The Exploited . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Alright, this is my last anti-Thatcher post of the night. Whew,…
This anti-Thatcher song is “We Rule OK” by the working-class Oi! band The Last Resort. Some right-wingers try to claim this band as one of their own, but that is not accurate. The Last Resort are patriotic and pro-working class, not Conservatives or fascists. Here are the lyrics.
We Rule OK
The government policies . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This anti-Thatcher song is “We Rule OK” by the…
A few decades too late, but better late than never.
This music video is a catchy ditty by the South London punk/soul band The Larks. The song is “Maggie Maggie Maggie (Out Out Out)”.
With all the stories across Canada of police brutality (including killings), harassment, rights violations, discrimination, perjury, political bias, corruption (e.g. bribes, smuggling, extortion, drug-dealing) – and seeing almost no consequences for the crimes committed by police officers – it’s extremely difficult to resist the A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards) attitude.
How are . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: With all the stories across Canada of police brutality…
Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers:
The above link is to an interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the punk band Steeltown Spoilers.
Glen talks about his band of course, but he also discusses the economic decline and political destruction of the city he loves. The interview reveals some real . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Interview with Glen “the Hamilton Kid” of the Steeltown Spoilers
“Nazi Scum” by the Scottish anti-fascist punk band Oi Polloi
Standing outsides the primary school gates,with their leaflets stirring up race hate. Creeping round in the dead of night,setting innocent people’s houses alight. They stab and kill in radical attacks. Just how much more before you fight back? Find them – . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: “Nazi Scum” by the Scottish anti-fascist punk band…
As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few quotes about our crazy, corrupt, upside-down world.
“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane” – Kurt Vonnegut “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: As a follow-up to my last post, here are a few quotes about our…
Congrats to Toronto mayor Rob Ford on winning the appeal in his conflict of interest case.
Finally a break for rich, white, straight, suburban, middle-aged men who have never worked a full-time job, and who inherited almost everything they have in life. It’s a boon for lying, cheating, career politicians everywhere!
It’s good to . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: <sarcasm>Congrats to Toronto mayor Rob Ford on winning the…
March 15 and 16, 2013 in Montreal: two nights of anti-fascist/anti-racist Oi!, punk rock, hardcore, and a little bit of ska and reggae.
It’s a party, not a political rally, but there’s no mystery where the bands and most of the attendees stand on the issues. It will be at Katakombes, which . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: March 15 and 16, 2013 in Montreal: two nights of…
Fuck the USA!*
*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the Harper Conservatives to drag our country through the muck, down the same failed, destructive and suicidal path as our neighbours to the south
Yeah, I know there are many good and decent individual Americans, and I acknowledge that . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Fuck the USA!*
*and to be fair, fuck Canada for allowing the…
This is a song by Brat Attack, a punk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I don’t think they like Canada’s prime minister very much. The lyrics are as follows:
Fuck you Mr. Stephen HarperYou fascist white bred bible thumperIt’s not OK to be anti-gayI think Mr. homophobe needs some dick today
This is class war, . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: This is a song by Brat Attack, a punk band from Winnipeg,…
As a follow-up to my “Harper hates me, Harper hates you, Harper hates all of us” column, here is the video for the song “Hate Us” by The Prowlers, an anti-fascist, anti-racist Oi! band from Montreal.
The song isn’t political, but it fits with the theme of my last post.
A Montreal punk rock band recently released “>Carré rouge, a fast-paced music video inspired by classic punk sounds, and carried by collective chants from the massive street demonstrations sparked by the historic Quebec student strike.
“Loi spéciale, refusé! À qui la rue? À nous la rue! Carré rouge! Carré rouge! Carré rouge!” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge