I listen to music every day, and it’s
nearly always my soul collection or black music podcasts from around the world
on Mixcloud. However, over the past week I have been thoroughly enjoying the A-Z
of Punk podcasts on the best music station in the world, our own BBC 6 Music (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05k8003/episodes/downloads ). It
made me realise how lucky I was to be a 15 year old in 1976 when Punk broke.
The call to action for a young generation to break the rules and embrace a DIY
/ “just have a go” attitude to music, art, graphics and fashion totally hit the
spot for me and got me customising clothes (a trip down to London in 1977 soon
made me realise that those covetable early Vivienne Westwood Seditionaries
T-shirts and bondage strides were way out of reach of my pocket), so it was a
trip to charity shops and army surplus stores for an old T-shirt to artfully
rip and a pair of army trousers to add a bondage strap. I learnt to subvert my
school uniform by crudely narrowing my tie on my mums sewing machine and with a
visit to Blackburn’s infamous Tommy Balls for a pair of “dead stock”
winklepickers. It was this (and meeting Gerardine of course) that laid the
foundation for Red or Dead and our first career as fashion designers.
Then like so many people who were lucky enough to see those early Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Damned, Soiuxie, 999, Adverts, Clash and Slaughter and the Dogs concerts it was inevitable that I would form a band.