The 1983 Micheal Moorcock documentary on early eighties “ Positive Punk “
Punk re-appeared once again in 1983 after its apparent demise in 1979 mainly from london around this time Manchesters “Magazine “ and : joy Division and Coventries Bauhaus were also coming on the scene and the terms post punk new wave and “ Goth” woukd soon appear ,as well as “ killing Joke “ who stood out on there own and further inspiration to dance ,dub and even metal bands,there would be soon be many subgenres in there own right that grew out of this period of punk rarely covered , somewhat different from and more fruitful I believe than ,the anarcho and anti anarcho punks bashing each other such as the “ deliberately? Inarticulate “Wattie” from explotied and GBH on one hand and the anarcho hippie anarchist punks like “Crass” led by the upper class Penny Rimbaud on the other though “Wattie “ did aim an amusing “Spart Ballit” at Spandau ballet and the industry foisted “ new Romantic” phenomena which the punks at the time mostly distrusted“ postive punk” a phrase that seems to be much approved of by MM , was a further and true stage in that alchemical process that was “ Punk” This time highly stressing creativity and originality and hard work . Moorcock who interviewed the Banshees Steve Severin and “Soiuxie Soiux “ described them as the hardest working punk band of all , so that is the part of the ITV documentary I was going to transcribe but having done that I then thought what the heck why not do it all .
Micheal Moorcock Host of “ South of Watford “ ITV 1983 :
MM talking to camera in London cemetery leaning on a monument :
“we have all seen various types of revival in the last twenty five years , the thirties, the forties , the fifties even the the sixties have been revived in various different ways , we’ve seen Teds, Mods , Rockers even Psychedelia have made” a comeback. Sometimes more than once. But when a few weeks ago I started to hear that “Punk” was reviving , I was very surprised , I didn’t even know it was dead “
footage of the band Blood n Roses at the “ The Tribe” Leicester square , Narration MM :
“ Now around 1979 punk clubs as such had vanished
‘Soiuxise and the Banshees are one of the few punk bands not to give up or change their attack , this year soiuxie got her own record label An early sex pistols fan , her first appearance on stage was in 1976 at the first punk festival . Seven years later in the Camden lock shop run by her friend Morticia , I tried my hand at interviewing Souixie and Steve.’ :
Souxsie : “ the only ‘rubbish’ is to get sucked into thinking about business and shifting units and all that kind of business
MM interjects “ yeh”
Soiuxie “talk, rather than making music .. or .
Steve Severin : “ you simply have to tailor your business to your music , rather than your music to fit an industry that thinks it knows better but doesn’t because it’s full of idiots “
MM narration : “ Soiuxie thinks the revolution failed because of media resistance “
Souixie : “ Well..its down too much power in the wrong places ..em ..its closed up so much within TV and radio ..i mean ‘peak’ radio and TV ..they shove things on late at night , you know cos no ones awake (“ MM “yeh”)to watch it or something or cause there preaching to the converted anyway (MM yeh yeh yeh ) but there’s just too much power with those kind of people ( MM yeah they decide whats em .. yeah well “ ) yeah you make a video and there’s only one program it can go on and then censor , they say ” we either like it or we don’t “ , half time the effort you put into something .. em . get an idea across to more people its not allowed to be shown or seen or heard ( yeah ..know )