Street Rock ‘N’ Roll: Oi! 101

From Black Sun Gazette

Let’s face it. Punk rock was never for the kids, the streets, or the masses. It was, on both sides of the pond, largely a movement of middle class art students, their hangers on, and elitist rock fans. Which is not to say that it didn’t yield a great deal of quality rock and roll. Bands like The Ramones, Generation X, The Clash, and even the much-maligned Sex Pistols make great rock music for discerning rock fans that holds up really well thirty years later. But down on the streets, the kids, as usual, knew what was what. As punk drifted further and further into art school wankery and glam rock pretensions, there were two reactions. In America, it took the form of hardcore, a style of punk rock where melody and song structure took a back seat to energy, anger, and simplicity. In Britain, the yobs retook punk rock and remade in their own image as Oi!, a style which fused American hardcore’s emphasis on energy uber alles with touches of the football sing along, and that most British style of rock and roll, pub rock.

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2 Comments on "Street Rock ‘N’ Roll: Oi! 101"

  1. festernaecus | Oct 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm |

    chronologically inaccurate. do better research.

  2. festernaecus | Oct 13, 2009 at 6:09 pm |

    chronologically inaccurate. do better research.

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