What was your reaction the first time your heard PUNK MUSIC (like the Sex Pistols or bands of a similar vintage)?
I remember being shocked and excited at the same time. I was visiting “the big smoke” of Brisbane from Cairns on a school drama camp in 1977.
At the time, Australia lagged behind the music trends of the UK.
Queensland lagged behind Australia – and Cairns lagged behind “the big smoke” of Brisbane.
I was still listening to Led Zeppelin and had long hair!
Some other drama “kids” took a photo of the Queen off the wall in a hall and pogo-ed around it to “God Save the Queen”.
This was the first time I’d heard the Sex Pistols! I had been brought up to respect the Queen.
I wanted to grow up to be a Grenadier Guard! Of course I was older than in this photo when I first hear the Sex Pistols – but you get the idea!
Cairns was pretty conservative at the time and I was used to standing for the Queen at the movies etc.
I was shocked – but loved the energy of the music and the pogo. When I saw videos of the Sex Pistols I loved the “naughty boy” attitude.
Of course, these weren’t “real” punks at drama camp – but school kids jumping up and down to exciting punk music!
What was your experience and reaction when you first heard punk rock?
To get you in the mood here’s a link to a clip of God Dave The Queen. Crank it up and pogo!
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