The late `70s punk reggae pioneers in the USA

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 15)

While the punk reggae phenomenon was mainly a late `70s UK thing (not to mention a London thing), glimpses of a punky reggae party could also be sporadically traced in the USA as well. Some of the punk/ska/reggae pioneers across the Atlantic were New York-based The Terrorists, who were major players with their unique blend of reggae, ska, dub and punk style back in 1977 and the Californian punk/new wave/avant-garde The Offs with their remarkable, uncategorizable at the time, sound since 1978.

Photos: cover of The Terrorists compilation Forces 1977-1982”  (1) and members of the band (2,3), cover of The Offs 1978 first 7” single "Johnny Too Bad" (4) and members of the band (5,6).

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In fear every day, every evening 
He calls her aloud from above 
Carefully watched for a reason 
Painstaking devotion and love 
Surrendered to self-preservation 
From others who care for themselves 
A blindness that touches perfection 
But hurts just like anything else 

(Source: post-punker)

Redondo Beach


"Redondo Beach" - Patti Smith (1975)

"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 16)

"Redondo Beach" is a punk reggae tune included in Patti Smith`s 1975 landmark debut album "Horses", which is considered as one of the sparks that ignited the punk explosion. The song, often critised as a clumsy attempt on reggae, predates, by far, the late `70s punk reggae explosion and is obviously influenced by her interest in Jamaican culture, at the time:

"…With rock culture at a lull in the mid-Seventies, many looked to the ‘roots rebel’ sound of Jamaica, anointing Bob Marley as a kind of dreadlocked Dylan surrogate (the other Bob then being in a state of semi-retired seclusion). Smith was among those smitten. A year after Horses, she even plunged into a full-blown infatuation with Rastafarianism:

‘I can’t say I was a Rasta but I went through a period when I was studying all aspects of Rastafarianism, including smoking a lot of pot while reading the Bible!’…”


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"Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men not to rape. Go to the source and start there."
- Kurt Cobain talking in November 1991 about the background behind the song ‘Polly’ (via cavum)

(Source: drive-my-rubber-soul, via itswarmerinhellsodownwego)