Happy Friday, peoples. Let's get down to it, shall we?
First up, my estimable comrade Nick Rombes of The Cultural Dictionary of Punk fame ruminates on that burning question of whether or not Alice Cooper was "punk". Personally speaking, I think the question is moot. If you can't appreciate the rocktastic magnificence of ol' A.C., you're friggin' missin' out, jack. You can spout all you want about how great your precious indie icons are, but as far as I'm concerned, if you don't know Alice, you don't know shit.
Next up, EV Grieve – I blog a regular plunder for content – posted a nice little excerpt from a history of fabled L.E.S. art/punk institution, ABC No Rio.
Evidently, 74 Grand Street (which boasts a massive "REVS" tag) is on its last legs.
Over on the Times' Lens, check out this compelling collection of New York-centric shots by Hiro Yukito.
When the news was first being broken, I was initially incredulous (a Seattlite co-worker of mine firmly insisted that it was a hoax), but it's true – Soundgarden are officially back in action.
Speaking of 90s folks, Igor of Driven By Boredom went to check out Courtney Love's bullshit revival of Hole. Pity he only shot her with his camera and not, say, a short-range bazooka.
Just after I discovered it (`cos I'm routinely late to the table about these things), The Daily Swarm is reporting that Apple is shutting down Lala. Lame.
Also spotted via Swarm find out why "The Year Punk Broke" (which, I must confess, I've never seen – but never really felt inclined to see, given that (a) I don't believe the premise and (b) don't care enough about Sonic Youth and Nirvana) has taken so long to be released on DVD. Maybe now I'll see it and change my pre-judgmental ways.
Lastly, over on The Gathering, an allusion to the strange appearance of post-punk icons Wire on Suzanne Sommers short-lived talk show sparked a veritable free-for-all of clips. Herewith some incongruous gems:
The Plasmatics on "Solid Gold":
Gang of Four on "Dance Fever":
Husker Du on "Joan River":
That fabled "Quicy M.E." episode with "punks":
The Jam on "American Bandstand":
..and, of course, PiL on "American Bandstand":