How The Stranglers Kickstarted Icelandic Punk
On the 45th anniversary of the release of The Stranglers’ groundbreaking album, Black and White, we look back at the impact of their press tour and concert in Iceland in May of 1978.
Tom Verlaine, pioneering guitarist and vocalist of punk rock band Television, dies at 73
Tom Verlaine, the founding singer and guitarist of the seminal New York City band Television, passed away on January 28th, 2023 at the age of 73 after “a brief illness”.
Peaches: A Chronicle Of The Stranglers 1974-1990 (Review)
I first learned about The Stranglers as a teenager in the early 1990’s, having picked up a compilation of early U.K. punk by Rhino Records that included them. I thought their music was pretty solid, but at the time I was so into hardcore and crust punk that Dave Greenfield’s swirling, virtuosic keyboards didn’t really do it for me. Plus, I never really liked The Doors all that much. Blasphemy, I know.
The Specials’ Terry Hall dies, aged 63
Terence Edward Hall, singer and songwriter, born on March 19th, 1959; died December 18th, 2022
Was Billy Idol Really a Punk Rocker?
With his spiky blonde hair and trademark sneer, Billy Idol is one of the most recognizable pop stars of the 1980’s. But was his punk rock style authentic, or artful deception?