King Blues – Punk & Poetry Review

Firstly apologies for not blogging for a while…no excuse, just a lazy bastard….

Thought I’d write a review of the latest King Blues album, Punk & Poetry as I haven’t stopped listening to it for weeks… it. This is an album that has some of the most genius lyrics I’ve heard for a long time….many a Facebook status has been a lyric from this album.

The album kicks off with ‘Last of the Dreamers’….I have no idea what this is about 🙂 but the second track ‘We are Fucking Angry’ is Punk Rock at its very best. The bridge just about sums up everything thats wrong with the government today and is just so correct…..we should be fighting back.

‘Set the World on Fire’, track 3 is an absolute lyrical masterpiece with my favourite lines since ‘Jesus Saves painted by an athiest nutter’ in Going Underground by the Jam;

Some pay the doctor to be the snipper

We want bigger tits, bigger, bigger, bigger

This is how we use the greatest minds in science

Not a cure for cancer but a profit for giants

They blind their clients with advertisements

Insecurity heightens – that aint progress, its violence

Track 4, Dancehall…bollocks….sorry Itch

Track 5 is a skankin’ tune ‘The Futures Not What it Used To Be’. I absolutely love the bangin bit near the end, part rap, part rant…fantastic. Track 6 just shows my age….how the fuck old is Itch?….I thought he was a twenty something OAP, but with references to Robson and Jerome the guy could be my twin. Don’t let that put you off ‘I Want You’ is once again a brilliant song with lyrics that are thought provoking and humurous.

‘Five Bottles of Shampoo’, track 7, is an ‘I understand women’ song with some great advice for pro-lifers. This is followed by a realistic view of ‘Sex Education’ and the way the internet is influencing kids and the way that they perceive sex and love. I urge all parents to listen to the words.

‘Shooting Fascists’ is easily my favourite track…simple lyrics, simple tune, just Itch and a Ukelele, but what a powerful message….fucking awesome…..

If you like punkpop you’ll love track 10, ‘Headbutt’ enough to make you move and catchy enough to keep you singing it for weeks. ‘Does Anybody care About Us’ is back to the underlying King Blues message about how the under privileged and poor are looked down upon by the rest of society, and not enough people give a flying fuck…

The final track ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’ I don’t really like as a song but I understand that as a lyricist life events are inspiration, and having kids is one of the greatest things ever….its just that this tune is more Take That than King Blues.

As I said at the beginning, this is a fantastic album with just a couple of tracks I personally don’t like. I think the King Blues are one of the greatest bands around today and they have exactly the right message….

They are on tour this year….I’m going to see them in Portsmouth….and if you get the chance go and see them. They are a brilliant live band. If you can’t see them buy the album, read the lyrics and get the message……..

Political Rant

I guess I am lucky to enjoy my life, and the life I have had. I’ve got a great family, mortgage, car, kids, grandkids, ipod, Playstation, website and blog. I’ve got a job I enjoy most days, and I get a holiday every year….I am probably what I would have called middle class.

I am nostalgic, hence this blog and the Punk Grandad T-shirts (for which I am currently £94 in profit  ). I go to gigs, listen to the old music, (and some new stuff), and I go to Rebellion… life is so normal.

Why am I telling you this……well I can see history repeating itself. The government is Blue, the poor are about to be hit the hardest, social housing is going to become ghettoised. And what are we doing about it……nothing. Sure there are debates on the TV, but we are told the cuts are necessary and we seem to be accepting it. We all have to work another year, we are accepting it. Our kids will have to pay more to for further education….(who does that suit?)….we are accepting it. Public services, our services, are being hit the hardest…and we are accepting it. What the fuck has gone wrong?

We need the Punk attitude to come to the surface, we need to fight apathy, we need to fight acceptance of what is clearly not right, we need to help the people who need it most, not the bankers, politicians, not me as a middle class citizen. And I’m not talking of extremism, anti-capitalism, ‘have to live in a squat to have an opinion’ type of protest, but simple stuff like buy a big issue, donate to a charity that helps the poor, do some volunteer work, look out for a neighbour…jesus, it can’t be that hard.

And when the time comes, vote for someone who wants to help others worse off than you….its hard when you have a job and a mortgage and a family and a car and a holiday…..but some people, human beings like you and me, live in poverty in this country because they might not be educated, live in a ‘bad’ area or simply have made a wrong choice in life.

If we can cast our minds back to the 70’s, or read some history, take the lyrics of Crass, the Jam, Subhumans, King Blues, the attitude of the Clash and the Dead Kennedy’s and hundreds of other bands and idols, really take note of the words we used to preach, take it all in and fast forward to today, we really can make a difference to some peoples lives, because we will have the right attitude and we will care…a lot more than the fuckers in government today.

Rant over.