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Oi! is the music that runs right into my blood.

I don't expect the musicians I like to agree with me politically, but I respect that they focus a community. I listen to a lot of Cocksparrer, The Business, Hudson Falcons, Niblick Henbane, Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, Agnostic Front, The Oppressed. And those ska bands that are really oi! with a horn section: Inspecter7 and the Skoidats. And Beethoven - not just cuz it's in Clockwork Orange - I like Mozart too. I'd rather hear fingernails on a blackboard than Madonna, disco, rap, house, dance, Madonna, hiphop, or Madonna.

If you've seen me at shows I'm one of those drunks yelling out something incoherent, (oi! is about as multisyllabic as I'll get) or else I am too fucking hungover. All I believe in is another beer, as the song goes. So if you want to know what I am thinking, read this website. Take me as I am, right or wrong, and I will return the favor.

I support the scene as one of the few surviving zones of freedom, and back up those who build it and put their necks on the line to keep it going. The punks in my town are making a valiant effort to bring life to a conformist wasteland. I wince at the vegan rants too many punx are prone to, and would like to see more guys my own age at shows, but I am glad to see that America's youth have not completely surrendered. A Talking Heads show in 1977, and Patti Smith's Radio Ethiopia got me started on punk. The 1980 Stonehenge festival shaped my sense of the scene. I had a mohawk around 1986. But now love of work, strength, and community (rather than society) put me well on the skin side of punk.


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