Is punk a passing fad?
In 1977, a new form of underground music emerged from Canadian basements and garages. Journalists called it punk rock. It was kids with boot polish in their hair, playing out-of-tune guitars and questioning anything established — parents, government, The Beatles. Decades later, critics praised the once-criticized scene for starting a tradition of do-it-yourself indie rebel music.
To him, punk's underground following reveals Canada's "growing disenchantment, intellectually with what popular music has become."
• The album's first single God Save The Queen blamed the Queen and the class system she represents for youth's bleak future.
• They released the single during Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee year in 1977 and spitefully signed the record deal outside of Buckingham Palace.
• Most record shops banned the sale of the album.
Program: The Great Canadian Gold Rush
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1977
Guest(s): Peter Goddard, Juan Rodriguez
Host: Terry David Mulligan
Last updated: November 6, 2014
Page consulted on December 30, 2014
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