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: March 6, 2012
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