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Clue To Kalo: Come Here When You Sleepwalk

Nick Southall, Stylus, 1 September 2003

IS THE LEGACY OF PUNK all those perky Californian skaters proffering spiky three-minute teen-baiting paeans to onanism and bad hair? Or is it something entirely different; the vicarious wherewithal for anybody to pick up an instrument and play? Punk itself didn't really break any rules; it just played to the rules louder and snottier than they'd been played to before; the systems it was smashing were more social and cultural than musical. Post-punk, on the other hand, really did offer expanded sonic horizons; PiL, Sandinista!, Wire, Talking Heads, Durutti Column, Joy Division; little or nothing in common sonically with 'New Rose', 'God Save The Queen' or 'Teenage Kicks', but facilitated by the call to arms that the racket of 76-78 heralded. Because after that, anyone really could try anything.

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