Friday, December 19, 2008

Another question: why did bands fitting into Oi! in England adopt racist lyrics and ally to the Natoinal Front skinheads?

And I realize that this is by no means all of them. Yet, it's a big enough group that it makes me wonder. I mean, these folks were of course working class punks. Punk, even when it wasn't overtly political, was certainly (and is certainly still) anti-authoritarian. How did that get twisted into an admiration of the Far Right?

1 comment:

@ndy said...

NatIOnal Front. Hmmm. Why not? Afaik, these bands were relatively few. Most oi! bands rejected racist politics (and politics in general) apart from making the usual noises about how governments suck, politicians lie, etc. It seems to me like far right groups, especially but not only the NF and the British Movement (BM), made a concerted effort to reach young men who liked oi!, and helped to politicise pre-existing, but frequently subterranean, racial antagonisms. After a few years, such bands, their fans, and the zines dedicated to documenting them constituted a genre in its own right, usually called 'Rock Against Communism' (a response to 'Rock Against Racism'). RAC was also a formal association, est. c.1978/9, and regularly putting on gigs by 1982. Then came White Noise, Rock-O-Rama (Germany) and finally Blood & Honour in 1987. A good source of info on the development of RAC / neo-Nazi rock 'n' roll is 'White Noise' (Searchlight, 1998). There's lots of other good stuff out there, but as most of it was produced some years ago, it's not necessarily available online...