Last Sunday I discovered that when surrounded by London’s original punk rockers, it is difficult to appear cool and collected.
But pear cider helps.
I was invited to a show at the Scala to watch Agent Provocateur, Chiefs of Relief, Bow wow wow, and Adam Ant.
Clearly, my air-guitar skills were no match against the professionals.
I mean really, these were band members from a scene I only wish I had been cool enough (or old enough for that matter) to be a part of. Trust me, had I been British and a teenager in the late eighties, I would have plaid-skirted it up with the best of them.
As it was, I happened to meet them at 29, over beers, in the VIP bar of the show. Not a teenager anymore by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely still awestruck to be in the same room as a former Sex Pistol and the many talented punks I was happily watching onstage.
I chatted it up with some of the band members, but tried to remain as quiet as possible for fear that my obvious lack of knowledge regarding music would deem me intolerably boring. I’m pretty sure I just looked like a groupie anyway, so for the most part the band members ignored me.
I mean seriously, I’m a wandering menace. They are punk rockers.
My narcissism does not reach so far as to question who is cooler here. Come on. There is no question.
-Insert that doe-eyed stare that always gets me into trouble here-
So to report to any of you who still have a place in your heart for the Brit punk scene-let me state, these guys are awesome.
I even got in a discussion about Obama with one of them. Which I can assure you, I did not see coming.
For the record, musicians are my kryptonite. Doesn’t matter if they’re old. Doesn’t matter if I’m not even attracted to them. They rock, they know it. I know it. I end up gazing.
In my next life I am coming back as a rockstar. Maybe in a Zilla costume, but a rockstar nonetheless.
All the pear cider in the world can’t bring on the confidence of standing onstage, fist-pumping, leg-kicking, and collecting admirers.
God. Bless. Punk. Rock.