smashing illusions and misconceptions

Originally appeared in Nihilism on the Prowl!!!, May 9th, 2001.

Okay. First off, I'd just like to say that I consider myself to be a punk rocker. I have a mohawk, listen to G.G. Allin, and enjoy getting piss-faced every weekend. I dont really give a flying shit what anyone else thinks, I like me and if you have anything to say about it, feel free to email me at any time... have a fuckin' blast.
Now that formalities are out of the way, I'd like to address some issues that have really been chewing at my scrotum for a while now. If you have sensitive feelings, I suggest you stop reading now and go back to whatever you were doing before you stumbled onto this article.
I keep hearing kids in the scene and acrossed the web complaining about other kids, the ones who "dress punk for the sake of fashion." Okay... listen. I know what you've been told. I know what I've been told. But I'm a realist. And the fact is that dressing punk is fashion.
Did he say what I think he said?! Yeah, you heard right. "Punk" clothes, no matter how much you resent it, are fashion. I mean, if you don't dress in those clothes for the fashion, why do you do it? For the music? HA!!! That makes absolutely no sense and if you said yes, you're a MORON. Now don't get me wrong, I love the clothes. I wear anything associated with punk that I can make myself from regular clothes. I can be seen all over New Castle sporting a faded jean jacket with the arms torn from it, a t-shirt with the same alteration and "FUCK BUSH" written on it with black marker, plaid golf pants from the thrift store, black suspenders hanging from my ass (or as you brits like to say, "braces hangin' from me arse"), and ratty old black boots. I love it, and I love the reaction I get from old people when they see me hold the door open for them, but at least I still understand that it's fashion... other people have worn the same shit before. I saw it, I liked it, and I mimmicked it. What the fuck's wrong with that? I think alot of you peebrains are just afraid of having something in common with "society" or something. I dunno.
Another thing that gets me goin' is the abuse the words sellout and poseur get on a daily basis. A sellout is NOT someone who goes on MTV or VH1 or whatever the hell or signs to a major label (even though both of those activities are nothing I would suggest to any band with an ounce of integrity).
Selling out is letting those same organizations push you around. It's changing your sound to satisfy the pop crowd and score some extra record sales (or ticket sales at your next 21-or-older, stadium concert). If selling out is going commercial or major label, guess what. OOPS! There goes, like, half your record collection! Let me refresh your memory:
The Clash, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Dickies, the Vandals, Rezillos, Buzzcocks, the New York Dolls, MC5, Dead Boys, the Cramps, ALL, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Siouxie and the Banshees, Joan Jett, Cockney Rejects, Adam Ant, X-Ray Spex, Gen X, Wire, most of the 2tone bands (including the beloved Specials), Stiff Little Fingers, the Stranglers, 999, Blondie, Killing Joke, Social Distortion, and the list goes on.
Har har, so all you little shits who worship the Pistols then go bitch about "sellouts" to the kid in the Green Day shirt can stick it up your ass!!!
A poseur? Hell, I couldn't really give a shit what it means. I think it's someone who calls people "poseurs" from what I can tell. Anyone who gives you shit for listing Green Day or Rancid as one of your fave bands in your AIM profile needs a good ass-woopin'. Anytime I meet someone with very little knowledge of all the "harder to come by" shit, I give 'em a list of the more noteable, well-respected bands along with a list of rebuttles for any asshole with a big mouth.
I guess that's all I have to say for right now, but if I happen to have anything other enlightenments I'll be sure to send themalong to Peter so he can post them up here and you can all fill my mailbox with viruses and suggestions to go fuck my mother.

Sam "the poseur" Sinister