We had a family lockup, but with impending financial trouble have emptied it to sell / use stuff, and save money on renting it. Unfortunately we lost the key for one of the cabinets, and have turned the place upside down looking for it. I didn’t find it on top of my wardrobe, but I did find most of my old college work, and the doodles I’d done on it. There’s actually surprisingly few doodles – don’t tell me I was actually paying attention!
Anyway, I thought I’d scan in the most amusing doodles and upload them to Facebook, but as facebook shrinks them, I’ll also put them on here. As you can see, I was an anarchist at the time, and wrote a lot of hilariously embarrassing political messages. College was a pretty traumatic time for me. Mainly because the one I went to was full of GCSE-failing chavs who were doing either bricklaying or leisure and tourism, and mainly because it was 2001 and people were scummy then. But also it was because I had all these ultra-leftist beliefs, which would today be labelled “SJW”. My pronouncements on the evils of capitalism and the tories alienated most of my friends, or potential friends. I was also pretty shy and looked ridiculous (even more so than now XD).
Strangely, while I was often talking about overthrowing the government, calling people sexist for saying girls were sexy, and glorifying the antics of 80’s leftist protesters who kicked Nicky Crane’s head in (I didn’t know what happened to him afterwards, the only thing I’d heard about him came from a pirated Oi Polloi mp3), I never made a peep about gay rights, and only ever told a couple of people I was bi. So we can add cowardice to my many failings.
I say “had”, because this was actually weeks ago and I never update this thing. Anyway, I did, so I got out what is still my favourite Oi album:
“We Will Never Die” is actually one of the first MP3’s I ever downloaded*, back in 1999 or 2000. In the days when random sites on Tripod and Geocities would have selections of mp3’s to download. I remember getting that one off a site with a grey background, a navigation frame on the left side, and a piece of skinhead clipart with two guys holding guns. I also didn’t make a note of which band it was by, and didn’t actually know for ages. Until I realised that, instead of searching for “punk mp3” and trying to find the site again, I could just search for the lyrics and find out that way.
Anyway, I also strolled into HMV and got a CD by a band who I also liked back in the day, but never owned anything by:
But they were around in the very early days of Oi, so a lot of the songs on there sound like also-ran 1977 punk. Oh well.
The desire to listen to skinhead music soon passed again, anyway. If you want chauvinistic patriotism, why not go to the organ grinder instead of the monkey? In this case, propaganda music of military dictatorships.
*-the first MP3 I ever downloaded was King of the Kill by Anniahlator. I also got Ich Bin Ein Punk by Terrorgruppe, took me YEARS to find out which band that was by. I also remember having low-quality, incomplete versions of Anarchy in the UK and God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols. And also I have a memory of finding a site with hundreds of mp3’s (“just” downloadable from html pages of links) which had a dark red ‘fiery’ background and yellow links. Being on charged 56k, I could only download one. A lot of them were just track numbers, with no titles. No doubt that site is long gone, but I wish I could revisit it with my current connection speed and just click random things, watching them load faster than they play!