Punks in China

| May 7th, 2013


When the Sex Pistols appeared on the BBC singing "God Save the Queen," China was still in the grips of the Cultural Revolution – most music was banned, and Mao ruled supreme. It would take another two decades before punk arrived in Beijing.

It began in basements, brothels and back alleys; any DIY venue that would allow for the alien genre. The earliest bands such as Underbaby and P.K. 14 were a motley crew of rebellious teens who, like the Sex Pistols before them, could barely play their instruments and hated the local metal scene.

Their sound was unmistakably Chinese. In the aftermath of the events of Tiananmen Square six years previously, mid-90′s punk articulated the frustrations and hopes of a new generation. Today, punk in China has become a well-established subculture, embraced by as many angry kids as fashion-conscious hipsters.

Text by Stephy Chung for Crane.tv


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  2. Parallel says:

    The punk scene in China is amazing, Car Sick Cars and Hedgehog being my top favorites.

  3. chinatea says:

    Interesting. The new generation are expressing themselves more. I believe this is a good development. Though, I believe some Chinese will feel it’s quiet controversial.

  4. TUMBLR WILL NOT be the same.

  5. Daniel says:

    When I was living in China, I started listening to a couple of different metal bands that were recommended by Chinese friends. Some were pretty good, mainly because they were doing things I hadn’t heard before, like Ego Fall, which uses traditional Mongolian instruments as well as throat singing in their music.

  6. Anna says:

    punk not dead ;]

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