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The punks in Chiang Mai, Thailand are cut from a slightly different cloth than those in Bangkok, or so I’m told. Since we were in Thailand during the extended New Year’s holidays we weren’t able to hook up with any of the punks in the famous Bangkok scene, though I did, finally hear back on some emails I sent out when I had moved on to other locales in Southeast Asia. I do hope I can get back to Thailand under less stressful circumstances (camera crew filming on deadline and really get to know this place and meet some Bangkok punks finally.
In the meantime, as a first time trip goes, it was quick and I was pretty much beyond jet lagged the entire time, but I am appreciative of the punks who played for us at the 7 Pounds bar on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. These guys Stomper 191 didn’t speak too much English and I didn’t get a ton of insight, but what do you need to know? They obviously love and live the lifestyle.
Enjoy this cover from a Stomper 191, appropriately enough, it sounds like they may have stomped the sound system before going on.. True punks indeed.
So the U.S. and Cuba are friends again? Thank you President Obama for listening to me, though as in most things, it took the U..S Government 5 years too long to act. Now, at least, a few hundred old Cuban-Americans in South Florida no longer dictate policy for a nation of 300 million. Finally, things are beginning to make sense.
Yes, after a trip to Cuba, it was the only logical conclusion any rational human being could come to. It was time, past time, to change policy towards Cuba. See my 1st blog post on the subject HERE ?
But as I was saw, the Cuban government is as corrupt and incompetent as it gets. As I witnessed when they arrested some of the punks or “Los Freakies” (The Freaks) as they are often referred to in Havana, when speaking with me on camera.
It’s been almost exactly 5 years since I was in Havana, interviewing these punks and some were carted off to jail for God knows how long.
Now, today, the U.S. has announced they will begin to “normalize” relations with Cuba. Great!
I thought it would be a good time to remind you of this video back when this blog was just getting off the ground.
I feel like throwing a party? You in?
Stumbled across this video in my “spare” time. 1991 Casualties.. wow!
What I would have given for some HD Video back then.. still.. it’s classic.
Remember my trip to Bratislava, Slovakia this summer? Missed it? Read about it HERE.
Well our pals from Kto Chce ?o Chce (Do What You Like) are out with their very 1st music video – Hviezdy . I have no idea what that means but does it really matter? Do what you want… and what you want to do is watch this kick ass music video from our pals!
Here is a small taste of our interview with Serbian punk band Kvazimodo. See more of the interview and get a bigger dose of the potent Serbian punk scene coming up when the episode re-airs. visit Raw Travel TV for tune in info.