another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Saturday, 3 March 2012



i've been fascinated with the honda 250/6 since i borrowed a stanley schofield long player off a mates brother in the early '70's, the 1967 diamond jubilee, mike hailwood, 'arriving in a hurry at the sulby crossroad's', holy shit, what a sound, the recent visit to stoneleigh for the race retro show and seeing one of the george beale replica's sparked me off again, at the show was a whole batch of 'replica's', based on the cb250rr, mini-fireblade engines of the early '90's, i love baiting the owner's, 'didn't know they were watercooled' etc, the 250rr's are a watercooled. four cylinder engine and as far removed from the original 'six' as my evo sportster is from jay springsteen's xr flat-track racer, a nod perhap's in the general direction, but, for fuck's sake, i heard you, trying to pass your bikes off as a 'real' racer, even steve parish got sucked in and posed for a photo with your bike, admit it, it's not real. it's a fucking fake, and just remember, i kicked your arse at the 'festival' on an mz, two-strokes rule baby........

 punk was great fun, we were all the last gang in town, we thought we could change the world, loud, brash, in your-face-music that your parents hated, brilliant, nothing prepared me for the music from crass, this was a whole different ball-game, no signing contracts outside buckingham palace on a paste table and fucking with the mighty emi, no pop svengali like malcolm mclaren, this was the real deal, a 'band' totally opposed to everything and everyone, anti capitalist, anti war, anti religion, anti fashion, anti vivisection, anti pop, anti sexist, anti rock star, anti auntie maggie, the first real threat to society, forget the beatles and the stones, crass were a dangerous band of subsversives, a thorn in the side of thatcher's conservative government of the time, their logo was the first of the stencilled graffiti street art, sprayed on leather jackets, wall's and animal testing laboratories the length and breadth of this scepterd isle, made up of the union flag, the swastika, christian cross and ouroborus, it came to be a symbol of real rebellion, crass were the first band to use the international anarchist 'a' in a circle, they were the first band to promote anarchy, peace and freedom, no coloured vinyl and picture sleeves for them, the reality asylum/shaved women single was released in a fold out newspaper thin sleeve, i found it fascinating, the combination of graphic art, pictures of french women, heads shaved for collaborating with the nazi invaders, religous icon's and blasphemic lyric's/poetry, this is one band that never sold out, no 'greatest hit's' tour for them, just the most important anarcho-punk band of the early eighties, loud, uncompromising and underground, more than just a radical fashion statement, a real revolutionary force trying to make a difference......