The first music I became heavily obsessed with as a young man was first and second wave British punk rock and Oi! In the mid-90's, It was the en vogue punk of the day and I immersed myself in the world of boots, bondage pants, painted and studded leather jackets, and knox gelatin'd spiked hair with little resistance. Every weekend our mob would cram into West Philadelphia venues to see bands ape this style with excellent-to-poor execution. Groups like Blanks '77, Wretched Ones, Violent Society, Showcase Showdown etc. Like I said; some good, some shit. Going to see these bands really exposed me to the greater, older bands that they were completely ripping off.
Dark Blue's 7"
I feel now that I'm a bit older and have gained a bit of perspective that it was time to start ripping these bands off, as well. That's basically what I'm trying to do with my new project Dark Blue. Here I've listed some of my favorite songs of the period. It basically reads like any number of compilations that I overpaid for as a child. Not digging too deep here but that's really not the point. Enjoy.
John Sharkey III's Dark Blue perform tonight at St. Vitus.More »