The 1975 accused of ‘subcultural appropriation’ by punk community

Some major players from the 1976 Punk Rock generation have condemned best-selling pop band The 1975 for their new single ‘People’ and change of musical direction and recent interviews where Matt Healy from the band have described them as ‘the only true punk band around.’

A spokesman said:

‘ This is blatant sub-cultural appropriation. A pop-disco band ‘’stealing’ a whole sound and attitude which we invented and to this day struggle to make a living from, as well as smashing the system of course.

They should acknowledge they are ‘fakes’ ripping us off and at least make a charitable donation to one of the Punk Retirement Homes set up by the Webellion Festival organisers.’


Grandchildren of many of the punk elders have said the ‘People’ single is ‘alright actually’.

Esteemed journalist and author and LTW boss John Robb praised the 1975 here.

Jimmy Purpey (65) from Scam 69 said ‘ They have no right to use the phrase ‘The Kids’ – that’s one of mine!’

Spattie (69) from the Exploiters added ‘Punks don’t use auto-tune For Flips sake and the swearing is gratuitous’

Ivor Smallpiece (81) from the Twatt Lads also spotted ‘They use more than three chords – so its not punk – even if it sounds like it.’

TV Smidtt (93) from the Adverbs stood up for Matt Healy:

“He’s from good working-class stock. His dad was a foreman on Building sites in Europe in the 80’s and seemed a nice bloke. His mum got a lot of flak. People calling her a Loose Woman an’ that – he’s done well to make millions from his disco-music. Thank god he don’t have his grand-dads eyebrows though!”


The 1975 were unavailable for comment, but of course, this is all complete bollocks which we made up for a laugh, but no-one reads to …the End.


(Fay Knuse for Louder Than War)


Picture –  Matt Healys dad fronting his 80’s Punk band Angelic Hardmen.   (photographer will be credited on request) 

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. It *is* annoying though how alternative music media bang on about old indie “Four Young Lads” bands like this and ignore the young, mostly female, generation of bands that have emerged on the Punk Scene in the 2010s.
    Steve Iles should be made Editor in Chief of a revived NME.

  2. Haha, nice! Funny how some of them are like:
    1979: “I’m not punk, you can’t pigeonhole me”
    2019: “I am the gatekeeper of punk and I decide what is proper punk and what is blasphemy”

  3. still not sure what to think of the song. Think it’s a pretty cool listen but a pretty unexpected change in direction from their old stuff. Considering healy’s dad’s past in punk I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re actually genuine, but the fear is the media coming down on punk again like it did in the 70’s… interesting article anyway!!


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