Greek punk videos galore!

16 08 2011

On MRR Radio a few weeks back I played a pathetically miniscule Greek punk set with a plea for some word about some Greek punk past and present. Well, the call has been answered and generous punks Lydia (Athens punk, show thrower, and creator of a new zine N o w h e r e, whose input you can read HERE) and Panos Andrianos (Mountza zine and ANTIMOB — see his contribution below) have sent the following information about killer Greek punk! Explore it and enjoy it. I guarantee no matter what sort of punk or HC you are into, you will find something you like here…

By Panos Andrianos:

Back in the mid-’80s/early ’90s, most Western punks didn’t even know where Greece was on the map. Many thought that Greece was all about feta cheese, ouzo, bouzouki, islands and traditionally dressed old ladies. During the last couple of years, things changed. Nowadays, Greece is well known internationally as the first eurozone country, which pretty much went bankrupt.

However, most punks worldwide still know nothing about the well hidden Greek do it yourself punk/crust movement of the mid ’80s and early ’90s, a movement which was authentic, had character and managed to influence deeply the majority of the local punks.

What follows, is a number of hard to find videos (mostly live sets) that were recently uploaded on Youtube. This is just to give you a short picture of what was going on in the early days of the Greek punk scene, which in my opinion was way better than the current one.

I am not giving any details about the bands performing in these videos. Check the upcoming Mountza issue (a fanzine I am doing with two friends) for an extended coverage of this scene. Bear in mind that back then 95% of the live performances took place in squats or open sites (city squares and parks) and were run in an 100% diy way. None of the following bands accepted ever to play at commercial rock clubs with high entrance fees while most of them released their records themselves.

ANTI (1980 to 1990)

(Unofficial video clip, unknown date)

FORGOTTEN PROPHECY (Ξεχασμένη Προφητεία, 1989 to 1991)

(Athens, Villa Amalias Squat 1990)

(Athens, An Club 1990)

Oh yes, there’s lots more…

CHAOS GENERATION (Γενιά του Χάους, 1982 to 1989)

(Athens, Lecabetous 1986)

STRESS (1980 to 1985)

(Video Clip 1984)

(Athens, Villa Amalias Squat 1992 – Reunion Show)

(Athens, Live in Kallithea Square, 1985)

BREATH ASH (Ανάσα Στάχτη, 1992 to 1997)

(Athens, Live at Pedion Areos 1993)

TRISATANIC DIAVOLATOR (Members of Naftia, 1990 to 1993)

(Athens, Live at Pedion Areos 1991)

NAYTIA (1988 to 1993)

(Video made in Oslo, Norway, in 1989 during their first European Tour with Chaos UK)

(Athens, Pedion Areos, 1991)

(Athens, Pedion Areos, 1993)

CHAOTIC END (Χαοτικό Τέλος, 1989 to 2001)

(Athens, Pedion Areos 1993)

(Athens, Villa Amalias Squat 1990)

PANX ROMANA (1982 to now)

(Video Clip, 1989)

NEGATIVE STANCE (Αρνητική Στάση, 1989 to 1993)

(Athens, An Club 1992)

(Rehearsal Video, Villa Amalias Squat rehearsal studio 1991)

HUMAN LETHARGY (Ανθρώπινος Λήθαργος, 1991 to 1993)

(Athens, Pedion Areos 1991)

(Unknown Location, 1993)

OUT OF ORDER (Εκτός Ελέγχου, 1984 to 1994)

(Athens, Neapoli Park 1984)

(Athens, Neapoli Park 1984)

PANIKOS (1988 to 1996 and reunion since mid 00s)

(Thessaloniki, Live after their reunion at Biologica Squat 2008)

(Thessaloniki, Live after their reunion at Street Attack Squat 2008)

ΑΚΡΟΣ ΑΝΤΙΘΕΤΟΙ

(Athens, Live at Villa Amalias (1st building) in 1989)

…Feel free to piss us off at mountzazine {at} yahoo(.)com www.mountza.com

August 16th, 2011 by Mariam

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7 responses to “Greek punk videos galore!”

17 08 2011
cdb (09:44:27) :

great post!

17 08 2011
Bob Suren (11:34:24) :

Excellent post! The Anti video is super cool.

17 08 2011
Blair (21:51:04) :

cool, can i say when i asked ‘greek’ kids who have spread their wings, about the punk scene there, they seemed too have no idea and were interested, same goes for weetbix kids or they focus on the 80s being the only thing that exists etc zzz/ya know, “who cares” i’ve got a rich daddy, tru story, lucky i brought it up, i have to say many people only go to the island’s but i’m sure ‘they’ get drunk together somehow, lest straightx , i was gonna quote a movie but lame, sometimes i say too much sometimes, other people make me insecure nt the other way round, thanks guys for inventing western culture or somethng, oh thats right books, i now feel more informed(nt sarcy), see MRR still worx, if u pass it on.

18 08 2011
kjelli (00:21:38) :

Great to see Naytia live at Bootleg. Not sure if this is the tour they mentioned as they made a small tour of Norway togheter with Stengte Dører. They played atleast Oslo, Trondheim(UFFA) and Molde(Kult.Alt). There are some footage at the bootleg Stengte dører dvd (live at Kult Alt, Molde), sadly without any vocals. And if sombody knows Vangelis and Sonya say hi from Kjelli/Trh

20 08 2011
abc (12:40:39) :

Greek punk has been dollar bin stuff for years. I’m glad I got in on the ground floor.

7 09 2011
greek-punk.blogspot.com (02:32:20) :

greek-punk.blogspot.com

7 03 2012
rebeticore (06:05:54) :

This would have been a job for Jello since a long time: I guess it’s possible to minimum compile 3 double Lps of brilliant Rebeticore and it’s not only “old” bands, there are fresh bands around, up to 30 addresses all other Greece to perform. A few years ago there were just a few cities but now bands from abroad could pay tribute to and support the Greek Revolt playing in every place and on islands too (check out the VODKA JUNIORS who were island hopping the last years) where happened riots. If you put into relation the seize of the country it’s only beaten by Italy who are still or since a few years again the mega force in Europe regarding punk and hardcore and the best: totally ignore from punk-rock-biz. While beer is expensive and most bands suck in central Europe you can travel through Italy to Greece on your bike from gig to gig.
More downloads one can find here – start with XASMA, ANTIDRASI, GULAG, PiSSA KAI POPOULA:
http://pirate-industry.blogspot.com/
http://seidis.blogspot.com/

Italian:
http://necessitohc.com/
http://www.punk4free.org/
http://costa-est.blogspot.com/
http://radiomolotov.blogspot.com/search/label/*italia

Mountza

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