Punk had a sense of humour, as John Peel noted on at least one occasion. Today I give you two porky prime cuts from the loin of that sense.
Avid readers of the Dan Dare cartoon strip will remember the Mekon: the band named after him are still alive and kicking today, 30 years after their formation. Where Were You (FF 1979 #41), a passionate lament by a guy who has been stood up, was their second single, released in 1978. It’s primitive and yet immensely powerful in its gradual crescendo led by the snare drum. The claim made at the time that the band could not play their instruments is exonerated in style. See them play it here:
Spizz Energi’s Where’s Captain Kirk (FF 1980 #40) was described by Peely (obviously with tongue in cheek) as ‘the best Star Trek associated song’. It topped the very first Indie Chart in January 1980 and was named single of the week by Melody Maker: in fact, it almost made the top 40 in the UK, were it not for the fact that Rough Trade couldn’t keep up with the demand for it. A curious background drone and a quote of the theme to the TV show make for two minutes of naggingly memorable fun.