Happy Valentine’s Day, punk-y rock style

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, punks and rude boys and rude girls alike! Now most punks circa ’77 steered clear of the sentiment of love. The Pistols’ Steve Jones indicated that the priority wasn’t music, but “chaos.” The Clash and The Ramones followed suit, foregoing love songs for tales about boots and boredom, brats and baseball… Read More

My own fanboy tale

Back in the day, I had a soft spot for moody boys with spiky hair, and for Echo & the Bunnymen’s lead singer, Ian McCulloch, in particular (third from the left, of course). In this essay at Harper’s, I recount seeing them twice: once when I was 15, and 31 years later. Fandom’s a lot different… Read More