Portraits of…British Punk Culture From The ’80s

What punk scene captured my imagination the most during 80’s? It had to be the UK scene, especially once I started getting into Peace Punk real heavy. Thanks to Golden Voice Promotions, Los Angeles punks were lucky enough to have GBH, Discharge, Subhumans, Broken Bones and many more come to our city and rage. It was bands like Anti-Sect, Amebix, Disorder, Rudimentary Peni, D.I.R.T., Icons of Filth, Dirge, Instigators and anarcho bands that we never got to see, so we had to live vicariously through what we saw on the back of records to form what we thought they looked or sounded like in person. 1983 was a scary year to be a teenager – we all felt that a Nuclear bomb could drop at any time. This fear and frustration with the powers that be found it’s way into the art that was being created by punks worldwide, and this flame of rebellion still burns bright. Today CVLT Nation wants to share with you portraits of 80’s UK Punk culture!

All Photos from Hardcore Old School Europe

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Sean, you are using other people’s photos to pull in an audience so that you can sell them clothes and stuff. Sad that you have not bothered to try and contact any of the authors of those photos for permission, never mind credit them for their work (I know for a fact that the origin online source of my photos does state a credit).
Don’t just be another 21st century online parasite, I’m sure you can do better. Jenny x

Rob
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Good to see a couple of Toxic Waste (Belfast) photos there !

John
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John

Some great pics and memories. Is everyone commenting 50? (I am too!)

Pete Rose
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Pete Rose

Aaron & Tinsel in the very first photo.

jockney
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jockney

right then, i see DIRGE,CONCRETE SOX,DIRT,POTENTIA THREAT,EXTREME NOISE TERROR (PHIL & PETE R.I.P) SOLVENT ABUSE,DOOM,LOADS OF AMEBIX &ANTI SECT,PLASMID,LOST CHERRES,NAPALM DEATH,ATTAK,MAU MAUS,ICONS OF FILTH,THE FITS,PARTISANS. Im 50 in a couple of months and i can remember the 70s 80s 90s 2ooo etc etc. But i havent got a clue what i did yesterday. oh ,BROKEN BONES ARE UP THERE & GBH,PETE TEST TUBE.

Mark
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Bandnames would’ve been nice…. Do you think I remember faces from more than 30 years ago?
(a 50-year old sod)

Duncan Smith
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Duncan Smith

Varukers, Heresy, Conflict (R.I.P. Paco), Sacrilege, Chaos UK, Instigators, Deviated Instinct,

Rain Maker
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Rain Maker

DEVIATED Instinct CONFLICT.. The true punk of the 80s great pictures. Crust arg.

leticiacortez
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Where are any pics of Gang of Four, or did I miss them? It would’ve been nice if you had put names of bands to the photos. I liked the nostalgia though, I came to punk via Iggy Pop and after New Wave and Grunge.

Paul Collins
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Paul Collins

Great pics,had some mental times back then but as Michele says it makes you feel old. Hey I’m 50 this year and still lovin the music.

Michele Powell
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Michele Powell

Well shit. Now I feel REALLY old. Thankful for living it, but old none the less!

Aaron Boone
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Aaron Boone

Outstanding.