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I wasn't aware of Macy's selling trés chic punk, but it doesn't surprise me. There's always someone who wants to be first regarding trends, especially when there's money to be made. Your Harrison analogy was a good one.

You made me recall the first time I saw punks in the flesh, probably late 1970s or early 1980s. My now ex-wife and I were in Toronto for a weekend, walking down Yonge street and saw a group of four or five punks. I remember her being rather put out about them "Stealing the biker look and presenting it as a sanitized fashion statement". Not that any of the guys I rode with had purple spiked Mohawks, but I saw her point.

You're right about Deborah Harry having talent. No auto-tune (not that they had it back then) necessary there, for her, or the rest of the band.

Speaking of things to admire, or be disgusted by, depending on your point of view, was Blondie's variety in their style of music. They were part of the Punk scene, but the punks saw them as sellouts when they started doing dance music. Were they true rebels who pursued their art, or simply chasing a buck and capitalizing on the disco mirror ball craze?

That reminds me of reading that John Lennon was conflicted when Brian Epstein wanted to get "his boys" out of jeans, and leather jackets, and into matching suits. Supposedly Lennon initially resisted it. But he badly wanted to be rich and famous, so he caved, and said he'd wear balloons on stage if it brought him success.




"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be. 'Cause now I'm an amputee" J. Lennon


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