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Greek punk

The Greek punk (Greek: Ελληνική πάνκ, pronounced [eliniˈki ˈpank]) scene was small but powerful in the Greek capital, Athens, in the 1980s. Bands such as Adiexodo (Dead end), Genia Tou Chaous (Chaos generation), Stress, Panx Romana, Ex-humans, Anti (Contra) functioned as a bunch of related bands, who gave concerts together, in the same locations. Like elsewhere, punk attitude has been loosely used by various individuals, but most of the times the key element was the youthful anger, the provocative anti-establishment attitude.

Music of Greece
General topics
Specific forms
Media and performance
Music awards
Music charts
Music festivals
Music media
Nationalistic and patriotic songs
National anthem "Hymn to Liberty"
Regional music
Related areas Cyprus, Pontus, Constantinople, South Italy
Regional styles

A lot of newer crust, hardcore, punk bands such as Ksehasmeni Profitia (Gr:ξεχασμένη προφητεία) (Forgotten prophecy), Naftia (Nausea), Deus Ex Machina and others of the 1990s followed DIY ethics, gradually forming a small but powerful network in most big Greek cities. This network has sometimes been linked with local anarchist-related groups, squats, cultural/social/left-wing centers. Most of the concerts of punk bands in Greece have no, or minimal, entrance fee and many of them are arranged according to DIY ethics.

Some nationalist punk, punk rock and Oi! bands, with far right, far-wing or Neo-nazi ideology, have also developed. One of the first was Hellgrinder, which was formed in 1998 and became popular by releasing a Greek version of SOD's song "Speak English or Die", called "Speak Greek or Die" ("Μίλα Ελληνικά ή Ψόφα"). At present, the most widespread Greek nationalist band is Pogrom. The most notable album "Rock για την Πατρίδα" was recorded in 2006, in cooperation of several Greek bands of the same ideology, such as White Pride Rockers, Legion Hellas, Pogrom, Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact (Σύμφωνο Μολότωφ), Boiling Blood and Iron Youth.

Contemporary punk bands have seldom managed to form a solid scene outside that DIY / anarchopunk movement, but sometimes a band might attract an enthusiastic core of dedicated fans, such as in the Oi! or streetpunk subgenres. Few attempts have been made to document information about Greek punk; one of those being a limited edition brochure of Anarchist Library (Anarhiki Vivliothiki). Some Greek webzines have also documented Greek punk history.


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Further readingEdit

  • Η Ιστορία των Punk, Hardcore και αλλων σχηματων, Αναρχική Αρχειοθήκη

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