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I’m fascinated by old punks. I was not quite ‘there at the time’ but I was at secondary school from 1979 on, so I was aware of the second wave people – the sort of acts written on one or two school rucksacks at that time. By then punk was really a fashion choice rather than a vital movement. By and large, the music wasn’t any good and neither fashion nor the idea of being part of a club of any sort has ever interested me.
I’ve always enjoyed a good documentary, though, and over the past few years, in among the jazz, folk and rock docs, I’ve seen lots of punk-era docs on BBC4. Fascinating stuff. The Outcasts were surely the biggest Belfast punk band never to get signed to a London label, releasing three albums, an EP and eight singles on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations and on their own labels and a couple of other independents spanning 1977–85. I’ve just watched the compelling, lovingly crafted and beautifully filmed DVD documentary ‘Outcasts By Choice’ (2017), a 75-minute doc produced, directed and edited by Kate and Paul McCarroll. It’s as good as anything you’ve » Continue Reading.