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Musicians & tQ Writers On Anti-Fascist Anthems
Luke Turner , October 4th, 2016 08:32

Featuring contributions from Ben Durutti, Penny Rimbaud, Bobby Barry, Jeremy Allen, Ben Myers, Kevin McCaighy, Stewart Smith, Neil Cooper, Matt Evans, Tony F Wilson, Leo Chadburn, Emily Mackay, David Bennun, Phil Harrison, Arnold De Boer, Joel McIver, Russell Cuzner, Jeremy Bolm, John Doran, TV Smith, James Sherry, Jonathan Meades, Tristan Bath, JR Moores, Julian Marszalek, Captain Sensible, Andy Moor, Christine Casey, Nic Bullen and Stewart Lee


Rondos – 'Teeth'

The turbulent political bombsite of the 1970s was fertile territory for fascists of all stripes, and they made their presence felt at every level. A strong statement of opposition and resistance came from The Rondos (an anarchist/ communist punk group from Rotterdam in the Netherlands) whose Fight Back! E.P. (1980) contained the song ‘Teeth’.

The sparse and staccato minimalism of the music reflected and accentuated the lurking menace of a lyric that addressed the fascist threat directly, warning of “a straitjacket society with all the outcasts gassed” where “fascism is your only goal: you want to see us bleed”. The clipped urgency of the vocal delivery reinforced the point that there is no possibility of difference in the world of the fascist: as the group stated elsewhere “Is it a choice: resistance or condemned? Is it a choice: freedom or a concentration camp? Is there a choice when fascism is a fact?”

Echoing the sentiments of songs by other punk groups (such as Crass ‘The Gasman Cometh’ and Crisis ‘Holocaust’), The Rondos spoke of the creep of totalitarianism and the conflict playing out on the streets. That was the late 1970s, but it seems that very little has changed. There are no spectators.
Nic Bullen