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Bop Helium Bar

By society editor Wolfgang Bang

Posted June 26, 2013
the wierdos bop helium bar is this week's single of the month on the rake and herald

This week's single of the month is 'Bop Helium Bar' by the Wierdos, an absolute classic in every way.

Formed in 1976 after being galvanised by the Ramones' debut album, former pretentious art school 'neo Dada beatnik' LA idiots the Wierdos wrote some lovely ditties.

Although seemingly influenced by Stockhausen, they actually had some good hooks and, unlike the former, were entertaining.

John and Dix Denney, along with Cliff Roman and David Trout, play an incomparable number on this early and bloody excellent video.

Incidentally, the Denney brothers were the sons of actress Nora 'Dodo' Denney, famous for playing Mrs Teevee in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film, which may have had something to do with their commentary on American culture in general.

At least they didn't dress like Oompa-Loompas.


They settled for Nazi midgets and Davy Crockett instead.

The above vid was taken from Savage Beat's YouTube channel. Check it out, for there be some fine punk tunes to be savoured, squire.

See also Common People, posted 27/3/13.

Wolfgang Bang
is a former skate punk who dropped the skateboard but remains reliably enraged by various aspects of modern culture. His oaths and verbal abuse still echo around the fashionable Portobello Road area of West London. His hobbies include long-range outdoor drinking, cooking and modern history. He spends much of his time in a hedge with an air rifle, waiting for the rabbits of mass media to pop out of their burrows and graze on the sweet grass of empty promises.

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