Volume 92, Issue 48

Friday, November 27, 1998



Toronto punk band breaks through mainstream trends

By Julian Zadorozny
Gazette Staff

At its element, the pulsating underground ferocity of punk music comes from bands who disregard the mainstream changes in their society. They are musicians with their own brand of music, which strictly deals with their own problems and their own ideas. The band who has been playing this music for more than 15 years and who have stayed true to themselves since their inception are Toronto punk legends, Bunchofuckingoofs.

Beginning in November 1983, they got their start backing up for a band called United State and 15 years later the band is still playing their own brand of original music. "We won't get signed by a major label and you won't hear us on the radio and you won't see us on TV," states B.F.G. singer Crazy Steve 7:06. The music which is piped through MuchMusic and the nation's upbeat radio stations have not been an influence for the band. They continue musically as a group who are able to withstand the more modern sounds of today's punk.

"The scene has nothing to do with what it really started with," says Steve. "The kids have changed and the world has changed." The band's nostalgic look and sound of music gone by seems to be a healthy alternative to the more easy going music of today. With their own identity, visually and musically, B.F.G. succeed in turning away more mainstream fans.

"There are 30 or 40 or more people involved [in the scene] now and you have all this watered down kind of punk [which] is either punk rock or it's not," Steve states in regards to the change in bands involved in the scene. The idea of punk music which has become based around love themes is a change which the group strictly disregards.

"What the fuck is love punk? Punks love to drink, punks love to fight, punks love to fuck," Steve offers. A statement which epitomizes the brashness of this band, holding onto their first and foremost attitude – to play music with an aggressive stance and command.

The band refuses to follow the lead of more established punk groups. B.F.G have their own ideology, their own drive fueling a musical creativity which has not become a part of the mainstream culture, but middle class. "We were all in the middle of conflicts with all the elements around us and [punk] was a vehicle to tell them all to fuck off it."

Their surroundings brought them together to play for themselves and only themselves. "In 1977, punk rock was the union of the misfits, there was nothing anybody had in common with each other, there was never supposed to be any organization," he states.

For B.F.G, music festivals and hip punk music are not an issue – never have and never will be. Music is something to do for B.F.G., to keep a tradition alive which has its own independent thought and its own culture to support it.

Continuing to tour on and off whenever it is convenient, B.F.G have been doing their own thing for 15 years and will probably continue at their own pace.

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