But the world turned again...
The "revolution" faded and became dispersed. Some Punks became "Goths" or "New Romantics." Most drifted off into the 80's capitalism and greed - ideals that they had once rallied against. A few followed Sid...
 
Malcolm Owen - The Ruts
The Stranglers 2003 Most of the groups themselves disappeared - off to get "proper" jobs after their 15 minutes.
Others tried to change direction with varying degrees of success. The Cockney Rejects experimented with Heavy Metal which turned into a disaster, The Stranglers, amongst others, "Mellowed & Matured," losing the raw edge they once had and joined the playlist on Radio 2, whilst a few, like Paul Weller, concentrated on their "serious musical side" and veered off to "commercial land."
       
       
       

True, there were some who did continue to follow in the "old tradition" and a few groups who still commanded respect as stalwarts of the era - The UK Subs, SLF, Discharge, The Exploited & the Vibrators, for example remained together in various forms and continued to tour; The Sisters of Mercy drew the last threads of originality from the era...
But the impetus had gone.

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Now the scene had lost all direction & a long, hard Winter set in. The words, "Guitar, Live & Relevance" all disappeared from the rock music dictionary. Instead of rebellion & change, things became a mash of rap, hip-hop, house, garage, acid, electro-pop and, later, the rise of manufactured boy/girl bands. For most kids now, music was to become no more than a pretty face (male or female) with a nice voice, singing Abba covers, or getting out of it with a couple of tabs whilst enduring a monotone rhythm.
   

 

Abomination Angel was having none of it...

 
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