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Punk - Beyond the Wire

Punk - Beyond the Wire

Playing tracks by

Magnum Force, I Spy, God Save the Queen, Roxette, White Riot and more.

Beyond the Wire tells the story of the Northern Irish Punk movement of the 1970s and 80s. Punk in NI wasn't just about the Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers, in fact they were just the best known. Many very fine bands came out of these times, and in this programme we tell the story of three of Belfast's most popular punk acts - RUDI, RUEFREX and THE OUTCASTS. We also take a look at the non-sectarian nature of punk and the effects the movement on Northern Ireland society.

"You may think you have heard all the stories that are worth telling about Northern Ireland, listen to Beyond The Wire and then you have." - Donal Haughey, Hawkeye Films



This is all very interesting but by no means special in any way the shit that was goin on in Northern Ireland to the youth in 77 - 84 was the same including the troubles the difference being teenagers were being recruited by the british army in school & getting killed by the IRA. As a punk in these time you had to run the gauntlet of getting in to town to see a band or get to a club, they would not let you on the buses, car's would stop in the middle of the road & grown men would get out & give ya a good hiding,the police would get you in the back of there cars and sake ya down the cells for the night for no reason & give ya slap or just drop ya off 10 miles on the other side of town & ya had to fight ya way home & Manchester had the same music scene with the same shit goin on with the bands

Sonny Gorman

brilliant words all true

Kate Ginley

it was fantastic bein a punk @ that time u never really thought of the troubles when u were in the town, great interview, great memories...kate ginley

Roots of Hip Hop

Cheers Kate. Researching, recording and producing this was a huge eye opener.. I learned so much about my brothers and sisters from Norn Iron. Mainly the fact that kids in the North and kids in the South had so much in common despite all the bullshit our political 'leaders' wanted us to believe. Much love from Galway. Cormac