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Punked – Ross Daniels


April 4, 2012 by Van Roberts

By Van Roberts

With an introduction of ‘enjoy yourselves and get f***ked!’, punk had returned. Ross Daniels took the audience to Brisbane in 1977; he saw the Sex Pistols on Countdown and life was never the same.

Ross easily jumped from one character to another; his grandparents, Joh Bjelke-Petersen and new friend ‘Dave Death’. Having found his inner punk – ‘Ross Rabies’, Ross went to his first gig and experienced his first riot.

Ross jumped and pogoed around the stage and for a brief moment he seemed seventeen. Part theatre and part stand-up, Punked captured the feeling of being young and obsessed with music.  Filled with great songs and unique characters, ‘Punked’ created a slice of time. The audience responded to Ross’s enthusiasm and left a little bit more rock’n’roll than when they arrived.  It may have been 34 years since ‘God Save the Queen’ but with his greying, messy hair and black t-shirt, it didn’t seem that long ago for Ross.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.


Author Details

Van Roberts

Van is a Melbourne freelance writer. She has contributed to Frankie, Time Out, RHUM and The Pluck. A book of poetry will be released soon.

Van spent hours on a typewriter as a child, which gave her a love for the written word. She also has an appreciation for wrestling, tequila and coffee. Van writes a blog, Scribbley-Ness.


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