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Toni Yu and his love affair with Punk

小操 aka Toni Yu, is active in Shanghai rock sence for a long time, he was the man behind the rythym guitar of Mortal Fools, and later on 2008 along with his girlfriend Yoi founder of the pop punk band PinkBerry.

Toni first listened to punk rock at 16 years old. He counts Green Day, Rancid, Blink-182, NOFX as major influences for his own music.

During 2010 PinkBerry released their first EP GO! BOOM! by the local record label ZhuLuHeFeng Music. During 2010 PinkBerry performed at a tour around Shanghai’s universities, a great project organized by their record label. They have also participated in many festivals including the Jue Festival of 2009, InMusic Festival of Zhangbei of 2010, the YiXian Camping Music Festival of 2010, and this year they will be performing on the Strawberry Festival at Suzhou on April 30th.

Here get a glimpse of Toni’s favorite and most influential music for his own career.

Green Day  “Dry Ice” from the album 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours of 1990

Green Day now is one of the biggest stars of the rock ‘n’ roll. When the album American Idiot won the Grammy Award they became more popular. But for me, They frist album 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours is my most favorite one. Actually this album got me into the punk rock world. “Dry Ice” is a special song for me, it has simple riff, Billie Joe’s fast and raw singing like the young boy who wants to make the pit upside down. The whole song is like a textbook of the punk rock. Let me know THIS IS I WANNA BE [sic].

Bombshell Rocks “The Will The Message” from the album Street Art Gallery of 1999

When I joined my first band Mortal Fools we didn’t have any original song. Like every young band we chose some famous bands’ song to copy. Swedish street punk band Bombshell Rocks is one of  those we chose, and we chose their song call “The Will The Message”, and it became the Mortal Fools opening song for quite a while. Also I recommend “Madhouse” and “1.08 down”.

Rancid “Journey to the End” from the album And Out Come The Wolves of 1995

Like Green Day, Rancid also influenced me. I remember when I downloaded my first Rancid video. That was “Journey to the End”. Matt Freeman’s amazing bass line intro showed me another face of punk rock and let me love that band. For me, rock’s journey never ends.

Angels and Airwaves “Shove” from the album LOVE of 2010

He naked on the stage, speaking porn jokes with his band-mate, he is Tom DeLonge. He love space, believes in ET, he is Tom DeLonge too. Many people is shock, when Tom showed in Angels and Airwaves. But I think he knew that’s really himself. We saw a rude kid became a grown up man. He also makes some beautiful stuff for his kids. Stack of the synth track became the space, like and astronaut walking in it. Just feeling that.

The Suicide Machine “In the End”  from the album Battle Hymns of 1998

Really hardcore song,  faster and faster, I promise when The Suicide Machine come to Shanghai I’ll definitely come to see their show.

Blink-182 “Stay Together For The Kids”  from the album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket of 2001

Two members of the Blink-182 come from a single parent family. Divorce is a social problem of many countries. Maybe it’s a good way for the husband and wife, but it must be a disaster for the kids. As far as I know many kids became criminal because they parents divorced when they are still in their childhood. Blink-182 wrote this serious song about trying to make it don’t happen again. Divorce I really think is not a good thing for any kid, for any family. Stay together, just for the kids. [sic]

Anthrax “Caught In A Mosh” from the album I’m The Man of 1990

Fast and full of energy, I like the guitar riffs of this song. Being one of the “big four” 80s thrash metal band. Anthrax makes the different among rest of three. They mix the metal and hardcore punk. I think “Caught In A Mosh” is a most emblematic song of Anthrax.

Transplants “We Trusted You”  from the album Transplants of 2002

All star band, on the vocals is Tim Armstrong from Rancid, the drummer is Travis Barker from Blink-182, guest musicians include Matt Freeman, Lars Frederiksen etc. They combine punk rock, ska and hip hop,”We Trusted You” is a cool song, listen to  it.

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros “The Minstrel Boy”  from the album Black Hawk Down OST of 2002

Some punk you don’t need to use the distortion, this folk was played by many artists. The lyric of this song is a poem of warriors. Every single word has power, Joe Strummer makes the lyrics to the bullets [sic]. The bullets to your heart, to your soul. A guy translate the lyrics to Chinese, if you read these words just listen the song and see it.

The Minstrel Boy- to the war has gone
in the rank of death- you’ll- find him
His father’s sword- he has girded on
and his wild harp slung- be-hind him

“Land of Song” said the warrior Bard
“Though all the world betrays- thee,
one sword at least- thy- rights shall guard,
one- faithful harp- shall- praise thee”

The Minstrel fell!
But the forman’s chain could not bring his proud- soul- under
The Harp he loved- never spoke again
for he tore it’s chords- a-sunder

And said “No chains shall- sully thee,
Thou soul of love and bravery.
Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
They- shall never sound- in- slavery

少年游吟诗人为参加战争而离开
在死亡的行列里,你会找到他
他身上缚着父亲的剑,
背上有竖琴和投石器。
“ 歌声的土地”,勇敢的诗人说。
“即使世上所有的人都出卖你,
至少有一把剑会保卫你的正义,
至少有一架忠实的竖琴会歌颂你。”
诗人倒下了,
但是统治者的镣铐带不走他的骄傲。
他把琴弦扯断,
在他心爱的竖琴的绝响中离去。
他说,没有镣铐能玷污你,
玷污你那充满爱和勇敢的灵魂。
歌曲是为纯洁和自由而唱,
永远不会发出奴隶的呻吟。

Dropkick Murphys “Workers Song” from the album  Blackout of 2003

Dropkick Murphys is one of my favorite. Bagpipe make them different than any other punk band, and they also influence some kind of band like SMZB from Wuhan China. The lyrics almost make me want to cry.

You can listen to PinkBerry’s music on their douban page, and watch their videos for “Run Away”,  and “PinkBerry Song”, and bit of their performance during their tour around Shanghai universities last year on youku.

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