Portraits of…Italian Punk Culture From The ’80s

I could not understand a word that WRETCHED & RAW POWER were screaming in my young ears, all I knew is that I loved these two Italian bands and wanted to hear more from their scene. MRR international scene reports were our internet, and kept us connected to the growing global hardcore scene. Also, living in L.A., we were lucky and had GOLDENVOICE as our major punk show promoter, and they could afford to fly bands over for shows. This how I got to see RAW POWER, BGK, SUBHUMANS and others, but what was behind the scenes in the European or Italian punk scenes was still a mystery to us until the internet came into existence and people started sharing their photos with the world. Today, CVLT Nation wants to share with you portraits of 80’s Italian Punk culture!

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Stiv T.V.O.R. on top of the human pile, 1985 at CCM show in Venlo, Holland, photoby Helge Schreiber

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Lancia Fiamme, december 1986 at the AJZ Bielefeld, photo by Helge Schreiber

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some italian punks may 1985 at the BGK / Toxic Reasons / Negazione show in Venlo, Holland, photo by Helge Schreiber
 

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KINA in Germany…, photo by Anne Ullrich

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Italian punx mob august 1984 at the AJZ Bielefeld, photo by Claudia Schewe
 

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Italian punx mob august 1984 at the AJZ Bielefeld, photo by Helge Schreiber
 

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Alessandro of Raw Power, tnx to Helge Schreiber
 

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Negazione x-mas 1985 at the OOC Squat in Venlo
 

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Negazione in Zurich, Switzerland, tnx to Helge Schreiber

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Manimal from Roma, 1986 at the AJZ Bielefeld, German, tnx to Helge Schreiber

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Indigesti at the Chi-Chi Clubs in Winterswijk, Holland, photo by Helge Schreiber

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Indigesti 1985 at the Eschhaus in Duisburg, Germany, photo by Helge Schreiber

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CONTROPOTERE

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P.S.A.

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Upset Noise
 

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Upset Noise
 

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Wretched
 

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Blue Vomit

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Kollettivo

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CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers) 1985 in Venlo, Holland,
photo by Helge Schreiber

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Wretched

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Stinky Rats

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NEGAZIONE Thanx Helge Schreiber
 

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CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers) 1985 in Venlo, Holland,
photo by Helge Schreiber

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Kobra , august 1983 in Leeds, UK, photo by Kim Mullen

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Upset Noise

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DISPER-AZIONE

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Wretched

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Upset Noise

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RAF Punk

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CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers)

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Raw Power

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Kobra from Italy, august 1983 in Leeds, UK, photo by Kim Mullen

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Wretched

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NEGAZIONE, 1988 im Ahoi Hamburg, photo by Thomas Koch,

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Raw Power

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INDIGESTI, december 1985 at the Eschhaus in Duisburg, Photo Helge Schreiber
 

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Antistress (Milano)
 

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  • Janet Brewster

    Holy Shit !!! Amazing photos and thanks so much for posting them. My name is Ned Brewster and I was on tour with Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers around 1986 or 1987, when I was drumming for False Prophets. They were the best guys and put on a fucking righteous show. Really funny guys, non stop joking with each other in pure Italian style. Antonio shaved his head and the Alex and Sandro called him “Masai” a put his bracelets and necklaces on the floor in a design, then they bowed down and “worshipped” it. Antonio got pissed, then got over it. This went on all the time. The old school bus they were traveling in was where I spent the majority of the tour and saved me from riding the extremely airless and cramped van that the Prophets were driving. 5 people and all our equipment and clothes in a normal size van got old quick not to mention ripe after a couple weeks. I ended up in the hospital with pericarditis and Alex ended up playing for CCM and the FP’s. Those guys even visited me to see how I was. The fucking best guys ever. Sandro ended up staying at my house in Staten Island too. CCM were great guys and an amazing band. I hope they’re all doing well these days. Thanks again for firing up my memories of a great time for music and connecting with the other freaks of nature out there.

  • MRR

    Thanks for the MRR mention. We still do a monthly zine, weekly radio show and photo blog, shows and records (Los Crudos Discografia coming up!) plus we have a living archive of 47,000+ vinyl records, the largest open to the public punk record archive in the world. Find out more at our website http://www.maximumrocknroll.com. DIY and all volunteer run, by the punks for the punks since 1977.

  • Luigi Palomba

    P.S.A.

  • Tanx Sabine ,!!!!!!!!!

  • Alfio Bianchi

  • Selver Viljevic

    GrEat!

  • Vitor Moura

  • Italian scene is not bad at all , CCCP kick ass

  • Lo Zambo

  • Chiara

  • Chris Bower

  • Lorenzo Cimador vara qua

  • Gustav Trodin Necrolina Nicodemus Meatlady Mikha’el Bergastraumaz

  • Pier Bolo tè bbolì