Thrash Your Ukulele! It’s Punk for a Day Day

Punk, a term meaning “beginning or novice”, first came into the world of music referring to bands that were more grinding garage rock sound than the technically excellent sound of former musicians. Coming out of the hippie rock era, punk started out with ground-breakers like the Velvet Underground and shock rockers like Alice Cooper.

It rocketed into the underground in New York and London, where New York set the stage, and London Punk Rockers stole it, with bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones creating the image for what Punk was and what it was going to become.

History of Punk For a Day

Punk For a Day Day was established to celebrate the long and storied history of Punk Rock. This amazing and powerful counter-culture movement completely revolutionized rock music and the face of the musical world at large. All of this on the heels of the revolutionary hippie movement, the punk rock movement took the hope and light of their predecessors and rolled it together with a rage-filled cynicism the likes of which would make Nietzche proud.

How to Celebrate Punk For A Day

The simplest way to celebrate is to strum some punk songs today. Start off with Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones and move into Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day maybe someEver Fallen in Love by the Buzzcocks and finish off with a bit of Psycho Killer by Talking Heads. All of these are in the Ukulele Wednesdays Songbook.

If you’re feeling a bit more outlandish throw on your favorite old band shirts, spike out your hair, and wrap it all in leather to relive the days of your wasted youth. Get together with your old punk friends and host a Punk for a Day Day party, rocking out to your favorite tunes and wearing your old punk clothes to really bring back the days of yore.

Boaty McBoatface? Or Ukey McUkeFace?

Have you heard about the new 128-metre long research ship, Boaty McBoatface? It sounds like some kind of April Fool’s joke, doesn’t it? When the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) opened up votes to name their new £200-million-pound research vessel, nobody could have predicted that what appears to be a front-runner is the unusual choice of Boaty McBoatface. For the pun-lovers out there, there are also other pun-tastic names, such as “RRS Whatever Floats Ya”, “RRS Boat Selecta” along with “RRS Batboat vs Superboat”.

In a statement, provided by NERC they said: “Tonne-for-tonne, the ship – together with NERC’s existing two blue water research ships – will provide the UK with the most advanced floating research fleet in the world and will help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come.” and Universities & science minister, Jo Johnson, said:
“Can you imagine one of the world’s biggest research labs travelling to the Antarctic with your suggested name proudly emblazoned on the side? The polar research ship represents a leap forward in securing Britain’s place as a world leader in marine and climate change science – and illustrates this government’s commitment to invest in research facilities on a record scale.

With the eyes of the world on this ship, this campaign will give everyone across the UK the opportunity to feel part of this exciting project and the untold discoveries it will unearth.”

Whilst a lot more interest in the naming has been provided by Boaty McBoatface, experts can overrule the name if they don’t feel it sufficiently conjures up one of the world’s largest travelling laboratories.

In the meantime, I’ll be hanging around on my friends boat with my re-named ukulele, Ukey McUkeface.

Boaty McBoatface v Ukey McUkeface

In the meantime, I’ll be re-naming my ukulele, Ukey McUkeface.