In the 1980’s, my friends and I had a punk rock band called Sacripolitical. The name was supposed to be a reference to our attitude toward politics. Just as a person who is sacrilegious is irreverent toward the sacred, we played songs, like “Peace: Under our Supervision,” and “Napalm Baby,” that were politically irreverent. The image that the band portrayed was, on the one hand, a sort of ironic, right-wing parody; not unlike what Stephen Colbert plays around with on his talk show today (but with punk rock style). On the other hand, we also developed and explored philosophical themes in songs like “The Meaning of Life,” and “Nihilist Void.”
We were together for the better part of the decade, playing at parties, underground shows in warehouses, in barns, and on the bill with other bands like UXB, The Pukes, Fang, Frightwig, and Camper Van Beethoven. We made a lot of friends, a lot of enemies and had a lot of fun. Some shows ended in philosophical conversation; some of them ended in near riots!
I’m reminded of this period because a friend of mine just sent me a link to a podcast of a radio show on which we were interviewed sometime in the early 1980’s. Maximum Rock and Roll started out as a punk fanzine and soon also became a regular radio broadcast that featured punk rock bands from all over the world. Sacripolitical was featured on a program that is now posted online at:
When our band was still together, it was not uncommon for people to hear the name “Sacripolitical” and ask “What does that mean?” I remembered this when I saw this podcast posting, as the band’s name is misspelled “Sacra Political.”