Kathy Slade

Nazi Punks Fuck Off
2019, Site-specific public installation, Fluc, Vienna

The work is a set of instructions, taken from an online guitar tab, for playing the chorus of the 1981 song Nazi Punks Fuck Off by the Dead Kennedys. The chords, indicated by the diagrams, A flat and B flat, repeat three times (accompanying the repeating phrase "nazi punks"), followed by the pitch-less shout "fuck off!" which is indicated in chord diagrams with two Xs. The song was a declaration from the San Francisco punk subculture that they would resist attempts by nazis to infiltrate and dominate their spaces and music, and also could be seen as a celebration of the community's ability to defend itself from fascism. Nazi Punks Fuck Off was made for the exhibition It's Never Too Late to Speculate as part of the series IN DER KUBATUR DES KABINETTS at the Fluc.


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