Who was the cutest punk?

Well, well well! – cute is not a term you’d normally hear us using. We don’t go in for all this rating people on their appearance and we’re certainly not talking about ‘The Male Gaze’ when we refer to cute.

Cute is like a kitten; male/female or whatever – you just want to take it home and give it a cuddle. So who might we be thinking of today?

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cute kitten

Let’s just rule a few people out. We can’t think of a single punkgirl who could be described as ‘cute’. Poly Styrene made a point of creating a look that was deliberately gawky and compelling.

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Poly Styrene -Powerful punkgirl (not cute)

Loads of punk girls deliberately went fierce just so that nobody could possibly think they were like a vulnerable little kitten; it stopped anyone thinking they could mess with you.

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Ari Up – don’t mess!


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Patti Smith – DON’T MESS!

Chrissie Hynde, Pauline Murray, Gaye Advert, Siouxsie Sioux – also compelling to look at, but fierce, distant and no-nonsense.

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Gaye Advert – Bassist (also not cute)
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Siouxsie Sioux – Performer extrordinaire (also not cute)

We’d want Gaye, Chrissie, Pauline and Siouxsie on our team. Yeah, they look so cool, but they just don’t make it in the kitten-metric.

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Pauline Murray – Strong Singer (not cute)


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Chrissie Hynde – Songwriter, guitarist, campaigner (not cute)

Debbie Harry was often described as cute, but the sexy, the smiling, the knowing looks on those pictures are something different from cute altogether.

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Debbie Harry – a fine singer (but not so cute as she’s made out to be)

So… after a whole host of searching, We’ve decided that the cutest punk award goes to…..

Pete Shelley. Not at all fierce, and quite like a kitten. It’s not sexism… it’s just that the punk girls had something to prove in their appearance, demeanour and music, whereas Pete Shelley could just be his real cute self. Unless you think differently….

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Pete Shelley – wrote great songs, sang, guitarred but also cute



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