It's not possible for a combination of punk rock
(Not even The Fall
's 'The Classical
' does it). Punk
rock values speed and simplicity (I'm being a bit basic here, but it illustrates my point), classical usually appreciates technical skill and complex songwriting. They're as different as chalk and cheese - punk up classical music a bit and it stops being classical, and vice versa. It's mathematically impossible
(mind, I'm no mathematician) - You'll end up with something that is neither punk *nor* classical, definitely not both. Granted, Phillip Glass
, Karlheinz Stockhausen
are classical composers
, but are nowhere near punk
. Bands which are closer to the rock end of the spectrum who embrace element
s of classical music might be Spiritualized
or John Cale
, but they are definitely not punk. Even the friggin' Beatles
used an orchestra
, so does that make them a classical/rock combination? No.
A good question is; why would you want it to work? punk is (or was, if you're from that school of thought) about something fresh and exciting and provocative
. Classical is an old
music (as if you couldn't tell from the name), and hence pretty much goes against everything that punk stands for.
, who mention some punk bands doing a Beethoven Sonata
or whatever; a punk band doing a classical cover does not make a punk/classical hybrid band. To put it so more users of E2 would understand, does a PC
running an arcade emulator make the system some sort of arcade/computer hybrid machine?
Genres separate out for a reason.
As John Peel
says about the Afro Celt Sound System
; "...although it's true those things are cross-cultural
sort of things, they can also be bollocks
. 'What you need is reggae
with bagpipes'. No you don't." - Same goes (IMHO) for classical and punk.