By JOHN LEGASPI
With the world’s political climate and wars from different sides of the planet, the seventies had its fair share of musical geniuses, the English ones, in particular. From the grungey and nothing-but-pure audacity world of rock bands, the glamorous jazziness of disco, to the chill and psychedelic tunes of youth spirit, music in that era was beyond self-expression, an artistic view of the society. English rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Pink Floyd were the talk of the decade. But one particular band helped to initiate an era of new music, that is underground punk rock, that shook the grounds and views of the people in the UK—The Sex Pistols.
With albums such as “God Save the Queen,” “Nevermind the Bollocks,” and “Here’s the Sex Pistols,” The Sex Pistols pioneered new tunes of rebellion, non-conformity, and thought-provoking lyrics that inspired the rise of other alternative rock bands—The Slits, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Subway Sect—making them one of the most influential acts in the history of popular music
Another item that is a symbol of English punk culture is the classic Dr. Martens. Footwear that is an epitome of cool ruggedness, Dr. Martens has been a shoe of choice for the new wave of musicians and youth subculture becoming a prominent style choice for rock artists, punks, and goths. Dr. Martens now amplifies its style wrapping it up with the explosive, raw energy, and defiant attitude of The Sex Pistols.
Designing the new line of shoes was a collaborative effort between Dr. Martens and the management of The Sex Pistols. Launched last Feb. 28, in saGuijo Cafe + Bar in San Antonio, Makati, the all-time favorite DMs was welcomed with nothing but a celebration of ear-ringing beats and beer-raising moments. Hosted by PH rock legend, Raimund Marasigan, the night was in full volume with the presence of people in those high cut boots jamming to the performance of bands: Gracenote and Chicosci.
Dr. Martens’s new collection was inspired by the punk rock band’s album covers designed by Jamie Reid and features some of their iconic lyrics. “It was a perfect fit,” said by the senior brand executive of Dr. Martens PH, Nadz Payumo. “The Sex Pistols was all about their rebellious self-expression. They went against authority. They weren’t afraid to speak up and be different. And I think, that’s the message that we want to communicate as a brand.”
The collection ranges from the original eight-eye 1460 design boot to low-cut 1925 three-eye style, all made with smooth and durable Dr. Martens leather and their classic feature, the air-cushioned sole dubbed as the “bouncing soles.” The monochromatic design features band’s statements such as “No future,” “boredom,” “I wanna be me, no feelings,” and the image of the band’s iconic bass player, Sid Vicious.
Stomp to the beat of your own drums with the Dr. Martens x Sex Pistols available in Dr. Martens boutique in Glorietta, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa The Block, Marquee Mall, Nuvali Solenad 2, SM City Cebu, and Abreeza Davao.
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