Fifteen Eighty Four

Academic perspectives from Cambridge University Press


A new poem by Tim Wells to celebrate the launch of Matt Worley’s punk book, ‘No Future’

Brew Your Own

In me yoof

spikes stood proud

on dog collars,

soaped up barnets,

leathers. Defiant

slogans in

Airfix paint

screamed anarchy.

Most of it

amounted to:

“me mum made me

tidy me room.”

These days

the spikes

are on



government offices.

A broad base


to a tapered point.

The higher,

the fewer.

© Tim Wells, 2017

About the author

Tim Wells is made of reggae, lager top, pie and mash, and Leyton Orient FC. His blog, Stand Up and Spit, can be found here.

‘No Future’ – The Soundtrack (find it here on Spotify)

  1. Anarchy in the UK – The Sex Pistols
  2. Nobody’s Scared – Subway Sect
  3. Hegemony – Scritti Politti
  4. This Is Entertainment – Caberet Voltaire
  5. 1977 – The Clash
  6. Boredom – Buzzcocks
  7. Life – Alternative TV
  8. In A Rut – The Ruts
  9. Suburban Relapse – Siouxsie and the Banshees
  10. New Dawn Fades – Joy Division
  11. Lean On Me – Redskins
  12. National Insurance Blacklist – The Business
  13. Big a Little A – Crass
  14. My Cherry Is In Sherry -Ludus
  15. Fairytale in the Supermarket – The Raincoats
  16. Crisis – Poison Girls
  17. Discipline – Throbbing Gristle
  18. I Love A Man In Uniform – Gang of Four
  19. Wardance – Killing Joke
  20. Ain’t No Feeble Bastard – Discharge
  21. Brutality – The Defects
  22. The Serenade is Dead – Conflict
  23. What Have We Got – Sham 69


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