Grogger

Grogger, real name Steve Goodman, is a top chap who put together one of the better skinhead ‘zines Chargesheet. It had a good mix of reggae and punk as well as a popular soap opera type story, Revenge, that ran over several issues.
Steve also has a novel out, England Belongs To Me.

This poem is from issue 9 of Chargesheet, 1987.

Television Families

I’m looking at the picture
I’m looking at the screen
I’m looking at the faces –
It makes me wanna scream.
For they’re so nice – so nice and precise
when calamity strikes
they’re as cool as ice.

The families in TV ads –
are making the rest of us look bad!

You can see them in total ecstasy
in a soap powder sexual fantasy
where whiter than white is the currency
and the dirty grey is you and me.

It’s the families in TV ads
are making the rest of us look bad.

It’s an unreal world beyond the screen
where life is played out like a dream,
and no-one shouts and no-one swears,
they’re whiter than the advert underwear.

It’s the families in TV ads
are making the rest of us look bad.

What boring people they must be
if Y-fronts causes ecstasy?
and breakfast cereal brings on a song
it makes me wonder where I went wrong?

But it’s the families on TV ads
are making the rest of us look bad.

But real life, it ain’t like that
it’s full of ups and downs.
It’ll kick you in the teeth
and treat you like a clown.

For we’re not the families on TV ads
it’s the real world, and ain’t I glad?

Grogger

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One thought on “Grogger

  1. Rob Hoult

    Top Lad. An excellent DJ, I spent many afternoons gassing over Reggae in Daddy Cool, Berwick Street during my regular trips to the smoke in the late 80s.

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