If ever there was a local record that cut straight to the heart of the confusion and frustration of growing up in radically changing times, it's The Bluestars’ searing garage punk anthem, ‘Social End Product’.
As the angry young man in the lyrics rages at the world around him – “it’s not my fault I don’t belong, it’s the world around me that’s gone all wrong” – it’s as much an anguished cry for acceptance as an uncompromising statement of being. You made me, so if you don’t like me you’ll have to change, not me, he seems to scream as the song howls its way to its fuzz-strewn conclusion and a final, biting “I’m a social end product, so don’t blame me.”
John Harris is the founder and was for many years managing director of TV production house Greenstone.
Harris was named as the 2012 Screen Production and Development Association / Onfilm Industry Champion for services to the NZ screen industry.
John Harris - guitar, drums, vocals
Murray Savidan - bass, vocals
Rick van Bokhoven - guitar, vocals
Jim Crowley - drums
Eric Jackson - drums