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Of Bacon, Snouts and Everything Hog

by Max Barashenkov / Images by Moonbeaming.co.za / 17.01.2012

The last horn riff has rung out, the rude boys have skanked their last pit, the South African ska scene fades into a checkered memory. Hog Hoggidy Hog, the last tangible bastion of the genre, have played their farewell show on Friday, a final wag of corkscrew tails. After 17 years of honing their chops on local stages, they’re off to the more profitable sties of Europe, where a tight ska-punk outfit is still appreciated.

They leave as legends, having etched their snouts into South African music history, but the question that matters is – why should we give a fuck that they are gone?

The answer, or at least one of many, takes the stage first tonight. Peachy Keen’s line-up are all veterans of Hog pits circa 2004, when Riot At The Madhouse shows reigned supreme and punk rock was on everybody’s lips. Arguably, without Hog Hoggidy Hog, without their infectious energy, we wouldn’t have Peachy Keen. Nor would we have The Plastics, nor Enmity. More than half of the musicians currently plying their sounds on Cape Town stages owe their inspiration to the Hogs, from the street-punks of Dead Lucky to the Mike-Zietsman-third of P.H.fat. The same, to a certain extent, holds for Jo’burg and Pretoria, where their influence was only amplified by their sister band, Fuzigish (also a faded star). Hog Hoggidy Hog made it cool to pick up a guitar, to sew patches onto your denim jacket, to get fucked up on quarts and stage dive like a witless fool. The lessons learned, that spirit we all tapped into, while pogoing and sweating, will stay with us till we can’t get it up anymore. Now the South African Ramones are gone.

Say what you will about them, but Hog Hoggidy Hog lacked neither talent, nor professionalism. Real musicians have real jobs and the Hogs epitomized the statement, playing for 17 years out of sheer love for the music, for that high of being on stage and seeing venues erupt. Never rich, always almost poor, they toured because for them it was the most fun they could have. Their family was large – along the way they managed to bring together a motley gang of punks, skinheads and fiends, from fans to other musicians – and tightly knit. The organic ease with which they assimilated additions to their line-up – Ross and Lee in early 2000s and Sean Devey (the drummer being young enough to be Sean Snout’s illegitimate spawn) in late 2007 – only exemplified the honesty with which they approached their craft. One would be hard pressed to find another South African collective that functioned quite the same way the Hogs did.

Judging from the turnout on Friday, I am not the only one who shares the above sentiments. A parallel can be drawn with the success of the Sublime Tribute show at Mercury the previous week – the venue packed with people who came to pay their respects to a band that inspired and brought joy for years. They were all there, the young punks and rude boys, the long-haired metalheads, grizzled gentlemen well into their forties, the somewhat less-grizzled wives of the gentlemen, and all of them swirled in a flurry of dance, grins and spilling beer. Even Half-Price, playing second, seemed to fit into the general elation – they might be passé but it’s clear that there are enough people in Cape Town who still want big fat titties in their face. The Hogs themselves were, as always, on top form, delivering a face-melting two-hour set, brimming with singles, guest appearances and almost forgotten classics – ‘Just A Lie’ made more thighs moist than Ryan Gosling. The hooves were up that night, glistening with content sweat, and I was there, a fan among fans, both happy and forlorn sad.

Of Bacon, Snouts and Everything Hog - Crowd

“Still, so what?” sour tongues will whisper. “No one cares about the Hogs, it’s just nostalgia.”
Perhaps they will be right, but the departure of the Hogs, being the largest drawcard in terms of crowds, is a huge blow to the already frail punk movement. The ska bands that still toil up in Joburg – the rude crusties of Skunks and the progressive fellas from Fridge Poetry – will surely perish without the fire of Hog Hoggidy Hog. Ska, in South Africa, is dead and only assholes rejoice at the passing of a genre.

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Of Bacon, Snouts And Everything Hog - Rude Boys

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*All images © Moonbeaming.co.za

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RESPONSES (30)
  1. Fu Maki says:

    What the hell is going on in that second picture?

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  2. SihleMthembu says:

    Crowd surfing Blow jobs, I don’t know how I feel about this

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  3. Anonymous says:

    George will be back in a few months and they will play more gigs.

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  4. biff says:

    The hogs are awesome. This article ain’t.

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  5. Urk says:

    aha! the opportunity to be an asshole! never really got the hogs. the sa ramones? that explains it perfectly. to this day cannot stand the ramones, give me dead kennedys or the clash 10 times over before the genii that could barely string a sensible sentence together. that however remains a matter of taste.
    seasons do come and go. and it’s fair to feel a little nostalgic. even i can recognise that the hogs have been significant. but music must remain dynamic. bits of punk will always be part of popular music, the overarching rock music if you like.
    as a matter of interest, why not mention captain stu?
    what i did get from this article is the rather exciting notion that i know painfully little about the smaller bands that are out there. good job, it piques the interest. at least you play your part in invigorating the scene, which will carry on as long as teens want to rebel and get down, and old fogeys want to be nostalgic. have no fear. in “my day” there was sweet blow fuck-all but the stage, playground and delirium/delizium with the occaional visit from live jimmy presley. it’s bigger, more dynamic and cooler than ever. at least it looks like it this side of 30. and a bit.

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  6. Meh ahem says:

    “face-melting” = Morbeeism = verboten.

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  7. Trotters says:

    They may be cute and fun, but they are also responsible for the worst Depeche Mode cover in history.

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  8. pal in drome says:

    @Meh-whatever. What’s wrong in reclaiming a phrase from the Parlotwits?

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  9. King SkaSA says:

    Bwahahaha! Ska dead! The so called music press has been saying that since 1968! And by the by, in SA there’s never actually been a Ska scene! The scene referred to in the article was actually part of the bigger Punk scene of the late 90’s early 2000’s and bands such as the Hogs and Fuzi mainly played Punk-Ska. Please get your facts straight and read up on the difference between Ska and Punk-Ska. The latter is still alive today in the underground in most of the main urban centres in Mzansi. There might not be many gigs but it’s alive. Ska as such is also still highly popular in places like Europe, Japan (and other Asian countries) and in the US. Google bands such as the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, The Dualers, The Slackers (still going strong), and The One Droppers and also do yourself the favour and check out the London International Ska Festival. Ska is not dead it’s just underground… But yes, the Hogs will be sincerely missed…

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  10. Bobby kid who shmaaks 340 stukkend says:

    il miss these popohls, i really will. but yeah ska is not dead dude. Fruits and Veggies? Captain stu? the skunks? sheep down? Sibling Rivalry? they might suck but its ska

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  11. Tyrion says:

    @King SkaSA – you are clearly an avid rude boy, flashing band names that are not from this country. Why don’t you bring up the Eastern European ska scene too? Way more street cred in that shit than in the tired US and Japan. Maybe do a little expose how Lithuania has a mighty ska movement despite a population of a mere 3 million.

    As for your purist little bitch about the difference between ska and ska-punk, Max clearly uses the term freely to cover all the tributaries of ska – from two-tone, to ragga/ska/jazz fusion, to hardcore-ska. Your remark about there never being a ska scene in SA is full of shit, sorry, there used to be plenty of bands sporting horn sections and playing upstrokes. Saya sowwy

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  12. Billy says:

    The SA ska scene will forever be small and bands will come and go. But the rabid support is still there. Those batshit crazy fans are as much a part of it as the bands. They make a night out in one of these beer-soaked dens that much more enjoyable. So long as this kind of wonderful lizard-brained brain-damage still exists in SA the Ska scene will survive as it always has.

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  13. Dan says:

    Ska has never been dead, if anything it is one of the most resilient genres (and by some arguments the most pervasive) in existence – this despite the hate some people seem to direct towards it… infact maybe thats why it persists.

    Hog Hoggidy Hog were a part of my youth and I will never forget them – So Long & we will miss you!

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  14. Max says:

    @Bobby kid – apologies, you are right – I completely over-looked Fruit n Veggies. But I would dispute the Captain Stu…their early work, yes, but of late…well, let’s just say it’s very, very, very loosely ska.

    As to the rest, in no way am I claiming that the world ska scene is dead – that would be ridiculous. But, in the South African context, I will still maintain that is buried. I most welcome any counter views.

    Regards

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  15. canthaveaSKATpartywithoutSKA says:

    I’m going to pick out the part in the article i like best ” so, what ”

    If Ska isnt dead, hopefully this is the killer blow. Nostalgia? thats just a poor excuse to be an asshole teenager again. no one wants to see a grown man covered in beer slurring the oh so difficult lyrics ” woah ooooh ooh oooh” or however that dreadful song goes.

    May this be a lesson to you all…you will never be more than a wart on the cock of south african culture listening to “underground” and “alternative” bands. fun or not, im glad this shit is over.

    suck on these shnuts South Africa….feast long and hard

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  16. Ben...with the limp says:

    this article is utterly pointless, not very informative and has probably been written by some brown noser who hasnt “eaten enough sausage” to get invited to mainstream events for free to review REAL bands.

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  17. Dan says:

    Seriously do not get all the vitriol directed towards Ska in some of these comments – do some research. Ska has had a massive impact on so many genres of music much of what you listen to today owes it to ska for part of its existence, yes even metal to an extent – I mean for goodness sake the genera was a precursor to reggae, which by the way is the most ubiquitous genera of music the world over.

    Really do not get the hatred displayed on the Mahala comments, no wonder the live music scene in SA is a piddling toddler – some you really just need to shut up and stop being such utter dicks.

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  18. Roger Young says:

    @Ben

    I wonder how you got that limp?

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  19. Ben...with the limp says:

    @ Roger Young – stamping on a hogs CD

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  20. Simon says:

    Touch your toes

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  21. Jonathan says:

    I must admit i grew out of this band but I had a faaken (don’t know if i’m allowed to swear here) good time on Friday night.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    @Ben. As far as bands in this country are concerned, I don’t think you will find a more REAL band than Hog Hoggidy Hog.

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  23. Sarah Malone says:

    Why is this picture of the guy crowdsurfing with the limp dick taken down? I was just about to masturbat.e

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  24. JimmySawFinger says:

    I remember seeing Hogs at Purple Turtle back when they used to do gigs with Pothole ,Davie was a kick ass drummer and he used to play 2 sets a night, one with Hogs and one with Pothole, good times.

    i wish the Hogs great success overseas.

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  25. fellacio says:

    ska revival isnt cool you stupid f*ks!

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  26. Billy says:

    Henceforth I’m no longer reading the comments on mahala, it does nothing but decimate my faith in humanity. What a bunch of self-important cock stains. Get a fucking life already.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Agreed Billy. Get a life hipsters. We need more bands like the Hogs, not less!

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  28. the homo says:

    passé is a big word – but not quite true. I must say I do agree with the latter comments on this wall – most of you guys are a bunch of medieval dicks!

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  29. Nick says:

    Ska is alive and kicking and screaming, go vote for Fridge Poetry to jam at Oppikoppi! https://www.facebook.com/oppikoppifestival?sk=app_140554626061899

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  30. Shane Forbes says:

    I fucking love the Hogs! I’ve never seen them play a bad show. Good luck overseas dudes!

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