Next up in our series of “Were They Punk“, we look at the illustrious career of Joe Jackson. A classically-trained musician who’d already spent years playing in jazz clubs and the cabaret circuit, Joe Jackson was inspired by the rawness and simplicity of the punk music that emerged in late 1970’s London. Jackson started playing […]
First up in our series, “Were They Punk?“, we examine the punk rock bona fides of Elvis Costello. Elvis Costello was a well-established musician in London’s pub rock scene by time punk rock reached mainstream attention in 1976. Already seasoned from his stint in folk-duo Rusty and later fronting the country/R&B act Flip City, Costello […]
The first wave of punk is said to have lasted a mere two years before imploding in 1979. Yet in that short amount of time it left an indelible mark on fashion, music, and popular culture.
Punk rock emerged as a reaction to the corporate music industry, and the bloated “dinosaur rock” of the 1970’s, a sound characterized by long, self-indulgent soloing and slickly produced albums that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and sometimes years to record.
Origin Guildford, Surrey, England Genres Pub rock, punk rock, new wave, post-punk Years active 1974-present Labels A&M, Castle Communications, EMI, Epic, Liberty, Stiff Records, United Artists Members Jean-Jacques BurnelBaz WarneJim MacaulayToby Hounsham Past Members Hugh CornwellJet BlackDave GreenfieldJohn EllisPaul RobertsHans Wärmling Influences Beatles, Velvet Underground, The Doors, Love, Music Machine, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Website http://www.thestranglers.co.uk […]