If you look at lists of classic punk bands from major publications, they just rehash the same 5-10 bands (Ramones, Sex Pistols, The Clash, and so on). Similarly, if you look at popular lists of hardcore punk bands, you also see the same handful of bands overrepresented there (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Minor […]
While some early 1980’s punk bands stuck to the original hardcore formula, these Midwest punk bands went beyond the boundaries of hardcore to create something unique. Midwestern hardcore was one of the most important, yet underrated subgenres of American punk rock during the 1980s. Many of the best known bands of this era hailed from […]
With workers and employers clashing over stagnant wages and work/life balance, we could all use some good political punk rock songs to help put things into perspective. To say that these are uncertain economic times would be a massive understatement. Are inflation, high gas prices, an increasingly unstable climate, and an out-of-control housing market just […]
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.