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 […]