6 Punk Bands We Don't Need to Talk About Anymore

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I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem from some sort of deep-seated masochism -- the same way I used to force myself to watch My Super Sweet 16. Without fail, the conversation switches to traveling, music, or some other trite nonsense and the question arises:

"Oh, what kind of band are you in?"

Look, explaining you're in a punk band sucks -- it's like telling people you're a chef. Most people think they know a thing or two about it, and the resulting conversation is maddening. It hurts for everyone involved, as slowly the attempt to bond over art turns into an insecure namedropping contest. So for the sake of all of us, here are six punk bands we simply don't need to talk about.


1. The Clash


I'll be honest with you: I haven't really listened to much of the Clash, because a lot of punks who wear hats with chains on them seem to be big fans. Plus, everything I've read about the band basically states it formed with the intention of latching on to the Sex Pistols' success. But in the interest of journalistic integrity, I am listening to some songs now -- and I still think they suck, with the exception of some live stuff. Reggae is gross and bad English punk sounds like Andrew Lloyd Webber. Oh and if that's not enough, Bono once called the Clash the most influential band on U2's sound.

Lets talk about these bands instead:

'70s Regional Alternatives:
Desperate Bicycles
The Stranglers
Buzzcocks
The Damned
Ultravox


2. Social Distortion


Social Distortion is just Good Charlotte for people who wear flames on their clothes. Punk rock mixed with car culture is like going to the zoo with a bazooka - a funny concept with unforgivable results.

Why don't we talk about these bands instead?

Southern California Punk That Doesn't Encourage Dice Tattoos:
Channel 3
VOM
Agression
The Dickies
The Weirdos

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115 comments
Andrew Jemsek
Andrew Jemsek

fuck you. the clash and the misfits are always worth talking about. everyone else on that list can go to hell.

Doug Parry
Doug Parry

Comparing Mike Ness to Good Charlotte? Wow. Even if you don't like Social D, at least act like you know what you're talking about. And Tim Armstrong is an innovator and was part of Operation Ivy. Come on.

Skip Edwards
Skip Edwards

Biggest piece of trash I've read lately. Maybe let the listener decide.

Aaron Rothenburger
Aaron Rothenburger

Let's stop talking about punk, especially if it's after the 1980s. Let's talk about music.

Adam Senter
Adam Senter

Is this the legacy that Cizmar left behind? New Times basically is here to shit on things that people like.

Garyn Klasek
Garyn Klasek

What's more punk than telling everyone what's punk and what isn't? I mean I always turn to drunk punx who try to play crust that sounds like Discharge because i like originality..

Adam Senter
Adam Senter

I'm so glad that the New Times is the voice of punk. We need the douchebag perspective to make us really understand.

Tyler King
Tyler King

Nice way to rehash The Casualties disproved allegations that almost ruined the band. Douche move.

Elaine Cam
Elaine Cam

That wasn't a compliment, was it.

sylvan.zarwell
sylvan.zarwell

Punks who haven't really listened to the Clash and feel the need to diss them are pathetic. You get no cred for sharing your ignorance with the world. To be fair, you are sharing space with "From the Vault: Hottest Guys in Metal" so maybe cred isn't that important. Why spit on what you don't know then?

ignaciodelgado2003
ignaciodelgado2003

Three of my all time favorite bands are on the list.  So you can probably guess what I think of you Drew. All three of these bands have fierce and loyal followings.  Some of their fans are not as reasonable and rational as I am.  So good luck with that.  And as for the Clash, their musical and cultural legacy, make you pathetic criticism pretty insignificant. 

pjh7
pjh7

"what is punk?" 


Drew: "it's like, loud and fast, aggressive music."


HUH? "punk" is not music dude.... the music spawned from punk

pjh7
pjh7

this article may have had a shred of cred if, after the title, he listed the 6 bands and ended it there... every word after it is pure superfluous foot-in-mouth disease compounded by the second.


"Drew" so much talk about so many bands not worth talking about eh "Drew?"


...hence proving your POINT to be a miserable failure and then some, even if you achieved what you wanted (i.e. net traffic) in your meaningless world of scribe

giraffe2094
giraffe2094

Something pathetic about a blogger who feels a need to dish on bands that he has either hardly listened to, doesn't know the history of or was just never into the scene of. Especially when it just seems he wants to appear more clever than said bands without having ever strummed a note nor laid pen to paper to write lyrics. Let alone lyrics to iconic songs. Dishing on bands that worked very hard, tours, recordings and playing every smelly squat between here and Bratislava.
  All it shows is that the writer doesn't know jack about punk regardless of his refined punk/metal tastes. And he never will.

conservativerubbish
conservativerubbish

Okay, you need educated. The Clash and Misfits will continue to be discussed thoroughly despite the protestations of you or any other just out of diapers faux rockers. TMA was a NJ band that is so quintessential to the punk rock experience that to leave them out of your article reveals the mind-numbing stupidity inherent in every facet of your existence. Sacred Denial were great but they weren't a punk band. They were a crossover band at best (insert sound of 15 year old's heads popping--"What's crossover?")

While you are correct to bag Rancid and to desire to truly know Poison Idea (which you can't, because they were then and you are you), the idea you would prescribe anything is insulting to sentient human beings.

Here is a corrected rewrite of your therapy session:

Drew: I like punk.

Therapist: No you don't. You think it makes you different which is a concept that ceased to matter at least 20 years ago because your pathetic generation actually values conformity more than anything. I went to punk shows in the early 80s. You kids are just drooling mental deficients. We had to wade through a sea of hostile and violent rednecks to even get into the club. On the way home police would harass us, push us against the wall, take our skateboards and tell us to come to the station to get them back. Our parents would give us shit because we embarrassed them with our looks. Your parents took pictures of your funny haircuts and e-mailed them to everyone. We used to get beat up by the football team for wearing Devo t-shirts. You're not a punk. You've had no struggle other than how to afford new ear buds. You're not punk, you're hot topic. Now pay me double for having to explain life to you.

Congress, please pass a law that prohibits people under the age of 35 from discussing, writing about and generally depreciating the quality of punk rock. They never knew it and the bands they like that claim to be "it" just aren't and never will be.
(And don't get me started on the nouveau hardcore kids who wouldn't know a Gorilla Bisquit from a Token Entry.)

jagkuar
jagkuar

Thank God!!! I'm not the only that likes Channel 3 more than Social D! !!

MindlessWolfzy
MindlessWolfzy

Okay the mistake here is he didn't actually give any real reasons. Just "I don't like these bands". I would have agreed but you just seem like one of those try-hard Punks who are like "I DON'T WANT TO LIKE ANYTHING ANYONE ELSE LIKES". It's okay to like famous stuff as long as you like it truly and aren't just following a bandwagon. Although that "entering a zoo with a bazooka" metaphor made me laugh.

garrett.a.may
garrett.a.may

The columnist admits that 2 of the bands he lists he hasn't listened to and another that he actually likes. I could careless who he likes or dislikes, it's just a terribly written article. 

Ryan Hatch
Ryan Hatch

This columnist needs to keep his poppy hipster ideas for his own "punk" band. Take a long leap off a short ledge my fixed gear riding, poppy punk spewing, icon bashing, coffee slinger.

Sol Sipes
Sol Sipes

Never freakin compare Social D to Good Charlotte WTF

Toi Betts-Miller
Toi Betts-Miller

Agreed. This author is an assclown that doesn't know shit

Jason Fleisher
Jason Fleisher

In all fairness Social Distortion has changed alot in 30 years. They have just played the same song on the radio for 20 years...

Tony Byrer
Tony Byrer

Man I hate that song "Wake Me Up When September Ends." When I hear it, I start screaming, "My pussy hurts, oh boo hoo hoo!" Yes, I know it's sexist of me, yes I know it's awful, but I really hate that song.

Keith Showalter
Keith Showalter

Why is U2 even mentioned in an article about punk rock? That being said, won't even bother reading it.

Karen Tataryn-Savio
Karen Tataryn-Savio

While I agree about Social Distortion - they've been doing the exact same song for 30+ years now - and Green Day, the other bands mentioned here are iconic and very influential on the punk scene. Next article "Awesome bands that are too cool for you to ever hear of" by Miserable Superior Hipster.

Mark Koster
Mark Koster

well...if we're talking "blowing".....BONO BLOWS more than anyone...."the most over-rated band" in any genre of music...maybe of anytime in history...wanna talk "TRULY ENTERTAINING" individuals in this style of music.....seen them half a dozen times over the decades....FEE WAYBILL and "the tubes" ...4 freakin' original guys out there kickin' ass on a regular basis STILL !!!!!!!!

Carlos Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez

For a guy who post nothing but hipster bands and telling us what punk bands not listen anymore. You don't know shit.

Jim Palmer
Jim Palmer

this writer blows. the Clash are the best.

Patrick Bohler
Patrick Bohler

In the same vein as major media outlets singing the praises of the late Lou Reed. The same outlets that wouldn't give him tie time of day when he and Velvet Underground were breaking new ground.

Sol Sipes
Sol Sipes

Ill always be a fan of Social Distortion, Misfits, and Rancid and you cant have classic Punk without the Clash

Patrick Bohler
Patrick Bohler

I used to like U2. Everything up to Joshua Tree. Sadly, U2 is no longer relevant, and Bono is a parody of himself. Fortunately, The Clash are, and always will be, relevant.

Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer

No matter how many times you post this article doesn't change the fact that the author is a assclown that knows little about punk music.

James Powers
James Powers

New Times - for shit articles like this, I gladly unlike your page. This is a long time coming.

Sål Sånchez
Sål Sånchez

whoever wrote this article! shoot yourself please! thank u!

Billy Stephens
Billy Stephens

glowwee is a puta. And Punk is bad ass if you love it, spread it.

Jay Gowey
Jay Gowey

This guy is full of crap and wouldnt know good music if it stage dived into him the poser

ryzilla
ryzilla

What, no TSOL on the good side? "Code Blue" is damn near the only punk I haven't deleted as I approach fossilization...

pjh7
pjh7

@MindlessWolfzy the biggest mistake is that he talked after writing the title and listing the bands. FULLSTOP! :)

pjh7
pjh7

@garrett.a.may BINGO! any review or critique that uses "I" has failed... 


Bagging something and throwing in the old "and I used to like them" is only a poor justification of a writer's already horrid opinion-piece.

pjh7
pjh7

now THAT would be the punkiest thing he's ever done (yet still only then because someone told him to hahaha)


punk's not dead but writing about it is grave

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