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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102 comments
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...

Michael Brownlee
Michael Brownlee

The author is a total douche nozzle. Bit only for your incredibly ignorant vision but the writing was sophomoric at best.

Cody Everett
Cody Everett

Did I get this right ? If you like a band that made it successfully your a poser?

Richie Barriga
Richie Barriga

"I don't think the ranger is gonna like this Yogi.....this guy is more punk than me!" - Boo-Boo

Eric Robbins
Eric Robbins

Fans of the genre were being trolled, either intentionally or through ignorance. It stings all the same, however, there is solace in the latter that there is a chance the author of that article may get his ears seasoned as he gets older and at least understand why the stalwarts are who they are.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Ahhh, I can see that now. You know(?), the only kind of person more annoying then say, a Grateful Dead fan, is an old punk fan, so I'll hush up.

charitart
charitart

Your writing/opinion tells me you are under 30 (except you did mention Ultravox-which is not punk though). That is ok, not knocking on younger people, but your lack of depth and knowledge/history of punk is evident. OR, it could be that you didn't fully explain yourself. 

I do understand in some respects what I think you are actually trying to say. I can empathize with the idea of trying to explain punk rock to people who don't know (most people think they have an idea). It can be like nails on a chalkboard. Most of the time people are not as clueless as your therapist and can rattle off groups like Green Day or Social D to relate. I usually just throw them a bone and not get bent out of shape about it. That comes with age. One commentator mentioned that you shouldn't blame the bands for not liking the fans. I agree and also think this is more of what you were trying to get at. 

There are a few bands, as mentioned, that have hit the main stream, that were founded in punk rock. The one that I would truly argue your opinion on is The Clash, but I will get to that in a minute. The others, although not bad bands, tend to draw a fan base that doesn't understand what "punk" really is. Many (not all) think it is about drinking, aggression, horror business, hotrods, anarchy, and mohawks, spikes, and black shirts. (don't get me wrong, I own at least 1 record by all mentioned except the Casualties). To me the punkest people I have ever met, do NOT look the part. Punk is an ethic. Plain and simple. Some of the most "punk" music doesn't sound like what people would think of as"punk" at all. Some of it does. It is an inward spirit, a way of looking at the world and reacting to it (hence sometimes the angry lyrics or sound). A way of connecting to like-minded spirits and DOING IT YOURSELF. Yes, DIY!  It is a way of embodying knowledge and empowering yourself and your scene, whatever that is. Punk overlaps with art and is a mindset. This is something that can't be taught to people about punk rock. You have to experience it. Listening to a Misfits or Green Day record only is a very small taste of what that genre is. Some people wore mohawks, but most didn't back in the day.  Some people wore spikes and had tattoos, but many didn't. We read and wrote fanzines. We watched Mike Ness of Social D. go down a black hole and the bus break down and all the punkers go home in "Another State of Mind." Even from that movie, it is evident that Mike Ness strived for something different than the Stern brothers of Youth Brigade. Which brings us to your article. 

I think you are actually dogging on the fans of these bands more so than the bands. I think most of the fans enjoy the energy and poppy/catchy punk rhythms and think punk is a sound and maybe a look, something different than traditional pop. This is all true.  Some commentator mentioned Green Day never claiming to be punk. This is sort of true, but they were poor street kids from the East Bay, their first 7 inches and 2 records were on a small punk label called Lookout Records. They toured in a van and played basement parties in Minneapolis and roller rinks in Janesville, WI. They started out "punk" in most aspects of the word, but got a taste of the big label pie and never looked back. They sort of forgot about and alienated their first fans. They were dicks and had that reputation when they toured small towns. Maybe it was their arrogance that allowed them the bullet proof armor to make it in the big time. However, they are what most people know as punk because of the sound and the look. The difference is that most people don't know why they are "considered punk." That is ok. If you know, then pat yourself on the back. 

Now to The Clash. I mentioned your age based mostly on this. Reflect back to what I said. Punk is DIY, knowledge, a kindred spirit, an attitude, it doesn't have to sound "punk." Once, upon a time punk music reflected the happenings in society and the world.  (we could go on and on about this from the 80s bands). It probably stopped doing that sometime around the late 80s. Maybe that is why American Hardcore says HC died after '86.  Hardcore was a lot about this kind of thing and so were The Clash who were NOT hardcore. The Clash grew up in London. When they were little boys, they played on bomb shelters and in fields were buildings that were bombed by the Nazis once stood. Mick and Paul were from Brixton, a multi-cultural and poor area. Their musical influences were that of their boyhood. Their songs are about equal rights, and bringing attention to strife and not being taken by the man. That is pretty "punk rock" if you ask me!  When I was young I hated the reggae songs by The Clash. Now I love them. They are some of their most "punk" songs.Their musicianship is reflected in their ability to write these lyrics and be versatile in their style of music.  Just because a band is classified a punk band doesn't mean one has to sound like a band of screeching guitars playing 3 chords.  I love The Clash and to me they inspired a whole generation of punk and hardcore.   

For good background info to all interested: Read/see "American Hardcore," "Another State of Mind," read "Banned in DC," just to name a few more known and worthwhile movies and books.  

Peace and Love (yeah, that is right) from a 39 year old, who was once a punk rock youngster and still kind of is.

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Agree with all of them except the Clash. The Clash toured, got a record deal, success which eluded the Pistols until they were already unraveled. Joe Strummer destroyed his own group but that is another story. The rest of these bands came later. Rancid covered ska from the seventies, Green Day the Buzzcocks, and the Misfits are like the Grateful Dead of punk. In other words, they are hopelessly derivative and suck.

Yvonne Villareal-Torres
Yvonne Villareal-Torres

Being a old punk girl that grew up in So Cal in the 80's, I must say dude lay off the spice.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Que es punk? Gringo musica no bueno, puro vicente fernandez!

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

charitart
charitart

@Jimmy Smith After my rant, I totally agree. lol

charitart
charitart

With this said, I actually think some of your comments are valid and funny, and I would also recommend those Southern California bands that "don't encourage dice tattoos." lol.  Dickies (one of the best live bands ever), Channel 3 (totally awesome), The Weirdos and Aggression, good stuff!  

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