Punk Music Crammed Into A Small Posting

author: slash&roses date: 02/01/2012 category: the history of

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So what is punk music? Well, you can call it aggressive rock or sped up blues or metal and even pop to some degree. Punk in my opinion started with Elvis Presley. Elvis was banned from the waste down on television screens because of his sexually provocative dance moves. It may not sound punk, but punk isn't really about the music. It's about the convenience of what you believe in. In the 1960's punk started getting an underground movement, where experimentation lead the way. Bands like the Kinks and Velvet Underground paved the way for bands like the Stooges and MC5 to take it a step further in the early 1970's. Band's like the Clash, the Cure, New York Dolls, X Ray Spex, Ramones, Sex Pistols took on the 1970's in storm and produced some great albums. This was the 10 year span where punk was really punk. It was about getting the word out inside your music community by voice and flyers, about self promotion and do it yourself attitude. It was the whole $^&#ing mentality that anything longer than 2 minutes was considered a Free Bird knock off and if you threw a guitar solo in it was lame. People wanted an answer and they got it. The CBGB club in New York played host to many bands over it's years, and the history of punk was splashed in blood from New York across the pond in the UK. Punk is being against corporation bullshit, is anti-establishment and against money. You don't become a punk musician with the intent to make a lot of money, and if you do then you aren't punk. Period. The second wave came in 1977 gave way to bands like Australian's The Saints and Generation X, the Damned and Buzzcocks. Bands like Joy Division, the Cars and Depeche Mode started their own punk scenes which started the whole New Wave recordings. MTV caught on in '81 and took New Wave to commercial success. Okay let's move on, so the Hardcore punk was coming around at the end of the 1970's. You've got bands like Black Flag, The Faction, Suicidal Tendencies and Minor Threat. The whole scream in the mic routine and get my message out. Minor Flag promoted no sex, drugs, no violence or booze as a way of life through each of their songs and their advertising. Hardcore was punk on three minutes of pure adrenaline without killing someone in the process. Bad Brains pretty much started the genre and are considered one of the greatest bands in punk. Then you got the Oi crew. The skin head punks who started left wing but some got into the whole fascists white power routine which is bullshit. Punk's not about skin color. Oi pretty much ended but there are still a few bands around to this day. What happened in the 80's? Punk went underground again, staying out of the mainstream until Nirvana came up and used that energy to bust out the rock and roll of what we know as grunge which is rock bands inspired by punk basically We end up at the pop punk spectrum. Screeching Wiesel, Sum 41, Offspring, Blink 182 and Good Charlotte and Greenday. These are the dudes that sold punk to the mainstream. Where it was about the catchy hook rather than the strong message. It was buttered down and milked to an eternity and generations have lost the meaning of punk through the 90's and 2000's. The Splendora's and Sonic Youth really became the only thing I really appreciated from the 90's other than Nirvana, Jay Z's first album, Pantera and the movie's American Movie and Glory Daze. Punk music is whatever the #$%& you want it to be. But it's not music that is made to please other people. You gotta believe in what you are saying and doing and nothing else. So I may be sounding like I have given up on punk, but punk still is one of my favorite genres and it still is alive around the world today. I've grown attached to the horror and psychobilly genre's because of their story telling. Horror movies are a passion of mine and though I can't handle blood in real life, it's a passion to see it on the screen. The biggest thing for punk in my generation through 90's and 2000's was the internet. It gave free range to music, the access to promotional support and sharing your music for free, without the record companies up your ass. Go out and figure what kind of punk you like, and don't settle for something that doesn't spark your interest. And if anything, don't let someone tell you what punk is, cause it's different for everyone. Make sure you're always knowing what is the truth in this world in order to really find out what you stand up for. anyways, that's my take on punk, comment if you want to add more.
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