6 Classic Punk Rock Faves

Friday, December 10, 2010
Post 1990, punk in popular culture became very mainstream. I like to refer to this iteration as pop post  punk. I am not saying I don't like it, because some of it is very good. As they say, it's got beat and you can dance to it. I would argue that many of the pop punks bands are bit more influenced by 70's proto punk and pre newwave groups and singers.

I will always consider "real punk" to be the groups between 1976 and 1981. The Pistols, The Clash & the Ramones being the real big groups of the movement in my mind. There were others and some are still rocking today. So here is my TGIF Pick Six
A couple of notes before we get to the videos. I know Anarchy in the UK is a bit on the nose. It is, in fact, the first punk song I ever heard. The second was Career Opportunities and started my lifelong adoration of The Clash.

Arabian Knights isn't really a punk song. Siouxsie Sioux & the Banshees were changing their sound in the early eighties, becoming part of the vanguard of new wave movement. Still, it is one of my faves from Siouxsie.

Generation X is an often overlooked punk group. I remember the argument about them was that they were to pretty to be punk. It goes to show you, the argument about who is and isn't punk has been going since the beginning. But Generation X gave us Billy Idol, so it's not all bad.

Finally, there is not a lot of video material of the Stiff Little Fingers from those days, but the video I found from 2007 shows that they are still a great punk band.

Videos after the jump

Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Career Opportunities - The Clash, The Clash

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - The Ramones, Rocket to Russia

Night Of The Cadillacs - Generation X, Valley Of The Dolls
Arabian Knights - Siouxsie and The Banshees, Juju

Law and Order (Live, 2007 Ulster Hall) - Stiff Little Fingers, Inflammable Material


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