Six punk bands we don't need to talk about anymore

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You know what? Enough about Social Distortion.
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 [Editor's note: I am diving out of the way on this one; Drew, you can take the heat. The Clash rules, just sayin'.]

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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98 comments
raiderstern
raiderstern

wow whoever wrote this is a complete douche bag..

He has the "I'm more punk than you" thing going here.. I hate these people. Nobody cares about "Punk" they care about the music.. Social Distortion are great and ofcourse this guy who is some "punk band" that nobody knows obviously has that the jealous thing going on for Green Day. I love when these geeks who pretend they are "punk" pretend they hate Green Day.. They all love Green Day secretly but they just want to show everyone they are cool so they pretend to hate them because "they are popular" Ever think maybe they are so popular cause YOU are buying their records and maybe JUST maybe they are popular because they are really good? This band has been around since 1994 (being popular) selling a shit load of records.. They  must be doing something right...This guy is a loser and his band sucks. He only wishes he could get as many people as bands like Green Day and social D to show up at his shitty show


Robert Steinberg
Robert Steinberg

I'm a Jewish Redneck from the Bay Area and I think this guy is a pretentious shithead. He's everything wrong about todays Punk scene. He can go fuck himself with Davey Havok's fist.

Kristi Ramos
Kristi Ramos

Soooo you don't know anything about punk basically?

Peter Stimson
Peter Stimson

yea i wonder why everyone still talks about these bands... oh wait its because they actually contributed some culture to us and play good music. you guys are starting to lose my faith more and more with every stupid fucking post you put up about how "we" shouldnt listen to a certain band or how its "dumb for new bands to play festivals"

Amita Fukui
Amita Fukui

who cares about the bands or even the style being confronted in this article when it's obviously written together a rise. opinions are necessary but this article is truly disappointing. What the fuck is up Westword?

Aaron Ether
Aaron Ether

I hated popular bands before it was cool.

Greg Turner
Greg Turner

I graduated high school in 1977... I know what punk rock is... and The Clash does suck... "Rock The Casbah" is one of the biggest sell-out songs in the history of music... IMHO, of course... LOL

Lee Edward Miller
Lee Edward Miller

I would love to have this discussion at RiotFest with you and a few of my friends. I bet Mike Ness would as well as he will be there. I also bet you dont even know who Mike Ness is, right?

Kevin Disney
Kevin Disney

The most naive, pretentious thing I ever read. You're an idiot. And Marc Brooks, so what you're saying is, if something good becomes popular, then it's automatically becomes shit!! Maybe you should consider forming opinions based on the actual music instead of your oh-so-fashionable "anti-trend" rules... Blind elitism is selfish.

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

You compared The Clash to Good Charlotte. You no talk anymore.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

why just six? punk should be banished to the dustbin that is history...along with the EDM douches

David Mühlböck
David Mühlböck

the more i read the more i had to hold back puke. you guys should fire this guy.

Mark Bromley
Mark Bromley

If it wasn't for some peoples opinions we would all be eating dog food.

Marc Emory Walker
Marc Emory Walker

The only way to stop Westword from posting click-bait articles is to stop clicking on the articles.

Marc Brooks
Marc Brooks

I totally agree, but half of those bands should have never been talked about because they sucked!!! Please don't popularize some of the good bands you put as alternatives... Hipsters and other douchebags will learn about them and get them overplayed and ruin them, like everything else that's cool that they hear about.

Kevin Howsare
Kevin Howsare

"social d is like good Charlotte for people who like flames on their clothes". Wow. This article fuckin sucks. Stick to listening to mumford and sons and not reporting on music you obviously don't know anything about.

Jeff Moberg
Jeff Moberg

Sorry, Social D is hardly Good Charlotte... You lost me there...

Tyson Roemmich
Tyson Roemmich

These are all great punk bands. I feel dumber for having wasted such a miniscule amount of my life reading this garbage.

ogdenla192
ogdenla192

As a young guy these bands got me in to punk.

Got a bit older and decided I was "too underground and too cool" for that stuff.

Grew the fuck up and realized that that I owe these bands the utmost respect, they deserve the success, I hope they're comfortable, I hope they keep making music and I hope I get to keep listening to it til I die.  



Drew Gonzales
Drew Gonzales

Seriously, " raggae is just gross." Did a twelve year old girl right this? Social D has no place on this list.

Aaron Rosenbluth
Aaron Rosenbluth

Why are you posting this again? Wow, Westword, time to close up shop; you are no longer relevant.

Mike Field
Mike Field

Westward shouldn't have such shitty bloggers. Cracker-Jack writer

Shawn Van Horn
Shawn Van Horn

This stupid article is really starting to piss me off.

Elias Anderson
Elias Anderson

Rails against insecure name dropping. WRITES SHITTY ARTICLE FULL OF INSECURE NAME DROPPING.

Heather Miller
Heather Miller

Props to the writer for causing me to Youtube other bands and broaden my horizon, but shitdamn dude...you just shit talked some of my most favorite bands of all time, some that still put on one helluva show. Long live punk.

Jim McNutt
Jim McNutt

if you were only a kid when the time bomb video was on MTV, you're way too young to talk about punk rock without sounding silly, like you did in this entire article.

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

You know what's more repulsive than the bands, food, or whatever list Westword has compiled? The bullshit click-bait articles you insist on posting. It's a list of six things. Stop embarrassing yourself by breaking a simple takedown article into three separate hyperlinks.

Steve Cox
Steve Cox

"Reggae is just gross" ??....hmmm damn Westword how about getting some non-hipster journalists who aren't egotistical pricks who always want to shit on everything and act so smug. In the first paragraph, the guy discredited himself saying the clash sucks, even though he's never really even listened to them?

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