This post was once posted on another local site before named “NotQuiteIndie” or “NQI”. Just reposting it so that anyobdy who was not able to read it may get the chance to. Here’s the link to the article..
Chaos. Anarchy. Rebellion. These are words that immediately come to mind as soon as the word “punk” is mentioned. Lester Bangs (whom most people credit for naming the genre) probably didn’t have The Sex Pistols in mind when he first used the term. In fact, in his very first published review for Rolling Stone, he used the term “punk” to refer to the MC5, a psychedelic band. In essence, he meant the lifestyle and not the music.
But eventually, the name stuck. So we have all these bands from the 70’s and 80’s like the aforementioned Sex Pistols and The Clash. It was called “punk rock” and the rock gods said, “it is good”. I don’t know if it was all just a trend, but to capitalize on the ordinarily-derogatory term “punk” and assumed the lifestyle of… well… a punk. Screaming out profanity and stepping on authority, punk rock took over the airwaves.
But here’s an interesting concept that people never, ever associate with punk rock – love.
I’m not talking about crappy Newfound Glory and their covers of vomit-inducing tearjerkers like “My Heart Will Go On”.
Take the Ramones. The Ramones spelled out “youth” in bold letters everywhere they went. With songs like “Rock ‘n’
Roll High School” and “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”, the punk rock pioneers carved out a niche in which all frustrated teenagers across the world could seek refuge. And, of course, what’s adolescence without love? To address the issue, the Ramones came up with songs like “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and “What I Like About You”, classics that hopeless romantics can relate to, without compromising, of course, the punk rock image.
And then, there was The Clash, perhaps the greatest punk band to have ever walked the earth in the sense that unlike other punk bands of the time who thrived on a dull, repetitive formula, they dared to be different (which, after all, is what punk rock is all about). The love song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” remains to be among their greatest hits.
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