Six punk bands we should shut up about already

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We really, really don't need to discuss Social Distortion. Really.

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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108 comments
raiderstern
raiderstern

This guy secretly loves Green Day... these "punks" who think Green Day sucks because "they make money"  Meanwhile if Green Day sucks for making money what are you doing working? You should eat out of a garbage truck cause that's cool.....

Nobody likes you.. Nobody likes these bands that nobody has ever heard of and there is a reason why NOBODY knows who they are.. THEY SUCK

Mike Ness should beat you up and he will too..

At the end of the day everybody knows it.. You play in a crappy band and there is not one human being on earth that would choose you're band over Green Day to listen to.. They might pretend to be "punk" and say they hate Green Day but remember Green Day sold millions and millions of records so I'm pretty sure those guys are buying Green Day records.. 


And you pretending not to like Rancid is laughable...

raiderstern
raiderstern

I just looked up this guys band and they are the worst noise I ever heard.. They are just plain awful.. No wonder why he is jealous of Social D, Green Day and Rancid.. They can actually put a song together that people like.. This guy can not..

You have 0 cred, nobody cares about you or you're shitty band...

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

We're Only Gonna Die From Our Own Arrogance-Social D

patrick.a.dillon
patrick.a.dillon

I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEN SO AFFENDED! MY WIFE AND I ARE GUNNA MOVE AWAY! AWAY FROM HERE! AND THIS ARTICAL! TTHANKS CP!

patrick.a.dillon
patrick.a.dillon

I HAVE NEVER ON MY LIFE BEN SO AFFENDEF MY WOFE AND I ATE MOVONG AWAE AWAY FRO. HERE. AWAY FROM THE ARTOCAL. IM DROVING NOW. THX CP!

patrick.a.dillon
patrick.a.dillon

I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEN SO AFFENDED! MY WIFE AND I ARE GUNNA MOVE AWAY! AWAY FROM HERE! AND THIS ARTICAL!

Tim Godfrey
Tim Godfrey

You get payed to write your opinions. But not sure who your talking to but these banks are not that all talked about which makes this a useless storie. Must have had writes block or something but in the end YOU got payed, congrats.

Bennett Langreck
Bennett Langreck

Oh yeah, now I remember why I use the City Pages to wipe my ass.

mdtietge
mdtietge

This article is utter shit clearly written by some privileged suburbanite from the autocorrect generation. Fuck you dude.

Susan Lueck
Susan Lueck

You can't hate on the clash without being a complete moron.

mneatkinson1
mneatkinson1

The only bit of credible journalism here...is the comment section. 

sarah.r.wash
sarah.r.wash

You know who typically doesn't give a shit about how obscure your favorite band is? Punks.

Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson

"Social Distortion is just Good Charlotte for people who wear flames on their clothes." Wow. Dumbest. Story. Ever.

Brandon Daly
Brandon Daly

Agreed. my rule of thumb: Unless you can get up on stage and rock harder and/or perform better than the artists youre dissing, shut yo whiny ass hipster mouth! That goes to you- "author" of this shitty article. Hope we ALL see you in a Social D pit, pussy! Although you probably only go to Mumford and Sons shows.

Brandon Daly
Brandon Daly

how about you replace this whiny & obviously biased article with something positive, educational or entertaining? Why write about it if you hate it? Im sick of reading rants and negativity everywhere I look. how about a decent album/concert review for a change? How about you present the facts and let the reader decide what to love or hate. Pretty bad when the city pages has become someones personal fucking myspace blog. Who the fuck hired this clown?

Ryan Fisk
Ryan Fisk

As much as I dislike this article, I enjoy the fact that he offers alternative bands. After that I say fuck you.

Mick SV
Mick SV

The writer of this article would never survive a tour across the country back in the day, critics are just people who could never play instruments. Idiots.

Al Cady
Al Cady

Worth a C+ in a community college composition course. I get a B for illiteration.

Cräig Benttimäki
Cräig Benttimäki

Social D has substance way beyond that of that other band, which is akin to a pop boyband with guitars and make up. I would say apples and oranges, but the fruits are comparable in quality. I was suprised (as I imagine was the goal) by the idiotic statement. I actually and gratefully forgot about that GC band. Social D are legends and have been when the GC kids were in diapers. maybe even before (not sure how old they are).

Stephen Biondo
Stephen Biondo

The Clash?? I can agree about Social "D", Rancid and Green Day (sort of..Green Day are POP)

Chelsea Marie
Chelsea Marie

I know, but I would not put them as the same category as the misfits.

Wayne Robert
Wayne Robert

This article is bullshit. The Clash deserve all the credit they get.

Paul Schmitt
Paul Schmitt

Outside of the generalized "home-schooled yuppie kid" perspective in this article: Green Day and Rancid are pop with tattoos - not punk. Putting pioneers like The Misfits, The Clash and the revered Social Distortion in the same article with them as "over-rated" is extra retarded.

Jon Boon McNutt
Jon Boon McNutt

Could have just renamed this "6 popular punk bands" fucking stupid writing.

Brandon Antonio Dominguez
Brandon Antonio Dominguez

Billie Joe is standing in for The Replacements, Mike Ness is probably driving around in a rebuilt '54 Chevy, Tim Armstrong is recording music every day with new people and this guy? Knocking the clash in a free publication in the Midwest and going to therapy. Hey City pages! I expect more from you.

Devon Majerus
Devon Majerus

Green Day had inspiration from punk, but that's where the connection mostly ends. They started as a mix of punk and alternative and got a lot more pop as the years passed.

Rob Moretto
Rob Moretto

The writers opinion matters as much as these bands do now that I'm all grown up. Do I like some social d or some misfits now and again? Yep. Do I like to read retarded columns once and awhile? Yep. Do they make a difference in my day? Nope.

Jenny Kedward
Jenny Kedward

Please don't think our special because people don't get your job. We all have that. People are just trying to connect with you by finding common ground.

Michael Paulson
Michael Paulson

Haven't listened to much Clash. For the sake of everyone who enjoys real music please throw yourself under a bus. Please.

Michael Paulson
Michael Paulson

How does someone who knows so little about music get a column?

Joseph M. Adams
Joseph M. Adams

Instead of wasting your breath/energy writing these "CLICK ON ME!" articles, you could volunteer your time at one of the literal hundreds of MN charities. You would be helping society out and you would feel much better about yourself.

adam0499
adam0499

Instead of wasting your breath/energy writing these "CLICK ON ME!" articles, you could volunteer your time at one of the literal hundreds of MN charities. You would be helping society out and you would feel much better about yourself. 

Giuseppe Timore
Giuseppe Timore

I HATE sd, as a punk, a musician, and a person. Lame ass, whiny, suburban bullshit

raiderstern
raiderstern

Green Day are "pop" What are the Beatles? They were on the POP charts so they are pop too right? When I listen to Green Day first thing that does NOT come to mind is "this is a pop band" and you know it's the same for you.. You love Green Day.. You just don't want to admit it..

I think it's funny people have these category's for ROCK N ROLL music..Last time I checked Madonna sounds NOTHING like Green Day....

You can pretend you don't like Green Day but I know and EVERYBODY knows when you hear WHEN I COME AROUND on the radio YOU DO NOT CHANGE THAT DIAL...


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