Monday, July 1, 2019

Not Even Not Zen 169.5: More Stupid Punk

The Next Wave of Punk

The 1990s era of punk presents a problem for me as far as including a list of punk songs.  There was a revival of sorts going on but a lot of the pieces that were classified as "the new punk" don’t seem to be much like what we knew before.   At the time, perhaps these groups and these songs were the logical successors of the Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys, and the Jam.  However, songs by Green Day and Blink-182 sound to my ear more like pop than punk.

Part of what happened during the 1990s was not only a revival but a musical fusion, too.  Instead of just one, moderately-cohesive collection of music, the genre branched out into ska punk, afro-punk, glam, oi!, riot grrl, queercore, folk punk, skate punk, and probably more that I don't know about. In response, some bands classified themselves as hardcore, meaning that they felt they were closer to the original wave of punk.

I’m including pop punk in my list - they are the songs that people know, after all - but I am downgrading some of them a little.  Maybe the problem is that the musicians seemed to have learned to play their instruments.

Best Second Wave Punk

  1. Self Esteem - the Offspring
  2. My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
  3. The Decline - NOFX
  4. New Noise - Refused
  5. Responsibility - MxPx
  6. What's My Age Again - Blink-182
  7. Under Lock and Key - MxPx
  8. Get Off This - Cracker
  9. Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) - the Offspring
  10. Santeria - Sublime
  11. Father of Mine - Everclear
  12. Basket Case - Green Day
  13. I Will Buy You a New Life - Everclear
  14. Lump - Presidents of the USA
  15. Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated) - the Offspring
  16. Brain Stew - Green Day
  17. San Dimas High School Football Rules - MxPX
  18. Well Adjusted - MxPx
  19. Incomplete - Bad Religion
  20. Cokie the Clown - NOFX
  21. Creep - Radiohead
  22. Santa Monica - Everclear
  23. Progress - Bad Religion
  24. Eurotrash Girl - Cracker

As far as I'm concerned, the stuff that comes after the 1990s is 'modern.'   It's also better than the 1990s, generally speaking.  If you haven't listened to songs on this new list, you should. 

Like the 1990s list, I'm including the pop punk but with slight downgrades for not being shouty enough or funny enough.

Yeah, this era looks like it could all be Distillers and NOFX.  That's probably my fault for not listening more.

Best Third Wave Punk

  1. Bandages - Hot Hot Heat
  2. Drain The Blood - The Distillers
  3. You're Wrong - NOFX
  4. The Separation of Church and Skate - NOFX
  5. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
  6. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance
  7. Oxy Moronic - NOFX 
  8. Last Nite - The Strokes
  9. Take Her Back - The Pigeon Detectives
  10. Hard to Explain - The Strokes
  11. Steady, As She Goes - The Raconteurs
  12. Deadbeat Mom - NOFX
  13. Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars
  14. The Young Crazed Peeling - The Distillers
  15. Heads Will Roll - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  16. Prayer of the Refugees - Rise Against
  17. The Final Slowdance - MxPx
  18. Dismantle Me - The Distillers
  19. Idiots Are Taking Over -  NOFX
  20. Young Girl - The Distillers
  21. My Little Brother - Art Brut
  22. Satellite - Rise Against
  23. Lori Meyers - NOFX
  24. Bob - NOFX

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