Punk is one of the world’s best-known genres of music, and it remains just as popular today as it was when it first emerged in the 1970s!
The music came out of garage rock that started in the 1960s across the United States. Punk took a lot of its key characteristics from that movement: short, fast-paced songs with sharp melodies and lyrics that focused on politics.
The DIY philosophy of punk endures to this day, with thousands of artists around the world finding inspiration in the expressive and free aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at some punk rock pioneers.
Ramones came from the neighborhood of Queens in New York. The band is often credited as being the very first punk rock group and despite only limited commercial success at their beginning, the band is now one of the best known in the world.
Every member of the band was filled with energy and this punk fuel kept them touring nonstop for over 22 years. The four band members performed 2,263 shows and stopped touring in 1996. In 2014 Tommy Ramone passed away – the last of the Ramones members.
The band members may have gone but their impact on music will remain forever!
On the other side of the Atlantic ocean, the Sex Pistols emerged and pushed the punk scene forward in the UK. The band was formed in 1975 in London, and they inspired a huge range of follow-up acts.
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols was the only album produced by the band, and it has carved out a reputation as a modern classic that shaped modern music as we know it now. Johnny Rotten is the lead vocalist and he remains a colorful character to this day.
The Clash also emerged from London, just one year after the Sex Pistols. Perhaps more musically intriguing, the band brings together a wide range of genres in their work, incorporating elements of reggae and funk into their music.
The Clash rode the punk wave well, achieving commercial success in their formative years. In the years since the band grew in prominence and popularity and they are now regarded as one of the world’s most important bands.
The band released its last album in 1985 and left an impressive body of work behind them. The band’s various influences provided fuel for lots of output when compared to their punk colleagues.
Punk Still Lives
These are just some of the world’s most famous punk bands – the genre is still alive and well, with new punk music being created each and every single day.
We live in complex times and people have lots of feelings of confusion and anger that is geared toward various institutions. It’s no surprise that punk still provides the foundation for lots of the music that we hear these days, and we’re sure that the genre will never lose its prominent place and legendary reputation.