Between the year 1974 and 1976, a new musical culture was born in the US, UK and Australia: Punk rock. With its roots on garage rock, this type of rock genre entailed hard-edged music that was typically shorter than that of other rock genres. It was fast and used stripped down instrumentation. Over the 1970s, bands like Ramones, Sex pistols, The damned, The clash, and Television spear headed this new rock culture. Bands likes The offspring, Green Day and Blink-182 have given punk rock a wild wide acceptance and popularity. When originating, punk rock immediately became recognize with youthful rebellion, a different clothing style that entails offensive t-shirts, spiked jeweller and leather jackets. The lyrics are mainly confrontational and often touch on political issues.
Although punk rock originated in the 1970s, it was not until the 80s that most bands embraced a speedy, a more aggressive and concentrated styles called hardcore and oi!. This eventually become the predominant style used in punk rock. Below are some punk bands of the 1980s that pushed this new culture to new fronts that still resonates in our playlists today.The dead kennedys. This San Francisco band will forever be remembered for their outstanding work in the 80s. Their controversy, offensiveness and revolutionary music was definitely defining for pop culture. They were a musical sensation whose genius invented and even led to a perfection of hardcore. Jello Biafra who was their lead singer will definitely not fade from our minds any soon, thanks to his popularity as a cult figure and his influence in the rock world.
Minor threat. Another rock band whose independence may never be rivalled. They have gone down in the books of history for the introduction of the remarkable “straight-edge” philosophy that was clean and sober. This philosophy still has a strong validity even today’s punk fans still adore it. Their syncopated and shouted lyrics is a love of many.
The misfits. A new jersey based band that was vital for the link between hard metal and punk rock. There songs like “where eagles dare, “attitude” and “last caress” have a remarkable genius in them. The great and awesome melody in the songs will keep them among the list of loved rock anthems for many ages to come.
Angry Samoans. A south Californian group that will be remembered by how they perfected the theme of offensiveness in punk music. They are credited for producing some of the most assaultive songs in the 80s. “My old man’s a fatso”, “I am a pig” and “I’m a pig” are among the songs that really depicts the talent of the ring leaders of this group had. The way they could direct their anger in almost all directions is just remarkable.
MDC. Another rock band whose music was tuneful and pulverizing. There lyrics condemned a variety of conformity. Fear. A band known for what can be referred to as genuine menace. Their songs like Don’t Care about You and f “I Don’t Care About You” clearly depict this.
Social distortion, T.S.O.L and circle jerks can also not be forgotten whenever there is any discussion about punk rocks.