Six Punk Bands We Don't Need To Talk About Anymore

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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?"

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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

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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339 comments
brandt.gebhardt
brandt.gebhardt

Hey, let's trash a handful of bands widely revered within a movement we ourselves revere because it's an easy way to get attention and we can defend our lazy journalism as iconoclasm. Hmm, on second thought, let's not.


mainstreetbrat
mainstreetbrat

totally agree!!! clash is boring pretentious crap ... social d. is just a mediocre crap.


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dpastrami
dpastrami

Poser with a word processor. Village Voice should be embarrassed that they printed this. You can stop talking about these bands because you obviously don't know what the hell you're talking about anyway.

3dpsullivan
3dpsullivan

Obscure bands are sometimes obscure for a reason. London Calling is on all those lists for a reason.   While you might have learned some attitude from the Sex Pistols, you learned some chops from the Clash. Ultravox? reggae is gross and bad sounds like a white dude who can't dance.

akt4pay
akt4pay

Sorry - you lost credibility when you classified Ultravox as punk and put them in the same mention as the Clash. You've obviously never listened to either. Too cool to listen to the Clash? Don't worry you've heard "Clashmania" -er I mean Rancid- impersonate them anyway.

akt4pay
akt4pay

Sorry, stopped reading after you mentioned the Clash and Ultravox in the same conversation. You've obviously never listened to either - though I guess you needn't bother listening to the Clash if you've listened to Rancid.

mercysakesalive
mercysakesalive

a truly fine piece of writing here. I especially liked the author's honesty when admitting that he really hasn't listened to the Clash before he goes ahead and trashes them. 


Rick Del Santo
Rick Del Santo

This dude is dumb as fuck. This article sucks. Comparing social d to a boy band like good charlotte? Moron.

Kristin Buchanan
Kristin Buchanan

Is there a way to only follow village voice articles written by Drew Ailes ? For the comments. Obviously the material is garbage, see above for confirmation.

Majin Kulam
Majin Kulam

i read some of these comments. i think his point is some people over dickride the same 10 bands and don't look any further either historically or new music. it's like you've all grown up and stopped listening to new music. stuck in the past. stuck in nostalgia. stuck listening to the same bands you've listened to since you were in high school. fuck that!. there is good new music outthere. there is hidden gems from the past and if you don't have the time or don't care to have or find the time then seriously retire, die and fuck off sell out.

Drew Ailes
Drew Ailes

personally i think the writer is a genius and most likely the current king of punk rock as we know it

Crit
Crit

This dude is smarter than all of you. Every band that he mentions is worth talking about including The Fix, Poison idea, CCM, YDI, and Fatal Rage is better than Green day, Rancid, The Clash and any other capitalist poser band that everyone's old head dad listens to. If you aren't already into 80s HC records pressed out of 300 copies that are inaccessible to the mainstream, then don't talk to me ever. This guy has a great point and I am surprised that when someone finally write a good article about punk all you old head dorks get angry. 

tommynorcal
tommynorcal

"A lot of people got into punk through Rancid. Not me, though. I got into punk through formulaic grindcore, knock-off Swedish d-beat and a drunken Jewish redneck mathematician from Raleigh, North Carolina. Hard to say which is more embarrassing. The reason I got into punk rock through such an unconventional manner is because I saw the video for "Time Bomb" when I was a kid and I absolutely hated it. At my young age, the message of punk seemed all too clear: It was obviously about wearing a shitty hat and skipping around in circles. In keeping, I ignored punk for another seven years.


FOH with your humblebrag "superior" origin story like youre the motherfucker who rebooted the batman franchise. 

ride4life45
ride4life45

whoever wrote this clearly doesn't know what punk means. nor is a punk, just another fucking hipster poser.

Tina Kathleen
Tina Kathleen

This is probably the 4th time you posted this stupid article

Lola Ramona
Lola Ramona

Who wrote this crap? Please find a new job that doesnt require opinions or intelligence!

Brian Costello
Brian Costello

This asshat knows nothing about Punk, the music, the social interaction, nor the culture. He watched a few videos on MTV and said..."hmm, I want to be in a "Punk Band!" How can he compare Social Distortion to Good Charlotte? Also, no where in the article is there any mention of UK Subs, The Outed, Dead Kennedys. It seems that the only punk bands that this Asshat is aware of are those that became mainstream and had videos on MTV. I understand, that he is trying to say that "we should not have to speak about these bands, because if you are into Punk Rock, you should know who they are already."

Mike Ralston
Mike Ralston

Nobody with a brain gives a shit about any of this.

Marc Santos
Marc Santos

Except for being dead wrong about the Clash and for saying Jay Z isn't punk (punk is also an attitude, not just a genre, and early Jay Z wasn't artificial and promoting material consumerism like his newer material), i agree about Green Day, Social Distortion, and Rancid. but we can we pleeeease never stop talking about the Misfits??

Kimberli Diaz
Kimberli Diaz

This,is the 52,735,728 time you have posted this, please post new content.

Allison Cocalas
Allison Cocalas

haha yes! and the clash learned from the pistols? lmfao, needs to know his music history lollllzzzz,

J Ihs Nada
J Ihs Nada

CBS promote The Clash, ain't for revolution it's just for cash. Punk became a fashion like hippie used to be, it ain't got a thing to do with you or me!

Eric Eddy
Eric Eddy

They fired Robert Christgau for this hipster-douche! The VV is fucked.

Iris Perry
Iris Perry

"tendency to bait people" is a dead giveaway. perfectly calm, in the name of "journalistic integrity," I invite Mr. Ailes to do a header off the GWB.

Guy Tetro
Guy Tetro

Yeah, this assclown wouldn't' know good music if I jammed it down his throat. Dude should go back to listening to Justin Bieber, that's seems to be about his style.

Yağmur Altan
Yağmur Altan

i think this guy tried to say that those bands lost their punk identity after they got too popular and became a trendy thing among wannabes. still this is the worst way to state that. terrible article... for me social distortion and mike ness is still at their top, armstrong has million side projects and clash and misfits.. well they are icons for today's punk rock/pop punk generation. he is right about green day tho:)

Ed Goldberg
Ed Goldberg

He should stick to watching "My super sweet 16" , and not commenting on bands he knows nothing about. His six "unstoppable music collaborations" essentially any one with Carlos Santana, and Paula Abdul with a cartoon cat. Where did the Voice find this clown, and who thought he knew anything about music ?

jcmetz81
jcmetz81

The Clash #1?  This is a joke, right?  Way to be too cool for the room, you dumb motherfucker

Justin Brady
Justin Brady

haha this guy. The Clash?! The whole list is a joke, but I found it funniest that the "insecure name dropping contest" he describes in the beginning as being so painful for everyone involved is exactly what he ends up doing after each of his selections. I'm sure "I liked them before they were big," "I only listen to their first record," and "I only have it on vinyl" are staple statements in this dude's vocal. He's a cliche. I think he needs a hug.

Jeffrey Becker
Jeffrey Becker

Then I will retract my comment and say "I'm sorry".

Christopher McBride
Christopher McBride

the village voice has jumped the shark more times than canned tuna in a time warp

Ike Bushman
Ike Bushman

Listening to the Congos as I type. I don't know you either so I also forgive you.

tommynorcal
tommynorcal

@Crit I think the very idea of comparing these bands is absurd and the fact that anyone pulls the "why are we talking about this when we should be talking about this?" bullshit is missing the entire point of listening to music in general and embracing what punk rock is. everyone wants to be an armchair historian instead of just enjoying shit. the bands listed in conjuncture to the bands this turd is talking shit about (not all of which I enjoy) are awesome in their own way. The fact this article is even a thing is fucking embarrassing. Stay woke.

Crit
Crit

Misfits was his only fault. That's a good band there. Jay Z ain't punk I never saw him a wear a studded leather jacket so you might wanna do some research on that one....

ride4life45
ride4life45

calling  jay z punk? and not Rancid? yea, what ever


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