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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272 comments
Luke Havranek
Luke Havranek

This article should be called 6 bands that are better than my band will ever be.

A Josephine Schmidt
A Josephine Schmidt

Okay. I'm going to unlike VV now. This article was idiotic the other 42 times it's shown up in my feed. It's absolute garbage.

Kimberly Warner-Cohen
Kimberly Warner-Cohen

This is like the 10th time you've posted this awful article. Is this a joke? You guys have gone so downhill over the years, it's depressing. To think you were once the paper or Norman Mailer....

Pete Shapiro
Pete Shapiro

Village Voice is just so pessimistic lately. Social D changed my life, i saw em when i was 12. 10 years later, sure i don't have a mohawk anymore but Punk was important, dammit!

Jen Convery
Jen Convery

who the f*ck are you to tell us sh*t? oy-f*ck off ya wanker

Joel Flynn
Joel Flynn

haha... wtf right? and drip drip drip goes the irony. I thought that was all done with

Doug Lanham
Doug Lanham

Again? How many times is the Voice going to post this irrelevant article? What is with the the Voice?

Roger Walsh
Roger Walsh

i unliked the village voice after this, and i will also not read this newspaper ever again. Enough with Drew Ailes' opinions....his articles suck. This newspaper used to support, instead it divides. I urge everyone to unlike this page.

Scott Marchand
Scott Marchand

and I don't think the writer has a clue what punk is - viz. suggesting the 'Fix' and Ultravox as 'better' alternatives to the 'six' and green day never was in their wettest dreams....

Ben Zdencanovic
Ben Zdencanovic

This is the dumbest thing I've read in a long while.

Tracy Bachman
Tracy Bachman

Wrong. The Clash will always need to be talked about-full of shit list.

Tina Kathleen
Tina Kathleen

Isn't this the third time the Voice shared this article???

Duncan Milne
Duncan Milne

Really? Social Distortion and the Clash? Ness doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. The Clash every bit as influential as The Velvet Underground and the electric amp. Unsubscribe.

Pete DeStefano
Pete DeStefano

#1 is the clash? Are you fucking kidding me? And your reasoning is basically because you just don't like them? You're a fucking tool.

rasputin1
rasputin1

Where are the Ramones? I'm sorry, but they sucked ass.

rocksteadyzone
rocksteadyzone

Agree with much of it, especially about the Clash, very overrated band. 

JBeek
JBeek

Why does the Village Voice continue to pretend to exist?  Zombie!  You are dead, zombie!

bones870
bones870

I expected something better than this from the Village Voice


For what you said about the Clash, you should be beaten with a chain. The Clash are by far one of the most influential bands of that time. Mixing various styles of music and making it work. Reggae is gross?! Your an ignorant fool.


Social Distortion was doing it back before you were born. They've always kept their integrity and nothing but old school respect at the shows. They will never let you down. Seen them more times than I can count and have always put on a great show. Good Charlotte? Where's that chain, you need a few more hits..


Rancid came from Op Ivy and the UK subs. Ska Punk at it's finest. I hope your pant leg gets caught in your fixie and you get hit by a cab.


I saw Green Day open for Bad Religion in NYC before your baby nuts dropped. Guess what? They killed it.....you don't come out of SF punk scene and off Lookout Records for being sellout. Guess what, Punks do mature....that's what they did. You should try the same.


Misfits? are you Drunk? I hope Glen Danzig beats you with a Rake. These cats scared the shit out of people and invented horror punk. They sure as fuck weren't KISS but I bet you love them.


You and your kind are the reason why New York City sucks now. 


I hope you die in a fire....


punkrockclub
punkrockclub

I think Drew über Alles pulled the names out of a hat to try to prove to someone (editor, spouse, journalism teacher, yearbook editor?) how well he could "write", and piss a bunch of people off. My guess is that in that hat were also names like Dead Kennedys, Black Flag/FLAG/OFF!, Descendents, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Germs, Cramps etc etc. 

If that's not the case, I'm really sad for über Alles, because they are blowing off {"I'll be honest with you: I haven't really listened to much of the Clash") some of the greatest music ever made. Painting with a broad brush can work in some analysis, but music is pretty micro, each artist has some degree of uniqueness, to classify Social D by way of comparison to G**d Ch*rlotte, only makes the author look ignorant, snobbish, and uninformed. I'd like to go through sentence by sentence, but I'm getting really frustrated at the level of immature hipsterism as I re-read each blurb. Go Straight To Hell , über Alles.

clickfiend
clickfiend

Wrong about the Clash. They were great. Were you there? If so, you have a right to an opinion. If not, just let it go. You won't understand. 


Also, Green Day is not punk.

trapvet
trapvet

Was London Calling 1st or 2nd best album of the last 35 years?  


You're not even worthy to write the word C-L-A-S-H, peon.  Your HS journalism degree is hereby REVOKED!  Back to work, barista.

rmhopper31
rmhopper31

and I repeat listen to what you like 

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

I'd write something saying what an idiot this Drew Ails is, but it looks like 240+ people beat me to it.

Janice Sloan Dunne
Janice Sloan Dunne

What the hell happened to the Village Voice I knew and loved back in the late 60s-early 70s. Back then, you had writers and cartoonists like Nat Hentoff, Lucian Truscott IV, Joe Flaherty, Jules Feiffer, Mary Perot Nichols. Now you're giving us recycled fluff, and not even good recycled fluff. I wonder if it has something to do with your having become a free newspaper back in the late 1980s. If so, you should consider 25-30 cents for the paper, and use the money to hire real writers and reporters again.

Javier Perez-Karam
Javier Perez-Karam

This is the most stupid music article I have read in my life... Really? Drew is just A funking punk.

David Owen
David Owen

I can understand "forgetting" these bands the first time around, but how can you justify repeating an article that states "Six Punk bands We don't need to talk about anymore"... Are you High?

A Josephine Schmidt
A Josephine Schmidt

I got tired of 'punker than thou' bullshit about 25 years ago. Stupid.

John Wescott
John Wescott

Worth repeating what??? That the Village Voice sucks and has no taste in music?? Ok great .... THE VILLAGE VOICE SUCKS AND HAS POOR TASTE IN MUSIC!!!!

Mark Hänser
Mark Hänser

If you're going to run the same shit over and over, at least find a REAL rock'n'roll journalist worthy of re-reading. Not L'il Drew here.

Josh Spool
Josh Spool

The person who wrote this should be fired for lacking in cranial capacity-

Matt McMahon
Matt McMahon

village voice feeling extra clickbait-y tonight; what with this repost and the one calling Ween / Mr. Bungle fans dorks.

Dan TheMan Boujoulian
Dan TheMan Boujoulian

this article was horrible. i'm gonna start clicking the 'i don't want to see this' link on your repeated bad posts

Steve Mahofski
Steve Mahofski

Really? Of all the articles you've posted this year, THIS is the one you deem worth repeating?

Tim Cox
Tim Cox

Dear VV: please get better writers. The style of "pretentious pricks who just want to bash everything" is old and it's ruining your reputation as a respectable media outlet. In the age of drab music, I challenge your writers to find new, cutting edge artists that we should be listening to. You know, the kind that can change music.

Brad Featherstone
Brad Featherstone

His favorite artists are probably Lorde, Kayne West, and Arcade Fire so cut him some slack.

Luis Morales
Luis Morales

Dubstep and Trance are still cool to me. I listen to it when commuting to work. Music in general has been in a Disney Channel+strip club+Starbucks- downward spiral for over 10 yrs. Example,12 dudes with scruffy beards playing instruments no one has ever heard off. Compared to most music these days, London Calling sounds more like Beethoven:)

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