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

3. Green Day

Around three years ago, I went to see a therapist because I hated my job and my life. Although I would realize later that the key to staying alive is being busy and having low expectations, a conversation that occurred in therapy still bothers me to this day. Here's a rough transcript:

Drew: I'm in a punk band.
Therapist: What is punk?
Drew: It's like, loud and fast, aggressive music.
Therapist: Is Jay Z punk?
Drew: No, Jay Z is rap. Have you heard of the Ramones?
Therapist: No. Is Beyonce rap?
Drew: No. Have you heard of...uh...Nirvana? (dumbing it down, so hard)
Therapist: I don't think so. You'll have to excuse me, I graduated high school in 1977 so I don't know about things like punk.
Drew: ....Uh, OK. Have you heard of Green Day?
Therapist: Are they the ones who sing that, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" song?
Drew: Yes.
Therapist: So Green Day is punk.
Drew: (Long sigh) Yes. Green Day is punk.

See also: Green Day - Barclays Center - 4/7/13

More Bands My Therapist Doesn't Know:
Dillinger Four
Hickey
Leatherface

4. Rancid

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.

What I Wish I Heard Back Then Instead:
Willful Neglect
Poison Idea
YDI
Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers
The Fix

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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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