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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383 comments
Mo Gags
Mo Gags

he is so completely wrong about the clash! It was more of the Ramones that they wanted to latch on. And the fact that he states that he never listened to a song but yet makes them irrelevant. What a moron.

Robert Kowalski
Robert Kowalski

Don't think anyone talks about The Village Voice anymore either. Lost it's relevance a while back.

Tom Griffiths
Tom Griffiths

Because there's nothing more punk rock than exclusion. Just one big frat house with studded leather vests.

Tom Griffiths
Tom Griffiths

Sorry dude, please tell us who we're all allowed to like, oh ye lord and master of punk rock. #clickbait

Tim Cox
Tim Cox

This article has been floating around for the better part of a year. I can't figure out if the VV has an identity crisis or an "identify" crisis. Apples and oranges.

Michael Incognitus
Michael Incognitus

How many f'n times are you gonna run this f'n pathetic hipster diarrhea?

Richard D. Downing
Richard D. Downing

Social D , Clash , n Rancid ... not punk huh. Hahaha. Mike Ness was banging dope n writing songs probably before this dope was even born. Those bands made huge strides in music. N unfortunately led to the watered down look aid punk we have today. But I guess that goes for everything these days. Nothing is truly raw n fresh. The kids these days are little sissies. How crazy is it that when your kids get in your car your music is harder n faster than anything they listen to.

Caeser Pink
Caeser Pink

Only a writer for the Village Voice in 2014 could hit that perfect mix of snark and cluelessness.

Jennifer Carlough
Jennifer Carlough

I'll just assume everyone complaining about Ultravox being included obviously hasn't heard the three albums before Vienna. Go listen to Young Savage and tell me it's not punk: http://youtu.be/lNETZOp5hzc

Andy Medina
Andy Medina

Things we've learned from this article: 1. Drew Ailes writes about music but he knows nothing about it; 2. he probably ought to reassess his sense of perspective on life, not get so bothered about stuff and possibly consider doing something worthwhile with his time (alternatively, if this article was meant to be "humorous/tongue-in-cheek", avoid applying for jobs in comedy...ever!)

Stephen Morvay
Stephen Morvay

Click-bait....and it worked. Still, the article is shit.

Terry Murphy
Terry Murphy

Gross ignorance. Ultravox a punk band? Are you on heavy drugs or just too young to remember?

Jay Kick
Jay Kick

Who do you mean by "we"? You are the one that posts this shitty article every other month....

Scott Judd
Scott Judd

And who exactly is Drew Ailes I why should anyone give a fuck what this person thinks?

Paul D. Powell
Paul D. Powell

Music is so subjective; there is zero reason to take this opinion piece seriously. "Reggae is gross" is a stupid thing to say. Anyone who listens to The Clash's "1977" can probably see the genius music to come. "Everything I've read about the band" is a dead giveaway to the blogger's lack of musical knowledge in the first place, invalidating pretty much anything else he has to say.

Larry Montozzi
Larry Montozzi

Don't agree with 1and 2. Definitely agree with 3 thru 5.

Brian Davitt
Brian Davitt

And the voice is irrelevant for a long time

Alex Livadas
Alex Livadas

I really enjoyed this the first time I read it, about 4 months ago, and even though I'm tired of it now, "Social Distortion is just Good Charlotte for people who wear flames on their clothes" is still a great line.

Pete DeStefano
Pete DeStefano

Yes!! Thank you I comment this exact sentiment everytime this piece is recycled!

Tammy Nuñez
Tammy Nuñez

Metal bands devoted to smoking weed Buwahaha

Paul Gerard
Paul Gerard

Why does The Village Voice publish this guy? From Norman Mailer to this douchebag? RIP VV.

Sid Johnson
Sid Johnson

what ever game you think you're playing here Voice, its' a stupid one.

David Sannella
David Sannella

people hate comparisons that are completely irrelevant especially when it comes from hipsters.

Mitchell Sternbach
Mitchell Sternbach

OK, I did see the comments. Is this why many people log on nowadays- to vent their hatred?..

Aidyn Woodward
Aidyn Woodward

lol I'm surprised a few other bands weren't on there

Kelly Vail
Kelly Vail

The fact that you compare Social Distortion (punk rock pioneers since the 70s) to Good Charlotte (2000s power pop. Are they even still a band?) completely obliterates any type of credibility you think you may have. Like them or not, it is blasphemy to even consider them to be in the same realm of music.

David Sannella
David Sannella

This is what hipsters write on a slow Sunday. You guys suck!

Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Soon no one will be talking about the village voice anymore. The Voice has fallen so far.

Colin Smith
Colin Smith

Same misinformed shit from last year zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Ryan Boyle
Ryan Boyle

And why do you keep reposting it over and over? This is from November 2013.

Robert Acosta
Robert Acosta

Not sure why Green Day and The Clash are on this list, as they constitute as good music, but I am all for not talking about the other 4.

Mary Reading
Mary Reading

Seriously, it's from 2013. I've seen this posted at least 3 times since then. Plus you picked the WORST Clash album and song. Not representative of their collective music.

Dylan DeFeo
Dylan DeFeo

So why'd you write an article, then?

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.

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