Your top 10 of punk bands….
mastiles did I say it didn't ?I just think that in '76-82 was it's prime years
Fair enough – you just mentioned 'newer' bands which suggested you saw 1976 as the start of punk. No offence meant.
Wasn't The Strangler's 'Peaches' credited with being the breakthrough punk single too – top ten charted in autumn 1975? COuld be wrong – was told that and the 'fact' stood. Where's Google…Posted 8 years ago
The stranglers were a bunch of pub rock chancers, just jumped on the punk bandwagon. Why has nobody mentioned the Pistols yet? Agree with emac's number 1 choice, but would have to have the Undertones, Penetration and the Ramones in there. And chapeaux to Dr Feelgood – no, they definitely werent a Punk band, but they certainly helped kick start things in the UK.Posted 8 years ago
Odd how stuff like this brings back memories of some really good, underrated bands. The Skids were good live, as were the Adverts. Never really 'got' Sham 69 – too football hooligany for me, PMSL at the Chas & Dave reference!Posted 8 years ago
Saw the Clash loads of times, the best of the bunch for me. Saw the Pistols (in 76 and when they reformed in the 90's – hate to say it but they were far better the second time round).
The so called 'second wave', ie Discharge and all that lot, never really did it for me, but having shared a few pints with him, I thought Charlie Harper was a top bloke. Jesus, this is like reminiscence therapy at the old folks home!
I stand very much corrected on the start of punk thing. I was only young at the time m'lud!
(And I was a metal-head really, not a punk. I did like Motorhead gigs though – a great mix of embroidered denim and studded/painted leather.
Anyone mentioned Crass yet?
EDIT – I saw The Damned play a few years back at Leeds Uni with the original line-up (inc. Captain Sensible) and it was sooo funny – between every song, almost the whole audience broke into 'Happy talking, talking, happy talk'. The band were so pished off with it by the end.
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I meant musically – I have to agree with you about the atmosphere thing though, but a lot of the early punk gigs were like that, probably due to the fact that your adrenaline was already going mad due to the amount of hassle you'd had making your way there – hard to believe nowadays, but there were plenty of meatheads willing to give you a kicking because you were wearing 'straight leg' jeans.Posted 8 years agorogerthecatMember
Weird, the adrenaline and fear of getting jumped in the late 70's was about getting a kicking – never, ever dreamed of anyone with a knife, let alone a gun.Posted 8 years ago
All that aggro and pent up frustration with today's easy access arsenals would make going to a gig like going into a war zone!Mr AgreeableSubscriber
I think it was Stuart Maconie I heard say that he really felt sorry for kids since punk because they haven't had such a massive revolution of music & culture that the mid/late 70's brought to the UK
Just the sort of thing you'd expect a boring old fart music journo to say! 😛 What did punk revolutionise exactly? From reading stuff like Jon Savage's England's Dreaming it seems like it became a caricature of itself so quickly…Posted 8 years ago
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