Quoted from Gryszzz:
With a nod to my buddy Swampfire who started the "Let's talk about Metal" thread, let's talk about the other greatest genre: punk rock.
I know there are some old school heavy hitters on Pinside; VID1900, o-din, SILVERBALLER, and many more, that have lived through the beginnings of the "fuck you" movement so let's open that can of worms and start there.
I've heard some harken way back to Link Wray and the Wraymen as the godfathers of punk.
But in my opinion, it was the MC5 and Detroit's Wayne Kramer that gave birth to the bastard with "Kick out the Jams" in the mid 1960's.
Who wants to be a punk and argue?!
Punk rock and pinball truly go hand-in-hand, maybe even more so than metal.
The biggest difference between the two that I've noticed in 30 years, is that in a metal pit, dudes will (usually) help you up. In a punk pit, you better figure it out before the boots find you. I LOVE IT!
Let's hear yer most loved and most hated; from smelly crust, to Oi!, to DC heavyweights and everything in between...
Sid Vicious might be but...
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Yay Grizz! What. Great topicM
When you said “silverballer” I’m pretty sure you didn’t mean me, but I lived through it, peripherally at any rate. I wasn’t a true punk at Huntington Beach High School in 1979, but in retrospect I wish I had been. There’s a reason that slam dancing in SoCal was called the “HB Strut”. The Circle Jerks were HB’s own, and the Cuckcoos Nest was Punk nirvana (immortalized in the Vandals “Pat Brown” and other songs). Shit got busy in Orange County!
Growing up in SoCal in the late 70’s early 80’s was a trip. Punk and New Wave became everything, and yet KMET and KLOS Classic Rock still ruled the airwaves. Thank god my crew and I had KROQ and soon after, KNAC. It was a daily ritual. Rodney Bingenheimer was the punk champion and a true visionary, but he wasn’t even the most popular personality on KROQ. And he wasn’t the best either.
Punk music brought honesty back to rock and roll. Ironic, considering that the Pistols were basically a fabricated band (from Malcom McLRens standpoint, clearly not the band’s) and yet they were best punk band fucking EVER! I find it amusing that heavy metal from that era still commands such respect, when it was Punk that really saved rock and roll. Hair metal was a simple chick/money magnet reaction to punk. It was easy pickings, for a lot of mediocre, uninspired musicians to capitalize on a music scene filled with puritans that could care less about money and fame. What a shame.
Personally, I loved X and the Crass and Black Flag and most of the LA bands. It’s a time that can never be duplicated. A true milestone in music history.