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Best Punk Song?

Discussion in 'music' started by droodzilla, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Really enjoying Punk Britannia on BBC4 tonight, but what's the best punk song ever?

    Babylon's Burning by The Ruts just got me pogo-ing around the room. In a Rut is even better, maybe.

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Sham 69 performance - I always thought they were sh*t but looking back I rather like the cartoony style. I preferred it to the clip featuring The Clash - I never really got that band.

    Magazine are peerless of course but they're not really a punk band in my view; at least they moved very rapidly beyond the self-imposed constraints of punk.
  2. robs

    robs pfm Member

    Right now it's Joy Division Lost Control....

    Enjoying this evenings TV greatly!

    But overall, Pretty Vacant has to be it for me.
  3. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    Can't really argue with that!

    Now we have the Au Pairs/Gang of Four double whammy. Maybe not punk, strictly speaking, but great stuff regardless.
  4. -alan-

    -alan- pfm Member

    Read the title and immediately thought of The Ruts. Good call.
    Babylon's Burning and/or Shine on Me here.
  5. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    New Rose.
  6. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    God Save the Queen.
  7. zygote23

    zygote23 pfm Member

    Ultravox - Young Savage
  8. zygote23

    zygote23 pfm Member

  9. Sloop John B

    Sloop John B pfm Member

    It has to be the first "punk" #1

    Rat Trap


  10. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    Their first single was punk IMHO.

    Other favourites:


    Tomorrow it might be 'Bodies', '1.2.X.U', 'Too Drunk to F***' or 'Never Been in a Riot'...
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  11. FireMoon

    FireMoon pfm Member

    As a musician "Babylon's Burning"..... in the spirit of proper DIY punk then this.

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  12. GaryT

    GaryT pfm Member

    Not sure Joy Division were a punk band. Warsaw, yes, but JD, I don't think so.
    My favourite punk song is either 'Complete Control' or 'White Man in Hammersmith Palais', both by The Clash.
  13. Paul Mc

    Paul Mc pfm Member

    Yes, Complete Control is better than GStQ!
  14. jimi

    jimi pfm Member

    Fast Cars by the best punk band.
  15. waxkinglyrical

    waxkinglyrical pfm Member

    Department S - Is Vic There?
    Richard Hell - Blank Generation
    Skids - Into The Valley
    The Plugz - Reel 10
    Radio Stars - Dirty Pictures
    Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant
    Siouxsie - Hong Kong Garden
    Wire - I Am The Fly

    Oh what the heck, The Ruts - Babylon’s Burning stands up well.
  16. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    Oh just too difficult. But always loved this.

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  17. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    And this year

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  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    No Fun or I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges is the correct answer. If 1976-7 UK punk then Anarchy In The UK.
  19. p147

    p147 pfm Member

  20. blossomchris

    blossomchris I am not searching, I know what I am looking for.

    Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore may be first.
    I think your selection is for 2nd and 3rd place.


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