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Best Punk Song?

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

  1. glancaster

    glancaster In the silicon vale

    Whilst 'Pretty Vacant' and a load of other songs from 'Never Mind the Bollocks' are definitely up there with the best, I can't decide between 'Ever Fallen in Love' and 'Teenage Kicks'. Love the way all these songs just get in and get out, no flab, no boring intro or outro - a lot of artists could learn something from that.

    Also kudos to those who mentioned 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and Wolf Alice, recognising the continuation of the punk attitude.

    Kind regards

    - Garry
  2. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Boredom from Spiral Scratch and Penetration’s Don’t Dictate need mentioning here.
  3. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

    There has always been more than a hint of rebellion in pop music in the sound, attitude and lyrical content since it's inception. The 60s 'liberation' in pop/rock opened the doors (sic) to all sorts of strange influences, but ended up producing a lot of elitist pretentious nonsense for those who wanted to sit at concerts nodding their heads or dancing hideously as if swimming underwater.

    The seeds (sic again) of punk were sown in the US garage bands of the late 60s and they propelled the progenitors of punk, Iggy and the Stooges into the limelight.

    The fuse was lit and explosions went off primarily in New York and London. Two strands emerged; the US type and the UK type. Both changed the path of pop, but arguably the US type was more influential - Ramones, Richard Hell, Television, etc. UK punk does not have much of a following these days and a lot of the music that excited swaithes of the youth in the late 70s is not played much any longer, but it has done its job.

    Punk wouldn't make many Desert Island Disc programmes, but if I was forced to pick just one song I would say White Riot by the Clash. Couldn't believe the energy and exuberance that emanated from that song when it came out.
  4. blossomchris

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

    Go along with most of that, but still think the attitude was around a long time before the 60's.
    For some reason the Clash have always wound me up, it may be because my wife likes them, jealousy I suppose.

  5. Still

    Still absolute unit

    I agree - the music/rebellion combo' certainly goes back to 1950s rock 'n' roll.
  6. mand

    mand pfm Member

    This, but need to include Suspect Device, and Holiday in Cambodia
    Then X Ray Spex - Germ Free Adolescent.
    Too many to decide from.
    'Twas as good show.
  7. Colonel_Mad

    Colonel_Mad pfm Member

    Nipple Erectors - King of the Bop was a good effort from young SMcG.

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  8. gassor

    gassor "There may be more posts after this."

    Yeah the attitude (as I said) goes back to the beginning of rock n roll eg Blue Suede Shoes, Summertime Blues etc.
  9. formbypc

    formbypc pfm Member

    I recorded a bunch of Peels shows over 1976-78, the heyday of UK Punk, and I'm in the midst of digitising them.

    So far, some of the standouts which capture the spirit and immediacy of the age;

    X-Ray Spex - Oh, Bondage - Up Yours
    The Mekons - 32 Weeks
    The Damned - Neat, Neat, Neat

    More to follow ...
  10. Still

    Still absolute unit

    I'd love to listen to those - started listening to The Mighty Peel in 1979.
  11. Jamie

    Jamie pfm Member


  12. neildalton

    neildalton Active Member

    It can only be this:

    claire.fox and RickyC6 like this.
  13. BJP

    BJP The Blue Dawg

    I bought this nice pop tune

  14. Dinovector

    Dinovector pfm Member

    The Banshees Peel sessions are fantastic, it was the first time I heard them, it's what's been playing in my car for the last couple of weeks, too good to swap out yet
  15. RickyC6

    RickyC6 Infuriate the frog-men

    Yeah back in the day the Banshees sessions were all they had done and it seemed Peel repeated them for ages before they actually got a record out. Of course it was probably just a few months but...when you’re young...
  16. Still

    Still absolute unit

    Thanks Claire. I do have some of Peels sessions on CD, but not those ones.
    Very tempting! I'd also love to listen to Peels links from that era.
    I've been waiting to do some internet hunting since the OP, but waiting for my connection to be repaired

    The Damned OGWT session is excellent.
    Sometimes I ponder why it took OGWT a while to get punk, but tbf they had New York Dolls on.
  17. ciderglider

    ciderglider pfm Member

    Whispering Bob had problems with Roxy Music, so no wonder it took OGWT time to get punk.
  18. glenda

    glenda pfm Member

    My faves from back in the day...

    The Wasps - Teenage Treats
    The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium was Tedium
    The Mekons - Never been in a Riot


  19. jair

    jair pfm Member

    Disappointing that the Pistols CDs seem to lose some of the rawness of the original vinyl. Always loved the dynamics of Satellite on 45rpm.

    Eddie and the Hot Rods', Do Anything You Want to Do will always be Punk.

    Absolute favourite though is this, by The Ruts.

    All versions of this are great.
  20. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    New Rose

    '......are we really 65 in the charts?.....'

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