Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Six Punk Bands We Don't Need To Talk About Anymore

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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.

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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