Punk To Have The Fate of Disco?
By Paul Gill
With the raging success of the neo-punk pop styling bands like The
Offspring and SR-71 it seems the punk music isn't dead, no
just become pop music. The once brash uncut and sometimes offensive
sound and unrefined guitar power of the early punk era brought to us by
like the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Police (yes they were punk
seems to be long forgotten in today's trendy pop culture centered music
time of the punk band seems to have bitten the dust. Today
few punk bands manage to secure record deals, and even fewer manage to
be more than
a local band. Although a few bands have risen up like AFI,
Anti-Flag these seem to be the exception and not the rule. Having grown
up in England in the late 80s I can remember the end of the punk
came with the wafting smell of Teen Spirit in the air and the
of the grunge era. Today's punk scene lacks the definition, which it
the 70s and 80s. There no longer is a diversity among the punk
Instead, almost all of today's bands come out with the neo-punk pop
style of music,
and those who don't are fading into the shadows almost as fast as the
guitar licks. What most people call punk nowadays is often pop.
someone on the street to name a punk band and they'll say Blink-182 or
of the current pop vogue bands. It disturbs me greatly to see such a
great style and era of music finally come to its end, although its been
the early 90s. I can now say for sure that punk as we once knew
is dead. Replaced by the pop culture's need for that happy-go-lucky
is provided in today's music scene, and with the record labels looking
only to fill their wallets, it seems that even fewer true punk bands
in the future, simply because there is no longer money in rebellion.
fans can only hope that a second punk revolution will come around, but
unfortunately like Disco this doesn't seem likely.
This article was written by Paul Gill
who is a student at Chodosh Guitar.
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