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

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We really, really don't need to discuss Social Distortion. Really.
I have an embarrassing tendency to bait people into conversations where I just talk about cool things I am doing. Surprise, right? While it likely stems from being bored with hearing of the mundane achievements of others (babies, crappy jobs, cars), there is a part of me that figures it must stem from some sort of deep-seated masochism -- the same way I used to force myself to watch My Super Sweet 16. Without fail, the conversation switches to traveling, music, or some other trite nonsense and the question arises:

"Oh, what kind of band are you in?"

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Look, explaining you're in a punk band sucks -- it's like telling people you're a chef. Most people think they know a thing or two about it, and the resulting conversation is maddening. It hurts for everyone involved, as slowly the attempt to bond over art turns into an insecure namedropping contest. So for the sake of all of us, here are six punk bands we simply don't need to talk about.

1. The Clash [Editor's note: I am diving out of the way on this one; Drew, you can take the heat. The Clash rules, just sayin'.]

I'll be honest with you: I haven't really listened to much of the Clash because a lot of punks who wear hats with chains on them seem to be big fans. Plus, everything I've read about the band basically states it formed with the intention of latching on to the Sex Pistols' success. But in the interest of journalistic integrity, I am listening to some songs now -- and I still think they suck, with the exception of some live stuff. Reggae is gross and bad English punk sounds like Andrew Lloyd Webber. Oh and if that's not enough, Bono once called the Clash the most influential band on U2's sound.

Lets talk about these bands instead:

'70s Regional Alternatives:
Desperate Bicycles
The Stranglers
Buzzcocks
The Damned
Ultravox

2. Social Distortion

Social Distortion is just Good Charlotte for people who wear flames on their clothes. Punk rock mixed with car culture is like going to the zoo with a bazooka - a funny concept with unforgivable results.

Why don't we talk about these bands instead?:

Southern California Punk That Doesn't Encourage Dice Tattoos
Channel 3
VOM
Agression
The Dickies
The Weirdos

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303 comments
Jesse Hermann
Jesse Hermann

lol wow I can't even put in to words how stupid this article is.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

The writer wants people to stop talking about these bands so he publishes an article about them which gets posted and re-posted......Epic Fail. hahahahahahahahahaha

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

One POS article we don't need to see re-posted again again.

johnnyroxx
johnnyroxx

These articles of nonsense are why people are losing respect for RFT and their view of the music scene.

Joe Kozuszek
Joe Kozuszek

STFU, the misfits aren't talked about enough...

Drew Somervell
Drew Somervell

Wahhhh!!!! There's a band I don't like. I'm going to write an article about how I don't like them. I'm going to add other bands I don't like to the article. Wahhhhhhh!

Kirsten Mazzanti
Kirsten Mazzanti

Well I just left the show. It was amazing! Mike is beautiful and Jonny is amazing. They proved that they are still badass after all these years. And to meet them also. Sweetest dudes ever! So go fuck yourself and your music taste much suck ass.

Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell

Really? This article AGAIN? Go find something else to post.

Doc Wyatt
Doc Wyatt

You know dude I like reading your paper. Since I've moved back to Louisiana it's a good way to keep up with the St Louis music scene. Which by the way is one of the best in the country. But....you are way off base on your who's punk and who's not. I've been listening to Social Distortion since their start. In the early 80's I lived in California where the SoCal punk scene was awesome. All those bands like Black Flag, X, TSOL, The Germs, Bad Religion, AND Social Distortion. These bands started the stuff that you young Punks have today. It's like Mike says at all his shows. " You can't have the new school without the old School". Show some Respect RFT. OH and not to calling The Clash punk is like saying Joey Ramone was a country singer. Respect fucker !!

John Sitek
John Sitek

Didn't know there was a dictionary definition of punk. All the guys in Rancid had been doing their own thing for awhile before the punksplosion of the mid 90s. Wait a minute; isn't part of punk doing your own thing despite the criticism? And Street Dogs rock.

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

Who gives a shit....if ya like a band go see em...if not stfu. .

Earl Lamkie
Earl Lamkie

I'm sure they're great to a lot of people but they are not punk. Not close it's pop and no I will not take the job thanks though . Not authority on anything no go wash your scaly cap and listen to street dogz

John Sitek
John Sitek

Earl seems to think he's the authority on all things punk. Maybe he should write for the RFT. And Rancid is great. They just so happened to release a couple of great albums during the "MTV Starter Kit Band" got popular.

Lance Holdforth
Lance Holdforth

The writer comes across as an arrogant self-centered douch! We get it, you don't like these bands and you choose to use your medium to belittle and ridicule these musicians. But the fact remains, people like a lot of these bands and I'm one them. I'd be going to see Social D tonight if I could go, but I can't. How about writing an actual piece that explores both sides of this instead of writing a 'why-I-don't-like-this' article? Music isn't about just you, dude. It's about all of us liking different bands.

Chimega
Chimega

Wow, what a troll piece. Crying for attention? Pathetic excuse for journalism.

Eric Lozano
Eric Lozano

Hey guys, it's me again. Just dropping by to remind you of my resentment towards you and the negativity you bring to StL's music culture. I hate you very much, and I'm still waiting on my "13 cool hats" list.

Madeline Grace
Madeline Grace

I have never liked them, but... Wow, great job making sure bands feel welcome in St. Louis! This is excellent PR in trying to attract music to the city. The night of their show, at that. Very tactful.

Jake Chräjbüel
Jake Chräjbüel

saw em at riot fest last Sunday. sounded like nursing home farts excited for 4 pm jello.

Rob Spicer
Rob Spicer

Hahah so many butts hurt. But to post this the night of their show?

Patrick Bergeron
Patrick Bergeron

This was a waste of my time to read. Social D is a classic punk band and American as apple pie!

Sam Romine
Sam Romine

I'd rather you not talk about it either rft, because the author of this article is clearly desperate for some kind of punk rock or musical credibility and nobody wants to hear that kind of desperate, opinion based journalism anyways. However here you are, posting the article, trying to be relevant. Tisk Tisk.

Kyle MacCárthaigh
Kyle MacCárthaigh

I'm still not sure how Social D. is punk infused with car culture, unless you're going off a couple T-shirts. Didn't make sense the first time you ran this.

Earl Lamkie
Earl Lamkie

Social distortion sucks first of all generic sound that you could put in a car commercial . Secondly fuckin green day and rancid are NOT punk in any way !! Lame ass pop rock 90's MTV starter kit bands!!! But not liking the clash ?... At all? Your fucking crazy your tastes sucks. And who can write a fucking so called punk article if you hate the music. You should send this article in to Fox News . They'd give you a job since you obviously don't know what the fuck your talkin about

DaveG
DaveG

The only Clash records that could really be called punk are The Clash "The Clash" (either UK 1977 or US 1979 version which I think is slightly better)..."Give 'Em Enough Rope" was produced by Sandy Pearlman (Blue Oyster Cult, The Dictators), and was moving them in more of a rock direction.  I have a feeling from this writer that he only knows the major label era of Social D, not "Mommy's LIttle Monster" and the Another State of Mind film, but if I am wrong, I guess he just thinks they are too "rock".  I think the writer would be better off to explain why the bands he likes are "cool" and not also-rans to the more popular ones because he sounds like a narrow-minded twit that simply doesn't like rock or reggae.

Nathan Hipstername Watson
Nathan Hipstername Watson

This is the biggest "I'm more punk, pissing contest" ever. You cant start by saying, I love to bait people...then rant amatuerly about bands you don't even listen to.

Lisa f1
Lisa f1

I have personally known all the members of the casualties for almost 20years. No member has ever sexually assaulted anyone. Knowing then on a personal level, they would be the first guys to stop someone from doing such horrible acts. YOU shoud NOT write about people that you know nothing about.

Steve Werner
Steve Werner

This guy is so punk that he's a writer for the RFT. What a joke!!

Justin Knight
Justin Knight

Obviously great bands, but I didn't know people did talk about these bands anymore. Sure occasionally peoples might clank bottles together saying, " Yeah 'fill in the band' was effing awesome!"(I emphasize 'was', Green Day) But nobody really talks abou... Oh we're discussing them right now... Brilliant post! Must have been fun to write. Or is it more fun to read the reactions?!

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

This must have been written by some coffee sipping, bearded hipster in his tight sisters jeans. You sir, suck on the mud from the water.

Monte Deadmond
Monte Deadmond

The most important punk band to talk about is and always will be The Ramones!

Mark Langendorf
Mark Langendorf

This article sounds like it was written by some hipster teenager on a blog rant. The fact that he doesn't know the history of punk or apparently understand that punk is a state of mind than a style. You have no business speaking or printing anything on a subject you grossly know nothing about you snobbish twit. Shame on you RFT

Mike Ellsworth
Mike Ellsworth

I really wish people would stop talking about social d

Alan Bicking
Alan Bicking

God I wish he was at SXSW..and I was dtiving a Prius

Adam Bryant
Adam Bryant

Really? You're bashing social d and the misfits. You are officially a jag off.

Vincent Vega
Vincent Vega

This is the most pointless list ever and plain wrong... i could think of 6 bands on the radio now this should never be talked about.. another thing that shouldnt be talked about again is this article! what a joke!

Shecky Von Mortis
Shecky Von Mortis

I'll give him green day and the casualties. But seriously the guy who wrote this is a tool!

John Sitek
John Sitek

Sigh....This guy's too punk for punk. Don't take the bait, listen to what you want even if it's not "relevant" anymore.

Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell

I have liked Social D since I first heard them...because I like their music, their sound. That is all.

Elicia Zoey Knobloch
Elicia Zoey Knobloch

Six RFT articles that never need to be talked about again? I'll give you a hint, ALL of them are written by Drew Ailes. How's that click-bait working out for you? You gotta be keeping this guy around for some reason.

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