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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272 comments
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 Watson
Nathan 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 Dugas Bell
Jennifer Dugas 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.

Joshua Heter
Joshua Heter

When you start trashing The Clash, you've reached some weird level of meta-snobbery that is worth a bajillion hipster points.

Nick Swazy
Nick Swazy

Fuck the writer of this article and everything he stands for

Sean Neuber
Sean Neuber

What is the point of this article, really? Sounds like someone claiming to be a real punk and labeling others as not punk enough to be considered punk. Keep whining. No one cares!

John Loness
John Loness

It's pretty obvious that this guy doesn't like punk bands that have reached high levels of success. He seems to be stuck on the thought that punk is meant to be underground. Punk to him must mean rebelling against anything that is well-known and liked. He talks about the "fashion" of these bands. There is a lot of freedom in wearing what you want and not giving a fuck what anyone has to say. It doesn't matter how many articles are written bashing bands like these. Their music will prevail much longer than the writer of this article.

aaronmccoy242
aaronmccoy242 topcommenter

The RFT shouldn't talk about punk rock music anyway,please stick to bands within this journal's areas of expertise. I would suggest; Imagine Dragons, the Shins, Nelly, Kid cutty (sp?), the Schwag, Pokey LaForge, any musical troop, and Dr. Zhivegas

Eric Cavanaugh
Eric Cavanaugh

haha, "graduated in 1977/knows nothing about punk." as a failed mental health professional and punkish leaning sort, I have a stereotypical prescription from Dr Marten for your clueless therapist...

Jennifer Jansing Scanlon
Jennifer Jansing Scanlon

Hey, at least I got a pic of Mike Ness in my newsfeed. Ignorant article ignored, pic appreciated.

Brian Coltrain
Brian Coltrain

Ha it's so true. In retrospect, punk is, exactly what every punk kid was, in high school. A fuckin poser.

Linda Hogan
Linda Hogan

I've noticed that the RFT is something no one really talks about anymore.

Linda Hogan
Linda Hogan

Yeah, it does. Not that I agree with some of it.

Noelle McMinn
Noelle McMinn

Poor article choice. You guys are going to piss off a lot of people.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

"If its on Pandora, has more than 3 eclectic fans, or they made more than free beer in profit I must destroy destroy destroy" - RFT music reviewers.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

The unpaid summer interns are running the asylum again. The Clash....you can fuck right off with that hate......and....." , the Casualties always struck me as the pinnacle of something that's trying too hard ". Similar to the author.

Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Hipsters run RFT and Hipsters don't like anything.

Tom Trummer
Tom Trummer

Not a fan of the clash. Or greenday But to say that they are not punk well that's your opinion and that's fine!! Mike Ness is true to the game not only is he in one of the greatest bands to come across the stage he also writes for so many other bands an people he is to music as gas is to a car!! As far as being labeled punk I guess that we're everyone that knows about everything can take that phase and own it for them because I like what I like and I hate what your trying to make into a war of stupidity!

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

maybe if the author listen to Sandista! and not Rock the Casbah, he'd know that!

crappybassist96
crappybassist96

Unsurprisingly, this became a hate-read for me about two words in.

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Newspapers we don't need to talk about anymore riverfront times

Daniele Vitale
Daniele Vitale

I mean, who can discount the cultural and personal merits of Social D? They changed the landscape of what punk was and is and ergo will always be!

Victoria Garner
Victoria Garner

Oh God what must it be like to be so much cooler than everyone else!

Aleta Joellen
Aleta Joellen

Seriously RFT... what happened to you? Are you hiring writers straight out of high school now?

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