anonymous asked:

Punk or Metal (or neither or both)?

Personally, I was a lil’ baby punk. 

Mosh pits, safety pins through ears, being kind to strangers, leather jackets, drinking bottles of whiskey in abandoned houses, rescuing kittens from the side of the road, getting punched out by a white supremacist straight-edger, learning garbled lyrics, helping old ladies cross the road, waxing intellectual about the nature of chaos and anarchy, stealing fish, feeding pet turtles, sitting in an armchair in a van, dropping acid on a beach, marching for Pride, making out with someone who professionally fenced with a Prince, riding miles in a converted schoolbus with 3 bedrooms and 8 friends, throwing mattresses off of cliffs…

Yeah, the punk life was enjoyable for me. 

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Top 10 best songs by The Offspring

In the 70’s punk rock was underground, garage bands who wanted to make a political statement released homemade tapes and a few bands like The Ramones and The Sex Pistols became the poster children for the new music and lifestyle scene.   By the end of the 80’s, punk rock was much more difficult to describe.  Bands were merging alternative rock, ska, New Wave, aggressive hardcore, and even rap into the ever-changing punk rock scene.   Traditionalists wanted punk rock to remain an underground movement by bands more interested in delivering a message than making money.    In the 90’s, punk rock went mainstream in a big way.    Green Day, Rancid, Bad Religion, The Offspring, NOFX, and Blink 182 were going multi-platinum but getting called “poseurs” for their commercial success.   Instead of sporting mohawks and safety pins, you had stores in the mall like Hot Topic selling punk rock records, the time’s were are a-changing.


Let’s countdown the Top 10 songs by California rockers, The Offspring. Dexter Holland’s band were such a permanent fixture on MTV, you can’t make a 90’s mix CD and not include one of the band’s signature hit songs.  Not only have they sold close to 40 million albums to date, The Offspring  were also one of the first bands who SUPPORTED online music sharing as they promoted the early days of Napster despite backlash from their label.  Interestingly, despite releasing nine studio albums, the Top 10 countdown includes almost all of the songs from 3 CD’s.  Americana (3), Rise & Fall/Rage & Grace(3), Smash (2), Ixnay From The Hombre (1), and a cover of punk rock pioneers, The Ramones.

Honorable Mention:  Hit That, She’s Got Issues, All I Want, Bad Habit

10.   Slim Pickens Does The Right Thing (2008)

9.    Gone Away (best track on Ixnay)

8.   Kristi, Are You Doing OK? (almost a power ballad)

7.  Why Don’t You Get A Job?  (from Americana)

6.  I Wanna Be Sedated  (found on The Ramones tribute CD, We’re A Happy Family)

5.  Pretty Fly For A White Guy  (when you get permission from Def Leppard to sample their music in the intro and then Weird Al is covering your music, you know you’ve made it)

4. The Kids Aren’t Alright (for most bands this would be a career defining greatest hit song)

3.  You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid   (15 years after their breakthrough Smash, The Offspring record arguably their best track in their career)

2.  Come Out and Play

1.  Self Esteem  (#1 and #2 are interchangeable but I’ve got to keep ’em separated… definitive 90’s pop-punk songs that don’t lose any steam over 20 years since they first exploded onto MTV)

Punk Rock Safety Pins and Marshmallows

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Sirius decides to pierce his ear for Remus. It doesn’t go well.

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Ork Records Compilation Arrives In Orktober!

Where in the mythos of punk is there room for a frizzy-haired cinephile San Diegan? How could the defining rock attitude and look of the late 1970s get brainstormed by two go-nowheres from a boarding school in Hockessin, Delaware – a D student and kid voted Most Unknown by his senior class?

Forget the worn-out yarns about London gobbers and safety-pin piercings – the true story of the birth of punk rock on 45 is the story of Ork Records, captured by Numero Group on four hefty LPs (or two shiny compact discs) and told across 120 high-gloss pages filled with insider photos and sordid details. Naturally, this piece of history will be released on Orktober 30th.

It is a story populated by iconic names like Television, Alex Chilton, Lester Bangs, Richard Hell, the Feelies, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Blondie and the Ramones. And it’s a tale told from the hallowed grounds of CBGB, Max’s Kansas City, and Ardent Studios.

This a story so glorious and important that it’s shocking to think that it’s never been told until now. Only the Numero Group could properly tell it, as it is a tale of imploding ambitions and underdog hustlers with a litany of heartbreaks and financial straits—a tale of indispensable rock ‘n’ roll made by people unjustly dispensed by history and the masses. For all the Record Geek Valhalla names mentioned earlier, there are even more forgotten heroes involved in this narrative that measure up to those Hall of Famers.

The legend began on wax with Television’s “Little Johnny Jewel,” the poetic head-splitter spread across two sides of a 45 in 1975. But it all began, in fact, with Terry Ork, a Jewish SoCal film nerd enthralled by Andy Warhol’s posse as they made a transgressive surfing flick, who moved cross-country to manage a movie memorabilia shop on the grubby streets of the Lower East Side. Made in the shadows of disco and dereliction in late-‘70s Manhattan, Ork Records: New York, New York is not just the genesis of punk, it is the birth of the New York City scene and indie culture as we know it.

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