no pop punk or post 2000 "post hardcore" (pop metal/scenecore) shit allowed thank you :)
Punk: A Brief History
Punk Rock is ultimately rooted in what is known now as Garage Rock which started with bands like the Troggs, The Kingsmen, The Trashmen, The Kinks, The Sonics, the D-Boys, and so on. This early proto-proto punk is marked by taking "Surf Rock" of bands like the Beach Boys, and hard blues, later on in the genre's taking influence from British Invasion "Beat Groups." Musically, it can be identified by shouted, distorted lo-fi vocals that are difficult to understand, and extremely harsh guitars which were used with as much fuzz as possible for the time. The most notable example of this genre that you can't have not heard is The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," which has been covered from every Punk act from The Stooges to Bad Religion and so on.
Another notable example is the original "Surfin' Bird" by Minneapolis' own "Trashmen." The tempo of this track is incredible for its time, as are the rest of their tracks. Very intense drumming. It is actually the simple combination of two other RnB songs played twice as fast.
It was roughly 1965 when more extreme acts like Television, MC5, The Stooges, The Modern Lovers, and The New York Dolls would start to surface, taking Garage Rock to a new level, creating what is now known as Proto-Punk. This genre is far more eclectic than Garage Rock, as songs from many other genres fall under this umbrella, including Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown" (which would go on to be covered by DOA), to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid." Some British Invasion era bands also fall into this category, including The Kinks and The Who. Some early Glam artists such as David Bowie and T. Rex have also been put in this genre.
The two most notable bands of this era are easily the few first mentioned above, MC5 and The Stooges of Detroit, and The New York Dolls and The Modern Lovers. MC5 were the forefathers for The Stooges, where The Modern Lovers took more from the Kingsmen camp of quick simple recordings (their single "Roadrunner" notable for having been recorded in under an hour) and The New York Dolls fusing the music and image and style of The Rolling Stones with the attitude and edge of The Stooges.
MC5 seems to be the first to really take Psychedelics to a new level of intensity before the hippies got on their feet, starting up in 1965 and putting out Kick Out The Jams in 1968, a track that remains popular among punks to this day and is frequently covered.
The New York Dolls can be seen here with a particularly outlandish performance of their classic "Personality Crisis" which wasn't released until 1976 (this video being from 1973). This band is particularly notable in its spawning of Johnny Thunder, one of the biggest influences on the Sex Pistols.
There are also a few that claim this track is the first Hardcore Punk song; Iggy Pop's "I've Got a Right" from 1972
(And a brilliant cover from The Adolescents circa 1989)
It was around 1976 that The Ramones, and then The Sex Pistols and The Clash popped onto the scene, bringing punk to the forefront, and creating what we really know now as "Punk Rock." The history of this is fairly well documented now, bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols growing from small 100 person venues to huge 1000 capacity rooms sold out in a matter of months. Other notable bands from this short era include The Suicide Commandos, The Dead Boys, The Saints, The Damned, The Buzzcocks, Wire, Stiff Little Fingers, X-Ray Spex, Radio Birdman, and The Voidoids. This era is notable by its use of "buzzsaw" guitars, fast drumming, monotone vocals, simple melodies, short songs, and in the US, wearing leather, and bondaged influenced fashion in the UK.
Look at this huge crowd that The Clash is playing to in 1978, just two years after their inception, only one year after their record
The Ramones playing "I"m Against It"
Australia's "The Saints" One of the most underrated punk acts of all time
It would be around 1980 that most punk kids would fall to the wayside with the death of Sid of The Sex Pistols, or move on to Hardcore Punk
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Hardcore. A term officially coined in 1981 by DOA's "Hardcore '81" record. It simple means to take things to the next level, to push it to its limits.
The two most cited "original hardcore" singles are the Bad Brains "Pay to Cum" 7", and Middle Class's "Out of Vouge" 7", released in 1979 in DC and 1978 in California respectively, with Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown" EP (1978) getting an honorable mention. The Germs seem to win the "record" for the first Hardcore record with their 1979 release "GI", which is arguably borderline, but in my opinion, fine and pure Hardcore.
Various scenes formed around these acts, each now meticulously documented. On the east coast you had the best of both words, with cokeheads Gang Green butting heads with "Straight Edge" movement bands like SS Decontrol and Minor Threat, while on the west you had the more political acts like Flipper and The Dead Kennedys, all of these bands spawning before or in early 1981, Bad Brains ruling the west coast completely and Black Flag taking over the west.
It would be in 1981 that various other niche bands would pop up, such as TSOL and their macho attitudes, The Misfits and their dyed hair, and Husker Du, the fastest band on the planet. It was from Husker Du's approach in particular that bands really uped the ante, and eventually melded with metal through Black Flag's Sabbath worship, forming acts such as DRI, and causing the creation of "NYHC" bands, which are ultimately crossover thrash metal bands. NYHC acts include Agnostic Front, Cro Mags, etc.
Minor Threat - Filler
Husker Du - Land Speed Record (Live Album)
Dead Kennedys - Well Paid Scientist
DRI - I'd Rather Be Sleeping
Gang Green - Sold Out
Descendents - Statue of Liberty
And that's keeping it very, very, very short
Feel free to discuss anything past this. I don't really want to get into post-punk post hardcore, grindcore, or anything like that in the OP but go ahead and talk about it