The 5 Songs That Got Me into Punk

ROCK BLOG: They are non-conventional, and you will probably hate me.

October 4, 2017

I am going to start out with . . . this "list" is controversial. I get it. My taste in what is "punk" rock differs greatly from many others. But in that, I hope this list helps you understand why I got into any kind of punk or pop punk as it is. 

I am very much of the mind set that while yes, punk rock is a music genre, it is just as much about a lifestyle, a mindset that isn't always defined as music. It's a state of mind where rebellious nature toward any type of rule or standard exists. That being said, some of my favorite songs, while yes, may not be The Misfits or Ramones (spoiler The Ramones are in my list) might not be up to your standards of what punk is. But, give it a listen, with an open mind and remember that these bands, most of which are younger, are still rebelling against the idea that punk is one thing or another, and to me that makes them more punk rock than most.

#5.) The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated 

Most would consider The Ramones the founders of punk. While I agree for the most part, I don't like to get into the politics about who found punk. Their sound is legendary though, and they inspired SO many bands. Most of my favorites to be more specific, and arguably, none of the bands I listen to would be around, or they would sound completely different without their influence. So why are they at #5 on my list? Because, I am only 30. Bands that got me into punk have to beat them out because I would have never listened to The Ramones if I hadn't heard the others first. But, I strongly feel they should make this list, and especially this song, because EVERY time it comes on, I just wanna jump in the pit and lose my mind. 

#4.) Blink 182 - Dammit

I can honestly say I remember the first time I heard this song. I was 13. I my friend Jess came over, and brought his new CD player and proudly showed me that he had two Blink 182 cd's. I had never really listened to them before, but he knew my favorite band was The Offspring, and thought I would like it. Threw in the CD and skipped to track 2 and those iconic notes came out. It was the first song I learned to play on guitar (aside from Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit" and I was hooked. I had to find more SoCal skate punk. It was because of this song, this album, and this band that I wanted to be in a band like Pennywise, NOFX, Blink and Green Day. 

#3.) MxPx - Responsibility 

If you have read ANY of my blogs, you know how much of a fan girl I am for MxPx. Living in the PNW has really been a dream come true for me, since Mike, Tom, and Yuri defined what punk was for me and for a lot of people up here in this area of the country with their Left Coast Punk branded music. So, of COURSE they made the list. I remember watching this old TV channel called "The Box". It was bascially a PPV channel for people who didn't have cabel, where they just played music videos, and you could call in and request a video for a small fee. MxPx's "Responsibility" was one of the first punk videos I saw, and I was obsessed. I probably spent around $150 bucks that summer on that video watching it on repeat. It brought me to buying "The Ever Passing Moment" and I was hooked ever since. 

#2.) Green Day - Minority 

Now here is where we get even more controversial. Keep in mind, I AM 30. I know, stupid millenial. However, as most of the world got into Green Day because of Dookie, I started listening to Green Day because of their album Warning. And once again, because of "The Box", I saw the video for "Minority" and the snarly grit of the song and attittude of Billie Joe, Mike, and Tre playing it, that most people related to The Sex Pistols and that early 70's punk was what attracted me to Green Day and I needed more. I went and bought Warning that day and eventually back tracked and found Nimrod, Dookie, 39/Smooth etc. But this was the song that defined Green Day for me. 

#1. ) The Offspring - Pretty Fly for a White Guy

Once again, I know. I didn't get into The Offspring with the album that everyone did, Smash. The first punk song I heard WAS "Pretty Fly" by The Offspring. My friend at school was playing  it when I was in 6th grade, and it was the first song that got me into not only rock, but punk rock as well. Before that it was strictly pop music that my mom bought me. I still don't know what it is about that song, it's a joke song, it is catchy, it's mainstream, I get it. Maybe not the typical definition of punk, but it was my gateway drug. I bought every punk record I could find after I heard this song, and it still sits with me today. 

So now that you hate me for my punk rock definition and movie choices, what about you? What are your favorite punk songs and bands? What are the songs that changed your life?

- Danny V.