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    Punk rock music is a form of rock that formed as an anti-corporate genre in the mid 70s. Beginning its development throughout the US, UK, and Australia with bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Clash in the years 74 through 76, punk rock soon began spreading across the entire world by 1977. Bands of the genre created mostly short songs with fast, hard instrumentation and more often that not lyrics with some sort of political aim. The subculture created by the genre produced distinct style of clothing, anti-authority ideals, and those who followed the culture came into a rebellious, do it yourself attitude. If even only for brief time, punk rock became what some called a “cultural phenomenon” very quickly in the UK. Punk easily found roots in the local scenes that were not apart of the mainstream ideology of music. In the early years of the 80s, the hardcore style of punk took a front seat in the genres spotlight, hardcore having been a much more aggressive style of music.

    Punk rock also helped inspire many musicians that helped bring along the alternative rock genre in later years. The early years of the 90s saw bands that began to bring the punk genre a large amount of popularity, such as the ever popular pop punk band Green Day. The first wave of punk was an attempt to be more aggressive and to carry less sentiments that had been portrayed in the early 70s rock scene. Early punk rock was said to prefer the bare musical formats and array of the garage rock of the 60’s era, avoiding the flashy musical effects and the technological demands that most bands in the early and mid 70s put such a heavy emphasis upon. The instrumentation usually found in most punk rock bands is actually quite normal, consisting usually of nothing more than two electric guitars, a drum kit, and a bass guitar, and of course vocals.

    Most punk rock genre music is actually unusually short for rock music, for instance, most of the songs on the Ramones’ first album were under two minutes in length. During the early days of punk rock, most songs retained a rock ‘n’ roll feel, using verse-chorus form, and the same type of time signature, though during the genres second wave most bands began to break away from this form of music, and the trend has continued. The lyrical content of punk rock music is often not sung by the vocalist as in traditional music, rather it is shouted, this being much more true in the hardcore form of the genre. The long and often difficult guitar rifts and solos are uncommon and viewed mainly as completely unnecessary, and some guitarists tend to use more distorted power chords.

    Though, some bands prefer a more, ‘surf rock’ style, guitarists taking a lighter approach in these cases. Bass guitar rifts are more often than not much more basic and are usually only used to carry along the melody of the song, but in some cases a few bands have used more technically difficult lines, such as in the rifts by bass guitarist Mike Watt, who is well known for his work with bands like The Minutemen and fIREHOUSE. Drum set ups are usually minimal in the genre, and often have a dry, heavy sound, and in the hardcore styles, the drumming tends to be extremely fast. Lyrical content in the punk rock scene is quite blunt and often confrontational about issues dealing with politics and the state of society. While some other bands focus on more traditional rock themes, such as dating, heart broken themes, and spending time hanging out with friends and the like.

    The actual use of the term punk before the mid 70s scene was actually in referral to young males who were considered to be “hoodlums” or the like. The first time punk was connected to a music genre was when the actual terminology was used in March or 1970 in the Chicago Tribune in reference to the band The Fugs by the co-founder Ed Sanders, when he was trying to describe the band itself. By 75 the term was used to refer to such acts as the Patti Smith Group, Bruce Springsteen, and the Bay City Rollers.

    Punk rock was originally begun in three main places, New York City, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The New York punk scene originated in early 74, around the Manhattan area thanks to a club called CBGB. The punk rock scene broke out around the same time in various parts of Australia, becoming highly popular in 76 and on. Bands attributed with the beginning of Australia’s punk scene include The Saints and the Cheap Nasties to name a few. The band the Sex Pistols are attributed to beginning the punk rock movement in the United Kingdom, thanks to a man called Malcolm McLaren who had bore witness to the emergence of the punk genre in New York City at the CBGB.

    In 75 he opened a clothing store called SEX, and it carried a clothing line that produced articles of clothing such as slashed t-shirts and fetish gear that he saw punk rockers wearing, items that would soon become highly popular thanks to the punk rock scene. By 76 bands like the Ramones and The Stranglers became heavily associated with punk rock, and were accredited to the scenes outbreak in the UK. By 77 the punk rock movement was in full swing and on its second wave of movement through not only the New York, Australia and United Kingdom scenes, but well on its way into emergence in multiple other countries. By 78, the hardcore version of punk rock music was creating uproar in southern California and was causing a rivalry between the old school punk rockers and the newer hardcore punk genre.

    From the two sub-genres many other music scenes developed, such as the New Wave movement, Oi, Anarcho-punk, Pop-punk, as well as many other fusions and influences on other genres. Though the Punk movement died out, the early 90s saw a revival of the genre, through bands such as Green Day, Nirvana, and other bands such as The Offspring in later years. Some more notable punk bands throughout the scene include AFI, Radio Birdman, Reagan Youth, Eve 6, Fear, Rosa, Apocalypse Hoboken, among an entire culture worth of other performers and talented bands.

    Riot Grrl

    When most people hear the words “Do It Yourself”, the first thing that comes to mind is a home improvement project. They usually think of a man, usually in a tool belt, taking measurements around a dilapidated house, trying to envision an improvement on the structure that stands before him. “Do It Yourself”, in this […]

    Black Metal

    The Black Metal sound and style was influenced mainly by its “First Wave” as it’s called, although this actually refers to when the first hints of Black Metal were introduced on the music scene in the 1980’s, by mainly Thrash Metal bands, like Venom and Bathory. Other influential, late 80’s bands were Hellhammer, Bulldozer, Celtic […]


    Post-punk is an inner-directed and more experimental form of punk rock, though its roots are deep in the punk rock scene. The Genre developed in the late 70’s, riding on the heels of the outbreak of the punk rock genre that occurred in the middle of the 1970’s. Post-punk is accredited with having made the […]

    Death Metal

    Contrary to popular belief, Death Metal is not just a bunch of smashing, growling, and banging on things like Paleolithic attempts at music. Sometimes Death Metal is even said to use ‘Cookie Monster’ vocals, for obvious reasons. The growling, “death grunts” are one of the key elements of Death Metal, however, vocals are not limited […]

    Math Rock

    Math rock is a genre of music that developed in the late 80s and emerged from the experimental rock music scene. Usually characterized by its non-conforming rhythmic structures, the start/stop flow of its motions, and its more often than not angular and conflicting rifts. While most rock music bands will use a very basic 4/4 […]

    Trip Hop

    The one thing that all, or at least most, Trip Hop artists have in common, apart from their musical style, is that they all have the same hate for the name ‘Trip Hop.’ This has been called a phenomena, by other sources, but if your name went from something classy like the Bristol Sound, or […]

    Gothic Rock

    Gothic rock is an old genre that’s shared a few different names over the years, and started out with a few different origins as well. What we hear today, was not the same as what we heard then. Any old Goth can tell you, after he’s done claiming he’s Gother than you, that gothic rock […]

    College Radio

    College radio, which also carries the nicknames campus, student, or university radio, is a radio station run by students of a university or other type of educational school. Even though the terminology “college radio” incites the idea that it is broadcast on either AM or FM radio like other radio stations, this is not always […]


    Gothabilly music is actually a blend of words that refers to the mixture between the rockabilly music scene and the Gothic or Goth lifestyle. While many bands of the Gothabilly genre include darker themes ranging from the occult and vampires or vampirism, to horror and themes revolving around depression and violent behaviour, they are not […]

    Dark Wave

    Dark Wave was first used as a descriptive term for the early Goth rock beginnings, but before the term “Goth rock” was ever used outside of the UK. Dark Wave described darker, and gloomier post-punk, of the late 70’s, and New Wave, of the 80’s. For the French, it was Coldwave, and Synthpop, or Electrowave […]

    Garage Rock

    Garage rock is a genre of music known for its more raw form of the rock music scene. It emerged into widespread popularity in America and Canada in 63, and stayed highly popular until about 67. In its beginning garage rock was not actually seen as a separate genre of music, and it was in […]

    Gothic Doom

    Once the gothic metal scene was up off the ground and really rolling, bands started to get more popular inside the genre. Some bands went the way of symphonic metal, while others moved in the opposite direction instead and slowed downed, adding much more gloom into their style. This also meant that the typical “beauty […]


    The first styles of Grindcore emerged as the stylic continuance of Crust Punk, and Crust Punk is a sub-genre of Hardcore Punk. It’s almost like a family tree, if you can picture it that way. Think of it like, Hardcore Punk, and Thrash Metal get married, and have a baby. Their baby is Anarcho-Punk. Anarcho-Punk, […]


    Slowcore is a genre that is also sometimes referred to by the name Sadcore. A sub-genre of the alternative rock music scene, slowcore was a form of music that was created from the slow tempo and much more downbeat style of melodies that were found in the indie rock scene of the late 80s. Some […]


    Psychobilly is a form of music that has been widely described as a blend of punk rock from the end of the 70’s and also rockabilly music from the American 1950’s scene. More often than not the lyrics in Psychobilly music are a comedic take on topics that are usually disapproved by general commercial music, […]

    Cold Wave

    Cold Wave was originally a French genre of music, referring to a fusion of both Dark Wave and Post Punk. Dark Wave, discussed in an early article can be defined as the early goth scene; originating from darker New Wave. A gloomier New Wave, with lyrics oriented on more morose subject matter, sometimes philosophical, or […]

    Camp (Style) Music

    Camp music is a genre that is quite popular that sprung up before the 60s. Its lyrical content is mostly directed at the ridiculousness and triviality of common suburban life. The band called The Tubes, a theatre rock band who were based in San Francisco California, for example, were highly popular in the late 70s […]

    Dark Cabaret

    The Dark cabaret genre mixes the principles of the daring German Weimar-age cabarets and burlesque shows from the 20s, with the grim and dark styles of the post 70s gothic culture and music scenes. The genre is usually labeled by the deep and sensual vocals, usually appearing with scant piano playing and strings instruments such […]


    Goth and punk rock spawned many subgenres when it was in full swing, and even while it was first emerging in the late 1970’s. One of the subgenres that was re-introduced while Goth rock was developing was Deathrock. One of the things that make distinguishing Deathrock from Goth rock so difficult, is because it overlaps […]

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