Learning Punk….


By Shawn Robare

So lately I’ve been getting more and more into punk and hardcore music. I’ve flirted with the genre before, I really dig The Clash and the Sex Pistols and I’ve been listening to The Ramones since high school. I also got into Black Flag a few years ago, but these are all the more obvious bands and I sort of want a better idea of what makes Punk, Punk.

So I’ve been doing a bunch of research and I’ve been listening to a crapload of music. Right now I’m really getting into the MC5. I picked up the best of, which I usually don’t do, but a lot of sites seem to think that this is a pretty good place to start.

I’ve also really been getting into T. Rex, Electric Warrior in particular. My friend Kevin lent me this album and I’ve listened to it like a zillion times in the past two weeks. I want so much to like glam, I love Rocky Horror and the concept just appeals to me, but I had a real hard time getting into David Bowie. I listened to Ziggy Stardust a few times and then gave some other albums a try but it’s been hard going. T. Rex though has been super easy and I’m thinking about giving Bowie another try. Maybe T. Rex will be my door into Bowie. I really responded to Iggy and the Stooges so maybe Bowie will work this time.

  • Harrison

    What no Dead milkmen. Sham on you and you said you flirt around with punk. Especially in the 80′s. I was the lonelist black punk kid in my all christian school. Luckily I like a bunch of other crap. Try listening to They might be giants and having everyone know of it. Still have fun nostiglic fun was the 80′s. I still remember wanting to grow up. Pull of my chuck taylors and get out the hell-hole they called school.