Tag: the specials

1998’s top 15 punk albums simultaneously changed and preserved the form

Top 15 punk albums of 1998? You’d be forgiven for thinking that there weren’t any in the year the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal dominated...
Atiba jefferson ap gallery

Atiba Jefferson outlines his process behind the lens

Each month, AP Gallery takes a deep dive into visual culture. We explore music videos and photographs, as well as images that shape the...
bob marley reggae punk

How punk and reggae united and went “outernational” to rule the world

This past March 5, the French punk label Guerilla Asso quietly slipped a genius album into the marketplace: Rocket To Kingston, credited to Bobby...
the clash

15 artists who draw influence from the Clash’s dynamic punk spirit

Some promo copywriter at the Clash’s American label, Epic Records, came up with the questionable slogan “19 songs by the only band that matters”...
Chrissie Hynde, the pretenders

Chrissie Hynde sees protest anthems and love songs as one and the same

Akron, Ohio born and bred Christine Ellen Hynde has led the Pretenders from the top of the charts since the band’s debut single, a...
SNL PUNK MOMENTS

Here are 10 times ‘SNL’ brought punk into America’s living rooms

“Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” Those words have rung out across American airwaves at roughly 10:35 p.m. every sabbath for 45 seasons....
ska quiz

QUIZ: Can you pass this ultimate ska music trivia quiz?

Ska may be one of the most polarizing words in the English language. Many of its superfans have lived and died by the genre...
50 unsigned bands 50 states Reason Define 2020

Discover 50 unsigned bands from every state in the US

From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is teeming with talented bands and musicians. Every state and region of the country has its own...
FISHBONE

These 16 early Afro-Punk artists made huge contributions to alt-rock

The 2003 documentary Afro-Punk lifted the lid on how many black musicians and fans were part of punk culture. Yet even today, there persists...

15 punk-rock albums of 1979 that still rule four decades later

By 1979, punk was firmly established. Seemingly, a million new bands formed weekly, releasing great singles seconds later. But some of the old guard...