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A history of Orange County punk, from Adolescents to No Doubt
A history of Orange County punk, from Adolescents to No Doubt
“Let’s have a war ⁠— blame it on the Middle Class!” The guitar emerges in a blur. The outburst only lasts a second or two before the rest of the band kicks in as abruptly. Someone calls “Out of vogue” repeatedly, as lead singer Jeff Atta responds, “We don't need no magazines/We don’t need no pictures/We don’t need no TV/We don’t wanna know!” It’s over in a minute. The other three songs on the seve
15 bands that defined LA punk in the ’80s, from Black Flag to the Go-Go’s
15 bands that defined LA punk in the ’80s, from Black Flag to the Go-Go’s
As the 1980s began, most of the world was under the impression that punk rock failed when the Sex Pistols imploded at the end of their 1978 U.S. tour. Bassist Sid Vicious then drove the final nails into its mainstream coffin via self-administering his own fatal dose after allegedly murdering girlfriend Nancy Spungen in New York City the following year...
12 great standalone punk-rock singles, from the Clash to the Libertines
12 great standalone punk-rock singles, from the Clash to the Libertines
The seven-inch 45 RPM single was the perfect punk-rock medium, insofar as anything about a musical genre and culture as fly-by-the-seat-of-your-bondage-pants as punk can be designed. This is because it was originally rock ‘n’ roll’s perfect medium, and punk’s initial goal was reducing rock to its fundamentals. And if you restrict yo...
These 10 vocalists were punk-rock standard-bearers during the ‘00s
These 10 vocalists were punk-rock standard-bearers during the ‘00s
Welcome to Alternative Press’ 10 best punk vocalists of the ‘00s. When we counted down that decade’s finest punk guitarists, we noted that the beginning of the new century was a turning point. The ‘90s began with Nirvana breaking down the door for punk-influenced alternative acts to become the mainstream music of the decade, peaked with Green Day cementing punk’s graduation to a significant commer
10 Joan Jett-inspired artists who are breaking boundaries just like her
10 Joan Jett-inspired artists who are breaking boundaries just like her
“Joan Jett doesn’t play rock ’n’ roll,” I wrote two years back, reviewing her SXSW showcase for The Austin Chronicle. “She is rock ’n’ roll.” It’s true. The individual born Joan Marie Larkin in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, embodies the music and spirit better than anyone this side of Keith Richards. As Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong put it in Magnolia Pic...
These 15 punk albums from 1988 helped shape alternative rock’s future
These 15 punk albums from 1988 helped shape alternative rock’s future
Welcome to Alternative Press’ list of the best punk albums from 1988. Which, at the time, would have had most folks scratching their heads. After all, in 1988, the entire world thought punk rock was dead. Look at the charts: Guns N’ Roses and the more lightweight Sunset Strip glam-metal acts were defining “rock ’n’ roll” in the mainstream. And Ronald Reagan was about to giv...

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