I am so tired of hearing about how Punk something is or isn't.
Let us try to teach those who call themselves 'punks' what the fuck 'punk' is. Hint: it is NOT AVRIL FUCKING LAVIGNE.
What Punk Is Not:
Depeche Mode is not punk. They are post-punk. New Wave (to dredge up a clinker of a name from about 1982). The absence of guitars until the early 90s, and the presence of banks of synthesizers, is what clinches this one. Punk involves guitars.
Depeche Mode also got serious major label money. Punk is all about DIY.
The Smiths MOST DEFINITELY weren't punk. They, too, were New Wave. If you want to talk about something someone in the Smiths touched that was punk, you can talk about The The. But you have to be careful, because Johnny Marr only guested on a would-be-pop The The album.
Avril I am Hyperproduced Up the Ass Lavigne is not fucking punk. She's a whiny bitch who sounds about as punk as Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Remember them? Do ya?
Yeah. THAT ISN'T PUNK, IS IT, SHIT FOR BRAINS? that DOESN'T belong on the same shelf with the Clash DOES IT. That isn't a band for getting drunk to and breaking shit.
So what is punk?
It's about rage, much of it. Rage at being broke, at being out of the loop, at being ignored. You have to be angry. There are exceptions- the Buzzcocks and the Ramones come to mind- but just about all of it is a form of what's referred to, in kids under 10, as 'acting out'.
It's about cheap. You aren't doing it for the money, you're doing it for the fun of doing it.
It's about coming home from a shitty day at uni and finding out that you're going to have to drop out 'cos your UB40 got thrown back.
Punk Rock is, musically, supposed to be the equivalent of the Michael Douglas movie 'Falling Down'. It's about that moment where you finally just fucking LOSE your shit at the system.
It's about rebellion.
It's about kicking against the pricks.
Much as I hate to say it, Social Distortion leans heavily on the proper tradition of Punk. At least, they sound right. They have guitars.
God, I should hold you sorry asses down while Jello Biafra and Dave Venian take turns pissing on you before kicking you off the stage.