WEEEEEWOOOOOO WEEEEEEEWOOOOOO WEEEEEEWOOOOOO
PUNK POLICE HERE
PULL THE CAR OVER
U IS NOT A TR00 PANK RAWKER LYK ME
U R UNDER ARREST
I just wanna add something this quick.
This is utter bullshit, so let’s step back in time to some of the earliest punk bands when the punk movement was learning to stand up in the late 70s. Pioneer bands like Velvet Underground (who was supported by a mainstream artist, Mr. Warhol), and the Ramones were extremely quick to leave the indie labels to the higher paying mainstream labels. I’ll never understand the modern stigma against making money off of your art, that’s kinda sorta one of the reasons people get into the arts. Making money to support yourself and doing something you enjoy.
Then let’s go to Britain in the late 70s as well. Common music facts are the Sex Pistols were basically a band that was meant to sell and commercialize a clothing/sex store. They went to the major label, left major label, went to another major label. The Clash went to a major label and so on and so forth. Those bands withstood the test of time and are household names no? They made a hefty sum of money and sold a lot of merch (and still do). Big part of being in a band, fucking SELLING MERCHANDISE AND GETTING YOUR NAME OUT THERE.
Let’s dissect this….okay who really classifies BVB as punk? To quote Mr. Urine, “They’re basically Motley Crue without the drugs”. They’re hard rock/screamo metal. Hot Topic is just a store. It’s a fucking store like Macy’s and JC Penny and every other fucking store it just brands itself out to a target demographic, like fucking Abercrombie and Finch. It’s where most kids who wanna pick up some band merch fast and easy at a fucking mall. Malls aren’t the end of society it’s just a business conglomerate and a good hangout space. I understand like how obnoxious Hot Topic gets when it bandwagon hops but it’s trying to keep up what the teenagers are into and what they can sell.
Punk isn’t about the rejects and the freaks, that’s what the media makes punks out to be. Punks are any ordinary person, someone from a rich middle class home or a poor ghetto apartment. The punk mentality doesn’t come from someone’s finaicial status, it comes from they’re belief that they shouldn’t be judge and stereotyped for the music and things they enjoy. A fucking punk can like Crass and the Exploited and still have a soft spot for that dashing Justin Timblerlake. He’s still a fucking punk to himself and that’s what matters.
Nowww onto Green Day and Blink-182. I want a lot of you to fucking watch a documentary called One Nine Nine Four. A little film that dives into the history of the 90s punk revival and fucking hear the facts of the scene from the mouths of big name punks of the 90s. Green Day was the fucking saving grace of the punk scene after Nirvana forced the spotlight back on the alternative scenes. Green Day fucking got people’s attention onto that California, and later other areas/states punk scene. It fucking dug up punk for that depressive elitist underground it was wallowing in for a decade. Blink-182 is just a band that rode of that revival and became really big because how mainstream friendly they were.
And another thing, punk is not a culture. It’s a fucking genre that was made into a subculture. Do not compare a girl wearing a Ramones shirt and knowing only 3 songs to a model wearing a Native American war bonnet for a sexy photoshoot. Fucking music is appropriating anything get off your high horse. Punk is universal and anyone can get into punk like anyone can get into any genre of music. It’s about making the music you wanna make, no bullshit and full of bullshit, wearing what you wanna wear and being yourself. It’s not about being a fucking reject or an outcast, it’s about being yourself. Buying from a certain store or liking certain bands doesn’t make you any less punk, telling people what is and isn’t punk and fucking generalizing everyone and being a bitter elitist snobby asshole is totally un-punk.