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(adj) Unsuited to appear on MTV's "The Real World."
"I'm a little too punk-rock for that kind of stuff." --Frankie Abernathy
by DavidK93 August 03, 2004
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A genre of rock that is more about the message than the music. Punk songs are usually, but not always, made up of 3 chords.

If you're not sure if a song is punk, listen to the lyrics. If they are not about standing up for something the artist believes in (ie: anti-censorship, anti-war, anti-racism, etc.) then it is NOT a punk song. Punk is about standing up and fighting for something you believe in. It has nothing to do with the image or the artist, or even how the melody of the song sounds.

Examples of punk bands:
Sex Pistols, Ramones, Clash, NOFX, Rancid, Bad Religion

Nonexamples of punk bands:
New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, MxPx, Ataris, Thursday
Wannabe: "Hey! I wear clothes from Hot Topic! I'm punk!"

Real punk: "No, you're a poser. Punk has nothing to do w/ the clothes you wear."
by silly_goose123 January 03, 2005
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A style of music that originated in New York in the mid 1970s. Although many people claim to know the true origins of punk rock, few really do. Originally a movement of alienated youth, today it is used as a moniker to describe any horrible piece of trash that receives frequent rotation on FM radio. A word absolutely devoid of it's original meaning and virtually destroyed by the popular media.
Black Flack circa 1980 was the definition of a punk rock band; explosive and threatening. Blink 182 is the present definition of a punk band; safe and non-threatening.
by Abel Ferreira July 19, 2005
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Punk rock was originally about an uncontrollable rage and a rebellion against anything and everything. It got it's name from a music critic that said it reminded him of the 60's music he used to listen to. In the late sixties The Velvet Underground was around. They brought rock and roll back to what it started as. They laid the stones for all future punk and alternative bands. They inspired bands such as Iggy And The Stooges, ? And The Mysterians, The Ramones, New York Dolls, and U2. The Ramones started the punk phenomena. They inspired The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Blondie, Television, and Talking Heads. The Ramones went to England on tour and said it was a freak show with all of the colored hair. While there a bunch of kids appeared and told them that they were the guys that turned them on. Those guys were Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer. Punk inspired a new genre called hardcore. Hardcore bands included Black Flag, The Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion, and Bad Brains. Punk almost died in the 80's. It was brought back to life by Green Day, The Offspring, MXPX, Nirvana, and Tripl3 Thr3at.
Punk has been ruined. Now there are many fake punk bands. These are Blink 182, 311, Avril Lavigne, Good Charlotte, and FM Static.
by Freak Face February 08, 2005
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A genre of music that is less about the music and more about the message behind it. Very crashing, angry and emotional. These are the concerts with the mosh pits, girls and boys. These are the concerts where everything you've been pissed off about, from the bully at school to that last fight with Mummy & Daddy to the rape you don't tell anyone about comes to the surface. This is the genre where you can scream and hit and swear and nobody will ever question you. Whenever I listen to punk, it's like release in the purest form. That's the real stuff.

Punk rockers arn't all the stereotypical coloured-hair and various facial piercings. I've met punks who look like Susie Sunshine. And punk was not ruined, it was corrupted by a bunch of morons who were desperate for a quick buck. You can still find the real deal though. You just have to know where to look.
Sex Pistols, Anti-Flagg; "Punk rock is therapy without the psychology degree."
by Lapin September 13, 2006
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Punk is some of the greatest music of all time in my opinion. Real punk consists of bands like Minor Threat, Civil Disobedience, Leftover Crack, Bad Brains, A Global Threat, and so much more. (Notice I didn't put the typical Ramones or Sex Pistols because 1. they're not even that great 2. they ain't got shit on most hardcore punk bands out there and 3. they're kind of overrated.) Anyone that wants to say bands like MXPX or Lagwagon (I usually call them pussy punk, but even calling them any kind of punk at all is just insulting to the real deals) are punk deserves to be shot in the back of the fucking head, seriously. Notice that bands like that have a simple band name probably with no meaning behind it and lyrics that appeal to kids 12 and under...douche bag pussies. Bands like Bad Religion and A Global Threat a great meaning behind the title as well as the lyrics that usually have to do with the fucked up society we live in today. People may tell me that punk is dead but you know what? Doesn't mean I still can't like it. AND a lot of old school punk bands are still making great music today, so FUCK YOU! =
Punks not dead, it just smells that way.

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by fyuocuk89 April 02, 2011
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A way of expressing yourself, through style, music, choice of whatever the fuck you want.Punk is an "I don't give a fuck attitude" But NOONE is punk...Punk is all about being yourself, so don't just go randomely place yourself in the "punk" category
by Maddie December 20, 2003
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