quite simply, punk rock is a restoration of the original rebellious youth attitude and simple fundamentals of expession in rock'n'roll music that was first expressed in the 50s by the giants like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis (especially in his personal life), and others, as opposed to the clean cut image of some of the pop stars that were dominant at the time. In the mid-60s there was the Velvet Underground who influenced punk by their lyrical themes and feedback and more. Then came what are now considered to be the protopunk bands, who took the practice of pushing the envelope that British bands like the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Kinks initiated to even greater lengths in terms of sound, image and rebellious attitude (the Stooges, the MC5, and many other bands). The term "punk rock" possibly was first used by rock critic Dave Marsh in a rockmag in the early 70s to describe the sound of ? and the Mysterians. An independent movement in rock developed as a reaction because the music had become corporate, pompous, bloated, pretentious, artsy-fartsy, and along with Top 40 pop, just plain cruddy and stupid. Bands started playing their songs short, to the point, loud, and fast, often a three-chord arrangement in accordance with the idiom KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid). The name "punk rock" was applied to this independent movement in rock, the movement was and still a rebellion against the prevailing fads and trends. It has greatly influenced popular music in the 80s decade and beyond, spawning nascent movements like speed metal, new wave, postpunk, grunge and more in terms of style, sound, image, attitude and much more. Punk rock is anti-corporate, anti-establishment, anti-system and anti-conformity. Current bands like Blink 182 and Good Charlotte are NOT punk rock because they don't really have the original rebellious rock'n'roll spirit, gist or attitude of individuality. Music has gotten so corporate now that we very badly need another rock revolution like punk and we need it fast, before rock's just part of the past. Cuz lately it just sounds the same to me... (all due respect to the Ramones).
The Ramones are often considered to be the first actual punk rock band as we know it. This legendary band from Forest Hills, Queens, the Big Apple were greatly influenced by American garage rock bands, the British Invasion, the Beach Boys and girl groups. I saw them four times before they called it quits in 1996. VIVA RAMONES!
by Buckeye Starrider May 04, 2007
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A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?'.
So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!'. So he kicks over the garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy!
by openyourmouthandsay September 27, 2004
Not a style, but a way of life, the music
Punk rock is NOT dead.
by GG Allin October 06, 2003
A kick ass genre of music corrupted by shitty bands like good charlotte.
Good charlotte sucks serious ass!
by themadcow August 01, 2004
A genre of music that died around 1996, contrary to what any blue haired fifteen yr old will tell you.

Punk Rock originally had a three chord sound. Everyone knew that the music was not important as the message. Sid Vicious was never known as the best player of the 70s or of any era, but everyone knew who the Sex Pistols were.

True punk rock bands include (but are not limited to): Sex Pistols, Black Flag, Ramones, Youth Brigade, Bad Brains, DK (pre-1987), Descendents, Minor Threat, Fugazi, 7 Seconds, Bad Religion, Sub Society, and Teen Idols.

Examples of "punk" rock, only by record label classification: Good Charlotte, Blink 182, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, No Doubt (yes, I once had someone tell me they are punk. Yes, you may laugh too), 311, and The All American Rejects.
Kid1: Dude, I am so punk because I wear a Good Charlotte hoodie, a mesh trucker hat that I bought at the mall and have every Blink 182 CD, including the bootlegs.
Kid2: No, that makes you a fucking tool.
Kid1: But I want to be punk. How can I be punk?
Kid2: In the words of Jello: "Punk ain't no religious cult,punk means thinking for yourself. You ain't hardcore cause you spike your hair, when a jock still lives inside your head."

To paraphrase: Mall punks, mall punks, mall punks.....fuck off!
by Ricky Roma January 30, 2004
Punk rock never died, yet it's often spoiled by nazi boneheads such as gg allin (gotta say he's one hardcore motherfucker though) who claim to be punk but really don't know shit cause punk started off fighting for peace NOT hate. To be "punk" all you have to do is...nothing. You don't take orders from "the man". "Punks" have many different beliefs and are very open minded...that's why nazis don't count. Punks don't judge before they listen. Contrary to popular beliefs, punks CARE. Punks aren't the lazy, careless sods society leads you to believe they are. Punks take action...may it be for animal liberation, anti-war, anti-racism, anti-capitalism, or all of them together.
Crass (listen to Working Class Rip Off if you're a gg fan), Subhumans, The Dead Kennedys, Oi Polloi, Rudimentary Peni, Conflict, Citizen Fish, True Sounds Of Liberty (T.S.O.L.), The Germs, The Exploited, Reagan Youth, Aus-Rotten, Keep Fighting, etc.
by nicole September 18, 2004
Music which, contrary to popular belief, does not need to be loud, nor fast to fit under the said moniker. Rooted in the avant-garde of The Velvet Underground, who despite drawing influences from free jazz and swing-- elements that would later be thrown out of the mix when "punk" came to full rise-- laid the blueprint for the aesthetic of what is now considered the "punk" mentality; defying rock conventions and creating music that was messy, unpolished, and primitive. VU's experimentalism carried into their live performances, in which they would commonly improvise songs (an art predocessors, and fellow New Yorkers Television would incorperate into live shows), as well as create feedback and distortion noises.

After VU, The Stooges, a Michigan-based proto-punk band, formed and followed the same philosophy. Led by the infamous Iggy Pop, The Stooges may have "rocked" far harder than VU, but nontheless had VU's flare for being controversial; not only did they follow in VU's footsteps by writing lyrics that blatantly reference drugs and sex, but putting on bizarre live shows, in which Pop would perform shirtless and cut himself, as well as cover his body in peanut butter. While VU managed to gain slight acclaim with their ties to artist Andy Warhol, at the time of their existence, The Stooges enjoyed virtually no success, and barely sold any records at all.

Shortly after The Stooges, The New York Dolls formed, not only adding to the blueprint for what would shortly thereafter become punk rock, but doing the same for "glam" rock; dressing in drag, drawing influence from the likes of David Bowie, and playing 'Stones-inspired songs that would eventually influence the likes of Motley Crue and Poison. However, like VU and The Stooges before them, they never broke through to the mainstream audience, and disbanded in the early seventies.

Now the year was 1974; bands like The Ramones, Talking Heads, and Television began to form. The Ramones, whose music was influenced by bubble gum and girl pop as much as it was by the likes of the Rolling Stones, played fast, catchy, simplistic three-chord rock songs, and became the first punk band to play regularly at CBGB's. Talking Heads, whose music was more diverse and pop-sounding, soon followed suit, as did Television, whose music was more complex and jazzy, as well as having featured revolutionary, dueling guitars. Richard Hell & the Voidoids were also key players in what is now considered the CBGB's New York punk scene.

While The Ramones and Talking Heads would enjoy lasting careers, and, in the case of Talking Heads, critical acclaim and mainstream success, Television self-destructed after two studio albums, including the classic "Marquee Moon." While similar fate struck many other New York punk bands, their influence nontheless managed to stretch across the pond, hitting England. Bands like The Buzzcocks, The Clash, Evlis Costello & the Attractions, and The Sex Pistols began sprouting up, and the punk rock scene reached it's height between 1977 and 1978.

While The Clash and Elvis Costello both managed successful careers well into the eighties, the death of Sid Vicious essentially marked the end of punk, and as bands like Joy Division, and Echo & the Bunnymen began what would become the post-punk movement.

So when you kids are trashing The Strokes for being overhyped and trendy, despite taking a page from the likes of VU and Television, who had more to do with punk rock than Operation Ivy ever did, and when you're calling New Found Glory "too soft," when Talking Heads seldom used distortion, just remember-- none of the bullshit you listen to is punk rock, so it doesn't matter!
I hate you all.
by :-* June 09, 2004
Not a style, not the music, not attitude but a way of life. Punk is anti-establishment, and always stands up for what it believes.

No-one is more punk than anyone else, if you turn it into a punkness competition then you aren't punk, plain and fucking simple, you're just a dicktard.

Punk Bands: The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols, Stiff Little Fingers, The Circle Jerks, Generation X, Iggy & the Stooges... many more. Look for it and listen.
Dicktard #1: Oh I'm so much more punk than you, I'm wearing a spiked belt!

Dicktard #2: No you're not, cos im wearing a spiked belt and I have red hair!

Real Punk: Fuck you, you stupid shits. Punk is about expression and idividuality and creativity, not being 'punker than thou'. Assholes.
by sidlives August 06, 2005

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