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A genre of music that has hard, fast, and rough music and lyrics that attack the popular culture and government. Very anti-establishment. Famous true punk bands are The Clash, Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Black Flag, and The Buzzcocks. Newer punk bands, most famous Green Day and Bowling for Soup, have a lighter tone, but is still considered punk over other music.

Pop-punk is a genre that combines the same types of lyrics and combines it with softer and lighter music. Blink-182, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and Sum 41 are this genres pioneers and famous bands.

Generally, punk rock is one of the biggest categories of rock music but has never been fully considered mainstream since its creation in the 70s in the U.S. and England. 924 Gilman Street in the East Bay is a famous club where many underground bands play.
The Clash is a famous punk rock band. currently, the most famous punk band is probably Green Day.
by The Clash 72 February 23, 2010
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Punk Rock is starting a band with some friends who have never played an instrament before, and people come to your shows and actually like you even though you totally suck.
-NoFX, Fat Mike
Kid 1: You wanna start a band?
Kid 2: Do you even know how to play anything?
Kid 1: Who the fuck cares?
Kid 2: Meh, I'm in.

Random wannabe: That's so punk rock!
by Forever Haunted7 May 14, 2006
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The greatest genre of music ever, It started around 1965-66, but it might have even started earlier.Punk is a style of music that is smarter then other genres like pop and other crap.Good punk bands are:Bad Religion, Minor Threat(Its hardcore), Dead Kennedys, The Replacements(Indipendant), The Jam, Nine Below Zero, Descendants, Iggy and the stooges, Misfits, The Damned, Nirvana, Me First and the gimme gimmes, and many others from the 70's-80's.

Posuer punk bands are:Green day, Good charlotte, Puffy(Even though i like them), Blink 182, Sum 41 and any other music you might find on the Radio.

((PS:The only good pop band is XTC, And they're from the 70's.))
Punk Rock Nowadays, is just a gimmic to get people to buy crappy merchandise like hats, shirts and shit.

Punk Rock Was better in the 70's, 80's and early 90's. These days, It sucks.
by Sweet AKIRA dude! August 14, 2005
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a style of Rock music, characterized by superficial loudness and crudeness
Punk rock originally Developed in The U.K. and Australia, but is not limited to those countries.
by The Return of Light Joker March 21, 2009
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A genre of guitar-based rock and roll typified by fast tempos, short song duration, and aggressive delivery. Despite its "short, fast, and loud" nature, punk rock is essentially melodic. Non-"pop" punk rock is known as "hardcore."

Punk rock began in the middle 1970s with bands like The Stooges, The Ramones, and The Sex Pistols and was initially a reaction to the overproduced, lengthy, plodding corporate rock that had come to dominate the landscape. The "new wave" lasted until approximately 1982, when there was a move away from original punk to more aggressive hardcore. A second wave of punk erupted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, peaking in 1994. The genre continues to this day (as does it's musical sibling, hardcore).

While there is a philosopy closely related to punk rock ("Do It Yourself") and a visual style closely associated with punk rock (torn jeans, spikey hair, chuck taylors, etc.), please note that punk rock is a FORM OF MUSIC.
I was spinning some Damned vinyl today. Their early shit is pure punk rock.
by Tim Davenport September 16, 2006
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A type of music ussually simple, ussually blasting policital influenced songs that have been watered down in the 90's, but not killed. punk rock has pre existed its actual definition, as it is an expression musically agianst a government that would step on the people. many people believe that punk rock can only be 3 chords and simple lyrics as the last definition stated, which is very over stereotyped and false. Thier are many forms of punk including crust punk, hardcore, screamo and so forth, pop punk is not punk in any way.
real punk rock is not confined to over simplistic chords and lyrics but can have talented musicians (ie. the dead kennedys, DOA, SNFU, pennywise)
by Jacky-O November 09, 2005
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A good style of music everyone wants to say they listen to. In the sixties, it was created by revolutionary, much hated bands like the Velvet Underground, the MC5, Iggy and the Stooges and the Monks who didn't give a fuck about whether Lucy was in the sky or not. All of them were censored, viewed as dangerous, and maybe the truest to the punk rock additude of all. In the seventies it exploded into a big underground culture with it's most loved bands, like the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, the Clash, and other less famous ones. Then, traditional punk stopped doing as much for the kid who had found in it a way to get out of the traps they hated and many of the originals from the '70s got into new versions of it in the '80s like Post Punk and Hardcore. Many people in the '80s underground did new things with punk and were attacked by punks who wanted it all to stay the same. In the '90s, punk of most kinds became acceptable and so lots of suburban kids did one out of three things- the All American boys and girls got into bubblegum punk, the nerdier ones bought Clash T-Shirts because it was dangerous to them, and some grew mohawks and called themselves true punks, even though all of their music was either from the seventies or wanted to be. All three of them have been part of the ruin of punk rock. It seems like there are more "true punks" than anything else here, so here's my message to all of you- you're one the right track, but if you wonder why there hasn't been very much good music since 1977, maybe it's because you've had the chance to make it but you were too busy pretending it was the seventies. Now either do something new with the music or bury it.
Bubblegum punk- Yeah, I saw GC last night, OMG. There was this fight that almost happened, this guy in a scary shirt outside the theater and called them shit, so I went up to him and said- "No their not." I ran away after that, but that was so punk rock!
Nerd punk- No, punk is like these bands you've never heard of, like the Damned. Now they were one of the finest bands to come out of Britain in mid-seventies punk rock
"True" punk- Oh, sure, but were you there? I might not have been, but I can pretend, fuck you I'm punk rock.
by ...... January 09, 2005
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