Punk is Dead
Punk Rock can only be categorized by giving the finger to "The Man", rebelling against societal norms, and using the medium of music to make a political or societal statement. The name and the meaning seem to be falling further and further from its intended realm of chaos to a more ordered union. As Johnny Rotten politely put it in a recent interview on today's punk influence, he states that "Punk is more of a "Punk Uniform and it's not a musical game, it's deadly serious."
Punk was born in the underground scenes of societies outcasts and rang it's message out on to the streets like a verbal slap across the face.Today, Punk is categorized by corporate-generated, pseudo-punks that are sugar-coated, mastered, and assembly lined to you in a package. Not for the art of it or by the lyrics that were once fueled by anger, emotion, and societal anguish, but by the huge record labels that have now bought the name and mass produced it to appeal to everyone.
Punk was part of a movement that began in the mid-seventies, surviving through the 1980's and by theory, Punk started from disgruntled youth in England that were tired of the constraints of social order. In the U.S around the same time, a radical movement started a trend of garage bands all over the country. So, many believe that Punk was a mutual exchange between the two continents. A movement that stirred individualism, independence, and rebellion against society. It also created a subculture that gave troubled and creative youth an identity. The genre is still claimed to exist vaguely today, but the fire behind the music seems to have cashed. The bands of the 70's and 80's such as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys etc. gave a new sound and a new voice of protest that stemmed from the 1960s counterculture and became the harder edge that woke up the world. I wish I could say that it still exists today, but the so-called bands who claim to be punk seem to only sing about pointless issues that wouldn't stir a radical movement beyond the shrubs of a suburban neighborhood. Posers plague the airwaves and internet, tattooed from head to toe, sporting Mohawks and claim to be punk, but these corporate puppets only follow the command of their labels and live only by the philosophy of what sells to the masses. This is not the ideology that started the revolution. In Punk, there are no rules, no boundaries, no politically correct statements, just sheer protest with a limitless voice.
The medium of music has always been a powerful way to express distaste or revolt. Shared by youth who are fed up with an unjust system and were fearless of the consequences. These were the ideologies that would transcend through time to every generation that followed, but sadly today, it has been twisted into a money making scheme. A few other hopefuls still remain hidden away, shut down by their government or stuck in underground dingy bars across the world, but alas, the truth remains-Punk is dead. Maybe solely by popular definition, but its legend still reigns immortal.