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Punk rock concept albums that rule

Since its early days punk rock has come a long way. When The Ramones were banging out chords and the Sex Pistols were screaming into the mic no one imagined that a concept album would come from a punk band. Those were for the rock guys that had gotten so lost in their own self importance. It’s happened though and we’re better for it since the punk music concept albums are amazing.
You probably know about American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown, both of which are concept albums that delight the ears. The Jam released an album in 1979 called Setting Songs that was about three friends that go to war and reunite upon their return. It’s not a perfect album but the songs are great. My Chemical Romance released The Black Parade in 2007 and it tells the story of a dying man reliving the best times of his life before he ascends to the afterlife. There are others and they’re all worth checking out.

Find great punk music online

The great thing about the age of the internet with relation to music is that you can sample just about anything you want without having to plunk down your hard earned cash. Fire up one of the many free streaming radio style programs or Spotify and have a go at some of the most fantastic music you’ve ever heard in your life. There are so many styles of punk these days that you can search for the one that gives your ears the most listening pleasure.

If you really want to dig into the punk music scene you’ll find there are a number of bands giving it away for free. They’re early in their careers and just looking to build a fan base so they’ll let you have the music if you want. This is totally worth doing so you can explore new bands and get in on the ground floor to really have some fun.

You don’t need to be a punk to listen to punk music

For some people the appeal of punk music isn’t nearly as much about the music as it is about the lifestyle and the fact that punk represents a rebellion from the mainstream. That’s wonderful but you don’t need to be a rebel or punk to enjoy this style of music. You can be anything you want to be and have fun with it. You can be a guy working in an office 250 days a year in a suit and tie and still throw on The Ramones when you get in the car.
One of the unbearable things about so many of the punk musicians and bands was their insistence that the music represented a lifestyle, etc. It did, for sure, but they didn’t have to be nearly as annoying about it as they were. They were and probably still are angry men though, so we can’t blame them entirely for that.

California punk music scene explodes

Punk rock originated in New York and England but soon spread to California where a staggering number of the modern punk music bands you probably love and listen to originated. You’d think with all that coastline that people would be a little calmer but there are a great many angry young men running around the Golden State and they put together some seriously fantastic angry punk music for you to listen to.
If you like it dark then try Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, or the Dead Kennedys. That stuff is hardcore though so it’s a bit different than the Ramones. Bands that mix punk and hard rock include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Guttermouth, Pennywise, and NOFX. Most of the punk and punk pop bands that generated major sales hailed from California too, including Green Day.

The best punk music bands of all time

If you want an education in real punk music there are a few bands you’ll need to start with. The Ramones are considered by many to be the founders of punk, although to say that is a little disingenuous since like everyone else there were influenced by those that came before them. Their music served as a template for thousands of punk bands that came after them though and the songs are awfully catchy so it’s a good listen.
The Clash operated out of England and were certainly the most popular and influential band in the English punk rock scene. Check out any of their early albums for amazing English punk music. Bad Religion informed the Southern California punk scene in the early ‘80s and influenced a staggering number of bands that came after them. The Dead Kennedy’s changed hardcore punk forever in their early days in San Francisco.

The mainstream acceptance of punk music

You have to imagine that the early punk bands were out of their minds with annoyance and perhaps anger when punk rock became a mainstream marketing tool in the 1990s. Marketers saw it as a way to appeal to younger audiences by selling these rather safe bands as being the kind of stuff their parents would never listen to, thus making it extra cool to rock out too. That’s in part how Green Day and Blink 182 sold so many copies.
Does it really matter though? Should you really care that Green Day might not be real punk or that Blink 182 is just a pop band using slightly different songs? I can’t imagine why you’d care either way. It seems like you should simply celebrate the amazing fact that there’s a ton of great music out there for you and if you need that hard and fast and totally anti-establishment punk then you can dial it back to the 1970s and have some fun.

The best punk music albums of all time

You’ll find a great deal of support for The Clash’s self titled 1977 LP as being the greatest punk music album of all time. There are fantastic songs on it and more than that, it’s filled with the political, inflammatory lyrics that make punk music so amazing and easy to appreciate. They had a knack for putting their message out there and getting people to go along with it because the music was so fantastic.

Other top notch albums include the Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bullocks, The Ramones’ Leave Home, and The Misfits’ Walk Among Us. Of course most of the top punk music albums of all time lists tend to ignore more recent stuff in a bit of turning up the nose action at the more modern bands. That’s not really fair though, particularly since a lot of modern punk albums are amazing. Give punk from every era a chance.

The best selling punk music albums of all time

Music in the ‘70s didn’t really sell like it did in the ‘90s and early 2000s so those early bands that shook the world didn’t move nearly as many albums as you might imagine. In fact, the best selling punk rock album of all time is Dookie by Green Day. It was their first album, it had a few fantastic hit songs and a number of good songs, and they move more than 10 million copies, which will likely stand forever as the record for a punk music album.
Enema of the State by Blink 182 moved a boatload of copies too, although you could argue that the album is too much in the pop music category to really be considered punk and most punk fans wouldn’t disagree. Other modern punk rock bands have sold a great number of albums too.

Punk music was all about stripping it down

Punk music was founded on the idea that music needed to be stripped down and simple again. Early 70s rock musicians were attempting to top the amazing feats of the guys from the 60s and they ended up drifting into endless, self-indulgent solos and overproduced songs that were often entertaining but also bloated beyond belief. That’s why The Ramones and their compatriots in the creation of punk rock decided to get simple.
Punk music was also meant to reinvigorate rock and take it back to a place of hard music, driving beats, and the rock and roll lifestyle. The classic punk bands you know and love today were almost immediately accepted with open arms. They weren’t the only ones that though rock music was getting too fancy and boring and they let the world know through their songs, which were amazing.

The start of punk music

Punk music came about in the mid 70s with bands like The Ramones, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, and others establishing a new style of rock that captured the ears of the youth. Early punk musicians were disdainful of what they saw as the excesses of rock and roll, overproduction, and crappy songs that didn’t deliver what they were looking for. They came up with fast, hard music that was awfully simple to play, which was good since many of the early punk rock artists weren’t terribly good musicians.
It took no more than a few years for punk rock to become a mainstream phenomenon and sweep around the world. It took hold particularly in social circles that took pride in rejecting the mainstream (while championing a new mainstream, but whatever) and has held firm every since, which is pretty amazing.