Punk 101

Jeffrey Lewis

Now that the Sex Pistols are touring again, while Iggy and the Stooges are playing all the hottest festivals, and blogs are calling for punk alternatives to wargames, it might be a good time to review the history of the genre. So listen up, and pogo away — this is one course for which you won’t be needing a #2 pencil:

Defining Punk:
The Stooges — TV Eye
The New York Dolls — Jet Boy
Television — Foxhole
Patti Smith — Horses

The Heart of Punk:
The Ramones — Judy Is a Punk
      — Blitzkrieg Bop
The Sex Pistols — Anarchy in the UK
      — Seventeen
The Clash — 1977
      — London Calling

Crossing Genres:
Talking Heads — Psycho Killer
Elvis Costello — Watching the Detectives
Blondie — Heart of Glass
The Police — Next to You

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