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The 10 most important punk songs according to SLCPUNX!

I’m not going to pretend to be some sort of expert on punk rock or anything here…

…but I’ve got a punk show, and that means I get to pick the best songs. ¬†This list will change 5 or 6 times over the course of the year, so make sure you post a comment if you think my list sucks. ¬†Maybe your song will make the cut next time! ¬† Score!

So gather round the campfire homies, here’s Jon Smith’s list of the top ten (or so) punk rawk tracks!

PENNYWISE – BRO HYMN:

I’m going to take it a step further and say the 2nd version of this song is the one on the list. ¬†Sure the original is strong too, but the band had suffered the loss of their bass player, Jason Thirsk to suicide and this song really had a strong message. ¬†Plus, if you were lucky enough to get in a pit to this in the 90’s it was pretty f***ing rad. ¬†Side note! ¬†Last time Pwise was here I got to go on stage for BroHymn and for some reason I was one of the only people out there. ¬†It was supposed to be a bunch of people, but it turned out to be me, my pal, Brandon Mizar, and the singer from Unwritten Law. ¬†I ended up standing their SUPER awkwardly. ¬†Here’s the video!

RAMONES ‚Äď BLITZKRIEG BOP:

Probably the first punk song I heard?? ¬†Maybe! ¬†But I heard this for the first time when I saw the Vacation movie. (edited for TV version) I loved what I heard, and my Dad bought me the “Ramones Mania” tape.

GREEN DAY – LONGVIEW:

Some people will fire off the classic “Green Day is not punk” comment. ¬†Save it. ¬†Greed Day is one of the most punk bands and has earned their place on this list. ¬†Anyone who says different is entitled to their opinion, even if they’re wrong, and deserve a punch in the neck.

SOCIAL DISTORTION – BALL AND CHAIN:

I don’t have a whole lot to say about Social D. ¬†Mike Ness is the classic badass that needs no comment on my part. ¬†Love this track! ¬†Check out some of Mike Ness’ solo stuff too.

CLASH – GUNS OF BRIXTON:

Most “Top Ten” lists that feature The Clash would say “Should I stay” or “London Calling”. ¬†Maybe even “Casbah”. ¬†Granted, they were the hits and brought the band into the mainstream in the late 70’s and 80’s. ¬†But “Brixton” was the song that kept the band in the punk scene.

THE ADOLESCENTS –¬†AMOEBA:

It was pretty rad to see this band with the “Warped Tour” this year. ¬†Cool that old school bands are mixing it up with newer artists like Sonic Boom Six (you should check them out). ¬†This song was featured in the SLC PUNK movie from¬†James Merendino. ¬†By the way, do you remember how AWFUL the marketing was for that? ¬†Great movie. ¬†But the trailer was way off the mark.

Which brings us to:

FEAR – I LOVE LIVING IN THE CITY:

I had a fear T-shirt in high school, and I was accused of being a Nazi… sigh. ¬†But this song has been marked as an influence for bands like Guttermouth and The Vandals, who are legends in the scene by themselves. ¬†SO there.

How many is that?  Seven?  ok moving on.

DESCENDENTS РBIKEAGE: 

Early stuff from one of my ALL time favorite bands! ¬†SLC roots for these guys and this song was later covered by¬†FACE TO FACE on the Big Choice album. ¬†I have a Descendents shirt, which some dude in my neighborhood saw me wearing and said: “My kid loves that show”. ¬†He was talking about the Disney Channel show… ¬†*facepalm*

Honorable mention to “Everything Sucks”

RANCID – SALVATION:

Honestly speaking, Time Bomb is more influential…BUT! ¬†This was the first “hit” for Rancid and of course the “Let’s Go” album has a mention of Salt Lake City in the liner notes. ¬†I actually heard this song first on Sean Boy Walton’s show right here on X96!

DEAD KENNEDYS – HOLIDAY IN CAMBODIA:

Man, where to go with DK, ¬†there are a few different versions of this song. ¬†So, I’m going to pick the “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” version. I love this band and have for a very long time. ¬†Jello Biafra is a bit nuts. ¬†This is true. ¬†This song was the first song I heard from the band, and it opened me up to songs like “Police Truck” and “Chemical Warfare”

When I was in high school, I would drive my Dad’s Jeep Wrangler to school sometimes. One day some asshole cut the vinyl door and stole my Dead Kennedy’s CD which I had to later buy back from Graywhale in Taylorsville. ¬†I knew it was mine because I

BAD RELIGION – 21st CENTURY DIGITAL BOY:

BOTH versions of this song stand alone, but the “Against The Grain” album was insanely good, so we’ll go with the original for this list.

I think that’s ten right? ¬†Let me look…WHOA, I did ELEVEN. ¬†Look at me going the extra mile!

Let me know what you think in the comments, and don’t be a dick.

xoxox

JON SMITH


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