10 Almost Perfect Punk Rock Albums

If rock is the music of rebellion, then punk rock is lawless feet on the ground, making that rebellion manifest. With bands like MC5 and the Stooges leading the movement in the late 60s, the genre was brought up to date in the 70s. In New York, Patti Smith delivered a mix of spoken word poetry and passionate lyrics on rock minimalist garage. The Ramones played louder and faster, delivering hard-hitting songs that barely crossed the two-minute mark.

In the UK, the Sex Pistols attempted to overthrow the monarchy and the Clash regaled the public with the plight of the working class. Themes of disenfranchisement, poverty, racial tension and alienation were prevalent from the outset. If there was a pr**k to kick against then punk rock was the music to do it.

You know the timeless classics, God Save The Queen, Ramones, London Calling; all are prime examples of punk rock at its unashamedly brightest form.

While these albums don’t quite reach the same height, they are nonetheless some of the best in the game. From 70s staples to contemporary torchbearers, these albums proudly wave the flag of rebellion (almost) perfectly.

If this album had been released in the 90s, this group would have become the king of pop punk. The Descendents’ first record was a mix of hardcore, bubblegum pop and garage rock. They mixed all the styles they liked, in songs so short that if you blink you might miss them. These guys took what the Ramones started and ran with it.

The title of the album refers to singer Milo Aukerman’s decision to go to college. The songs make the young age of the group even more apparent. They are filled with all the youthful postures that go along with youth.

Instead of railing against the government or picking on some kind of social injustice, these guys wrote catchy songs about their daily lives. The carefree joy of being young was their raw material. Romance, popularity, getting drunk and trying to form a personality were all topics. It’s the sound of both innocent youth and youthful ignorance, masterfully composed in twenty minutes of teenage bravado.

Diana J. Carleton