Here's a comment and question I just received. I started to write a lengthy reply but then thought I would just post it as a new entry. If anyone cares to give recommendations, please feel free.
Arkansas Hoosier said...
"Would you, my dear Alice, give me some names of bands and songs that will give me a great introduction and sampling of punk, that will make me like punk?
You see, I missed the punk thing.
Last week, I spent $800 going to two Tom Waits shows. That's my style, my speed, my favorite artist in the world.
The show at the Cleveland House of Blues was so awesome, I felt privileged. I felt like my aunt erma would have felt had Elvis sucked her toes.
But seriously, I'd love to have a sampling of punk to check out. I can listen to clips at real.com and then take it from there.
Again, nice pic. And my god, you're only three years younger than me. I just missed the punk thing and don't know why."
I think it's great that you have your favorites and your own taste in music. I don't want to recommend music for others because I think that discovering music you like should be a personal adventure. You're welcome to listen to my podcasts if you want to hear what I listen to, but I suspect you might not like it. That's o.k., because I do like it and I don't care if anybody else likes it. I wouldn't pay ten cents to see Tom Waits but I fully respect your appreciation for his music.
As far as punk rock is concerned, there are tons of compilations out there and I think the Rhino box is probably pretty comprehensive. Go to your local library, check it out and if you like it, burn a copy.
I think that the reason I like certain groups has to do with who I am and where I was in my life in 1977. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to translate the meaning of my favorite songs for someone else. Groups like the Weirdos (my favorite punk band) needed to be seen live to be fully appreciated.
I believe that important musical (and perhaps art) movements are an attempt to touch and change what is happening in the world at the time. For example, when I listen to Janis Joplin, I think she's great but all I hear is her voice and her soulful interpretation. I suspect that I'm missing part of what it meant to be a young adult in the sixties hearing Janis for the first time. The social and political context of her music is absent for me so there is no way for me to understand what, say my older sister would have felt.
I still think that the best way to experience punk rock is firsthand, so I'd like to share a video of one of my favorite current bands, The Gossip, who definitely capture the stripped down, energetic and youthful soul of punk rock. Here's a little taste of the glory. I bet it tastes better than your Aunt Erma's toes!