My co-blogger “the turtle” and I have decided to come up with our own list of the 100 best punk songs. Yea, it’s been done a million times before, but maybe not by two people with disparate tastes and a broad vision of what punk rock is – two people who will also take suggestions from you to add to the list (Just please don’t say Emerson Lake and Palmer songs or anything about “fire on the mountain” at the Dead show in ’78. This is punk and hardcore and maybe indies). See, we know lists like this can start a small war. But that’s the fun in doing it.
This list will take a while to compile. We’re starting with three songs each. Keep in mind they are in no particular order. We’ll worry – and fight about – ranking and order when we reach 100.
So we start with six tonight – three each – In no particular order.
SNFU – “She’s Not On The Menu” – What can you say about this song? This song moves. When you listen to it you get the feeling that Chi Pig has seen this shit before and will see it again. And even though he has to watch this happening it doesn’t mean he’s happy about it. His feeling comes out in this song. This was a song about something I take to heart. Treating people like shit just cause you can. And that’s all fucked up. Plus it’s got a cowbell in it! download
The Business – “Harry May”– My first exposure to the Business. These were fun songs, but really not. Do you know what I mean? It was always fun to chant the chorus but the verse was about killing people. I was at a bar during World Cup and they kept this song on constantly. This wasn’t the first time I heard it but I was surprised how many UK fans, young and old, knew this song like the back of their hand. Great song that will get you ready for World Cup ’06. Plus, dude, they talk funny like. “arry arry arry may!” download
Hellacopters -“Fire Fire Fire”– Frustration and anger and fast cars and fast women and fast beer. I’m not sure about the fast beer part. The garage sound on this song really moves you. “Working all day won’t give me a buzz, so I set it for a six pack and a fast car. OH YEAH!” This line is a thing of beauty. Barely able to hear the screams as Dregen rips thru it like a hot knife through butter. Great song about hating where you are at and just wanting to get away. download
For my first three songs, I just went with my three most played songs on my Last Fm thing for this week. I have this tendency to obsess.
Rocket From the Crypt – “Salt Future” It’s one of those songs that you can’t just have on, you don’t just listen to it – you have to sing it. And I mean sing. Loud. Like you mean it. Even if you don’t know the words you just make them up as you go along and then sing real loud on the parts you do know and who knows what the fuck a salt future is or why it’s rising, but god damn this is some good drunken barroom sing-along music and I’m gonna belt this out like I mean it. download
Fugazi – “Promises” Another song you just have to sing, but this one you belt out with the windows in the car rolled up instead of down because your voice may crack on a word or two. The pickup right before he starts in with the “Go where you think you want to go” verse, the promises/words exchange at the end, the way the anger beneath the lyrics comes out as frustration in his voice – it all makes for one of those songs I shouldn’t listen to a lot, but I can’t help doing it anyhow. download
Rich Kids on LSD- “Scab on My Brain” – This song is awesome. It’s fast and loud and obnoxious and, if you do it right, your throat should hurt when you are done singing. And really, having the words SCAB ON MY BRAIN! burst forth from your speakers as your kids’ friends are hanging out in your kitchen is just icing. download
That’s just the start. Six down, 194 to go. Throw some suggestions at us!Powered by Sidelines