The Ramones: ‘Four’ Fathers of Punk...

Of the countless genres in music, no group of genres may be as well respected and loved world-wide than those that fall over the broad umbrella of rock-n-roll.  Of the genres that belong to rock-n-roll, and beyond, few genres are as big as punk.  Throughout the years punk rock has giving the world memorable songs my memorable musicians: Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Green Day, MC5, Pennywise, and Rancid.  All of the aforementioned bands have carved their musical niches in many subgenres ranging from garage to hardcore to psychobilly and more; but they all fall under the parent category of punk.  So, you may ask, who is considered the fathers of punk?  Unlike many other genres in music, the answer to this question is clear.  The fathers of punk or none other than the legendary Queens, NY group The Ramones. John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi, who had both been in a garage band from 1966-1967 while attending Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York City, NY, met and became friends with Douglas Colvin, recently moved from Germany, and Jeffry Hyman. When Cummings and Colvin requested Hyman to join a band with the in 1974 The Ramones began to take shape.  The initial lineup featured Colvin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Cummings on lead guitar, and Hyman on drums. Colvin soon switched from rhythm guitar to bass.  Inspired by Paul McCartney’s pseudonym of Paul Ramon during his Silver Beatles days, Colvin was the first to adopt the name “Ramone”, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone.  Dee Dee convinced the other members to take on the name and came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones. Hyman and Cummings became Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone, respectively. Dee Dee soon...

Nirvana – Teen Spirit Never Lost...

Every one knows Seattle is known for its great music scene and coffee, its even the Birth place of the great Jimi Hendrix himself! But it might have out done itself when it pushed out the grunge Band Nirvana. The bands name itself meaning something peaceful and not of this place earth we call home, is kind of an oxymoron. The group had a restless and troubled career in its prolific life span of seven years. Besides the creation of three studio albums: *Bleach (1989) *Nevermind (1991) *In Utero (1993) Within those albums are unforgettable songs such as Smells like Teen Spirit, Come as you are and Heart Shaped Box. They accomplished the feat of making underground garage music somewhat mainstream bringing it to radio stations and television shows all over the world. Giving a face to the alternative music scene and the youth of that time a voice. Nirvana even started a fashion trend, that was somewhat already in affect at the time but was considered glorified thrift store vogue. Which was really what the community of alternative music could afford, so they wore it proudly as a statement and kind of a finger thrown upwards to society. Baggy pants, most likely to have holes with a tattered dirty look and flannels were the new thing to have when Nirvana came into the spotlight and retailers cashed in on coping the look with fresh, distressed looking garments for the public to buy. I should say here that this was one of the things that bothered the lead singer and founder of the band Kurt Cobain, it rubbed him raw with irritation. The money and fame he accumulated through his talent was a double edge sword to the troubled...

Green Day: Contemporary Punk Icons!...

Since their claim to fame with the classic release Dookie, Green Day has been Juggernauts the the punk rock music scene.  Formed in 1987, then under the name Sweet Children, by friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, 15 years old at the time, along with Sean Hughes and former Isocracy drummer John ‘Al Sobrante’ Kiffmeyer.  The band made their first EP, 1,000 Hours, after signing to Lookout! Records.  To avoid confusion with a band named Sweet Baby, the band changed their name to Green day, inspired by their fondness of marijuana. After the departure of Hughes and Kiffmeyer, the band recruited The Lookouts drummer Tré Cool, first as a replacement, then eventually as a permanent band member.  With this new, power trio line-up, Green Day released the second studio album Kerplunk, which sold 50,000 copies in the United States.  Kerplunk’s success in the underground punk music scene was key in garnering interest from major record labels.   The band eventually left Lookout! Records to sign with Reprise Records after catching the eye of rock heavy-weight Rob Cavallo. Under Reprise, the trio released their breakthrough album Dookie in February of 1994.  Recorded in just three weeks, Dookie  became a huge commercial success, largely in part to the exposure garnered by the videos for “Longview”, “Basketcase” and “When I Come Around”, which had heavy airplay on MTV.  Behind the might of five hit singles, including a remake of Kerplunk’s “Welcome to Paradise” and the radio only single “She”, Dookie became one of the most successful albums in rock.  As of 2010, Dookie has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, earning a Diamond rating in the United States.  The album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Rock Album and was ranked at number 193 for The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. During the intervening years, Green Day continued to release successful albums, including Insomniac (1994), Nimrod (1997) and Warning (2000)....