Discussion in 'Off Topic Area' started by shaolin_hendrix, Apr 10, 2007.
Who, in your opinion, is the greatest punk frontman?
I'd go for Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello.
Hey what about Mark Hoppus from Blink and +44?
Hmmm... maybe Paddy Costello from Dillinger Four
Gypsy punk! Hellz Yeah!
For balls... Jello Biafra. When he appeared on Oprah defending himself for the Frankenchrist album agaist Al Gore's wife. When she said they had nothing to do with it and he pulls out the newspaper with the quote from her husband taking credit for the raid on his house... Class.
Mark Hoppus? Are you mad? Blink was a waste of space on TV. Macc Lads were better. Who else can be said to be part of a punk band that is banned from all major pubs and is the most banned band in the UK.
I saw them live not too long ago.. these guys are proper mad.. during the show, one of the girls from the band stage dives in to the mosh, then they throw in a massive drum which floats on the crowd, she then climbs the drum and starts palying it, and is shortly joined by stage diving Mr. Hutz, who proceeds to blast out lyrics standing on the drum.. now thats what I call entertainment..
Johnny Rotten, all the way - the others just followed his lead.
The Iggmeister has always maintained he wasn't part of the whole punk thing even tho he got labelled "godfather of punk", the Heartbreakers, New York Dolls, MC5 and all those were kind of pre-punk, like glam rock gone insane or something. Joey Ramone the same, but he was pretty cool too tho, but for sheer style charisma and in-your-faceness - Johnny Rotten. He's still got it too.
Hey, my first post btw!!
LOL. I was at that gig, it was the Tivoli in Buckley. He didn't finish the gig, he only just managed to finish the song. The blood was pouring out of his head and his white T-shirt was deep red when he staggered off the stage. IIRC, the object was an empty bottle of dog.
He was only on stage about 20 minutes and the miserable sods wouldn't give any money back on the ticket price.
Gene October from Chelsea or Jake Burns of SLF
I saw them a couple of years ago and he wasn't all that charismatic. Maybe he was different in the early days. He can certainly sing a lot better now. But he had a big whinge when someone threw a plastic beer glass at him and threatened to walk off the stage (saying "we didn't have to put up with this in Germany").
I don't care what anyone says.... MAcc Lads ruled punk.
Hey Xen a you tube clip of their news report.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPK467F4Z-E"]Macc Lads - News Broadcast - YouTube[/ame]
He is a middle aged fat bloke now -but so am I to be honest :cry:
What about Max Splodge of Splodgenessabounds...? Top geezer!
Plus about the only vid clip I could find with no swearing [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDzYblAn_0c"]YouTube[/ame]
Everyone was into the Macc Lads for a year or so when I was at school and someone had a tape of theirs that got copied a million times. I don't think they're much cop, but they were good for a chuckle when you're 14.
Well it would seem that way.... Butthey were more than a band. They were the only ones with the balls to play and get arrested when al lthe other punk bands went and copped out when threats of being arrested were getting banded about.
They were probably too poppy to count, but I was always mesemerised by Bob Geldof back when The Boomtown Rats were at their height.
Though they straddled the mix between punk and hardcore.. I've got to say the best show I ever skanked around at were Bad Brains shows... I always loved the mix... here you'd have lots of Skins in the crowd and then on stage were some black rasta dudes from DC that would barrage everyone with the most sublime wall of sound at furious speeds!!!
Even more amusing was that the vast majority of their lyrics are actually religious.
Here is the classic 'Pay to cum' from early on at CBGB's -
Here's the famous 'Banned in DC' in the early 80s at CBGB's:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-7tryyJ0Ro&mode=related&search="]Bad Brains Banned in DC @ CBGB's 1982 - YouTube[/ame]
This almost brings a tear to my eye. Times were fun then... I can remember being a kid thinking that punk rock would change the world. lol.
Here is 'I against I' - this was at a point when they had a far more produced sound that when they started out in the late 70's... the raw energy is still there!
and a of course... 'Living at the Movies' was always a killer tune:
My missus just can't figure out what I see/saw in this band. I guess maybe it's one of the things you had to grow up with to really dig.
I don't think there really is such thing as the 'greatest' for punk frontment... there were too many good frontmen... but surely Bad Brains rank right up there in terms of energy, quality lyrics and blitzkreig speed!
Got to be Shane Macgowan (punk in an Irish folk/punk sort of way..........does that count??)
It does, but he's totally out-cooled by Ronnie Drew from the Dubliners in that clip.
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