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09-29-2006, 10:14 AM
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Punk Bands with a Unique Sound

So far I've got:

Flogging Molly
Dropkick Murphys
Gogol Bordello

Anybody have anything to contribute? If you do, can you describe what makes the band unique?

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09-29-2006, 10:21 AM
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maybe it's just me but i never really considered flogging molly all that punk... obviously the elements are there but they incorporate a much more celtic folk influence than, say, dropkick murphys. i still love both bands but flogging molly's sound is a bit more eclectic.

i saw dropkicks and bad religion last weekend in toronto, mostly because of the former, but bad religion was still very good. while they arent exactly unique these days, you can here a lot of what they play copied by bands that came after them, so they got that goin for em

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So far I've got:

Flogging Molly
Dropkick Murphys
Gogol Bordello

Anybody have anything to contribute? If you do, can you describe what makes the band unique?
Earth to BikeGiftingMan. Come in BikeGiftingMan. None of these bands are punk.

Punk Bands with unique sounds would be:

The Dead Milkmen
Black Flag
The Clash
The Circle Jerks

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Minutemen (aka the guys that play(ed) the Jackass theme) - not your average punk band...I'd call them the Beatles of punk.

Youth Brigade - bridged the gap between old and new...many classics...""To Sell the Truth" still my favorite punk album all-time.

The Misfits - not much needs to be said...originators of horror punk and influenced countless bands.

Bad Brains - Rastafarians in the punk world...you know they have a unique sound (that is one of the best to come out of the punk scene).

are a few of my all-time favorites with a distinctive sound.

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Wire
Buzzcocks
Butthole Surfers
Cramps
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technically most of these aren't punk by definition of most, but still very distinctive post-punk, or whatever marketing tag you wanna use for description.

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Buzzcocks
Good call, the Buzzcocks are really underrated.

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Controversial pick: Skrewdriver

If you can take their lyrics for laugh value, their music is actually really good and catchy.

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AFI. I know everyone's going to say "omg you are a sellout loser" but let me explain. AFI has done the goth thing, they've done the horror-punk thing, they've done the hardcore thing, they've done the pop-punk thing, they've done the emo thing, and they've done some straight up punk rock stuff.

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Isn't punk band with a unique sound kind of an oxymoron?

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Isn't punk band with a unique sound kind of an oxymoron?
Nope! Oxymoron is a punk band with a very non-unique sound.









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Nice to see Wire and the Bad Brains mentioned. How about Gang of Four and Brygada Kryzys?

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Controversial pick: Skrewdriver

If you can take their lyrics for laugh value, their music is actually really good and catchy.
I liked their pre-skinhead days, damn that Ian Stuart Donaldson.

Although they probably have the most generic hardcore sound in the world, the Exploited's sound is very distinctive and very cathartic.

I also find DOA to be really catchy, ahead of its time even when you factor in the number of bands that have been directly influenced from them.

Oh and Joy Division beats them all.

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California Uber Allies!!


Man does Jello really belt that one out.
I fricken love that tune.
Do you remember the hardcore band The Meatmen with classics such as Tooling For Anus, Pre Menstral Princess Blues, Buttocks, and We're The Meatmen And You Suck?

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The Sub Humans were another fav of mine back in the day.

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British or Canadian ones? I liked them both but man that Vancouver scene was real killer IMO.

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Earth to BikeGiftingMan. Come in BikeGiftingMan. None of these bands are punk.
Fair enough; I didn't want to make it too complex by saying something like post-punk counter-culture-ish bands that take a new interpretation on the direction that punk unfortunately went in the late 1990s.

I appreciate all the responses, though.

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Buzzcocks
Butthole Surfers
Cramps
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technically most of these aren't punk by definition of most, but still very distinctive post-punk, or whatever marketing tag you wanna use for description.
Good picks. I would add The Damned to that list. I agree with the Buzzcocks being totally underrated.

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The Misfits - not much needs to be said...originators of horror punk and influenced countless bands.

Bad Brains - Rastafarians in the punk world...you know they have a unique sound (that is one of the best to come out of the punk scene).
I was going to add them to my pick as well, but you beat me to it


How about bands like the Circle Jerks or DRI? They were kind of the bridge from Punk to an emerging Thrash sound.

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Ah, I see Legionnaire just beat me to saying The Damned, one of the originals and I believe they are still going strong. Their sound has changed a bit over time but you can still tell its them when their songs get played. And to me at least, there isn't anyone out there who makes playing guitar in a punk band sound like so much fun as Captain Sensible. The only person who comes close is Warren Fitzgerald from The Vandals. Speaking of the Vandals, they my not have a unique sound but I don't think there is another band that takes the same approach that they have and does it so well. But then I'm hardly immersed in the world of punk at the moment so I may be off base here.

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Hrmm, lotsa punk is unique. Some of my picks....

Newer stuffs:
Strike Anywhere
The Unseen

In Between stuffs:
The Bouncing Souls (one of my favorite ever)
Social Distortion (yah, tell me they arent unique)

Old stuffs:
Sham 69
Stiff Little Fingers

And to the thats not punk crowd suck it.

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lifetime revolutionized punk\hardcore, and practically invented a genre. if you look at them in their era, they were certainly unique.

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