100 best punk songs 50-55
by Michele Christopher
And now, six from us, marked accordingly. Turtle is kinda feeling sick today so stick with him, this is the best he has.
50. Fear - Gimmie Some Action
A band that walks out and tells you they will walk out if you spit on them, then does walk off has got to be pretty cool. Lee Ving would come out, for each show, insult the crowd, then spit on the crowd, then jump into this song. It made entire floors turn into pits. It really didn't matter where you were at on the floor. If you were standing , you were in it. Surprise motherfucker. Didn't think you would get this did you? Get fucking used to it or go to the bar. This is the way it was gonna be for the next three minutes and if you don't like it, their is a Coors Lite waiting for you at the pussy bar. Take your Silver Bullet and sit at the side cause this is punk rock.This is a song that has balls hanging down to its god damn knees. And please don't ask me what that means, cause I don't even know. - T download
51. Butt Trumpett - I'm Ugly And I Don't Know Why This might be more of a song for girls or guys with low esteem. Hell, it was a song for everyone really. Who in the world has never had their love taken away. Then fucking insulted in the playground. Then got so angry they shoved a peanut up someones ass. Don't fucking take my love and insult me. One is bad enough. Two means you get your fucking ass kicked. Hey dude, it happens. Bianca sounds so fucking angry in this song you just wanna grab a beer and watch the cat fight that gonna happen and place bets on whose gonna win. Great song....and I bet Bianca beat shit out of the chick and she was farting Jiffy Spread for the next two weeks. -T download
52. Down By Law - 1944
Anyone familiar with the California scene knows what they are talking about and who they are talking about and where they there were talking about. l had a personal feeling for this song. Always trying your best and always hitting the end of some critic's crap. Being disliked by some critic? That critic disliking you so much when he's never felt the sweat drip on to your bass while you're playing til you can't see straight? Playing til you are dizzy? Bagging on me? Fuck him. It's easy to sit and create words on a page, but when you look down on the floor and see people having fun together, it's different. It stops being about divisions. It starts being about having fun and wasn't this what it was about? Having fun? Not what others thought because we gave all that shit up along time ago. Just having fun. -T download
53. The Jam - Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
The first time I heard this song - about a guy trying to get home from work to his wife but gets jacked by some thugs in the a subway station, was the first time I fell in love with The Jam. It was Weller’s ability to tell a complete, chilling story here, combined with the perfect pace of the song; rise and fall, slow and frenzied, giving the whole thing an air of drama, that made see this band for everything they were. The build up as the guy is laying there, beaten and describing his what he sees as he's on the floor dying, (The last thing that I saw As I lay there on the floor Was jesus saves painted by an atheist nutter) and then the lines “I glanced back on my life and thought about my wife cause they took the keys - and she’ll think its me.” That stayed with me. Haunted me. I still to this day - over 20 years later - get that same gut-punch feeling when I listen to this. That, kids, is what turns a good song into a great song. - M download
54. Refused - New Noise
The first time I heard this song, I was watching (what the hell was the name of that metal show on the old Much Music?) tv late at night and they showed this video. Some dorks in suits come out on a stage. Oh what the fuck is this shit they’re playing now? And then the opening riff and I thought, hmmm...sounds promising. Then the drums kick in, then the bass kicks in and then it slows down....yea, I’m digging this but where’s this going, and then.........CAN I SCREAM? Whoa, dude. Whoa. The rest of the song kicked my ass. I had been half asleep when it started and by the time the dude was screaming We’re not....leading, I was off the couch, adrenaline kicked in, and on the computer looking up shit about this band. Swedish hardcore punk? Right on. They may look like rejects from an Ed Sullivan repeat, but they fucking kicked my ass. Shape of Punk to Come is one of my favorite albums ever. - M download
55. Minor Threat - It Follows
Yea, fuck you. I’m doing another Minor Threat song. It’s my list, I can do what I want.
This song is relentless. From that opening bass to the last “It followed me” and the breathless vocals, you really get the sense of someone just trying to get the fuck away from a life they no longer want. Somehow that life keeps chasing you and following you and just when you think you are moving fast enough to not turn your head and see it behind you, it’s still breathing down your neck. And even at the end, when the whistling kicks in and you feel like yea, I got away, I’ll just hide behind this corner and it won’t find me, you know the whistling is just fake bravado and what you were running from is still going to find you and fuck you up. -M download
This list is rolling along pretty damn fast. Get your shit in here fast cause this list is dripping like a candle in a bad Danzig video and if you want to get left in the back, light a cigarrete and forget about it 'cause we are gonna forget about you. Contact us (email on the side bar) and tell us yours. Not just song titles. Feelings. Get it?