100 best punk songs 65-70
by Michele Christopher

Ok, let's move this along. Six songs from the turtle and michele, marked accordingly.

As always, please send your songs in. We don't really care if you send us in a name and a song. That doesn't help us.

If you want to be in this tell us why you like it. What brought you to this song.

You think that song is so fucking cool?

Then tell us why and you will be on here.

65. SOD - "March of the SOD"
Oh, you knew it was gonna happen. Don't shake your head cause you damn well knew it was coming. This was a song everyone waited for. Waited for on Friday nights when MTV played that stupid music show that featured music bands that played funny things called music videos. I know you are all surprised, but Headbangers Ball was something that was an era ago. Something that when you heard the grind of this song, you knew it was going. Before Carson Daly took over, this is what we waited for. The bullrider, the trainwreck, the opening song. March of the SOD. You could hear it at any party we were at. It was song that meant that every thing you heard in the past was the past. Things were gonna get a bit harder now. (T) download

66. Germs - "Lexicon Devil" This one is for Tesco. I was listening to an old D.I. tune. Something off some album. I remembered sitting in a bar with D.I. and stupidly asking them about that song. "You guys didn't do this did you? Who did it?" Being immediatly shamed by them for not knowing this was the Germs they were covering. That's what made me buy the album. I won't lie. This stuff was way before my time and sometimes I can't understand it. They way Darby sings. I can't hear it. Fuck, I'm almost fucking deaf. Gimmie a fucking break. We have talked about this before. But this song had energy. And it was mean. What was it about? Don't ask me. But I remember two songs and this was one of them. This song moved and surprisingly, Darby could keep up. I wasn't one of those people who wouldn't get a Germs burn but this song was coolio enough to light a cigarette too. (T) download

accusedgrinningtapesml.jpg67. The Accused - "Grinning Like an Undertaker"
Take a kid and put him in a hospital. A punk rock kid who hates speed metal. Is it speed metal? Is it punk? Is it freeform fucking art? I have no fucking clue. Make your own fucking decisions cause I'm turning it up. Anyways take this kid, leave him there with just a Walkman and just this one tape. 24 hours of this tape. Drugs and alcohol (we can talk about alcohol in the hospital in another story). Mix it all together and you have the turtle. By the time I walked out of there I was a full on pissed off, broken, machine. If you get used to Blaine's voice, this shit fucking rocks. It takes about ten times til you kinda get it, and you can call it punk or not, but the Accused move and Blaine holds on. Great stuff from a great band that I'm not even sure are around anymore. (T) download

68. MC5 - "Kick Out the Jams"
So I’m in the car with my 13 year old son, listening to the punk rock station on XM radio and this song comes on. Kick out the jams, motherfucker! Kid says, hey this song sounds old. I said yea, 1969, dude. This is like the original punk rock song. The original punk rock band. He says “they said motherfucker in 1969??” That made me laugh. But hey, he rocked out to the song and immediately hit his Fender when we got home to try and work it out. Over 30 years later and some 13 year old kid is laying down your notes on his guitar and thinking it’s one of the coolest things he ever heard? Rock on. (M) download

69. Husker Du - "Divide and Conquer"
What? Two Husker Du songs and no appearance by anything from Zen Arcade yet? Hey, it's everybody else's favorite album, not mine.

111477.jpg This particular song always got me going when I needed some motivation to get off my ass. I’m not saying it inspired me or anything, but the groove got me up and going when I might have just stayed in bed all day going over my bad life choices. The lyrics are kind of like reading the notes of a drunken conspiracy theorist and the music, well, it moves on and on and on and you keep holding your breath waiting for a hook or an extended fuck you chorus or something but it’s just that cool, winding melody over and over and the occasional “divide and conquer” and finally Mould gives you a bunch of patented la la las which isn’t much of a payoff, but damn that guitar lick kicks some ass. (M) download

70. Misfits - "Bullet"
Yea, more Misfits. Hey, at least it’s not another Minor Threat song, because I could easily go there, too.

How many ways can you offend people in one song? When I heard these lyrics for the first time I could almost hear the collective gasp of middle America. I could see scarf-wearing suburban women fainting in shock, grown men in seersucker suits and military hair cuts banging their fists in anger and demanding death to the Misfits. I mean, my god. Masturbation, eating cum out of your palm, shattered head on concrete - dude this is more offensive than the time when I was working at the record store and put out a display of Dead Kennedys record on November 22. But really, anyone totally appalled at this song only has to watch the Misfits perform it to see it go from tastelessness to, well, campy tastelessness. (M) download

See the complete list in progress here.

Side note:

A lot of you readers have been sending us cool stories about your favorite shows and your experiences at these shows (going back to this post). You didn't just name a time and a date and band, you went all out and told us how you felt and what was going on. Thank you for doing that and for you guys, we will be posting all of them tomorrow. If you want to still get in, tell us your favorite, well fuck, it doesn't have to be you favorite, but a memory from a show. Something you remember, something that made this show different from any other. Gmail it to us, kinda fast cause this thing is going up tomorrow. Any show, any time, any place, any band. Just do it quick.

And thanks guys. This has been fun so far.


this fucking list just keeps getting better and better.


mmmm. March of the SOD. Speak English or Die. :)


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