Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Zenformation Professional Punker Playlist

Or, Dropping some Oi Science for the Kiddies

Okay. Take a deep breath. If you're a Gen-Yer, you probably may recognize about five of these artists. Probably not. You may recognize them from the section of your favorite used CD store, the tunes you're scared to buy, because somebody might think you're "uncool" or "ghetto" or you're not a "real" punk music fan...

Hope that didn't come across as too condescending. Totally not the point.

These are the tracks blaring from my office to drown out the racket of renovation this afternoon:

1. I Hate Hippies - MIA
Reminds me of the People's Republic of Boulder, Colorado. Land of Stoners. Home of some of the most insane city ordinances in the country.

2. Get the Time - the Descendents
Predates Weezer by, oh, about a decade. And you hear the influence every time you pick up the Blue Album.

3. Ring of Fire - Social Distortion
When I first was introduced to Social Distortion's music, it was love at first listen. This track reminds me of the old country AM stations my grandfather used to listen to. Best Johnny Cash cover...ever.

4. Pay to Cum - Bad Brains
One of the first songs I ever learned to play on guitar - fast, loud, and dirty.

5. Don't Call Me White - NOFX
I remember listening to this song on long trips, sitting in the back of my mom's Minivan, headphones cranked up to 11. Hard to believe this song was released 11 years ago.

6. Teenage Rebel - Avengers
What can I say. They just don't make punk songs like this anymore.

7. Fields of Athenry - The Dropkick Murphys
This track, honestly, makes me want to drink a lot of Black and Tans (Guinness and Harps, only, please) and shoot some pool. Maybe start a bar fight. Watch some baseball.

8. Where Eagles Dare - The Misfits
The chorus gets me every time: "I ain't no goddamn sonofabitch/you better think about it baby..."

9. I am Relevant - The Distillers
Have I mentioned this is probably one of my favorite all-time punk tracks. The grind of the bridge hits me like a bridge.

10. Oi to the World - the Vandals
Honestly, one of the most honest So-Cal punk Christmas songs of all time...um...yeah. Its June...I know...

11. The KKK Took My Baby Away - the Ramones
No explanation necessary. The Ramones played my hometown in 1996, one of their last shows ever. Completely free at Longwood College. I pogo-ed with a dean, who, 20 years' prior, had been doing the same thing at CBGBs in New York. Still the best show I've ever experienced. RIP Johnny, Joey, and DeeDee.

12. Wimp - the Dipshits
Try finding this one on anything other than my Laptop or a 7", iPod Kiddies.

By the way, a 7" typically refers to a 7-inch polyvinyl chloride polymer disc once used as a medium of recording audible sound.

JWJ

5 comments:

KFigment said...

The good old days.

Anonymous said...

LMAO! Its sad. When I was in Oxford, I remember there were all these kids who liked collecting "vintage" vinyl becaue they thought it was cool! Then they had no idea how to replace the needle on a turntable - LOL no Disck Doctor for the deck.

As a Gen-Y baby, thanks for providing the list. Not really a punk fan, but I like the Ramones and that Dropkick Murphys song - reminds me of drinking malt liquor out behind the dorms in my friend Joe's car.

Amy

Anonymous said...

Right the fuck on, Old School! Loved the rant about Emo, too. These kiddies need to put down the prozac and pick up the Oi!

Bored Sophomore at Miami

Anonymous said...

YOU think you're so cool, cause you know all about music and shit. fuck u. I somoke weed and i like emo cuz it makes me feel godd. emo is real and the beatles too. who the fuck are u to judge people?

The ZenFo Pro said...

Dear Unsigned Anonymous:
Thank you for your post.

No, I don't think I'm somehow cooler than someone else or anything like that. I gave up on the "Keeping Up with the Cool People" a long time ago.

I'm not sure if you mean that emo makes you feel good or feel God; either way, I'm not sure what that has to do with smoking weed. Or the Beatles.

Dude (or female Dude), I'm not quite sure what your gripe is. Are you saying fuck u because I listen to music? Obviously, I touched off some nerve.

Thanks for posting, either way.

JWJ