Here are some of my favorite punk bands. Most of these are the newer punk revivalists, pop-punk, which I’ve gradually come to live more than the original genre.

These are “my” bands. The bands that helped shape who I am, roughly in order of how much they mean to me.

Dave Mattingly: The Musical, Part 8

  • RancidRancid
    • Known For: Time Bomb
    • Memories: Back in 2001, my wife interpreted for the deaf at the Billy Graham Crusade in Louisville, so I was there with her for the whole multi-day event. Since I’d hear the same things over the course of those days, I’d often wander around. While strolling the promenade, I
      saw a teenager (presumably dragged along by a family member as he pretty obviously didn’t want to be there) wearing a Rancid shirt. I eagerly talked with him about the band, and asked if he’d ever heard their cover of the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song, which he hadn’t. It totally blew his mind that someone else at a Billy Graham event was a fan of the band.
    • Favorite Songs: Fall Back Down, Ruby Soho, Gilligan’s Island, Roots Radicals, MemphisTransplants
  • Public Image LtdPublic Image Ltd
    • Known For: (This is Not a) Love Song
    • Memories: PIL is best known for spinning off from the Sex Pistols, and John(ny Rotten) Lydon’s lyric “anger is an energy” still rings true, and helps to spur me into action. Whereas the Pistols were raw and angry, Public Image was smoother and stylized, but still with some crazy in the mix.
    • Favorite Songs: Rise, Seattle

Go back to Part 7: Rap and Hip-Hop or on to Part 9: Covers