Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Rolling Stones = the fathers of punk?

Here's how I see it:

The Rolling Stones come out as an alternative to The Beatles, with a bad boy image and a simpler, more blues-oriented sound.

Just about every garage band in existence, from approximately 1965 to 1967, tries to imitate them. Just try to find one whose lead singer doesn't sound at least vaguely like Mick Jagger!

Most of these bands wind up on the Nuggets compilation.

Most first-wave punk bands take inspiration from this compilation. (This of course excludes bands that are inspired by MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, and the New York Dolls.)

And there you go!

Actually, it would seem that The Ramones are an exception to this, clearly taking inspiration from more poppy groups like The Beatles, the 1910 Fruitgum Company, and girl groups produced by Phil Spector. But that's one reason I like them- ultimately I prefer catchy tunes over ranting and raving.

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