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rock > 1960s > proto-punk

proto-punk (or protopunk):
stylistic origins: garage rock / pub rock / rhythm and blues
cultural origins: 1960s, United States, United Kingdom
Proto-punk classifies a group of bands and performers from 1960s and early 1970s who laid the foundation for and inspired punk rock’s development. This, not a distinct musical genre as it includes a wide range of musical backgrounds and styles, including much garage rock.

Bands or albums listed before 1974 are of diverse genres and are retrospectively called “proto-punk”



rock > early 1970s > punk rock

punk rock:
stylistic origins: rock and roll / rockabilly / hard rock / surf rock / garage rock / glam rock / pub rock / proto-punk /
cultural origins: early to mid-1970s, United States, United Kingdom, and Australia

1974 saw The Ramones hit NYC:
Set list:
Now I Wanna Sniff Some GlueI Don’t Wanna Go Down to the BasementJudy Is a Punk

They are cited as the first band to define the punk-rock sound.


Scott Isler of Trouser Press describes:

With just four chords and one manic tempo, New York’s Ramones blasted open the clogged arteries of mid-’70s rock, reanimating the music. Their genius was to recapture the short/simple aesthetic from which pop had strayed, adding a caustic sense of trash-culture humor and minimalist rhythm guitar sound.

The Ramones’ art and visual imagery complemented the themes of their music and performance. The band members adopted a uniform look of long hair, leather jackets, T-shirts, torn jeans, and sneakers. This fashion emphasized minimalism, which was a powerful influence on the New York punk scene of the 1970s and reflected the band’s short, simple songs.

Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as proto-punk music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk bands typically use short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels.

A number of overlapping punk rock subgenres have developed since the emergence of punk rock (often shortened to punk) in the mid-1970s. Even though punk genres at times are difficult to segregate, they usually show differing characteristics in overall structures, instrumental and vocal styles, and tempo. However, sometimes a particular trait is common in several genres, and thus punk genres are normally grouped by a combination of traits.


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early 1970s > glam punk

glam punk (glitter punk, mock rock):

Glam punk fuses elements of punk rock and glam rock, commonly reflected in the image. Iggy Pop is a good example of this genre, as were the New York Dolls. Mötley Crüe’s first album, Too Fast for Love, had many elements of glam punk in it. Glam punk has been seen as a backlash to the hippie folk music sensibilities of the 1960s.

The term has been used to describe later bands who combined glam aesthetics with punk music, including The DTEASE and early Manic Street Preachers. Glam punk was a major influence on bands of the New York post-punk revival that included D Generation, Toilet Böys, and The Strokes.

glam punk bands:

New York Dolls – Personality CrisisPeppermint Creeps – HeartbleedHanoi Rocks – Motorvatin:

mid 1970s > melodic punk

Melodic punk is a type of punk that is melodic and upbeat:

pop punk / punk jazz / synthpunk / latin punk / cowpunk / dance-punk / ska punk / punk blues / folk punk / punk blues / dark cabaret / rapcore / gypsy punk / punk metal

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late 1970s > anarcho-punk

anarcho-punk (anarchist punk):
stylistic origins: punk rock
cultural origins: late 1970s, United Kingdom

Anarcho-punk is a punk rock that promotes anarchism. The term “anarcho-punk” is sometimes applied exclusively to bands that were part of the original anarcho-punk movement in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Some use the term more broadly to refer to any punk or rock music with anarchist lyrical content, including crust punk, d-beat, folk punk, hardcore punk, garage punk or ska punk.

Examples of anarcho-punk bands include Crass, Conflict, and Icons of Filth.

anarcho-punk bands:

Crass – Big A Little A; Icons of Filth- Onward Christian SoildersFlux of Pink Indians – Tube Disasters:

fusion genres: crust punk, digital hardcore, folk punk, grindcore, street punk

late 1970s > art punk 

art punk:
stylistic origins: post-punk
cultural origins: late 1970s, United States

Art punk is a category of punk bands who are more sophisticated than their peers and go beyond the genre’s garage rock foundations. These groups generated punk’s aesthetic of being simple, offensive, and free-spirited, in contrast to the angry, working-class audience generated by pub rock. In the late 1970s, the term was used as a pejorative for post-punk bands who were out of step with the genre’s ideologies.

art punk bands:

Television – Venus; Talking Heads – Psycho KillerYeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps:


late 1970s > deathrock

stylistic origins: punk rock / post-punk / psychedelic rock / glam rock / acid rock / horror film score
cultural origins: late 1970s, Los Angeles

Deathrock is the American counterpart to the British Batcave scene. It emerged as a horror influenced offshoot of the West Coast hardcore scene in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and as a result is louder, faster and punkier than the post-punk inspired Batcave scene.

Deathrock songs use simple chords, echoing guitars and prominent bass.
Lyrics can vary but are typically introspective and surreal, and deal with the dark themes of isolation, gloom, disillusionment, loss, life, death, etc.

deathrock bands:

Christian Death – Deathwish; 45 Grave – EvilAlien Sex Fiend – My Brain Is In The Cupboard:

late 1970s > psychobilly

stylistic origins: country music / garage rock / country rock / punk rock / 1950s rockabilly / 1970s-80s rockabilly revival / rock and roll
cultural origins: late 1970s, New York City, USA

Psychobilly is a genre of rock music that mixes elements of punk rock, rockabilly, and other genres. Psychobilly is often characterized by lyrical references to science fiction, horror and exploitation films, violence, lurid sexuality, and other topics generally considered taboo, though often presented in a comedic or tongue-in-cheek fashion. It is often played with an upright double bass, instead of the electric bass which is more common in modern rock music, and the hollow-body electric guitar, rather than the solid-bodied electric guitars that predominate in rock. Many psychobilly bands are trios of electric guitar, upright bass, and drums, with one of the instrumentalists doubling as a vocalist.

psychobilly bands:

Nekromantix – Gargoyles Over Copenhagen; Sir Psyko and his Monsters – The Crazies; The Hellfreaks – Rope:


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