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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mid 1970s > pop punk
pop punk (punk pop):
stylistic origins: punk rock / pop / pop rock / power pop / new wave / surf rock / bubblegum pop
cultural origins: mid-1970s, New York City, U.S., England, Northern Ireland
Pop punk is a fusion genre that combines elements of punk rock with pop music, to varying degrees. It is not clear when the term pop punk was first used, but pop-influenced punk rock had been around since the mid- to late-1970s.
Lyrical topics that are common in pop-punk include love, lust, drunkenness, adolescence, cartoonish violence and drugs.
Some pop punk music features elements of alternative rock , power pop , emo or skate punk.
Examples of commercially successful pop punk bands include Green Day, the Offspring, Blink-182, Sum 41 and Simple Plan.
Green Day – American Idiot; Sum 41 – In Too Deep; blink-182 – All The Small Things:
derivative forms: emo
fusion genres: easycore, emo pop, neon pop
mid 1970s > punk jazz
stylistic origins: post-punk / avant-garde jazz / free jazz / jazz fusion / no wave / hardcore punk
cultural origins: mid-1970s, United States
Punk jazz describes the amalgamation of elements of the jazz tradition (usually free jazz and jazz fusion of the 1960s and 1970s) with the instrumentation or conceptual heritage of punk rock and hardcore punk. John Zorn, James Chance, and the Contortions, Lounge Lizards, Universal Congress Of, Laughing Clowns and Zymosis are notable examples of punk jazz artists.
punk jazz bands:
Nomeansno – It’s Catching Up; James Chance – Contort Yourself; The Ex – State of Shock:
punk jazz subgenre: jazzcore
mid 1970s > synthpunk
synthpunk (electropunk, electropunk, electro-punk):
stylistic origins: punk rock / electronic / synthpop
cultural origins: mid-late 1970s, United States
not to be confused with electroclash
Synthpunk appropriates the harsh elements of Punk Rock but replaces the predominance of guitars with synthesizers and drum machines. The genre can be traced back to bands such as Suicide and The Screamers and borrows elements from Krautrock, No Wave, and the experimental tradition. Synthpunk differs from music that may be termed Dance-Punk in that it is often dissonant and lo-fi, rather than the more upbeat, dance-floor ready feel of dance-punk
Frittenbude – Mindestens in 1000 Jahren; Mindless Self Indulgence – Never Wanted To Dance; Egotronic – Exportschlager Leitkultur:
1970s > latin punk
Latino punk is punk music created by Latino people in Latin America and the United States.
Little known outside Latin America, Latin punk was a huge sensation among teens in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico during the 1970s. These countries shared a history of dictatorship, poverty, and political oppression, about which these Latin American teens began to sing and play, about adversity and oppression that they had lived and suffered under. In the late 1970s, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil all had popular punk bands well-established within their circuits. In both Mexico and Argentina specifically, the punk scene was large due to affluent youth who had the means to obtain the music of bands from the United Kingdom and the U.S.
late 1970s > cowpunk
cowpunk (country punk):
stylistic origins: punk rock / new wave / southern rock / roots rock / country / country rock
cultural origins: late 1970s, United Kingdom, and early 1980s Los Angeles
Cowpunk is a subgenre of punk rock that began in the UK and California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It combines punk rock or new wave with country music, folk music, and blues in sound, subject matter, attitude, and style. Many of the musicians in this scene have now become associated with alternative country or roots rock.
Jr Gone Wild – Heather on a Bad Day; The Beat Farmers – Baby’s Liquored Up; Mojo Nixon – Burn Down the Malls:
derivative forms: alternative country
fusion genres: psychobilly, gothabilly, southern metal
late 1970s > dance-punk
dance-punk (disco-punk or punk funk):
stylistic origins: EDM / post-punk / new wave / funk rock / disco / krautrock / punk rock
cultural origins: late 1970s, Los Angeles San Francisco New York City (United States) London (England)
Dance-punk (also known as disco punk, funk punk or indie-dance) mixes punk rock with disco, funk and electro music. Emerging in the late 1970s, it is influenced by the post-punk and No Wave movements and, more recently, the post-punk revival and art punk movements.
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers; Death From Above 1979 – Blood On Our Hands; Radio 4 – Transmission:
late 1970s > ska punk
stylistic origins: ska / punk rock / 2 Tone / reggae fusion / hardcore punk
cultural origins: late 1970s, United Kingdom and United States
Ska punk (ska-punk) is a fusion genre that combines ska music and punk rock music. Early ska punk combined both 2 Tone and ska with hardcore punk (ska-core). Ska punk often features wind instruments and especially horns such as saxophones, trombones and trumpets, making the genre distinct from other forms of punk rock. It is similar to traditional Jamaican ska, but faster and heavier.
Examples of ska punk bands include Less Than Jake, Operation Ivy and Catch 22.
Operation Ivy – Sound System; Less than Jake – History of a Boring Town; Catch 22 – 9mm and a 3 Piece Suit:
ska punk subgenres: ska-core
early 1980s > punk blues
punk blues (or blues punk):
stylistic origins: punk rock / proto-punk / blues / garage rock / blues rock
cultural origins: early 1980s, United States
Allmusic states that punk blues draws on the influence of the “garage rock sound of the mid-’60s, the primal howl of early Captain Beefheart, and especially in the raw and desperate sound of the Gun Club’s landmark Fire of Love LP from 1981.” Also according to Allmusic.com, “…punk blues really came to life in the early ’90s with bands like the seminal Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Oblivians, The Gories and the Gibson Brothers”, and “continued into the 2000s with even more visibility thanks to the popularity of The White Stripes”. John Doe of L.A. punk band X claims that frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Gun Club invented a completely new style of music by mixing punk and blues.
punk blues bands:
The White Stripes – The Hardest Button To Button; Gun Club – Fire of Love LP; The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Orange:
- 00:00 - Sex Beat
- 02:47 - Preaching The Blues
- 06:46 - Promise Me
- 09:23 - She's Like Heroin To Me
- 11:58 - For The Love Of Ivy
- 17:33 - Fire Spirit
- 20:22 - Ghost On The Highway
- 23:08 - Jack On Fire
- 27:51 - Black Train
- 30:03 - Cool Drink Of Water
- 36:20 - Goodbye, Johnny
- 1 Bellbottoms 00:00
- 2 Ditch 05:17
- 3 Dang 07:52
- 4 Very Rare 09:52
- 5 Sweat 12:58
- 6 Cowboy 16:04
- 7 Orange 19:02
- 8 Brenda 22:01
- 9 Dissect 24:58
- 10 Blues X Man 27:38
- 11 Full Grown 31:11
- 12 Flavor 34:30
- 13 Greyhound 40:47
mid 1980s > punk metal
allmusic: “Punk metal is a fusion of hardcore punk and thrash metal which came to prominence during the mid-’80s. The marriage seemed natural since both styles were intense, riff-driven, and often manically uptempo. Punk metal bands generally had more technique than the average hardcore outfit, but their riffs weren’t quite as intricate as the average thrashers, and their song structures were often more straightforward. Especially early on, punk metal had a strong affinity with skatepunk, but gradually became more and more the province of metal audiences. As the ’90s dawned, many remaining punk metal outfits had begun moving into the territory that became known as alternative metal.”
mid 1980s > folk punk
folk punk (early days as rogue folk):
stylistic origins: punk rock / electric folk / celtic rock / folk rock
cultural origins: mid-1980s, United Kingdom, United States
Folk punk is a fusion of folk music and punk rock. It was popularized in the early 1980s by The Pogues in Britain, and by Violent Femmes in the United States. Folk punk achieved some mainstream success in that decade. In more recent years, its subgenres Celtic punk and Gypsy punk have experienced some commercial success.
folk punk bands:
Ghost Mice – I’ll Be Happy; Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains – Acid Song; Defiance, Ohio – Oh Susquehanna:
folk punk subgenres: celtic punk, gypsy punk
fusion genres: anti-folk (antifolk or unfolk)
1980s > dark cabaret
stylistic origins: cabaret / burlesque / vaudeville / punk rock / gothic rock
cultural origins: 1980s, Western Europe
Dark cabaret is melodic punk
Dark cabaret may be a simple description of the theme and mood of a cabaret performance, but more recently has come to define a particular musical genre which draws on the aesthetics of the decadent, risqué German Weimar-era cabarets, burlesque and vaudeville shows with the stylings of post-1970s goth and punk music.
A decadent cocktail of moody theatrical piano and vaudeville tones, the Tiger Lillies were seen as the originators of sound inviting the charm of pre-war Berlin to mix with the ferocious side of punk. As the Neo-Burlesque movement arrived in the 90s and continue into the 2000s, The Dresden Dolls were seen as pioneers of the sound, as singer Amanda Palmer self-described their sound as “Brechtian punk cabaret”.
Others who still carry elements of the dark cabaret sound or where important players include Vermillion Lies, Antony and The Johnsons, IAMX and Katzenjammer Kabarett.
Amanda Palmer – Runs In The Family; Tiger Lillies – Banging in the Nails (13 Jesuses); Katzenjammer kabarett – Gemini Girly Song:
late 1980s > rapcore
rapcore (punk rap, hip punk):
stylistic origins: hip hop / punk rock / hardcore punk
cultural origins: late 1980s and early 1990s, United States
Rapcore is a fusion genre of hip hop and punk rock or hardcore punk.
Beastie Boys, formerly a hardcore punk group, began working in the hip hop genre. Their debut album, Licensed to Ill, largely featured a rock-based sound.
Professional critic Mark Allan Powell considers the rap rock song “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk, which was marginalized by many critics due to its Christian lyrical content, the turning point of when the popularity of grunge gave way to rapcore.
Three of the earliest formative rapcore bands were 311, Rage Against the Machine, and Every Day Life. Among the first wave of bands to gain mainstream success were 311, Bloodhound Gang and Limp Bizkit.
DC Talk – Jesus Freak; 311-Down:
- Rhymin & Stealin 4:08
- The New Style 4:35
- She's Crafty 3:35
- Posse in Effect 2:26
- Slow Ride 2:57
- Girls 2:14
- Fight for Your Right 3:27
- No Sleep till Brooklyn 4:07
- Paul Revere 3:41
- Hold It Now, Hit It 3:26
- Brass Monkey 2:37
- Slow and Low 3:38
- Time to Get Ill 3:37
late 1990s > gypsy punk
stylistic origins: punk rock, gypsy music, folk punk, post-punk, klezmer
cultural origins: late 1990s, United States
Gypsy punk is a hybrid musical genre that crosses traditional Romani music with punk rock. One of the first rock groups to incorporate elements of punk and Gypsy music was Motherhead Bug, which was active mostly in the early 1990s. A broader audience became aware of the genre after the band Gogol Bordello released the album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, with front man Eugene Hütz describing their performance as a “Gypsy Punk Cabaret”.
gypsy punk bands:
Motherhead Bug – Shabooba; Gogol Bordello – Wonderlust King; Zydepunks – Angel Whiskey: