Ok there are a few musical misunderstandings that I would like to take this opportunity to rant incoherently about. Most of this ‘misinformation’ has come to my attention due to the likes of the ‘reviewers’ at Garageband.com.
1. SKA is not a synonym for PUNK. In fact, Ska (in it’s pure form) has absolutely nothing to do with punk. And curses be to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy for so beautiful bringing this musical misconception into the collective unconscious of our musically retarded society.
Ska originated in the 1950s (last I checked, that’s a 2 and ˝ decades before punk rock) in Jamaica. It’s very closely related to Reggae. In fact, Bob Marley started out playing ska.
What has commonly come to be called Ska in our modern crap-world is what was originally dubbed Ska-core: a combination of hardcore punk with ska (primarily the incorporation of the up-beat, played by the guitar, and a horn section ). So, in short. SKA’S NOT PUNK!!! So frigg off, with your gay ass crap already.
2. Oi! has nothing musically to do with ska. Additionally, it’s not necessarily a racist genre. And it is not derived from Hardcore, but the 1st wave of Punk Rock.
The term Oi! came into use around 1979 to describe a bread of punk bands in England whose music was basically crude rock n’ roll and whose message was aimed at the working class youth (i.e. Skin heads). The exemplars of the genre include 4-Skins, Blitz, The Business, Cocksparrer, and Sham 69.
The Nazi connection to Oi! and Skin heads didn’t come into the picture until the 80s, when Skrewdriver frontman Ian Stewart was converted by the National Front, a British white supremacy group. He aimed the lyrics of his songs at the work class kids and attempted to incite hatred of foreigners, labeling them social parasites. But the anti-Nazi factions of Skins always outnumbered the Nazis. Frequently, there would be fights. Frequently things were broken. If you want to learn more, go look this crap up yourself.
3. Grunge was more of a fashion/ideology than a musical genre.
Think about it for a second. What did Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden really have in common? They were all from Washington, they all wore flannel, and they all had a DIY musical ethic. Musically Nirvana sounded like a mix of the Melvins and the Pixies, Pearl Jam sounded like laid back 70s riff rock, Alice in Chains had a vaguely eastern groovy metal sound, and Soundgarden owed a lot to Led Zeppelin and Rush, though they turned up the distortion about ten notches. Four of the most entirely different rock bands of the 90s, lumped into a convenient catch-all.
The real musical genre comes in with Post-Punk, the second wave bands who were imitating the aforementioned. Bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Silverchair, Seven Mary Three, Sponge, Brother Cain, and Collective Soul had a ‘sound.’ Even in this second wave you had the two schools: the bands who liked Nirvana (Toadies, Bush) and the bands who listened way too much to the ‘Singles’ soundtrack (Creed, Days of the New). So screw you, grunge-kids. It’s about time you washed your hair anyway.
4. Piercings have nothing to do with music.
Body piercing came out of the gay s&m; scene. If frat boys were aware of this, just imagine the horror!!! Any man who pierced his nipples is, in my opinion, gay. Any man who in 2001 has a single pierced (ear with a diamond stud in it) gets a free hand shake from me. Overstatement is masturbation. Your body is decaying flesh. Don’t bother to decorate it. It just looks stupid when you are old.
5. Goatees are stupid.
6. The Velvet Underground were not a Punk Band.