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Top Five Punk Rock Love Songs

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Well it’s Valentine’s Day again, and for many people it may be a cruel reminder of the love and companionship they lack in their lives. Remember, even punks need love! While punk rock music is mostly associated with rage and rebellion, there are also songs about the inescapable issue of love, in all of its many facets. So for any punk rockers out there who are searching for love, or who already have it, here are five punk songs for Valentine’s Day.

One: “Silly Girl” by the Descendents


The Descendents could be called the godfathers of pop-punk, that spawned such mega-popular bands like Blink-182. The Descendents are still the best, creating sweet and catchy punk that makes you feel sixteen once again listening to their songs. And they weren’t afraid to sing about girls, and their relationships with them, like with “Silly Girl” that has the narrator singing about a girl who he’s deeply in love with, young love at its finest.

Two: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” by the Ramones


Johnny Ramone mentioned about lead singer Joey Ramone that his favorite songs were always the love songs, and that he was truly a hippy at heart. And perhaps the only Ramones song that is purely and undeniably a love song is “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.” Joey Ramone’s iconic bleat became a soft croon as he sings about the emotion that everyone feels in their life, unrequited love. This song may cement Joey Ramone as an off-kilter sex-symbol, as Debbie Harry of Blondie once said she always found Joey incredibly sexy.

Three: “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Iggy And The Stooges


At some point, punk rock would have to dig into the darker side of love and sex. And Iggy Pop was the perfect singer and musician to do it with his masterpiece “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”

Four: “Saturday Night” by the Misfits (Graves era)


Michale Graves lead the second-wave of the horror punk band the Misfits. And while Glenn Danzig undeniably was the heart and soul of the Misfits, Graves did a remarkably good job of infusing the Misfits with a new sense of youth and life. A genuinely good singer, Michale Graves created a masterpiece with “Saturday Night,” sung from the point of view of a serial killer who is is love with his victims. Infused with fifties do-wop and well-written lyrics, it’s a song that plays like a drive-in movie inside your head.

Five: “Rock & Roll” by the Velvet Underground


While “Rock & Roll” is not about two people, it’s included because it encapsulates so well what rock & roll has done for so many people, literally saving their lives and bringing meaning and a reason to live to otherwise disillusioned people. Lou Reed has always been a master lyricist and poet, and “Rock & Roll” benefits from his deft lyrics and ability to capture the thriving New York punk scene of his era.

You Can Now Listen To New Tracks From Rancid’s “Honor Is All We Know”

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Rancid has released a video that features tracks from their eagerly-awaited new album “Honor Is All We Know.” You can listen to it below. It’s hard to be too critical of Rancid, because it’s like a dearly missed friend returning. But, overall, I like it and it has the catchiness that Rancid is known for. What do you think?

Rancid FINALLY Reveals Cover Art And Tracklist For New Album “Honor Is All We Know”

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Rancid is one of the most influential and popular punk bands to exist in recent times. Greatly influenced by The Clash and the Ramones, they nonetheless managed to forge new ground with songs like “Ruby Soho.” Lead singer Tim Armstrong has emerged as a singular force in the punk world, starting Hellcat Records and nurturing new punk talent like The Interrupters and at one time The Distillers. In short, Tim Armstrong and Rancid have helped keep punk alive – and above ground – not just in the memories and history books of a bygone era. Punk fans have grown to love and respect Armstrong as a true pioneer of punk.

While Tim Armstrong has been so busy with his behind the scenes work, it seemed like he had put his own band Rancid almost permanently on the backburner. There have been rumblings that Rancid’s new album “Honor Is All We Know” was set to be released in June 2014, but June came and went without a stir. Music insiders claimed that he was so busy with helping other artists release their work, the Rancid album had been put on the backburner yet again.

So, finally, and with great anticipation Rancid has released the artwork for their new album and the tracklist. They both can be viewed below. The artwork is well, ehhhh, sort of underwhelming. But it’s about the music and not the artwork, so hopefully Rancid was too busy pumping out great music to worry about the artwork. So here’s to hoping that Rancid will help breathe some much needed life and energy into the current punk scene!


Descendents Working On New Album

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The Descendents have already solidified themselves as one of the greats in punk rock history, directly influencing mega-popular bands like Green Day and Blink-182. And in exciting news, the band is apparently waking themselves out of hibernation to record a new album, which might be released sometimes next year. They are touring again, and if their new album comes anywhere new their hits like “Bikeage” or “Silly Girl” fans are in for a treat.

Danzig Set To Play Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival

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Despite vowing to never embark on a full-scale tour again, Glenn Danzig remains remarkably active, which is awesome for people who recognize his legendary musical achievements and talents. His latest booking is at Pantera lead singer Phil Anselmo’s pet project, Housecore Horror Festival in Austin, Texas. Only a couple years old, the Housecore Horror Festival was borne out of Phil Anselmo’s undying love for H.P. Lovecraft, B-film horror movies, and the macabre.

When he first launched the festival, he said he would only continue it if he considered it a success, and it appears like it was successful enough for Phil Anselmo to stage it once again in late October of this year. Anselmo also notes that him and Glenn Danzig have a long history together, with Danzig being a cool guy who has acted like a mentor to him. So, hopefully, this means that Danzig’s performance will go smoother than some of his other live performance controversies.