Punk rock was all about breaking rules, surging out from traditional forms of music making and serving as a vehicle for bands who wanted to express themselves, offering them a way to rebel. These musicians almost seemed to have a political agenda rather than anything relating to music and were often linked to violence and discord. Perhaps not fair to slap this label on the whole of the genre, but there are certainly ties between lewd behaviour and the punk rock scene.
Depending on how you view the genre as a whole, punk has its roots in both New York and the UK, mainly London. It’s thought that the rebellious bad taste side that’s unique to punk was from the UK scene and the outrageous notes and noise was more the US style of punk. You might have heard of the Ramones and Blondie in the US and Sex Pistols in the UK. Interestingly, the latter formed from youths hanging out at a shop called ‘SEX’ in London, which was the main originator of the punk fashion scene, driven on by an angry youth population that saw high unemployment rates.
Sex Pistols played their fist gig opening for a now unmemorable band called Bazooka Joe. While the Pistols obviously shot to fame, Bazooka Joe did not, however their front man Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) clearly went on to become a highly popular artist. Many club owners feared the violence associated with the band and so cancelled tour dates. Although immensely famous, the Sex Pistols only lasted until 1978 (having formed in 1975) and a mere year later the front man Sid Vicious was found dead from a heroin overdose.
Punk continued to flourish in the US, however by the time the 1980s arrived, punk started to fade out and blended with pop – another genre’s lines blurring through the natural timeline of the music scene.