Friday, May 01, 2009

Post Punk: Genre of the Moment

I did this one at Dave's suggestion.

The name "post-punk" was first used by Greil Marcus in a July 1980 issues of Rolling Stone when referring to bands like The Raincoats and Gang of Four.

This genre is rooted in punk rock but progressed into something more complex as time went by. It is for all intents and purposes the precursor to the alternative rock genre (and you know how much i love that genre). It also led to genres such as gothic rock and industrial rock.

The genre got its start after 1977 after many bands who wanted the capture the spirit and rawness of punk rock but wanted to experiment a bit more and explore. So post-punk was formed which is basically a more arty version of punk rock.

Bands such as the Psychedelic Furs, Devo, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Joy Division, Killing Joke, The Cure, etc...kind of fell along the lines of post punk in its early forms.

It has seen a bit of a revival lately in the form of bands such as The Killers, The Strokes, and the Libertines.

Here is a list of some other fairly well-known post-punk bands:

Adam and the Ants
The Alarm
Big Black hey wait! they were math rock last time!!
Christian Death
The Cult
Dead or Alive
Echo & the Bunnymen
The Human League
Public Image Ltd
Sisters of Mercy
Sonic Youth
Talking Heads
U2 I'm not really sure if I would lump them in this genre but I can see why someone else would.

Here is a list of my source material (also at Dave's suggestion):
Wiki article on Post-punk.
The Allmusic article on post punk.
Wiki list of post punk bands.


  1. I still can't go with Big Black as math rock. Post punk is a good label for them. Besides, math rock is a very new genre.

    Thanks for adding the links! :o)

  2. Probably should throw in Pop Group as well.

  3. Also occurred to me that one might want to include Wire - their late 1970s albums "Pink Flag", "Chairs Missing", and "154" produced some memorable tunes that would fit with the basic vibe of the other bands you've been mentioning.

  4. speaking of the Dead Kennedy's, check out tonights' blogging.

  5. Pink Flag is a pretty good album. This list should probably also include some PiL.