Who invented punk rock?

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  1. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Richard Hell's androgynous look—and the spiky hair/safety-pin aesthetic—was a major influence on Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren and, in turn, the British punk style. My vote goes to Richard.


    Or maybe Dylan circa '66 (play it ****ing loud!).

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  2. sberger

    sberger I like dirty records

  3. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
    The Beatles

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  4. dajokr

    dajokr Forum Resident

    Yokosuka, Japan
    Uh, The Beatles ... duh. :angel:

    Edit: Darn, beat by a millisecond.

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    Los Angeles, CA
  6. Archtop

    Archtop Infinity goes up on trial!

    Greater Boston
    Punk Rock is a genre and punk is an attitude. I'd say that Dylan's '66 tour certainly contained a good number of punk elements, but no punk rock. I had the hardest time discussing this on another internet forum about 8-9 years ago because folks couldn't grasp the most simple concept that "punk" and "punk rock" are two entirely different things. Granted, some punk rockers were/are also punk, but not all punks are punk rockers.

    And please correct the spelling of Dylan's name in your poll choices.

    In the end, I choose the New York Dolls.
  7. ArpMoog

    ArpMoog Forum Resident

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  8. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Forum Resident

    New York Dolls
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  9. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    MC5 + The Stooges + The Sonics + The Wailers
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  10. JozefK

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  11. e.s.

    e.s. Forum Resident

    United States
  12. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Eddie Cochran
  13. K. Jones

    K. Jones Forum Resident

    Omaha, NE
    Buddy Holly
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  14. vamborules

    vamborules Forum Resident

    Tommy Ramone
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  15. R. Cat Conrad

    R. Cat Conrad While the moderators jest... Well, you know

    D/FW Metroplex
    The Monks come about as close to the origins of punk as you'll likely ever see (1966)...

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  16. BeatlesObsessive

    BeatlesObsessive The Earl of Sandwich Ness

    rock critics
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  17. This Heat

    This Heat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL
    The Kinks came close, but The Stooges were the first full-blown punk band in my opinion.
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  18. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Historical in retrospect The Sex Pistols defined it. Real time it was initially New York groups Patti Smith, Television. PUnK mag. U.K. On wax>Late '76 with The Damned's New Rose and The Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK ( sounding like a young angry Alice Cooper).
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  19. hominy

    hominy Knows a Little About a Lot

    The Land of Kirk
    Live November 27, 1964

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  20. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Why are not The Monks &
    The Driving Stupid on your
    list ?
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  21. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

    Scottish Borders
    MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, Velvets, New York Dolls. IMO.
  22. ody530

    ody530 Well-Known Member

    Granada, Spain
  23. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    I am not an expert, but my understanding is that the New York punk scene started before that in the UK.
    The first punk bands over here were formed in 1975. The Sex Pistols were brought together by Malcolm McLaren that Summer after he had returned from NY, where he was supplying fashion costumes to bands like the New York Dolls. The Pistols did a few local gigs and in April 76, as far as I know, supported Joe Strummer's 101'ers. Anarchy in the UK was released in late 76. The Damned were formed around May 76, and became the first punk group to have a UK top 40 album, with their February 77 debut LP Damned, Damned, Damned. The Clash, including Strummer, also formed in 76 (and I think then supported the Sex Pistols live) and had their first hit around March 77 with White Riot.
    So, as far as I know, the UK scene started in 75, grew in 76, and began to be commercially successful late that year and in early 77. But I'm happy to be corrected.
    I don't know who was first in the US but the New York Dolls debut single and album were I think Summer 73.
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  24. john hp

    john hp Forum Resident

    Warwickshire, UK
    The Kingsmen
  25. vesikirppu

    vesikirppu Forum Resident

    Espoo, Finland
    The Sonics get my vote
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