Background of Punk music
The word “Punk” was first realized in the 1970’s. Punk music was majorly related to Punk rock which also developed during the same period. In addition to that, Punk rock music was more of a “garage” kind of music since most of the artists who indulged in punk music sang from their garages.
The 70’s punk rock music had a number of previous influences. First, due to the fact that most of the punk rock artists incorporated garage rock characteristics; punk music was highly influenced by garage rock. As a result, garage rock became one of the influencers of punk music. Secondly, genres such as proto punk, pub rock, glam rock, surf rock and ska had a very huge influence to the origins of punk rock. For example, proto punk was very much common in the 1960’s. Some of the bands which propagated this style of music were the Velvet Underground, MC5 and the Stooges. Whereas single artists included Lou Reed, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart and Iggy Pop. It is important to note that the mentioned bands as well as the individual artists promoted and encouraged the emergence of punk rock bands such as the New York Dolls, the Dictators (“Proto punk”, 2013), the Ramones and the Sex Pistols (“History of Punk Rock”, n.d). Garage rock was also a major influencer to punk music. This style of music was prevalent in the 1960‘s; however, at that time it was closely related to rock and roll. Additionally, it was characterised by garage performances – that is, the artists used to practice and perform in their garages. Some of the notable garage rock bands then included the likes of the Aardvarks, the Actioneers, the Angry, the Bad Boys, the Cobras only to mention a few. The culture that developed out of punk music was the “Punk culture”. The Punk culture had a variety of distinctive characteristics that were mostly based on their ideologies, looks and clothing. It is without doubt that the individuals who were already down for the Punk culture could be determined very easily without any hustles. To start with, this style was music was unique in its own way. It was characterised by fast musical beats, the use of instruments especially bass drums and electric guitars, the songs were in themselves shorter and they were advocating and/ or portraying a message – that is, the lyrics were quite direct. For example, the Clash was a punk rock band from the UK and they had hit songs such as: “Career Opportunities” and “Right to Work”. Both of these songs were portraying messages of work opportunities for the youth. Due to the fact that the lyrics related to this music genre had a meaning behind them, a lot of people were attracted to it especially the youth. Through that appreciation, the punk culture evolved to greater heights in the 70’s. There were a number of intriguing and distinctive attributes related to the punk culture and their followers and/ or fans. The first feature was in their looks; secondly, their clothing was also quite distinctive as it included the likes of t-shirts, fitting pants, leather jackets, leather boots and other accessories; thirdly, a large number of the fans were anti – authoritarian – that is, they had their own ideologies with regard to a number of society issues. Apparently, United Kingdom had the highest prevalence of the punk culture followed by United States and Australia. Punk music goes way back into the 1960’s were the existing music genres were the likes of garage rock, proto punk, pub rock, glam rock, surf rock and ska. As a result, some of the performers of punk rock included the likes of the Ramones from USA, specifically New York City, the Sex Pistols and the Clash who were from UK, specifically London. The composers of punk rock were mostly the artists. This is because they were the ones who were projecting the message to the public. However, the works of Marty Munsch were also remarkable as he worked with a variety of punk rock artists. One of the bands that he