The Ramones

The Ramones were popularly known for starting punk rock in the music industry. The band did not become much successful but it had been one of the greatest musical influences in the United States and United Kingdom during the 1970s.

The Ramones’ Origins

John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi were members of the band called the Tangerine Puppets before they met Douglas Colvin and Jeffrey Hyman, the lead singer of the band Sniper. In 1974, Hyman joined Cummings and Colvin in their band. Colvin was the lead vocals; Cummings was the lead guitarist while Hyman served as the band’s drummer. Inspired by Paul McCartney’s pseudonym, Paul Ramon, Colvin started using the name Dee Dee Ramone. Hyman and Cummings followed suit and chose Joey and Johnny Ramone as their pseudonyms.

Monte A. Melnick who would eventually become the band’s tour manager, helped the band rehearse at Manhattan’s Performance Studios. Erdelyi, on the other hand, would become the band’s manager. When Joey replaced Dee as the band’s lead singer, they had auditions for a new drummer since Joey could not sing and play the drums simultaneously. Erdelyi oversaw the auditions and usually demonstrated how the drums should be played to the people who auditioned. Because he clearly had the skills to play with the band, Erdelyi became the band’s new drummer, adapting the name Tommy Ramone.

The Ramones’ Music Career

The band’s first performance happened on March 30, 1974. Most of the song they played were fast and just a little under two minutes. They also played on one of Manhattan’s most popular music scene, the CBGB, on August 16, 1974. After their performance, the band made regular appearances at the club for the rest of the year. The next thing that they did was to sign a contract with Seymour Stein of Sire Records in 1975. It was the start of the band’s popularity for making “punk” music.

The band’s first album was Ramones, which was released in 1976. Most of the song were written by Dee Dee. The same month that the band’s album was released, Punk magazine also published an edition with a cover story about the Ramones.

Although the album received positive reviews, it only reached the 111th spot on the Billboard album chart. Even at their first performance outside New York, a mere number of ten people watched them perform. They only started to gain popularity when they went to England and performed at the Roundhouse in London in July 1976. The band’s appearance at Roundhouse fueled the punk rock scene in UK. The band even performed with the Flamin’ Grooves at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles afterwards.

The Leave Home album was less successful than the first one but the song Pinhead grew to be the band’s more popular songs. The album Rocket to Russia, on the other hand, reached the 49th place in the Billboard 200. It also included the songs Sheena Is a Punk Rocker and Rockaway Beach which managed to enter the Billboard charts.

In 1978, Tommy retired as drummer and started working as the band’s record producer. He was replaced by Marc Bell who took the name Marky Ramone. The band’s first album with Marky as the drummer was Road to Ruin. It would not reach the Billboard charts but the song I Wanna Be Sedated would become one of the band’s more popular hits.

The album End of the Century became the Ramones’ highest charting album though Johnny though that it represented a toned-down version of themselves. The song Baby, I Love You reached the number 8 spot in Great Britain’s music charts.

The Ramones’ sixth album was Pleasant Dreams which came out in 1981. It presented music that continued to diverge from the original raw punk sound that the band initially made.

Subterranean Jungle was the band’s last album to reach the Billboard Top 100. It was also re-released in 2002 with seven additional tracks. After the release of the album, Marky was fired from the band and replaced by Richie Ramone (Richie Reinhardt). Richie was highly commended by Johnny in bringing a new kind of vitality to the band.

The album Too Tough to Die was the first to be released with Richie.

The song Bonzo Goes to Bitburg from the album Animal Boy became popular in 1985 while the album received positive reviews from various critics.

Halfway to Sanity was the last album with Richie as drummer. He was replaced by Clem Burke from Blondie. However, he was fired after just performances and Marky came back with full recovery from alcoholism.

While recording Brain Drain, Dee Dee retired from the band and his place was taken over by Christopher Joseph Ward who would be known as C.J. Ramone. And in 1995, the band’s last album, ¡Adios Amigos! was released. The band disbanded but continued to make appearances on various music festivals like the Lollapalooza. They made one final performance at the Palace in Hollywood, in 1996.

The Clash

The Clash was one of the major influences in British punk music. They included various musical styles like reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly in their music. The band was comprised most of the time by Joe Strummer on the lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Mick Jones on lead vocals and lead guitar, Paul Simonon on additional vocals and bass guitar, and Nicky “Topper” Headon on drums and percussion.

THE CLASH’S ORIGINS

Before the Clash was formed, its members had been parts of different bands and music scenes around London. Paul Simonon auditioned as Mick Jones’ former band, London SS, but did not qualify. Nicky Headon also played with London SS for awhile. London SS disbanded and Jones reached out to Simonon and persuaded him to learn another instrument so that he could join his new band. Keith Levene served as the guitarist while Simonon played the bass as they continued their search for a vocalist.

Joe Strummer was contacted to come to one of the band’s rehearsals on Davis Road. As soon as Strummer appeared, Levene started playing one of Strummer’s original songs, Keys to Your Heart.

Strummer then joined the band while Terry Chimes joined as the band’s regular drummer. It was Simonon who came up with name the Clash inspired by the newspapers that he read and where the word clash just kept on popping up.

THE CLASH’S MUSIC CAREER

The band’s first performance was on July 1976 in Sheffield. Afterwards, they went along with the members of the Sex Pistols and other punk fans to watch a concert by the Ramones at Dingwalls club.

After rehearsing for a month, the band performed again in their Camden studio in front of select people. A couple of week after, they made another public appearance by opening for the Sex Pistols at The Screen on the Green.

Levene was eventually fired from the band and the Clash would continue to perform without him at the 100 Club Punk Special together with the Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Subway Sect. Before they went as support for the Sex Pistols during the Anarchy Tour, Chimes left the band and Rob Harper took over his position.

In 1977, the Clash signed a contract with CBS Records worth £100,000. Many people were outraged by this move and most thought that the band had sold out.

White Riot became the band’s first single which was released in 1977 followed by their first album, The Clash. Composed mainly of punk tracks, the album made it to the number 12 spot in UK charts but CBS did not want to release it in the US. After becoming the best-selling import album in the US, a North American version of The Clash was released.

Because his goals were different from the those of the band’s, Chimes did not become its full time drummer. The band would eventually hire Nicky Headon who badly wanted to become a member of the Clash back then.

During the White Riot Tour, the band headlined together with the Buzzcocks, Subway Sect, the Slits, and the Prefects in May of 1977. That same month, Remote Control was released. Meanwhile, Complete Control was the first song that Headon played with the band. It reached the number 28 spot on the British charts. In 1978, the Clash would release the Clash City Rockers and (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais.

The band was asked by CBS to produce a cleaner sound in the recording of their second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope. The members did not have much fun doing it but the album received positive reviews nevertheless. Meanwhile, the single Tommy Gun, hit the 19th spot on UK charts. Afterwards, the band went to do a series of concerts in the Sort It Out Tour which would eventually end up in a tour of North America in 1979.

In 1979, the Clash started recording a double album called London Calling which would reach the 9th and 27th spot on the British and US charts, respectively. The track Train in Vain which was added during the last minute of production, bagged the 23rd spot on the US Billboard chart and the 11th on UK.

In 1980, the band released Bankrobber before the 3-LP, 36-song Sandinista! came out. The album catered a variety of musical styles never heard from the band before like rap and extended dubs. Though it received mixed reviews, the album hit the 24th spot on American charts.

The band’s next single was This is Radio Clash which came out in 1981.it was followed by the release of the LP, Combat Rock in May 1982 with its single Should I Stay or Should I Go. The song Rock Casbah which was composed by Headon would become the band’s biggest hit in the US, reaching the number 8 spot on the charts.

After the release of Combat Rock, Headon left the band because of his heroin addiction while Chimes filled in for him. During their tour, the members continued having disputes which would cause Chimes and Jones to leave. They would hire Nick Sheppard and Vince White as new guitarists afterwards.

After the release of the song This Is England from the album Cut the Crap, the Clash would eventually disband.

The period after the fall of the Clash consisted of the members collaborating on some projects. Jones helped Strummer in Sid and Nancy soundtrack while Strummer co-wrote some songs for Jones’ band, B.A.D.

In 2002, Jones and Strummer played together again for a benefit show before Strummer’s death in December. Jones would also play with Headon in 2008 during the performance of Jones’ band, Carbon/Silicon.

Social Distortion

Social Distortion is an American punk rock band currently consisting of Mike Ness on lead vocals and lead guitar, Jonny Wickersham on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Brent Harding on bass and backing vocals, David Hidalgo, Jr. on drums, and David Kalish on keyboards.

SOCIAL DISTORTION’S ORIGINS

The band, formed by Mike Ness, was originally composed of Ness together with Rikk and Frank Agnew on guitars and Casey Royer on drums. Ness urged Dennis Danell to join and the two of them would be the ones left in the band for the next twenty years.

SOCIAL DISTORTION’ S MUSIC CAREER

The first single of the band was Mainliner/Playpen released under Posh Boy.

In 1982, the band would include Brent Liles on bas and Derek O’Brien on drums and would start their tour in the US and Canada together with Youth Brigade.

The band’s first album was Mommy’s Little Monster released under 13th Floor Records.

In 1983, Liles and O’Brien quit from the band and were replaced by John Maurer and Bob Stubbs. Christopher Reece also joined the band as its drummer but because of Ness’s continuing addiction, Social Distortion got out of the music scene in 1985.

When Ness recovered from his addiction in 1986, the band reformed and released its second album, Prison Bound in 1988. The album would become popular for showcasing a certain musical style sometimes known as “cowpunk.”

The band’s self-titled third album was released in 1990 under Epic. Some of the tracks included Ball and Chain, Story of My Life, and a cover of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. It would eventually be claimed by many people as the band’s best work.

Nineteen ninety-two marked the release of Social Distortion’s fourth album, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. The album included the popular tracks Bad Luck and When She Begins. After this, Christopher quit the band and Randy Carr took over his position.

Recording their songs for the fifth album, White Light, White Heat, White Trash, would not take place until 1995. During this time, Chuck Biscuits would join as the band’s drummer though the credits would actually go to Deen Castronovo. The album was also the last one that Danell would record with Social Distortion before his death in February 2000.

In 1998, Live at the Roxy came out under Time Bomb Recordings. Afterwards, another hiatus commenced as Ness went on to release two solo albums.

After Danell’s death, the band continued with their tour. And in 2004, they released Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Some of its members would also quit and be replaced as the band continued playing.

In 2007, the Greatest Hits of Social Distortion was released with hits from the previous albums except Mainliner.

In 2010, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was released with Machine Gun Blues as its first single.

During the gaps between the albums’ release, the band continued performing and going on tours even though some of its members come and go from time to time.

Lou Reed

Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed is the popular guitarist and vocalist of the band Velvet Underground. The band did not gain much success but they became very influential to a number of people who were inspired to form a band after hearing them. Reed went solo during the early 1970s and became popular with the song Walk on the Wild Side. His New York album was included in Rolling Stones’s best of the 1980s whole Transformer and Berlin made it to The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

LOU REED’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE

Lou Reed was born in Brooklyn and raised in Freeport, Long Island by his parents, Toby (nee Futterman) and Sidney Joseph Reed. He went to Atkinson Elementary School and Freeport Junior High School.

His interest in music was influenced by rhythm and blues and rock and roll music. When he learned to play the guitar, he played with some bands in high school. Reed’s first recording sessions was with group called the Jades. The passion that he had for music led to some problems with his parents. A consultation with a psychologist led to an electroconvulsive therapy which greatly traumatized him. He even a wrote a song about this, blaming his father for consenting to such kind of treatment.

After his therapy, Reed took up journalism, film directing, and creative writing at Syracuse University in 1960. A year after, he began hosting a radio show called Excursions On a Wobbly Rail which featured mostly doo wop, rhythm and blues, and jazz music. Despite some controversies regarding the libelous commentaries that he made on some students and other possible illegal activities, Reed managed to finished his degree in English in 1964.

While studying, Reed also met two of his closes friends, Delmore Schwartz and Garland Jeffreys.

Reed got married in 1980 with the British designer Sylvia Morales. They got a divorce after a decade. Morales served as Reed’s inspiration for some songs like Think It Over and Heavenly Arms.

During the 1990s, Reed also became involved with the musician and artist Laurie Anderson whom he had made some projects with including Call On Me, Baton Rouge, Rock Minuet, and Hang On to Your Emotions. The two got married in 2008.

LOU REED’S MUSICAL CAREER

When he went to New York in 1964, Reed worked for Pickwick Records. His employers saw the potential in his song, The Ostrich, which basically a parody of the more popular songs during that time. Members of what would be his band were sought and led to the formation of The Primitives which counted in the Welsh musician John Cale and Tony Conrad. With the song, the term “ostrich tuning” was born. Here, Reed used the same note in tuning every string on his guitar.

Velvet Underground when Reed’s college schoolmate, Sterling Morrison and Cale’s neighbor from the Lower East Side, Angus MacLise, joined the two men. The band’s first gig was at Summit High School in Summit, New Jersey. MacLise was eventually replaced by Maureen Tucker as drummer.

Andy Warhol took an interest with the band and decided to include them into the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Because of this association, Reed was also persuaded to write songs for Nico– a former model and singer and Reed’s lover for a brief time– to sing.

The album The Velvet Underground and Nico was deemed to have great influence in rock music. It was cited by Rolling Stone as the 13th greatest album of all time and was considered an inspiration by some people at one point in their lives.

During the recording of White Light/White Heat, Nico left the band and Warhol was replaced by Steve Sesnick. They were followed by Cale who quit the band in 1968. Doug Yale then replaced Cale and served as the band’s bassist, keyboardist, and additional vocalist. In 1969, the band would release The Velvet Underground followed by Loaded in 1970. Loaded included the hits Rock and Roll, and Sweet Jane.

Reed left Velvet Underground in 1970 and even though the members continued with the band, they eventually quit and pursued their own musical careers.

Reed’s first solo album was Lou Reed which even though reviewed positively by critics, was not received well by listeners. It was followed by the release of Transformer in 1972 which would be more successful than the previous album and would include the hit song Walk on the Wild Side.

Reed’s next album was Berlin, with the songs telling the story of two junkies and also lovers in the city. The song in the album tackled various issues like domestic abuse, substance abuse, adultery and prostitution, and suicide. Berlin was followed by Sally Can’t Dance and the live record Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal which were both released in 1974. Sweet Jane and Heroin became the two most famous songs in Reed’s solo music career.

The release of the album Metal Machine Music, characterized by its electronically generated audio feedback, received some negative reviews from critics. Though Reed said that he was very serious when he made the album, a few people still found the album a bit disturbing

Contrary to the dark sound showcased by its predecessor, Coney Island’s Baby which was released in 1975 was warmer and smoother. The next albums that came out were Rock and Roll Heart in 1976 and Street Hassle in 1978.

Lou Reed thought that his live album Live: Take No Prisoners was his best album even though some critics thought it was one of the funniest and silliest live albums ever released.

In 1979, Reed released The Bells which included the jazz musician Don Cherry followed by Growing Up in Public in 1980.

Reed reunited with his bandmates in Velvet Underground in 1990 for a Fondation Cartier in France followed by a tour in Europe in 1993. During the induction of their band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, Reed performed with his former bandmates as tribute to Sterling Morrison who died during the month of August.

In 1992, his solo album Magic and Loss came out. Set the Twilight would eventually come out in 1996 followed by Ecstasy in 2000. The two albums both received praises from their critics.

His fascination for Edgar Allan Poe led to the development of The Raven, a 2-CD set released in 2003. It was immediately followed by NYC Man (The Ultimate Collection 1967-2003), another 2-CD set containing a compilation of Reed’s best songs released only a few months after The Raven came out in the music market.

Aside from albums, Reed also published books of photographs the first of which was the Emotions in Actions (2003) which included the larger book, Emotions, and the smaller one, Actions. It was followed by the publication of Lou Reed’s New York in 2006.

In 2008, Reed introduced his new group called Metal Machine Trio at REDCAT. Together with Ulrich Krieger on saxophone and Sarth Calhoun on electronics, the group produced improvised music based on the Metal Machine Music album.

Before he died in May 2013 due to liver disease, Reed went on doing a number of side and musical projects and even managed to release an album entitled Lulu (2011) which was a collaboration with the band Metallica.

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly is a Celtic punk band formed by the former hard rock band Fastaway member, Dave King.

FLOGGING MOLLY’S ORIGINS

During the 1980s’, Dave King was first a member and lead vocalist of the metal band Fastway together with Eddie Clark of Motorhead and Pete Way of UFO. He was also part of the band called Katmandu with Mandy Meyer of Krokus playing the guitar. Afterwards, King departed from his recording company and decided to pursue his musical career on his own.

Flogging Molly was formed when King started making music with Ted Hutt (guitars, Jeff Peters (bass), and Bridget Regan (fiddle). The music they made contained some unique Celtic sounds and could be described as a combination of Irish traditional and rock music. Some of the songs that they performed included Black Friday Rule and Devil’s Dance Floor. However, Hutt and Peters had to leave eventually to make music with their own bands. King and Regan had no choice but to start searching for new members for Flogging Molly.

FLOGGING MOLLY’S MUSICAL CAREER

The duo continued their gigs in a pub called Molly Malone’s before Nathen Maxwell joined them. A live album called Alive Behind the Green Door was released by Flogging Molly in 1997. It would be followed by the release of other albums including Swagger, Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Float, and Speed of Darkness. There was also Whiskey on a Sunday, a set of acoustic, live DVD and CD’s of the band. Flogging Molly was also part of the Warped Tour, American Fleadh Festival, and Rock Against Bush project.

In 2007, the EP Complete Control Sessions came out in iTunes. It was followed by the release of Float the next year. The album was greatly praised and it managed to reach the 4th spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The songs Requiem for a Dying Song and Float were 35th and 40th on the Billboard Modern Rock charts respectively. The success of Float was followed by Drunken Lullabies’ which went gold after it came out in 2009.

Flogging Molly released Live At the Greek Theater in 2010, a live compilation of the band’s performance at the Greek Theatre. It was followed by the release of the album Speed of Darkness in 2011.

Rancid

Rancid is punk rock band originally formed by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman in 1991. They had been known to initiate the revival of punk rock along with some other bands like Greenday and the Offspring. In addition to Tim Armstrong on vocals and Matt Freeman on bass, the band’s other members currently include Lars Frederiksen on guitar and vocals, and Branden Steineckert on drums.

RANCID’S ORIGINS

Before forming Rancid, Armstrong and Freeman were first members of some bands they established previously like Operation Ivy, Downfall, Generator, and Dance Hall Crashers. In 1991, the two men contacted Brett Reed and formed Rancid with aims of preventing Armstrong from delving deeper into alcoholism.

RANCID’S MUSIC CAREER

The band released a self-titled album in 1993 followed by Let’s Go in 1994. When they played as support for the band the Offspring during their tour, Let’s Go hit the 97th spot on Billboard’s Heat seekers and the Billboard 200.

The album …And Out Come the Wolves came out in 1995 and snagged the 45th spot on the Billboard charts. It was received positively by its audience with the singles Roots Radicals, Time Bomb, and Rudy Soho occupying their own respective places on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.

Life Won’t Wait was released in 1998. Unlike the previous album, it showcased a different set of musical styles and was not much of a success though a number of fans still showed appreciation for the album.

The second self-titled album of Rancid came out in 2000 and hit the 68th spot on the Billboard charts.

The band’s success rebounded with the release of Indestructible in 2003, managing to hit the 15th spot on the charts. The album received positive reviews from the critics but a number of fans thought otherwise.

After concluding the band’s tour for Indestructible, Rancid went on hiatus for a while. During this time, the members focused on working on some projects on their own, leading to the release of some albums and collaborations on various songs with other musical artists.

In 2006, Reed was replaced by Branded Steineckert as the band’s drummer and the year after, a new album entitled B Sides and C Sides was released. The album included songs from a number of b-sides and “c-sides” in addition to other songs that were taken from the band’s previous compilation albums.

The album Let the Dominoes Fall started selling in records bars in 2009. The band went on tour afterwards with bands like Rise Against, Riverboat Gamblers, and Billy Talent opening for them.

In 2014, two years after releasing a box set of their previously released albums and Eps, Rancid released their latest album, …Honor is All We Know.

 

Green Day

Green Day is punk rock band led by Billie Joe Armstrong on vocals and Mike Dirnt on bass. The band had several drummers throughout their career including Tre Cool and John Kiffmeyer. Jason White was another addition, joining the band in 2012 as guitarist.

GREEN DAY’S ORIGINS

Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt first started making music together when they formed the band Sweet Children in 1986. They first performed at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, California in 1987. John Kiffmeyer joined them in 1988. That same year, Larry Livermore spotted them during a performance and he signed the band up with his label. Before they released 1,000 Hours, the band changed their name into Green Day.

GREEN DAY’S CAREER

The album 39/Smooth came out in 1990. The extended plays Sweet Children and Slappy also came out afterwards. 39/Smooth was also re-released using the title 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours in 1991 and included some songs from their previous Eps. When Kiffmeyer went to Humboldt State University, he was gradually replaced by Tre Cool.

The release of Kerplunk marked the start of the band’s success. Not long after, the band signed a contract with Reprise records and started recording songs for Dookie.

In 1994, the album Dookie achieved huge success in the music industry. The songs Longview, Basket Case, and When I Came Around became so popular that they snagged the first spot on the Modern Rock Track charts. Their fame was marked by a number of performances on various festivals like the Lollapalooza and Woodstock ’94. Dookie also received the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album while Green Day was nominated in various categories in the MTV Video Music Awards.

The album Insomniac was released in 1995 preceded by the single J.A.R. which was included as one of Angus’s soundtrack. The album received positive reviews even though it showcased a darker and heavier music compared to the previous album. Insomniac included some popular songs like Geek Stink Breath, Stuck With Me, Brain Stew/Jaded, and Walking Contradiction. Release of the album led to some nominations in the 1996 American Music Awards which included the categories, Favorite Artist, Favorite Hard Rock Artist, and Favorite Alternative Artist.

The band took a short break in 1996 before starting to record for their new album in 1997. The album Nimrod came out the October of that year, showcasing a variety of musical genre. The song Good Riddance was a huge hit and was awarded the MTV Video Award for Best Alternative Video. Nimrod also included the songs Nice Guys Finish Last, Hitchin’ a Ride, and Redundant.

After doing some tours for the album Nimrod, Jason White started playing with the band as rhythm guitarist.

In 2000, the album Warning came out in record stores. Though the songs Minority and Warning became popular, the album received mixed reviews from music critics.

The band’s next album, American Idiot, was released in 2004 with the single American Idiot. The album received a Grammy award for Best Rock Album. After the release of the album, Green Day went on tour on various countries including Japan, Australia, South America and the United Kingdom. They also filmed a couple of these concerts and released the live CD/DVD album Bullet in a Bible. American Idiot was also adapted into a musical play in 2009.

After five years since the release of their last album, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown. It was positively received and reached gold and platinum status in various countries.

¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! was a trilogy of albums slated to come out in 2012. The album also initiated Jason White as the Green Day’s fourth member.

Demolicious included a compilation of other versions of songs from ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! and some previously unreleased ones.

At present, Green Day is working on their twelfth album. They also released a Christmas song in 2015 entitled Xmas Time of the Year.

 

Bad Religion

Bad Religion is a popular punk rock band known for their unique vocal and musical styles and songs filled with political messages. Throughout their career, most members would be replaced with new ones except the lead vocalist, Greg Graffin. At present, the members of the band include three of the original members with Brett Gurewitz and Jay Bentley in addition to Graffin.

BAD RELIGION’S ORIGINS

In 1979, Greg Graffin, Jay Bentley, Jay Ziskrout, and Brett Gurewitz got together and formed Bad Religion. The band first appearance was during an opening performance for Social Distortion in California. The band’s first officially played as Bad Religion at Joey Kills in Burbank, California.

While recording their first album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Ziskrout got out of the band and Peter Finestone took over his position. How Could Hell Be Any Worse? came out in 1982.

Into the Unknown came out in 1983. An issue regarding the album’s distribution without their knowledge led to a hiatus until Graffin re-established the band with Greg Hetson as guitarist. Their next EP called Back to the Known was released but Bad Religion would undergo hiatus again in 1985.

The third album, Suffer, was released in 1988 after Graffin got back together with his co-members Bentley and Gurewitz together with Finestone in 1986.

After the Suffer tour, the band started recording again and released their new songs with the release of No Control in 1989. It was followed by Against the Grain which came out in 1990. It included the song 21st Century (Digital Boy) which was known to be one of the band’s best songs.

In 1991, Finestone quit and was replaced by Bobby Schayer. Meanwhile, the band started recording songs for Generator which came out in March 1992. The band also made their first ever music video for the song Atomic Garden. The band also released a compilation album entitle 80-85 which included songs from How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, Bad Religion, and Back to the Known.

Recipe for Hate then was released in 1993. Though it received mixed reviews, it became popular among people and the songs American Jesus and Struck a Nerve made it to major radio stations.

Stranger Than Fiction was the next album to come out in 1994. It was also critically claimed and some songs like Stranger Than Fiction, Infected and a newer version of 21st Century (Digital Boy) became quite popular. The album was so popular that it snagged a placed on the Billboard 100 and earned a gold certification in 1998 for selling over 500,000 copies. On the other hand, Gurewitz left the band before the release of the album to work as the Offspring under Epitaph.

After Gurewitz departure, Brian Baker became the band’s guitarist and Bad Religion released another three albums. The first was The Gray Race which was released in 1996. The next was No Substance which came out in 1998.

The New America was released in 2000 with the collaboration of Gurewitz and Graffin on the song Believe It. When they returned to Epitaph, the band recorded The Process of Belief which came out in 2002 followed by Empire Strikes First in 2004 which was positively welcomed by their fans.

New Maps of Hell came out in 2007 in which some of the songs were a great success like Honest Goodbye, Heroes and Martyrs, and New Dark Ages. The album also managed to hit the 35th spot on the Billboard 200. The next year, the band went on performing on several music festivals in Europe.

In celebration with their 30th anniversary, the band released 30 Years Live in May 2010, a live album that included some songs from their 15th studio album. September 28, 2010 marked the release of The Dissent of Man. It was 35th on the Billboard 200 and the 6th on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

True North came out in 2013 with its first single, Fuck You, being aired a few months before. That same year, the band released Christmas Songs, Bad Religion’s first Christmas album.

Bad Religion’s next album is said to be already in the works and might be released in 2016.

The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols were deemed as one of the greatest musical influences of the punk movement in the United Kingdom. The band’s career only went on for a couple of years but their songs Never Mind the Bollocks and Here’s the Sex Pistols were some the greatest to be ever heard in the history of British music. its original members included John Lyndon on vocals, Steve Jones on lead guitar, Paul Cook on drums, and Glen Matlock on drums. Glen Matlock would eventually be replaced by Sid Vicious. Their song God Save the Queen was one of the band’s most controversial song, criticizing the people’s allegiance to the Crown.

SEX PISTOLS’ ORIGINS

The Sex Pistols first started out as the Strand with Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Wally Nightingale on guitar performing together and stealing musical instruments their concerts had ended. The band’s other members included Jim Mackin on organ and Stephen Hayes on bass.

Malcolm McLaren served as the band’s manager when they were still new. Glen Matlock would eventually come and join the group.

THE ARRIVAL OF JOHN LYNDON AND THE SEX PISTOL’S MUSIC CAREER

Nightingale was fired from the band and McLaren and his friend Rhodes started searching for someone to take his place and another one who would be the band’s lead vocalist.

In 1975, Rhodes saw John Lyndon who quite stood out from the crowd because of his I Hate Pink Floyd shirt and green hair. Rhodes and McLaren had a meeting with him and after singing Alice Cooper’s I’m Eighteen, McLaren told the other members of Sex Pistols to commence rehearsing with him.

After coming up with their band’s name, the Sex Pistols first performed at Saint Martins College in 1975. However, before the band could play some of their original songs, the plugs were pulled because they started destroying the equipment on the stage.

Their first gig was followed by series of performances on various schools in supports of bands like the Fogg. The band also created a trend in fashion that became very popular among their fans and a statement of support for the radicals in Paris and the Situationists. Because of this, the band turned out to be a perfect medium for delivering ideas and principles from the leftist side of politics.

The band’s succeeding gigs aimed at gaining a wider audience. They performed in places like the Marquee, Oxford Street, and Nashville. After the release of the Ramones’ debut album which Lyndon denied having any kind of influence on them, the band did gigs every Tuesday at the 100 Club that lasted for a month. At the same time, they also started performing on various cities and towns all over north England and recording some songs with the help of the produced Chris Spedding. In June 1976, the Sex Pistols played at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester and started a new generation of punk rock music that would greatly influence the music industry. Before the band got back from Manchester, they performed Anarchy in the U.K. for the very first time.

The Sex Pistols’ first concert outside Britain was held at the Chalet du Lac disco in Paris. They would then start a tour of Britain as soon as they got back.

After signing a contract with EMI, the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the U.K came out as their first single in November 1976. The song exuded an unstoppable criticism on politics.

The band would continue to gain popularity thanks to their guesting stint on the TV program Today. Sex Pistols went on tour afterwards but most of these were canceled by local organizers.

In 1977, Matlock left the band because of his differences mostly with Lydon. He was replaced by Sid Vicious, former drummer of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Flowers of Romance. While he was with the band, Sid would cause some trouble including getting the band banned from the 100 Club. He also got involved with a girl who purportedly influenced him in using heroine.

In March 1977, the band signed a contract under A&M Records. However, as they continued to wreak havoc and chaos within the facilities of the company, their contract was severed just after almost a week.

Vicious’ first gig with the band was on the 28th of March that same year and their record was released on May. The song God Save the Queen contained so much controversial lyrics that it was banned from most radio stations.

The album was a success. A promotional performance set on a chartered boat cruising along the River Thames led to the arrest of the band and its managers. Meanwhile, God Save the Queen reached the 2nd spot on the music charts amidst the rumors that it should have been the number one song on the list.

A number of attacks on the band’s members and their music led to a tour where the band used fake names to avoid having their shows getting cancelled.

The album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols came out in October 1977 which contained some of their previously released songs such as Anarchy in the U.K. and God Save the Queen but also included newer ones like Pretty Vacant.

SEX PISTOLS’ DISBANDMENT

In 1978, despite some difficulties with acquisition of the members’ visas, Sex Pistols toured the United States. During the tour, Vicious would get involved in some incident like being hospitalized because of his drug problem and hitting an audience with his bass.

After Lydon’s walkout on the final leg of the tour, the band broke up on January 17, 1978. Lydon was left in Los Angeles and had to ask for Virgin Records help to get a ticket plane.

MacLaren met up with the other members and recorded some songs with them but his dream of reuniting the original Sex Pistol would never come into fruition.

Talking Heads

Talking Heads were a band popularly known for their music which included a combination of punk, art rock, funk, dance, and world music. They were considered as one of the foundations behind the development of new wave music. The band’s members included David Byrne on vocals and guitar, Chris Frantz on drums, Tine Weymouth on bass, and Jerry Harrison on keyboards and guitar. The Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and made it Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

TALKING HEADS’ ORIGINS

David Byrne, Chris Frantz, and Tina Weymouth first started out as The Artistics before debuting as the Talking Heads when they opened for the Ramones at CBGB in June 1975.

TALKING HEADS’ CAREER IN MUSIC

The band’s first single was LoveBuilding on Fire which was released in 1976. It was followed by the release of the album Talking Heads: 77 the year after with the inclusion of Jerry Harrison on keyboards. The album received positive reviews as well as the song Psycho Killer.

In 1978, More Songs About Buildings and Food came out. The album displayed the band’s aim in trying out a variety of musical styles, showcasing the transition of their music from post-punk to new wave to psychedelic funk to funk rock. The album included a cover of Al Green’s Take Me to the River which reached the Billboard Top 30 charts.

Fear of Music, which came out in 1979, had darker tones and more punk rock and funkadelia musical styles. The song Life During Wartime popularized the phrase, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco.”

The album was followed by the released of Remain in Light, which was greatly influenced by Arabic and African music combined with disco funk and other kinds of sounds. The song Once in a Lifetime would became a part of the UK’s Top 20.

From 1981 to 1991, the band went to hiatus and its members would venture into separate music projects. However, they also went on touring the United States and Europe and released a live album called The Name of This Band is Talking Heads.

Speaking in Tongues which came out in 1983, included Burning Down the House which was the band’s only song to reach the American Top 10. The album was followed by the release of Little Creatures in 1985, True Stories in 1986, and Naked in 1988. Little Creatures and True Stories both had American pop-rock tunes in them while Naked showcased tunes greatly influenced by African music combined with various polyrhythmic styles.

The band announced their split up in 1991 and the members continued on pursuing their side projects and individual music careers.

In 1996, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison got together again and formed The Heads. They released an album entitled No Talking, Just Head. The songs in the album were sung different vocalists which included the likes of Debbie Harry, Johnette Napolitano, Andy Partridge, Shaun Ryder and many others.