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Top 10 Buzzcocks Songs

Like a lot of classic punk bands, everyone always focuses on the Buzzcocks’s first three albums and ignore everything that came after. Novelty joke songs from their early days often overshadow some of the best songs that came later. Most top 10 lists seem to just regurgitate and reshuffle their greatest hits compilations, historicizing them into a band you should like but don’t. An ironic ending for a band that often railed against nostalgia, idolatry, and marketing schemes in their lyrics.

10. Nostalgia


A great example of their aptitude for putting complicated ideas into a simple song. This one seems to reflect on Nostalgia’s corrosive effect on the present, and the general mythology we build around the past.

9. Get On Your Own


The most immediate and hard hitting song off their first album. A good balance of their melodic and more incongruous elements.

8. I Believe


A slower song meditating on the alienating aspects of politic ideology. A bit long, but still great.

7. Isolation


The best song off of their overlooked 90s comeback album Trade Test Transmission. It’s super annoying that early joke songs displace this one in people’s limited attention span.

6. Jerk


The first track off their 2000s self-titled album. It actually managed to break through the nostalgia daze and get some attention and renewed interest in the band.

5. What Do I Get?


A classic song that appears on all their compilation albums. Instantly memorable, but not as deep as some of their other cuts.

4. Sixteen Again


A perfect pop song that should be in every top 10 list, but is often omitted.

3. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)


Everyone is gonna say this is their best song, it certainly is their most popular. It’s catchy and has great ambience, but it lacks the depth of some of their other songs.

2. Love Is Lies


Old-ball song, written and sung by guitarist/vocalist Steve Diggle. Wes Anderson is basically just a rip-off of this song.

1. Harmony In My Head


Another Steve Diggle tune, probably his most popular. One of the band’s most abrasive songs, Diggle says he had to smoke 20 cigarettes to get the vocal sound.

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Best Music of 2018

It’s been a zonkers year for us! We put out an EP, made 3 music videos, covered a KISS song, played CMW, played NXNE, played JOPOFEST, and made a bunch of friends along the way.

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Top 10 Ramones Songs

Ramones are the beach boys of punk rock and the inventors of pop punk. While I feel like they never made a perfect album, they never made a bad one. I’ve always been impressed with what they managed to accomplished while working within the constraints they set for themselves. Not being ‘musicians’, as Johnny would say, never stopped them from making great songs.

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Best Music of 2017

It’s been a pretty good year for music. A couple of sleeping giants woke up a dropped their best albums yet; but also some newer bands came out of left field to surprise us.

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Rancid Albums: Ranked Worst to Best

I’m having anxious feelings with another new Rancid album release looming. I just don’t want be hurt again. I’ve ranked their albums from worst to best to reflect on what makes for a good Rancid album. I only counted studio full-lengths on this list; no EPs, splits, side projects, etc.

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Best Pop-Punk Albums Ever

There’s a lot of bad pop-punk out there. Listening to the radio, you might get the impression that there’s no depth to it. I decided to make a list of personal favourites, rather than the consensus favourites (Descendents, Ramones) all the other listicles copy and paste. Hopefully this can prove to you that there’s more to the genre the skinny jeans and teenage angst.

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Best Music of 2016

2016 has been weird, Bowie’s dead and Trump’s president. A lot of my favourite bands disappointed me, other bands I thought were just ok, surprised me. Here’s this year’s picks for best music:

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Best Bassists of Punk

Bass players are the puppet masters of the band. Like some kind of wizard behind the curtain, they control everything (tempo, drops, root notes, goatees), but non-musical types can’t even hear them. That’s the trick to being a good bassist; not being noticed for ruining a song. Let’s see who did well:

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The Bouncing Souls Albums:Ranked Worst to Best

The Bouncing Souls are like a punk rock fairytale, a high school band that stuck together for over 20 years, rising through the ranks with years of hard work. They’ve certainly progressed over time, but their core sound remains the same throughout their discography. They take influences from all over the punk spectrum, from pop-punk, through Oi!, to hardcore; they touch on all aspects of modern and classic; if any band were just ‘punk’ without any qualifiers or sub-genres it would be them.

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Malaysian Street Punk

The Malaysian Oi scene a bit of a paradox to your typical basic who only sees the world in ways that CNN and Hollywood allow them to. Outpacing it’s western contemporaries to transcend a foreign subculture, it has turned into something uniquely it’s own. Putting their own local twist to the lyrical themes; it brings new life to a once stagnating genre. Because of the language barrier + no marketing, this music remains fairly scarce in an age of internet abundance.