What is punk? Well, Webster’s dictionary defines… Sorry, just kidding. In our own words (which we know will no doubt be skewered by all the “real punks” out there), punk music began as an incredibly fast, three chord, f*ck what you thought you knew about rock & roll type of rock & roll. That raw, simplistic, anti-establishment sentiment became an entire punk subculture for teens since the ’70s. That whole “anti-establishment” thing is where things get messy.
Punk rock musicians are labeled “sell-outs” more than any other artists, because most other genres don’t live in that gray area between anarchy and capitalism. Jay-Z made it known that he was out for fame and riches since day one, and everyone got behind that. Punks connect with fans with a “f*ck commercialism” message, but they also want to live off of their art. So where’s the line? We’re not saying that they can’t make a living. Some of these bands went diamond, and are globally recognizable, but while they’re still in the punk realm, un-punk moments like product-hawking cash-grabs, and primadonna freak outs will not be tolerated. Like these 15 moments here.
“Anarchy in the U.K.” on a credit card?! Oi! Oi! Oi!
Safe and dependable. Ya know, punk stuff.
To be fair, cruise ship guests do have a lust for life.
Punk goes to Broadway.
Sex Pistols members share a common bond.
Dee Dee Ramone regretfully hops on the rap bandwagon.
Jawbreaker alienates themselves from, well everybody.
Warped Tour doesn’t like foul language, so neither do we!
Billie Joe Armstrong’s diva moment.
No for real, Chumbawamba was punk as all hell.
How many Sex Pistols sell-out moments can one list handle?!
Punk: Three Chords and three chipmunks.
Blink-182 will let any ol’ ad campaign use their song.