Before we actually begin our punk rock bands review, let's have a look at some terminology. Thus, punk rock is generally recognized as an anti-establishment movement in music that started about 1969 and is represented by MC5, the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, the Weezer, The Clash, and The Damned. What follows next in our punk rock bands review is the history of punk rock development and evolution worldwide.
The first continuing music scene to be assigned the "punk" label came out in New York between 1974 and 1976, focused around the bands playing on a regular basis at the clubs CBGB and Max's Kansas City, including Television, The Ramones, Blondie, Johnny Thunders and the Richard Hell, Heartbreakers and Talking Heads and the The Voidoids. The "punk" label was applied to these bands by late 1975, when the Punk Magazine first came into view, featuring these groups along with the other articles.
At the same time, other groups that would soon be known as "punk" were set up separately in other places, such as Australia, the Sex Pistols and The Stranglers in London and The Saints in Brisbane. These early punk rock groups also played within small scenes assisted by eager impresarios who ran small nightclubs. The nightclubs offered a meeting place and display case for the new formed musicians (CBGB in New York, the 100 Club in London, and The Masque in Hollywood are just few of the best early punk clubs).
A crucial moment in the history of punk rock is July 4, 1976 when the Ramones concert took place at the Roundhouse in London. A lot of the upcoming lead bands of the punk rock scene in the U.K. were greatly inspired by this performance, and nearly instantaneously after it, the punk scene of the U.K. got into bursting swing. By the beginning of 1977, numerous Sex Pistols` fans had started their own bands, including Siouxie & the Banshees, The Clash, Generation X, The Adverts, X-Ray Spex and The Slits. Other bands to be formed in this period in the U.K. included The Damned (who first released a single, the "New Rose"), Buzzcocks and The Jam.
In fall of 1976, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and The Damned joined together for a series of shows across the U.K, the Anarchy Tour. However, most of the concerts were called off by venue owners, following scandalous newspapers and other media revealed sensational materials concerning the antics of the bands and their fans.
In 1977, the next wave of punk rock bands appeared, influenced by already existing bands mentioned above in this punk rock bands review. Some of them, such as Black Flag (from LA), Crass (from Essex), and The Misfits (from New Jersey) would later influence the subsequent culture and sound of punk rock. The most popular Los Angeles bands of the late 1970s included The Weirdos, The Germs, The Screamers, Circle Jerks, X, Fear and The Plugz. Orange County punk bands included The Adolescents and Social Distortion.
The last thing to mention in our punk rock bands review is that in the U.K., punk rock worked together with the SKA and Jamaican reggae subcultures. The apparent influence of reggae is seen in the first releases by The Clash, for instance. By the late 1970s punk rock had produced the 2 Tone SKA renewal movements, including such groups as The Beat, Madness, The Specials and The Selecter.