Punk movement appeared in 1970's. It was a new culture oriented on rejecting the mainstream style (the word punk actually meant disrespectful and was used to describe young people with negative attitude towards authority). It all started with pretty simple music of untrained rock bands (this is now called garage rock). The songs in that style were pretty short (regular punk rock song lasts no longer than 1.5 minute) and simple (songs are based on three or four chords).
But all that outgrew into something bigger than just music - it became a culture for many young people. Even a punk fashion was formed. Punk style clothes are usually lacerated and are held on by tape or pins. That looks pretty strange at first. Hair cuts of punk artists are very loud - for example hair standing in spikes is a usual thing. And all the cosmetics used for performances are very theatrical. One special thing about punk fashion is that regular things, like shaving razors for example, are used in clothing to make a stronger impression.
But still as long as the main thing was rejecting the popular music (disco for example was very popular at the time) the number of punk fans and punk band was not actually big. So, punk music was not (and in fact, could not be) popular and it has numerous fans all over the world but still it was not a mainstream. But these days situation in punk culture is completely different.
This new wave of punk rock that brought huge changes came in 1990-s. At that time punk rock band "Green Day" released its album "Dookie". The commercial success of this album was enormously huge for the punk band. All their songs received a huge rotation on MTV and different radio stations (and that was pretty rare for the punk band). And that had a serious impact on punk style. From that moment punk became popular and it was the beginning of new style which is now called pop punk.
Of course, this new style differs from original punk rock - it is oriented more on popularity of the music. And still even being popular punk music is oriented on rejecting the mainstream culture. In fact, modern form of pop punk appeared as a protest for very popular boys and girls bands like "Spice Girls" or "Backstreet boys".
And that success of "Green Day" led to a growth of many other punk bands - old bands became very popular and new bands started to appear. Just several months after "Dookie" was released; another punk band "The Offspring" released its successful album ("Smash"). Several albums that followed were also as popular as "Smash". Old punk bands with growing popularity of pop punk started to make new albums.
New pop punk bands like Good Charlotte also appeared in a great number. These days there are so many bands playing in pop punk style that there is a special pop punk groups review. This pop punk groups review has a description of different bands and their programs. So, if you are interested in pop punk groups review can be really helpful for you. And of course, the latest news in punk world can also be found in pop punk groups review - new bands or new albums from already well-known bands.