When you talk like an asshole and look like an asshole, you're an asshole— John Lydon
Sensitive Punk Music quotations
This is Manchester, we do things differently here.
The first Decline I did was out of sheer love and appreciation for the music.
In 1977, it was more about bands, because punk was a new form of music. It was groundbreaking and political.
Music never leaves you alone, and punk rock will always be there when nothing else will.
Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
Once you free your mind about the concept of harmony and of music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So nobody told me what to do, and there was no preconception of what to do.
Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.
The single best thing that has happened in my lifetime in music, after punk rock, is being able to share music, globally for free.
Music is music; you can't change rock and say well this is punk rock and this is acid rock or rockabilly.
I’m in a band. I don’t go to church every Sunday. I love punk rock music. Sometimes I use swear words a lot. I respect and admire gay men and women. I’m obsessed with horror films. I know what shame feels like. And guess what old man? Jesus is still my Savior.
Punk rock is a word used by dilettantes and heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies, the bodies, the hearts, the souls, the time and the minds of young men who give everything they have to it.
When Punk Rock happened, it created an opening in the culture.
.. it made it ok to think you could play music, even though you had no musical training.
I listen to all kinds of bands. I like rock music, like, male rock bands. I'm more into that instead of female singers. I like Nirvana, Green Day, System Of A Down. I also like punk rock, and I love bands like Coldplay.
Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach - her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco. The red sequins on her guitar match the ones on her microphone, her shoes and 80 percent of the crowd.
I was in lots of dodgy bands growing up and I always fancied myself in a band.
But, you know, I was rubbish at writing music. So maybe one day I'll play a rock star, or punk rocker.
My drawing came out of editorial-style cartoons.
Music was one thing and art was another, and there weren't really any standards for my art. My work was just drawings. They weren't done with any aspirations of becoming a part of punk scene. They weren't about punk. They were just collections of drawings, some of which I xeroxed and sold.
Me personally, I side more with punk rock bands.
I grew up with The Misfits, The Dead Boys, The Damned, Dropkick Murphys, and early AFI. That was the stuff that really got me into music. Song writing wise, bands like Alkaline Trio were very important to me for beginning to write songs.
Noise has taken the place of punk rock.
People who play noise have no real aspirations to being part of the mainstream culture. Punk has been co-opted, and this subterranean noise music and the avant-garde folk scene have replaced it
Well I listened to mostly rock music, and I felt like hip hop was like an extension of rock music when it was done well. So energetically, again I felt like it was in line with punk rock and maybe hard rock, more than it was in line with R&B, which I never really liked.
It’s always this thing where we’re constantly waiting for something that will come in electronic music that says, ‘Daft Punk sucks!’ That’s actually much more interesting and exciting than someone who is paying homage.
A guy walks up to me and asks, "What's Punk?".
So I kick over a garbage can and say. "That's punk!". So he kicks over the garbage can and says, "That's Punk?", and I say, "No that's trendy!
My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I'm very interested in the music scene and I suppose that's why I've ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends.
Style has always been very important to us.
We grew up in the '70s. Music was glam rock, punk rock and a very stylish movement.
Rap actually comes out of punk rock, not black music.
Punk rock and skateboarding took the 'school' out of living your life, and I related to learning as I went, doing a lot of different things that I liked, when I liked. Consequently, I'm mediocre at all of the above, but still stoked on being a lifetime student of music, skating, painting, writing, etc.
To me, rockabilly music paralleled punk's energy and feeling, but the players were much better.
From the beginning, there was so much pressure in the early San Francisco punk scene for everyone to be different than everyone else, to flaunt your intelligence and insights instead of every band sounding alike, like what plagues punk music in particular today.
I think one of the most important things punk brought back was the whole concept of staying independent and doing things yourself. It made music a lot less boring in any category you can name.
Punk's influence on music, movies, art, design and fashion is no longer in doubt. It is used as the measurement for what is cool.
When you're thirteen and listening to punk, the aggressive nature of music can sway you to the dark side.
I wanted to be in a punk band before I had even heard any punk music.
Punk's really cool because it's very inclusive of all types, which I like.
And I would submit that even though people talk about punk as being thuggish, I think it can be more creative than other types of music.
I have found myself deeply, deeply intrigued by the ska-punk scene.
It's such an expressive form of popular music, it's so real, it's got so much life: it's the most vital music in the world.
Johnny Rotten isn't punk. Maybe that's punk to somebody, but these people are participating and challenging the corporations that are telling us what punk is and what good music is.
I enjoy punk, the attitude as well as the music, but I don't feel like I have to be a carbon copy of it and invite all this controversy, just to be punk rock.