EVOLUTION & REVIVAL

Punk seemed to slow by the end of 1977 and lost much of its original fans through the evolution of Hardcore Punk which seemed to encourage a far more violent and less intellectual type of following. However far from dying a death the music moved forward and evolved into several distinct new styles around the globe. Styles such as New Wave focused more on experimental sounds rather than political motivation and produced bands such as Human League, Post Punk Rock which exploded with artists such as New Order and the Cure. 

Most of today’s British music scene can identify it’s roots somewhere within Punk music including Emo, Goth and Indie. Punk also saw a revival, dubbed more Pop Punk, in the 90’s with bands such as Greenday and The Offspring finding huge global success. Punk’s influence on culture and music was a powerful drive in the UK culture of the 70’s and proved to be a stepping stone for developing current music styles. Although its style may not have the same controversial kick as in the 1970’s even today the music is distinctive and thought provoking. 

There is no doubt that history will look to Punk music as a tool for helping us to truly feel and understand what being a part of 1970’s youth culture meant. One cannot help but wonder how the late Punk icon Sid Vicious would feel about his music being used as a reflection of culture and politics of 70’s Britain….we hope he would approve!