Monday, May 27, 2019

What Killed SKATE PUNK?

90s SKATEPUNK IS DEAD? NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Offspring...

What killed 90s skatepunk? In the late 90s, it felt like there was an endless supply of bands borrowing from NOFX, Pennywise and Bad Religion, some of them even getting close to the Billboard top 10.

But as popular as skatepunk was at its peak, it never got any bigger-- in fact, it kind of fizzled in the early to mid 2000s. Was it killed by the rise of bands like Blink-182 and New Found Glory, or did the gatekeeper attitudes of the genre's founders kill it??

A few of the things I touch on:

- The 1st gen skatepunk bands like Bad Religion, DI, JFA, RKL, and The Faction

- Why Nirvana, Green Day and The Offspring were indirectly responsible for the 90s skatepunk boom

- The 90s generation of skatepunk bands like NOFX, Strung Out, Pulley, The Vandals, Unwritten Law, Guttermouth and No Use For A Name

- Why Fat Wreck Chords and Epitaph were the key labels for 90s skatepunk and NOFX's "Punk In Drublic" was the most important album of the genre

- The "Punk O Rama" and "Survival Of The Fattest" sampler CDs

- Airwalks, chain wallets, dickies shorts, and other questionable 90s punk fashion choices 

Fat Mike NOFX "Punker" T-shirt.

Punk Not Dead t-shirts.

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