Monday, May 16, 2011

Instrumental

I have received reports, which I have now confirmed, that the new Social Distortion album begins with an instrumental.

Are you fucking kidding me? Apart from Stiff Little Fingers, has any punk band managed to produce an instrumental that's not bloody terrible?

Speaking of terrible....

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought the instrumentals on Fugazi's "Repeater" and "Steady Diet" albums, while not great, don't sink all the way to "bloody terrible."

Anonymous said...

JFA has about 5 awesome Ventures covers. Defoliants from Chicago had a bunch of great surf-punk instrumentals.

How about Husker Du? (hmmmm well that 4th side of Zen Arcade is maybe not such a great argument). Doesn't Minutemen have a couple? Mission of Burma at least one?

Maybe not punk--but every punk band's cover of Walk Don't Run doesn't suck.

Anonymous said...

Cold Start 64738!

Anonymous said...

Does the Pixies' Cecilia Ann qualify as punk?

Minutemen's Sickles and Hammers (covered faithfully by Sebadoh) is both great and unquestionably punk.

PA said...

I think Miley Cyrus should cover only instrumental punk songs.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SAQ5SqfujA

Anonymous said...

lungfish has some fantastic instrumentals

Anonymous said...

Samhain: Misery Tomb

Anonymous said...

If that question is meant to imply that Black Flag's instrumentals are anything less than extraordinary, then I'm not sure I can read this blog anymore. My only hope is that you think the Mighty Flag had ceased to be a "punk" band by that point.

In that limited sense of "punk", there has never been a good punk instrumental. When a punk band writes an instrumental it is usually either because they have outgrown the aesthetic of punk even while holding on to its ethos (Fugazi, Minutemen, Meat Puppets) or because they are trying to look "serious" (too many to name, but SSD's "Francois' Journey" is probably the worst).

The exception that proves the rule: the Descendents / ALL. Their instrumentals are all fantastic. I reckon that even those who don't generally like juvenile songs about food, girls and flatulence would have to appreciate the awesomeness of their musicianship.

Anonymous said...

Plus Milo is married to a philosopher.

Anonymous said...

That's a tough one. Though I didn't check, I feel like there's got to be at least one instrumental on TSOL's Beneath the Shadows, but that's a polarizing record.

There must be numerous instrumentals gracing a good many of the records on SST Records' catalog post-1984. But, anon 5:16 has a point that the Flag and many of their cohort likely no cared to consider themselves "punk" by then.

There are, however, a good many great instrumental intros amongst later 80's hardcore bands. I'll offer up Warzone's "Intro Bust" which is a certified jam, as they say.

Anonymous said...

Did you just say "bloody"? You better be British or ironic.

The Brooks Blog said...

So do you think Miley Cyrus will next cover the Misfits? You know what they say: Nirvana today, Danzig tomorrow...

Anonymous said...

For clarification, Fugazi's not "punk" but rather "post-punk" and "hardcore." I know this because a zine (remember those?) once ranked the demo of my 11th grade hardcore band slightly higher than "Waiting Room," thereby making me an expert on questions of genre demarcation.

But since the topic is instrumentals:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl8wlh10s0U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4bzjgSBoZ8&playnext=1&list=PL9BB15FC2A4A5CE5D

Anonymous said...

There was a band from Joplin, MO called Thee Fine Lines. They were an awesome instrumental punk band. In fact, I lost all interest in them after they got a singer.

Anonymous said...

The Damned, Smash It Up (Part 1)?

Jon Cogburn said...

How could anyone fail to mention Danzig's "Black Aria" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh02BP5u4cI&playnext=1&list=PLBBDDEC6562D9CC82 not, sadly an exception to Spiros' point.

The only virtue that comparing it with everything else Danzig has done demonstrates well the long fall from from the goth of early Damned and Bauhaus (110% Maximum Rock and Roll, thank you very much) to the current Anne Ricey synthesized pseudo-classicalia hell (which sadly, never all threatens to break loose).

Word verification: alarip

deerfieldparksouth said...

The chap is completely right, and there's no skepticism.