StaticAge wrote:I was saying that the term "punk" back then was applied to a scene of people making music that critics didnt like who all were in the same kind of clique.
All I was saying was that, at one point in their early career, The Beatles also fit that description. For that matter, so did Elvis and Bill Monroe, but you couldn't really call any of them "Punk", could you ?
"Punk" was really just a fashion statement, (and by "fashion" I mean of the times, not necessarily of the clothes; although that's certainly there, too.)
No, I mean it was specifically applied to those particular people at that particular time. Thats what the word originally meant, and it was applied by critics to the Ramones, Blondie, and the Talking Heads. Similarly, "Republican" means a certain kind of politician distinct to the USA, and even though there are plenty conservative political positions all over the place, it would be a mistake to describe Margarette Thatcher as a "Republican."*
Since then the word "punk" has changed its meaning, and its more of a style or fashion or what have you. By the new definition, sure, lots of people like the Beatles etc could maybe fit that description. BUT, if people are wondering how the Talking Heads could be called punk, then referring to how the description was originally coined means that "punk" in that sense only applies to a small group of musicians in NYC in the mid-70's.
*I am sure nini will appreciate the political references I am making here.
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