Five Punk Bands That Should Always Be Remembered

Theses bands never gained popularity in the music world but they inspired generations of artists.

Joy Division

Joy Division

Formed in the wake of the punk explosion in England, Joy Division became the first band in the post-punk movement by later emphasizing not anger and energy but mood and expression, pointing ahead to the rise of melancholy alternative music in the '80s. Though the group's raw initial sides fit the bill for any punk band, Joy Division later incorporated synthesizers (taboo in the low-tech world of '70s punk) and more haunting melodies, emphasized by the isolated, tortured lyrics of its lead vocalist, Ian Curtis. While the British punk movement shocked the world during the late '70s, Joy Division's quiet storm of musical restraint and emotive power proved to be just as important to independent music in the 1980s.

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

Bauhaus are the founding fathers of goth rock, creating a minimalistic, overbearingly gloomy style of post-punk rock driven by jagged guitar chords and cold, distant synthesizers. Throughout their brief career, the band explored all the variations on their bleak musical ideas, adding elements of glam rock, experimental electronic rock, funk, and heavy metal. While their following has never expanded beyond a cult, they kept their cult alive well into the '90s, a full decade after they disbanded.

Siouxsie And The Banshees

Siouxsie And The Banshees

Siouxsie and the Banshees

 were among the longest-lived and most successful acts to emerge from the London punk community; over the course of a career that lasted two decades, they evolved from an abrasive, primitive art punk band into a stylish, sophisticated unit that notched 18 Top 40 hits in the U.K. as well as a left-field Top 40 hit in the U.S.

Dead Boys

Dead Boys

Sneering Cleveland punk brutes who lit up CBGB's in the late '70s with near-violent intensity. 

Hanoi Rocks

Hanoi Rocks

Hanoi Rocks were founded in 1979 in Finland by singer Michael Monroe (born Matti Fagerholm) and guitarist Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko); after some lineup changes, the rest of the group consisted of guitarist Nasty Suicide (born Jan Stenfors), bassist Sami Yaffa (born Sami Takamäki), and drummer Gyp Casino (born Jesper Sporre). Their Scandinavian-only (at first) debut album, "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks" was released in 1981, and the bandmembers soon went to London to promote themselves and record "Oriental Beat". 

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