PUNK REVOLUTION NOW!
There is no denying we live in revolutionary times. Between the rapid advancement of powerful technologies, the ongoing impact of globalization, the decline of our long-trusted political institutions, reactionary ideologies taking grip across the planet, the global pandemic, the crisis of climate change, and the enduring economic recession, we live in a moment so intense it is nauseating, devastating, and frankly makes the end of human civilization as we know it feel like a tangible threat. There is no easy solution to all of this, but we aren’t necessarily doomed. There is a way out.
We need a Punk Revolution Now.
Revolution is not easy. But it has been done before! Successful ones that genuinely make the world a better place. We can do it again. We need to do it again for our survival.
SO WHAT DOES A PUNK REVOLUTION NOW ENTAIL?
I have no doubt in my mind that culture, crisis, and revolution are intrinsically linked. I am not the first person to acknowledge this. Understanding this connection is an important part of the equation to getting the hell out of this mess. In the case of Punk Revolution Now, the emphasis will be on music, although I hope the Punk Revolution will inspire shifts to take place on a much wider scale across all mediums.
Consider the following
Why is it that in the midst of a terrifying crisis, the main products of our cultural industries continue to be entirely irrelevant? Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart currently includes the following: Life is Good by Future and Drake (#4), Adore You by Harry Styles (#7), The Box by Roddy Rich (#1), etc. In short, not a single charting song mentions the ongoing crisis once.
This is a tragedy beyond words-- at best it reflects the utter failure of our cultural system to produce any real value to our society, and at worst it demonstrates how our cultural system feeds into the crisis by keeping the masses intoxicated with nonsense. A typical citizen who is too concerned with paying next month’s rent to investigate what is happening around them may have no clue just how serious this moment in history is if their main form of cultural consumption are songs like Life is Good and Adore You. In moments where revolution becomes necessary, we can’t have that. We need EVERYONE to be aware of what is happening, so they can be a part of the revolution, ensuring the revolution is powerful, democratic, and fair.
A Punk Revolution Now can fix this
Imagine an alternative scenario where instead of worthless musical ego trips dominating the airwaves, masterpieces like The Velvet Underground’s Heroin, Gang of Four’s To Hell with Poverty, and Public Enemy’s Party for Your Right to Fight were the new baseline of what a decent song consisted of. No more basic drones-- everyone is cool now. It would be a massive cultural shift that values intellectual curiosity, questioning authority, and taking action to solve problems instead of worshiping powerful figures who profit from this system. Songs which actually lay bare the basic fabrics of our societal realities need to be our bare minimum standard of good art. No more fucking around; everyone needs to understand now is the time to GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND FIGHT!
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The below are the 100 greatest albums of all time. Every variable was taken into consideration when making this list: the influence each album had on music and the planet, the context of the album in each artist's discography, and most importantly, the quality of the music. If an album was extremely influential but contained bad music, it wouldn't make the list. If an album had exceptional music, but lacked any influence, it could have still made the list (although not as high on the list as an album with equally exceptional music but far more influence). As I continue to listen to and research music, I may discover new albums worthy of making this list. If that is the case, I will add it, and expand the list to 101, 102, etc., and make a public announcement about the adjustment. That being said, I am confident in this list's quality, and as far as I am aware, there is no "greatest albums of all time" list as definitive and accurate as the one below (Piero Scaruffi's is a close second).
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1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
2. Slint - Spiderland
3. Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
4. Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Lisa Germano - Geek the Girl
6. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
7. No Comment - Downsided
8. Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges - Clube da Esquina
9. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
10. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
11. Faust - Faust
12. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
13. The Residents - Not Available
14. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
15. Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind
16. Moss Icon - Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly
17. Autechre - Confield
18. Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
19. The Stooges - Fun House
20. Nas - Illmatic
21. Gorguts - Obscura
22. Minutemen - Double Nickles on the Dime
23. This Heat - Deceit
24. Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill
25. PJ Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
26. Dystopia - Human = Garbage
27. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
28. Amebix - Arise!
29. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
30. Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood
31. Crossed Out - Crossed Out
32. Television - Marquee Moon
33. Assück - Anticapital
34. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 - Admonishing the Bishops
35. Patti Smith - Horses
36. Alice in Chains - Dirt
37. Death Grips - Exmilitary
38. Jeff Mills - Live at the Liquid Room, Tokyo
39. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
40. Leatherface - Mush
41. Unwound - New Plastic Ideas
42. Sun Ra - Lanquidity
43. Danny Brown - XXX
44. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
45. Slayer - Reign in Blood
46. Madvillain - Madvillainy
47. Can - Tago Mago
48. Lil B - God's Father
49. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
50. Flipper - Album: Generic Flipper
51. Triple Six Mafia - Underground Vol. 1: 1991-1994
52. Glenn Branca - Ascension
53. Orchid - Chaos is Me
54. Polvo - Celebrate the New Dark Age
55. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
56. Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
57. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
58. Avey Tare and Panda Bear - Spirit They're Gone Spirit They've Vanished
59. Throbbing Gristle - The Second Annual Report
60. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
61. King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
62. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
63. Jesus Lizard - Goat
64. Bad Brains - Bad Brains
65. Black Flag - My War
66. DNA - DNA on DNA
67. Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
68. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
69. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
70. Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
71. Les Rallizes Denudes - Heavier Than a Death in the Family
72. Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
73. Boris - Flood
74. Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
75. Hole - Live Through This
76. Minor Threat - Complete Discography
77. Meshuggah - Chaosphere
78. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
79. Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
80. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
81. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
82. Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
83. Bark Psychosis - Hex
84. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
85. The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
86. Crass - The Feeding of the Five Thousand
87. Mercury Rev - Yerself Is Steam
88. Morphine - Good
89. Death - Symbolic
90. The Van Pelt - Sultans of Sentiment
91. Siege - Drop Dead
92. Skream - Skream!
93. Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever
94. Fiona Apple - When the Pawn
95. Prince - Sign ☮ the Times
96. Korn - Korn
97. Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics
98. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
99. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
100. Ramones - Ramones
Thank you to Alex, Ian, Matt, Emily, Steve, Diedfans4life, and of course Piero Scaruffi for all the inspiration and support in making this list happen. and of course... THANK YOU PUNK REVOLUTION NOW ARMY!!!!!
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