go to local punk shows. and dont deal with all the shit like ashlee wearing "punk" t shirts along with the rich bitches at school with bright green and pink ramone shirts that they got from abercrombie. they never listened to them in their lives. f u c k them. punk is alive. just know where to look. and dont give into the hot topic. if you want to represent, buy online. or dont wear their names at all, because in seeing you, chances are another, wanting to be cool, will just go, not listen to the peticular band your representing, and buy a shirt too.
i used to get down about this, but think of all the teenagers, with their first guitars they got from a yard sale, in their rooms, playing "blitzkreig bop" with the amps as loud as they can go and not caring when mom tells them to turn it down. it wont die. just fuck the new "punk" from bands like simple plan and think of that as pop. look harder. if you cant find it, break out the turntable and buy a copy of "London Calling" on vynil.
rap is worse. no one has died in awhile besides the rap itself. no major rap artists. there are 12 year old girls, taking down their nsync posters and putting up the 50 cent poster that they ripped out of their J-14 or tiger beat magazines. rap was the streets. people got shot over NWA. it was all about hard to hear lyrics, mixed by the best dj's out there, shady contracts and production, and lyrics alive with power and how THEY felt. not what their manager think would be successful. "FUCK THE POLICE". it isnt even heard anymore. now its "girl you be shakin that ass". public enemy and nwa talked of killings. run dmc was all about feeling good. now its all about making money and appealing. such as allowing 50 cent and the game oull out posters in kids magazines. RAP IS NOW POP. POPULAR MUSIC.
i recently had an experince with this. in a car on the way to this school thing, a 13 year old girl in this car, who was wearing aberocrombie shit and had never missed a meal in her life, went APESHIT when 50 cents "disco inferno" came on the radio. she knew every word. "shake shake that ass girl" she probably has never had a boyfriend.
punk is in deep, as i said before. car commercials and tv shows are all ramones. "what i like about you" and "blitzkreig bop". the only lyrics that count are "hey ho lets go" or anything that will help sell cars. the spirit is gone. the money has won. iggy pop is selling carnival cruise lines. people got stabbed to those songs. think 1977, underground new york, in a club, getting stabbed in a mosh, going home to your friends basement instead of the hospital because you dont have the cash. having that friend sew you up with some string he found and pouring vodka on the wound for sterilization. then the next night going back to that club because the sex pistols are doing an encore show. that was punk. that is dead.
but you arent. and others are like you. and you keep with the old shit and dont get phased by the new (and punching one of those good charlotte loving shits once in awhile when he decides to show up at one of the local punk shows).