Originally Posted by M2
I was at the Woodstock show and the Boston Esplanade show that turned into a near riot.
I always got the sense, even during those two shows, that Billy Joe was making the plea that "Hey now folks, we're not that band." And they've pretty spent their time since then proving it.
Weirdest thing about the '90s scene, to me, is the lengths to which it tried to erase history. No one got hit harder than the Ramones. The world swung in their direction, but refused to acknowledge them. Some older acts (Social Distortion and the Descendents) finally tasted success or got a mini comeback, but I always thought it was odd that a lot of punk, hardcore and college radio forefathers didn't get much of a ride, if any, on that gravy train.
Even though they were the forefathers, they still weren't seen as "marketable" by the machine.
It was okay to use their songs for car commercials (I still remember where I was when I heard "What do I Get?" on a Honda commercial), as long as their faces weren't shown.
When the New Bomb Turks were being wooed by Capital (I think it was), their main sticking points were "You guys are a little too overweight", and "Your name doesn't make sense". They ended up on Epitaph, made three records, two videos, and had a song on some skateboarding video game.
Point is (I guess) is that those guys didn't really know what to do with Punk Rock. They knew people wanted it, but they really didn't know why. Their solution was to re create it, make it all about the Vans Warped Tour and tatoos. They took all of the peripheral garbage and made it the main focus. Made it something boring and consumerist, a different uniform, if you will.
The Ramones never went for that. They had a cooler uniform and cared about cooler stuff.
I really wish we lived in a Ramones kinda world. I don't like this one at all by comparison.