“I Don’t Want To Grow Up” – Some early protopunk groups like the Sex Pistols and Black Flag went political, not afraid to push controversial agendas in their music. While other seminal punk groups took a different approach by paying homage to the early days of rock and roll. Bands like The Ramones and The Dictators ripped into simple four chord progressions with a fire and fury. Often tracking in at less than 2 minutes a song, these early “pop punk” records kept the spirit of 60’s rock and roll but challenged the heavily produced overkill of 70’s Top 40 records.
You can just picture records like The Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop and I Don’t Want To Grow Up being recorded in someone’s garage with a simple tape deck. No need for multiple takes and extensive studio tricks, just raw, energetic music from the heart with a simple but effective rock n’ roll message. In 1978, The Clash tackled the Bobby Fuller Four classic, I Fought The Law. Their sped-up rendition is the perfect jukebox anthem to get heads bobbing. In 1975, The Dictators (an underrated legendary punk band!) took aim with a reworking of California Sun, a party song from The Riverias from 1964 that reminds us of Wilson Pickett’s soul classic, Land Of 1000 Dances.
“I DON’T WANNA GROW UP” THE RAMONES
“I FOUGHT THE LAW” THE CLASH
“CALIFORNIA SUN” THE DICTATORS