Newsflash: They are pointless. They don't fit. Putting someone into a standard old label does nothing but limit the cool people you could meet and be friends with. In the past two days I have been told that there is no way I could know what Bad Religion's lyrics are about and still like them. I've been called a poser. I've been told I don't know what punk is (more about that later). And all because I don't fit in someone's precious stereotype. In my opinion, we all need to stick to that old phrase---'don't judge a book by it's cover.' Everyone knows the stereotypes. It's time to get rid of them and be friends with someone because you want to be friends with them, not because they fit in your clique. Personally, I am ME. I listen to Bad Religion and Shakira. I wear bondage skirts and shirts from Old Navy or American Eagle. I hang out with preps, dorks, thespians, punks... Everyone. I refuse to limit myself and all that I can be to fit myself in some high school clique. So please stop putting me in one.
Um, guys, I hate to break this to you, but punk is not and never has really been about the clothes you wear or the music you listen to---yes, I mean, MOST (but not all) punks do dress a certain way or listen to certain music---but that's because the way they dress or the music they listen to matches their thoughts and opinions. Because that's what punk is about. It's a set of attitudes---being creative and original and expressive. Being aware of the world around you and not being afraid to criticize or try to make a change. Sometimes this is expressed in music. But not always. So stop thinking you can be punk because you wear clothes from Hot Topic... Stop thinking someone CAN'T be punk because they wear clothes from Hot Topic... Open your mind and then MAYBE you will understand the set of attitudes that are what really makes someone "punk."
What the hell kind of term is this? Nothing is new. Everything's been done before. Everyone mimics someone else in some way or another. It's all imitation and adaptation and being like something you've seen or heard. So what makes one person more poser than another person? This term is definitely outdated and overused.
Apparently, if a band is popular, they are "sellouts." Or if they alter their music at all, they are "sellouts." No one stops to think that perhaps a band wants people to like their music, wants people to buy their albums, and wants to be able to keep on rocking. Maybe a band changes because they're growing and changing as musicians. Maybe their taste has changed. Or maybe they really do just want to get some money. But it's their band, they're the ones rocking out, so let them make the choices they want to make, do what they want to do. And just because a band becomes popular, that doesn't mean that you have to stop listening to them. You obviously were never a true fan if you can stop listening to them just because *gasp* they got caught on MTV or your local "teenybopper" radio station. Who cares how popular they are or if other people listen to them? It's about the music---if you like the music, then none of the other stuff should matter, you should like the band.