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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Is Hiss the New Silence?
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From: ex_benlinus Date: December 20th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think about this stuff sometimes. I like the way you're able to put it into terms.
I think the best case study for it is The Dicks. Don't know how familiar you are with them, but as soon as they realized they could play in a more sophisticated way, they were ruined.
On the other hand, I think these days, bands like NOFX come off as "punk" BECAUSE they're so skilled and not afraid to show it.
A weird little evolution. Proficiency and punk aren't really mutually exclusive anymore.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 21st, 2008 12:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks for your comment! Yes, it was mostly a first-generation punk phenomenon, in the sense that many of the bands from back then consisted of musicians who had already been playing awhile in other genres. Later, it was easy for teens to set out to be punk bands when they first picked up their instruments. I think that's one of the reasons why proficiency gradually came to be accepted in punk circles. The absence of skill came to be viewed as a developmental stage more than a state of mind.
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