My Obsession: Punk pioneers New York Dolls

April 22, 2015 7:10 PM

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This past weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions struck a chord with me. Among the honorees was Green Day, a relatively modern reflection of a punk-rock band in that the trio plays short, fast, loud songs that are imminently hummable and offend only those who still blush upon hearing the F-word.

Is Green Day tuneful? Very much so. Successful? No doubt. Pioneering? Mainly in finding the exact point on the attitude scale that maximizes "edgy" before reaching "objectionable."

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