Fun:Why Punk had to happen

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Help fill in this list with your favorite songs and albums from 1975-1977 that no doubt inspired the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. You'd "beat on the brat" too if you had to listen to this muck.

  • obtaining electric guitars before learning how to play acoustic ones
  • Because the older kids had already co-opted Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk, and Ted Nugent.
  • Just about anything on the U.S. Top 40 chart. "Muskrat Love" by Captain & Tennille takes the cake. "Run Joey Run" by David Geddes comes close.
  • Jake Holmes' icky commercials and muzak
  • ABBA, "ABBA"
  • ABBA, "Arrival"
  • Bad Company, Run With The Pack
  • Barry Manilow, This One's for You
  • Black Sabbath, Technical Ecstasy
  • Boston, "Boston"
  • Chicago, Chicago VIII
  • Deep Purple, Come Taste the Band
  • Debbie Boone, "You Light up My Life"
  • Donna Summers, "Once Upon a Time"
  • Eagles, Hotel California
  • Elton John, Blue Moves
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Works
  • Foreigner, Foreigner
  • Gloria Gaynor, "Love Tracks"
  • Bert Jansch, A Rare Conundrum
  • Joan Baez, Blowin' Away
  • Johnnie Taylor, "Eargasm"
  • KC and the Sunshine Band, "KC and the Sunshine Band"
  • Tom Petty, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Pink Floyd, Animals
  • Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
  • Rick Wakeman, Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
  • Spirit, Future Games, Son of Spirit, Farther Along, Spirit of 76, pretty much everything after Feedback
  • Yes, Going for the One
  • Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  • The Eagles, Hotel California
  • Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive!
  • Shaun Cassidy, "Shaun Cassidy" (contains a butchered version of Motown classic "Da Doo Ron Ron.")
  • Styx, Wait, People Liked Us At One Point?
  • Starland Vocal Band, Afternoon Delight
  • Peter Hammill, Nadir's Big Chance[1]
  • Bands named after US cities or States.
  • Symphonic rock, such as Moody Blues, King Crimson, Renaissance, and The Nice
  • Anything by America, ELO, Wings, or Jefferson Starshit[2]
  • Nektar, Remember the Future
  • "Convoy". "The White Knight". "Me and Old CB". "Hey Shirley, This Is Squirrely". "Teddy Bear". "Breaker Breaker". "CB Savage". "The Bull and the Beaver". "Let's Truck Together".[3]

Prog rock, pop, and heavy metal albums that sold well between 1977-81—during the so-called "punk revolution"[edit]

  • ABBA, "The Album"
  • ABBA, "Voulez-Vous"
  • ABBA, "Super Trouper"
  • Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow Live
  • Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever
  • Billy Joel, 52nd Street
  • Billy Thorpe, Children of the Sun
  • Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell
  • Black Sabbath, Mob Rules
  • Blue Oyster Cult, Cultasaurus Erectus
  • Boston, Don't Look Back
  • ELO Out of the Blue
  • ELO Discovery
  • Fleetwood Mac, Tusk
  • Foreigner, 4
  • Stevie Nicks, Belladonna
  • FM, Black Noise
  • Genesis, Duke
  • Kansas, Point of Know Return
  • Kansas, Monolith
  • Led Zeppelin, In Through the Out Door
  • Phil Collins, About Face
  • Peter Gabriel (the one where he's clawing his own photo)
  • Peter Gabriel (the one where his face is melting)
  • Peter Gabriel (the one that the record company named "Security")
  • Kate Bush, The Dreaming
  • Max Webster, Live Magnetic Air
  • Pink Floyd, The Wall
  • Rush, Farewell to Kings
  • Rush, Hemispheres
  • Rush, Permanent Waves
  • Rush, Moving Pictures
  • Yes, Drama
  • Genesis, "A Trick of the Tail"
  • Genesis, "Wind and the Wuthering"

See also[edit]


  1. While punk was seen as a backlash against progressive rock, Johnny Rotten was known to be a big fan of Hammill, see here
  2. If you think you like Jefferson Starship, listen to one of their albums, then listen to anything from 1960s Jefferson Airplane or one of the early 1970s Kantner/Slick or Hot Tuna outings. The difference should be obvious.
  3. If you still know every one of these songs by heart, you are severely in need of being sent to a reeducation camp. Nothing like us, of course.