“Hey, music fan, do you love punk? Of course you do! Then you’ll love this collection of punk’s greatest hits. Sure, we didn’t include the Ramones, Circle Jerks, the Clash, or X-Ray Spex, but we do have the anarchistic Huey Lewis and the News, riotous Love and Rockets, and the totally anti-establishment Thompson Twins. You’ll be shouting F*CK THE MAN while listening to Crowded House and their crust-punk classic ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over.’ The Dead Boys? Never heard of ’em. I’m too busy listening to the original bad boy, Tommy Tutone.”
Such is the message of a wonderful commercial from the 1990s that features two “punks” (“YEAH!”) hawking a compilation of the finest songs punk has to offer, including “Karma Chameleon” and Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” I know “punk” is a BS phrase that doesn’t mean anything, BUT: for the love of Joe Strummer, why did this happen? Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to put a pin through my nose and listen to INXS for the rest of the day.