I refuse to talk about the future gas station bargain bin DVD known as the CBGB movie. But I will fully salute whoever was in charge of putting the soundtrack together — it’s hard to hate on something that includes songs from the likes of Television, MC5, the Velvet Underground, the Dictators, and the Heartbreakers, or every mix CD I made for myself in high school. It’s an excellent place to start for those who are only seeing CBGB because of Ron Weasley. For everyone else, though, you can go deeper than the Ramones.
Below are eight great punk bands not on the soundtrack that helped make CBGB historic. Hey ho, let’s go.
Infuriatingly catchy power-pop. Cared about sounding bigger than most other bands on the scene.
Witty garage rock that begs to be pogoed to.
I mean, come on. Stick to the first three albums, from Bad Brains to I Against I.
Skinhead punks who called for an end of racism and encouraged women to get involved in a male-dominated genre.