is a state of mind
, not a genre
! When I was a kid, it encompassed all kinds of shit, from Talking Heads
to The Ruts to The Stooges
. If you reduce it to a stale genre, it just becomes another subsidiary of The Man
. At least The Clash
had the sense to outgrow it and move on!"
I was 20 (with a couple of grey hairs) when I said that. Whenever I've seen some punk-nouveau vid on MTV over the subsequent years, I'm reminded of my long-ago rant.