Friday, March 16, 2012

Top 10 Most Underrated Pop Punk Bands

The idea for this post came to me while I was commenting on Scott’s post Top 10 FAVORITE POP-PUNK BANDS.  In a way, this list is an extension of the post that I did back in 2010,  The Greatest Pop Punk Bands That Didn’t Get Their Due, but isn't limited to bands that played in the '90s.

10.  Noise By Numbers
This is a bit of a Chicago super group, most notably lead by Dan Vapid (of Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales fame).

9.  Hagfish
Hailing from Dallas, TX, Hagfish released three killer records, one b-sides collection, and one live album before calling it a day.  Zach and Doni Blair went on for a time in the band Armstrong releasing one album.  Currently Zach plays guitar in Rise Against.  Check out my post The Essential Hagfish.

8.  The Eyeliners
The Eyeliners were (maybe still are) an all-girl, all sisters, trio from Albuquerque, NM (though towards the end the toured with a drummer so Laura could concentrate on singing.  The band released four full-length albums, that last of which was released I 2005, which included a cameo by Joan Jett.  The band’s 2001 album Sealed with a Kiss is a pop punk classic (check out my Blast from the Past: Sealed with a Kiss post).

7.  Zoinks!
Hailing from Reno, NV, Zoinks were one of the many stellar bands on Dr. Strange Records.

6.  Gameface
Gameface was a pop punk band that mixed elements of melodic hardcore and recorded albums for Dr. Strange Records and Revelation Records.

5.  The Pavers
The Pavers’ was Scott Reynolds second post-ALL band.  While shadowed by Reynolds’ work with ALL, The Pavers were an excellent pop punk band.  Check out my interview with Scott Reynolds.

4.  Sicko
Sicko was a killer pop punk band from Seattle, WA that wrote songs about girls, the indie rock of their youth (i.e. Dinosaur Jr, The Lemonheads, and Soul Asylum), and a fantastic tribute to the Misfits.

3.  Big Drill Car
Big Drill Car was a late ‘80s/early ‘90s pop punk band that were close friends with ALL.  The band released albums on Cruz Records and Headhunter Records.  They also wrote one of the greatest songs ever in “Friend of Mine.”

2.  Sinkhole
Sinkhole was one of the ‘90s best kept secrets.  They released albums on Dr. Strange Records and Ringing Ear Records and were featured on many prominent compilation records.  Check out my Underappreciated Band Alert: Sinkhole post.

1.  The Methadones
Another Dan Vapid project, The Methadone released four proper full-length albums, a covers album of classic power pop tunes, and a final record that included a hand-full of new songs with previously released songs.  IMHO The Methadones were far superior to Screeching Weasel or The Riverdales.

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