watch Descendents critique Rolling Stone’s ‘best punk albums’ list
Back in April, punk fanzine Rolling Stone listed the 40 greatest punk albums of all time, and obviously no one had any issue with the revered zine’s choices or rankings. So, just to stir things up a little bit, Rolling Stone themselves talked to the Descendents, whose Milo Goes to College came in at #16, to critique their list. The band were pretty mild-mannered, saying of course anyone’s list will be a little different, and namedropping some bands they thought should’ve been there like TSOL, The Weirdos, the Adolescents (who the band seemed to agree were the most glaring omission). They also said the Dead Kennedy’s Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables was too low and should’ve been top 10, and wondered whether or not bands like The Kinks, The Seeds or The Velvet Underground classify enough as “punk” to be there. Bill Stevenson also recounted seeing The Stooges playing “Loose” into “Down on the Street” and said it was the best nine minutes of his lifetime. “I could die after I saw that.” At the end, Milo added, “You’re always gonna miss some, and you guys missed some, and hey, shit happens. So, next time you’ll get it right.” Watch the video of the band discussing the list, below.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read the whole list here.
Descendents recently released a great new album, Hypercaffium Spazzinate. Catch them on tour, including dates with Fucked Up, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, and Bully. Also if you missed it, read blink-182 and Descendents’ comebacks, and the enduring influence of pop punk.
And speaking of the Adolescents, bassist Steve Soto is playing some shows with Kevin Seconds this year, including NYC’s Don Pedro on September 1. Tickets for that show are on sale now.