In our opinion, these are the best punk shows ever filmed, and you can watch them on YouTube right now.
Perhaps the greatest punk concert ever caught on film when it Bad brains performed a short stint at CBGB’s in 1982. During the Christmas holidays, the legendary DC hardcore punk band came to New York City and absolutely destroyed. The Bad Brains were at maximum power by the time vocalist HR gave a masterclass in how to be the most energetic frontman humanly possible.
Long before Ramones had really broken in America, the band was gigantic in Britain. On New Year’s Eve 1977, the Ramones performed an iconic show at the Rainbow Theater in London, which would become the band’s first live album, it’s alive. Sit Vicious and Nancy Spungen, Elton John and Marlon Brando were reportedly in the crowd that night to witness a perfect Ramones setlist consisting of the band’s first three albums… played at lightning speed. it’s alive remains one of the greatest and most underrated live albums of all time, and crisp footage of the show can be seen on YouTube.
FEAR may have been the first act to be outlawed Saturday Night Live. The punk band was recruited to play SNL by John Belushi himself, and a full riot happened as FEAR launched into their opening track, “Beef Bologna.” Frontman Lee Ving hilariously said, “It’s great to be here in New Jersey,” onstage at the NYC institution, and SNL even went to commercial early on as FEAR began “Let’s Have a War.” Short it may be, but the show is truly a classic.
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The greatest punk shows ever filmed
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