Punk Rock Trivia: 1994 – a good year for punk music and many genres

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene unleash a tasty little nugget of punk rock trivia in an effort to blow our readers’ minds. Also, we like to make ourselves feel smart. Today’s fun factoid is about 1994, one of the most successful years in punk music.

How did 1994 become a good year in music? That year saw what turned out to be a “comeback” for punk rock, with the success of Green Day and The Offspring, who eventually went multi-platinum with their respective new records Dookie and Smash. Both bands have been credited for creating, developing and popularizing what would be a new genre, named “pop punk”. During this period, Bad Religion were signed to Atlantic Records and released their only U.S. gold record Stranger Than Fiction, although founder and guitarist Brett Gurewitz left the band before that album was even out. He left the band to keep running his label Epitaph. Also in 1994, we saw the release of NOFX‘s Punk in Drublic, which has been considered a punk classic by fans, as well as Rancid‘s Let’s Go, Lagwagon‘s Trashed, Down By Law‘s Punkrockacademyfightsong, Face to Face‘s Big Choice and Screeching Weasel‘s How to Make Enemies and Irritate People. Oh yeah, and there were also debut albums by WeezerMxPx, Blink 182, the Bouncing Souls, Millencolin, and Unwritten Law.

1994 wasn’t just a successful year for punk, it was also an influential year for pop music, ska, country, alternative, indie, rap, hip hop, grunge, nu-metal, alternative metal, electronica and many other genres. If metal (or grunge) was your thing in ’94, you probably just sat back and enjoyed listening to albums like Soundgarden’s Superunknown, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy, Alice in Chains’ Jar of Flies, Kyuss’ Welcome to Sky Valley, Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven and Machine Head’s debut, Burn My Eyes.

Whatever your tastes, many people agree that 1994 was an awesome year for music.


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8 Comments

  1. jaystone
    jaystone9/12/2011 8:16 PM | Permalink

    Also, Nirvana’s “Unplugged in New York” performance was in 1994.

  2. inorbit
    InOrbit9/12/2011 9:21 PM | Permalink

    Now, I might be too young to remember (I was only 6 in 1994) but I’ve always been under the impression that “pop punk” existed well before Green Day and The Offspring released their respective albums that year. They popularized the genre, without a doubt, but bands like ALL, Screeching Weasel and The Mr. T Experience had been playing that style since the late 1980’s (not to mention Green Day already had two albums put out by then) (So did the Offspring, but their first two are more akin to Bad Religion’s brand of melodic skate punk).

    Then there were also bands in the 70’s who weren’t explicitly described as “pop punk” but were clearly melding bubblegum pop melodies with a punk sensibility (the Buzzcocks are probably the biggest example, but the Ramones did it a lot too).

    Please don’t take my comments harshly, as I don’t mean them as an attack. I consider myself to be a huge fan of the pop punk genre and I was just trying to create some discussion.

  3. Brent Davey9/12/2011 9:34 PM | Permalink

    Cool article. InOrbit, you know your stuff. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Green Day and Offspring didn’t create any new genres. It was hooky three chords about being young, bored and angry. Also, U.S. Bombs released their first album , Put Strength in the Final Blow in ’94. That is a great fucking album.

  4. Robert9/12/2011 10:08 PM | Permalink

    Strung Out’s Another day in Paradise

  5. dying
    Johnny X9/13/2011 12:05 AM | Permalink

    That’s great, dude. We love discussion and alternate points of view. To be fair, we’re just saying the Green Day and Offspring albums were “credited” with helping to create, develop and popularize the genre. No doubt points 1 and 2 are valid, “creation” on the other hand might be a stretch.

  6. dying
    Johnny X9/13/2011 12:08 AM | Permalink

    True, Strung Out’s “Another Day In Paradise” absolutely belongs in the original post. Great album!

  7. Shaun Colón9/13/2011 6:06 AM | Permalink

    Yessss! That album changed my view on what punk rock and metal could do when fused together!! Finally the two thing I loved could come together and make beautiful music.

    Strung Out FTW

  8. felonyrecords
    Felony Records9/13/2011 7:59 PM | Permalink

    This was a great time to be a young teen.

    Other great class of ’94’s:
    Propagandhi – How to clean Everything
    Guttermouth-Friendly People
    Voodoo Glow Skulls-Who Is? This Is.
    Sick Of It All – Scratch The Surface
    Beastie Boys-ill Communication
    Butt Trumpet-Primitive Enema
    Sublime- Robbin’ The Hood
    The MIghty Mighty Bosstones-Question the answers
    Ten Foot Pole-Rev
    Ween-Chocolate & Cheese
    Slayer-Divine Intervention
    Pink FLoyd-The Division Bell
    All-Breaking Things (kindof Late 93)

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