Whoa permanently banned ... did I miss something?
My impression is that punk isn't meant to be very cerebral and/or self-aware. Whatever angry aggressive impulse comes to mind, let it out, man. And some of those ideas will happen to be unsavory and perhaps even racist. That's alright though, punk rockers are only human and Art isn't meant to be a moral lesson. In fact people seem to shxt on stuff that have a clear proselytic message.
Came across this article
the other day in defense of 'nasty art' - and I guess it applies equally well to things like the doomer/gloomer subcultures. The point is that when a piece of art makes us uncomfortable, instead of dismissing or rejecting it based on instinctual repulsion, we could benefit from looking at the reasons why and what this tells us about our value judgments. I'll admit it may be too much work, though, and only for the hardcore geeks.
I have a rough, very rough theory that the punk movement brought identity politics into the spotlight, and throughout the '80s people began to focus more on individuality and personal identity, culminating in '90s grunge - which was basically punk rock but turned inwards. In that sense it feels a bit decadent/bourgeois to me. No disrespect, I still enjoy it aesthetically in small doses, but that's about it.
Part of it is that I grew up in Asia and, at least where I was, it didn't leave much of a legacy. What I felt more at the time were the remnants of Britpop (late London Suede, Blur; early Coldplay), which as I recall some of those personalities have come right out and proclaimed themselves as the 'anti-grunge'. Then we moved - close to Seattle no less - and suddenly grunge was getting a lot more airplay.
As far as i can see, a whole generation above a certain age still feels nostalgic about it, and then there's the subportion of kids who are all like "I'm only 14 but Nirvana and SmashPump are my fave bands I was born in the wrong decade!!!!1!11". But outside of that everyone has moved on, I feel.
("I'm 14 but I love
Baroque music. I wish I was born a few centuries earlier in the 1500s on a serf farm and that Bach and Häñđêl were my feudal lords and masters!!!!1!!11!3.14")
EDM seems to be the defining sound of the current era. I don't get it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway. I could sit here all day and drone on and on about the evolution of subcultures and music and whatnot. Feel a bit like Grampa from The Simpsons, lol. "Back in my
day ... [falls asleep, loud snore]..."