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Here’s a collection of some of the finest punk-pop bands from the era. SCREW YOU DAD!
Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool had been knocking around since the late 1980s, but they hit the big time with their 1994 album Dookie, which spawned the hits Basket Case and When I Come Around. Their other meisterwork was 2004's politically-charged American Idiot, which was a rant against the post-9/11 United States.
Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy were kings of the "really-really-totally-long-song-title" movement. Some examples; Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today, Our Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued, I'm Like a Lawyer with the Way I'm Always Trying to Get You Off, etc. It was bassist Pete Wentz that took the frontman role in this band.
"It just takes some time..." Yes, we all love punk classic The Middle. But Jimmy Eat World are far from a one hit one wonder. They've had eight albums since their formation in 1994 and even played last year's iTunes Festival.
Blink 182 are the epitome of punk-pop; barre chords, childish lyrics, and a lock-your-bedroom-door-and-turn-up-the-volume mentality. Headlining Reading & Leeds Festival this year, you wouldn't believe that they'd aged a day since their first album came out in 1992.
Yellowcard had a violinist in the band, which is just awesome. Unlike other bands from their genre, they weren't afraid to tackle some of the bigger issues (check out Believe for an example). Debut Ocean Avenue is where the hits lie; with Empty Apartment, View From Heaven and Way Away. It does in places get a tad emotional, but that's exactly what you want when your parents are telling you you're not allowed to go to The Shore with Brad and Casey.
In To Deep, Sum 41's big hit, soundtracked every fifteen year old's summer in 2001. The Canadian four piece slid in perfectly to that whole American Pie scene; obnoxious, crude, and (kind of) funny. Plus, these chaps penned the immortal lyric "The doctor told my mum she should have had an abortion-bortion-tion." Self-deprecating genius.
If Sum 41 were reflective of the American Pie generation, then God knows what The Offspring stood for. All we know is that they've sold over 40 million records world wide, which is a heck of a lot. While 1994's Smash was their breakthrough album, it was 1998's Americana that had the hits: Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), The Kids Aren't Alright and Why Don't You Get A Job.
My Chemical Romance took the brunt of the emo backlash of the noughties, but as a punk-pop band they pretty much nailed it. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, which came out in 2004, was packed full of "nobody-understands-me" hits. It was their concept album, Welcome To The Black Parade, that made them household names - the album in which they tell the story of a dying leukaemia patient. Cheery stuff!
Girls All The Bad Guys Want - everyone knows that song (as much for the hilarious video as for the track). It was hard to know how seriously Bowling For Soup took themselves. They released an album last year which suggests they took themselves pretty damn seriously; it was called Lunch. Drunk. Love, which suggests not.
All Time Low were at the softer end of the rock spectrum when they first came on the scene in 2003; being compared to acts like Busted and Mcfly. But after years of hard graft they earned themselves (slightly) more credibility.
Paramore have gone from strength to strength over the last few years. Although Hayley Williams has made a few forays into the pop world (lending her voice to various dance tracks) it's her punk-pop outfit Paramore that she cares most about. These guys launched in the late noughties and took off with their album Riot!
if there's any song that sums up punk-pop it's Simple Plan's Addicted, in which the lead singer whines "I AM DICK...I'm a addicted to you." On a lyrical level they weren't quite up their with Dylan and Lennon, but the kids loved them, and they've got a new album on the way soon!
Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden became more famous than his band did as the years went by; a tabloid favourite for his relationships with Hilary Duff and Nicole Ritchie. He also took a spot as a judge on The Australian Voice, so he's very much punk-pop's answer to Ricky Wilson. It was the tracks Girls And Boys and Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous that made people take notice of these tattoo-clad lads.
Alien Ant Farm were fanous for covering the late Michael Jackson's hit Smooth Criminal, which was an absolute smash. They could have retired off the back of that to be honest, but they went on to release five albums. They've got plans to release a follow-up, although it seems to be in limbo somewhat.
This has to be the most punk-pop band name ever conceived. The ALL AMERICAN REJECTS. They probably got a record deal off the name alone. They also had some tunes though, like Gives You Hell, Dirty Little Secret and Move Along. You probably heard most their back-catalogue playing out of a teenager's phone as they loitered around your local park.