Top 106 Punk Quotes

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“I’m a punk rocker. I don’t do Christian.”

― Adam Ant

“I was always into punk, ever since I was 13, but I was into other stuff, too – like, well, the Spice Girls. I really liked Scary Spice.”

― Alice Dellal

“I love ’90s grunge and punk.”

― Alice Dellal

“I had moments of my actions and words not reflecting who it is I am – if that defines a punk, then yes, absolutely.”

― Andre Agassi

“I was the punk outsider who nobody messed with. I was fearless. At 16, I graduated and moved out.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I love punk, I love a lot of British Invasion bands, I love garage bands.”

― Anna Sui

“I was a little self-centered gutter punk in the early 1980s and all I wanted to do was diss everybody.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“I was a snot-nosed teenage skater at one point, who listened to only punk records and hung around people that had that idea of what is okay to do and what isn’t okay to do.”

― Ariel Rechtshaid

“A lot of people don’t know that the Go-Go’s came from the L.A. punk scene.”

― Belinda Carlisle

“Is punk dressing up in leather jackets? No. It’s having a counter-cultural perspective.”

― Ben Hopkins

“I was really into punk. I was 11 years old; I had a blue mohican.”

― Ben Lovett

“I guess I would call my music ‘blues punk.’ There’s a lot of influences.”

― Benjamin Booker

“From what I’ve read, CM Punk is like a sponge when it comes to training.”

― Bill Goldberg

“A punk concert isn’t fun without a pit.”

― Billie Joe Armstrong

“By the time I was 19, punk had occurred. It had a completely different cultural dynamic to it which rejected everything and started again from the year zero.”

― Billy Bragg

“I was in a little punk band and we put out a few punk records that weren’t very political, at all.”

― Billy Bragg

“Were it not for the Clash, punk would have been just a sneer, a safety pin and a pair of bondage trousers.”

― Billy Bragg

“I started an all-girl punk band when I was 14, and I was the drummer, not the singer.”

― Bjork

“I was in punk bands when I was a kid, and then I would do stand-up in between bands – which wasn’t any different from my singing.”

― Bobcat Goldthwait

“I’m a tomboy, and my style is punk.”

― CL

“I think, fundamentally, the core of everything I do is punk rock.”

― CM Punk

“Daft Punk wouldn’t have normally fit into anything that was pop on the radio, but they just did it.”

― Danger Mouse

“Even within the context of the alternative scene I was a part of, within punk and hardcore and the alt scene, there was a focus on self-destruction.”

― Davey Havok

“Punk was defined by an attitude rather than a musical style.”

― David Byrne

“When I was a teenager, you couldn’t get straight pants. Then in ’76, when punk started to hit, it was a revelation that you could find straight pants again.”

― Denis Leary

“I was a punk rocker. A full-bore, 1st-generation punk.”

― Derf

“Punk rock is very rebellious, of course, but it also means thinking for yourself.”

― Dexter Holland

“Who am I to say CM Punk is a joke?”

― Donald Cerrone

“I came up in the punk rock scene of Seattle.”

― Duff McKagan

“I have a karaoke punk band called The Ungrateful Dead, but we don’t exist yet.”

― Eric Andre

“I was actually late to the punk movement because I was too young.”

― Fred Armisen

“When punk came along, it made perfect sense to me. I found it melodic. The Clash, Buzzcocks.”

― Fred Armisen

“I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown.”

― Gary Oldman

“I don’t think the Ramones knew they were inventing punk. They were trying to be rockabilly.”

― Gavin McInnes

“Bow Wow Wow were one of the few punk bands who weren’t afraid to embrace pop.”

― Gavin McInnes

“I was an anarchist punk, and I think, in many ways, I still am.”

― Gavin McInnes

“I don’t think any punk bands really ever got their due.”

― Glenn Danzig

“There are several books out on punk history, but I haven’t read any of them. I was there.”

― Greg Ginn

“I would say there’s a lot of similarity between folk and punk. It’s written for the common man.”

― Greg Graffin

“Ideologically, the pursuit of science is not that different from the ideology that goes into punk rock. The idea of challenging authority is consistent with what I have been taught as a scientist.”

― Greg Graffin

“I definitely was attracted to similar things in punk and science. They both depend on a healthy dose of skepticism.”

― Greg Graffin

“I used to work at a punk venue in Pennsylvania because I wanted to be near music.”

― Halsey

“I like a little bit of punk mixed with a little bit of feminine.”

― Hannah Marks

“Most of the people who call me a sellout were 7 when I was down face-first in the punk trenches.”

― Henry Rollins

“Everyone knows queers and women invented punk.”

― Hunx

“Hunx is kind of just, like, a really trashy punk band, honestly.”

― Hunx

“Hunx was more punk, and Seth Bogart is more pop and plastic.”

― Hunx

“I was really into punk when I was about 14.”

― Ian Brown

“I’m still secretly a bit of a punk. Love The Clash and a bit of the Pistols. I guess as I’ve got older I’ve chilled out a bit. But, my teenage angst is still stirring somewhere!”

― Iwan Rheon

“If I opened a record store, it wouldn’t be all punk rock and esoterica.”

― James Murphy

“At the time, ‘Oxygene’ was considered a totally ‘far out’ concept… What was ‘in’ at the time was disco, hard-rock, and the early days of punk… and moreover, ‘Oxygene’ was instrumental. And I was French!”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Punk is not dead. Punk will only die when corporations can exploit and mass produce it.”

― Jello Biafra

“The last true punk band to get a major label contract was The Dickies.”

― Jello Biafra

“I think that what’s perceived as punk out in shopping malls or in chain stores or on MTV has almost nothing to do with what punk is about.”

― Jello Biafra

“I was not a punk rocker, absolutely not, but I certainly knew quite a lot of them, and I definitely went to the Mab – it was raw, interesting intense scene, so I was very drawn to it, but I was a total outsider.”

― Jennifer Egan

“I was trained as an actress. But I wasn’t a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up.”

― Jenny Eclair

“Punk allowed women to stop looking feminine. Oh, the relief.”

― Jo Brand

“It’s very cliched to go, ‘You’re not punk.’ We don’t care if we are, and we don’t care if we aren’t.”

― Joel Madden

“All punk is is attitude. That’s what makes it. The attitude.”

― Joey Ramone

“I’m not a big punk fan, but I love a good, solid screamer.”

― John Grant

“Punk was never about one particular clean-cut imagery… it’s about many, many individuals coming very loosely together.”

― John Lydon

“I think punk rock needs an ‘Amadeus.’”

― John Ross Bowie

“The jocks that used to stuff me into a locker when I was a punk rocker are my best buddies now.”

― Jonathan Evison

“I got all A’s and was hated for it; I spoke correctly and was called a punk.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“When I was signed, that was before the punk thing even happened.”

― Kate Bush

“Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock.”

― Kurt Cobain

“I wanted to be in a punk band before I had even heard any punk music.”

― Kurt Cobain

“People can have their punk ideals, but I don’t really care about that kind of thing.”

― Kurt Vile

“I have an aversion to taking care of my gear, a wayward manifestation of my punk ethos.”

― Lou Barlow

“Grunge is a hippied romantic version of punk.”

― Marc Jacobs

“The first music I heard that made me put away my comic books and make music was original punk.”

― Mark Lanegan

“The iconoclastic mode, that specific mode of language, there is an element of it that it is punk – that is confrontational. That’s just a part of the language of jazz – at a certain point.”

― Matthew Shipp

“I was never sullen. I was a terrible punk – I was still so chatty.”

― Melissa McCarthy

“I was really into punk rock but also into musical theater.”

― Michelle Visage

“I’m punk, but I love gold.”

― Mitski

“I couldn’t imagine a list of 10 records that didn’t contain a punk record – that didn’t contain a Clash record.”

― Nick Hornby

“When punk rock came along, the one thing you were not supposed to be was musical.”

― Nick Lowe

“I used to hang out with a bunch of old punk rockers when I was a little kid.”

― Norman Reedus

“’Punk’ doesn’t mean Mohawks and safety pins. It’s about not conforming.”

― Patrick Stump

“I was such a punk.”

― Patti Davis

“You wouldn’t have thought Paul Heyman and CM Punk would have been so effective with the WWE Title, but we were because we understood our roles to each and the audience.”

― Paul Heyman

“I love punk rock, but I also love metal.”

― Penelope Spheeris

“All punk rockers hate Christmas.”

― Rhys Ifans

“I had this bad-boy-from-New York vibe going, dressed like a punk rocker with spiky hair.”

― Robert Downey, Jr.

“By many peoples’ standards, my playing is very primitive but by punk standards, I’m a virtuoso.”

― Robert Quine

“CM Punk is a very talented man, and I’m a big fan of his.”

― Roddy Piper

“Neville and I are big fans of ska. He’s actually more into original, Jamaican, skinhead, two-tone ska from England, but I’m more into punk ska – Operation Ivy and stuff Rancid would do.”

― Sami Zayn

“I didn’t go to prom because I was too punk.”

― Shamir

“I listen to a lot of Nashville local music, which, for the most part, is punk and grunge music but also alt-country stuff down here.”

― Soccer Mommy

“I’m 36, but I still feel like a punk kid with $200 in my savings account.”

― Steve Aoki

“I went to UC Berkeley for college, and it was during the period when the whole punk movement was happening.”

― Susanna Hoffs

“When punk picked up black leather, I put it down.”

― Suzi Quatro

“Punk music is rebellious.”

― Theophilus London

“Daft Punk would not exist if there was no technology.”

― Thomas Bangalter

“I formed a band when I was about 13, and we all listened to punk – or what we thought was punk!”

― Tim Gane

“I was a fan of heavy music – first metal, then punk, then hip hop.”

― Tom Morello

“We had a heroic attitude to artistic freedom, and we thought normal contracts were a bit vulgar – somehow not punk. But that was the whole point – we weren’t a regular record label.”

― Tony Wilson

“I listened a little to punk when I was younger, but it was straight edge punk. It was nothing like what is going on now, like poppy punk.”

― Travis Barker

“The problem is we moved to LA… The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.”

― Trey Parker

“The only way to be punk rock in L.A. is to be a Republican.”

― Trey Parker

“I hate Keanu Reeves. I think he’s a punk.”

― Troy Duffy

“Bad Brains is one of my all-time favorite punk bands.”

― Ty Dolla Sign

“My whole life is punk.”

― Tyler Posey

“I absolutely wasn’t going to write a book if it was just going to be about punk.”

― Viv Albertine

“Punk inspired me.”

― Viv Albertine

“My son has followed fashion since he was a punk. He and I agree that fashion is about sex.”

― Vivienne Westwood
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