I didn’t mean for this to become a mini brain-dump about genres, but it did:
I like a lot of different types of music. I think that there is good in all genres. Pigeon-holing music into genres can be challenging at times. Pick three bands – say Bad Religion, Rancid and No Fun At All. They all fit into “punk”, but without some improved pigeon-holing, you would expect them to have a similar sound. They don’t. If you ask me, Bad Religion is punk rock. Rancid are some sort of anarcho-punk ska mash. No Fun At All are skate or snowboard punk. Others would disagree, but that’s ok.
I think the more time you spend with a genre, the more you feel compelled to improve the granularity in your pigeon-holes. I enjoy classical music, but I haven’t spent enough time with it to get beyond that it’s in the “classical” genre. One day I would like to be able to improve on this, but for now I will have to be happy with just that. I’m sure there are people out there who insist on there being several different types of trip-hop, K-pop or Swedish Dance Band music.
This track, Roots Radicals is from Rancid’s “…and out come the wolves album” is great. Broke punk kids spending money they don’t have on booze and riding on the bus to get around.