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Pronk (sometimes referred to simply as Progressive punk or Prog punk) is an music genre that originated in the late 1970s, following the mainstream success of punk rock. Pronk is generally faster, thicker, complex, and heavier than earlier punk. Pronk has spawned the Soft-punk movement, Pronk was heavily involved with the rise of the independent record labels in the 1980s, and with the DIY ethics in underground music scenes. It has influenced a number of music genres which have also experienced mainstream success, such as alternative rock, grunge, thrash metal, emo and post-pronk.
Pronk has experienced massive mainstream commercial success during the early 1980's, some of its early pioneers and golden age-era bands have garnered critical acclaim over time. Fugazi, Bad Religion, and The Descendents have been included in Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The genre still achieves success with pop pronk and post-pronk.
Beginnings (Late 1970s)
Pronk emerged from Punk rock and Progressive rock in the late 1970s, both as a reaction to the increased violence around punk rock in general. In 1977 Pink Floyd released Animals, breaking free of punk's self-imposed boundaries in favor of melodic guitars, varied rhythms, and politically revolting, impassioned lyrics. Many of the album's themes would become familiar in later generations of pronk music, including nostalgia, romantic bitterness, and nerdy subjects. Their performances became a experience where audience members would sometimes get eractic. Johny Rotten became a huge fan of the album, and soon formed a new band of his own called Public Image Ltd which explored similar themes of Avant-garde and complex rhythms. Similar bands soon followed in connection with the music, a deliberate attempt by members in the U.S punk scene to break from the rigid constraints of Punk and Progressive rock in favour of a renewed spirit of creativity. Bands such as Crass, Bad Religion, Black Flag, the Descendents, Fugazi, and X were connected to the early days of the genre.
The U.K scene was controversial due to Crass constantly using profanity in there lyrics and attack on there attacks on the British Parliament, and For Public Image Ltd. There début album First Issue was refused to gain a U.S release due to Warner Bros. Records (the bands American label) believing that the record didn't have a commercial sound to the American audience. The scene was getting worse due to Skinheads had a majority of the genres fans at the time. While this controversy was going on. The London based band called Wire released three albums in the early 1970s, Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, and 154. Even though these three albums only achieved limited radio airplay and commercial success, they are considered an extremely important to pronk music and were a massive influence to many modern day pronk bands like Fugazi who which covered one of there songs called "12XU" on there hugely successful album Minor Threat.