A Birthday Playlist: Pop Punk Edition

It's Danny V.'s Birthday, so you get some pop punk.

December 5, 2017
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When they asked me to write this blog, my one request? That I could write about any band I wanted. Normally, I try and keep it in line with what we play on the station, but guess what? It's MY BIRTHDAY and that means you get a pop punk play list! Because it's all about what I want to listen to today!

You may hate it, you may love it. Either way, give it a chance, you might just find some guilty pleasures that you can listen to and pretend you are in high school again. Or at least it will give you something to make fun of me of at the next BJ and Migs event. 

So what kind of music do I listen to when I am not at work? Well you can probably tell from my other blog posts, my taste in music is quite centered around the pop punk and punk rock from about 1994, when Green Day and The Offspring did away with grunge, and busted down the doors to main stream punk, all the way to new pop punk such as State Champs and Neck Deep. So why should you check out this playlist? Because not only do I listen to the forefathers of punk like The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Rancid, Misfits, Pennywise, so on and so forth. But I listen to the bands that they inspired. Afterall, isn't that why we all listen to music? So since it's my birthday, check out what made me . . . well me! 

10.) Blink 182 - What's My Age Again

Because you can't have a birthday without playing this song. Sadly, I am a lot older than 23. But nobody likes you when your 31, just doesn't rhyme. 

9.) Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue

I had a conversation recently about Yellowcard, on whether they were a pop punk band, or a pop rock band. While I argued that every band was a pop punk band in the early 2000's, it was songs like Ocean Avenue, with it's fast pace, melodic courses and fast drums that pushed them way more into the punk category than pop. Even though most of you will probaby disagree with me. 

8.) Simple Plan - I'm Just a Kid 

On our show, you may know that Steve and BJ give me a hard time for listening to Simple Plan. And while yes, they can be a guilty pleasure band, I can honestly say, that if it wasn't for this song and this band in early 2002, I would have probably never gotten into any punk or rock or music at all. This song, and this video were what turned me on to the whole rock world. Plus, what a great song for a birthday and nostalgia right? 

7.) New Found Glory - Connect The Dots

New Found Glory played here right before Thanksgiving, and I have to say, they still brought down the house. 20 years of being a band and still rocking hard. I even broke my finger in the pit. Get on it!

6.) The Starting Line - Best of Me

If you were in high school at anytime in the early 2000's and you don't know the beginning of this song . . . well then that just means you ignored it. Seriously, The Starting Line, even if you didn't like them, I guarantee your girlfriend at the time did. Give it a chance. Sure it's catchy, it's a bit whiny, but come on, this sugary pop punk can get anyone singing along. Humor me. It's my birthday.

5.) Time4Change  - Forget Tonight 

Alright, so I know how important local music is here in Seattle. So humor me for a second and realize that local music is not only important here, but every where. There are two bands that taught me I could play my own music, I could take the passion I heard on the radio, and create it for myself, and they are not only great rock bands, but I am glad I can call them friends to this day. The first is this band right here. Time4Change. A local Albuquerque band (my hometown) that had the fastest guitars, the fastest double time, and some of the best breakdowns and vocals I had ever heard. This is one of their acoustic slower songs from their newest album, but trust me, if you like what you hear, check them out. You will not be disappointed. 

4.) Left Unsaid - Dresden

The second, is Left Unsaid. If you mention this band to anyone in Albuquerque that grew up in the 2000's, you will have instant street cred. Seriously, Friday night Left Unsaid shows were the place to be at. Playing sold out shows, touring, recording two full length cds, a handful of EP's and being totally rad dudes was just the beginning. I saw them in 2001 with The Offspring, and they blew me away. Enjoy. 

3.) Green Day - Basket Case 

God's Favorite Band. I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. Seriously, all the success Green Day has had, plus they still churn out amazing songs, tour like crazy to sold out stadiums world wide. I can't get over it. It had to be here today!

2.) MxPx - Doing Time 

If you can't tell from my blogs. I have a huge crush and obsession with MxPx. Now that I live here, it's just been increased 10 fold. Living across from Bremerton where MxPx reign, I can't explain my love for this band other than saying just that. They rock. 

1.) The Offspring- All I Want

Because it wouldn't be a proper Danny playlist without The Offspring. Fast. Punk. And awesome. 

What about you? What is on your birthday playlist? Or what songs made you who you are? Share them with me! 

- Danny V.