Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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The Eat, chewing through the studio.

The 305 did not invent punk rock, nor was it instrumental in the development of its subculture.

As a matter of fact, South Florida was plagued by so-called "album-oriented rock" clubs, insufferable cover bands with Eagles aspirations, and misguided disco heads who were ignoring the better stuff put out by TK Records. But in the late '70s, the sounds of rebellion were beginning to fester with a few transplants from up north that brought the racket with them.

Once it took a hold of Miami's youth, punk rock got some additions to its early roster that has continued to the present. Like all regional scenes, Miami's punk has a different attitude, a tropical snarl if you will, that sets it apart from the scenes in other American cities.

Here are Miami's 20 best punk bands of all time.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Ska Bands of All Time

20. Critical Mass
Critical Mass formed in 1973 and toiled in Miami until a heavy influence of the Sex Pistols hit leader and constant member Mick Fazz that prompted the band to press somewhere in the vicinity of 200 copies of their 45 rpm "Silver Screen" b/w "No One Left to Blame" in 1978 making them the first punks to press a record in Miami. Somehow he managed to secure a deal with MCA Records and released a 1980 album, It's What's Inside That Counts with a different lineup that was okay rock but without the attitude of the 7". They will always be Miami's first punkers.

19.Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace were the heavy hitters of the '80s. Not because they were awesome or brought a bit of Gothic pop to a NWOBHM sound but because for a short while, they were the supporting act in Miami to touring punk bands. Billy La Volpe, the Lambert bros and Ron Norton were also rumored to be the dudes who got all the chicks, specially yours. Their lone LP, Entities, a monumental feat in the age of the EP and 45 is an expensive endeavor to track nowadays.

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41 comments
mrtvteacher
mrtvteacher

Dave Daniels, Joe Harris, Leslie Wimmer, David Parsons, Peppy Flaum O'Brien, Robert Mascaro and a handful of others were the ones behind the bands during those germinating years 1978-80 when SoFla was disco/AOR wasteland. It was extremely difficult selling punk to Cubans, but once the hardcore fans coalesced and WLRN-FM provided airwaves (Eric Moss' "Radio Free Living Room" on Monday nights), the scene mushroomed. Thanks for providing this exhilarating tour through time. 

OldSchool82
OldSchool82

Amazing Grace had an racist song called "Boat People" and a white power cross on the back cover of their album. I'd say that should disqualify them from being on this list. 

elvismella
elvismella

Quit makes it but The Agency, Milkshed, Caught Inside and Foolproof were all better than quit so how come they didnt make it? 

chris521
chris521

where's Violent Love and the Dead Whores?

Sergio Herrera
Sergio Herrera

Wow flash back!! Great bands and shows and venues come to mind. Lots missing from here but still great list

Robert Rudnick
Robert Rudnick

Opps yeah, i see that. They call you a "total babe"

Lisa Claudia
Lisa Claudia

we were already in the article in the top 20

Robert Rudnick
Robert Rudnick

You missed the Screamin' Sneakers --- Lisa Claudia

Robert Schafer
Robert Schafer

For sure Against All Authority, Jack off Jill, Anger.

Elena Gamez
Elena Gamez

Bill Cruz Lol and there are still some missing!

Rolin Role
Rolin Role

Dont miss Universal Citizens from Miami

Slammie Productions
Slammie Productions

I'm assuming AAA will be on the upcoming ska list, but they should really be on both. Second most influential Miami punk band of all time next to The Eat. .... I can see leaving off some of the others mentioned in the comments if this is a strictly Miami list with no Broward bands.

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

U guys missed some good punk bands we usto rock with back in the late 90s..the agency...aaa..milkshed..destro/glasseater shit even shai hulud and A! New found glory even tho they were 954 lol

granttelair
granttelair

The Cichlids are missing from this list. Lifeguard Dan was also probably the first Miami Alt Video released. NMB's finest


Mike Estefan
Mike Estefan

where the hell is Against All Authority???

Confused
Confused

The Cichlids' Be True To Your School is still a favorite.

george
george

All of us could come up with our own lists of who should be there but this is Abel's and that should be respected. Even though we could ludicrously dysfunctional, I'm happy to see Stun Guns in there. We DID care about what we were doing--even if the translation was lost sometimes.


MANY bands come to mind who would be on any "list" but even though (I think) this one was 305 intensive can I get an 'amen' for Morbid Opera? 

Gabriel Trujillo Jr.
Gabriel Trujillo Jr.

Nicolette Bartolini Pollo Ricky needs to know the chance he gave me a few years back still makes me smile ear to ear!

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

Thanks! Now I feel like stealing some wood, building a skate ramp, waiting for some dude with an ID to buy me some beer and breaking some shit.

Claudia Heidelberger
Claudia Heidelberger

the only one from that list i had was Quit's. one seriously fucking awesome cd.

Angela Terrell
Angela Terrell

How many got their start at Winston Churchills???

cinesimonj
cinesimonj

It would have been helpful to have had the option to 'show all'. 2-3 per page is annoying.

punxup
punxup

what about FATE?

CanadaMike
CanadaMike

Loved the list… but there's some serious omissions…. like "F", and who I though should be #1 - "Crank".

OldSchool82
OldSchool82

but it's great you had Load on there. "Pastor's Day" is off-the-rails! 

sigh712
sigh712

The end of the article states: "Soon, we'll look at Miami's contributions to the hardcore and ska scenes, so please don't get cute with your commentary." 


I'm guessing that why AAA didn't make the list. Not sure why Radiobaghdad didn't make the list -- perhaps because they were from Ft. Liquordale and not Miami?

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