Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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4. FWA
Not since the Eat welcomed "los punks Cubanos" to Miami had the Cuban exodus been felt as when FWA (from "fwacata!") exploded with their aggressive hardcore punk. Notorious for riotous shows and for sharing the stage with many out-of-towners, FWA should've recorded some more. Bassist Eric Rivers was tragically shot at his workplace in Minneapolis on October of 2012 and died from his wounds.

3. Drug Czars
If Chris Cottie and Michael O'Brien were the hardcore heart of the Eat, when they joined forces with Roach Motel's Jeff Hodapp, then the shit really got serious. Beloved educator Cottie might've been the King of the Midway, but his devilish humor came through in tandem with O'Brien's acerbic Irish humor to create one of the better acts to catch during the '90s in South Florida. With three 7"ers released and a bootlegged disc of their entire recorded career available to those who seek, the Drug Czars were equal part garage rock demigods and punk rock outlaws. Choke on it.

See also: 50 Best Miami Bands of All Time


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StackJones
StackJones

Brian Eno once said, his favorite Roxy Music album was one he hadn't performed on, as he had already left the band. Billy LaVolpe's work with Steve Lambert on Morbid Opera, Raw Power, and The Day is nothing short of spectacular, pulsating, in your face youthful angst. Ron Norton was certainly the best power drummer of that era, and wore his shyness as a badge of courage! Ron played so hard that he had to stop, and rest after banging out three numbers. This used to infuriate me! Today, I understand what he gave of himself, and rarely, if ever was rewarded for his commitment to his craft. Gary Lambert is the closest thing to a man that a man could love. I spent countless evenings prowling the dark crevices searching for excitement, knowledge, purpose, and animalistic pleasures. Gary took to the bass incredibly swift, like a tadpole learns to take to the water. He was influenced by The Raven (RIP), and other great prodigies. I spent at least eleven years making music with Steve Lambert, and during that time we explored a wide array of styles from rockabilly, swing, and southern rock, to punk, gothic, and ambient shades of nearly everything in between. Steve wrote lyrics that addressed topics that are as important today as they were back in the day.


I joined AG, after performing a few years with Steve in Spinout, and after I formed, A Sea Of Glass. When we reunited, we were fortunate to have gigged with many outstanding international acts. Our fans would tell us that we often left them, as the Warriors nemesis, The Rogues, not wanting to come out, and playeyeah!


Joey Maya, the drummer of Spinout, is also given a slot for his work in The Reactions, which was another great band. Joey was the Elvis of drummers, and more quippy, and quirky than anyone I ever cared to know. I truly loved performing with him. We used to rehearse in the heart of Overtown at Jorge Lenny Respedo's brother's welding shop. That was some crazy assed, fucked up shit. Four white boys with pompadours banging out tunes into the wee hours in the middle of Miami's ghetto where many of The U's top talent hailed from. Spinout once blew Atlantic Rhythm Section off the stage, humiliating them in front of a sold out show in Key West. I was also fortunate to have gone to Miami Dade, and study music with Tony Suppa, and Isaac Baruch. I was in choir with those guys, if you can imagine that. We once performed Ave Maria at Gusman Hall with a full orchestra, massive choir, and incredible soloist opera singers. It was a wonderfully powerful experience, and made me realize that there was much more to music than what WSHE was airing at the time. I was also not so lucky to have studied guitar as Isaac Baruch, and Johnny Salton, (who are also mentioned in the article), with Vincent Bredice. Johnny once told me that Bredice got so angry at him for not rotating picking, up and down, that the crazy old geezer grabbed his fingers, squeezed, and twisted them about. Regardless, we all took away something from the book that guy wrote on playing the guitar.


Fondest memories in AG… The various Ramones shows, and sharing the stage with one of my favorite all time acts, Killing Joke. I got to see them perform at the London Odeon with Bauhaus. What a night of instructive learning that was in the art of British prowess. The next evening… David Bowie at the Hammersmith Palais, with Steven Ray Vaughan on guitar, opening with Station To Station, as the British Royalty crowded the entire front row.


The only thing I would complain about this particular grouping is that Screamin' Sneakers, and The Cichlids are not on the list. It's better to just write an article and call it, The Best Miami Bands Of All Time. Then you're not limited to numbers, or genres.


Thanks to New Times for raising the dead, and keeping alive what we had; the opportunity to share music with those that mattered the most, and those that cared about the scene.


www.stackjones.com.

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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