It's 1990 and many people say punk is dead. Others say punk is still dying. Still others say the story of
rock and roll is nearly over. Such people have at least learned one thing from punk: they have adopted the
same blind pessimism that caused so many bands to burn out so quickly.
Many believers of this theory often see only the superficial qualities of the subculture made visible
through the mass media. The fashion
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hailed the Sex Pistols and The Clash as the only legitimate icons of punk, and assumed the same
thing happened to the whole subculture when members of the respective bands went on to more
commercial dance- club success in the form of Public Image Ltd. and Big Audio Dynamite. This is not
true. Nor is the other view accurate; that the punk subculture stagnated into a musically conservative,
politically passe state of nostalgia.