Most of us know about the famous second wave of pop punk, which began in 1999 and ended in 2008. It featured the Parent Bands, blink 182, Green Day, Weezer, and many pop punk bands beginning in the early 90’s. It also featured what are called “Early Bands”, which weren’t some of the super early bands, but formed in the mid-late 90’s such as Sum 41, Bowling for Soup, and Good Charlotte. The “Middle Bands” feature artists who may have formed in the late 90’s or early 00’s, and rose to fame in the early 00’s, such as Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, The All-American Rejects, American Hi-Fi, Fall Out Boy and, My Chemical Romance. The “Late Bands” are bands that formed in the mid 00’s such as Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low, Paramore, and Red Jumpsuit Appartus. “New Bands” are the bands formed after 2007.
Who can we blame for the genre dying out? Some blame the bands. For example, people blamed Fall Out Boy because they didn’t sound the same when the album Folie a Deux came out in 2008. Some loyal Fall Out Boy fans supported them, while loyal pop punk fans took their business somewhere else. They took it to the end of pop punk. Others blamed the Warped Tour. I’d say that putting a bunch of rockers together isn’t the smartest think a person could do, most rockers happen to be quite opinionated. There were some problems between pop punk bands and harder rock genres. There were also problems with the pop punk bands among themselves. Some bands broke up, but almost all of them sold out. In the end, selling out had resulted in major loss of fans and mainstream popularity.
Some writers claim there’s a chance for a revival. They say that since Fall Out Boy and Paramore have been topping the charts, that there must be something in the mist. First of all, Paramore is NOT pop punk anymore. They’re sell outs. With Fall Out Boy, I think that they originally sold out, realized their mistake, then switched to pop punk before anyone really noticed. Fall Out Boy is arguable, but Paramore isn’t. To me, a rock band isn’t a band if you can’t hear an instrument, with some exceptions. I think that there’s more chance of a revival than there ever was since 2009. However, the new bands and old bands need to make some progress, before a revival is lost forever.
“Nothing gold can stay.”
PS. I don’t mind Paramore too much, but they’re not pop punk. Plus, I’ve been thinking of putting up my own songs, but I don’t wanna achieve any kind of fame through the internet. Yes, I’m old-fashioned. 00’s 4 ever!