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20 Classic Punk songs I wish I wrote!

By Jon Pebs

What makes a great song? Lyrics? Melody? Rhythm? Chords? Fuck, I don’t know. What I do know is I’m always talking about songs I wish I wrote. Songs that are so good that loving them isn’t enough. I want to be a part of them. I want to be there for their birth and childhood and teenage years! I want to see them develop in the studio and come out as a complete and gold piece of sound.

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Like a lot of musicians, I love all kinds of music and wish I wrote songs in just about every genre. My favorite, of course, being Classic Punk and 2-Tone era ska. I also love metal, country, reggae and jazz. I love Tom Waits as a genre, not just an artist. I wish I wrote most of his songs.

I feel good about my three, very different, bands I play in. Buck-O-Nine is a ska’punk band, Labeled Victims is a crossover Punk/Thrash band and Pebs & The Midnight Welders is a folk/country band. I love it all. I wish I had more time to write and record. No matter where life takes me, I will always have that.

I compiled a list of my favorite classic punk songs (I wish I wrote):

1. “Sing Along Forever” Bouncing Souls
2. “Bob” NOFX
3. “Ruby Soho” Rancid
4. “Bikage” Descendents
5. “Where Eagles Dare” Misfits
6. “21st Century” Bad Religion
7. “Another State of Mind” Social Distortion
8. “Kids of the Black Hole” Adolescents
9. “O.C. Life” D.I.
10. “Stukas Over Disneyland” The Dickies
11. “Generals” G.B.H.
12. “Blood Stains” Agent Orange
13. “Alcohol” Gang Green
14. “I Don’t Care About You” FEAR
15. “Living” Circle Jerks
16. “Intense Energy” Agression
17. “Jealous Again” Black Flag
18. “Tiny Town” Dead Milkmen
19. “Cashing In” Minor Threat
20. “Suspect Device” Stiff Little Fingers

If I want some beer I don’t want to hear! NOFX story!

I just listened to Gang Green doing “Alcohol.” Love that song! Then they go into “Voices Carry” by that 80’s band ‘Til Tuesday. Fuckin’ hilarious. Punk bands doing covers is the best! You know it’s a great song when a punk version sounds good.

My first thought is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, of course. But I think Fat Mike got the idea from early NOFX covers. The first one I remember is when they did “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac. Greg Graffin sang on it with Mike. It was so good I remember my mom saying, “there is no way that is NOFX.” She thought they somehow had the Fleetwood Mac people singing on a punk version.

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Why was my mom listening to NOFX with me? Well, here is the story. I was in High School (1988). I had been playing in Labeled Victims for about a year at that point. One day my mom comes home and tells me one of her co-workers has a son that is also in a punk band. I thought “oh really, that’s nice, they probably suck.” The next week she shows up with a record in her hand and says, “this is my co-workers’ sons’ band. They made an album.” It was NOFX “Liberal Animation” (original cover and released on Wassail Records. I knew them being on Mystic).

I grabbed the record and was in total shock! I had a million questions and just started with “WTF? Where did you get this?” I couldn’t believe the band she was talking about was freakin NOFX. They were popular even back then. So over the years she brought home all kinds of NOFX stuff… Posters, CDs, LPs and stickers, It was rad. I would have bought them anyway but hey, free stuff from the drummers mom. Cool.

I have loved NOFX ever since. They are one of the most consistent and prolific bands in the punk rock scene. They have recorded more albums and have had the same line-up for longer than just about any other punk band I can think of.

I have been on a great NOFX kick lately. I listened to I HEARD THEY SUCK LIVE and went into an instant marathon the other night. S&M AIRLINES, WHITE TRASH TWO HEEBS AND A BEAN, PUNK IN DRUBLIC, PUMP UP THE VALLUM… The list goes on. Even the most recent album, SELF ENTITLED, is awesome.

I could go on and on about these dudes but I gotta go do a “Beer Bong.” Cuz, If your drinking beer too slow, beer bong’s the way to go!

PEBS

Two guys tellin stories and talkin Punk Rock!

By Jon Pebsworth (6/7/13)

So as you might know, this website, slash blog, slash classic punk story tellin arena is the love child of Mr Jonas Kleiner. He is the guitar axe slayer of our 90’s ska punk band Buck-O-Nine. He is also my songwriting partner extraordinaire and best buddy, along with five other Buck-O-Nine originals!

I am the humble and sometimes drunken front-man, Jon Pebsworth. My friends call me Pebs. Jonas asked me to join him in this fun, fan based quest to talk about, write about and remember where we came from website a few months ago. I jumped at the chance to do something with Jonas and write some stuff about what I love. He once told me, Pebs, you should write a book about your life and your crazy life experiences (good, bad, ugly & rad). He said, “Dude, you have been down, you’ve been out, you’ve written some great songs, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, you’ve seen the world and made a million friends. Real friends. And, you’re still rockin like a teenager!”

I have thought about his idea alot over the years and… shit, maybe someday I will.

For now I am excited about writing for Jonas’ website. This isn’t a place for journalism or rock and roll media promotion. We might spell some works wrong or make “run-on sentences” or whatever. But, that shit don’t matter. This is a fan site. And as fans of old Punk Rock and Ska, we gonna have some fun with this shit busta! We’re only going to write about what we love and want to talk about. Whether it’s an old album or something happening now, don’t matter. We’re not here to talk shit.

Our band, Buck-O-Nine started in 1991 in San Diego. At the time there was alot going on. We somehow found each other and quickly realized that playing ska and punk in one band is the coolest combo there could possible be. The Clash did it. The Specials did it and at that time, The Mighty BossTones and Operation Ivy were DOING IT! The Two-Tone era was basically taking Traditional Ska and mixing it with Punk Rock at the time, ala Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, The Clash. Genius!!! Traditional ska was so good with Desmond Dekkar, Toots, Marley and Skatilites. Fuckin mix that with a little punk and you are Two-Tone!!

Anyway, we love this music and will always love it. We grew up on So cal punk for the most part and loved all ska music too. As far as I’m concerned Punk and Ska go hand and hand. So what we did with ska in the early 90’s was the same as what the Two-Tone guys did in the 80’s. They called us the “Third Wave.” I hear there are bands gearing up for the 4th Wave of Ska (Check out the Oceanside Sound System). **One side note is that fuckin FISHBONE was the bridge between the Two-Tone era/2nd Wave and Third wave of ska. and they are Punk as FUCK! Love ya Norwood & Angelo. Without them, there would be no future.

So, this month, me and Jonas have interviews with Steve Soto from Adolescents, Jimmy from Pennywise/The Black Pacific and album reviews of The Dickies classic “Stuckas Over Disneyland” and the Misfits “Walk Among Us.” Stay tuned if ya like!

In the great works of Chuck Bukowski in his screen write of the classic, ‘Barfly’…. TO ALL MY FRIENDS!!!

Yours truly,
Jon Ryan Pebsworth
AKA Pebs
& Jonas Kleiner (Graphic Designer)