Top Ten Ex-Punk Musicians Who Went on to Play in Popular or Mainstream Bands

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1 Billy Idol (Billy Idol) - Generation X, Chelsea

In 1976 Idol played guitar for the British punk band Chelsea. Three of the five members (including Idol) left the band to form Generation X where Idol became the front man. - THC13

2 Joan Jett (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) - The Runaways

Joan Jett and Sandy West were the first two original members of The Runaways. - THC13

3 Belinda Carlisle (The Go - Go's) - The Germs Belinda Carlisle (The Go - Go's) - The Germs Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time.

She was the original Germs drummer. - THC13

4 Josh Freese ( Guns N Roses, Devo, NIN,) - The Vandals

I believe he's a top ten living rock drummer. As the permanent drummer for The Vandals and Devo, he has drummed for countless other bands and musicians. - THC13

5 Robert Trujillo (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne) - Suicidal Tendencies

Suicidal pretty much started it all for him. - THC13

6 Pat Smear (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) - The Germs

Played Guitar for the Germs. - THC13

7 Lita Ford (Lita Ford) - The Runaways

Originally played bass for The Runaways but later moved to lead and rhythm guitar. - THC13

8 David Kushner (Velvet Revolver, Danzig) - Wasted Youth

Guitarist on Wasted Youths Black Daze album. One of the founding members of Velvet Revolver. - THC13

9 Johnny Rotten (P.I.L.) - The Sex Pistols

Fronted "post punk" alternative band Public Image Limited. They were really popular amongst the alternative radio stations here in So. Cal in the mid and late 80's. - THC13

10 Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age) - Wasted Youth

Drummer on two albums for Queens of the Stone Age. Also drummed for Eagles of Death Metal. - THC13

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1. Billy Idol (Billy Idol) - Generation X, Chelsea
2. Joan Jett (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts) - The Runaways
3. Belinda Carlisle (The Go - Go's) - The Germs
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