Most Influential Southern California Punk Bands that Formed in the 1970s

Punk bands from Southern California that formed in the 1970's. These bands are often named as influences to many punk, metal, alternative, rock and grunge bands.

The Top Ten

1 Black Flag Black Flag Black Flag was an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of more.

Formed in 1976 as Panic. They changed their name to Black Flag in 1978. They, along with Middle Class, are the first hardcore punk bands. - THC13

2 The Weirdos

Formed in 1975. L.A. punk godfathers. - THC13

3 Middle Class

Formed in 1977. Most agree that their EP Out of Vogue along with Black Flag's Nervous Breakdown are the first hardcore punk records. - THC13

4 Descendents Descendents The Descendents are a punk rock band formed in 1977 in Manhattan Beach, California by guitarist Frank Navetta, bassist Tony Lombardo and drummer Bill Stevenson.

Formed in 1977. Even though they have a raw sound, they're named by a lot of the modern "pop punk" bands as an influence. I think it's because a lot of the "pop punk" bands like doing love songs and the Descendents are one of the best at punk rock love songs. - THC13

5 Fear

Formed in 1977. Helped form and define the L.A. hardcore sound. - THC13

6 The Germs

Formed in 1977. Named as an influence by many bands. - THC13

7 X

Formed in 1977. Part of the first wave of L.A. punk. - THC13

8 Social Distortion Social Distortion Social Distortion is an American punk rock band formed in 1978 in Fullerton, California. The band currently consists of Mike Ness, Jonny Wickersham, Brent Harding, David Hidalgo, Jr., and David Kalish.

Formed in 1978. They have a big influence on O.C. punk. - THC13

9 The Dickies

Formed in 1977. Another L.A. first wave punk band. They had more of a catchy, melodic, surf sound with humorous lyrics. - THC13

10 The Screamers

Formed in 1975. Electro punk band. Named by many hardcore bands such as the Dead Kennedys and the Circle Jerks as a major influence. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Stains

Although their first recorded album wasn't released until 1981, they were a known band with a strong following in the local scene since the mid 70's. One of if not the original East L.A. punk bands. - THC13

12 The Skulls
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