Top Ten Punk "Diss Tracks"

No, not hip hop but punk rock "diss tracks". Here is a list of some of the legendary (in the punk world) insult songs. If there is something on the list you like being insulted or called out, don't get all huffy puffy about it. I like Crass, Agent Orange, T.S.O.L.(early), Sex Pistols, The Clash and they all get insulted or called out on this list. Don't take it too seriously.

The Top Ten

1 Get Off The Air - Angry Samoans

This song really goes after L.A. radio D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer. Rodney had a weekly radio show here in Southern California on FM radio station KROQ called Rodney on the ROQ. He played a lot of local and underground music. Personally, I like Rodney. I remember listening to his show in the early, mid 80s a lot. He would play bands like Black Flag, The Dickies, The Controllers, Adolescents, X, Agent Orange, etc. a lot of good stuff. I guess the Samoans weren't impressed. A funny side note to this song - Because of Rodney's "pull" around the local clubs and venues around here, this song got The Angry Samoans banned from a handful of places to play. Rodney also vowed to never play them on his show. However the Samoans got the last laugh. They recorded an EP under a different name and sent it to Rodney. Rodney ended up playing songs from the EP on his show and praised their music. - THC13

2 Nazi Punks F**K Off - Dead Kennedys Nazi Punks F**K Off - Dead Kennedys Cover Art

Going after the lame Nazi punks within the scene. - THC13

3 Rotten to the Core - Rudimentary Peni

Song calling out John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (hence the song title "Rotten" to the Core) and Joe Strummer of The Clash. - THC13

4 Punk is Dead - Crass Punk is Dead - Crass Cover Art

Song about the selling out and killing of the punk scene. Calls out Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols and Patti Smith. - THC13

5 John Wayne Was a Nazi - MDC John Wayne Was a Nazi - MDC Cover Art

M.D.C. released this shortly after John Wayne's death. They felt people were mourning a not so great guy who has expressed, what some my perceive to be, fascist views. - THC13

6 Kill Rock Stars - NOFX Kill Rock Stars - NOFX Cover Art

NOFX calling out Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill for her constant anti man rhetoric (and she's married to Ad-Rock of The Beastie Boys, go figure). The song also refers to the time Courtney Love punched Kathleen Hanna in the face.

Lyrics: "Kill the rock stars" how ironic, Kathleen

You've been crowned the newest queen

Kinda like the punk rock Gloria Steinem

You can't change the world by hating men

Can't change the world by blaming men

Alternative slash Republican

Just cause I don't know the reason you're so pissed

Don't dare tag me misogynist

I thought the goal here is mutual respect

Not constructing a separate sect

I wish I could have seen Courtney
Demonstrate some real misogyny

Can't change the world by hating men - THC13

But what does the title have to with the song.Just asking? - DarkBoi-X

"Kill Rock Stars" is the record label Bikini Kill released their music through. Kathleen Hanna also has a song titled "Rock Stars". From there Fat Mike (NOFX) points out the irony of it due to what Kathleen is trying to do and what she has become. - THC13

7 Bulls**t Crass - Special Duties Bulls**t Crass - Special Duties Cover Art

Special Duties taken offense to Crass' "Punk is Dead" - THC13

8 Johnny’s Got A Problem - D.I. Johnny’s Got A Problem - D.I. Cover Art

I’m not sure on the whole story but this song is about Johnny Thunders. D.I. wrote it after opening for him. - THC13

9 Self Righteous - All Self Righteous - All Cover Art

Straight edge diss song. - THC13

10 Little London Boys - Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Little London Boys - Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers Cover Art

Firing back at The Sex Pistols after Johnny Rotten being his usual self and running his mouth. - THC13

The Contenders

11 Idiot Box - The Damned Idiot Box - The Damned Cover Art

Television invited The Damned to open for them in L.A. when they got there, television told them they weren't needed. So they were stranded in L.A. Captian wrote idiot box as a screw you to Tom Verlaine. It's great cause it mimics televisions sound and guitars, and Verlaine's singing.

12 Aging Orange - The Vandals Aging Orange - The Vandals Cover Art

This song is going after Mike Palm of Agent Orange for threatening to sue The Offspring for ripping off "Bloodstains" in "Come Out and Play". Even though I like Agent Orange and not The Offspring, I think it was lame of them to threaten to sue. Another band, Verbal Abuse, also threatened to sue Poison Idea claiming "Plastic Bomb" was a rip off of "I Hate You". Also lame. - THC13

13 Timmy Yo - M.D.C. Timmy Yo - M.D.C. Cover Art

Deservedly goes after NOFX and Rancid but is also a tribute song to Timmy Yo. - THC13

14 T.S.O.L. Are Sissies - The Meatmen T.S.O.L. Are Sissies - The Meatmen Cover Art

I think The Meatmen were just "trolling". At the time T.S.O.L. were known to get into fights (especially singer Jack Grisham) and have violent shows and fans. I'm pretty sure the site won't allow the lyrics to be posted so I'm not going to attempt it. I think I'm already pushing it with some of the other songs. - THC13

15 I Hate Johnny D - JFA I Hate Johnny D - JFA Cover Art

Attacking a Phoenix Arizona radio DJ named “Johnny D”. - THC13

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