Here is the final chapter in the story of how the word “punk” came to describe a certain type of music.
In January 1976—just as The Ramones were gathering momentum and heading towards recording their first album–a New York City fanzine called Punk started being published. For those plugged into the scene, any artist featured in Punk was a “punk band.” In North America, the term started to stick. I
n the UK, however, no one seemed to like the word. As late as October 1976, this new music didn’t have any kind of name. But in December of that year, the Sex Pistols appeared on a daytime talk show and dropped a bunch of f-bombs on live TV.
The next day, the papers were filled with stores about these “filthy punks.” And from that point on, “punk” became the word for this music.