Top 10 Punk Front Men

30 Jun

Top 10 Punk Front Men

Eric Leach of Symbol Six

Eric Leach of Symbol Six

 

Number 10
Eric Leach

At a time when punk bands seem to rely solely on their back catalog, Leach and Symbol Six have bypassed the whole nostalgia circuit and perform almost a new and much harder set of songs. While most of their contemporaries have a wall of security around the stage or some kind of stainless-steel barricade, Leach is in the pit banging with the best of them.

Darby Crash of The Germs

Darby Crash of The Germs

Number 9
Darby Crash

Darby had charisma but was always loaded. If he were sober, I would’ve bumped him up a notch or two.

Lee Ving of Fear

Lee Ving of Fear

Number 8
Lee Ving

Lee fits into that category of love or hate. The stage presence was definitely there. The whole insulting the crowd was a fairly new thing and Fear did it well.

Mike Ness of Social Distortion

Mike Ness of Social Distortion

Number 7
Mike Ness

Whether wrapped in toilet paper, or Alice Cooper make-up under his eyes, Mike has always given great performances.

Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies

Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies

Number 6
Mike Muir

I haven’t seen Suicidal since the early ‘80’s, so this is based on S.T.’s early days, and based on that Mike controlled his audience. Once they were announced a hundred or two “gang-members” would charge the pit. It was something.

HR of Bad Brains

HR of Bad Brains

Number 5
HR

Love him or hate him, HR is a madman on stage. The flips and acrobatics, crazy stuff.

Glenn Danzig of The Misfits

Glenn Danzig of The Misfits

Number 4
Glenn Danzig

If the voice (Jim Morrison meets Elvis) didn’t get you, the East Coast attitude with the “death-lock” hairdo was something to behold. The bodybuilding added to the Misfits overall appeal.

Tony Cadena of The Adolescents

Tony Cadena of The Adolescents

Number 3
Tony Cadena

Back in the early ‘80’s Tony never stayed still, whether he was flying into the audience, or rolling around on stage, he was a performer.

Henry Rollins of Black Flag

Henry Rollins of Black Flag

Number 2
Henry Rollins

Love him or hate him, over twenty-five years on and people can’t stop discussing him. He had great stage presence, and he is one of the most recognized “punks” in the world.

Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols

Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols

Number 1
Johnny Rotten

Nobody epitomized the angry punk the way Rotten did. The disdain in his voice. He was the mold of a punk singer.

Honorable Mentions: Dave Vanian, Wattie, John Macias, etc.

Thanks to Jay Thurston for this idea. These are my choices; I’m sticking to them.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Punk Front Men”

  1. 1
    Eddie Cook Says:

    Great list, you’re bound to get some complaints!

  2. 2
    Dave Says:

    Nice list. After seeing Flag this weekend and remembering how Keith Morris was and is still a good frontman, I’d throw him in there. And I’d say HR was probably the best. I don’t think anyone can compete with him from back in the day.

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