Top 10 Punk Front Men
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 had charisma but was always loaded. If he were sober, I would’ve bumped him up a notch or two.
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.
Whether wrapped in toilet paper, or Alice Cooper make-up under his eyes, Mike has always given great performances.
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.
Love him or hate him, HR is a madman on stage. The flips and acrobatics, crazy stuff.
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.
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.
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.
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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