Post punk is a much misunderstood period. You read the books and watch the documentaries and many bands get missed out of the story. History has glossed it over and turned it into a musical genre and as much as we love The Fall and Gang Of Four we feel there are a whole bunch of really influential bands who don't get the credit that they deserve.
None of the bands below ever seems to get mentioned in the endless articles and documentaries about the post punk period and yet each one of them was as equally innovative as it was influential. Was it because some of them were tarred with the so called 'Goth' brush, was it because some of them wore make up? should it matter? [caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Top 10 post punk era bands who never get the credit"][/caption]
The various books and media coverage of the post punk period seems to have edited out any band tarred with the 'Goth' brush. Like most of the bands on this list Bauhaus were never strictly Goth, they were coming out of punk and setting off in their own direction. They sounded like nothing else and the dub fused backdrop to the dark atmospherics of their classic 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' were stunningly innovative.
2. Theatre Of Hate
Suffering from the same sort of ant Goth sneer from the hipsters, Theatre Of Hate were also creating their own, highly original music that packed the power of punk with post Killing Joke intensity.
3. Killing Joke
A recent career renaissence is a good indicator of this seminal band's power. Combining funk and disco with the most biting and off the wall guitar and and an intense vision put the band into a very new space. massively influential- ask Nirvana and many others...
4. Monochrome Set
Their post Adam And The Ants jazzy shuffles combined witha dark sense of humour plus their uber melodic touch sees the band have an unacknowledged influence on many from the Smiths Franz Ferdinand.
5. the Chameleons
Like a religion in Manchester, the Chameleons were also a big influence on many US bands like Interpol who were compared to Joy Division instead...
The most idealistic band of all time whose often overlooked music was a highly original avant garde and have an influence that goes beyond music, a whole heap of unlikely notable fans from Suede to The Charlatans to The Cult as well as endless punk bands...
7. The Ruts
Briefly huge and yet oddly overlooked the Ruts would have been the standard bearers for UK punk in the eighties, they would have been the Clash of the decade- their fusion of punk and reggae was already untouchable...
8. Sisters Of Mercy
They reinvented the drum machine and created a dark music that touched many- just ask Steve Albini who used them as a template for Big Black.
9. Southern Death Cult
There was only one album but it carried the flame for positive punk believers.
Not a metal band but the last of the great rock n roll bands Motorhead have become a primal influence on rock and metal and punk.