I think your write-up on the Ramones is great. I wish and hope, though, that kids tuning into old rock music like the Ramones are not thinking so deeply about things and not so directly looking for a "stance" that means something to them. for me, the appeal of the Ramones is, as I said before, almost that of a comic strip. (I think again of The Fall and how they fit into this discussion! fortunately Mark E. Smith was an individual who cannot easily be pigeonholed into any viewpoint or stance, other than, again, 'FECK OFF').
I mean, sure, as a teen, the general attitude of lots of punk stuff was liberating in a way (I recall Prindle writing a mini-essay on how much Institutionalized by Suicidal Tendencies spoke to him as a teen), but for me it all boiled down to how catchy and rockin things sounded.
Example: The Bad Brains' FVK (Fearless Vampire Killers) first verse's lyrics:
"The bourgeoisie had better watch out for me
All throughout this so-called nation
We don't want your filthy money
We don't need your innocent bloodshed
We just wanna end your world"
like sure, represent, HR, but I mostly love this song because the band blasts into it like a thunderbolt and HR sounds like a psychotic raving lunatic genius.
I mean, sh*t, I still love the Dead Kennedys, but to compare my thoughts on Jello's lyrics when I was 12 to today is a completely different story. I can listen past anything that I find corny... I don't need to fully buy into that sort of thing.
but I guess you're speaking about the kids of today and what they're latching on to. and I suppose the music on its own isn't quite enough for many... oh well. thx for the post, though, Oleg
(I should make it clear that I don't keep up with new music, any genre of new music, very well at all, though I certainly am interested when some kind of punky/rock thing blows up and try to at least give a cursory listen... thinking of Iceage or Snail Mail or something like that)