‘90s California bands that defined the second wave of punk rock

Billie Joe Armstrong, singer and guitarist of Green Day, stands on the Center Stage of Rock im Park-Festival 2013. Credit: Sven-Sebastian Sajak/Wikimedia Commons.

Punk rock has its roots in late ‘70s New York and London with bands like the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Damned. But if you first learned about those bands from t-shirts from Hot Topic, you probably grew up in a different era. The so-called second wave includes bands such as Bad Religion, the Offspring and Green Day. These California bands are credited -- or criticized -- by some punk purists for mainstreaming the angry and rebellious spirit of the genre and selling millions of albums in the process. 



  • Ian Winwood - author of “Smash! Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, plus the 90s Punk Explosion”