So basically, they were one of the first to incorporate catchy pop hooks into punk. Which is basically what green day did 10 years later.
Somehow, just because all the kiddies in middle school loved green day, now they're more influential?
The velvet underground was never popular, are you going to say that they weren't massively influential either?
Face it kiddo, green day definitely drew their sound greatly from the descendents. And you having not heard of them doesn't MEAN anything at all. So what? The average highschooler hasn't heard of some punk band. Their opinion totally matters.
try a max of 4 years before them first off, take a look at record sales, ill bet dookie alone out sold every descendents album combined. but record sales dont mean anything i guess.
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Green Day was doing nothing new, they just had the drive and luck to make it much bigger than their predecessors. In terms of influence, The Descendents, The Queers, and Screeching Weasel were all much more pivotal in the formation of "pop punk".
Look to bands like Jawbreaker, Screeching Weasel, and the Ergs! if you want to see people that actually made some decent pop-punk.
According to mutumbo's comment about Dookie, it would appear as though punk is all about selling records. Hmm...I must have missed that memo.
They got songs on the radio and every bubble-gum pop junkie kid went out and bought the album, and now you're trying to tell me that the number of records they sold makes them the most incredible pop-punk band ever?
Also, stop using that phrase in relation to Green Day and Blink. They were both Pop Rock bands. I've been into punk as long as I can remember, I still don't see how anyone could relate Green Day to it. Pop Rock, my friend.
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