1) Sum 41 – “Still Waiting” video
This is the one where they parody the Strokes‘ video for “Last Night.” Things are so confused in the rock music world that the most mainstream, polished punk rock band takes it upon themselves to challenge the pomposity of a different genre of polished mainstream rock for the real crown of “authenticity.” Seeing that Sum 41 is clearly the chart-topper of the two, this is where punk rock rebellious anarchy just becomes authoritarian bullying. I’m glad we never ended up electing Sid Vicious president.
2) A commercial for 175R Live at the Budokan DVD
Meanwhile in Japan, punk-rock chart-toppers 175R played a sold out gig at the Budokan and have released the footage as a DVD. The clip used in the commercial showed 10,000 young Japanese girls all moving their hands over their head in time with the music (like they are required to). This punk rock/melocore boom has not exactly challenged the J-Pop system as much as found itself a bigger home.