Kanye West and Jay-Z can sing about living the expensive life, and 50 Cent can be broke as hell and still pretend to be rich. But punk rockers don’t play that game. They get by on minimalism, DIY and not caring what other people think. Here are 10 punk songs to help you get your frugal on.
Green Day – Welcome to Paradise
Pay attention to the cracked streets
And the broken homes
Some call it slums
Some call it nice
I want to take you through
A wasteland I like to call my home
Welcome to paradise
Clearly, Billy Joe Armstrong found himself a diamond-in-the-rough property and is well on his way to forcing some appreciation. If some call it the slums and some call it nice, that’s the time to get in the market. Turn that sucker around as a rental property in a couple years and reap the rewards.
The Suicide Machines – Vans Song
You think Doc Martens are the coolest invention
Since someone sliced a loaf of bread in someone else’s kitchen
The plain truth is that you just plain suck
So why should I tell you not to waste a hundred bucks
Detroit ska punk legends The Suicide Machines ain’t got no love for high-priced footwear. All you need is “a crummy old pair of chuka boots and a smelly old pair of socks.” Get some Vans on your feet, son.
Social Distortion – Story of My Life
I went downtown to look for a job
I had no training, no experience to speak of.
I looked at the holes in my jeans
And turned and headed back.
Listen, Mike Ness isn’t buying high-priced, pre-ripped jeans. Those holes got there through a lot of experience. And they were probably thrift store jeans to begin with, so that’s like a two-fer.
NOFX – Shower Days
It doesn’t make a difference to me
Everyday I do the same old thing
So why should I have to be clean?
Those dreaded Wednesdays and Saturdays
Also known as shower days
I hate them
I’m sure it pains Fat Mike to use the Earth’s precious natural resources for something as trivial as personal hygiene. And while he’s taking a stand against wasted resources, he’s saving a few bucks. The man’s a Californian, after all.
Bowling for Soup – Girl all the bad guys want
Now I am watchin’ wrestling
Tryin’ to be a tough guy
Listenin’ to rap metal
Turntables in my eyes
I can’t grow a mustache
And I ain’t got no season pass
All I got’s a moped, moped, moped
Sure, he really, really, really wants to be with the girl. But he’s not going to go in debt buying a Trans-Am and a racetrack season pass. Are you kidding?! Brother’s riding a moped. They get better gas mileage and the insurance is way cheaper.
Misfits – This Magic Moment (cover)
Sweeter than wine
Softer than the summer night
Everything I want I have
Whenever I hold you tight
When you’re with the one you love, what else could you possibly need? Aside from a 55-gallon drum of hair gel.
Millencolin – Material Boy
I bought an iMac and mouse, a phone to go with my new spirit
Next step might be a house, six bedrooms and a pool just for me
I will live like a Tsar, the beggars chant won’t hear it
I’ll have a boat, new TV and car
And in my mouth a fat Cuban cigar
You’ve heard the tales of lifestyle inflation before. Millencolin cranks it into overdrive to point out the absurdity. But it’s not good, people, it’s not good at all.
Pennywise – Same Old Story
I’m not cut from the same mold,
I don’t read from the same old story
I’m not cut from the same mold,
Done with yours,
I’m living my life for me
People on the financial independence path don’t follow the same old story the rest of society does. They find what makes them happy and decide “I’m living my life for me.”
MXPX – Your Problem, My Emergency
Get a clue, I’m not here for you
And I’m not like you
I’m not gonna do what you say is right
‘Cause then I’ll end up just like you
I’m gonna rebel, I’m gonna fight
This organized manipulation
There’s no need to keep up with the Joneses and live the consumerist, mass media lifestyle. Just do your thing, man. You do you.
NoFX – Linoleum
Possessions never meant anything to me
I’m not crazy
Well that’s not true, I’ve got a bed, and a guitar
And a dog named Bob who pisses on my floor
That’s right, I’ve got a floor
So what, so what, so what?
I’ve got pockets full of kleenex and lint and holes
Where everything important to me
Just seems to fall right down my leg
And on to the floor
My closest friend linoleum
Supports my head, gives me something to believe
That’s me on the beachside combing the sand
Metal meter in my hand
Sporting a pocket full of change
That’s me on the street with a violin under my chin
Playing with a grin, singing gibberish
That’s me on the back of the bus
That’s me in the cell
That’s me inside your head
I mean c’mon, you’ve got anti-consumerism, minimalism, thrift, a lucrative hobby and a side hustle all packed into like two minutes. Plus he rides public transportation!
OK, punk fans, what other songs belong on this list? List them in the comments and tell me why they’re applicable!