Punk Rock and Dogs: A Love Story

There is a deep and abiding love between punk rock and dogs. Some might say it’s because of the shared sense of rebellion, or the fact that both are considered underdogs in their respective worlds. But whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: punk rock and dogs just go together. In this article, we will explore the history of punk rock and dogs, as well as some of the best examples of this unlikely pairing. So put on your favorite punk rock album and get ready to learn about some amazing dogs!

Punk rock and dogs have been linked together since the early days of punk. In 1976, the Ramones released their self-titled debut album, which featured a photo of lead singer Joey Ramone with his pet dog on the cover. This image was iconic, and it helped to solidify the connection between punk rock and dogs in the minds of the public. Since then, punk rockers have been known for their love of dogs, and many famous punk bands have had canine members.

The most famous example of a punk rock dog is probably Spud from the UK band The Libertines. Spud was the band’s unofficial mascot, and he even had his own stage costume and set of lyrics. He was a constant presence at the band’s live shows, and he even appeared on their second album, ‘Up the Bracket.’

While not all punk rockers are dog people, there is no doubt that dogs have played an important role in the history of punk rock. From early pioneers like Joey Ramone to modern-day icons like Spud, punk rock and dogs will always be connected. So next time you’re blasting your favorite punk album and enjoying some food with your furry friend, take a moment to appreciate this unlikely but perfect pairing. Who knows, maybe you’ll even start a punk rock band of your own with your dog as the lead singer!

Do you have a favorite punk rock and dog story? We would love to hear it in the comments! And if you’re looking for more canine, take a moment to think about the furry friends who have helped make punk what it is today.

A Brief History Of Russians Best Punk Rock Artists

There will forever be a great debate about where punk originated. Some say the Sex Pistols in England were the first punk rock band. Some say the Germs in Los Angeles were the birth of punk rock. Many others claim that punk started at CBGB’s in New York. Regardless of where punk truly started, in the late 70s, punk rock music and culture spread across the globe. One of the places where the punk rock had special significance was in the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was plagued by censorship and groupthink, and many young people were searching for a musical style that would allow them to voice their discontent.


In the late 1970s, countless Soviet youth embraced punk rock’s nihilism. A great many Soviets lived in cramped apartments, faced constant shortages of basic goods, and felt that their futures were bleak unless they embraced government propaganda. Young Soviet punks began to imitate their Western peers by wearing clothes from Russia’s military surplus store. The Soviet propaganda machine immediately disavowed punk rock. Punk bands began to play under the radar shows in tiny apartments. Bands such as Atomaticheskye Udovletvoritely (Automatic Satisfiers) and DK gained a steady following in Leningrad.


In the 1980s, Siberia became the heart of the Russian punk scene. Yegor Letov started a band called Civil Defense. Letov founded a claustrophobic home studio in the city of Omsk where he recorded dozens of Soviet punk bands. The Soviet government considered Letov a dissident and sent the KGB to arrest him. Letov spent three months in a hospital for mentally ill people, where he was given huge doses of psychotropic medication that nearly left him blind. Letov was not the only punk to end up in a mental hospital. The Soviet government routinely placed people who they considered enemies of the state—including musicians, artists, and journalists who didn’t tow the party line—in restrictive psychiatric care.


After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Russian punk became increasingly commercial as it did in other parts of the world. In 2011, a guerilla punk rock collective known as Pussy Riot bucked commercialism and began to make international headlines when they staged a series of performances that were critical of Vladimir Putin’s repressive policies. Pussy Riot’s emphasis on women’s rights and LBTQ issues was a departure from the masculine Soviet punk scene of the 70s and 80s. In March 2012, three members of Pussy Riot were arrested on charges of “hooliganism.” Two members ended up doing hard labor in a Russian prison. As protests against Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian government continue to rage, politically motivated punk rock bands such as Mirrored Lips have gained many devoted listeners. As long as the Russian government insists on arresting those they consider dissidents and silencing political opposition, the evolution of punk rock in Russia will surely continue. Punk rock music is a powerful means of expression for many Russians who are struggling to overcome oppression.