Which Came First, Y2K Fashion or Pop-Punk Nostalgia?

For the latest pop culture “chicken or egg” debate, we’re facing the return of pop-punk. Is the distressing music genre popularized at the turn of the millennium back in fashion because low-rise jeans and Doc Martens platform are flooding the streets, or vice versa? Many thought that the hits of Green Day, Blink-182 and Paramore had peaked in the 2000s, but no one could have predicted that pastel spaghetti straps and velvet jumpsuits would also be back in full swing, and let’s be honest, Blink- 182 State enema and that of Avril Lavigne Let go they always deserve a rebirth.

Regardless of how the cookie crumbled, like our 2006 butterfly hair clips and wrap-around sweaters, pop-punk is back. And I have to boldly say it’s better than ever. This time around, though, it’s not just the old stars that get new, the renaissance includes fresh-faced Gen Z artists, which, of course, makes the genre a lot more diverse this time around.

Maybe it was Olivia Rodrigo who opened the doors to Y2K fashion And the pop-punk genre in the name of an “emo revival”, but Paramore wouldn’t be so sure. In August of last year, Paramore was added to the credit list for Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” as a kind of legal afterthought after the single’s release, as it sounds like it could have come straight from the hit. by 2007 Paramore It is rumored that “Misery Business” and the two bands collaborated on the song. Thousands of TikTok mashups have started.

Avril Lavigne (left) and Travis Barker. Photograph by Ryan McFadden.

Interestingly, Paramore announced in 2018 that they would be pulling “Misery Business” from live sets, but the pop-punk band recently revealed that a new album is on the way. Similarly, Avril Lavigne released a new single “Bite Me” (and a fantastic acoustic version) in November 2021; Blink-182 drummer and music producer Travis Barker can’t stop collaborating with young artists, and Machine Gun Kelly has completely changed genres from rap to pop-punk on his latest album in the works.

While the popularity of Rodrigo’s debut album ACID and Willow Smith’s single “Transparent Soul” crowned two Gen Z pop-punk revival artists, Brooklyn native singer KennyHoopla is also rightfully making its way up the hierarchy. His latest album Fault of the survivors: the mixtape (made with the aforementioned Lord of the Bongos, Travis Barker) may just be pop-punk’s biggest comeback.

So here we are, wearing low-rise baggy jeans, platform shoes and pastel-colored shoulder bags, using wired headphones and blasting “Sk8ter Boi” and “brutal”. Everything is fine again, or at least the music is.

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