By Adam Valeiras on July 30, 2012
It’s said that there is a little punk rocker in all of us, but you could understand our surprise at Machine Gun Kelly’s first response to our suggestion of a “Top 5 Most Influential rappers” list: Isn’t FILTER a rock magazine? I always do rap. How ‘bout punk rock? I grew up listening to more Detroit punk rock than rap.
How could we refuse such a suggestion? Punk rock it is, along with a list of MGK’s top 5 songs he’d like to see covered, which, perhaps surprising or not, are also all punk rock (well, maybe not Pixies. Hard to tell..). Check out his lists below along with our Alley Sessions debut, featuring some freestyling from the newly signed Bad Boy himself.
Check out MGK's top 5s, after the jump.
Machine Gun Kelly’s:
5 Songs I’d Most Like To Cover
1. “Angry, Young and Poor” by Anti Flag
2. “Bother” by Stone Sour
3. “Where Is My Mind” by Pixies
4. “96 Quite Bitter Beings” by CKY
5. “Stricken” by Disturbed
And actually, a song that I do cover at all my shows is Blink-182's “What’s My Age Again.” Basically, I find a couple girls in the crowd and I bring ‘em on stage… Seeing Blink growing up, the best part of their concert to me, it was when the songs weren’t on, they were just sitting on the mike, talking. They would just say funny ass shit. The mid-show banter is what a lot of people like us for too, and so right before the cover we’ll say some crazy shit, get some girls on stage, and the chords’ll come on. Dun-ne-nuh-ne dun-ne-ne-nuh and I’ll take off my pants and I’ll just fuckin’ dance around in my boxers for the whole three minutes until it’s over. And then I’ll bang my head on the cymbal at the end of every show.
Oh, and last minute additions to the list:
“Chapter 4” and “Unholy Confessions” by Avenged Sevenfold
5 Most Influential Punk Rock Bands
1. Definitely The Casualties, ‘cause Jorge was a fuckin’ ox. He didn’t give a fuck. Jorge was the epitome of what you looked like to be a punk rocker, ‘cause, you know, he had the fucked up teeth, the fuckin’ colored mo-hawk, studded out punker vest. It was the epitome of what you think a punker looks like. When I was growing up, me and my friends, we used to dress just like him. It was the shit.
2/3. And Anti Flag was the shit because… Well Anti Flag and NOFX were probably what got me into the punk scene, because they would talk about shit that we all felt was really relevant.
4. Definitely the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers. I think after reading Anthony Keadis’s book, Scar Tissue, when I was going through my addiction I kinda found an escape in him. I watched how that dude was fucked up, and they make great music, and they have one of the greatest bass players to ever touch the bass guitar, and their live performance is sick, and…
5. I think it goes without saying, but Nirvana, obviously.