Laura Marling: “I want to make a Punk LP” Top 5 Pop goes Punk

Posted on 1 December 2011
By Matt Barden
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With folk singer-songwriter La
ura Marling announcing that she would like to make a punk record in the future, Purple Revolver has compiled our top 5 artists who switched genres: some good, some not so good.

The Creature I Don’t Know folkster told The Guardian: “I’d like to make music for as long as I can; it feels like something I need to do. But I would like to do things a bit differently. I think I might be coming into my electric phase.

“My first love was punk, and my current love is punk, so maybe there’s a punk album coming, though I probably wouldn’t do it under my name.”

Top 5 Pop goes Punk

5. Katy Perry

Before the Teenage Dream singer became the innuendo spewing pop whore, shooting whipped cream out of her breasts for children at any time of the day, Katy Perry was Katy Hudson.

Miss Hudson, then 16, released Studio Album, a Christian music album, which received favourable reviews from Christian Today.

Now married to Brit comic Russell Brand Perry is the perfect example of how quickly things can get turned around…

4. Nelly Furtado

In 2002 with the release of Whoa, Nelly and a Grammy award under her belt Nelly Furtado must have felt as high as a bird. Mixing R&B and alterna-pop, the Canadian singer-songwriter had a unique style and huge international following.

But then the folk-pop got ditched and Timbaland was drafted in to help shape a more promiscuous sound and style.

Tracks like Maneater and Promiscuous Girl turned Nelly from the girl next door to sleazy ass shaker in the drop of a needle.

3. Everlast

Erik Schrody is most famous for being the lead man of seminal 90s hip hop group, House of Pain.

But once the jumping around was done Everlast branched out and put the mic down and picked the guitar up to critical success.

Now singing the blues and armed with an acoustic sound, Erik has released six solo studio albums to date.

2. Fleetwood Mac

During the late 60s Fleetwood Mac, led by ex Bluesbreaker guitarist Peter Green, were a successful blues band thanks to the blues boom sweeping London.

But their fans moved on and other pop bands evolved. In the early 70s Green left the band and a transitional period began.

By 1975 the band’s lineup was vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood, keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie, bassist John McVie, and vocalist Stevie Nicks.

They shifted from blues to Californian folk-rock and released Fleetwood Mac and Rumours to huge success.

1. Bob Dylan

Dylan was the poster boy for the American folk revival but in 1965, with the release of Bringing It All Back Home, Bob showed the world is electric side.

Causing controversy at the Newport Folk Festival where he premiered his new found sound, Dylan was booed offstage by indignant folkies.

Although Dylan would return to the troubadour musings that were expected of him, critics argue that without the move to electric rock he would not have reached the lofty heights of fame that Mr Dylan still enjoys today.