The Ten Greatest Texas Punk Bands

With D.R.I. coming to Trees last night, we at DC9 thought it might be opportune to look at some of the legendary punk bands that have claimed Texas as their home. These days, D.R.I. is better known as a metal act, but when they began life way back in 1982, Kurt Brecht and crew were a classic hardcore punk outfit.

For all practical purposes, the 10 bands on this list are the godfathers of punk rock in Texas. And nearly every punk band that has come after them has been derivative to the point of imitation. One quick caveat: Before the screaming starts, The Butthole Surfers were intentionally left off this list, as they deserve a category all their own.