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PostSubject: What is Christian Punk?   Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:19 pm

Christian punk (or Christ punk) is a form of Christian music and a subgenre of punk rock with some degree of Christian lyrical content. Much disagreement persists about the boundaries of the subgenre, and the extent that their lyrics are explicitly Christian varies among bands. For example, the seminal band The Crucified explicitly rejected the classification of "Christian punk" while staying within the Christian music industry.punk bands that target a Christian audience explicitly state their beliefs and use Christian imagery in their lyrics may be considered a part of the contemporary Christian music (CCM) industry; some observers would consider this music to fall outside the scope of Christian punk.

Given the nature of punk and some of its subgenres, such as hardcore punk, many bands have been rejected by the Christian and CCM music industry. Some bands generally avoid specific mention of God or Jesus; likewise some bands may specifically reject the CCM label or express disdain for that niche of the music industry. For example, Ninety Pound Wuss vocalist Jeff Suffering said about the breakup of the band in 2000, "...[N]obody wanted to continue playing in [the] "Christian" music industry."

Christian punk record labels include Tooth & Nail Records and its subsidiary Solid State Records; The Militia Group, which signs groups that straddle the boundary between Christian and secular music; Facedown Records, a California label founded by No Innocent Victim drummer Jason Dunn; and up-and-comer Mono Vs Stereo, a subsidiary of Gotee Records, which is owned and operated by TobyMac of dc Talk;.
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