Punk Rock 101

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"Punk Rock 101"
Single by Bowling for Soup
from the album Drunk Enough to Dance
Released May 20, 2003
Format CD
Recorded Red Ruby Studios
Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Pop punk
Length 3:08
Songwriter(s) Jaret Reddick, Butch Walker
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Bowling for Soup singles chronology
"Punk Rock 101"
"Punk Rock 101"

"Punk Rock 101" is a song by American rock band Bowling for Soup. It appeared on the second release of their 2002 album Drunk Enough to Dance. "Punk Rock 101" was released to radio on May 20, 2003.[1] The single peaked at #43 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song appeared on the video games NHL 2004 and Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home. It also appeared on the film Zoom.


  • The line "But Fat Mike's his hero" references Fat Mike, the bassist and vocalist for the punk rock band NOFX.
  • The lyric "The story never changes, just the names and faces" is an allusion to lyrics from Bon Jovi's song "Wanted Dead or Alive".
  • The lyric "Like Tommy and Gina/They're living on a prayer" is an allusion to lyrics from Bon Jovi's song "Livin' on a Prayer".* Bon Jovi is also mentioned in the lyric "She left him for staring at girls and not caring when she cried cause she thought Bon Jovi broke up."
  • The title of the song is an allusion to Kurt Cobain's suicide note.
  • "It's stupid, contagious" is an allusion to lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".


Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles Chart 43


  1. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 

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