I'm new here. Big fan of early British punk bands like Gang of Four, Wire, The Fall -- The Clash and Sex Pistols too, but my favorites are the really scratchy and messy ones. I also like some more melodic and accessible stuff, but nothing on mainstream radio. Which is not to say that being on the radio automatically makes a song bad. I just haven't personally heard anything on there in years that I didn't hate.
My question today is what people mean by "Alternative music." I think of it as rock music that took some sort of influence from the punk movement without necessarily being punk itself, but it seems like there are a lot of opinions. Care to comment?