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Jerry Lee Lewis
Why He's Punk: This bench-kicking, piano-burning, 13-year-old-cousin-marrying rock 'n' roll original known as the Killer doesn't apologize for playing the devil's music. Decades before Johnny Rotten's convulsions, Lewis made sure there was a whole lotta shakin' going on.
Punkiest Song Title: 'Great Balls of Fire'
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Why She's Punk: Though Björk is pretty much in a category of one, the Icelandic pixie was into punk from an early age, naming one of her first bands Spit and Snot. Anyone who looks in the wardrobe on Oscar day and thinks, "Yes, I think I'll go with the swan dress" truly has no concern for the perceptions of other people.
Punkiest Song Title: 'Army of Me'
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Why He's Punk: When rock 'n' roll was young, Sinatra ripped it a new one. "The most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear," he called it. Yet he plowed through life like a gang leader. The punk generation could relate: Sid Vicious covered 'My Way,' and Bono once introduced him as "the chairman of the bad attitude."
Punkiest Song Title: 'My Way'
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Why He's Punk: Tall, dreadlocked and flaunting big spliffs, Tosh often rode his unicycle onstage. Bob Marley's onetime partner in the Wailers took his social outrage solo in 1974, declaring himself a 'Steppin' Razor' and skirmishing repeatedly with Jamaican police.
Punkiest Song Title: 'Steppin' Razor'
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Why He's Punk: The Man in Black literally raised his middle finger to the Nashville establishment. In his songs, as in life, Cash identified with the downtrodden -- be they marginalized Native Americans, neglected war veterans or hard-bitten prisoners. And the body count in those songs is high enough to also warrant his inclusion in a Gangsta Rap Hall of Fame.
Punkiest Song Title: 'The Beast in Me'
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Why She's Punk: She knows she's no good. Kicked out of theater school for piercing her nose, Winehouse built the biggest bouffant this side of the B-52s. The drink-and-drug-troubled singer and her on-again, off-again spouse, Blake Fielder-Civil, evidently have a 'Sid and Nancy' thing going on.
Punkiest Song Title: 'You Know I'm No Good'
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Why He's Punk: Sitting in his little red wagon, Monk played piano as if he'd never seen one before. He lived off the largess of a Rothschild heiress and went long stretches without speaking. Every ska punk in history has dressed like Monk, with his sharp suits and tiny hats.
Punkiest Song Title: 'Ugly Beauty'
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Why He's Punk: When MacIsaac appeared on 'Late Night With Conan O'Brien,' his enthusiastic leg kick made it clear what the manic Celtic fiddler from Nova Scotia was wearing underneath his kilt: nothing.
Punkiest Song Title: 'The Devil in the Kitchen'
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Ol' Dirty Bastard
Why He's Punk: By the Wu-Tang Clan's second album, their most volatile member was already proving unreliable. For example, ODB's biggest contribution was called 'Dog S---.' A decade before Kanye, he stole the stage from Shawn Colvin at the Grammys, bizarrely insisting that Wu-Tang was "for the children."
Punkiest Song Title: 'Damage'
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Why They're Punk: Named for Norman Mailer's barely euphemistic exclamation used in his debut novel, the Fugs were the original freak-folkers. The long title of their first album promised, among other things, "general dissatisfaction." Founding member Tuli Kupferberg is a patron saint of the squatting set; he's the author of '1001 Ways to Live Without Working.'
Punkiest Song Title: 'Kill for Peace'
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Why She's Punk: More than 20 years after she first hit the big-time with old partner Sonny Bono, the former Cherilyn Sarkisian was banned from MTV for her derrière-baring outfit in the video for 'If I Could Turn Back Time.' She's always identified with the gypsies, tramps and thieves anyway. To those who would judge her, she's got four words: "Snap out of it!"
Punkiest Song Title: 'I Paralyze'
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