Holy crap Swing. Talk about bringing back memories. I used to go to hardcore/punk shows back in my teens as well. In fact, I remember seeing Green Day in a schitty old warehouse in Trenton, NJ before anyone had even heard of them. If you haven't already, you might want to check out Flogging Molly. I think you'd like them. They're amazing live as well if you can still catch them in a small venue.
Anyway, give your old skate betty gf a break man (those chix were HOT, btw). The guy was in a BAND!
And now Green Day is stupid mall rock corporate crap whilst trying the fly the banner of big cool guy 'anti-Bush' rebels. Yawn.
I'm not a huge Molly fan. I'm a HUGE Pogues fan. I've seen The Pogues/Shane probably 15 times going back to the mid 80's. I always found Molly to be too derivative. There's a band from Chicago called The Tossers - same style - that I like much better. Great Big Sea not too bad either - 'The Night That Paddy Murphy Died' is a great driving song!
Depending on the mood I'm in, I can go the melodic/straight edge/West Coast stuff ala 7 Seconds, Doggy Style or the more grittier NYC/DC/Boston stuff ala CroMags, Bad Brains, Agnostic..
For my money, my top hardcore/punk albums of all time:
1. SNFU - And No One Else Wanted to Play
2. GBH - City Babies Revenge
3. DRI - Dealing With It
4. BGK - Nothing Can Go Wrong
5. Suicidal Tendencies - Self Titled
6. CroMags - Age of Quarrel
7. 7 Seconds - Walk Together, Rock Together
8. Lost Cause - Self Titled (Chicago Band)
9. Life Sentence - Self Titled
10. Naked Raygun - Throb Throb
11. Dead Kennedy's - In God We Trust, Inc.
12. Youth of Today - Break Down The Walls
13. Misfits - Legacy of Brutality
14. Misfits - Earth AD
15. Agnostic Front - Cause for Alarm