Not quite sure I can agree with your viewpoint there, the whole Punk movement of the late 70s was inherently political in that it was a reaction to the combined feelings of apathy, disconnection and anger that many felt towards the political system and society as a whole.
Obviously, of course, this is very subjective (which you certainly seem to appreciate) but I think in order to answer that question, you really have to look at individual songs - for instance, I’d probably say “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by The Ramones is definitely an ‘attitude punk’ song whilst “White Riot” by The Clash is absolutely a ‘political Punk’ song. But, if I had to choose which one to listen to, I personally wouldn’t choose based on their message, I’d choose on their music.
However, I also think that the political songs that Punk produced were very, very important for cultural reasons, particularly in the UK. But, I couldn’t go as far to as suggest that these songs were better or worse than the more attitude focused ones.
Hence, I can’t agree with your statement, as it’s too subjective to fit in with my opinions on punk music.
Of course though, I’m very confident that we can both agree that punk music was and still is bloody fucking awesome.
TNP has heard the statement that The Clash were “the only band that mattered” (and also can’t seem to find who originally said it).
Side note @Deponte: Favourite punk band, album, song etc?