9.8.08

Another World War (Post-Punk Begins)

In a stroke of good luck [or fate?] I recently acquired a large collection of 1980s Punk / Post-Punk / Hardcore LP and 7" records. This was an amazing period for "indie" rock music because of two things:

First, the dust was settling from the Punk explosion of the 70s and bands were feeling OK about experimenting outside of the "Punk" sound. I.E. bands were using synths, clean guitars, softer production, etc. Yet, the raw energy and expression known as Punk was still alive and well in the 80s. Secondly, the Garage movement from the 60s that started it all was about to see a new wave of acknowledgment from all the compilations coming out in the late 70s and early 80s. (The first wave started with Nuggets, released 1972.) The interest in compilation LPs snowballed in the 80s perhaps due to the success of the Pebbles comps (Vol. 1 released 1978); all these comps no doubt influenced Punk bands of the time. Not to mention, these comps probably also played a small part in mod revival. My own fascination with the 60s Garage sound, as you already know, is showcased in a few parts of the Turn On Your Lamplight series.

I'm still working through this newfound collection — mostly trying to digitize as much as possible for the CHIRP library — but here's the first comp of some interesting 7's I found. It sprinkles in some definitive sounding "Post-Punk" and one Ska tune but retains a focus on the raw Punk sound. Warning: May induce vigorous head nodding and / or twitches.

Yours, DJ Bylamplight

Another World War (Post-Punk Begins)

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Shark -- Those Helicopters (1980)
Eskimo -- Those Helicopters (1980)
Both Sides -- The Rivals (1980)
Greasy Spine -- Volcano Suns (1986)
Drive It Off -- The Visigoths (1985)
Don't Leave Me Alone -- Pagans (1987)
King Of Spain -- Galaxie 500 (1988)
Sold On You -- Gordon The Moron (1979)
Holiday In Cambodia -- Dead Kennedys (1980)
Venus In Leather -- Trilobites (1985)
Sea Cruise -- Volcano Suns (1986)
Go Go -- Super K (1986)
Baggy Trousers -- Madness (1980)
Adventure Remix -- Plastic Idols (1980)
Warm Leatherette -- The Normal (1978)
100 Fools -- Deniz Tek (1981)
Lucifer Over Lancashire -- The Fall (1986)
Recurring Nightmare -- Super K (1986)
Tugboat -- Galaxie 500 (1988)

2 comments:

Viveca said...

Reading this actually made me happier you have them instead of making me miss them. Enjoy, and thanks for making it easy for others to enjoy them too (including me; I haven't heard most of this in years).

Viveca

kumar said...

Viveca, these tunes still sound fresh today. Great stuff. Thanks again for sharing your collection.