I'm so thrilled to give you guys an extra post tonight, (nothing on TV in this post Super Bowl/pre March Madness miserable time of year)...... I found this set on the Bay last night and while, yes, it does include 100 tracks, of which, by my guess, 50 are pretty much layups/slamdunks that I have posted a zillion times before and all "you young punks" have in 40 different versions, I am posting this set because there are some REALLY, TOTALLY BAD-ASS lesser known/rarities on this collection.... trust me, and once you see the set list you will know what I'm saying..... This is a five disc set, I suppose I COULD find out who put it out if I checked, but I don't really care all that much, it's another exhaustive collection of mid-late 1970's punk/new wave stuff, most of it pretty great..... If I were an ambitious man, perhaps I would reprogram it and get the obvious/layup material off of it, narrow it down to two discs or so, but hey, fuck it, this is someone else's creation, who the fuck am I to alter it? Not gonna do it, I'm gonna provide it just as it came to me, even with all the "obvious" material.... believe me there are PLENTY of sets of this type which are NOTHING BUT "obvious" "layup" material...... this is not one of them, there is enough rare/hard to find/rare;y comped stuff here.....besides, if you are a 1970's punk newbie, you will fall in love with all of the obvious material as well..... I'm serving MULTIPLE purposes here, bless my soul!
All of these turn up on Disc 1, these are, while well known, not comped as often as the obvious material: Lene Lovich's "Lucky Number", "Milk and Alcohol" from Dr Feelgood, even "Blazing Apostles" from Be Bop Deluxe, who don't exactly fit the mold here, but I DID always kind of like them..... we also get find tracks from the Ruts, the Skids, Department S, and The Rich Kids, not exactly unknown, but stuff that, in general, does not make the usual comps of this type.
Disc 2 is a bit more eccentric.... the only "REAL" layups here are (the actually great) "Turning Japanese" from the Vapors, the (also great) "Ghost Rider" from Suicide, "Damaged Goods" from Gang of Four, and maybe "Offshore Banking Business" from the Members, which may not even belong in this category and which is a killer track regardless... but the disc ALSO contains relatively obscure numbers from Jona Lewie, Fad Gadget, Bill Nelson, Silicon Teens, DAF, New Model Army, and plenty more... MORE than worth your time, I promise!
Disc 3 gives us a lot more "obvious" material, frequently comped tunes from XTC, Martha & the Muffins, Stiff Little Fingers, The Saints, and the Buzzcocks (again, let me reiterate... these are all WONDERFUL, GREAT tracks, it's just that they are comped OFTEN)...... but once we sift through those, we get gems from The Scars (recently featured in a Dave Sez post, they MUST BE great!), Leyton Buzzards, Wreckless Eric, Chris Spedding, and more, This is in reality a fine set which plays like a 1970's punk-radio-weekend, some obvious stuff, but enough gems to make it worth our while for sure!
The final disc, does, also, have a good bit of obvious, frequently comped material, the Plasmatics, Devo, The Saints, X-Ray Spex, and more, again, I am not DISSING the obvious tracks on this comp, most of them are STELLAR, it's ONLY that they are comped often, nothing more..... this disc, when we search for the hidden gems, turns up Honey Bane, The Scars, Monochrome Set, and much more.
If it were myself, just discovering this set for the first time, I would maybe reprogram it and eliminate the material that is already on 100 comps.....if you are JUST NOW (!) getting into 70's punk, this would be as good a starting point as I can imagine you could ever get........ it's a good set, a fine balance between obvious, common material, and a bit more esoteric, lesser known material....... I posted it for BOTH groups of people which is why I did not reprogram it myself...... a fine set, please enjoy it however YOU can enjoy it, nothing beats classic 70's punk rock!
DISC 2-01 JONA LEWIE-You'll Always Find Me at the Kitchen at Parties/02 ULTRAVOX-Sleepwalk/03 FAD GADGET-Collapsing New People/04 SIMPLE MINDS-Love Song/05 HUMAN LEAGUE-Being Boiled/06 BILL NELSON-Furniture Music/07 LENE LOVICH-Say When/08 SILICON TEENS-Let's Dance/09 THE VAPORS-Turning Japanese/10 DAF-Kebabtraume/11 SUICIDE-Ghost Rider/12 GANG OF FOUR-Damaged Goods/13 THE STRANGLERS-5 Minutes/14 MODERN EON-Euthenics/15 KILLING JOKE-Eighties/16 NEW MODEL ARMY-No Rest/17 PUBLIC IMAGE LTD-Death Disco/18 THE FLYING LIZARDS-Move On Up/19 THE SELECTER-Three Minute Hero/20 THE MEMBERS-Offshore Banking Business
DISC 4-THE KNACK-My Sharona/02 TOM ROBINSON BAND-2-4-6-8 Motorway/03 THE ALARM-Sixty Eight Guns/04 HOLLY & THE ITALIANS-Tell That Girl To Shut Up/05 THE VAPORS-News At Ten/06 THE RECORDS-Starry Eyes/07 THE SKIDS-Masquerade/08 999-Emergency/09 CHRIS SPEDDING-The Pose/10 THE FLYS-Love and a Molotov Cocktail/11 DOCTOR FEELGOOD-She Does It Right/12 THE BANNED-Little Girl/13 DEPARTMENT S-Solid Gold Easy Action/14 CELIA & THE MUTATIONS-Mony Mony/15 IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS-What a Waste/16 THE SPECIALS-Friday Night Saturday Morning/17 BODYSNATCHERS-Let's Do Rock Steady/18 THE BEAT-Tears of a Clown/19 FUN BOY THREE -The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum)/20 UB40-My Way of Thinking
Hope you guys like these, kind of a strange set, mixing common and fairly obscure material.
Hope everyone can appreciate and enjoy my admittedly odd gear shifting from obscure 60's psych rock to late 70's punk.... schizophrenia is my thing I guess.... seriously, hope you like all the music here, if not, tell me what you'd RATHER see!