Punk

Considering rule one of punk was to adopt a convincingly anti-social working-class persona, Rikki And The Last Days Of Earth made a rookie error. They had the look – all leather and spiky hair – and they were certainly early adopters, releasing their first single in May 1977.

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I’ve had this terrible seven-inch EP by lower-league punk group Riff Raff in my collection for nearly 45 years and I had no idea until literally just now that the singer is Billy Bragg.

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Of all the crimes committed in the name of music, few deserve a capital sentence more than this 1979 performance by Punishment Of Luxury. As you would expect from a group who had the truly terrible idea of marrying punk to its polar opposite, prog.

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This is one of the odder oddities of the punk era, even by the oddball standards of Stiff Records. Digging it out from my collecton, I have a confession to make – I had mentally filed the band as Joe ‘King’ Carrasco and the CLOWNS.

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Listening now to their debut single, Tell Me Your Plans, it’s hard to see (or hear) how The Shirts were ever considered a punk band. Yet they were staples at CBGBs in that golden era of the mid-Seventies that spawned The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads and Blondie.

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It’s hard to overestimate the sense of anticipation and mystery surrounding the return of Johnny Rotten after the dismal demise of The Sex Pistols onstage in San Francisco in January 1978.

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The Banned – Little Girl

30th October 2022 · 1970s, 1977, Music, Punk

A lot of bands jumped on the punk bandwagon in 1977, rebranding themselves with spiky hair and safety pins, jagged guitar riffs and estuarine vocals. None were worse, or less convincing, than The Banned.

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In the summer of ’77 Skids formed in Dunfermline, which is in Scotland and not to be confused with Dumbarton.

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The Freeze – Paranoia

25th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

Does anyone remember The Freeze? Probably not unless you were living in Scotland in the early days of punk.

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Scars – Horrorshow

24th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

Here’s another of those great first-wave postpunk bands from Edinburgh. I’ve still got their debut single, Horrorshow, and their only album, Author! Author!

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