RIP Julz Sale (Delta 5)

23rd October 2021 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

RIP Julz Sale, the singer in proto-feminist post-punk band Delta 5 – a vital part of the soundtrack of my youth.


There were a couple of bands in the mid-Seventies sending up the sort of rock’n’roll excess that spawned punk – while simultaneously revelling in exactly the sort of sounds they satirised through a proto-punk prism.


I never got to see The 101ers, even though they were playing regularly at the Elgin in Ladbroke Grove when I was living not far away off the Gloucester Road.


I’m not sure The Runaways were ever really a punk group, but they made their mark at the right time to be part of our world and they were punky enough to play CBGBs alongside Blondie and Television and The Ramones.


Not one but eight snippets of songs from the earliest days of punk, shot at CBGBs in New York over the course of (I’m guessing) 1974 and 1975. (more…)

Neu! – Super

13th October 2021 · 1970s, 1973, Music, Punk
You can go on for ever trying to trace the roots of punk. Many have tried; few have reached a consensus. But most would find an argument to include Neu! in the debate.


The Damned – New Rose

12th October 2021 · 1970s, 1976, Music, Punk

This was the first UK punk single. It came out on 22 October 1976. Four days later I saw The Damned for the first time.


For me, punk rock was born on the Fourth of July in 1976, on a sweltering summer Sunday night at The Roundhouse. That’s when The Ramones came to London. (more…)

An anti-racist anti-sexist anthem by a quartet of schoolgirls, performed in a public library, this song broke the internet on its release in May 2021 – and no wonder. (more…)