Punk

No one would pretend Nick Lowe was a punk – he had almost a decade in music behind him by 1976. But he plays a key role in punk pre-history.

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Gorillas – She’s My Gal

2nd November 2021 · 1970s, 1976, Music, Punk

Here’s another of those not-quite-punk-but-nearly records that came out in the musical hinterland between pub rock and punk in 1976.

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(I’m) Stranded is just fantastic. It’s a perfect storm of Ed Kuepper’s buzzsaw guitar and Chris Bailey’s sneering vocal, anchored by the whirlwind of Kym Bradshaw on bass and Ivor Hay’s drums.

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Delving further into the roots of punk, I discover The Hollywood Brats, whose 1973 song Sick Of You is arguably the earliest example of the genre

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Not a single song, but a handful of them – from the four-track EP that made a little bit of punk history. Released in late 1975, Speedball was the first record put out by Chiswick Records, the UK’s first real indie label.

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RIP Julz Sale (Delta 5)

23rd October 2021 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk
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RIP Julz Sale, the singer in proto-feminist post-punk band Delta 5 – a vital part of the soundtrack of my youth.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.

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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…)