The Jolt – I Can’t Wait

17th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

The Jolt were the first punk band to play a gig in Glasgow, and the first to sign with a major label when they inked a deal with Polydor. But they seem to have been forgotten, even in their native Scotland.

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The Normal – T.V.O.D.

17th October 2022 · 1970s, 1978, Music, Punk

This stark, minimalist single is a landmark release in the birth of electronica and its commercial cousin synthpop. It’s the entire recorded output of The Normal, alter-ego of Daniel Miller – and the first release on his label Mute Records. (more…)

Suede: Electric Ballroom, London – live review

I’ve heard it said that Gloria Mundi were the spark that lit the flame of goth icons Bauhaus. Apparently it was after gigging with them that Bauhaus completely changed their music and presentation.

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If anyone were to tell me this is the greatest single song of all time, I would not dare to disagree. It’s flawless – perfect tune, perfect lyric, perfect voice, perfect arrangement – and filled with such emotion that it makes me cry almost every time I hear it.
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Graph – Drowning

11th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

Graph are another of those barely remembered bands from Fast Product’s first release in their ‘earcom’ EP series in 1979.

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The Prats – Inverness

10th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

The Prats embodied the spirit of punk as much as any band. They looked like schoolkids, they sounded like schoolkids. Because they were.

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While some bands tried to pose as punks and failed miserably, others carried it off with aplomb – like Cardiff’s one-hit wonders The Table with their minor classic Do The Standing Still.

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Before they made perfectly crafted pop-soul records, Scritti Politti were what was then called an “agitprop” band – though you would not immediately mark them down as left-wing firebrands from their music.

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Subway Sect – Ambition

7th October 2022 · 1980, 1980s, Music, Punk

I suppose you’d have to call Vic Godard another of the oddballs of punk, alongside the likes of Wreckless Eric, Johnny Moped, Kevin Rowland and Spizz.

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