I originally intended to post this clip last week before my ISP put up a roadblock so here it is again. Tom Robinson performing the title track of his classic debut album (in New Jersey of all places) and doing a Maggie Thatcher impersonation — this was only two months after she first became Prime Minister.
Download: Love Of The Common People – Nicky Thomas (mp3)
Download: Ain’t No Soul Left In These Old Shoes – Major Lance (mp3)
Download: Don’t You Rock Me Daddy-O – Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group (mp3)
Download: Sweet And Tender Hooligan – The Smiths (mp3)
Download: Tear The Whole Thing Down – The Higsons (mp3)
Nearly 40 years later and Poly Styrene is still as startling and original as ever – musically, lyrically, and visually.
Try telling kids today that once upon a time cash didn’t come out of a hole in the wall anytime you wanted it and they won’t believe you. In fact, they’ll probably say “What’s cash?” as they swipe their plastic card through the electronic reader or pay for their mocha latte with their phone or whatever it is they do these days.
The “How A Cheque Book Works” booklet mentioned in the ad can be seen here and it’s a beautifully-designed thing. When was the last time you wrote a cheque in a shop?
Download: Free Money – Penetration (mp3)
I wouldn’t say this was better than Patti Smith’s original but I do prefer Pauline Murray’s voice.
Like many early punk clips the audience are just as interesting as the band. I have to agree with the YouTube commenter who said this was “still punk as fuck”.
When you get older it’s common to start thinking that modern pop music is rubbish and the younger generation are more stupid, superficial, and self-absorbed than you were at their age.
I try to avoid doing that because I know every generation thinks the ones after it likes crap music and are a sign that the world is going to hell.
But has the thought ever crossed your mind that for once, maybe, it could be true?
Today’s new choon comes via Mr. Mondo, a man who puts all us mere bloggers to shame with his podcasting, writing, DJ-ing, bass-playing, gig-promoting, and full-English-breakfast-eating. On top of that he now appears to have added Music Mogul to his business card with the Podrophenia Records label.
From there come The Ends, a punky Canvey Island foursome whose first single sounds like The Buzzcocks having a punch up with Arctic Monkeys. Play loud and get sweaty.
Billy Idol was never taken seriously by music critics in the late 70s who saw him as a dumb pretty boy whose band made cartoon punk records. This is a pretty silly record but it’s a whole lot of rocking fun, and owes as much musically to Glam Rock as it does punk.
Billy was to have the last laugh a few years later of course.
Download: King Rocker — Generation X (mp3)
Photo: René, Westminster Bridge 1968, by Frank Habicht
(Yes, I know the record should be Queen Rocker)