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Tag Archives: 1979

The Slits – Typical Girls

Angular, scratchy Punky reggae by the best in the business; from their classic 1979 debut ‘Cut’.

Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods

Fantastic stuff from the UK’s Gang Of Four; off of their 1979 album ‘Entertainment’. This was Post Punk with a real funk and Disco stomp, and was much imitated by many a band in the noughties, but never bettered.

This Heat – Repeat

This Heat re-work their 1979 track ’24 Track Loop’ and stretch it out for 20 minutes. This was released in 1993, though we are unclear about when this edit actually occurred. Answers on a postcard, please.

Chrome – Abstract Nympho

It’s sometimes hard to believe how great early Chrome were. Imagine the drive and attitude of The Stooges and Velvets coupled with the fuzzed out mania of bands like Faust, and bingo! This becomes a driving Garage Punk tune until it folds back into the ether it emanated from. This is from 1979’s ‘Half Machine Lip Moves’.

Art Bears – Man & Boy

Rummaging and chaos overlap a sombre piano; before Dagmar’s vocals float into proceedings (manipulated, cut-up, reversed). It’s a disorientating experience; though one not unfamiliar to fans of the band. This is from their 1979 album ‘Winter Songs’.

The Fall – Flat Of Angles

Great swaggering track from the Fall’s second album, ‘Dragnet’ (1979).

Tuxedomoon – Where Interests Lie

Gloomy New Wave with an Avant bent from Frisco’s Tuxedomoon. This is from their mini LP/EP ‘Scream With A View’ (1979).

Tuxedomoon – (Special Treatment For The) Family Man

More low-slung noir from Frisco’s Tuxedomoon; from their 1979 mini-LP ‘Scream With A View’. There’s even a hint of Snakefinger on this, which isn’t surprising as Snakefinger and The Residents were neighbours and contemporaries of Tuxedomoon.

David Bowie – Repetition

in advance of the first year anniversary of his death tomorrow, and to mark what would have been his his 70th Birthday today, The Sentinel bring you Bowie’s ‘Repetition’ from 1979’s ‘Lodger’. This track is a real Velvet’s and New Wave/Post Punk crossover that we wish he’d done a lot more of.

The Stranglers – Shah Shah A Go Go

From the band’s 1979 album ‘The Raven’; which, whilst solid, isn’t up there with the previous years ‘Black & White’, which is one of the greatest New Wave/Post Punk albums of all time. However, tracks such as this see the band in top form. The track opens with the call to prayer, before they kick in with a synth sound that predicted so much of what would come during the next few years in both the New Wave, Indie, and Pop scene. Then that sharp, angular UK Post Punk sound that launched so many pretenders careers. Fantastic song!

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