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Snakefinger – The Vultures Of Bombay

Snakey with a  track from his debut solo album (solo with some Residential backing and co-writing duties). This shows the man’s unique guitar style bursting out over a New Wave/Post Punk tune. The section that starts at 1:50 is exquisite; leaving one to wish it went on for just a bit longer.


Adam & The Ants – Digital Tenderness

Before he became a pirate seduced by Top of the Pops and its shallow pools of success, Stuart Goddard a.k.a Adam Ant fronted a Post-Punk/New Wave band that created one of the best British albums in that ‘genre’ (please go easy on me). 1979’s ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’ is up there with ‘Cut’, ‘Unknown Pleasures’, ‘Public Image: First Issue’, ‘Entertainment’, ‘Dragnet’, and other such gems. Angular guitars, scratchy punk-funk, UK colloquialisms, all bustling for space on an album bursting with ideas; which makes his next move even more tragic than it was. Painfully underrated, most likely, and at least partially, due to the pantomime that followed.

Gang Of Four – I Found That Essence Rare

Much imitated but never bettered, here’s Gang Of Four with some sharp New Wave/Post Punk off of their classic 1979 album ‘Entertainment’.

Art Bears – The Winter Wheel

Austere, heavy Avant-Prog from Cutler, Frith, and Krause. This is from their 1979 album ‘Winter Songs’.

The Fall – Psycho Mafia

Let’s celebrate the 1st day of Autumn with a song by The Fall!

The Fall – Rowche Rumble

From the 1979 single of the same name (with the wonderful ‘In My Are’ on the B-Side.

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’.

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