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Devo – The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise

New Wave power Pop from the band’s second album, 1979’s ‘Duty Now For The Future’.


Renaldo & the Loaf – Letters From Lee

An insane tape loop collage and Loaf like voice treatments typical of the bands early materials. This was originally on the cassette version of their debut album “Struve & Sneff”(1979), which they released on their own Rotcod label. This piece didn’t make the cut for the Ralph Records vinyl of the album, and would certainly have been the most abstract track on the album if it had.

Adam and the Ants – Family of Noise

Classic British Post Punk/New Wave that takes in angular guitars (natch), skanking, and even The Beatles; and none of that is nowhere near how it sounds on paper. Adam and the Ants were a class act before McLaren came along and fucked it all up. This is from their brilliant debut, 1979’s ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’.

Joy Division – Peel Sessions

**NOTE: This plays despite showing an image for deleted Youtube video.

1st Peel Session – January 31, 1979

1. Exercise One (0:00)

2. Insight (2:33)

3. Transmission (6:29)

4. She’s Lost Control (10:26)

2nd Peel Session – November 26, 1979

5. Love Will Tear Us Apart (14:40)

6. Colony (18:05)

7. Twenty-Four Hours (22:15)

8. The Sound of Music (26:23)

Adam & the Ants – Peel Session 1979

1. Animals and Men (0:27)

2. Ligotage (3:37)

3. Tabletalk (7:00)

4. Never Trust a Man With Egg On His Face (12:29)

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

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