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Chrome – March of the Chrome Police (A Cold Clamey Bombing)

Chrome, the 70s underground outfit from San Francisco; who many could argue are still very much an underrated outfit. Made up of the duo Damon Edge (a serious agoraphobic) and Helios Creed, they made music that was like Industrial psychedelia with a real No Wave/Post Punk feel to it. There was a high level of quality to their recorded output during the classic phase of Edge and Creed. The later material by Edge alone really started to deteriorate in quality, though the band were resurrected by Creed again (Edge was sadly found dead in 1995), and can still deliver some punishing Space Rock
This track, from their 1979 album ‘Half Machine Lip Moves’,  is like an industrial, metallic Stooges. Yes, it’s really as good as that description would suggest.


Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ (Do It Yourself Version – Instrumental)

Kurtis basically takes you to Disco heaven on the B-side of his 1979 track ‘Christmas Rappin’ (also know n as ‘Rappin’ Blow’). Hip hop in its infancy.

The The – No Hiding Place

Well, here’s another track from Matt’s unreleased ‘Spirits’ album, from before he was The the and just plain old Matt Johnson. The other track from the album that is floating around out there is ‘What Stanley Saw’ (also on The Sentinel). ‘Spirits’ was made in 1979, and one can hear the future sound of The The on this track (embryonic ‘Slow Train To Dawn’ riff here); more so than on his 1981 album ‘Burning Blue Soul’. This is truly wonderful that this has come to our attention, and for those of you who are uninitiated out there, we hope you feel the same.

Frank Zappa – Sy Borg

A Reggae pastiche from Frank’s 1979 album ‘Joe’s Garage Acts II & III’, see’s the hero ‘Joe’ indulge his latent appliance fetishism with a robot. Silly, but funny; especially Ike Willis’ delivery.

The Monochrome Set – Peel Session 1979

1. Fallout (0:07)

2. Martians Go Home (2:29)

3. Viva Death Row (4:20)

4. Goodbye Joe/The Strange Boutique (6:22)

Talking Heads – Memories Can’t Wait

“These memories can’t wait”………..from 1979’s ‘Fear of Music’.

Frank Zappa – Stick it Out

Robot fetish sex on this track from Zappa’s 1979 album ‘Joe’s Garage Acts II & III’.

Adam and the Ants – Nine Plan Failed

Post Punk from the Pop star before he became a Pop star; from the brilliant 1979 album ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’.

Wire – On Returning

Another stunning track from the band’s awe-inspiring 1979 album ‘154’. Again, another sublime melding of serrated guitars and angular, machine-like “Rock”, with hooks worthy of any “Pop” act.

Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love

The flipside to Gorgio Moroder’s ‘I Feel Love’ (featuring Donna Summer); ‘Hot On The Heels Of Love’ stood apart from the majority of TG’s work, including the Kraftwerk-obsessed tracks from Chris Carter. This, along with the aforementioned Moroder track and the Düsseldorf outfit, were part of the heady mix that gave birth to House and Techno. The great thing about this one is that time hasn’t really withered it, and you could still drop it in the right set this very day.
Classic from the 1979 ’20 Jazz Funk Greats’ album.

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