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Tag Archives: 1980

The Teardrop Explodes – Sleeping Gas

Expert Post Punk moves from Julian Cope and co’s 1980 album ‘Kilimanjaro’. Lovely, lovely stuff with a hint of Mike Ratledge on organ.


The Residents – Handful of Desire

A cracking one minute tune from an album full of 60 second slices of delight. This is saturated with that electronic “Residential” feel, and really nails the sound they had during this period; from the incredible 1980 LP ‘The Commercial Album’.

Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 1 For Electric Guitar

No Wave meets Minimal composition on this epic piece from 1980.

Adam and the Ants – (You’re So) Physical

Slow and heavy Garage from the UK’s Adam & the Ants’ 1980 single ‘Los Rancheros’.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Melvyn’s Repose

Tape loop shenanigans from the Swinging Larvae -era. Check out the loop at the one minute mark; hellish under certain, enhanced circumstances, but to this listener it has a haunting beauty. Portsmouth’s finest!

Snakefinger – Jungle Princess

Wonderful stuff from the “fifth Resident” ak.a Phillip Lithman a.k.a Snakefinger. This track is from his 1980 album ‘Greener Postures’, which was co-written and produced by The Residents, which one can certainly hear. Spectral guitar, and kettle drums bounce around his distinctly (post-punk?) vocals, before what can only be described as a typical Snakefinger guitar burst punctuates proceedings. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Renaldo & The Loaf – Is Guava A Donut?

Another gem from the Portsmouth duo’s second album ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’, where some serious questions are asked. Tape Loops like manna from heaven.


Joy Division – Isolation

Absolutely classic track from an album that warrants the same amount of praise. What can be said about Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ (1980) that hasn’t already been said? That may seem like a cop out, but that’s the best you are gonna get this morning.

Fred Frith – Dancing in the Street/My Enemy is a Bad Man

Brilliant cover of the Martha And The Vandellas hit (co-written by Marvin Gaye) from Frith’s 1980 album’Gravity” that is designed to put a broad smile on your face. This then makes way for ‘My Enemy Is  A Bad Man’, a family friendly number that could easily accompany a muffin munch in a nice middle class Coffee shop.

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