Monthly Archives: May 2009

Straight A’s – 7inch EP

Straight A’s – Smear Campaign, Fuck The Troops, Pretty Ugly // Tonight’s Entertainment, Reservations, Praying Mantis Season (Noise Pollution Records) 2009. Another amazing release on the Noise Pollution label, this 7inch by The Straight A’s is straight up going on … Continue reading

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G-Spot – Idle Worship / Poor Little Rich Girl

G-Spot – Idle Worship // Poor Little Rich Girl (IME Records) 1984. When I was 17, I left school and left home. I ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a couple of years and while there I knew a variety … Continue reading

Posted in Electro, New Wave, No Wave, Punk Rock, Synth, post-punk, tulsa | 3 Comments

The Freeze

The Freeze were a bunch of crazy, self-destructive malcontents from New England who released a slew of great albums and singles back in the heyday of American Hardcore and then continued on in many different line-ups to this day. I … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Punk Rock, hardcore | 11 Comments

The Depressions – Messing With Your Heart

Depressions – Messing With Your Heart // Street Kid (BARN Records) 1978. Alright so maybe The Depressions were not on par with The Adverts or The Buzzcocks. Maybe, like The Cortinas, there was a bit of a punxploitation element to … Continue reading

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The Cortinas – Defiant Pose

Cortinas – Defiant Pose // Independence (Step Forward) 1977. The Cortinas were a young group of R&B / pub rockin’ teenagers who happened upon punk rock in 1977. Or maybe punk rock happened upon them. What would you do if … Continue reading

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Buzzcocks – I Don’t Mind

Buzzcocks – I Don’t Mind // Autonomy (United Artists) 1978. Pete Shelley wrote songs that capture the moment after a relationship fails better than anyone. The moment when you’re through being pissed off at the other person, you know it’s … Continue reading

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Alternative TV – How Much Longer?

Alternative TV – How Much Longer? // You Bastard (Deptford Fun City) 1977. In 1977 Mark Perry, the creator of one of the very first punk fanzines (Sniffin’ Glue) and the frontman for ATV, was already decrying the conventions and … Continue reading

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The Adverts – Safety In Numbers

The Adverts – Safety In Numbers // We Who Wait (Anchor Records) 1977. The Adverts were one of the best of the original class of 77 UK punk rock bands. They could barely play their instruments yet they always managed … Continue reading

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DNA – You and You / Little Ants

DNA – You and You // Little Ants (Lust Unlust) 1978. Of the original New York No Wave groups very few were more discordant than DNA. The only one that immediately comes to mind would be Mars. This is a … Continue reading

Posted in Art-Punk, New Wave, New York, No Wave, post-punk | 13 Comments