If I had to pick a favourite era for music, it would be 1977-1982.
Of course, I was too young to know what it meant at the time, but it’s the era that I have spent time tracking down the most sounds from.
There was just so much great stuff: The original UK punks finally getting the chance to make records, Roots reggae from Jamaica, the beginning of Hip-Hop, Bowie’s Berlin period, the beginning of indie, Post-punk, New Wave, No Wave, Disco, New Romantics (before it got silly), Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’, Siouxsie, the arrival of Madonna, Michael Jackson’s Off The Walland Thriller.
OK, so i’m sure people could write long lists about all the crap they had to live through musically, socially and personally and they’d be right too.
But -and it’s hard to do it justice -my view of six great tracks from the period.
Human League -‘Being Boiled.’ mp3
Scritti politti -‘Skank Bloc Bologna.’ mp3
James Chance -‘Contort Yourself.’ mp3
The Cramps -‘Human Fly.’ mp3
Wire -‘Three girl Rhumba.’ mp3
The Fall -‘Bingo Master’s Breakout!’ mp3
as always, if you like what you hear, support the artists involved!