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PUNK ROCK

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Some Essential Recordings

Here's a links page I put together many moons ago, when I was bored - how punk rock is that! Most of these records are as old as the hills - some even predate the "official" start date for seventies' punk rock - but many of them are still as out there and ahead of the curve as they were upwards of thirty+ years ago, and all kick the shit out the Bay City Rollers pop crap of bands like Blink 182 and Green Day (as do the Bay City Rollers!") LISTED IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE.

Underlined items are links

Debris - STATIC DISPOSAL LP

Swamp Rats - "Louie Louie" 7"

Stooges - STOOGES LP / FUN HOUSE LP / RAW POWER LP

The Mentally Ill - "Gacy's Place" 7"

The Adverts - "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" 7"

Void - VOID / FAITH split LP

Alan Milman Sect - "Stitches in My Head" 7"

The Beatles - "Helter Skelter" from THE BEATLES LP

X - Los Angeles LP / The Wild Gift LP

Flipper - "Love Canal" / "Ha Ha Ha" 7" / GENERIC LP

Black Flag - DAMAGED LP / EVERYTHING WENT BLACK dbl LP

No Alternative - NIGHTS IN S.F. LP

Angry Samoans - BACK FROM SAMOA LP

Flamin Groovies - SLOW DEATH LP

GENERATION X LP

Misfits - "Bullet" 7" (click here for Live Video from 1983)

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Sex Pistols - NEVER MIND THE BULLOCKS, HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS LP / WE HAVE CUM FOR YOUR CHILDREN LP

THE BIZARROS 7"

Skunks - "Earthquake Shake" 7"

Agent Orange - LIVING IN DARKNESS LP

Solution Unknown - KAREN LP

Starlite Desperation - SHOW YOU WHAT A BABY WON'T LP

Rocket From the Tombs - THE DAY THE EARTH MET THE ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS Dbl LP

Undertones - TEENAGE KICKS LP

Gentlemen of Horror - "God Knows You By Name" 7"

Slits - PEEL SESSIONS EP

A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE ARMAND SCHAUBROECK...DEAD Triple LP

Dead Kennedys - FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTING VEGETABLES LP

Minutemen - DOUBLE NICKLES ON THE DIME dbl LP

Bikini Kill - THE SINGLES CD

RAMONES LP

Butthole Surfers EP (BROWN REASON TO LIVE)

Richard Hell and the Voidoids - BLANK GENERATION LP / DESTINY STREET LP

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The Go-Go's - "He's So Strange" demo

STAINS LP

CRASS - PENIS ENVY LP

GG and the Jabbers - "Don't Talk to Me" from ALWAYS WAS AND EVER SHALL BE LP

Bad Brains - "Pay to Cum" 7"

Yoko Ono - PLASTIC ONO BAND LP

The Flesh Eaters - FOREVER CAME TODAY LP

Meat Puppets - MEAT PUPPETS II LP

Die Electric Eels - "Agitated" / "Cyclotron" 7"

V/A - SF UNDERGROUND 7"

Minor Threat - MINOR THREAT LP (first two EPs reissued)

Babylon Dance Band - "When I'm Home" b/w "Remains of the Beat" 7"

Queen - "Sheer Heart Attack" from NEWS OF THE WORLD

Child Molesters - "Hillside Strangler" "7/ "I'm Gonna Punch You in the Face" 7" / "13 is my Lucky Number" 7"

The Damned - DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED LP

Blue Oyster Cult - TYRANNY AND MUTATION LP

Circle Jerks - GROUP SEX LP

Gang of Four - PEEL SESSIONS EP

Thee Mighty Caesars - JOHN LENNON'S CORPSE REVISITED

Chrome - ALIEN SOUNDTRACKS LP

Suicide - SUICIDE LP

V/A - MYSTIC SAMPLER #2 LP

Alvin and the Chipmunks - CHIPMUNK PUNK LP

T.S.O.L. -CHANGE TODAY? LP

Sick Pleasure -DOLLS UNDER CONTROL Split LP w/ Code of Honor

Flower Leperds - "Riding the Blade" 7"

Saccharine Trust - PAGAN ICONS LP

V/A - FLEX YOUR HEAD LP

Cupid Car Club - "Werewolves!" 7" EP

Dogs - "Slash Your Face" 7"

Victims Family - THE GERM LP

Dicks - THOSE PEOPLE LP

Dead Boys - YOUNG LOUD AND SNOTTY LP

Plasmatics - BEYOND THE VALLEY OF 1984 LP

Killed By Death - a track by track guide to Vol 1 - 999 and beyond

Blatant localism is the thing I probably value the most about punk rock. As a young punk, I loved the idea that there were a million little scenes, all over the world, each with their own cadres of bands, own ideologies, and own sounds. The greatest band in the whole world might be playing some high school auditorium in Kansas City. Maybe I'd hear them at a party in my own hometown. They could be as great as Black Flag was and, whoever they were, they would be young and righteous and would look just like me. I would sent $3.00 to the guitarist's mom's address, found in the back of "Maximumrockandroll" in exchange for a copy of their poorly-produced 7" record, if they could afford such an extravagance, or a cassette if they couldn't. It would, of course, be the most awesome record I had ever heard.

We have grown accustomed to a top-down model of popular culture. Some corporate-type draws up a proposal for the new music revolution, presents it to the board, and they vote to disseminate it to the masses via their hundreds of coast-to-coast FM radio stations. Punk was among the last gasps of an older model; the bottom-up strategy that had given us rock and roll in the first place. The kids in the streets set the agenda, local record companies documented the local stars the kids dug, and the bigger labels kept their ears to the ground to stay current with the new sounds. A band from Washington DC, of all places, could profoundly change the direction of rock music right from their own garage. Independent rock scenes from such unfashionable backwaters as Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and Athens, Ga., could become as important as scenes in New York or Los Angeles.

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THE UNRULY HISTORY

There will never be a definitive history of punk rock. Punk came from too many places in too many different ways for any one person to hear all the good records, know all the great bands or connect all the dots. There are, however, some very good histories out there, notably Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain's "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" and "England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk and Beyond" by Jon Savage. Here are some links to other worthwhile histories of the form.

"You'll Never Be 16 Again..."

A. S. Van Dorston's "A History of Punk"

"We Created It, Let's Take It Over: The Emergence of Punk in America"

Wikipedia Article on Punk Rock

Punk 77

"The Women of 70's Punk Rock"

Detroit Punk Homepage

Punk in Canada: 1977 - 1987

French Punk and New Wave 1975 - 1985

"The Lost Generation of American Rock and Roll" - an overview of 80's post-punk

Alice Bag.com - an exhaustive online archive dedicated to early LA Punk

A Punk Literary Guide

RECORDS -Online Galleries and Sound Files

Strange Reaction.com - Late 70's - early 80's punk blog with soundfiles.

Punk 45 Streaming Internet Radio

Punk Rock Picture Sleeves

Chris Renna's Online Collection of Punk Rock 45 Sleeves

Howard 138's Favorite Punk Picture Sleeves

Hitch-hikers Guide to Punk Rock

MAGAZINE ARTICLES FROM THE DAY

"Anthems of the Blank Generation" - Time Magazine 1977

"The New Wave is Here" Billy Eye, 1980

THE PUNK ROCK EPISODE OF "QUINCY" (more audio and video links here)

Band Guides and Search Engines

Punkrock.org band directory (mid 60's through today)

The Punk Page (old school / new school band directory)

Search and Destroy

MISC.

Punk Kittens