Punk History – The Early Years Vol. 1

11 Jun

Punk History – The Early Years Vol. 1
Liberula Barriguda
February 2007
Producer Various

1. The Stooges – Search and Destroy – 3:29
2. New York Dolls – Personality Crisis – 3:43
3. The Heartbreakers – Born To Lose – 3:02
4. Patti Smith – Rock N Roll Nigger – 3:26
5. Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop – 2:12
6. The Dictators – Two Tub Man – 3:33
7. Rhino 39 – Take Your Medicine – 2:47
8. The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK – 3:31
9. Blondie – Hanging On the Telephone – 2:21
10. Eddie & the Hot Rods – Teenage Depression – 2:58
11. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb – 2:19
12. The Clash – White Riot – 1:59
13. Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation – 2:44
14. The Damned – Neat Neat Neat – 2:42
15. Vibrators – Judy Says – 2:13
16. Wire – 1 2 X U – 1:57
17. The Stranglers – Get a Grip On Yourself – 4:03
18. Boomtown Rats – Lookin’ After No. 1 – 3:10
19. The Jam – In The City – 2:19
20. The Saints – I’m Stranded – 3:33
21. Talking Heads – Psycho Killer – 4:21
22. The Boys – First Time – 2:22
23. The Motors – Dancing The Night Away – 3:14
24. Alternative TV – Action Time Vision – 2:31
25. Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout – 2:06
26. Penetration – Don’t Dictate – 2:55
27. The Adverts – Gary Gilmore’s Eyes – 2:14

As I write this it’s the thirtieth anniversary (a little over) of the Never Mind the Bullocks album; they performed a show at the Roxy here in Los Angeles, but ticket prices shot up to $250.00 or more through the agencies. Needless to say I didn’t go.

I dig the Clash and, of course, the Sex Pistols tracks. I can do without having to ever hear the Damned’s Neat Neat Neat ever again.

White Riot
“White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!
White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!

Black man gotta lot a problems,
But they don’t mind throwing a brick!
White people go to school,
Where they teach you how to be thick!

An’ everybody’s doing,
Just what they’re told to!
An’ nobody wants,
To go to jail!

White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!
White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!
All the power’s in the hands,
Of people rich enough to buy it!

While we walk the street,
Too chicken to even try it!

Everybody’s doing,
Just what they’re told to!
Nobody wants,
To go to jail!

White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!
White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!

Are you taking over?
Or are you taking orders?
Are you going backwards?
Or are you going forwards?

White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own!
White riot – I wanna riot!
White riot – a riot of my own.”

Joe Strummer, and Mick Jones found a way to write about racism without actually saying a thing. They sort of danced around it, and stayed vague.

If you don’t own it, go and pick it up – buy a used copy. It’s a good time capsule of the first wave of British and New York punk.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

At the beginning of 2007, I bought the DVD of American Hardcore, and as I watched it I was surprised at how funny Jack from TSOL was, he stole the movie. Then I started to remember all the crazy Jack stories I was told back in the ‘80’s. One of my friends back in high school was a girl named Stef C., and Stef was always able to attend many more shows than I was. I don’t know if it was cash or transportation, but I didn’t attend as many shows as I wanted to. Anyway, Stef relayed two crazy Jack stories to me, the first one was at Godzilla’s, a club in Sun Valley, CA, Jack was walking around with a slight limp (the limp was faked), and when Stef asked him what was wrong he said he got his “privates” caught in his zipper and almost had them cut off, but he was able to get them stitched back on. Then said “would you like to see?” To which Stef replied “No thank you,” or so she says.

The second Jack story Stef told me was of Jack walking around a club one night arm-in-arm with Rozz Williams of Christian Death, telling everyone that Rozz was going to get a sex change and they were going to get married soon afterwards. The guy always had a wacky wit, and half the time people were stuck – never sure whether or not to believe him. He’s still a charismatic dude.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Punk History – The Early Years Vol. 1”

  1. 1
    eddie cook Says:

    mike~ looks like a great album! ~eddie

  2. 2
    Mike Essington Says:

    Eddie:

    It may be a bootleg, but yeah it’s pretty decent.

    Mike Essington

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