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essential: PUNK & NEW WAVE ALBUMS

Kelvin Dickinson
 
A Kiss In The Dreamhouse
A Kiss In The Dreamhouse
"Siouxie's done many great albums, but this is my pick of the bunch. Only nine tracks, and all without exception quite wonderful"
The Best Of The Ruts
The Best Of The Ruts
"it was something that they sung that made The Ruts better than their B-Division status would have us believe"
Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church
Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church
"INXS got all the glory while these boys went largely unrecognised. The early stuff here is fantastic"
Machine Gun Etiquette [25th Anniversary Edition]
Machine Gun Etiquette [25th Anniversary Edition]
"the point where The Damned hit their stride, a classic mixture of melody, stupidity and punk thrash"
Breaking Glass
Breaking Glass
"a bit hard to pin down, but 'Eighth Day' and 'Will You' are bona-fide era-defining classics"
Real Life
Real Life
"another superb debut. If you want to get to know a more intellectual punk band then start here, you won't be disappointed"
Time's Up
Time's Up
"very early stuff from Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto. You can sense that, with these songs, they were on the threshold of something momentous"
The Best Of The Skids
The Best Of The Skids
"an excellent set of songs with thumping, almost anthemic, choruses"
Germ Free Adolescents
Germ Free Adolescents
"distinctive vocals and quirky melodies permeate this album. Poly Styrene rrrolls her 'rs' just like Jonny Rotten"
Parallel Lines
Parallel Lines
"fast American pop punk, a blistering set full of classic songs"
Argy Bargy
Argy Bargy
"one of their best albums, tuneful and full of supreme lyrical insight"
A Tonic For The Troops
A Tonic For The Troops
"'Rat Trap' made top spot, but for me '(I Never loved) Eva Braun' was the band's early masterpiece"
Safari Records Singles Collection Part 1: 1979-81
Safari Records Singles Collection Part 1: 1979-81
"varied and colourful pop songs mix with gaudy fashion sense and the result is highly listenable, check out 'Danced'"
Reggatta De Blanc: Remastered
Reggatta De Blanc: Remastered
"the best early album and a completely different sound, weaving in reggaefied guitar and squeaky vocals to great effect"
Moving Targets
Moving Targets
"a girly girl's voice, energetic performances with melodic tunes in abundance. 'Life's a Gamble' is a great example"
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"highly charged and thrusting pop rock. 'Dancing The Night Away' is the pick of this album. Also check out the follow up album, 'Tenement Steps', for serious musical progression"
English Settlement
English Settlement
"ambitious and eccentric but some great songs throughout, check out 'Yacht Dance'"
Inflammable Material
Inflammable Material
"explosive, raucous and catchy punk thrash you can't help singing along to"
The Punk Singles 1977-1980
The Punk Singles 1977-1980
"amongst some very good tracks, 'Homicide' is pure punk pop. 999 really should have made more of an impact"
London Calling
London Calling
"as much white reggae as punk, 'London Calling' is still a classic mid-period album"
The Singles
The Singles
"ska, not punk, but still very much a part of the era. Superb lyrically and musically, just listen to 'Stereotype' or 'Ghost Town' to see how good The Specials truly were"
Kilimanjaro/Wilder
Kilimanjaro/Wilder
"exciting guitar and occasional brass from the warped mind of Julian Cope. Many great songs here"
Divine
Divine
"another non-punk band but still very influential in the late seventies to mid-eighties. Great compilation"
Seventeen Seconds
Seventeen Seconds
"distinctive throughout and many memorable tracks, but 'Forest' is a standout moment"
Black And White
Black And White
"no list on this subject would be complete without The Stranglers. The superb 'Black and White' really is bi-polar music of the highest disorder, exemplified by 'Toiler on the Sea' and 'Curfew'"