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My Top Ten Punk Records.

    Lists, who needs them?.
    Impossible to please everyone and guaranteed to leave something out. None the less it was fun to compile and if nothing else will make for a good argument over a few pints.

  1. White Riot - The Clash.

    The Clash

    White Riot was of a time and a place. Expressing the anger and frustration of Inner City London at a time of extreme unemployment when society had little to offer the disenfranchised youth. Were the Clash the only true Punk band?

    Clash City Rockers.

  2. God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols

    A timely reminder in this the Golden Jubilee year. If you remember it first time play it to your kids. If not I hope it is re-released and you buy it and make it number one again.

    No Future.

  3. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat.

    The Damned released the first "official" punk single, New Rose, and maintained this quality with their first LP. They were however soon to degenerate into the Bash Street Kids of Punk. With numerous line up changes they continue to tour and live on past glories.

    Smash it up!

  4. Teenage Kicks - The Undertones

    Pure simplicity! The Undertones learnt from the Ramones then proceeded to tell in Teenage Kicks every teenage boy's story in three wonderful minutes.

    True Confessions.

  5. Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones


    What more can be said or written about the Ramones? Suffice to say they revolutionized the pop single and put the emphasis firmly back on three minute pop classics. How many of us stayed awake listening to Its Alive!, the ultimate live record.

    Gabba Gabba Hey!

  6. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads.

    Musically much more adventurous than many other punk bands, Talking heads experimented with various musical forms, combining them to create their own unique sound.

    Qu'est que c'est?

  7. Trash - New York Dolls.


    More than just the Rolling Stones in drag, The Dolls set the NYC music scene alight with their mixture of pure Rock and Roll and stunning cross dresser/glam image. The New York Dolls were without doubt one of the more imaginative bands of the Punk Scene.

    I'm in Love L.U.V.

  8. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie and the Banshees.


    While Debbie Harry was the punk queen that the press liked to photograph, Siouxsie was the real thing. A member of the infamous Sex Pistols Bromley contingent, Siouxsie had the attitude to match, and the Banshees produced a string of great singles. Let's hope she is remembered for these singles rather than for being the unwitting founder of the Goth Movement.

    This is the Happy House.

  9. What do I get - The Buzzcocks.


    Fresh faced and innocent they may have appeared but with their barbed lyrics and frantic guitar hooks the Buzzcocks managed to capture the frustration and confusion of young love better than most.

    What do I get?

  10. Oh Bondage up yours - X Ray Spex.

    X Ray Spex
    Perhaps overshadowed by others Poly styrene inspired more females to get up there and do it. Her Germ Free Adolescence and Dayglo World struck a chord and with With Oh Bondage Up Yours she summed up the mood of a generation.

    Oh Bondage up yours!

    1. Those that came close.

      1. Wire - Dot Dash.
      2. Johnny Moped - Incendiary Device.
      3. Sham 69 - Borstal Breakout.
      4. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster.
      5. Generation X - Ready Steady Go.
      6. The Ruts - Babylons Burning.
      7. The Adverts - Gary Gilmores Eyes.
      8. The Saints - I'm Stranded.
      9. The Fall - Fiery Jack.
      10. The Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles.


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