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Sometimes We Wobble, Sometimes We're Strong

Treading a line between post-punk and dance, the English band Shriekback had only a few minor hits (My Spine (Is the Bassline), Nemesis) and then vanished into obscurity, more of a "who were they then" than a "where are they now". They were Carl Marsh, Dave Allen (formerly of Gang of Four), Barry Andrews (formerly of XTC), and Martyn Barker. One notable fan was Michael Mann, who used the band's music in his movies Band of the Hand ("Faded Flowers" from Oil and Gold) and Manhunter ("This Big Hush" and "Coelacanth" from Oil and Gold and "Evaporation" from Care), and also in at least one episode of Miami Vice ("Underwaterboys" from Big Night Music). They put out two records on Y Records (Tench (1982), Care (1983)), two on Arista (Jam Science (1984), Oil and Gold (1985)), and two on Island (Big Night Music (1986), Go Bang! (1988)). This last album was an obvious push to appeal to a wider demographic. It tanked, and the band soon dissolved. Except they didn't. [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on Jun 26, 2014 - 47 comments

Grant Hart's new record The Argument finally out

Previously mentioned back in in 2012, The Argument, a concept album with influences from Milton's Paradise Lost and William Burroughs, has at last appeared. [more inside]
posted by larrybob on Jul 23, 2013 - 7 comments

New Wave Super Friends

The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends by Butcher Billy. [Via]
posted by homunculus on May 15, 2013 - 35 comments

I used to be psychic, but I drank my way out of it

The Savage Wit Of Mark E Smith, frontman and only consistent member of English post-punk band The Fall.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 19, 2013 - 18 comments

What I'd Give To You

Rites of Spring, Live at 9:30 Club, 1985: Hain's Point (and another 1985 version from BCC Comm. Center) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Dec 9, 2012 - 12 comments

Freitag! Freitag! Goth musst unten am Freitag!

The Godfathers of German Gothic and the Ghostriders of German Gothic gave voice to lesser known acts of the punk-punk era. Collated initially by Schwarze szene notable band musician Jay Kay it was an attempt to collect the mainland European 'gothic' experience. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 comments

The Yummy Fur

If you only have three minutes to spend on this post, listen to this song. The Yummy Fur was an unfairly obscure Scottish art-rock group active from 1992-1999. The group is best known for having two band members who currently comprise half of Franz Ferdinand, but that says little about the Yummy Fur proper. The group has a low-fi, angular, sound with mostly-spoken lyrics - the most familiar analogue might be the verses from Pavement's "Stereo" [more inside]
posted by LSK on Aug 20, 2012 - 12 comments

The Public Image Ltd. riot show

On May 15, 1981, at The Ritz in New York City, Public Image Ltd. performed as a last-minute replacement for Bow Wow Wow. It didn't end well. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Trurl on May 28, 2012 - 57 comments

Our Concert Could be Your Life

On May 22nd, 2011 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, a number of bands put on a concert hosted by Eugene Mirman and Janeane Garofalo to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life. [more inside]
posted by SomaSoda on May 8, 2012 - 18 comments

On the Box

Little footage exists of early Wire performing live. Here is a full concert on German TV, from 1979. [more inside]
posted by swift on Apr 20, 2012 - 25 comments

I caught the darkness baby, and I’ve got it worse than you.

...this particular technicolour trench coat is stitched together from black leather, and fastened with a lot of safety pins and zippers: its sinister sounds are both haunted by the past, and haunting us toward the something-to-be-done. Like the saying goes: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Our traumatized collective unconscious - the victim of social, political, cultural, and environmental shocks - is not a blank slate, but rather a pile of rubble that requires considerable rebuilding. There is much work yet to carry out. And really, why be blank when you can be bleak?

The New Bleak: Trauma, Haunting And The Cultural Obsession With Darkness
posted by timshel on Feb 28, 2012 - 21 comments

Egg City Radio: Post-Punk Junk over easy

Egg City Radio is what became of the great Post-Punk Junk blog [previously]. And it's still a treasure trove if you're looking for shared out-of-print albums and live sets--not only from Post-Punk but also many other genres as well. [ECR previously (via), -er, -est]
posted by not_on_display on Sep 11, 2011 - 11 comments

Do The Pop!

Wallaby Beat is a blog dedicated to punk, DIY, powerpop, grillfat (pre-punk Australian hard rock) and NWOAHM from Australia 1975-1984. It follows projects like Do The Pop, Lethal Weapons, and Inner City Sound in documenting Australia's fertile underground rock and roll scene. While those blogs and books are focused on the past, I-94 Bar is documenting the scene as it stands today and interviewing the various survivors.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on May 1, 2011 - 17 comments

Digger's Digest

Digger's Digest offers something for the crate digger in us all, with categories including Post Punk / Synth Pop :: Cosmic / Disco :: Electronic / Experimental :: Middle East & Oriental :: French Library :: Various 7" :: Soundtracks :: French Sounds :: Jazz Funk :: Psych / Prog / Rock :: Afro Latin Caribbean :: Various Library :: Jazz :: Breaks & Drums :: Psych / Prog / Pop 7 plus Cover Art and Podcasts.
posted by puny human on May 1, 2011 - 10 comments

The story of SST Records

The story of SST Records
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 18, 2010 - 34 comments

On discovering "the latter in particular"...

"Abwärts is a West German post-punk group from Hamburg. Members Mark Chung and FM Einheit would leave the group in the early 1980s to join the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten. Their best-known recordings include the single "Computerstaat" ("Computer State") (1980) and the LP's Amok Koma (1981) and Der Westen ist einsam ("The West Is Lonely," 1982), the latter in particular being regarded as a classic of West German postpunk."
posted by electricsandwich138 on Aug 4, 2010 - 13 comments

Over The Edge

The Wipers were a tight and catchy post-punk band founded in Portland in 1977. Today they're best known for covers by The Vivian Girls and Nirvana (Return of the Rat, and esp. D7 - studio, live 1 2 3 4). But the originals are pretty interesting too. John Peel said of their first album "Is It Real": " 'It is one of punk's great albums by perhaps the most unappreciated band of all time'." [more inside]
posted by msalt on Jun 6, 2010 - 23 comments

'80s Obscura

Obscure, overlooked, early '80s new wave/electro/artpunk. JOHN FEKNER CITY SQUAD: Player on left. Try 2 4 5 7 9 11. Or better just listen to them all. Eighties synth wave doesn't get much better than this. Sound collage at the next level. Throbbing synths + icy guitar: Beautiful Skin - Harsh distraction. Gods of psychedelic coldwave, Lives of Angels (Gallis Pole). Trees: Sleep Convention. And Necropolis of Love (yes, that is how we danced in the eighties).
posted by puny human on May 11, 2010 - 13 comments

Rough Trade

Do It Yourself: The Story of Rough Trade (goog vid, BBC, 1:28) The history of the legendary indie label/shop, home to such bands as Scritti Politti, The Smiths, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, The Feelies, Robert Wyatt, The Slits, and many more.
posted by puny human on May 4, 2010 - 11 comments

your future our clutter

A new album from The Fall is slated to be released by Domino April 26th. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Apr 8, 2010 - 20 comments

There ain't no room for these cheap regrets (except for when a bogan band makes your angst an anthem)

Rowland S. Howard was the guitarist for The Boys Next Door and the Birthday Party. He released his second solo cd, "Pop Crimes" in October this year, ten years after his debut solo effort. He died today.
posted by h00py on Dec 30, 2009 - 55 comments

Post Punk Minimalist Synth Wave

Zomeeggz's channel of post-proto trance-punk minimalist-futurist synth-wave: Snowy Red - Come On Dance::Holger Hiller::Die Kapazität - Kurzfilm::Mekanik Kommando - Stop And Play::Carol - So Low
posted by vronsky on Oct 26, 2009 - 20 comments

BBC4 Documentary: Factory - Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays

'This is the story of how Factory pioneered Briton's independent pop culture, imagined a new Manchester, and blew a shedload of money:

Factory - Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays'
posted by item on Aug 1, 2009 - 33 comments

Punkcast

Punkcast is a long running series of videos of live underground music in NYC shot by Joly MacFie. Each video is usually one song. The Internet Archive hosts its videos and offers downloads in a variety of formats. MacFie also has a YouTube channel with 480 videos and a video podcast [iTunes link, feedburner link]. Here are a few bands that caught my fancy: The Icicles and The Besties, The Slits (1, 2 ), Andrew W. K., Oneida (1, 2), The Long Blondes, The Gossip, Acid Mothers Temple & Cosmic Inferno, Art Brut, Be Your Own Pet, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, The Fall, Fred Frith, Rose Melberg and Jennifer O'Connor, The Horrors, The Homosexuals, Bat for Lashes, Radio 4 and Teddybears, Kimya Dawson and Tiny Masters of Today, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Nikki Sudden.
posted by Kattullus on Dec 25, 2008 - 12 comments

1981

Heart :: Amplifier :: Brain :: Convertible :: Feet
posted by vronsky on Dec 17, 2008 - 15 comments

Dan Treacy/Television Personalities documentary

Dan Treacy and his band Television Personalities have had a long and storied history. Here's a nice little documentary (part one, two, three, four) on 'em. [more inside]
posted by item on May 20, 2008 - 10 comments

Back Porch Videos

Back Porch Videos "Way before the internet and YouTube, there was public access cable television. And so...we proudly present these vintage clips from the 1980's alternative music video show, "Back Porch Video." Premiering January 28, 1984, this pioneering program was crewed and hosted by high-school students from the Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan area. Stay tuned for the ultimate best (and ultimate tacky) in retro-80's videos - from pop alternative, to hair bands, to rock and some of the most exclusive hardcore!!!" Almost 700 videos of post punk brilliance. "Sharkey's Day" by Laurie Anderson: Rare Iggy and the Stooges - MC5 Footage: "Beat Box" by Art of Noise: "Kiss Me on the Bus" by The Replacements: "Our Lips are Sealed" by Funboy Three: "Let Me Be Your Pirate" by Nena: "Rainy Season" by Howard DeVoto: "Save it For Later" by the English Beat: "Boys in the Street" by Eddie Grant: "Too Loud" by Robert Plant Student Video
posted by vronsky on Feb 25, 2008 - 25 comments

Classic post-punk music videos

Classic post-punk music videos from, strangely enough, post-punk.com (via largehearted boy) [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete on Nov 29, 2007 - 119 comments

RIP: Killing Joke's Paul Raven

Paul Raven, bassist of seminal industrial post-punk outfit Killing Joke, has died after suffering from a heart attack at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on Oct 22, 2007 - 37 comments

French new wave music

The site French New-Wave isn't what you think it is. Neither dedicated to the film movement nor the band Nouvelle Vague it instead catalogs French new wave music from the 1980's. It has interviews and much other information, but the real treasure is the media section which includes a photo gallery, streaming radio and, most importantly, links to sites where you can listen to French new wave songs (unfortunately, some of the links don't work).
posted by Kattullus on Jun 12, 2007 - 10 comments

When Buttrock ruled Detroit

Motor City Rock 1980-1990 A great archive of Detroit's most overlooked and ignoble musical era. Highlights include Bittersweet Alley, The Trash Brats, Vertical Pillows, The Dick the Bruiser Band, and many more. Great to listen to while you read the relauched (and vaguely sad) Creem.
posted by klangklangston on Aug 4, 2006 - 12 comments

FridayGossipFilter, Part infinity

Hey kids! Guess who's first cousins with our new Secretary of State? why, it's Vaginal Creme Davis! Juicy tidbits from the multitalented first cousin Ms. Rice would rather you not know about, and who wishes that Ms. Davis wouldn't mention to anyone. Very juicy, and NSFW probably. : >
posted by amberglow on Jan 28, 2005 - 32 comments

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