8/4/2013 ‘1978’ tracklist

When was the birth of punk, when post-punk? If The Stooges presented the first genuine punk outburst to startled audiences in Detroit in 1967, then who were the progenitors when it came to post-punk? The term only coined by journalists late in 1977, but what was the music emanating from the small mid-70’s scene in Cleveland – if Pere Ubu‘s first albums are post-punk, then surely their 1975 single ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ should be considered of the same genre?
Enough questions to chew over for a good while, and this without bringing various 60’s garage bands scattered around the globe into the mix. For the purposes of last night’s sonic journey on The Kitchen Sink, the premise that 1976 was punk’s Year Zero was adopted; using this, then 1978 can be seen as the year when post-punk first raised its multi-snaked head and laid it on vinyl. Music as Medusa – I won’t attempt to stretch the analogy….
Narrowing the music down to fit within the confines of a 60-minute show proved nigh on impossible. 1978 saw not only the wild diversifying of the new wave of bands, but also the last of the original class of ’76 finally releasing albums. The marvellous ‘Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts‘ gave me the idea for the focus, yet come the final cut (the hardest!), there was no space for a sample of its pleasures. Obviously, a follow-up  programme, featuring TV Smith’s outfit, is required. I could have left out the sample of Chennai psych-funk from Ilaiyaraaja, but wanted to exhibit a little of the diversity the show revels in. Donna Summer‘s ‘MacarthurPark Suite’, though worthy, was a mite lengthy for inclusion. At least ten minutes too long.
Without further rumination and waffling, on to the 14 delights which were aired, starting with a track which mentions ‘the kitchen sink’ possibly more than any other:

1)ESSENTIAL LOGIC – AEROSOL BURNS /1978 Cell Records 7″, included on ‘Fanfare In The Garden’/ Kill Rock Stars 2003
More info: http://members.iglou.com/artbear/logic.html
2)THE ONLY ONES – THE WHOLE OF THE LAW /from ‘The Only Ones’/ CBS 1978
More info: http://www.theonlyones.biz/
3)PENETRATION – MOVEMENT /from ‘Moving Targets’/ Virgin 1978
More info: http://www.loversofoutrage.co.uk/
4)CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND – BAT CHAIN PULLER /from ‘Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)’/ Virgin 1978
More info: http://www.beefheart.com/
5)MAGAZINE – THE LIGHT POURS OUT OF ME /from ‘Real Life’/ Virgin 1978
More info: http://www.allmusic.com/album/real-life-mw0000265236
6)MARS – HELEN FORSDALE /from ‘No New York’/ Antilles 1978, Lilith 2005
More info: http://www.convolution7.ws/mark/bands/mars.htm
7)X – WE’RE DESPERATE / 1978 Dangerhouse 7″, included on ‘Black Hole Californian Punk 1977-80’/ Domino 2010
More info: http://xtheband.com/
8)THE CONSUMERS – ANTI ANTI ANTI /recorded early 1978, info as above
More info: http://www.frontierrecords.com/
9)ILAIYARAAJA feat. Vani Jairam&Chorus – THANIMAYIL /from ‘Psych-Funk Sa-Re-Ga!’/ World Psychedelic Funk Classics
2010 More info: http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/6253
10)CABARET VOLTAIRE – DO THE MUSSOLINI (HEADKICK) /1978, included on ‘The Original Sound Of Sheffield ’78/’82’/
Mute Records 2002 More info: http://www.brainwashed.com/cv/
11)JOSHUA MOSES – AFRICA (IS OUR LAND) /1978 12″ single, included on ‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion 1978-1983’/ Bristol
Archive Records 2011 More info: http://bristolarchiverecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-bristol-reggae-explosion-1978-1983
12)PERE UBU – DUB HOUSING /from ‘Dub Housing’/Chrysalis 1978
More info: http://ubuprojex.net/
13)ALTERNATIVE TV – SPLITTING IN TWO /from ‘The Image Has Cracked’/ Deptford Fun City 1978
More info: http://www.punk77.co.uk/groups/alternative_tv_history.htm
14)LA DUSSELDORF – RHEINITA /from ‘Viva’/ Teldec Records 1978
More info: http://klausdinger.com/

The sound which no lesser figure than David Bowie called ‘The Soundtrack of the ’80’s’ brought an all too brief visit to 1978 to a close. I’m sure it won’t be long before another cracker from that year makes it onto the TKS tracklist, and a second focus is a definite possibility.
For now, wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic delight! S.

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~ by theshinybeast on April 9, 2013.

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