Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Jam. UK. Three 12" and three 7".

I don't have a section in my records for "Mod". I consider the Jam punk, just like I consider the Specials punk. Second generation Mod was definitely it's own thing, but they were as punk as we were. :)

In my humble opinion, The Jam traverse the gray area between 60s R&B and punk rock. Their 7" and 12" records end up in my U.K. punk sections, at my house. :)

When I was a young punk I didn't really listen to this band, but as an adult 35 years later, I absolutely love this band, and respect them just like I do the Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers.

Mine and probably most everyone else's favorite song:

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Magazine- "Secondhand Daylight". U.K. 1979. Virgin Records. V2121 Gatefold.

Magazine- "Secondhand Daylight". U.K. 1979. Virgin Records. V2121

Another album people like to label "post punk".  Howard Devoto from the Buzzcocks figures largely in this, obviously.

The band line-up:
  • Howard Devoto- vocals
  • John McGeoch- guitar, saxaphone, occasional keyboards, backing vocals
  • John Doyle- drums, percussion
  • Dave Formula- keyboards
  • + 'Supermags'- backing vocals

Television- "Marquee Moon". U.S. 1977. Elektra. 7E-1098 Specialty Pressing

Television- "Marquee Moon". U.S. 1977. Elektra. 7E-1098 Specialty Pressing

I love this album!  The "Specialty Pressing" note just means that this was pressed by Specialty Records Corporation. From Discogs: "Label variation, SP suffix on labels, pressed by Specialty Records Corp., differs from Television- Marquee Moon. This release is also very similar to Television- Marquee Moon- they differ in the producer credit on the labels. This one has "for Maverick Productions Ltd."."

Many people use the label "Post Punk" when talking about this album. I just consider it punk- but very well written, well composed punk- which I guess is what people mean when they use that label. 

The band line-up on this album is:

  • Tom Verlaine- lead vocals, guitar
  • Richard Lloyd- guitar, vocals 
  • Fred Smith- bass, vocals
  • Billy Ficca- drums

Television is an American punk band from New York City, most notably active in the 1970s. The group was founded by Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Billy Ficca, and Richard Hell. An early fixture of CBGB and the 1970s New York Punk Scene, the band is considered influential in the development of punk and alternative music. 
Although they recorded in a stripped-down,guitar-based manner similar to their punk contemporaries, Television's music was by comparison clean, improvisational, and technically proficient, drawing influence from avant-garde jazz and 1960s rock. The group's debut album, Marquee Moon, is often considered one of the defining releases of the post-punk era.

Richard Hell left the band due to artistic differences, and went on to make the iconic punk album "Blank Generation". In the wake of his departure, Verlaine and Television went on to make "Marquee Moon". Both are in my opinion iconic punk masterpieces.

Enjoy, punk rockers! :)