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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The P5 would like to wish you all a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Musicians We Lost in 2010

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Fear - Fuck Christmas

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Fear's second single, "Fuck Christmas" was backed by "(Beep) Christmas". Neither track appeared on an album though the A side was added to their debut album, The Record, when it was re-released on CD. "(Beep) Christmas" is identical to "Fuck Christmas" but with censored profanity, done as a way to promote the single on radio.



Wikipedia: Fear

Video: Fear - Fuck Christmas - live - date unknown - youtube

Blogload: Fear - The Record - http://punknotprofit.blogspot.com

Rest In Peace Joe

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On this date in 2002, Joe Strummer died suddenly in his home at Broomfield in Somerset, the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

Wikipedia: Joe Strummer

Official Website: strummerville.com

"Strummerville is a registered charity that aims to create new opportunities for aspiring musicians.

Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe's unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them."


Blogload: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros discography - yovengodelhoyo.blogspot.com

Blogload: The 101ers : Elgin Avenue Breakdown (1975) - urbanaspirines.blogspot.com

Blogload: The Clash - The Essential Clash (2003) - rockermusical.blogspot.com

Singing Christmas Carols With Gwar

R.I.P.

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Captain Beefheart Dies at 69 | SPIN.com
Don Van Vliet — the iconic experimental musician known as Captain Beefheart — died today due to complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California, according to reports. He was 69.

His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 12 studio albums. Van Vliet released some of the most challenging rock albums ever, which showed off his quirky knack for free-form experimental rhythms, avant-garde melodies, and his gruff, smoky howl.



Wikipedia:
Captain Beefheart

Blogload:
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica (1969) - allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com

Google vs. Piracy

BBC News - Google tweaks to tackle online piracy

"Google has said it will tweak its search service in an attempt to tackle online piracy, following lobbying by the music industry. The search giant will implement four changes, including the removal of words that are associated with piracy from appearing in its autocomplete feature. However, it will not prevent sites that host illegal copyright material from appearing in its search results. The music industry said the measures did not go far enough."

Captain Crawl Is Alive Again

The Captain is back http://captaincrawl.com/

Captain Crawl Dead Again?



Looks like the site is down
CaptainCrawl.com IP address http://85.131.190.173/

CaptainCrawl is on Facebook
Last post was Nov 3.

CaptainCrawl is on Twitter
http://twitter.com/captaincrawl
Last tweet was Nov 3.

CAPTAIN ARE YOU STILL ALIVE???

UPDATE: from the Twitter feed "cc will be back in a few days. don't worry ! ;)"

DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!

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Destroy All Movies!!!: The Complete Guide to Punks on Film special event in LA

DESTROY ALL MOVIES trailer! (final) from Hadrian Belove on Vimeo.



Raw concert clips, post-apocalyptic gang fantasies and scene survivors will blow the doors off the Not-At-All-Silent Movie Theatre with rare footage from the East Coast, West Coast and both ends of the pond.

See all the movie trailers here Cinefamily.org



Buy the book here Amazon.com
(be sure to click "Look inside")




Blogload:
Soundtrack: Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984) - tooshortalife.blogspot.com
Vidload: Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984) - www.worldscinema.com

The Valves - Tarzan Of The Kings Road

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On this date in 1977, The Valves released their second single, "Tarzan Of The Kings Road". The B side was "Ain't No Surf In Portobello". The Edinburgh, Scotland punk band released a total of three singles but did not produce an album by the time they called it quits in 1979.

Bassist Pada Scott, when asked what the name of their album would be, once said Can't Stand The Rezillos Either, poking fun at their countrymen's album. There was, of course, no album under this or any other title. The band's lead singer was Dee Robot.

Wikipedia: The Valves



Blogload: The Valves - Tarzan Of The King's Road - 7 inch (both sides) - potoluaeselmejor.blogspot.com

SLimeWire

Lime Wire, the P2P, Gnutella & Torrent Client is under a court-ordered injunction to stop distributing and supporting its file-sharing software. In case you forgot, downloading or sharing copyrighted content without authorization is illegal.



The company says it will comply with a court injunction to turn off “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality” of its software, which remains one of the most popular methods of finding free–and illegal–music on the Web. The company’s moves won’t affect other open source clients that run on the same Gnutella network, like FrostWire.

Meanwhile, LimeWire’s parent company, Lime Group, is prepping a new music service that it says will be legal, and should be due out in a month.

I've never used Slimewire. It seemed like it was virus infested anyway.

Nevermind The Bollocks

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On this date in 1977, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols was released in the UK. It is the Sex Pistols only studio album. Fans and critics alike generally regard the album as an extremely important album in the history of rock music. In 2003, Rolling Stone named it the forty-first greatest album of all time on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The album was released on 27 October 1977 through Virgin Records.

Older versions of most of the album's songs also appeared on a bootleg album called Spunk, which consists of demo recordings the band had made during 1976 and January 1977, and which was released shortly before Never Mind the Bollocks.



Blogload: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (1977) - lyricalsolace.blogspot.com

Blogload: sEX PiStOLs ; Spunk Demo`s - www.some-product.com

The Punk Rock Movie

The Punk Rock Movie (this link will stream the entire movie FREE on Google Video)
Tip: Use Firefox, install the Video Download Helper add-in)

Assembled from Super 8 camera footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at The Roxy club during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, principally during the 100 days in 1977 in which punk acts were featured at The Roxy club in London.

Watch it here or follow the link above.

Old Skool

Here at the P5 it isn't just about Punk and New Wave. While Punk Rock and New Wave was the big scene Downtown, Old Skool Rap and Graffiti culture was starting to emerge Uptown.

By the 1970s, poverty in New York City was rampant. The middle-class fled the area and the local black and Latino gangs began to grow in power. Hip-hop music originated in 1970s at block parties in The Bronx. Old school DJs would often sample disco and funk tracks such as "Good Times" by Chic.

In 1979, graffiti artist Lee Quinones and Fab 5 Freddy were given a gallery opening in Rome by art dealer Claudio Bruni. For many outside of New York, it was their first encounter with the art form. Fab 5 Freddy's friendship with Debbie Harry influenced Blondie's single "Rapture" (Chrysalis, 1981). And who can forget Malcolm McLaren's unlikely foray into hip hop in 1980, when he first met Afrika Bambaataa on the streets of Manhattan. Then later released the album "Duck Rock" in 1983 (too much of that snow white!).

STYLE WARS is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture and subway graffiti art of the early '80s, It is a record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. http://www.stylewars.com/

Watch the entire movie here or see the Videoload below.








Videoload: Style Wars, A Movie About Graffiti Kings sundasill on USTREAM. Hip-Hop/Rap (this link will stream the entire movie FREE on Ustream.tv)
Tip: Use Firefox, install the Video Download Helper add-in)

Check This Out: www.at149st.com - An extensive list of Old Skool NYC Graffiti Artists with pictures their bombs and tags.

R.I.P.

Sony Retires the Cassette Walkman After 30 Years
The first Walkman was produced in 1979. The picture shows the TPS-L2, the world’s first portable (mass-produced) stereo.



Wikipedia: Walkman

R.I.P.

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Ari Up, a Founder of the Slits Punk Band, Dies at 48 - NYTimes.com

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" that Arianna Up (Forster), the singer of the Slits, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. She was 48 (thanks biopunk).
Her death was reported on the Web site of her stepfather, John Lydon,

Fourteen Reasons The Slits' Ari Up Was Cool





Wikipedia: The Slits

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/theslits

Blogload: The Slits - Cut - borxoff.blogspot.com

Blogload 2: The Slits - Return Of The Giant Slits - commercialzone.blogspot.com

Blogload 3: (for Estanis) The Slits - Primavera Festival 2010
mondo-de-muebles.blogspot.com

Bon-O-Lantern

The P5 is still ALIVE

Sorry everyone, we haven't been updating The P5 lately. We'll be back soon with some new ideas. In the meantime, stick around and search the archives. Also, leave us some more comments. We still publish those. While your at it, leave us some new ideas as well. Afterall, this is a community effort.

Happy Posthumous Birthday

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Joe Strummer of The Clash would have turned 58 today (born 21 August 1952). Strummer died suddenly on 22 December 2002 at his home at Broomfield in Somerset, after walking his dog. He was the victim of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.



Born in Ankara, Turkey and the son of a diplomat, Strummer, whose real name was John Mellor, was middle class and public school educated but became a hugely admired figure as the musical voice of rebellion.


BLOGLOADS:
He was also a member of The 101ers, The Mescaleros and The Pogues.

WIKIPEDIA: Joe Strummer

Website:
Strummerville | The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music

Website: The Clash Blog For Clash Fans - www.theclashblog.com

P5 Archive: Joe Strummer & The Clash

Battle of the Streaming Music Services

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Lifehacker.com does the Battle of the Streaming Music Services - Which one do you prefer?

Los Lobos

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Their new album 'Tin Can Trust' is due out on Aug. 3.

More here: First Listen: Los Lobos, 'Tin Can Trust' : NPR

Listen here:

China Crisis - African And White

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On this date in 1982, China Crisis reissued their debut single, "African And White". It had originally been released in January, 1982 and barely got noticed. This time, it was re-mixed and reached the #45 spot on the U.K. singles chart. It was backed by "Red Sails". Both songs appeared on their debut album, Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain. The Kirkby, England new wave band disbanded in 1996 but has recently done some performing.



Wikipedia: China Crisis

MySpace: myspace.com/chinacrisisgaryandeddie

Video: China Crisis - African And White - on TV - 1983 - youtube

Blogload: China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain - yukies21-lu-odnyawib.blogspot.com

Court Martial - No Solution

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On this date in 1982, Court Martial released their second and last EP, No Solution. Aside from the title track, it also included "Too Late" and "Take Control". The Bristol, England punk/Oi! band, originally called The Zeds when they formed in 1979, released two EP's in 1982 and then disappeared. They are back together again.



Blogload: Court Martial - No Solution EP - 666-musicforlife.blogspot.com

Happy Birthday!

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Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus and Love And Rockets turns 50 today.


Bauhaus, left to right:
David J, Daniel Ash, Peter Murphy and Kevin Haskins (seated)

Wikipedia: Bauhaus

Official Website: bauhausmusik.com

Video: Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye - live - 1982 - youtube

Blogload: Bauhaus - Singles 1979-1983 - nitrofiles.blogspot.com



Wikipedia: Love And Rockets

Official Website: loveandrockets.com

Video: Love And Rockets - Ball Of Confusion (1985) - youtube

Blogload: Sorted! - The Best Of Love And Rockets - and more - musicaparatusorejas2.blogspot.com

The Prats - 1990's Pop EP

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On this date in 1980, The Prats released their debut record, an four track EP called 1990's Pop EP. It contained the tracks, "Disco Pope", "Nothing", "TV Set" and "Nobody Noticed". None of the tracks appeared on an album. In fact, the Edinburgh, Scotland teenage punk band did not release an album before they disbanded in 1981. A later posthumous album eventually was released years later.



Wikipedia: The Prats

Unofficial Website: homepage.mac.com/emclaug1/theprats

Blogload: The Prats - 1990's Pop EP - isksp.blogspot.com

Toyah - Victims Of The Riddle

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On this date in 1979, Toyah released their debut single, "Victims Of The Riddle". The B side was "Victims Of The Riddle (vivisection)". Both tracks appeared on the full album version of Sheep Farming In Barnet, originally released as an EP which did not carry either track. The Birmingham, England post punk/new wave band was fronted by Toyah Willcox. She stepped away from music in 1997 to concentrate more fully on her acting career but has resurfaced with her band in recent years.



Wikipedia: Toyah

Official Toyah Willcox Website: toyahwillcox.com

Video: Toyah - Victims Of The Riddle - live - date unknown - youtube

Blogload: Toyah - Sheep Farming In Barnet - nothing-b-t-d.blogspot.com

The Flying Lizards - Money

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On this date in 1979, The Flying Lizards released their second single, "Money". It was backed by "Money B" (a dub of "Money"). The 12 inch version included their debut single, "Summertime Blues" and "All Guitars". The A side and "Summertime Blues" were on the debut album while "All Guitars" had to wait until a later CD re-release to be added. The single reached the #5 spot on the U.K. singles chart and the #50 spot in the U.S. The London experimental post punk band disbanded in 1984 with three albums, two EP's and several singles to their credit.



Wikipedia: The Flying Lizards

A Fansite: markallencam.com/theflyinglizards.html

Video: The Flying Lizards - Money - on Top Of The Pops - 1979 - youtube

Blogload: The Flying Lizards - debut album - totalwire.blogspot.com

The Tourists - The Loneliest Man In The World

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On this date in 1979, The Tourists re-released their second single, "The Loneliest Man In The World". It was backed by "Don't Get Left Behind". Both songs were included on their self-titled debut album. This was the second time the single was released. This second release was a re-recorded version that differed from the album version. The first time out, the single reached the #52 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The second time, the single reached the #32 spot. The London new wave band disbanded in 1980 after three albums. Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox would be starting a new band soon. They called it Eurythmics.



Wikipedia: The Tourists

Video: The Tourists - The Loneliest Man In The World - on Top Of The Pops - 1979 - youtube

Blogload: The Tourists - debut album - and more - powerpopcriminals.blogspot.com

Dead Kennedys debut!

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On this date in 1978, Dead Kennedys made their live debut. It was at Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California.


Dead Kennedys, left to right:
Bruce Slesinger, Jello Biafra, Klaus Fluoride and East Bay Ray

Wikipedia: Dead Kennedys

Official Website: deadkennedys.com

Video: Dead Kennedys - california Uber Alles - live - 1979 - youtube

Blogload: Dead Kennedys - Demos - 1978 - live-bootleg.blogspot.com

The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium Was Tedium

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On this date in 1977, The Desperate Bicycles released their second single, "The Medium Was Tedium". It was backed by "Don't Back The Front". They released one album, The Remorse Code, in 1979, but neither of these tracks appeared on it. The London punk band disbanded in 1981 after one album, four singles and one EP.



Wikipedia: The Desperate Bicycles

Blogload: The Desperate Bicycles - The Medium Was Tedium - 7 inch (both tracks) - and much more - derekerdman.com

RIP MJ

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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden - Billie Jean Live @ MSN

Before the Music Dies

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Hulu.com - Before the Music Dies

This documentary explores the reason why so few companies currently control the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores, and whether corporations really have the power to silence musical innovation. - Watch the full feature film on Hulu.com now. Its really good.

UPDATE
Apparently, you can only watch Hulu in the U.S. So, for our friends outside the U.S. of A, you'll have to piece it all together on YouTube. Here is part 1 of 13:
YouTube - Music Industry Crisis (1/13) "Before The Music Dies"

Boxee

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Boxee - Best media center I've ever used.
Works on Linux, Mac and Windows. FREE!!!

Boxee Beta from boxee on Vimeo.


I use my laptop as a media center, just installed Boxee (Ubuntu version) and plugged it into the flat screen in my living room.

The Pirate Bay: 4 Years After The Raid

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Today, exactly four years have passed since The Pirate Bay was raided by the Swedish police. While the entertainment industries hoped that this would be the end of their troubles, in hindsight they’ve created a a multi-headed hydra that is impossible to kill. The events that unfolded could easily be turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.

Sad News

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Sadly, Malcolm McLaren, manager of Sex Pistols, Adam and The Ants and Bow Wow Wow, as well as musician, passed away this morning at the age of 64 from cancer. He was briefly the manager of The New York Dolls too.



The Life And Times Of Malcolm McLaren

Wikipedia: Malcolm McLaren

Video: Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals - youtube

Blogload: Malcolm McLaren - Duck Rock - fhensofunkmusic.blogspot.com

The Members - Offshore Banking Business

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On this date in 1979, The Members released their third single, "Offshore Banking Business". The B side was "Solitary Confinement", a remixed version of their debut single. The original of the B side appeared on their debut album, At The Chelsea Nightclub. The A side was a non-LP track that was added as a bonus track when the album was re-released on CD as was the new version of the B side. The single reached the #34 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Camberley, England punk/post punk band released four albums before disbanding in 1983.



Wikipedia: The Members

Official Website: themembers.co.uk

Video: The Members - Offshore Banking Business - from Urgh! A Music War - youtube

Blogload: The Members - At The Chelsea Nightclub - punkrocker-4ever.blogspot.com

R.I.P.

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R.I.P. Alex Chilton
Legendary Big Star member Alex Chilton passed away last night in a New Orleans hospital, apparently after suffering a heart attack. He was 59.



Wikipedia: Alex Chilton

Blogload: Alex Chilton "Dalai Lama" 1987 - double 7"/45rpm (New Rose Rec/special numbered edition: 2481) - twilightzone-rideyourpony.blogspot.com

Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise

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On this date in 1982, Peter Godwin released his debut solo single, "Emotional Disguise". It was backed by "French Emotions". Both tracks appeared on his debut album, Dance Emotions (though "Emotional Disguise" was an extended version on the album which was, actually, more of a mini-album). Prior to his solo career, Peter Godwin was in the band Metro (David Bowie covered their "Criminal World" on his Let's Dance album). The German born new wave singer has not released much since 1983.



Wikipedia: Peter Godwin

Blogload: Peter Godwin - Emotional Disguise - 7 inch (both sides) - musiconvinyl.blogspot.com

Revolutionary Spirit

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On this date in 1982, The Wild Swans released their debut single, "Revolutionary Spirit". The B side was "God Forbid". Neither track appeared on a regularly released album. The Liverpool, England post punk/new wave band was fronted by Paul Simpson, formerly of The Teardrop Explodes. Pete de Freitas of Echo and The Bunnymen played drums on the single. The Wild Swans disbanded in 1990. They have, however, been back in the studio recording recently.



Wikipedia: The Wild Swans

Official Website: thewildswans.co.uk

Blogload: The Zoo Uncaged 1978-1982 - a compilation - includes The Wild Swans' "Revolutionary Spirit" and "God Forbid" - music-isms.blogspot.com

The Queer Pills - Stupid Jerk

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On this date in 1982, The Queer Pills released their debut EP, Stupid Jerk. Aside from the title track, the record also contained "Time To Fuck", "The Todd Killings" and "They Saved Hitler's Cock". The band was actually Angry Samoans trying to disguise their identity because of a radio ban on their music. The original pressing of the record gave no indication of who the actual band was. A few of these tracks appeared on Angry Samoans second album, Back From Samoa. Based on the songs' subject matter and titles, I can't imagine that the Los Angeles hardcore punk band had much success getting these songs on the radio either.



Blogload: The Queer Pills - Stupid Jerk EP - shotgunsolution.blogspot.com

Kraut - Unemployed

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On this date in 1982, Kraut released their second EP, Unemployed. Aside from the title track, it included "Last Chance" and "Matinee". The first two tracks appeared on their debut album, An Adjustment To Society. The third did not. The Queens, NY hardcore punk band turned their attention to metal by the middle of the '80's. They are active again after a lay off.



Wikipedia: Kraut

Blogload: Kraut - Unemployed EP - all three tracks - kbdrecords.com

The Plimsouls

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On this date in 1981, The Plimsouls released their self-titled debut album. It contained the singles, "Now" and "Zero Hour". The Los Angeles power pop disbanded in 1984 after two albums but they have frequently re-formed for touring since. Frontman Peter Case was previously in Los Angeles new wave band The Nerves.



Wikipedia: The Plimsouls

Myspace: myspace.com/plimsouls

Blogload: The Plimsouls...Plus - goldenbrown77.blogspot.com

Stray Cats

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On this date in 1981, Stray Cats released their self-titled debut album. It contained the singles, "Runaway Boys" (#9 U.K.), "Stray Cat Strut" (#11 U.K., #3 U.S.) and "Rock This Town" (#9 U.K., #9 U.S.). Despite the fact that they hailed from Massapequa, NY, this album was never released in the U.S., though many of the songs would later appear on their U.S. debut, Built For Speed, including the three singles. The rockabilly band broke up in 1984 but periodically reunites for performances.



Wikipedia: Stray Cats

Official Website: straycats.com

Blogload: Stray Cats - debut album - rockgratismp3.blogspot.com

Simple Minds - Celebrate

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On this date in 1981, Simple Minds released their fifth single, "Celebrate". The 12 inch version had an extended version of "Celebrate" and was backed by re-mixed versions of "Changling" and "I Travel", both previous singles. The 7 inch version had a single edit version of "Celebrate" and had the remixed "Changling" on the reverse. The A side and "I Travel" appeared on their third album, Empires And Dance. "Changeling" appeared on their second album, Real To Real Cacophony. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill had started out together in a punk band called Johnny & The Self Abusers. The disbanded and Simple Minds was formed. The Glasgow, Scotland new wave band continues on.



Wikipedia: Simple Minds

Official Website: simpleminds.com

Video: Simple Minds - Celebrate - live - 1982 - youtube

Blogload: Simple Minds - Celebrate 12 inh (all three tracks) - and more - samemistakesmusic.blogspot.com

Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me

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On this date in 1981, Depeche Mode released their debut single, "Dreaming Of Me". The B side was "Ice Machine". Both songs were omitted from their debut album, Speak & Spell, in the UK when it was released, though the A side was included on the US version. Both were added to their debut album as bonus tracks when it was re-released on CD. The single reached the #57 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Essex, England new wave band still records and performs but they are a trio since Alan Wilder left the band in 1995.



Wikipedia: Depeche Mode

Official Website: depechemode.com

Video: Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me - live - 1981 - youtube

Blogload: Depeche Mode - Speak & Spell - tequilaritmica.blogspot.com

The Polecats - John I'm Only Dancing

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On this date in 1981, The Polecats released their second single, "John I'm Only Dancing". It was backed by "Big Green Car". The 10 inch version also included "All Night Long". All three tracks appeared on their only album, Polecats Are Go!. The single reached the #35 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Middlesex, England rockabilly band released five singles and one album of new material before breaking up in 1983. They get together occasionally to tour and record new material.



Wikipedia: The Polecats

Official Website: makeacircuit.com

Video: The Polecats - John I'm Only Dancing - on TV - 1981 - youtube

Blogload: The Polecats - Polecats Are Go! - nirso.blogspot.com

R.I.P.

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Knack's lead singer Doug Fieger dies at 57 - freep.com (Detroit Free Press)
Fieger, best known as the founding vocalist-guitarist of the Knack, died this morning at home in Woodland Hills, Calif., after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 57.

Good Girls Don't (1979)


Wikipedia: The Knack...
Singer Doug Fieger (August 21, 1952 - February 14, 2010) was a native of Oak Park, Michigan - a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan - and had previously played in an eclectic rock band called Sky as well as The Sunset Bombers. Fieger was the brother of Detroit-area attorney Geoffrey Fieger, best known for representing Dr. Jack Kevorkian in a series of assisted suicide cases. Of the four original members of The Knack (Fieger, Berton Averre - Guitar, Prescott Niles - Bass, and Bruce Gary - Drums), only Averre and Niles still currently play as The Knack. Bruce Gary died from lymphoma on August 22, 2006 at the age of 55.




LINK FIXED

Blogload: Get The Knack (1979) - homerc.blogspot.com

Fire Engines - Lubricate Your Living Room

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On this date in 1981, Fire Engines released their debut album, Lubricate Your Living Room. It included the single, "Get Up And Use Me" (#9 U.K. indie singles chart). The album reached the #4 spot on the U.K. indie album chart. The post-punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland disbanded in 1981 after three singles and just one album.



Wikipedia: Fire Engines

Blogload: Fire Engines - Fond - a compilation - includes all 8 tracks from Lubricate Your Living Room - totalwire.blogspot.com

The Offs - You Fascinate Me

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On this date in 1980, The Offs released their second single, "You Fascinate me". It was backed by "My World". The A side appeared on their debut album, First Record. The San Francisco, California punk/ska band released a few singles but only one studio album.



Blogload: The Offs - You Fascinate Me - 7 inch (both sides) - and more - lastdaysofmanonearth.com

The Monochrome Set - He's Frank

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On this date in 1979, The Monochrome Set released their debut single, "He's Frank". It was backed by "Alphaville". Neither track appeared on an album. The London post punk band rose from the ashes of a 1976 college band called The B Sides which included Stuart Goddard (Adam Ant). They released five albums before disbanding in 1985. They re-formed a few years later.



Wikipedia: The Monochrome Set

Unofficial Website: themonochromeset.co.uk

Blogload: The Monochrome Set - He's Frank - 7 inch (both sides) - filthysick.blogspot.com

The Rude Kids - Stranglers (If It's Quiet, Why Don't You Play?)

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On this date in 1979, The Rude Kids released their second single, "Stranglers (If It's Quiet, Why Don't You Play?)". It was backed by "Punk Will Never Die!". Neither track appeared on a regular album. The A side was a direct response to The Stranglers' song, "Sweden (All Quiet on the Eastern Front)" which was, in itself in response to the rough treatment they received in Sweden on a recent tour. The Stockholm, Sweden punk band released two albums and several singles before disbanding in 1983.



Blogload: The Rude Kids - Stranglers (If It's Quiet, Why Don't You Play?) - 7 inch (both sides) - www.7inchpunk.com

Joe Jackson - Beat Crazy

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On this date in 1981, Joe Jackson released his eleventh single, "Beat Crazy". It was backed by a live version of "Is She Really Going Out With Him? The A side appeared on his third album, Beat Crazy. The Staffordshire, England punk/new wave musician still records.



Wikipedia: Joe Jackson

Official Website: joejackson.com

Video: Joe Jackson - Beat Crazy - live - 1983 - youtube

Blogload: Joe Jackson - Beat Crazy - silveraintr.blogspot.com

Welcome Plastics

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On this date in 1980, Plastics released their debut album, Welcome Plastics. It was only released in Japan. It contained the single, "Copy". The Japanese new wave band released three albums, an EP and several singles before disbanding in the early 80's.



Wikipedia: Plastics

A good Plastics Website: rockofjapan.com

Not Welcome Plastics but their third album which included many re-worked versions of songs from their debut...
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Soft Cell - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

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On this date in 1982, Soft Cell released their sixth single, "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye". It was backed by an instrumental version of the feature track. The A side appeared on their debut album, Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret. The single reached the #3 spot on the U.K. singles chart. The Leeds, England new wave band disbanded in 1984 but has gotten together again in recent years.



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Divinyls - Music From Monkey Grip

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On this date in 1982, Divinyls released their debut EP, Music From Monkey Grip, the soundtrack from a movie. The EP contained their single, "Boys In Town". The EP reached the #25 spot on the Australian albums chart. The Sydney, Australia new wave band disbanded in 1996 but re-formed recently.



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Haircut One Hundred - Love Plus One

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On this date in 1982, Haircut One Hundred released their second single, "Love Plus One". It was backed by "Marine Boy". Both tracks appeared on their debut album, Pelican West. The song reached the #3 spot on the U.K. singles chart and the #37 spot on the U.S. singles chart. The Kent, England new wave band released two albums (the latter after singer Nick Heyward went on to pursue a solo career) and disbanded in 1984.



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Subterranean Modern

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On this date in 1980, Ralph Records released an album of west coast punk/avante garde bands. It contained tracks by Chrome, The Residents, MX-80 and Tuxedomoon. The release was called Subterranean Modern.



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