We're starting this one in Poland, from the compilation LP 'Jak Punk To Punk' (the one with the circular saw on the sleeve) which also contains solid tracks from Armia, Dezerter, Rejestracja, Sikiera, Abaddon and Process. TZN Xenna however are the clear standouts for me.
2. CHARGE - 'Alone At Midnight' - Trikont LP - Germany - 1980
From the 'Caged & Staged - Live In Germany' album. This one's never really been out of print. Buy direct from Germany here.
3. THE TUNNELRUNNERS - 'Plastic Land' - Sonic International 7" - UK - 1980
Welsh band from Neath. Ten songs were recorded at a session for Swansea Sound radio station. Five songs were unleashed on this first E.P. and the rest were on their mythical second, '100MPH'.
4. DE STRAKS - 'Israel' - Strakkies Records - Netherlands - 1980
Drom Delft, better known for earthenware pottery than punk bands. This is from their first E.P. 'Vrij, Onverteerd'.
5. CRASS - 'Do They Owe Us A Living' - Small Wonder 12" - UK - 1978
From 'The Feeding Of The 5,000' 12" E.P. Problems were encountered when workers at the Irish pressing plant refused to handle it due to what they considered was the blasphemous content of 'Reality Asylum'. The record was eventually released with this track removed and replaced by two minutes of silence called 'The Sound of Free Speech'. This almighty hoo-hah is what prompted Crass to set up their own label.
6. THE TOURS - 'Language School' - Tours 7" - UK - 1979
Powerpop classic of ridiculous proportion. One of those simple guitar lines that stays with you forever. Get it on the 'Album Of The Year... (That Never Was)' CD on Cherry Red or the 'Language School' album on 1977 records.
7. WASTELAND - 'Ono' - Ellie Jay 7" - UK - 1979
How catchy is this one? This is from their debut 3-track E.P. 'Want Not'. From Canterbury. This one had Tony Tarrats on vocals.
8. THE RUTS - 'You're Just A . . .' - Virgin LP - UK - 1979
From their excellent first LP 'The Crack'. See it performed live here.
9. THE TUNES - 'Elevator' - Tune's Tunes 7" - USA - 1982
From Topeka. Re-released recently on Cheap Rewards as an LP (with extra tracks, of course). Read all about them here.
10. THE RAILBIRDS - 'Lonely' - King Kong 7" - Netherlands - 1979
From a split single with the Rondos. Rare video footage here.
11. THE STINGRAYS - 'Never Do' - Circus 7" - UK - 1981
Second single by this popular (in Bristol) band.
12. CHARGE - 'Little Mr. Minor Carassment' - Trikont LP - Germany - 1980
Another track from 'Caged and Staged'.
13. THE TUNNELRUNNERS - 'Words' - Sonic International 7" - UK - 1980
Another from the 'Plastic Land' E.P.
14. THE MIRROR BOYS - 'Jumble Sale Suit' - Wortley Road 7" - UK - 1980
From their sole 3-tracker 'At Tiffany's' which was a nightclub in their home town of Leeds. That's all anyone knows about them.
15. THE SEARCHERS - 'No Dancing' - Sire LP - UK - 1979
Yes, indeed it is the same Searchers that did 'Sweets For My Sweet' back in 1963. This was from their self-titled album of 1979.
16. THE HAPPY HATE ME NOTS - 'You're An Angel' - Waterfront 7" - Australia - 1985
One of many classic singles put out by Waterfront records of Sydney in the 1980s.
17. DE STRAKS - 'Konigin' - Strakkies Records - Netherlands - 1980
Another from their first E.P. 'Vrij, Onverteerd'
18. THE TUNES - 'Crowded Heart' - Tune's Tunes 7" - USA - 1982
Another track from the 'Elevator' E.P.
19. THE RONDOS - 'City Of Fear' - King Kong 2 x 7" - Netherlands - 1979
From a double compilation 7" which also contained tracks by The Railbirds, Bunker, and Terminal City.
20. TZN XENNA - 'Co Za Świat?' - Tonpress LP - Poland - 1986
Their other offering from 'Jak Punk To Punk'.
21. CHARGE - 'No-One Wants To Know My Name' - Trikont LP - Germany - 1980
A third track from 'Caged and Staged'.
22. WASTELAND - 'Leave Me Alone' - Invicta 7" - UK - 1980
Their second single with a different singer, Becky Gale.
23. DIE FROHLIX - 'Wo Ist Unsere Heimat?' - Herbe Scherbe 7" - Germany - 1986
From their first E.P. 'Unser Größter Fehler' E.P. There were never enough trumpets in punk.
24. THE TUNNELRUNNERS - 'Forever Crying At Love Songs' - Sonic International 7" - UK - 1980
And a third from 'Plastic Land'.
25. THE RUTS - 'Staring At The Rude Boys' - Virgin 7" - UK - 1980
Classic 5th single. TOTP performance here.
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