NME C81

February 2, 2009

Another door opens. A post-punk primer. I’d heard some of the bands before – Buzzcocks of course and Subway Sect. Most of them I’d heard of , caught snatches on Peel, but C81 bought a cash strapped school kid a lot of music (and some real gems) for £1.50.  

Side one

  1. “The “Sweetest Girl”” – Scritti Politti (6:09)
  2. “Twist and Crawl Dub” – The Beat (4:58)
  3. “Misery Goats” – Pere Ubu (2:26)
  4. “7,000 Names of Wah!” – Wah! Heat (3:57)
  5. “Blue Boy” – Orange Juice (2:52)
  6. “Raising the Count” – Cabaret Voltaire (3:32)
  7. “Kebab Traume (Live)” – D.A.F (3:50)
  8. “Bare Pork” – Furious Pig (1:28)
  9. “Raquel” – The Specials (1:51)
  10. “I Look Alone” – Buzzcocks (3:00)
  11. “Fanfare in the Garden” – Essential Logic (3:00)
  12. “Born Again Cretin” – Robert Wyatt (3:07)

[edit]Side two

  1. “Shouting Out Loud” – The Raincoats (3:19)
  2. “Endless Soul” – Josef K (2:27)
  3. “Low Profile” – Blue Orchids (3:47)
  4. “Red Nettle” – Virgin Prunes (2:13)
  5. “We Could Send Letters” – Aztec Camera (4:57)
  6. “Milkmaid” – Red Crayola (2:01)
  7. “Don’t Get in My Way” – Linx (5:15)
  8. “The Day My Pad Went Mad” – The Massed Carnaby St John Cooper Clarkes (1:46)
  9. “Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher” – James Blood Ulmer (4:03)
  10. “Close to Home” – Ian Dury (4:13)
  11. “Greener Grass” – Gist (2:32)
  12. “Parallel Lines” – Subway Sect (2:38)
  13. “81 Minutes” – John Cooper Clarke (0:13)

The Postcard bands I loved already, Cabaret Voltaire were already essential listening, but Pere Ubu and D.A.F  and the Virgin Prunes were a revelation. The track that blew me away most was Low Profile from ex-Fall-sters Martin Bramah and Una Baines’ new band,  Blue Orchids. The version on the link below is from the Money Mountain LP but the version on C81  is better – less polished more powerful. Awesome.

http://www.last.fm/music/Blue+Orchids/_/Low+Profile

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