A brief intro for what is no doubt going to be the shortest “Strange Selections” ever (total duration: 17:30). Before I started with techno, disco, electro, anything electronic or “dance music” related, I was listening almost entirely to punk/hardcore from the late 70s and early 80s. It never occurred to me until recently how really weird and subversive this music would have been at the time it was originally released. The Misfits skull and the Black Flag logo have since been appropriated ad nauseam to sell everything from bucket hats to shower curtains. In times like these, it’s worth listening again and remind yourself of the brutal honesty and raw energy contained in these records.
Germs – “Forming” (1977)
Chaos and self-destructive mayhem in audio form.
Misfits – “Cool/Cough” (1977)
Whatever happened in their later years and the various egos of the band members, no one can deny the power and originality of their lo-fi 1950s horror-themed debut single.
Black Flag – “Nervous Breakdown” (1979)
Hardcore classic from the early “pre-Rollins” era Black Flag.
Bobby Soxx – “Scavenger Of Death” (1981)
Dark and evil-sounding flip side of the 7” Learn To Hate In The 80’s.
Fear – “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” (1982)
Searing cover of The Animals’ hit from one of the most politically incorrect hardcore groups.
Hüsker Dü – “Wheels” (1983)
“On a date; with Sharon Tate” ranks amongst the greatest punk lyrics ever written.
Flipper – “The Light, The Sound, The Rhythm, The Noise” (1984)
Flipper were amongst the more adventurous and experimental (not to mention, slower) punk groups and foreshadowed a lot of elements later heard in grunge during the 90s.