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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Gems From My Collection - Some Favourite Singles

Metal Urbain - Hysterie Connective (1978 Radar Records)

French Punk Rock at it's finest. This was their 3rd single release on UK's Radar label.

Wire - I Am The Fly (1978 Harvest Records)

The Members - Solitary Confinement (1978 Stiff Records)
The video below is not the original version of the song that was released on Stiff. Rather it is a stonkingly good live version filmed live somewhere in 1979.

The Saints - This Perfect Day (1977 Harvest Records)
This is quite easily one of the finest releases from 1977. The Saints were from Australia and already blown us away with the fantastic debut 'I'm Stranded'. 'This Perfect Day' even got them on to Top of the Pops here in the UK.

The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket (1979 Rough Trade Records)

The Mo-dettes - White Mice (1979 Mode Records)

A brilliant Debut single by The Mo-Dettes that stayed on top of the Indie charts for 5 weeks.

The Adverts - One Chord Wonders (1977 Stiff Records)

Probably best known for their single 'Gary Gilmour's Eyes' but this single is far better I think. Their debut release on Stiff before signing to Anchor Records. Frontman Tim TV Smith is still out gigging and releasing new music.

Penetration - Danger Signs (1979 Virgin Records)

'Danger Signs'
was the fourth single released by Newcastle based Penetration featuring Pauline Murray on vocals. I love 'Don't Dictate' and 'Firing Squad' but this one is the standout single for me. Their debut album 'Moving Targets' is in my Top 10 albums of all time!

The Ramones - Swallow My Pride (1977 Sire Records)

Probably not the single that everyone would stand up and shout about (they'd probably say 'Blitzkrieg Bop' or 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker') but I love this and what a great b-side as well in 'Pinhead'.

The Ramones - Pinhead

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