The Ledge #437: 1980 American Punk

Earlier this year I featured a show that focused on British punk rock from 1980. Tonight, I do the same thing but featuring nothing but tunes from American punk bands from that same year.

It's kind of interesting how the focus of the punk scene (at least as far as releases went) moved from New York to the West Coast. It was quite a year for California bands, with many veteran acts still pumping out new music, but also a ton of brand new bands with their first single or album. X, The Plimsouls, Circle Jerks, Dead Kennedys, Red Cross, Minutemen, and so many more made their debuts that year. (And yes, there is one error as a non-1980 track was discovered to have aired.)

After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. The Ramones, Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
2. The Ramones, Baby, I Love You
3. The Ramones, This Ain't Havana
4. Tot Rocket & The Twins, Fun Fades Fast In The USA
5. Peer Pressure, Sounds Of The 80's
6. The Cramps, TV Set
7. The Cramps, Garbageman
8. Fleshtones, Let's See the Sun
9. The Feelies, Fa Cé-La
10. Hüsker Dü, Statues
11. Hüsker Dü, Writer's Cramp
12. Suburbs, Cows
13. Suburbs, Cig Machine
14. X, Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not
15. X, The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss
16. X, Los Angeles
17. X, Johny Hit And Run Paulene
18. The Plimsouls, Zero Hour
19. The Last, Lies
20. The Kingbees, My Mistake
21. Red Cross, S&M Party
22. Minutemen, Paranoid Chant
23. Dead Kennedys, Holiday In Cambodia
24. Dead Kennedys, Kill The Poor
25. Dead Kennedys, California Über Alles
26. Dead Kennedys, Viva Las Vegas
27. Flipper, Ha Ha Ha
28. Zeros, She's Just a Girl on the Block
29. Circle Jerks, Beverly Hills
30. Flesh Eaters, No Questions Asked
31. Descendents, It's A Hectic World
32. Wipers, Alien Boy
33. Weirdos, The Hideout
34. Dickies, Gigantor
35. Nikki & The Corvettes, Just What I Need


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