Live Ledge #248: Punk 45

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a new compilation of old punk rock. Now I have dozens and dozens of these types of releases, and rarely do they provide me with anything new.
That's not the case with "Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States of America Vol. 1". Yes, that's a mouthful, but Soul Jazz Records has done a phenomenal job with this series. Not up to six different double-album sets, each volume looks at one particular early punk scene - pre-punk, Hollywood, Cleveland, Akron, and UK post-punk are the other volumes. Each set is beautifully designed with extensive liner notes, and the mastering and pressings are pristine.
Tonight there's a handful or so tracks from all six volumes. A few will be well-known, but I believe that almost everybody can find something they haven't heard before. Download this via iTunes and Stitcher, or...


1. The Deadbeats Kill The Hippies
2. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Chinese Rocks
3. The Randoms, Let's Get Rid Of New York
4. The Flamin' Groovies, Dog Meat
5. The Zeros, Wild Weekend
6. The Skunks, Earthquake Shake
7. The Hollywood Squares, Hillside Strangler
8. Death, Politicians In My Eye
9. Hollywood Brats, Sick On You
10. Pastiche, Derelict Boulevard
11. Jack Ruby, Hit & Run
12. Count Bishops, Ain't Got You
13. Rob Jo Star Band, Acid Revolution
14. Television Personalities, Part-Time Punks
15. Johnny Moped, Incendiary Device
16. The Mekons, 32 Weeks
17. The Jermz, Power Cut
18. Swell Maps, Real Shocks
19. The Nerves, TV Adverts
20. The Cigarettes, They're Back Again Here They Come
21. Pere Ubu, Final Solution
22. Rocket From The Tombs, Life Stinks  
23. The Pagans, Street Where Nobody Lives
24. The Human Switchboard, No !
25. The Mirrors, Hands In My Pockets
26. The Defnics, 51%
27. Devo, Auto Modown
28. Chi Pig, Ring Around The Collar
29. Jane Aire & The Belvederes, When I Was Young
30. Rubber City Rebels, Kidnapped
31. The Bizarros, I Bizarro
32. The Bags, Survive
33. The Flesh Eaters, Disintegration Nation
34. The Hollywood Squares, Hollywood Square
35. The Zeros, Don't Push Me Around
36. The Weirdos, A Life Of Crime
37. X, We're Desperate


Anonymous said…
Ah Punk 45 ! You did a pretty cool selection. Thank You.

I found a nice MN 45s compilation on YouTube.

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