The Ledge #459: UK Punk 1981

Since it's a new year I have a whole list of new "anniversaries" to celebrate this year. You can expect many upcoming episodes devoted to years such as 1986, 1991...and, obviously, 1981. Tonight's broadcast is the first of a series of programs celebrating the great tunes of that year, and this week we feature the UK punk sounds of the year.

1981 is a year where the punk went a little more underground in England and definitely got a lot louder. There's also some elements of postpunk making inroads, and quite a few bands trying to figure out just what direction to go. It's a fun show featuring a ton of big names next to bands who released one single and disappeared. 

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. Blitzkrieg, The Future Must Be Ours

2. Au Pairs, Come Again

3. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Arabian Knights

4. Vice Squad, Summer Fashion

5. Killing Joke, Unspeakable

6. GBH, Lycanthropy

7. Drongos For Europe, Peace

8. 4 Skins, One Law For Them

9. UK Subs, Violent City

10. Business, Harry May

11. The Fits, Listen to Me

12. Nuclear Socketts, Shadow On The Map

13. Subhumans, So Much Money

14. Damned, Disco Man

15. Cockney Rejects, Motorhead [Live]

16. Anti-Nowhere League, Streets of London

17. Toy Dolls, She's a Worky Ticket

18. Chelsea, Evacuate

19. Angelic Upstarts, We Defy You

20. Stiffs, Goodbye My Love

21. Six Minute War, Weathermen

22. Adicts, Viva La Revolution

23. Anti-Pasti, No Government

24. Terry Tranz & The Vestites, State Handout

25. Defiant Pose, Someone Else's War

26. Erazerhead, Apeman

27. Gifted Children, Painted By Numbers

28. Wanderers, Beyond the Law

29. Exploited, Son Of A Copper

30. Wall, Hobby for a Day

31. Action Pact, London Bouncers

32. Beekeepers, Trouble With You

33. Crisis, Alienation

34. Not Sensibles, I Am the Bishop


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