The Ledge #603: UK 1979

1979 was an important year for rock and roll, but it was a bigger year for my musical journey. This was the year that the real obsession with buying records began. I had a job. I had a car. And I had put together a pretty awesome sound system in my bedroom.

This was the first year I was buying new music AS it was coming out. I was no longer saving up for a record I read about in Creem Magazine. I was at the record store each and every week. In fact, this was the year I first started working at a record store, and you know I spent more money on music than I actually made at the store.

So tonight's celebration of the UK sounds of that year is truly a trip back in time. With a handful of exceptions, this was indeed a good portion of my playlist back then. London Calling. A Different Kind of Tension. Setting Sons. Cool For Cats. Labour of Lust. The list goes on and on of music I forced friends to endure whether they liked them or not.


1. The Undertones - Here Comes The Summer

2. The Clash - Spanish Bombs

3. The Clash - Death or Glory

4. The Buzzcocks - I Don't Know What To Do With My Life

5. The Buzzcocks - Harmony In My Head

6. Graham Parker - Discovering Japan

7. Elvis Costello - Oliver's Army

8. Nick Lowe - American Squirm

9. Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk

10. Squeeze - Slap & Tickle

11. Sex Pistols - Something Else

12. Public Image Ltd. - Poptones

13. The Monks - Johnny B.Rotten

14. The Damned - Smash It Up, parts 1 & 2

15. The Jam - The Eton Rifles

16. Joe Jackson - I'm the Man

17. The Inmates - Dirty Water

18. The Only Ones - Out There in the Night

19. The Soft Boys - Rock N Roll Toilet

20. The Raincoats - Fairytale in the Supermarket

21. The Slits - Typical Girls

22. The Cigarettes - They're Back Again, Here They Come

23. The Nips - All the Time in the World

24. Generation X - Valley of the Dolls

25. UK Subs - Strangehold

26. Strangeways - Wasting Time

27. Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device

28. Wire - Map Ref. 41 °N 93° W

29. The Fall - Rebellious Jukebox

30. Joy Division - Transmission

31. The Ruts - Babylon's Burning


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