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The Jam — In the City

From 1977 (I think).  Not all punks were snot nosed.  The Jam brought  some style to the scene, but don't let the clothes fool you, they still brought anger and a driving guitars to their songs.  Paul Weller was tough!  Reportedly he beat up Sid Vicious cuz he thought the Sex Pistols copied his songs.  I'm dropping another song in the comments.

 

 

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The Clash — Complete Control

From 1977.  Of course I needed to include "the only band that matters."  Besides being a cool song with a nice guitar part, I picked this one because of the weird set.  It looks like was recorded in 1970's rich person's idea of a cool basement.  Pretty sure I'm going to throw I'm so Bored with the USA in the comments.

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The Damned — New Rose

From 1976(!)  Not sure why these guys weren't any bigger, but this song absolutely rocks.  The Damned were contemporaries of the Sex Pistols and this single came out five weeks before Anarchy in the UK. It's a shame they weren't better known, with their first album soon populating the cutout bins of Mankato record shops.

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The Pretenders — The Wait

In honor of Redd Kross playing at the Amsterdam Bar, I'm going to Punk School this week.

We are starting off with The Pretenders, which is the band that got me to stop listening to Foreigner and start listening to The Sex Pistols.  When I first heard this song, it grabbed me by the throat and threw my down on the floor.  I haven't gotten up since.  Sorry about the b&w video, but the version is worth it.

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FMD — Live Albums

NME has your typical internet trope -- a list!  This time best live albums.  Actually it's pretty decent, although I'm shocked it didn't include Cheap Trick Live at Budokan.  I would also add Built to Spill Live and of course Guided by Voices Live at the Wheelchair Races.  Otis Redding Live on the Sunset Strip would be another.  Oh and I would have gone with The Name of this Band is Talking Heads over Stop Making Sense, but that's just me.

What other great live albums do you swear by?

 

FMD — Van Halen

I think it’s a indisputable fact that Van Halen is one of the greatest rock albums ever. Eddie’s guitar work, lyrics about getting with the ladies, David Lee Roth’s bravado. It’s all here wrapped up in leather, barbed wire, and a whiff of Axe body spray. Unfortunately since they first hit the scene back in 1977-78, there’s not a lot of video of their original shows. Below isn’t exactly a video but you can listen to a great early version of Feel Your Love Tonight. It’s definitely faster than the studio version -- almost punk like. Not as polished as the album but damn is it exciting, To this day I still get goosebumps listening to this song.