Top Ten Punk Driving Songs

There is nothing like getting on the open road with the sunroof open and speeding to some really heart pounding songs.  So to follow on from Love and Life Changing Punk Songs I present my favorite driving songs. Create your own playlist and get out on the road right now and …

Top Ten Punk Life Changing Songs

So continuing my thread that I began here I wanted to highlight some punk songs that really changed my world.  You have to remember back in 1977 I was 14 years old and very impressionable.  I didn’t have an older brother or a cool dad or The Consul to steer and …

No More Heroes

When I was a teenager and before I got into the greatest live band of all time, The Clash (of course), I was really into those bad boys of punk, The Stranglers.  A lot of bands at the time really cared about their image and what people thought about them, but …

Hungry for your love

Max has shared his favourite punk and new wave love songs; a pretty good selection, though ‘love’ here is clearly a subject rather than an emotion, including bromance, split-up, rejection etc as well as amour fou. Well, that was punk. A gentler, kinder (gruffer, grumpier) example is the greatest singer …

Top Ten Punk Love Songs

So before The Consul takes over all musical lists on this blog I thought I’d start my own little list of the Top Ten Punk songs.  Here we go with some of my favorite Punk Love Songs:

What about 1977?

I commend The Consul for his in-depth treatise on the greatest decade of music, but I don’t know if it is because he is a year older or that he really loves 1967 so much (and don’t get me wrong some amazing albums did come out in 1967), but I …

Greatest Year in Music 7

Actually, 1973 has just made me think again. I’m gonna list a kinda top ten, but it doesn’t include Countdown to Ecstasy, Solid Air, Greetings from Asbury Park, Berlin, Heartbreaker, Don’t shoot Me … There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Aladin Sane, Catch a Fire. So, 1973 is starting to win me …

Greatest Year in Music 3

Well 1968 was another great year, without even mentionind White Light / White Heat, Electric Ladyland, or Eli and the Thirteenth Confession or Aretha and Ennio, Floyd or The Pretty Things, or The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier! Can we get all the great stuff from 1969 into a …

Greatest Year in Music 2

Well 1967 looks pretty hard to beat. It’s so flipping inaugural (Doors, Cohen, Velvets etc) and there’s so much great stuff you can’t get into a list of ten albums. But you have the essence of not just the summer but the year in everything Pepper represents in terms of …

Forgot The Fucking Milk!

You can always rely on The Consul to bring the smiles.  One of the other great benefits of aging is you forget more and more things, not just the milk.  Luckily it means you get more exercise, and in that way you start to see the bigger picture – we …

The Last Gig in Town

The last time I saw The Clash was Detroit in ’68. No, Joni fans, it was actually at the Brixton Academy in ’82, so it’s great to have one of my favourite gigs commemorized (neologism there) in a box set. This 2-CD issue features the set list from the night …

Memphis Blues

So, Max is a big Marc Cohn fan and he loves Walking in Memphis. One of the differences between the US and the UK is the scale of our ambition these days. Boy, you ain’t got a prayer in Lidl!

I remember when rock was middle-aged

Yes, before punk, all the young dudes (not many of the dudesses) were into prog and other heavy shit maaaan. Got to see The Musical Box take me back to 1974 recently. The audience made me feel young: all pot-bellied bald sixty year olds. We all knew every word. We …

I remember when rock was young

I mentioned on an earlier post that the first time I heard Down in the Tube St Midnight by the Jam I thought it was a perfect pop song. I wonder what other examples Max might have? My others in a top ten are: You Really Got Me by the …

Goodbye Tom

Wow it really seems that the greats are popping off sooner and sooner.  I don’t know if this is because I’m getting older or not, but either way 66 is too damn early to lose a great artist like Tom Petty.  I literally was just talking about Tom Petty in …

& My First Single

Well, yes, first records. My first single was a lesser known Michael Jackson release, though it was also the title track on his first album. The song itself  was Michael Jackson’s debut solo single, released on October 7 1971. It was the annus mirabilis of pop and rock according to …

The Final Leg

So when this year began I had a number of things planned to celebrate our Twenty Fifth Wedding Anniversary: 25 Years Later Kitchen Renovation Hell! First Class Max Tomorrow (today in fact) we drive to the Woodlands to see Matchbox Twenty as the final leg in our celebration.  Rob Thomas …

My First Single

Now time has a way of playing tricks on you but if you asked me what my first ever single that I purchased was I would say it was Queen’s Somebody To Love.  I was 13 years old. 41 years later it is still an amazing song and not even …

The Vinyl Experience

It was great reading through some of the Consul’s Vinyl stories.  If you are over forty you probably have one, but if you are under forty you probably have no clue what us old duffers are talking about.  Because I moved to the USA 27 years ago it coincided with …

Vinyl S to Z

And the final box contains more gems the like of which we shall not see again. Many of the artists remain but we ain’t gonna get this kind of quality anymore, even from Neil Young. It has been a pleasure to live through the vinyl years, which were the golden …