Category Archives: Post-punk singles

a selection of classic and unknown singles from about 1979 – 1984

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Israel

          There was a time when you knew where you stood with a Banshees’ lyric. In the days when they were adorned with Nazi armbands and provocatively goose stepping around London clubs, they could pen a lyric such as “Too many Jews for my liking” for ‘Love in a Void.’ As recently as 2005 […]

Poison Girls – Persons Unknown / Crass – Bloody Revolutions

          The germ of this split single lies in the arrest of anarchists Ronan Bennett and Iris Mills on trumped up charges of conspiracy to cause explosions with persons unknown. After 18 months of imprisonment where they were subjected to numerous indignities, they were found not guilty of all charges and […]

Manicured Noise – Metronome

        What a schizophrenic band Manicured Noise were. Christened by Morrissey’s friend and member of Ludus, Linder Sterling, they released a few singles and then imploded before being able to release an album. The person who formed the band, Owen Gavin, also their lead singer, was forced to leave the band after […]

Cristina – Things Fall Apart

          In an era before Aguil-era, the only Christina worth mentioning was Cristina Monet. Her connections were impeccable: the great grandniece of the painter Claude Monet; a wealthy, socialite who, as a child, was babysat by Basil Rathbone, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes; a woman who married the heir to the Mothercare […]

John Sex – Hustle With My Muscle

          Fed up with living in a squat in Amsterdam with a couple of junkies, I moved across the Atlantic to New Amsterdam, my head filled with tales of the times my father had there. I wanted to visit CBGBs; I wanted cops to warn me off crossing the Brooklyn Bridge […]

The Delmontes – Tous Les Soirs

          Of all the hand made, post-punk singles covers I have, I think this has to be the most basic: a  front cover that’s a plain paper photocopy of a photo of the band with no information on it and which appears to have been cut out as it’s completely the […]

Kitchens of Distinction – The Last Gasp Death Shuffle

          I wonder if the residents of 93 Ravensbury Road, London SW18 know that at one time it was how you got to contact Kitchens of Distinction. That’s the address scrawled on the back of their very first, self -financed single and one that seems to have been overlooked amongst their […]

Maximum Joy – Stretch

          Mon Dieu, there’s a lot going on in this single but once you have heard it, you realise it could only come from one city in England – Bristol. The band were formed from various members of The Pop Group and The Glaxo Babies (who themselves had a song called […]

The Cosmopolitans – (How to Keep Your) Husband Happy

          The Cosmopolitans had a strange evolution, emerging from a dance troupe, led by Jamie Sims, a music composition student at the University of North Carolina, who would get up on stage with any bands playing in their area and go-go dance to them. At a benefit gig designed to raise […]

Blue Orchids – The Flood

        Julian Cope told me it’s French nuns incanting at the start of this record (sorry, Julian, doesn’t sound French to me) while someone else has declared it’s a Swedish reciting of the Corinthian Letters, 13:3: “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, […]

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