PUNK: THE COMPILATION (Which of these tracks is the most UNpunk?)

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get bent, that's amazing.

skip, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think this compilation was put together by a punk scholar who just wanted to fuck with everyone.

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

voted Karma Chameleon. just come on.

skip, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

(xpost) that said, i think quarterflash probably has the most degrees of separation from actual punk culture. i voted for escape club but in retrospect i'd change my vote.

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp - Wiki sez Toni Basil changed "Kitty" to "Mickey" in honour of Mickey Dolenz (and to make the song about a man).

There's some serious gender-bending going on in that cover though given all the lyrics she didn't gender-flip, like "i'll take it like a man". Kinda have new respect for Toni Basil....

Lee593 (Lee626), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

quarterflash were from portland; did they ever play at satyricon? did rindy ross ever have a beer with the wipers?

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've never even heard of Quarterflash.

emil.y, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

"harden my heart" and "find another fool" were fairly big hits, but somehow they weren't swept up with the current wave of '80s nostalgia.

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

quarterflash were from portland...did rindy ross ever have a beer with the wipers?

Probably not, but maybe with Nu Shooz. (Led by another husband-and-wife team -- maybe they double-dated!)

xhuxk, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

i recall liking 'harden my heart' a lot as a wee lad

mookieproof, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

"harden my heart" would be a good song for someone like carrie underwood to cover.

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

Voted for "She's A Beauty" just on principle. I will take any opportunity to cast a vote against that ghastly song.

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

I really loved this ad though! If there were a DVD of compilation ads I would totally buy it. They are the perfect kind of ad.

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Abbbottt super-otm, unsurprisingly

albert rotman (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

voting huey lewis because

a)the bouncy groove and yuppie sentiment of "i want a new drug" represent everything fucked about the 80s

b)he just sounds and looks too wholesome to be anything but UNpunk

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Secret Love!

Freedom Rock!

"Hey man, remember the good old days? You know, war. Protests."
"Going to JAIL!!"

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

OK sorry to hijack this thread with old '80s compilation commercials. Carry on...

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Voting "Karma Chameleon" because Boy George inspired a book called Like Punk Never Happened.

Mr. Snrub, Monday, 30 April 2012 00:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

MTV used to constantly play the live video for Quarterflash Find Another Fool, which contained one of the great 80s sax solos.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

does Huey Lewis get a pass for playing with the group that backed up on Elvis Costello's debut?

President Keyes, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

huey had severed his ties with clover by that point iirc

would be kind of hilarious if the rest of this comp was filled with like "lexicon devil" and "police story" and this was just what they put in the commercial to grab the curious

jesus christ (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 30 April 2012 01:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Voting "Karma Chameleon" because Boy George inspired a book called Like Punk Never Happened.

which makes the crucial point that many of the New Pop kewpie dolls started off as punks.

Kevin John Bozelka, Monday, 30 April 2012 02:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

So one way to determine the most unpunk of the above is to determine which of them would have existed without punk.

It's really hard to determine whether x could happened if y had not happened (when y did happen - all these artists, including Quarterflash, exist in a reality where punk happened) but I have no trouble imagining that Cars-style new wave could have emerged without the Ramones or Sex Pistols also needing to emerge. Stuff like Flock of Seagulls or Erasure seems to me to owe more to disco and/or Kraftwerk than to punk rock.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 30 April 2012 02:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Man, I wonder how many of those "only available from this TV offer" albums they sold. Had to be significant...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 30 April 2012 03:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Erasure seems to me to owe more to disco and/or Kraftwerk than to punk rock.

The Quietus had a nice roundup of Andy Bell's 13 favorite albums, many of which are slightly more punk than this compilation's offerings. "I had been a rather reluctant punk as a teenager, finding the whole movement too aggressive for a Peterborough gay boy..."

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Monday, 30 April 2012 03:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

can't find any evidence outside youtube that this thing ever existed

Choc. Clusterman (contenderizer), Monday, 30 April 2012 03:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ha, it would make sense if it's a fake.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 30 April 2012 03:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's brilliant if so!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 30 April 2012 03:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

The reason I'm convinced it's legit is because the friend who posted it on fb had mentioned in the past seeing this commercial when it was new and was happy to finally find it online.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 April 2012 03:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

sessions (the label) definitely existed, but there isn't much about it online.

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

apparently, a company at the same address produced two other 36 song collections:

All for Love - 36 '90s rock ballads
Totally '90's - 36 original hits from the '90's

Choc. Clusterman (contenderizer), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

I really hope everyone who "starred" in one of these ads was in on the joke and not really some struggling actor who thought of this as a stepping stone to fame.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 April 2012 04:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp - is it a sessions release? the end of the ad says that it was put out by "westwood promotions". maybe that's the same thing, i dunno.

Choc. Clusterman (contenderizer), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:15 (1 year ago) Permalink

My favorite compilation ad was for "Into The Night," with 36 seductive sophisti-pop hits.

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Westwood was(is?) a huge music promoter back in the day, and had their own syndicated shows on radio. Maybe this isn't the same company, but it seems right up their alley.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 April 2012 04:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

i could be confusing it with the "secret love" comp, which was "compiled by westwood promotions for sessions" per the internet!

Sgt. Dee Dee The Brass Cupcake McCall (get bent), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

Totally '90's - 36 original hits from the '90's

Featuring your favorite hits, like "Umbrella" by Rhianna, A-Ha's "Take On Me", and "We're In The Money" by the inimitable Ginger Rogers.

O Aquaman (Deric W. Haircare), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

I've never heard Kirsty MacColl from andy bells list.

JacobSanders, Monday, 30 April 2012 04:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

Really? You have some fun times ahead.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 April 2012 04:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wait a sec... I always thought that Quarterflash was trying to copy what The Motels were doing. If I remember correctly, the Motels already had a hit in '79 and had this weird punk connection (existing band moves to another city, is broke, hangs out with punks)

Reality Check Cashing Services (Elvis Telecom), Monday, 30 April 2012 04:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Westwood was(is?) a huge music promoter back in the day, and had their own syndicated shows on radio. Maybe this isn't the same company

That's Westwood One (which <> Westwood Promotions, whoever they were, but the resemblance was probably intentional)

Lee593 (Lee626), Monday, 30 April 2012 05:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

xxp - is it a sessions release? the end of the ad says that it was put out by "westwood promotions". maybe that's the same thing, i dunno.

The Amazon page for this comp seems to suggest that Sessions and Westwood Promotions are cosely connected. Other stuff found on google implies that they were one and the same

albert rotman (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 30 April 2012 10:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ahemn "closely connected"

albert rotman (loves laboured breathing), Monday, 30 April 2012 10:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

I have a dim childhood recollection of Quarterflash being sold as New Wave, and being terribly confused and disappointed when I finally heard them. I can't get my head around people not understanding how punk being an out gay pop star in 80s was. Look up the damn word. Voted for Escape Club. Freedom Rock was an objectively terrific comp, and I think it sold incredibly well.

Three Word Username, Monday, 30 April 2012 10:20 (1 year ago) Permalink

Quarterflash, without much doubt. I had some remarks to add regarding hairdos and the Beserkely label but the points have already been made by Xhuxk and others.

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

omg I can't get past the beginning of the commercial without breaking down

I hope those actors were paid in Happy Meals

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Monday, 30 April 2012 13:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

thats like $45 in 2012 dollars right? thank god rush delivery was available.

a single goddamn marshmallow fucked me for LIFE (Hunt3r), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

if we're talking strictly about the track, not the act, I think "Eyes Without A Face" is the least punk song here by a good distance

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 30 April 2012 17:25 (1 year ago) Permalink


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