D.I.Y.: Anarchy In The UK - UK Punk I (1976-77)

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For those of us first learning about punk in the early 90s, Rhino's nine-volume D.I.Y. series (which also includes a four-disc detour into the era's American and UK power pop scenes) was an invaluable primer. This collection is missing the Clash (licensing issues), yes, but it also makes room for some names (The Adverts, Penetration) that I likely would not have encountered otherwise.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Oh Bondage Up Yours - X-Ray Spex 20
12XU - Wire 7
(I'm) Stranded - The Saints 6
One Chord Wonders - The Adverts 5
New Rose - The Damned 4
Neat Neat Neat - The Damned 4
Orgasm Addict - Buzzcocks 3
In The City - The Jam 2
(Get a) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers 2
No More Heroes - The Stranglers 1
Gary Gilmore's Eyes - The Adverts 1
Lovers of Today - The Only Ones 1
Anarchy in the UK (demo) - Sex Pistols 1
God Save the Queen (demo) - Sex Pistols 1
Looking' After No. 1 - The Boomtown Rats 0
Your Generation - Generation X 0
Teenage Depression - Eddie & the Hot Rods 0
Don't Dictate - Penetration 0
Baby, Baby - The Vibrators 0


Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 22 September 2022 19:25 (one week ago) link

Haven't decided what I'm voting for yet, but I actually prefer the demo of "Anarchy" to the album version ("BIBLE QUOTATION NUMBER ONNNNNNE!").

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 22 September 2022 19:27 (one week ago) link

UK punk? The Saints!??! And the Boomtown Rats for that matter.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2022 19:29 (one week ago) link

Penetration seem to be generally written off as second-tier (and they also had that quasi-hard rock guitarist) but they were the only band on this comp I was able to see in their prime, and they were wonderful. Still, "Oh Bondage" is such an incredible rallying cry I don't think I can pass that one up.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 22 September 2022 19:45 (one week ago) link

I'd dabbled with 70s punk before but this comp sent me waaaay down the rabbit hole.

It's an impossible choice, I could vote for half a dozen of these easily. Gut feeling says it's "No More Heroes", so that one.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 22 September 2022 20:00 (one week ago) link

X Ray Spex for me

paolo, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:24 (one week ago) link

ditto

nxd, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:31 (one week ago) link

same.

stirmonster, Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:35 (one week ago) link

my sister had the UK Pop volumes from this series, those were huge for us, but I never heard the punk ones. this weird budget comp (and its sequel), probably found at Gibson's, was our punk primer.

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

might have to throw the Adverts a vote

sloop johnnin' skater (geoffreyess), Thursday, 22 September 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

Which track?

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:27 (one week ago) link

i love Teenage Depression but along with The Saints it is an odd choice. They must hasve been offered a good deal on those tracks.

stirmonster, Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:49 (one week ago) link

tough choice between x ray spex and wire.

I voted Neat Neat Neat but my heart was with 12XU

Karl Malone, Thursday, 22 September 2022 22:56 (one week ago) link

Funny, was actually in a place today where I heard them play Wire followed by "Gary Gilmore's Eyes."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:01 (one week ago) link

"in the city" also a strong contender.

this is not an easy choice.

Could vote for a lot of these.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:12 (one week ago) link

this is one of those polls where the song is listed first and artist second, instead of what we have accepted as artist - track, director - film, author - book, etc

Dan S, Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:27 (one week ago) link

which seems like a uk thing

voted for Oh Bondage Up Yours

Dan S, Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:34 (one week ago) link

I wasn't into punk in high school beyond stuff like Husker Du and Joy Division/Pil, my best friend liked "Story of the Clash" but the punk songs seemed a bit lunkheaded to my ears. I came around later. In college I bought a used copy of DIY UK Pop vol 1, even though I already had the XTC and Squeeze tracks, the one with Another Girl Another Planet, Teenage Kicks, Ghosts of Princes in Towers and Into the Valley, and was like ok, this stuff is amazing even if half of the other songs are kind of boring. I gradually rounded up most of the rest of the series in the mid-90s mostly from the city library and used cd stores. This volume probably could have moved Vibrators and Boomtown Rats to the UK Pop volume, dropped the Eddie/Hot Rods and one of the Stranglers songs, and included the Fall - Psycho Mafia, Swell Maps - Read about Seymour, Slits - Vindictive (BBC), and Mekons - Where Were You, just off the top of my head.

Voted Neat Neat Neat, completely anarchic sounding to me, totally hardcore and insane.

mig (guess that dreams always end), Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:38 (one week ago) link

Also voted X-Ray Spex, but β€œIn The City” β€” one of my favorite guitar sounds ever, and a Who homage β€” was a close second.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 22 September 2022 23:44 (one week ago) link

In the City is pretty great, as are 12XU, Orgasm Addict, and the two Sex Pistols songs

Dan S, Friday, 23 September 2022 00:00 (six days ago) link

any list with The Saints on it I'm gonna vote for The Saints, so I voted for The Saints

meat and two vdgg (emsworth), Friday, 23 September 2022 00:11 (six days ago) link

Lots of classics but I will always vote for Poly Styrene in anything.

I voted Neat Neat Neat but my heart was with 12XU

― Karl Malone

enochroot, Friday, 23 September 2022 01:45 (six days ago) link

Was a toss up between 12XU and Orgasm Addict for me. I went with Wire in the end, solely because I play their records more often so they must resonate more with me.

Now if anything off Spiral Scratch was on here it'd be a different story... Boredom ftw!

The Ghost Club, Friday, 23 September 2022 02:07 (six days ago) link

Thus was seminal for me, I bought it when it came out. I voted for the Saints because it was the biggest surprise for me. My heart is with Wire though.

sweating like Cathy *aaaack* (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 23 September 2022 02:32 (six days ago) link

lol tourists

feudal vague (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 September 2022 03:32 (six days ago) link

Ah, it should say UK centred punk, but who does?

Mark G, Friday, 23 September 2022 06:36 (six days ago) link

Lovers of Today. The Sex Pistols were garbage!

Mr. Snrub, Friday, 23 September 2022 16:50 (six days ago) link

I bought most of these on single as soon as they came out (*) (and/or taped them off Peel just before they came out), so I do admire the chronological sequencing by release date, as it matches my own Punk Odyssey.

I wonder whether they've used the LP version of "Teenage Depression" or the cleaned-up 7" version. Same recording, slightly different lyrics in places.

Voting for "(I'm) Stranded", as it would probably give the biggest thrill if played right now.

(*) bragging rights: I bought "New Rose" and "Grip" before they came out!

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 September 2022 16:59 (six days ago) link

^I always knew you were hip!

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 September 2022 16:59 (six days ago) link

Have we ever polled or discussed the Burning Ambitions compilation? Was my intro to the wider world of UK punk and an even more impossible-to-choose track list. Lots of overlap, I suppose because of similar licensing.

https://www.discogs.com/master/53828-Various-Burning-Ambitions-A-History-Of-Punk

bendy, Saturday, 24 September 2022 17:16 (five days ago) link

Voting the Saints, which was actually released before "New Rose".

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Saturday, 24 September 2022 17:22 (five days ago) link

Haven't heard this compilation, but I think I've heard all but five of these songs. Though Wire's my favourite band here, I'm voting "Grip".

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 26 September 2022 16:33 (three days ago) link

Anarchy in the UK (demo) - Sex Pistols
New Rose - The Damned
(I'm) Stranded - The Saints
God Save the Queen (demo) - Sex Pistols
Oh Bondage Up Yours - X-Ray Spex
Orgasm Addict - Buzzcocks
12XU - Wire

Any of these.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 03:10 (two days ago) link

Tough call for me between "Gary Gilmore's Eyes," "New Rose," and "Anarchy," with another three or four close.

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 03:37 (two days ago) link

(Haven't heard the "Anarchy" demo, so press pause on that.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 03:38 (two days ago) link

So many great tracks, went with "One Chord Wonders"

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 04:40 (two days ago) link

yea go the Adverts One Chord Wonders for me too - such an utter blast of joy about listening & playing to utter blasts of joy

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 08:26 (two days ago) link

xp: "(I'm) Stranded" was knocking about on Australian import before "New Rose", but the UK release was later.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 10:57 (two days ago) link

If the opening sequence was arranged by UK 7" release date, it would be: 1. Teenage Depression / 2. New Rose / 3. Anarchy In The UK / 4. (I'm) Stranded, with God Save The Queen after One Chord Wonders.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 27 September 2022 11:05 (two days ago) link

More Tourists:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWaFcZGp-2c

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 27 September 2022 14:19 (two days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 28 September 2022 00:01 (yesterday) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:01 (seventeen hours ago) link

solid showing for the damned

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:02 (seventeen hours ago) link

i didn't vote for it but do wish that "Don't Dictate" had got a little love.

stirmonster, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:04 (seventeen hours ago) link

The five I've never heard are the five that got no votes.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:04 (seventeen hours ago) link

where we go more than halfway no one goes at all

Karl Malone, Thursday, 29 September 2022 00:08 (seventeen hours ago) link

i didn't vote for it but do wish that "Don't Dictate" had got a little love.

Same

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 September 2022 01:14 (sixteen hours ago) link

Glad to see my pick at number 2, but I regret not voting for Orgasm Addict now. That song rules and deserved to do better!

The Ghost Club, Thursday, 29 September 2022 01:20 (sixteen hours ago) link

If I would have seen this I would have voted Orgasm Addict.

Bee OK, Thursday, 29 September 2022 01:22 (sixteen hours ago) link

Interesting results with Bondage so far ahead! And the Pistols languishing (due to demo versions). I've never run a poll, maybe I should volunteer do a 100 punk songs write-in poll..? With war in europe, recession/inflation winter looming, feels right?

Side polls of best EP/mini-albums/peel sessions?

mig (guess that dreams always end), Thursday, 29 September 2022 02:05 (fifteen hours ago) link

missed this poll/thread...and never really got into the Penetration album but love the Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls stuff with Martin Hannett. She also did some stuff in the 80s that sort of fell through the cracks...I got some of them signed by Pauline to me because the current Penetration guitarist Paul Harvey also plays in Happy Refugees who I worked with. Point is that's how I discovered she did a harrowing and awesome take on Big Star's Holocaust.

dan selzer, Thursday, 29 September 2022 02:58 (fourteen hours ago) link

Feel bad for "Don't Dictate", but I'd say that list is just about right.

Mark G, Thursday, 29 September 2022 10:46 (six hours ago) link

I ultimate voted for the favorite because how could I not and am basically happy with the results.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 September 2022 10:49 (six hours ago) link

Re Penetration/Pauline Murray, I'm much like Dan: loved "Don't Dictate", didn't think much of Penetration's other stuff, then loved "Dream Sequence", her first single with The Invisible Girls in 1980. Listening again, I'm thinking her vocal style may have influenced Girls At Our Best.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 29 September 2022 11:09 (six hours ago) link

I bloody LOVED Generation X during the summer of 77, though: they did two Peel Sessions before "Your Generation" came out as their debut single, which I taped and played incessantly. Granted, "Your Generation" does sound a bit silly in hindsight, but I took it then as sincere, and only later realised how much posturing was involved.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 29 September 2022 11:16 (six hours ago) link

I'll make a point of getting into Penetration.

Honestly, I feel I'd rather listen to at least half the songs on Germ-Free Adolescents over "Bondage".

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:03 (three hours ago) link

I was initially a bit disappointed with the studio recording of "Bondage", as I already knew the version from the Live At The Roxy comp very well indeed, and I missed what Lora Logic had done with it on sax; the replacement saxist (Rudi) changed part of the break, which took a while to get used to.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:12 (two hours ago) link

Are you sure Lora Logic doesn't play on the "Oh Bondage" single? First I've heard this.

Josefa, Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:19 (two hours ago) link

Should I poll the other volumes in this series?

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 29 September 2022 15:29 (one hour ago) link

Based on the turnout for this poll, I'd say yes!

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 29 September 2022 16:33 (fifty-one minutes ago) link

Seconded.

Ride On Proserpina (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 29 September 2022 16:36 (forty-eight minutes ago) link

thirded.

Honestly, I feel I'd rather listen to at least half the songs on Germ-Free Adolescents over "Bondage".

same, but just shows how great a band they were. i think they sound better and better with age.

stirmonster, Thursday, 29 September 2022 16:40 (forty-four minutes ago) link


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