Your opinion, please: 366-band, 411 track 1981 box set

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I've been aware of ILM for some time, but I'm far more a listener than a talker when it comes to music. In a sense, that's what motivated the creation of the subject matter of this thread: I don't enjoy trying to tell people (especially younger, unexposed) people about music--rather, I prefer to simply play it for them. The 77-83 period being one of my favourites, one that (at least a couple years ago) was relatively underanthologised, I decided to make fairly extensive overviews of those years. 1981 was a descending period for some strains, the peak of others, and the baby steps of more--so it seemed to provide a good cross-section of what I love about the era.

The end result is this:

http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/

images:

http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/1981_front.jpg
http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/1981_inside.jpg
http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/1981_back.jpg

I've pressed 60 copies of the edition represented at that website. Response has been far more broadly positive than I could've imagined--I assumed the thing was a niche item for potentially obsessed young listeners. Several industry types (ILM types, for all I know) have been quite kind, giving it "we were there" approval.

Since the first run, I've corrected mistakes, added about 25 more bands and about 15 tracks, cleaned up several sequencing issues, and I am preparing to issue the 2nd edition (in a run of about 100 copies). I've "sold" all copies for cost of materials--the hundreds of hours (possibly thousands, by this point) I've put into the thing are purely a labour of love.

If ever I complete the other years I'm after--which will probably take years--they'll be a nice soundtrack to Reynolds' upcoming tome.

Most of the 100 are already reserved, but if anyone here is interested in a copy (though it's probably all stuff you have) then feel free to email me at soundslike1981@gmail.com

Thanks in advice for your opinions/advice.

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

*Matos and Donut faint*

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I already emailed you, but this looks ridiculous (in the best possible way) (then again I'm a gigantist by nature).

also, do be sure to check out The official CDR Go! thread, among many others here

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seen this before on other boards. Looks pretty fantastic, if a bit intimidating.

Hope you do '89 and '94 sometime.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Matos - thanks! Someone (maybe it was Chris Ott) pointed me to the CDR Go!s a while back--pretty impressive. This set is indeed narrower in scope (though still fairly broad, I'd say) than those--it's definitely not an "objective" encapsulation of the year.

What year would you lot say to do next? I did a smaller (3-disc) '79 set a couple years back, I'm thinking that may be the one.

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dr. Bill - I'm curious what other boards? EP, IHM?

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hipinion, I think.

'79 is a good year, too, though if you were going to make this a real series instead of just a synth-pop / post-punk chronicle, I'd do a more distant year.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey neat. :-) Let me drop you a line in a few minutes here...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, from the tracklist it's not looking too terribly real-seriesy

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Thursday, 3 March 2005 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

can you post the tracklisting here? i can't get the site to work.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Mullygrubbr -- I'll try and make a text version to post soon.

I didn't expect so many requests from the board--there are probably about 20 copies out of the 100 to be reserved. But I guess 100 isn't a magic number--just a bit tired of putting physically together ; ) So while I'll only guarantee to 100 for the moment (seriously, it takes hours and hours to make them) I'll do my best to accomidate anyone who wants a copy. I'd give about anything to make this a "real" release--there's probably only about 15% major-label content, but it's probably impossible. I wish I could do a charity thing--people would probably pay more than $13 for a charity copy.

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

AMPLIFIER

1. [01] Embarrassment, The - Celebrity Art Party (1981) (3:06)
2. [02] Minutemen - Straight Jacket (1981) (0:57)
3. [03] Replacements, The - Johnny's Gonna Die (1981) (3:24)
4. [04] Flesh Eaters - Pray Til You Sweat (1981) (2:36)
5. [05] Black Flag - Louie Louie (1981) (1:19)
6. [06] Stiff Little Fingers - The Only One (1981) (4:18)
7. [07] Mx-80 - Cover To Cover (1981) (2:42)
8. [08] Meat Puppets - Big House (1981) (1:06)
9. [09] Agent Orange - Too Young To Die (1981) (2:04)
10. [10] Saints, The - Paradise (Edit) (1981) (2:56)
11. [11] Buzzcocks - I Look Alone (1981) (3:01)
12. [12] Empire - All These Things (1981) (3:15)
13. [13] Secret Hate - New Routines-Suicide (1981) (1:26)
14. [14] Gordons, The - Coalminers Song (1981) (5:43)
15. [15] Virgin Prunes - Twenty Tens (1981) (2:27)
16. [16] Cramps, The - Green Fuz (1981) (2:06)
17. [17] Minor Threat - Straight Edge (1981) (0:45)
18. [18] 100 Flowers - Reject Yourself (1981) (2:34)
19. [19] Undertones, The - Julie Ocean (1981) (1:46)
20. [20] Rudimentary Peni - Teenage Time Killer (1981) (1:11)
21. [21] Flipper - Ha Ha Ha (1981) (2:13)
22. [22] Mission of Burma - Fame and Fortune (1981) (3:35)
23. [23] Gun Club - Goodbye Johnny (1981) (3:45)
24. [24] Josef K - Crazy To Exist (1981) (2:57)
25. [25] Swimming Pool Q's - Rat Bait (1981) (2:21)
26. [26] Dead Kennedys - Nazi Punks Fuck Off (1981) (0:59)
27. [27] Bush Tetras - Rituals (Edit) (1981) (3:02)
28. [28] Wipers - When It's Over (1981) (6:36)
29. [29] X - Adult Books (1981) (3:19)
30. [30] Zoomers - Give Your Heart (1981) (2:13)



BRAIN

31. [01] Art Bears - Truth (1981) (2:55)
32. [02] Birthday Party, The - Cry (1981) (2:41)
33. [03] Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Rote Lippen (1981) (2:44)
34. [04] Branca, Glenn - Structure (1981) (3:04)
35. [05] Nomi, Klaus - The Twist (1981) (3:06)
36. [06] Flying Lizards - Hands 2 Take (1981).wav
37. [07] Negativland - Dearmary (1981).wav
38. [08] New Age Steppers - Crazy Dreams & High Ideas (Edit) (1981).wav
39. [09] Lemon Kittens - Kites (1981).wav
40. [10] Trio - Kummer (1981) (2:40)
41. [11] Pere Ubu - Lonesome Cowboy Dave (1981).wav
42. [12] Residents, The - Would We Be Alive (Edit) (1981).wav
43. [13] Johnson, Matt - The River Flows East In Spring (Edit) (1981).wav
44. [14] Eyeless in Gaza - The Decoration (1981).wav
45. [15] Einstürzende Neubauten - Abstieg & Zerfall (1981).wav
46. [16] Fire Engines - Candyskin (1981).wav
47. [17] Section 25 - Hit (1981).wav
48. [18] Crass - Bata Motel (1981).wav
49. [19] Liaisons Dangereuses - Aperitif De La Mort (Edit) (1981).wav
50. [20] Crash Course in Science - Factory Forehead (1981).wav
51. [21] Foetus - Thank Heaven for Push Button Phones (1981).wav
52. [22] Cabaret Voltaire - A Touch Of Evil (Edit) (1981).wav
53. [23] Chrome - Planet Strike (1981).wav
54. [24] DNA - Blonde Red Head (1981).wav
55. [25] Clock DVA - 4 Hours (1981).wav
56. [26] Homosexuals - Nursery Chymes (1981).wav
57. [27] Mertins, Wim - Multiple 12 (Edit) (1981).wav
58. [28] This Heat - Makeshift Swahili (1981).wav


CONVERTIBLE

59. [01] Young Marble Giants - Final Day (1981) (1:43)
60. [02] Orange Juice - Poor Old Soul (1981).wav
61. [03] Martha & The Muffins - This Is the Ice Age (Edit) (1981).wav
62. [04] Altered Images - Happy Birthday (1981).wav
63. [05] Church, The - Too Fast For You (1981).wav
64. [06] Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl (Single) (Edit) (1981).wav
65. [07] Romeo Void - Myself To Myself (1981).wav
66. [08] Barracudas - Don't Let Go (1981).wav
67. [09] dB's, The - Black and White (1981).wav
68. [10] Go-Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed (1981).wav
69. [11] Magazine - The Honeymoon Killers (1981).wav
70. [12] Beat, The (English) - Too Nice To Talk To (1981).wav
71. [13] Marine Girls - Tonight (1981).wav
72. [14] Pretenders - Message of Love (1981).wav
73. [15] Necessaries - More Real (1981).wav
74. [16] Teardrop Explodes, The - Falling Down Around Me (1981).wav
75. [17] Squeeze - Is That Love (1981).wav
76. [18] Go Betweens, The - Your Turn, My Turn (1981).wav
77. [19] Hitchcock, Robyn - Love (1981).wav
78. [20] Stranglers, The - Golden Brown (1981).wav
79. [21] Ramones - It's Not My Place (1981).wav
80. [22] XTC - Respectable Street (1981).wav
81. [23] Pylon - Crazy (1981).wav
82. [24] Costello, Elvis - Strict Time (1981).wav
83. [25] REM - Radio Free Europe (1981).wav


CASSETTE

84. [01] Clean, The - Billy Two (1981) (2:22)
85. [02] Fall - Prole Art Threat (1981).wav
86. [03] Dow Jones & The Industrials - Ladies With Appliances (1981).wav
87. [04] Tronics - Cruisin (1981).wav
88. [05] Terraplanes - Evil Going On (1981).wav
89. [06] Nervous Gender - Fat Cow (1981).wav
90. [07] 49 Americans - Love at first sight (1981).wav
91. [08] Cardboards - On the R to TZ (1981).wav
92. [09] Felt - Something Sends Me to Sleep (1981).wav
93. [10] Concrete - Uranium (1981).wav
94. [11] Discount Chiefs - Different Light (1981).wav
95. [12] Disturbed - Betrayed (1981).wav
96. [13] Scapa Flow - Somewhere (1981).wav
97. [14] Dancing Cigarettes - Mr. Morse (1981).wav
98. [15] Amoebas In Chaos - Designer Genes (1981).wav
99. [16] Tall Dwarfs - All My Hollowness to You (1981).wav
100. [17] Monitor - Amphibious (1981).wav
101. [18] Dolphins - She Took a Long Cold Look (1981).wav
102. [19] Blue Orchids - Bad Education (1981).wav
103. [20] Voice Farm - AM City (Edit) (1981).wav
104. [21] Biting Tongues - Reflector (1981).wav
105. [22] Flux of Pink Indians - Sick Butchers (1981).wav
106. [23] Aztec Camera - Just Like Gold (1981).wav
107. [24] Diagram Brothers, The - Put It In A Bigger Box (1981).wav
108. [25] Pel Mel - Ipanema Mon Amour (1981).wav
109. [26] Marine Girls - Times We Used to Spend (1981) (1:44)
110. [27] Human Switchboard - I Used to Believe in You (1981).wav
111. [28] Social Climbers - Hello Texas (1981).wav
112. [29] Half Japanese - My Knowledge Was Wrong (1981).wav
113. [30] Television Personalities - This Angry Silence (1981).wav
114. [31] Via Veneto - Empty (Edit) (1981).wav
115. [32] Violent Femmes - Waiting For The Bus (Demo) (1981).wav
116. [33] Thick Pigeon - Silhouettes (1981).wav


COMPUTER

117. [01] Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough (1981).wav
118. [02] Japan - Talking Drum (1981).wav
119. [03] Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Der Mussolini (Edit) (1981).wav
120. [04] Associates - White Car In Germany (Edit) (1981).wav
121. [05] Devo - Working In A Coal Mine (1981).wav
122. [06] Heaven 17 - The Height Of The Fighting (1981).wav
123. [07] Eurythmics - Take Me To Your Heart (1981).wav
124. [08] Dolby, Thomas - Europa & The Pirate Twins (1981).wav
125. [09] Plastics - Diamond Head (1981).wav
126. [10] Yello - Bostich (1981).wav
127. [11] Numan, Gary - Stories (1981).wav
128. [12] New Musik - Areas (1981).wav
129. [13] Blue Nile, The - I Love This Life (1981) (3:46)
130. [14] Duran Duran - Girls on Film (1981).wav
131. [15] Gottsching, Manuel - E2 E4 (Excerpt) (1981).wav
132. [16] Teardrop Explodes, The - The In-Psychlopedia (Edit) (1981).wav
133. [17] Cybotron - Alleys Of Your Mind (1981).wav
134. [18] Buggles, The - Blue Nylon (1981).wav
135. [19] Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1981).wav
136. [20] Cars - Shake It Up (Edit) (1981).wav
137. [21] Classix Nouveaux - 623 (1981).wav
138. [22] Tuxedomoon - Incubus (Blue Suit) (1981).wav
139. [23] Human League - The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (1981).wav
140. [24] Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Sacred Heart (1981).wav
141. [25] Kraftwerk - Computer Love (Edit) (1981).wav


FEET

142. [01] British Electronic Foundation - Rise of the East (1981).wav
143. [02] Bush Tetras - You Can't Be Funky (1981).wav
144. [03] Heaven 17 - We're Going To Live (Edit) (1981).wav
145. [04] Foxx, John - Europe After the Rain (1981).wav
146. [05] Dome - D-D-Bo (1981).wav
147. [06] 23 Skidoo - Last Words (1981).wav
148. [07] ESG - UFO (1981).wav
149. [08] Gang of Four - What We All Want (1981).wav
150. [09] Rip Rig Panic - How Caged Bird (1981) (3:32)
151. [10] Logic, Lora - Wonderful Offer (1981).wav
152. [11] Mekons - St Patrick's Day (1981).wav
153. [12] Newman, Colin - Alone (1981).wav
154. [13] Kraftwerk - Numbers (1981).wav
155. [14] Liquid Liquid - Zero Leg (1981).wav
156. [15] Massacre - Gate (1981).wav
157. [16] Family Fodder - Film Music (1981).wav
158. [17] Goat that Went Om - The Pirate Song (1981).wav
159. [18] Dif Juz - Diselt (1981).wav
160. [19] This Heat - Paper Hats (Edit) (1981).wav
161. [20] Trio - Danger Is (1981).wav
162. [21] Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - The New Stone Age (1981).wav
163. [22] Pigbag - Sunny Day (Edit) (1981).wav
164. [23] Public Image Ltd - Flowers of Romance (1981).wav
165. [24] YMO - Light in Darkness (1981).wav


FIRE

166. [01] A Certain Ratio - Waterline (1981).wav
167. [02] New Order - Chosen Time (1981).wav
168. [03] Fad Gadget - Make Room (Edit) (1981).wav
169. [04] Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (1981).wav
170. [05] Byrne, David - The Red House (1981).wav
171. [06] Creatures - But Not Them (1981).wav
172. [07] Raybeats - Calhoun Surf (1981).wav
173. [08] Josef K - Heart Of Song (1981).wav
174. [09] Thomas, David - Crickets in the Flats (1981).wav
175. [10] Killing Joke - Butcher (Edit) (1981).wav
176. [11] B-52's, The - Give Me Back My Man (Remix) (Edit) (1981) (3:04)
177. [12] Dif Juz - Soarn (Excerpt) (1981).wav
178. [13] Hitchcock, Robyn - Grooving on a Inner Plane (Edit) (1981).wav
179. [14] INXS - Stay Young (1981).wav
180. [15] Lounge Lizards - Do The Wrong Thing (1981).wav
181. [16] Prince - Controversy (Edit) (1981).wav
182. [17] Pigbag - Papa's Got Brand New Pigbag (Single Version) (1981).wav
183. [18] Talking Heads - Houses In Motion (Edit) (1981).wav
184. [19] Bauhaus - Of Lillies and Remains (1981).wav
185. [20] Specials, The - Ghost Town (Edit) (1981).wav
186. [21] Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (1981).wav
187. [22] Wire - Midnight Bahnhof Cafe (Edit) (1981).wav
188. [23] Family Fodder - Emergency (1981).wav
189. [24] Raincoats - Shouting Out Loud (1981).wav


HEART

190. [01] Cure, The - All Cats Are Grey (1981).wav
191. [02] Passions - Alice's Song (1981).wav
192. [03] Depeche Mode - Any Second Now (Voices) (1981).wav
193. [04] Durutti Column - The Missing Boy (1981).wav
194. [05] Costello, Elvis & The Attractions - Gloomy Sunday (1981).wav
195. [06] Mx-80 - Promise of Love (1981).wav
196. [07] Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime (Edit) (1981).wav
197. [08] New Order - Doubts Even Here (1981) (4:20)
198. [09] Shelley, Pete - It's Hard Enough Knowing (Edit) (1981).wav
199. [10] Sound, The - Winning (1981).wav
200. [11] Japan - Ghosts (1981).wav
201. [12] This Heat - A New Kind Of Water (1981).wav
202. [13] Raincoats - Only Loved At Night (1981).wav
203. [15] Gist - Love at First Sight (1981).wav
204. [15] Numan, Gary - Dance (1981).wav
205. [16] Psychedelic Furs - No Tears (1981).wav
206. [17] Gang of Four - Paralysed (1981).wav
207. [18] Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Romance Of The Telescope (1981).wav
208. [19] Ultravox - Rage In Eden (1981).wav
209. [20] Weekend - Nostalgia (Demo) (1981).wav


ICICLE

210. [01] Czukay, Holger - Fragrance (Edit) (1981) (3:16)
211. [02] Harrison, Jerry - Worlds In Collision (1981).wav
212. [03] Comsat Angels - Restless (1981).wav
213. [04] Selecter - Their Dream Goes On (1981).wav
214. [05] Tall Dwarfs - Luck of Loveliness (1981).wav
215. [06] Gun Club - Promise Me (1981).wav
216. [07] ESG - You're No Good (1981).wav
217. [08] Siouxsie & the Banshees - Into The Light (1981).wav
218. [09] Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Telephone and Rubber Band (1981).wav
219. [10] Anderson, Laurie - O Superman (For Massenet) (1981).wav
220. [11] Phew - Fragment (Edit) (1981).wav
221. [12] Thomas, David - Big Dreams (1981).wav
222. [13] Del-Byzanteens, The - Girl's Imagination (1981).wav
223. [14] Was (Not Was) - Oh, Mr Friction (1981) (3:32)
224. [15] Eno, Brian & David Byrne - A Secret Life (1981).wav
225. [16] Echo & The Bunnymen - All My Colours (1981).wav
226. [17] Material - Square Dance (1981).wav
227. [18] Sakamoto, Ryuichi - Kachakuchane (Edit) (1981).wav
228. [19] Slits, The - Earthbeat (Peel Session) (Edit) (1981).wav
229. [20] Wyatt, Robert - Born Again Cretin (1981).wav
230. [21] Delta 5 - Different Fur (1981).wav


BRIEFCASE

231. 45 Grave - 45 Grave (1981) (3:21)
232. 999 - Bongos on the Nile (1981) (2:55)
233. A Flock of Seagulls - Telecommunication (1981) (2:32)
234. ABC - Tears Are Not Enough (Edit) (1981) (2:22)
235. Adam & The Ants - Prince Charming (1981) (3:17)
236. Airmail - In a Moment (1981) (5:16)
237. Alternative TV - My Hand Is Still Wet (1981) (3:19)
238. Angelic Upstarts - I Understand (1981) (2:53)
239. Aquila - Without a Care (1981) (4:17)
240. Article 58 - Lost & Found (1981) (3:26)
241. Au Pairs - Love Song (1981) (2:48)
242. Avacados - I Never Knew (1981) (2:23)
243. Babylon Dance Band - Remains of the Beat (1981) (1:47)
244. Bangs - Getting Out Of Hand (1981) (2:12)
245. Beelzebub Youth - Push Push Push (1981) (2:04)
246. Ben Watt - Cant (1981) (3:17)
247. Black Flag - What I See (1981) (1:55)
248. Blah Blah Blah - Central Park (1981) (3:53)
249. Blancmange - Sad Day (Early) (1981) (2:24)
250. Blondie - Rapture (Edit) (1981) (3:39)
251. B-Movie - Remembrance Day (1981) (3:44)
252. Bouncing Czechs - 1992 (Edit) (1981) (2:23)
253. Bow Wow Wow - Why Are Babies So Wise (1981) (2:55)
254. Bunnydrums - Little Room (1981) (3:05)
255. Buzz - Life Ends (1981) (1:57)
256. Cardboards - Electrical Generator (1981) (3:32)
257. Chameleons - Here Today (BBC) (1981) (3:44)
258. Chefs - Someone I Know (1981) (2:07)
259. Chemicals Made From Dirt - Ike (1981) (2:27)
260. Christian Death - Dogs (1981) (2:54)
261. Club Tango - Performance (Edit) (1981) (2:24)
262. Colours Out of Time - The Waiting (BBC) (1981) (3:39)
263. Commericals - Simon (1981) (2:18)
264. Comsat Angels - Now I Know (BBC) (1981) (4:14)
265. Conservatives - Suburban Bitch (1981) (1:21)
266. Crispy Ambulance - The Presence (Edit) (1981).mp3
267. Cure, The - Primary (1981).mp3
268. Dalek I Love You - Heartbeat (1981).mp3
269. Damned, The - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Edit) (1981) (2:52)
270. Dancing Cigarettes - Puppies in a Sack (1981).mp3
271. Dangerous Girls - Men in Suits (1981).mp3
272. Danse Society - Continent (1981).mp3
273. Dark Day - Extermination (1981).mp3
274. Deep Freeze Mice - Dr. Z (1981).mp3
275. Department S - Age Concern (1981).mp3
276. Dif Juz - Cs (1981).mp3
277. Digital Dinosaurs - The Sideways Man (1981).mp3
278. DNA - 5-30 (1981).mp3
279. Doctor Mix & The Remix - Brand New Cadillac (1981).mp3
280. Dramatis - Love Needs No Disguise (1981).mp3
281. Dum Dum Dum - Dum Dum Dum (1981).mp3
282. Effigies - Strong Box (1981).mp3
283. Eight Eyed Spy - Lazy In Love (1981) (2:57)
284. Ejectors - Little Johnny (1981).mp3
285. Embarrassment, The - Sexy Singer Girl (1981).mp3
286. Eno, Brian and David Byrne - Mea Culpa (Edit) (1981).mp3
287. Essential Logic - Fanfare In the Garden (1981).mp3
288. Ex, The - Weapons for El Salvador (1981).mp3
289. Factrix - Thin Line (1981).mp3
290. Fair, Jad - Fish Can Talk (1981).mp3
291. Fall, The - Middle Mass (1981).mp3
292. Family Fodder - Dinosaur Sex (1981).mp3
293. Fast Set, The - King of the Rumbling Spires (1981).mp3
294. Fifteen Minutes - Last Chance for You (1981).mp3
295. Fingerprintz - Shadowed (1981).mp3
296. Five Or Six - The Trial (1981) (2:49)
297. Fleshtones - The Dreg (1981).mp3
298. Freddy And The Fruitloops - Right & Wrong (1981).mp3
299. Front 242 - Body to Body (1981).mp3
300. Generation X - Dancing With Myself (1981).mp3
301. George Harrassment - Yoghurt (1981).mp3
302. Gifted Children - Lichtenstein Girl (1981).mp3
303. Gilbert & Lewis - Hung Up To Dry Whilst Building An Arch (1981).mp3
304. Girls At Our Best - Go for Gold (1981).mp3
305. Gizmos - Biscuits & Gravy (1981).mp3
306. Goldman, Vivien - Launderette (1981).mp3
307. Haig, Paul - Mad Horses (1981).mp3
308. Haircut 100 - Favourite Shirt (1981) (3:05)
309. Homosexuals - In Search of the Perfect Baby (1981).mp3
310. Icehouse - Icehouse (Edit) (1981).mp3
311. Icicle Works - When Winter Lasted Forever (Edit) (1981).mp3
312. It's Immaterial - A Gigantic Raft (Edit) (1981).mp3
313. Jackson, Joe - Beat Crazy (1981).mp3
314. Jagatara - Hey Say! (Edit) (1981).mp3
315. Jam, The - Absolute Beginners (1981) (2:52)
316. Kontakt Microfoon Orkest - Do the Residue (1981).mp3
317. Lambrettas, The - Decent Town (1981).mp3
318. Last Four Digits - Diddy Wah Diddy (1981).mp3
319. Legal Weapon - Daddy's Gone Mad (1981).mp3
320. Liaisons Dangereuses - Etre Assis Ou Danser (1981).mp3
321. Liliput - Eisiger Wind (1981).mp3
322. Limp, The - Marked Man (1981).mp3
323. Liquid Liquid - Lock Groove (In) (1981) (3:57)
324. Lovich, Lene - New Toy (1981).mp3
325. Lowest Note on the Organ - Piggy Bank (1981).mp3
326. Ludus - Mutilate (1981).mp3
327. Malaria - How Do You Like My New Dog (1981).mp3
328. Marine - Life in Reverse (1981).mp3
329. Mass - Cross Purposes (1981).mp3
330. Massacre - Subway Heart (1981).mp3
331. Maximum Joy - Strech (Edit) (1981) (2:57)
332. Medium Medium - The Glitterhouse (1981).mp3
333. Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now (1981).mp3
334. Metal Urbain - Hysterie Connective (Early Version) (1981).mp3
335. Meteors - Graveyard Stomp (1981).mp3
336. Minny Pops - Dolphin's Spurt (1981) (2:56)
337. Misfits, The - Halloween (1981).mp3
338. Modern English - Black Houses (1981).mp3
339. Monochrome Set - Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners (1981).mp3
340. Mr Science - Mr. Science (1981) (2:23)
341. My Captains - Converse (1981).mp3
342. Names - Music For Someone (1981) (1:56)
343. Native Hipsters - Tropical Fish in the Sink (1981).mp3
344. Neu Electrikk - Lust of Berlin (1981) (2:46)
345. New Musik - This World Of Walter (1981).mp3
346. No More - Suicide Commando (1981).mp3
347. Oingo Boingo - Capitalism (1981).mp3
348. Orange Juice - Wan Light (1981).mp3
349. Our Daughter's Wedding - Airlines (1981).mp3
350. Passage - Hip Rebels (1981).mp3
351. Pin Group - Ambivalence (1981).mp3
352. Plimsouls - Mini-Skirt Minnie (1981).mp3
353. Poison Girls - Ideologically Unsound (1981).mp3
354. Police, The - Darkness (1981).mp3
355. Polyphonic Size - Mothers Little Helper (1981) (3:06)
356. Polyrock - Rain (1981).mp3
357. Pop, Iggy - Sea of Love (1981).mp3
358. Post Raisin Band - Pink Lincoln (1981).mp3
359. Predator - He Thinks He Knows Me (1981).mp3
360. Public Image Ltd - Go Back (1981) (3:47)
361. Quad Pi - Near You (1981).mp3
362. Red Asphalt - Red Asphalt (1981).mp3
363. Red Cross - Puss 'N' Boots (1981).mp3
364. Red Krayola - An Old Man's Dream (1981).mp3
365. Reflections - 4 Countries (1981).mp3
366. Room, The - Bated Breath (1981) (4:01)
367. Russell, Arthur - Sketch for Face of Helen (Edit) (1981) (3:31)
368. Scientists - She Said She Loves Me (1981).mp3
369. Second Layer - Distortion (Edit).mp3
370. Simple Minds - Theme for Great Cities (Edit) (1981).mp3
371. Slow Children- Spring in Fialta (1981).mp3
372. Social Distortion - Telling Them (1981).mp3
373. Sort Sol - Misguided (1981).MP3
374. Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short (Edit) (1981).mp3
375. Splodgenessabounds - Cowpunk Medlum (1981) (2:36)
376. Stranglers - Everybody Loves You When you're Dead (1981).mp3
377. Suburban Lawns - Computer Date (1981).mp3
378. Subway Sect, The - Parallel Lines (1981).mp3
379. Surplus Stock - Let's Kill Each Other (1981).mp3
380. Swamp Children - Call Me Honey (1981) (4:54)
381. Swell Maps - Forest Fire (released 1981) (3:01)
382. Takahashi, Yukihiro - Something in the Air (1981) (4:51)
383. Tame O'Mearas - Curl Curl (1981) (2:18)
384. Teardrop Explodes, The - ...and The Fighting Takes Over (1981) (3:54)
385. Teenage Filmstars - I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape (1981) (2:56)
386. Telefones - Solid Ground (1981) (3:12)
387. The Past Seven Days - Raindance (Edit) (1981) (4:58)
388. The The - Untitled (1981) (3:23)
389. Theatre of Hate - My Own Invention (1981) (3:17)
390. Theoretical Girls - Electronic Angie (Studio) (1981) (3:37)
391. Thompson Twins - Politics (1981) (2:20)
392. Times, The - Biff! Bang! Pow! (1981) (2:52)
393. Triffids - This Boy (1981) (2:56)
394. TSOL - I'm Tired Of Life (1981) (1:51)
395. Tucker, Maureen - Louie Louie (1981) (2:41)
396. Two by Fours - Another 8 Hours (1981) (1:34)
397. UB40 - One in Ten (1981) (4:33)
398. Urban Verbs - Business and the Rational Mind (1981) (4:52)
399. Urinals - I Hate (1981) (2:03)
400. Vapors, The - Jimmie Jones (1981) (3:24)
401. Visage - Mind Of A Toy (1981) (4:28)
402. Vital Disorder - Let's Talk About Prams (1981) (2:17)
403. Walking Floors - No Next Time (1981) (2:27)
404. Wall of Voodoo - Crack the Bell (1981) (3:33)
405. Wanderers - Beyond the Law (1981) (2:08)
406. Weirdos, The - Weird World (Demo) (1981) (3:02)
407. Wild West - Fierce Atoms (1981) (2:25)
408. xAx - Banging Your Head (1981) (3:42)
409. Xpozez - New Law (1981) (1:19)
410. Zoomers - From the Planet Moon (1981) (2:56)
411. Zounds - Demystification (1981) (3:45)

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Absolutely astounding. All the copies are probably gone by now. *Sigh*

But great work! Incredible!

ffirehorse (firehorse), Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

whoah!

its not mp3s?

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ffirehorse -- Thanks so much! There are still copies (well, spots to reserve a copy when they're finished) available.

Getting these things to people I know will enjoy them, and maybe even appreciate all the work that went into them, makes it all worth it. I've been working on this thing with varying attention since summer 2003.

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

411 tracks and not one of them is called "Bette Davis Eyes"??

It looks like you steered clear of all of the big chart hits, though.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

mullygrubbr---

No, it's 9 80min CDs and and 1 mp3-CD. About 85% of it is sourced from my own collection (CDs and vinyl, including Chuck Warner's hyped2death discs). I've "hand levilised" the tracks using careful combinations of normalising and judicious graphic dynamics, and hand-removed vinyl pops in many cases. For the 2nd edition, I'm using nice white-on-top CD-Rs with my thermal printer (black on white) to better match the packaging.

http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/1981_inside.jpg
http://manireik.spymac.net/1981/1981_front.jpg

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

MindInRewind ---

Yeah, it's not meant to be "objective" (like I gather the CDR700 Go! collections). Though a number of these tracks did chart, in England.

I.M., Thursday, 3 March 2005 22:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

my god

BanjoMania (Brilhante), Thursday, 3 March 2005 23:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

BanjoMania ---

"My god" good or bad?

I.M., Friday, 4 March 2005 00:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

IM, it's got to be 'my god' good. gorgeous box.

jergins (jergins), Friday, 4 March 2005 00:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"objective" isn't really the word for CD-R Go!, though, because those are pretty much completely reflective of their compilers' tastes. (See Andy Kellman's for example, which have 80 songs each: http://www.jodeeandy.com/cdr700go!/)

(also, shamless plug time: Seattle Weekly now has a weekly column called CD-R Go!, check out the first one by me: http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0509/050302_music_cdrgo.php)

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Friday, 4 March 2005 00:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jergins ---

Thanks so much! It's definitely an example of making the most of my material limitations, but I think in the end it doesn't look too cheap. I would've liked to have a square-shaped booklet, but folding/cutting an 8.5x11 is just more practical.

I.M., Friday, 4 March 2005 02:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I know this may sound silly, but if anyone could point this thread out to Simon Reynolds, I've been keen to get him a copy ever since I found out a few months ago that he was doing a textual equivalent.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 02:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(I am pleased you like "Heartbeat," Matos!)

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 4 March 2005 02:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That is an absolutely gorgeous box indeed, I.M. Well done! What a way to make a splash on this board. :-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 4 March 2005 02:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

*Patrin does not faint; spends time wondering where all the rap is instead*

Stupornaut (natepatrin), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(I kid, this is truly an admirably batshit undertaking and I am way the hell impressed.)

Stupornaut (natepatrin), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't enjoy trying to tell people (especially younger, unexposed) people about music

No! School us! How did you do this? Did you own and listen to all these records in 1981, or have you accumulated all these over time? I'm just asking because I'll probably be the average ILMer in, er, eight(?) years, meaning that I pay close attention to and consume music at an alarming rate-- but I couldn't dream of making an anthology like this for, say, 2004... I just looked through the tracklisting, and I only recognized about eighty of the bands. Did you own a record shop or something?

poortheatre (poortheatre), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh, man. what a great idea. rip that to ipod, shuffle, flashback. crazy.

john'n'chicago, Friday, 4 March 2005 03:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Stupornaut ---

haha thanks. I considered getting in some hip-hop, but I didn't want to be cursory or throw in some token Flash track. Clearly the scenes coallesced at points (NY at least) but I was primarily interested in helping young people (my age and younger) who suddenly the last couple years find it hip to call things "post-punk revival" or "dancepunk" or whatever that there was a lot more to the 78-82 period than Joy Division, Gang of Four, and maybe (if the kid is adventuresome) Wire, much as I love those bands. I split the set up into varyingly definable sounds/feelings/aesthetics to make it more approachable, but the point remains that even though you could probably call 90%+ of it "post-punk," there was a hell of a lot going on. I included a smattering of sub-Hannet-wannabe stuff, but mostly I went for breadth.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Poortheatre ---

I am an addict, plain and simple. I don't know what the "average" ILMer is, but to put it this way: I could've bought at least a couple cars with the money I've spent on music since I was 12. I'm not proud of it in some capitalist aquisitive way--it's just that music is not an option, it's life. That's probably true for most people here (or they wouldn't be here taking all this stuff so seriously-not-seriously). I can't think of anything else on which I'd rather have blown almost every discretionary penny I've earned. I wish I owned a record shop, but I've never even worked at one.

I'll tell you a little secret (not much of one--it's in the opening "essay" for the set)--I was a year old in 1981. I'm ambivalent about how this fact affects my appreciation of all this music. On the one hand, it means I'm hearing things slightly less in terms of whats considered cool at the time; on the other hand, maybe "what's cool" is valid, and I'm not getting the full picture from the recorded sounds alone. I'm fascinated to hear from people who were there about the whole thing--whether the relative inaccessibility of it all made it an elitist bastion, whether the internet deomcratises things--or whether because it was so scarce it was much more community-driven, that its expansiveness came from the necessity of staying busy. I tend to come down on the feeling that I like how I've heard the music--that much as an honest, non-selfconscious scene (a rare thing indeed) can be exhilirating, I'm more likely to have an honest response to the music "on its own terms" coming to it all after the fact and with relatively little knowledge of ephemeral elements. I could be wrong.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was a year old in 1981

! My, that's dedication to be showing when you were a year old. ;-) (I tease, etc.)

I sympathize with you on the money/car thing. Happily I have never owned a car. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah cars are for suckers, anyway

chris andrews (fraew), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, if I never have to drive a car again I'll be a happy man. Millstone around the neck.

I work in preservation/restoration architecture and even though I live in a small city, I'm a pretty rabid urbanist. So I like to explain to people who love their cars why I find the utter and total reliance on them (indeed, the razind and reconstruction of society to accommodate them) so absurd in the following way: imagine instead of being on wheels, imagine cars were the same amount of metal and glass and rubber all put together into a big 14'-tall "Mech". Then imagine every suburban mother hopping into her 4,000-pound robot to go to the grocery for milk and bread! Fucking insane, but not much scarrier than the way freeways and cul-de-sacced squirrely over-wide roads look to me.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 03:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Well. This raises the bar considerably.

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Friday, 4 March 2005 05:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hey, Fraew! I didn't see it was you at first. How many EPers post here?


Michael ---

I'm not sure what I raised the bar on besides time-sucking geek hobbies, but . . . thanks!

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 06:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Proof that (as I originally knew) 1981 was the best year in music.

Ian Riese-Moraine (Eastern Mantra), Friday, 4 March 2005 11:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I need this...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 4 March 2005 12:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gorgeous box IM, great job.

blawa (blawa), Friday, 4 March 2005 13:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

reading about borderline-crazy devotion to music like this reminds me I love music too even if sometimes I can forget (and kinda makes me wnt to cry wet tears of joy) and I guess I'm just saying I'd be more than thankful to just know tht this kind of thing exists and tht you, I.M., went to the (good god it must be almost thankless) task & effort of compiling it and then distributing at cost but the fact that it's available, fr sale, good god! I'd definitely be interested in a copy if thr's one left.

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 4 March 2005 13:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thank you all so much for your kind words. I did this thing because I wanted to, but it does make me very happy that others appreciate all the effort, and more importantly, appreciate the music that means so much to me.

I'm within a couple spots of 100 as of 10:20A.M. C.S.T., but if you think you would enjoy the set, I still welcome requests. I simply can't guarantee that I will get to those beyond 100 in the immediate future. As the interest seems to be there, however, I guess I have a responsibility to meet it as best I can. If you're willing to wait a little longer (perhaps a month) by all means, go ahead and write to me.

Again, thanks, all. I envisioned this thread quickly falling into oblivion---this is much more fun.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 16:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I e-mailed you about this, IM. I'm probably the sort of person this is aimed at (I was born 5 years after this all happened) and this period is one that I haven't properly explored yet. Everything I know on these discs is some of my favorite music, so I'm drooling at the thought of all the music I've missed!

This really is a beautiful thing. You should be proud.

stephen morris (stephen morris), Friday, 4 March 2005 16:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Man, I'm old enough to remember the year in completeness, and I missed a lot of it. 50% or thereabouts...

mark grout (mark grout), Friday, 4 March 2005 16:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've pressed 60 copies

I'm using nice white-on-top CD-Rs

So are these (in any case, very wonderful) cd's pressed, or burned? I gotta say, it's really impressive how you've gotten some of the more underground stuff on here (e.g. Monitor, Nervous Gender)

These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Friday, 4 March 2005 17:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Hats off to I.M. for this labour of (indie) love.

Jeff W (zebedee), Friday, 4 March 2005 17:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think someone should sing it all the way through for charity.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Friday, 4 March 2005 17:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(hope you got my e-mail, i.m.)

cozen (Cozen), Friday, 4 March 2005 18:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

These Robust Cookies ---

Oh, they're burned. Very home-made affair. It would be amazing to make a "real" version, but I'm sure it'd cost more than I earn in a decade.

I.M. (I.M.), Friday, 4 March 2005 18:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I.M., I'd love to reserve one, but the contact link on your site isn't working. Help.

San Carlos (San Carlos), Friday, 4 March 2005 20:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Found it myself on the interwebs, after a bit of searching: http://www.woebot.com/images/dsns/1981.txt

pleased to mitya (mitya), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 08:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://www.woebot.com/images/dsns/no_parlez.jpg
.. just like when it got released!

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 09:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The box sits in a prominent place in the kitchen and i walk past it every day and nod. and listen to it sometimes. thanks again IM.

jergins (jergins), Wednesday, 14 June 2006 19:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Dug this box up again for my travels this week.

It's still the finest box set based around the music of 1981 ever!

Mark G, Saturday, 31 March 2007 00:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder if I.M. ever hangs around this place anymore...I've corresponded with him a few times on email about a month ago (I went crazy over Diagram Brothers, and he's like the only person I know who is into them), but that's it. Actually there was someone on the recent XTC thread that made me think it might be him but it was a different screen name...*shrugs*

Bimble, Saturday, 31 March 2007 01:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Needs more Oi!

This track listing is very good though, I can't think of much I'd add to it.

Apart from maybe Razors In The Night by Blitz.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 31 March 2007 01:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

spotify playlist please

cozen, Sunday, 29 September 2013 19:46 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This thread is one of the "most read", don't you know?

Mark G, Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:15 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/1979_ice.jpg

Coming soon. . .

Soundslike, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 23:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh hello.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 30 August 2017 23:18 (two months ago) Permalink

*drools*

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:08 (two months ago) Permalink

The year of my birth! Excited for this.

tylerw, Thursday, 31 August 2017 02:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Then it turns out it's a headfake and it's 366 bad bootleg remixes of a certain Smashing Pumpkins song.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 31 August 2017 02:25 (two months ago) Permalink

ooh (bookmarks thread)

Mark G, Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Alright, it's all done I think. Slightly smaller affair--seven mixes, no 'briefcase'. But given that at 37 I didn't have the months I had when I was 23 and made '1981' to search out and buy scores of records, cull and re-cull, sequence twenty ways for each mix, and go in and hand-remove every little dust pop, it's been a lot of fun to revisit this music I haven't really listened to as much over the last decade. I hope the results will be enjoyed.

Actually, I had made a 3-disc '1979' back in 2002/2003, before '1981,' only made about five copies I think. I found the old tracklist and realized I selected a lot of the same tracks this time!

I'm going to spend a little more time with it making sure everything is working, and hope to have it up soon. Hope when it's up folks will spread the word.

Soundslike, Friday, 1 September 2017 03:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Looking forward for sure.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 1 September 2017 03:32 (two months ago) Permalink

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/folder1.jpg

Soundslike, Friday, 1 September 2017 03:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Want

jjjusten, Friday, 1 September 2017 03:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Want

jjjusten, Friday, 1 September 2017 03:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's the final artist list:


A Certain Ratio · Adam & The Ants · Alternative TV · Animals & Men · Au Pairs · Bauhaus · The Blackouts · Blondie · The Boys Next Door · The B-52's · The Beat · David Bowie · British Standard Unit · Buzzcocks · Cabaret Voltaire · James Chance & The Contortions · Chrisma · Chrome · The Clash · Comsat Angels · Elvis Costello & The Attractions · The Cramps · Crass · Cult Hero · The Cure · Holger Czukay · The dB's · Delta 5 · Devo · Door & The Window · The Durutti Column · Echo & The Bunnymen · The Embarrassment · Essendon Airport · Essential Logic · Fad Gadget · Marianne Faithful · The Fall · Family Fodder · The Feelies · The Flying Lizards · John Foxx · Frank Sumatra · Gang of Four · Gina X Performance · Glaxo Babies · Half Japanese · The Homosexuals · The Human League · Richard Hell & The Voidoids · Industry · Joe Jackson · The Jam · Japan · Josef K · Joy Division · Killing Joke · L Voag · Lizard · M · Magazine · Material · Lizzy Mercier Descloux · Monochrome Set · Anthony Moore · Martha & The Muffins · The Mekons · Metal Urbain · Mo-Dettes · New Musik · Noh Mercy · Gary Numan · The Only Ones · Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark · P-Model · Pere Ubu · Plastics · Iggy Pop · The Pop Group · Pylon · The Raincoats · Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers · Rosa Yemen · Scritti Politti · The Selecter · Simple Minds · Siouxsie & The Banshees · The Slits · Patti Smith Group · The Soft Boys · The Sound · The Specials · Spherical Objects · Squeeze · The Static · Walter Stedding · Suicide · Swell Maps · Talking Heads · The Teardrop Explodes · Theoretical Girls · This Heat · Throbbing Gristle · Urinals · Vice Versa · Voigt 465 · Wipers · Wire · XTC · The Years · Yellow Magic Orchestra · Young Marble Giants

Soundslike, Saturday, 2 September 2017 05:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Omfg

the underground is pass-agg (Drugs A. Money), Saturday, 2 September 2017 07:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Ok everyone--sorry it took a while (13 years. . .) but the follow-up to the '1981' box is finally done: the '1979: Post-Punk' digital box set, with seven tightly themed mixes, 112 artists, and just over eight hours of post-punk's best as it really got going. It's up for streaming or download, along with a one-hour "sampler" mix for the post-punk-curious to get hooked by. ILMers really addicted me to the mix-making thing, because it was such a joy to think of helping such passionate music people revisit old favorites or find new ones. I've been doing my Musicophilia mix blog for nine years now, and it's been a lot of fun.

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/1979.gif?w=624&h=624&zoom=2

And you can download or stream it here at Musicophilia. Thank you!

Soundslike, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 11:56 (two months ago) Permalink

And here's the tracklist:


1979 | Box Set Sampler

01 [00:00] A Certain Ratio - “Do the Du (BBC)” (BBC - ‘Early’ compilation)
02 [02:40] The Pop Group - “Thief of Fire” (‘Y’)
03 [07:14] Talking Heads - “I Zimbra” (‘Fear of Music’)
04 [10:22] Gang of Four - “Damaged Goods” (‘Entertainment!’)
05 [13:46] The Slits - “Love und Romance” (‘Cut’)
06 [16:11] This Heat - “Horizontal Hold” (‘This Heat’)
07 [23:02] Scritti Politti - “Double Beat” (“4 ‘A Sides’” EP)
08 [26:43] Josef K - “Chance Meeting (Early)” (Unreleased - ‘Young & Stupid’ compilation)
09 [29:36] Wipers - “Is This Real?” (‘Is This Real?’)
10 [32:12] The Raincoats - “No Side to Fall In” (‘The Raincoats’)
11 [34:00] Yellow Magic Orchestra - “Technopolis” (‘Solid State Survivor’)
12 [38:15] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - “Almost” (“Electricity” single)
13 [42:00] Blondie - “Dreaming” (‘Eat To the Beat’)
14 [45:02] The Cure - “Boys Don’t Cry” (“Boys Don’t Cry” single)
15 [47:39] Japan - “Alien” (‘Quiet Life’)
16 [52:36] Joy Division - “24 Hours (BBC)” (BBC - ‘Peel Sessions’ compilation)
17 [56:43] Wire - “40 Versions” (‘154’)

[Total Time: 1:00:07]

1979 | Fire

01 [00:00] A Certain Ratio - “Do the Du” (BBC - ‘Early’ compilation)
02 [02:38] David Bowie - “African Night Flight” (‘Lodger’)
03 [05:25] Material - “Process/Motion” (“Temporary Music 1” EP)
04 [09:55] The Durutti Column - “Sketch for Summer” (‘The Return Of’)
05 [12:50] The Selecter - “The Selecter” (“The Selecter” single)
06 [15:46] LIzzy Mercier Descloux - “Fire” (‘Press Color’)
07 [20:54] Holger Czukay - “Cool In the Pool” (‘Movies’)
08 [25:56] The Flying Lizards - “Her Story” (‘The Flying Lizards’)
09 [30:27] The Pop Group - “Thief of Fire” (‘Y’)
10 [35:02] Lizard - “T.V. Magic” (‘Lizard’)
11 [38:19] Industry - “Ready For the Wave” (“Industry” EP)
12 [42:02] Blondie - “Atomic” (‘Eat To the Beat’)
13 [46:36] James Chance & The Contortions - “Designed to Kill” (‘Buy’)
14 [49:20] Gary Numan - “Random” (Unreleased - ‘78/79’ compilation)
15 [53:01] Joy Division - “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (BBC - ‘Peel Sessions’ compilation)
16 [56:21] The B-52’s- “Dance This Mess Around” (‘The B’-52’s’)
17 [60:54] The Beat - “Tears of a Clown” (“Tears of a Clown” single)
18 [63:30] Talking Heads - “I Zimbra” (‘Fear of Music’)
19 [66:39] Japan - “Quiet Life” (‘Quiet Life’)

[Total Time: 1:11:29]

1979 | Amplifier

01 [00:00] Gang of Four - “Damaged Goods” (‘Entertainment!’)
02 [03:25] Iggy Pop - “I’m Bored” (‘New Values’)
03 [06:07] Glaxo Babies - “This Is Your Life” (“This Is Your Life” EP)
04 [09:08] Buzzcocks - “You Say You Don’t Love Me” (‘A Different Kind of Tension’)
05 [11:58] The Cure - “10:15 Saturday Night” (‘Three Imaginary Boys’)
06 [15:37] Pylon - “Cool” (“Cool” single)
07 [18:56] The Blackouts - “Make No Mistake” (“528 Seconds” single)
08 [23:27] The Clash - “The Guns of Brixton” (‘London Calling’)
09 [26:31] Rosa Yemen - “Larousse Baron Bic” (“Rosa Yemen” EP)
10 [28:03] Wipers - “Mystery” (‘Is This Real?’)
11 [29:49] Crass - “Mother Earth” (‘Stations Of the Crass’)
12 [33:58] Wire - “The 15th” (‘154’)
13 [37:01] The Boys Next Door - “After A Fashion” (‘Door, Door’)
14 [41:36] Comsat Angels - “Independence Day” (BBC - ‘Time Considered...’ compilation)
15 [44:54] The Sound - “Deep Breath” (Unrelased - ‘Propaganda’ compilation)
16 [47:36] The Fall - “Dice Man” (‘Dragnet’)
17 [49:19] The Raincoats - “Fairytale in the Supermarket” (‘The Raincoats’)
18 [52:17] The Cramps - “Human Fly” (“Gravest Hits” EP)
19 [54:26] The Mekons - “Like Spoons No More” (‘The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen’)
20 [56:31] Au Pairs - “You” (“You” single)
21 [59:21] The Embarrassment - “After The Disco” (Unreleased - ‘Heyday’ compilation)
22 [62:54] Noh Mercy - “My Wild Love” (Unreleased - ‘Nōh Mercy’ compilation)
23 [65:39] The Soft Boys - “Do The Chisel” (‘A Can of Bees’)
24 [68:42] The Slits - “Love und Romance” (‘Cut’)

[Total Time: 1:11:08]

1979 | Brain

01 [00:00] This Heat - “Horizontal Hold” (‘This Heat’)
02 [06:50] Alternative TV - “Facing Up to the Facts” (‘Vibing Up the Senile Man’)
03 [10:37] The Static - “Don’t Let Me Stop You” (“Theoretical Record” single)
04 [15:45] Talking Heads - “Drugs” (‘Fear of Music’)
05 [20:49] Siouxsie & The Banshees - “Playground Twist” (‘Join Hands’)
06 [23:45] Frank Sumatra - “The Story So Far” (“Te Deum” EP)
07 [27:23] Public Image Limited - “Poptones” (‘Metal Box’)
08 [35:08] Joy Division - “She’s Lost Control” (BBC - ‘Peel Sessions’ compilation)
09 [39:18] Hector Zazou - “5’. . . Et Quelque De Bonheur. . .” (‘La Perversita’)
10 [44:53] Scritti Politti - “Double Beat” (“4 ‘A Sides’” EP)
11 [48:33] Pere Ubu - “One Less Worry” (‘New Picnic Time’)
12 [52:20] Gang of Four - “Natural’s Not In It” (‘Entertainment!’)
13 [55:24] Art Bears - “The Summer Wheel” (‘Broken English’)
14 [58:02] The Pop Group - “We Are Time” (‘Y’)
15 [64:29] XTC - “Complicated Game” (‘Drums & Wires’)

[Total Time: 1:09:17]

1979 | Cassette

01 [00:00] Scritti Politti - “Messthetics” (“Work In Progress 2nd Peel Session” EP)
02 [01:42] Metal Urbain - “Hysterie Connective” (“Hysterie Connective” single)
03 [04:49] The Feelies - “Fa Ce La” (“Raised Eyebrows” single)
04 [07:03] Walter Stedding - “Landing” (“Get Ready” EP)
05 [08:27] Echo & The Bunnymen - “Read It In Books” (“The Pictures On My Wall” single)
06 [11:22] Theoretical Girls - “Theoretical Girls” (Unreleased - ‘Theoretical Girls’ compilation)
07 [14:14] Voigt 465 - “P” (‘Slights Unspoken’)
08 [15:17] L Voag - “Kitchen” (‘The Way Out’)
09 [17:35] Animals & Men - “Don’t Misbehave In the New Age” (“Don’t Misbehave...” single)
10 [19:37] The Years - “Come Dancing” (“Come Dancing” single)
11 [23:16] Chrome - “Critical Mass” (‘Half Machine Lip Moves’)
12 [25:11] Family Fodder - “Sunday Girl #1” (“Sunday Girls” EP)
13 [27:55] Monochrome Set - “The Monchrome Set” (“The Monchrome Set” single)
14 [33:07] Cult Hero - “I’m A Cult Hero” (“I’m A Cult Hero” single)
15 [36:00] Mo-Dettes - “White Mice” (“White Mice” single)
16 [39:34] Door & The Window - “Dig” (“Production Line” EP)
17 [41:41] Swell Maps - “Midget Submarines” (‘A Trip to Marineville’)
18 [46:14] Josef K - “Chance Meeting” (Unreleased - ‘Young & Stupid’ compilation)
19 [49:07] Cabaret Voltaire - “Silent Command” (‘Mix-Up’)
20 [52:29] Wipers - “Is This Real?” (‘Is This Real?’)
21 [55:06] 1/2 Japanese - “She Cracked” (‘1/2 Gentlemen / Not Beasts’ cassette)
22 [57:00] Urinals - “Hologram” (“The Urinals” EP)
23 [59:08] British Standard Unit - “D’Ya Think I’m Sexy” (‘Hybrid Kids’ compilation)
24 [61:31] The Homosexuals - “Astral Glamour” (Unreleased - ‘The Homosexuals’ Record’ compilation)
25 [63:21] The Fall - “Industrial Estate” (‘Live At The Witch Trials’)
26 [65:15] Spherical Objects - “I Don’t Remember” (‘Eliptical Optimism’)
27 [66:38] The Cure - “Grinding Halt” (‘Three Imaginary Boys’)
28 [69:25] The Raincoats - “No Side to Fall In” (‘The Raincoats’)
29 [71:11] Young Marble Giants - “Brand-New Life” (‘Collossal Youth’ cassette)

[Total Time: 1:14:05]

1979 | Computer

01 [00:00] Fad Gadget - “Back To Nature” (“Back To Nature” single)
02 [05:43] Yellow Magic Orchestra - “Technopolis” (‘Solid State Survivor’)
03 [09:56] John Foxx - “Metal Beat” (“A New Kind of Man” unreleased single)
04 [12:52] Throbbing Gristle - “Hot On the Heels of Love” (‘20 Jazz Funk Greats’)
05 [17:07] Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - “Almost” (“Electricity” single)
06 [20:55] P-Model - “Kameari Pop” (‘In A Model Room’)
07 [24:47] Gina X Performance - “Nice Mover” (“No G.D.M.” single)
08 [29:12] M - “Pop Muzik” (‘New York, London, Paris, Munich’)
09 [34:07] Devo - “Strange Pursuit” (‘Duty Now For the Future’)
10 [36:50] Gary Numan - “We Have a Technical” (Unreleased - ‘78/79’ compilation)
11 [44:46] Vice Versa - “New Girls Neutron” (“Music 4” EP)
12 [46:48] Plastics - “Robot” (“Copy” single)
13 [49:41] Simple Minds - “Real to Real” (‘Real To Real Cacophony’)
14 [52:27] The Human League - “Blind Youth” (‘Reproduction’)
15 [55:41] New Musik - “On Islands” (“Straight Lines” single)
16 [60:05] Suicide - “Dream Baby Dream” (“Dream Baby Dream” single)

[Total Time: 1:06:28]

1979 | Convertible

01 [00:00] Blondie - “Dreaming” (‘Eat To the Beat’)
02 [03:04] Joe Jackson - “One More Time” (‘Look Sharp!’)
03 [06:20] Patti Smith Group - “Frederick” (‘Wave’)
04 [09:23] The Selecter - “On My Radio” (“On My Radio” single)
05 [12:26] Martha & The Muffins - “Insect Love” (“Insect Love” single)
06 [16:33] Elvis Costello & The Attractions - “Green Shirt” (‘Armed Forces’)
07 [19:14] The Feelies - “Raised Eyebrows” (“Raised Eyebrows” single)
08 [22:14] The Cure - “Boys Don’t Cry” (“Boys Don’t Cry” single)
09 [24:51] The Teardrop Explodes - “Sleeping Gas” (“Sleeping Gas” single)
10 [28:31] Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - “Affection” (‘Back In Your LIfe’)
11 [32:38] XTC - “Making Plans for Nigel” (‘Drums & Wires’)
12 [36:47] Devo - “The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise” (‘Duty Now For the Future’)
13 [39:24] Essential Logic - “World Friction” (‘Beat Rhythm News Waddle Ya Play?’)
14 [42:55] The Specials - “A Message To You Rudy” (‘Specials’)
15 [45:42] Squeeze - “Goodbye Girl” (‘Cool For Cats’)
16 [48:36] Talking Heads - “Heaven” (‘Fear of Music’)
17 [52:39] The Jam - “Strange Town” (‘Setting Sons’)
18 [56:26] The Only Ones - “Flaming Torch” (‘Even Serpents Shine’)
19 [58:43] A. More - “Judy Get Down” (‘Flying Doesn’t Help’)
20 [61:40] Richard Hell & The Voidoids - “Time” (Unreleased - ‘Time’ compilation)
21 [64:41] The dB’s - “Nothing Is Wrong” (Unreleased - ‘Ride the Wild TomTom’ compilation)

[Total Time: 1:08:45]

1979 | Ice

01 [00:00] Japan - “Alien” (‘Quiet Life’)
02 [04:56] Gang of Four - “He’d Send In the Army” (‘Entertainment!’)
03 [08:35] This Heat - “24-Track Loop” (‘This Heat’)
04 [14:27] Adam & The Ants - “Tabletalk” (‘Dirk Wears White Socks’)
05 [19:56] The Durutti Column - “Sleep Will Come” (‘The Return Of’)
06 [21:43] Delta 5 - “Now That You’re Gone” (“Mind Your Own Business” single)
07 [25:53] Pere Ubu - “Kingdom Come” (‘New Picnic Time’)
08 [29:02] Killing Joke - “Turn to Red” (“Turn to Red” EP)
09 [33:01] Bauhaus - “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” (“Bela Lugosi’s Dead” EP)
10 [42:36] Essendon Airport - “How Low Can You Go?” (“Sonic Investigations...” EP)
11 [45:55] Chrisma - “We R” (‘Hibernation’)
12 [49:37] Joy Division - “24 Hours” (BBC - ‘Peel Sessions’ compilation)
13 [53:44] Marianne Faithful - “Working Class Hero” (‘Broken English’)
14 [58:22] Magazine - “The Thin Air” (‘Secondhand Daylight’)
15 [62:29] Iggy Pop - “The Endless Sea” (‘New Values’)
16 [67:14] Wire - “40 Versions” (‘154’)

[Total Time: 1:10:40]

Soundslike, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 11:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I'll chime in and say that I was given the chance to hear all this a few days early -- it's really wonderful.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

looks amazing -- excited to dig in.

tylerw, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 14:22 (two months ago) Permalink

FUCK YES

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 5 September 2017 17:00 (two months ago) Permalink

wow!

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 08:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Thrilled! Downloading! And later, listening!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 12:08 (two months ago) Permalink

OK, yeah, this is great! I might have to go through and tag each track with the act, though, since I keep running back to the trackless to see what I'm listening to.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 13:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Ugh, track list.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 13:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Had a lovely break from 1907 listening to 1981 today, and going to have to find time next week to listen to 1979. Can I be cheeky and ask whether there is going to be a 'briefcase' for 1979 too?

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 20:59 (two months ago) Permalink

So I love listening to this/these as mixes, but is there an easy way/trick to break up and tag the tracks? My 1981 mixes seem to be track-to-track.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

well aware that the mix is a large part of the appeal here and that streaming services are missing all manner of these tracks but there's more there than you might expect and I was looking for an easy way to carry this around, so (with apologies) here's a spotify playlist, sans doubles:
https://open.spotify.com/user/forksclovetofu/playlist/0oTOCanI4oeuEks5xaPXoW

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Glad you guys are digging it! The Dangerous Minds website picked it up (as they did with the '1981' digital "reissue") and it's getting a lot of listens--hopefully causing the sale of some records (or at least mp3s)!

Mfktz, are you the guy doing the Centuries of Sound mixes? Impressive project!

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago--I made the decision to go to mixed mp3s some time back because I had some guilt about the feeling that by uploading single mp3s in the age of single-song mp3 sales, I was taking money from artists rather than sending it their way. Single-file mixes seem more like a podcast or a DJ set, more obviously in honor of the music and not in theft. Also, I like that it gives me tighter control over the transitions and flow of the mix--these ones aren't truly "mixed" much, but I go into that more heavily mix by mix.

I've looked into ways of making mixed mp3s display artist name/song name info, like a cue sheet approach, and it basically appears there's really no successful cross-platform way to do that. Hence the tracklists with start times--so you can always find out what you like, when you like it.

But I've also tried to accommodate the fact of streaming via the MixCloud site--https://www.mixcloud.com/musicophilia/--and that also does tell you the artist/track name "live". So maybe that's a better option for you, if the mp3s are distracting from the music?

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Ulysses, I have to admit I don't *love* reducing the mixes to a Spotify playlist (and missing tracks) given that I do have the aforementioned MixCloud option, which is streamable; and the mp3s, which are portable. I mean, these are mixes, not playlists or folders of tracks. . . But if it helps people get interested in the music, I guess it's OK. I just don't get the fixation generally with Spotify--why use Spotify, when the mixes are available whether your preference is streaming or downloading? But I'm old, and I still buy hundreds of CDs a year (though I keep them as mp3s I rip), and I don't use streaming services, so what do I know.

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh and Mfktz, I doubt there will be a '1979: Post-Punk' briefcase, as my collection of post-punk from '79 doesn't go nearly as deep as from '81 (and maybe the genre doesn't go as deep). That said, the next mix that goes up on the blog is going to be several volumes of the 'Le Funk du Monde' focused on 1977-1980, that are going to be amazing. If I did a '1979' briefcase, it'd be a collection from all the non-post-punk music I love from the year. . .

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:10 (two months ago) Permalink

I love the mixes as is! You obviously put a ton of work into them, which is why I'm ultimately cool with long tracks. They flooooow.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, mixes as mixes make me pay attention.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:27 (two months ago) Permalink

Josh, thanks for understanding. I really do wish there were a way to get the artists/tracks to show universally from a mixed mp3, but given there isn't I had to stick to the format anyway despite the inconveniences. And I agree--lack of the ability to hit "skip" has often gotten me to slow down and listen more carefully on mixes by others. Thanks!

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Most of the time 2004 still feels recent to me, even though that span is a third of my life. But I guess putting this new "digital box set" next to the old physical box set of '1981' makes me realize a lot of time has passed--and even the mp3s of the new one are out-of-date to many. Hopefully the upside is that there's a whole generation who were 5 when the old box came out, who're primed to discover post-punk!

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/79vs81_011.jpg?w=800

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/79vs81_021.jpg?w=800

https://musicophilia.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/79vs81_031.jpg?w=800

Soundslike, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 23:38 (two months ago) Permalink

So did someone send back a copy of 1981 to you?

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 September 2017 01:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Soundslike- yes, I'm the Centuries of Sound guy. Can understand why you aren't doing the briefcase thing and why you don't want it on Spotify, but your site in general will still be very useful for me in five years or so, so just wanted to say thanks for that. Also really admire the design of your site, wish I had such skills.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 7 September 2017 12:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Speaking of forcing me to pay attention, I'm finally listening to Evensong this morning, and right off the bat I don't think I've ever heard of It's Immaterial. Lovely stuff.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 September 2017 15:04 (two months ago) Permalink

and I was looking for an easy way to carry this around

the original is seven mp3s. they don't weigh much.

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 7 September 2017 18:39 (two months ago) Permalink

hey soundslike: thanks again for putting this together; much of it's outside of my listening experience and i always appreciate new meat. i was four in '79 so don't judge too harshly.
to your points: the mp3s are portable but generally much more frustrating to add in or take out on the fly for portability, whereas streaming allows for listening and sharing and paring in a way that works well for me.
the fixation "generally with spotify" is just that it's a service i've used for several years and i've gotten accustomed to it. I didn't start this way! i had thousands of cds and cassettes and vinyl but moving a lot has made me focus more on immediate accessibility and cloud use.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

prob also noteworthy that i grew up without a solid radio station experience so it wasn't until after college that the idea of an unbreakable mix even came into view. i like the freedom to explore and repeat and skip tracks rather than drive at someone else's speed i suppose. it's a limitation on my part!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 7 September 2017 20:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh my goodness I will be spending some time with these

paolo, Thursday, 7 September 2017 21:04 (two months ago) Permalink

So did someone send back a copy of 1981 to you?

Yeah! My friend (in real life) A.M./Ettiem who is an ILMer send me a copy of the 1st edition pre-ILM. So cool of him!

Soundslike, Friday, 8 September 2017 01:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Haha very good!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 8 September 2017 01:43 (two months ago) Permalink


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