International post-punk compilations

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So I finally pulled the trigger on the two Brazilian post-punk compilations, _Nao Wave_ and _Sexual Life Of The Savages_ - really great stuff. Also got a French comp, _So Young But So Cold_, which offers up some great stuff though not quite as consistent as the Brazilian comps. What other international post-punk compilations should be on my radar? Non-English speaking countries in particular, I'm full up on US/UK/AU/NZ comps. I've heard about these, any opinions or additions:

BIPPP: French Synth-Wave 1979/85
Transmission 81-89 - The French Cold Wave

New Deutsch
Verschwende Deine Jugend

Mr. Odd, Sunday, 29 July 2007 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

Is New Deutsch the one on International DJ Gigolos? I have it on vinyl but only pull it out occasionally, particularly to play Suicide Commandos by No More. Verschwende Deine Jugend is really cool though because while a lot of interest in NDW seems to be about the more electronic proto-ebm type stuff, it has a lot of earlier more punk/new wave stuff on it. But neither really grab me in full, I love the occasional NDW song but am not totally in love with all of it.

dan selzer, Sunday, 29 July 2007 16:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

New Deutsch - German post-punk-ish comp

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 July 2007 16:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've been meaning to buy that French Cold Wave one. Asylum Party are great, anyway.

Curt1s Stephens, Sunday, 29 July 2007 16:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 July 2007 16:36 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is a bit weird because a friend I trade post-punk stuff with just sent me those two Brazilian comps in the mail yesterday! He also sent two discs by a band called Disco Students, and some stuff from a band called Screen 3 who appeared along with the Higsons on the "Welcome to Norwich - A Fine City" compilation.

Bimble, Sunday, 29 July 2007 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bimble, I think it's clear we're on the same music-obsessed wavelength lately. I have that Norwich comp, have to give it another listen. Listening to too many comps in a short period of time blurs everything and doesn't give me an appreciation of each as a collective unit.

Mr. Odd, Sunday, 29 July 2007 17:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

That BIPPP comp is great.

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 29 July 2007 18:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I just listened to the BIPPP comp and it's got some great bits as well. But Transmission is off to a killer start - anyone know more about Asylum Party and Baroque Bordello? Fantastic Joy Division-meets-John Foxx stuff.

Mr. Odd, Monday, 30 July 2007 02:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

now I remember why I haven't bought Transmission -- I can't find it for sale anywhere :/

Curt1s Stephens, Monday, 30 July 2007 02:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

s11sk is the answer, Curtis!

Wow this song by End of Data on the Transmission comp is phenomenal!

Bimble, Monday, 30 July 2007 07:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

'so young but so cold' is thee greatest.

haitch, Monday, 30 July 2007 07:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think it's totally odd that Mr Odd doesn't like it as much as the 2 brazilan comps, which i think are really spotty.

jaxon, Monday, 30 July 2007 19:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

i seem to remember jody posting some polish (or other eastern european?) post punk comp to her site a long time ago. all the songs sounded like factory bands though.

jaxon, Monday, 30 July 2007 19:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think it's totally odd that Mr Odd doesn't like it as much as the 2 brazilan comps, which i think are really spotty.

The nickname may come from a Jazz Butcher song but it was meant to reflect the truth.

Besides, I've only listened to those comps a few times, give me a few more listens for me to really get a handle on them. I may yet change my mind.

Mr. Odd, Monday, 30 July 2007 19:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

I had a listen to some of the items I was curious about. The two French comps, BIPPP and Transmission, are keepers - very consistent quality with some gems and some new-wave-by-numbers, which isn't a bad thing. The former is available via their Myspace site, the latter is proving harder to track down.

The double CD Verschwende Deine Jugend is as Dan mentions - some good bits but doesn't make you love it. The first disc is full of Lurkers/Eater 3rd tier punk, some Specials-wanna-be's and a few interesting tracks. The second disc is much more rewarding but there, too, are tracks that sound like a German version of UK punk bands - soem of which I quite liked: Marlia reminds me of the Slits and the title track sounds like a synth-heavy Human Sexual Response. I'll give New Deutsch a spin next.

Mr. Odd, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

some asshole german rapper is making it really hard to search for Neue Deutsche Welle because that's his name.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've got this

and some japanese vinyl comp called Neue Deutsche Welle that are both really good.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Could you count "Natures Mortes/Still Lives", the 4AD compilation, in this? It is Japanese only, really hard to get hold of, and has some one-off postpunk things on it that never surfaced elsewhere, like stuff by The Past Seven Days. Its on emusic mind you!

Trayce, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

oooh I must attend to that immediately.

Curt1s Stephens, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Do so! I meant to mention it to you ages ago, I forgot.

Trayce, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, the Crammed Disc Global Soundclash albums are fantastic. a bit more world in yr postpunk, but still amazing.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

Could you count "Natures Mortes/Still Lives", the 4AD compilation, in this?

Hmmm, not quite what I'm looking for but a good recommendation. I've got about half that stuff - The Past Seven Days single is killer. AmazonUK has it for 7 pounds. 4AD really needs to do a massive box set like the recent Mute one.

Mr. Odd, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:16 (ten years ago) Permalink

This page looks like it could help:

I haven't seen anyone mention _7" Up! - Singles Only! UK 78-82_ in other post-punk threads. It's absolutely killer, start to finish.

Mr. Odd, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

The Past Seven Days single is killer

Yes it is, my fave 7" of all time. I still play it regularly to this day despite being otherwise turned off by the 7" format.

I've seen that 7"Up compilation on vinyl LP in stores, but it didn't really look like it was offering much I wasn't already familiar with, so I didn't jump.

Bimble, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the Past Seven Days single is utterly superb.

He also sent two discs by a band called Disco Students

They're still going - I did a gig with them recently. Just in case any of the band can operate Google and run into this thread, a quick message : you're wankers and your band is tragic.

Dr.C, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 09:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

New Deutsch is much more beat/dance heavy than I care for. Some good bits, nice to hear one song but the whole thing made me a bit edgy. Someone criticized the other German comp I mentioned for not having a Za Za track and sure enough that's the one that stood out on New Deutsch for me.

With so much music at my disposal, I want a compilation to make me love it in it's entirety, more or less. I want it to bubble under my brain, introduce me to new bands and new scenes.

I also love the idea that I'm getting the cream of the crop of a particular scene. Lately I've been content to pick up a number of compilations, dedupe them, throw them on my MP3 player and play them all on shuffle. Taking a dozen Aussie or NZ comps and shuffling them, it's like what I imagine listening to college radio in Auckland, 1984 or Sydney, 1989 might have sounded like.

Mr. Odd, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I guess my interest in this area is timely:

v/a - B9 bis: Brussels Cold Wave 1979-82 CD (LTM (UK): LTM2486: 5024545476422) $14.99

COMING 11/5/2007
EXCLUSIVE. 18 tracks. LTM is pleased to announce the release of B9 bis, a definitive compilation CD tracing the development of post-punk and new wave music in Belgium between 1979 and 1983. Originally released on indie label Sandwich Records in May 1981, the compilation album B9 featured ten exclusive tracks by a range of diverse Belgian new wave, electronic and underground artists, including Digital Dance, Polyphonic Size, Kid Montana, Pseudo Code and Prothese - the latter the first recording project by Daniel B of Front 242. Although Sandwich was destined to be overshadowed by better-known Brussels labels such as Les Disques du Crepuscule and Crammed Discs, founder Michel Lambot soon afterwards formed European indie empire PIAS. Now digitally remastered and available on CD for the first time, B9 now features an extra eight bonus tracks in order to provide a more comprehensive snapshot of new wave music in Belgium between 1979 and 1983. Mostly taken from rare singles, the extra tracks include songs by The Names, Marine, Front 242, Siglo XX, Allez Allez, Berntholer, Jung and Isolation Ward. As well as revised artwork, this expanded 70 minute edition of B9 also includes detailed sleevenotes and an assortment of period images and graphics.

Mr. Odd, Saturday, 4 August 2007 00:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Bimble can you ysi Transmission plz

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 4 August 2007 01:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

Curt1s did u dload the 4AD thing off emusic? I can send you the tracks if you wanna save yr downloads.

Trayce, Saturday, 4 August 2007 01:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

nah I can download it, I need to use up the rest of them.

Curt1s Stephens, Saturday, 4 August 2007 01:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Lately I've been content to pick up a number of compilations, dedupe them, throw them on my MP3 player and play them all on shuffle.

See, that's what I hate about digging for gems with post-punk is it's all down to these compilations you have to sift through and usually I'm just not all that happy with most of the tracks, to be honest. I used to really lap them up circa 2004 but I just burned out. What's especially annoying is when you do find a track/band you like and then find they didn't release anything else or their other stuff is impossible to find. What I used to do was make compilations from compilations, actually.

I'm delighted to read about LTM's Belgian comp that's coming. James told me he was gonna do a whole CD of Digital Dance, I hope that hasn't been shelved.

I'm happy to help you out Curtis, but you really should get on s1sk. I managed to find some more End of Data stuff there (though I didn't like it as much as the track on the comp).

I haven't actually heard the Disco Students yet, Dr. C but I'll keep your opinion in mind! :)

Bimble, Saturday, 4 August 2007 02:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

New Wave Complex 1&2 are good, and French. I like So Young But So Cold better, generally, as NWC is, well, colder. My Girlfriend Is A Punk is more New Wave, and from all over Europe, and pretty good. Teutonik Disaster is fun and German. 1979 Hilse is abotu half punk, half host-punk, and is from, what, Sweden? Norway?

I eat cannibals, Saturday, 4 August 2007 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

"anyone know more about Asylum Party and Baroque Bordello?"

i have a great baroque bordello single. produced by lol from the cure. it sounds like the cure with a girl singer. you know how i know this? cuz on the cover of my single someone had written in pen: "sounds like the cure with a girl singer".

scott seward, Saturday, 4 August 2007 05:41 (ten years ago) Permalink


Bimble, Saturday, 4 August 2007 05:46 (ten years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

A tribute to Mr. Odd,

The post-punk internet radio station Punk Funk Radio has officially captured my heart. I'm just stunned. A nice smattering of some of my fave post-punk tracks mixed in with a few I've never even experienced before. Amazing.

you have to go to to find it though. Which means you can either tolerate the ads or pay the outrageous price of $71 at minimum. Disgusting. If they were 20, 30, even $40, I would have considered it but $71 is ridiculous.

Bimble, Monday, 3 September 2007 11:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh damnit now he's playing Boots For Dancing! That's one of my favourites, holy shit! Where are the people who like this kind of stuff? Please, please forward me to them.

Bimble, Monday, 3 September 2007 11:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Anyone heard this? LP only as far as I can tell, Aquarius has it listed.

Life In The Future: Swedish Post-Punk & Synth Wave 79-87

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 15 October 2011 01:00 (six years ago) Permalink

It's quite good. If this is the kind of stuff you like....Though I wouldn't say any of it improves on the English/US models. Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons are probably the best thing--a great Crash Course in Science uptempo twitch; Reason to Live pretty much steal Depeche Mode blind ("New Life"); and Unter Den Linden come off like New Order covering "24 Hours."

Michael Train, Saturday, 15 October 2011 02:14 (six years ago) Permalink

And since I'm kind of curious if ILM will permit this, here's an attempt at a link to the Unter Den Linden:

Michael Train, Saturday, 15 October 2011 02:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Seems to work. I'll take it down soon, though.

Michael Train, Saturday, 15 October 2011 02:22 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

are there any African post-punk compis, just been intrigued by the article on the new documentary on African punk in Wire.

Also intrigued by other non 1st World takes on the music/influence.

would love it if somebody reissued Parfums de la Revolution by The Dragons even if it is a hoax.

Stevolende, Monday, 2 July 2012 09:18 (five years ago) Permalink

that operating theatre track is beautiful, so beautiful i just ordered the lp dammit


Crackle Box, Monday, 2 July 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Gerald, thanks for the tip, I'll bookmark it!

I found this on Spotify, technically it's not post-punk - stylistically much of it is. I'd never seen it before! Now you can hear bands complaining in Italian or Brazilian Portuguese!

World Class Punk

VBTS (tootie and the blowfish), Monday, 2 July 2012 14:13 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So this Irish post punk compilation is relly relly good. Liner notes are fantastic. Need to investigate this Roger Doyle fellow some more.

Crackle Box, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I've been listening to this since last week, its well worth a listen.

Its a really well sequenced compilation. one that sounds like it went through various iterations on cassette/CDs given to friends till Roger Doyle was finally happy with results.

my opinionation (Hamildan), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Have been remiss in not mentioning on this thread Neonbeats, an excellent 2CD comp of post-punk from Austria:

my father will guide me up the stairs to bed (anagram), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

So far I'm really digging this '79-'81 South African punk-funk-reggae, with some micro-prog/jam moves and an implausibly focused dubby work-out:

dow, Saturday, 3 August 2013 00:52 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...;;409

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 22:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Interesting. Have you heard it?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:13 (four years ago) Permalink

No, just saw it on that site I usually check for new salsa releases. Occasionally they throw in other sorts of things.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I was able to sample a few tracks, much more consistent than "Tension". Ordered, will review.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:11 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

That Spanish comp, "Sombras: Spanish Post Punk And Dark Pop 1981-1986" is quite good, only a handful of duff tracks.

Found another winner: Italia Synthetica:

It's much more consistent than "Mutazione: Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980 - 1988", which I felt wasn't all that strong. It's mostly in the vein of early 80s new wave synthpop, quite fun.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:57 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Anyone familiar with "Nos Années Punk 1977-1980"? It's sort of a mash of French punk and new wave, not all gold but has it's moments.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:32 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Jonathan Bogart has put together an excellent Spanish/Portugese '81-'87 comp, Movidas: Iberian Post-Fascist Pop and New Wave - great rundown of the tracks here:

etc, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 02:01 (one year ago) Permalink

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