Monday, July 7, 2008

Post-Punk 101: Still Cool To This Day !

I've just mentioned both The Stranglers Black and White and Nina Hagen in one breath so I thought I'd better go way back to post-punk.

By the late 70s, of course, the dominance of punk was waning. The Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Damned had smashed the stranglehold of classic and prog rock, but New Wave was just around the corner.

Post-punk kept its punk roots, but added an experimental edge: Along came Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Cure, Joy Division, Gang of Four, Killing Joke and many more. U2 were also classified as post-punk, long before Bono lost his edge and turned to politics.

Many of these bands would later merge with the goth movement or go commercial with New Wave. But while it lasted, post-punk was the coolest music of the 80s.

Here are our top 20 post-punk songs:

1. Christine by Siouxsie and the Banshees
2. Vengeance by New Model Army
3. Are 'Friends' Electric? by Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army
4. She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult
5. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
6. 40 by U2
7. Tainted Love by Soft Cell
8. The Love Cats by The Cure
9. This is Not a Love Song by Public Image Limited
10. Making Plans for Nigel by XTC
11. Eighties by Killing Joke
12. The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
13. African Reggae by Nina Hagen
14. The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen
15. Passing Strangers by Ultravox
16. Whip It by Devo
17. The Word Girl by Scritti Politti
18. I Will Follow by U2
19. Say Hello Wave Goodbye by Soft Cell
20. Golden Brown by The Stranglers

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