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40 Years: 76-77

A hell of a haircut

Forty years ago today, on tour with the Clash, Richard Hell. I go into some detail about Malcolm McLaren’s attempt to bring Hell to London in 1975-ish in my Sex Pistols book (which is actually a book about Malcolm McLaren)  something that Richard Hell himself writes about in his excellent autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very […]

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40 Years: 76-77

New Rose

22 Oct 1976. Release of ‘New Rose’ by the Damned on Stiff Records, the first UK punk single. Above image is of the front (left) and back (right) cover.     The Damned, signing with an indie label, were the fastest out of the blocks, even though they had only played their first gig supporting […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Clash …

09 Oct 1976. Tonight, the Clash in Leighton Buzzard at the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre, which – in the words of journalist Kris Needs – “was one of those council hangars better suited to bingo and comedians.” The Clash were actually the opening band for a local R&B outfit, The Rockets. The Clash were photographed here […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Metallic K.O.

25 SEPT. 1976. In UK record stores this very day – on import from France – was Metallic KO by Iggy and the Stooges. Compiled from concert tapes recorded in 1973 and ‘74, including part of the Stooges final ever performance – 09 February 1974 – in Detroit. With the sudden upsurge in punk in London […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Punk Flak

25 SEPT 1976. The new Melody Maker today features a review and interview with the band that many in the music press were talking up as the next big thing – Eddie and the Hot Rods. Because the Rods played short, fast, and (sometimes) loud, they – like many other new bands appearing this year […]

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40 Years: 76-77

Nagging

02 SEPT. 1976. This evening, the Sex Pistols played at the Nag’s Head in High Wycombe. Video of the show (with audio from another source slapped on top) has appeared on – where else – YouTube.  

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40 Years: 76-77

Youth and Chaos

Wild Youth. Continuing with our focus on Britain forty years ago, in today’s New Musical Express, 21 AUG. 1976, Eddie and the Hot Rods are once more touted as leaders of this new thing called Punk. Reviewing their ‘Live at the Marquee’ EP, the NME‘s man in the listening booth, Bob Edmands, declared that it was: […]

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40 Years: 76-77

‘Who is this fucking hippie?’

10 AUG. 1976. Sex Pistols at the 100 Club. Mark Perry recounts his interesting conversion experience in an interview with the blog Perfect Sound Forever: “Caroline Coon was the one who told me about the Sex Pistols. She asked if I’d seen them and told me to come to a show. So about a week later, […]