I’ve been through with you in the 80′s now in about six parts, four parts were about new wave and two parts were about minimal wave. Now, because of popular demand (not really), I’ve decided to unleash the post-punk monster. It will feature six different parts, whereas each one of them will concentrate on important years. I will walk you through a decade of important music, I could almost call it the golden years of post-punk. The parts will go on like this: Part I, 1980-1981. Part II, 1982. Part III, 1983-1984. Part IV, 1985. Part V, 1986-1987. And finally: Part VI, 1988-1989. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this madness, featuring (mostly) obscure or unknown bands in this sphere. New for this recommendation will be that I have different commentaries under each video, some of them are humorous and others are not. It will cover the basic aspect of each video or text. Enjoy this one.
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- What are they singing about? - No idea, but listen to that chorus!
14. Aktion – somewhat glammy, catchy but despite it: a hard-hitting post-punk band. This is one of the first Finnish bands that are featured on this list, I’ve basically gone through the more popular countries when it comes to post-punk. Sure enough, it’s one of them bands that like the fact that they can put out one record and then disappear. I think it’s sad in a way, because the track I’ve chosen had the potential of gaining some mainstream momentum too. This band consisted of six members: Miksa Huhdanpää, Vesku Koivusalo (played a part in the Suomipunk compilation), Jaska Karumo, Dr. Tuuri and Mikki Borgersen (also a part of Appendix). So I chose their only single Aamu (1985, Poko Records) and the song with the same name: Aamu. What can I say? A perfectly mainstream post-punk song that’s a bit edgy, has a great chorus and balances in between the good mainstream and non-mainstream. Everything you’d want in a chart if I got to choose. It’s fascinating how (at least) this song haven’t gained any following, it’s fucking great. Also, if this wasn’t great enough, the intro sounds like a salsa-session.
Still, I wouldn't make that train... any day!
13. Psi Com – slowly moving, gothic, agonizing and melancholic post-punk. So, what do you need to know about this band? It was actually Perry Farrells first band, I mean, the famous dude from the even more famous band Jane’s Addiction. They’re from the US, and he pulled Psi Com off together with Vince Duran, Kelly Wheeler and Aaron Sherer (contributed to Shiva Burlesque). In other words, a pretty fantastic band with a good line-up. Now, I’ve chosen their one and only self-titled album Psi Com (1985, Mohini Records). What song would be more fitting from that album than the song Human Condition? I don’t know, they’re equally great, but this one’s the best. A slow and pulsating post-punk bass with agonizing vocals and a steady tempo. Steadfast and ready, sometimes catchy, always a tearjerker. At least when you’re in the fragile Human Condition.
The way you smile - smells of sweet desire!
12. The Snakes Of Shake – rock-influenced post-punk with a charismatic singer. Another one from the UK, as they keep putting themselves in the front with Australia. I don’t know very much about this band, but they surely play some good music. The thing I know about them is that Jeffrey Wood produced the particular record I’m going to show for you. He’s produced for countless other bands and artists, so I feel safe now. Anyway, the record we’re going to look into is named Southern Cross (1985, TBC Records). I chose the song You Walk from that album. I like it because of the martial intro, the fact that the singer almost sings like they would on a rock record. Despite that, they fill this song to the brink with a more synthesizer-laden landscape and a not too hear able post-punk bass. But despite the fact that it’s not very bass driven, I have to give credits for the innovative percussionist and the synthesizer-man. Kodus.
- He's a misanthrope! - Wait, what? A misanthropic cowboy?
11. Hungry For What – harmonica-driven post-punk at the edge of catchyness. Take back what I said in the post above, Switzerland are also competing for the top-spot. Since they started out they were mostly a punk and indie rock band, but they changed their mind with their release The Shattered Dream E.P. (1985, Farmer Records). I guess that Farmer Records goes well with the theme of the song I’ve chosen, which seems to revolve around cowboys. The song: Misanthrope. I really like how they make the song revolve around the harmonica, in the chorus it manages to add another fine touch to it. As if the song wasn’t misanthropic enough, you’ll hear a sweeping harmonica. Also, the fast bass, a bunch of back-up singers (working like a choir) and his seemingly broken English adds up to it even more. Worth checking out, five times around. Also, if you haven’t heard of a misanthropic cowboy – now you have!
If you love Siouxsie - you'll love this!
10. The Fever Tree – gothic, industrial and post-punk – embrace for the crash. Well, you thought you’d gotten rid of those pesky one-time releases? Not on my watch, because I like it obscure. This time they’re from the UK, of course, as if there’d be any other country competing with them and Australia? At least they’ve gotten some in this recommendation. Anyway, I chose their only album The Pixie Shop In Boscastle (1985, Plan B Records). The song I’ve chosen is the one titled with the same name as the record: The Pixie Shop In Boscastle. I’m very fond of this song, because I love the crazy intro where the singer bursts out in maniacal laughter and screams. It adds to the fucked-up sound scape which mixes with the dark and slow-moving baseline. Also, it turns out that this singer is quite inspiring for me, she actually does something experimental with her singing. Shifting from different tempos and pitching her voice up and down throughout. Almost like a lullaby on steroids, this is some freaky shit and good shit at that.
Part X will be published on Thursday or Friday.
- aaron sherer
- dr. tuuri
- farmer records
- human condition
- hungry for what
- jane's addiction
- jaska karumo
- jeffrey wood
- kelly wheeler
- lips turned red
- mikki borgersen
- miksa huhdanpää
- mohini records
- plan b records
- poko records
- psi com
- rehearsed dreams
- shiva burlesque
- southern cross
- TBC records
- the fever tree
- the pixie shop in boscastle
- the shattered dream E.P.
- the snakes of shake
- vesku koivusalo
- vince duran
- you walk