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Underrated albums from members of the UK Punk Rock Class of 1976.

  • Jan 11, 2010
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These albums from members of the UK punk class of 1976 are underrated and need a lot more recognition. I highly advise you to check them out.
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Poly Styrene's cheerful sing-a-long vocals make the message all the more clearer about commercialism, individualism and self-identity. The music is fast and catchy whilst edgy and augmented by saxophone.
See the full review, "Raw, cheerful and energetic album from Poly Styrene and company.".
Generation X (album)
Billy Idol's first band was with the Class of 1976 punk outfit Generation X. Check out Billy before he became an 80's pop icon singing songs about rebellion with a punk attitude.
The Damned's second album cover
The Damned's follow up album has been buried by fans and critics because it wasn't rehash of the first album. The band experimented with a new sound of being a 60's psychedelic garage band. The bland production from Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason (they couldn't coax the reclusive Syd Barrett out of hiding) hobbled the potential of this album. But check it out because it's real good.
See the full review, "The Damned's second album.".
The Professionals
This was the first album from the remains of The Sex Pistols. Steve Jones and Paul Cook stopped performing as The Sex Pistols when they finished their contractual obligations for The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle. A lawsuit between the band's former bassist Andy Allen was one of the many reasons why this album wasn't released. The tracks were re-recorded and released with a more pop friendly sound as "I Didn't See it Coming". Check out the original version if you want to hear basic rock n' roll.
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The Clash imploded when Mick Jones was fired from the group because he wanted to continue to dabble in hip-hop/dance music instead of playing punk rock. Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon kicked him out and recorded basic tracks for their up coming studio album "Out of Control" . The band's manager and Joe quickly changed their minds and made this weird synth-punk album that features members of The Blockheads and a drum machine. Due to dismal record sales and Joe's boorish behavior, the band was finished. Check it out because there are some great catchy songs inside.
See the full review, "The Clash's last studio album.".
This is Big Audio Dynamite
Mick Jones formed BAD after he was fired from The Clash. His new band is basically an extension of The Clash and this was the musical direction he wanted his band mates to take, I really love this album. It's a nice mix of 80's synth/post-punk with a lot of audio samples from different films put to good use. This album often overlooked by the band's "college era" music.
Flowers of Romance PiL Public Image Limited
Public Image Limited is another band that was overshadowed by it's "college era" music. They made the rounds on 120 Minutes like Big Audio Dynamite. Flowers of Romance is a fascinating album because it features music centered around a drum along with loops, back masking, percussion and wind instruments. The drumming on this album was a big influence on Phil Collins. Eclectic music that has an eastern and Asian theme to it.
See the full review, "I send you flowers, you wanted chocolates instead...The Flowers of Romance.".

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January 11, 2010
Great list, Captain! I've only heard of three of these, and I agree, they really are underrated. I'll have to check out the rest! :)
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