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Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Dec 2020, 20:37

About a year or so ago I read both Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk and More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk by John Doe and Tom DeSavia. Oral Tales of punk/new wave/power pop (sort of) etc in Los Angeles whereupon scenesters were asked to write a chapter detailing their experiences at the time each book covers (1976 - 1982 and 1983 - 1987). Anyway, they were both entertaining enough, and it made me think of LA punk taking a backseat to New York punk during the years in question. While there may be a reason for this, I realized that the music along those lines coming out of the City of Angels at the time was certainly worth reconsideration and I got the idea to compile a big 'ole comp along the lines of the ones I used to do here years ago. So I started to throw songs on a playlist in iTunes and downloaded what I didn't already own. Essential bands like The Screamers or Top Jimmy weren't included because they never released any music on vinyl at the time, and it became apparent that punk wasn't enough to make the comp interesting - so I included lots of stuff that wasn't mentioned at all in the books. Obviously, I wasn't going to throw on The Eagles or Van Halen as they didn't meet a certain aesthetic criteria set forth in the books. Not that "punk" is the unifying antecedent of everything I put in, but.... you get the idea.

I had about 350 songs at first and I thought it needed pruning so I whittled it down to the current list. No more than three songs per LP (six for Double Nickels on the Dime), all roughly in chronological order. The scene, so to speak, peaked somewhere in the early eighties and by the time this comp ends in '87, I was struggling to find things to include which fit the parameters. An interesting parallel would be the first two Decline of Western Civilization films by Penelope Spheeris. The first came out in 1981 and strictly deals with Hollywood punk (I included plenty of Orange County punk in my list, natch) but by the time of the second film in 1987, the focus was on Sunset Strip metal because punk was all but dead in Los Angeles then. Anyway, this thread might serve as a conversation piece for any band included, and if you're at all interested in an MP3 disc of the comp, PM me.

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Los Angeles 1976 – 1987

1976
Cherry Bomb – Runaways
Hanging on the Telephone – Nerves
When You Find Out – Nerves
Younger Point of View (B-side) – Dogs
1977
Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin – Runaways
Forming – Germs
I Hate the Rich – Dils
A Life of Crime – Weirdos
You’re So Strange (B-side) – Zippers
Down the Boulevard – Pop
Trouble at the Cup – Black Randy & Metrosquad
She Don’t Know Why I’m Here (7” version) – Last
Don’t Push Me Around – Zeros
Mr. Big – Dils
1978
Pretty Please – Quick
Hideous – Dickies
Giving it All – 20/20
Nothing Means Nothing Anymore – Alley Cats
Adult Books – X
We’re Desperate (B-side) – X
Lexicon Devil – Germs
Wild Weekend – Zeros
L.A. Explosion – Last
Neutron Bomb – Controllers
Victims – Skulls
El Canelo (Son Jarocho) – Los Lobos
Give it Back – Dickies
We Got the Neutron Bomb – Weirdos
Survive – Bags
Out of Vogue – Middle Class
I Love Livin in the City – Fear
1979
Nervous Breakdown – Black Flag
Wasted – Black Flag
La Bamba – Plugz
Banana Splits – Dickies
Los Angeles – X
Yellow Pills – 20/20
I’m a Bug – Urinals
TAQN – Eyes
Xerox 12 – Rhino 39
No Compromise – Rhino 39
My Sharona – Knack
Let’s Go to the Beach – Gears
Fan Mail – Dickies
Manny, Moe & Jack – Dickies
Down at the Laundrymat – Black Randy & Metrosquad
Richie Dagger’s Crime – Germs
We Must Bleed – Germs
1980
Cover Band – Red Cross
Danger – Motels
Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not – X
Johnny Hit and Run Paulene – X
Unheard Music – X
Definitions – Minutemen
Starry Night – Brat
High School – Brat
Leave Me Alone – Brat
Hot Cars – Angry Samoans
Right Side of My Head – Angry Samoans
Get Off the Air – Angry Samoans
Sleeping Sickness – Flesh Eaters
Zero Hour – Plimsouls
Hypnotized – Plimsouls
Mental Hopscotch – Missing Persons
Blues – Chiefs
Real Rock Drive – Blasters
She Ain’t Got the Beat – Blasters
Flat Top Joint – Blasters
Bloodstains – Agent Orange
Jealous Again – Black Flag
White Minority – Black Flag
White Girl – X
Beverly Hills – Circle Jerks
World Up My Ass – Circle Jerks
Don’t Care – Circle Jerks
I Can Never Tell – Crawdaddys
Baby Runaround – Gears
Don’t Be Afraid to Pogo – Gears
Wasting Time – Gears
Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & Blackhearts
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) – Joan Jett & Blackhearts
1981
Johnny, Are You Queer? – Josie Cotton
Little Girls – Oingo Boingo
On the Outside – Oingo Boingo
Only a Lad – Oingo Boingo
Back in Flesh – Wall of Voodoo
Marie Marie – Blasters
I’m Shakin’ – Blasters
American Music – Blasters
Superficial Love – TSOL
I Hate Children – Adolescents
L.A. Girl – Adolescents
Amoeba – Adolescents
See You in the Boneyard – Flesh Eaters
Everyday Things – Plimsouls
Everything Turns to Grey – Agent Orange
The Once Over Twice – X
I’m Coming Over – X
In This House That I Call Home – X
Hold On to Something – Great Buildings
Search – Minutemen
Tension – Minutemen
Getting Out of Hand – Bangs
Bad Religion – Bad Religion
Six Pack – Black Flag
I Like Food – Descendents
Weinerschnitzel – Descendents
Sounds of Laughter – TSOL
Code Blue – TSOL
Dance with Me – TSOL
El Clavo y la Cruz – Plugz
Sex Beat – Gun Club
She’s Like Heroin to Me – Gun Club
Ghost on the Highway – Gun Club
Fuck Authority – Wasted Youth
Our Lips are Sealed – Go-Go’s
How Much More – Go-Go’s
We Got the Beat – Go-Go’s
Rise Above – Black Flag
TV Party – Black Flag
Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie – Black Flag
1982
The Creeps – Social Distortion
Telling Them – Social Distortion
Mommy’s Little Monster – Social Distortion
A Million Miles Away – Plimsouls
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett & Blackhearts
Myage – Descendents
Parents – Descendents
I’m Not a Punk – Descendents
Amanda Ruth – Rank and File
(Glad I’m) Not in Love – Rank and File
I Don’t Go Out Much Anymore – Rank and File
He Could Be the One – Josie Cotton
The Hungry Wolf – X
Under the Big Black Sun – X
Blue Spark – X
Vacation – Go-Go’s
Gas Chamber – Angry Samoans
The Todd Killings – Angry Samoans
Light’s Out – Angry Samoans
High School Confidential – Blasters
Mexican Radio – Wall of Voodoo
Wild in the Streets – Circle Jerks
Leave Me Alone – Circle Jerks
She Turns to Flowers – Salvation Army
Thoughts of Yesterday – TSOL
Let’s Have a War – Fear
I Don’t Care About You – Fear
Gimmie Some Action – Fear
Death and Angels – Green on Red
With a Cantaloupe Girlfriend – Three O’Clock
I Go Wild - Three O’Clock
Sorry - Three O’Clock
Grey Matter – Oingo Boingo
Private Life - Oingo Boingo
Wild Sex (In the Working Class) - Oingo Boingo
Urban Struggle –Vandals
The Legend of Pat Brown – Vandals
Take the L – Motels
Only the Lonely – Motels
We’re Only Gonna Die – Bad Religion
Fuck Armageddon… This is Hell – Bad Religion
Tell Me When It’s Over – Dream Syndicate
Soft Focus – TSOL
Wash Away – TSOL
Destination Unknown – Missing Persons
Walking in L.A. – Missing Persons
1983
Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs – Minutemen
Fake Contest – Minutemen
The Anchor – Minutemen
Blown Away – Youth Brigade
What Will the Revolution Change – Youth Brigade
The Real World – Bangles
The New World – X
Poor Girl – X
True Love pt. 2 – X
Who Do You Want to Be - Oingo Boingo
Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me - Oingo Boingo
No Apology – Unclaimed
Richard Hung Himself – D.I.
Guns – D.I.
Subliminal – Suicidal Tendencies
Institutionalized – Suicidal Tendencies
I Saw Your Mommy… – Suicidal Tendencies
The Fanatic – Felony
Barefoot Rock – Blasters
It Must Be Love – Blasters
Jubilee Train – Blasters
Oldest Story in the World – Plimsouls
When the Shit Hits the Fan – Circle Jerks
Coup D’état – Circle Jerks
Golden Shower of Hits – Circle Jerks
Jet Fighter – Three O’Clock
Suddenly Last Summer – Motels
Let’s Say Goodnight – Los Lobos
Why Do You Do – Los Lobos
How Much Can I Do? – Los Lobos
I Look Around – Rain Parade
What’s She Done to Your Mind – Rain Parade
Self Referenced – Minutemen
Cut – Minutemen
I Felt Like a Gringo – Minutemen
And She Rides – Long Ryders
Gravity Talks – Green on Red
1984
Hombre Secreto – Plugz
Reel Ten – Plugz
My War – Black Flag
Blood on the Saddle – Blood on the Saddle
Viet Nam – Minutemen
It’s Expected I’m Gone – Minutemen
Maybe Partying Will Help – Minutemen
History Lesson – pt II – Minutemen
This Ain’t No Picnic – Minutemen
Jesus and Tequila – Minutemen
Obsession – Animotion
Wild Thing – X
Hero Takes a Fall – Bangles
Going Down to Liverpool – Bangles
Gratitude – Oingo Boingo
A Matter of Time – Los Lobos
I Got Loaded – Los Lobos
Will the Wolf Survive – Los Lobos
I Had a Dream – Long Ryders
You Are My Friend – Rain Parade
Slip it In – Black Flag
Long Gone Dead Rank and File
I’m an Old, Old Man – Rank and File
True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes – Red Hot Chili Peppers
1985
Her Head’s Revolving – Three O’Clock
Underwater – Three O’Clock
The Cheerleaders – Minutemen
King of the Hill – Minutemen
Take Our Test – Minutemen
Party at Ground Zero – Fishbone
Annihilate This Week – Black Flag
Loose Nut – Black Flag
Manic Monday – Bangles
If She Knew What She Wants – Bangles
Looking for Lewis and Clark – Long Ryders
The Price of Paradise – Minutemen
The Big Stick – Minutemen
Stories – Minutemen
Just Another Day – Oingo Boingo
Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo
Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
Hollywood (Africa) – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Poor Little Critter on the Road – Knitters
Silver Wings – Knitters
The Worm’s Quest – Saccharine Trust
Drinking and Driving – Black Flag
Trouble Bound – Blasters
Rock and Roll Will Stand – Blasters
Burning House of Love – X
Ways to Be Wicked – Lone Justice
1986
I Wish I Had a Chance – Fishbone
One Step Away – Blood on the Saddle
Suzie’s on the Ball – Three O’Clock
Steel Stings – Peter Case
Old Blue Car – Peter Case
Brave Captain – fIREHOSE
Choose Any Memory – fIREHOSE
Still in Hollywood – Concrete Blonde
Say it Isn’t True – Agent Orange
Tearing Me Apart – Agent Orange
1987
La Bamba – Los Lobos
4th of July – X
See How We Are – X
Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes – Los Lobos
Is This all There Is? – Los Lobos
The Hardest Time – Los Lobos
Hazy Shade of Winter – Bangles
Fight Like a Brave – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Behind the Sun – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I Want You Bad – Long Ryders
Sometimes – fIREHOSE
Honey, Please – fIREHOSE
For the Singer of REM – fIREHOSE
Whatever Happened – M.I.A.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 21 Dec 2020, 21:06

Quite a research project. Respect.

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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Charlie O. » 21 Dec 2020, 21:25

I read the first of those books (and enjoyed it, but wished there was more actual John Doe in it - I think I counted 36 pages that he wrote, or was it 31?), but didn't even know about the second, so thanks for the headzup!
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Dec 2020, 21:27

The first one is the better of the two, of course, as punk was already on the way out by the time covered in the second book.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Six String » 21 Dec 2020, 23:29

That’s quite a project and like Yves I salute you for your work. Reading down the list took a long time! :) It brought some smiles to my face thinking back to some of the tracks. Some I don’t know at all, some I’ve heard of by name only but that’s a lot of music. My only quibble is La Bamba. Of course you provided many other choices by Los Lobos but seriously? That one? Don’t get me wrong, I like their version of the song but it was such a weird hit for them and for many people that is the only song they can name by the band. Still, very small quibble and I feel a little silly even mentioning it. So are you going to get together with Goldwax and release this as a box set? Like anyone could actually get permission from all the labels.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 21 Dec 2020, 23:33

Lol... Well, at least I didn't put on "Walk Like an Egyptian."
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Six String » 21 Dec 2020, 23:51

:o You did good Matt.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Charlie O. » 21 Dec 2020, 23:52

Matt Wilson wrote:Lol... Well, at least I didn't put on "Walk Like an Egyptian."

I was going to add "Or X's 'Wild Thing'" but then I checked, and you had. :x

In case you didn't know: The Long Ryders' "I Want You Bad" is an NRBQ cover (also recorded by Dave Edmunds and, later, J Mascis)!
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 22 Dec 2020, 05:19

You don't like X's take on "Wild Thing?"

Well, obviously not...

Yeah, The Long Ryders version of "I Want You Bad" was the first time I ever heard that song.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 13 Jan 2021, 15:40

I'll take a moment to give kudos to Mr. Matt for doing this project (and sending it over the pond).

A true labour of love.

I'm as yet only halfway through CD 1(122 songs!) and enjoying the hell out of bands I never heard of.

There's about 7 cd's more, including San Fransisco bands.

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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby John_K » 13 Jan 2021, 19:02

Wouldn't mind dipping my toes into this, can anybody Dropbox it?

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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Rorschach » 13 Jan 2021, 19:20

Put it on Spotify!!
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Rorschach » 13 Jan 2021, 19:27

By the way, I think the Weirdos song is 'Life of Crime', without the 'A'.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Jan 2021, 20:03

Thanks for that, Tim.

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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Jan 2021, 20:05

I'm sorry, TYM.
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Re: Los Angeles 1976 - 1987

Postby Rorschach » 13 Jan 2021, 21:12

Interesting. Various sources have it without the 'A'.

No need to apologise.
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