Anybody do a post-punk DJ night?

FatbackFatback 6,746 Posts
edited May 2010 in Strut Central
If so what are the songs that work great for you?I've been doing a post punk night for few a months here. It's a lot of fun. I've been creeping out of the standard parameters of what post-punk supposedly is, not only in terms of artists but, also years 1978-1984. This is mainly because I don't want to get bored with playing Joy Division and Gang or Four all the time. I know that sounds weird, but there's a handful of songs that bring the house down every night.
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  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts
    Because I live in a rock town, I end up spinning a lot of post-punk. It's a fun genre to work with because it's so easy to mix in with boogie and disco and all that.

    I hit up the usual subjects: Contortions, ESG, A Certain Ratio, Konk, Au Pairs, Flying Lizards, Wire, etc. I'll also throw in stuff like Chaz Jankel (3,000,000 synths or Glad to know you). It's a pretty diverse genre (if you can even call it a single genre) blending punk, funk, disco, dub, etc so I usually have a lot of fun.

    I'm spinning for a rock show tonight so I'm sure I'll be playing a lot of this stuff if I don't get lost in my soul/funk 45s.

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,234 Posts
    I played these last party I did...

    The Fall - US 80's-90s
    Jah Wobble - Blueberry Hill
    The Jam - Start
    Stranglers - Nice and Sleazy
    Gang of Four - Damaged Goods
    Talking Heads - Warning Sign
    B-52s - Mesopotamia
    ESG - The Beat
    Gary Numan - ME
    Berlin - The Metro
    Clash - Revolution Rock

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    I used to play a lot of this shit when I first began DJing in my early 20s. Some of these may be in your bag already;


  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts
    ^^^ very nice list. Quite a few favorites plus some I'll definitely seek out.

    For some reason Crass's little disco punk nugget "Walls" just popped in my head:


  • ennuiennui 111 Posts
    Delta 5- mind your own business. Works every time.

  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts
    Delta 5- mind your own business. Works every time.

    Yes indeed. The girl groups of that era are so good. A similar favorite (I treasure this 45):


  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    This was a fucking badass tune. Saw this band a bunch of times.


  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    Sorry if it's been posted via YouTubes, but MinuteFlag's Friends is nice.
    Sonic Youth's Burning Spear

  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    Oh yea - The Slits' Heard It Through The Grapevine and The Clash's Magnificent Dance

  • DocMcCoyDocMcCoy "Go and laugh in your own country!" 5,920 Posts
    Faux_Rillz wouldn't like this (Laswell), but I used to play the shit out of this tune.


  • FatbackFatback 6,746 Posts
    ^^^ very nice list. Quite a few favorites plus some I'll definitely seek out.

    For some reason Crass's little disco punk nugget "Walls" just popped in my head:


    Yeah the only tracks I have on that list is the Au Pairs and Bauhaus. I'm doing all vinyl. So it might take a minute to track those down. This are exactly the kinds of suggestions I was hoping for. Thanks!

  • JazzsuckaJazzsucka 720 Posts
    This group belongs here:



    I love this sound, but I have never gotten around to checking it properly. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • jleejlee 1,539 Posts
    some one here hipped me to a good blog a few years ago called postpunkjunk. they were issuing out a few podcasts at the time and i got to hear some good stuff that was new to me. i think the website has since died, but one of my favorite 'finds' was Family Fodder:

    http://www.urbanhonking.com/greatestband/archives/2004/06/when_you_make_m.html


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  • WoimsahWoimsah 1,734 Posts


    What's that tune fading out at the very very beginning there? Sounds awesome...

    Little known but super rad -- Deborah and the Puerto Ricans "Side B Side A Side"

    http://www.box.net/shared/baklocud0q

    Amazing -- it took me years to track that 45 down -- and now you can just listen to it at your leisure. Lucky bastards. Get off my lawn.

  • arvidarvid 50 Posts
    Deborah and the Puerto Ricans "Side B Side A Side"

    Nice! Thanks for the knowledge.

  • WoimsahWoimsah 1,734 Posts
    Deborah and the Puerto Ricans "Side B Side A Side"

    Nice! Thanks for the knowledge.

    No problem. Should have prefaced too - 'Deborah' is the Deborah Evans-Strickland of The Flying Lizards.

  • FatbackFatback 6,746 Posts



    This would kill it at my night. I need it.

  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts



    This would kill it at my night. I need it.

    If you don't mind stepping into re-ish domain, Crippled Dick threw that song on both the Grlz comp and on the Maximum Joy collection Unlimited (1979-1983).

  • dwyhajlodwyhajlo 420 Posts
    Nobody mentioned Liquid Liquid, Pigbag, or James Chance/James White yet? All necessities, in my estimation.

    I guess you might also be able to fit something in like "Can't Cheat Karma" by Zounds.

  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts
    Nobody mentioned Liquid Liquid, Pigbag, or James Chance/James White yet?

    Well I did mention the Contortions. But, yeah, I've never spun this stuff without having them, Liquid Liquid and Pigbag in the crate. Papa's Got a Brand New Pigbag is a goddamned monster.

  • SnagglepusSnagglepus 1,756 Posts
    Now that I'm actually putting my records together for tonight, here's a few more that I always bring:


  • willie_fugalwillie_fugal 1,862 Posts
    Do these count?? (or are they even too obvious?)


  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts
    Sorry if it's been posted via YouTubes, but MinuteFlag's Friends is nice.
    Sonic Youth's Burning Spear


  • bassiebassie 11,710 Posts

  • dwyhajlodwyhajlo 420 Posts

  • DJ_NevilleCDJ_NevilleC 1,922 Posts
    Playing Embryo in the shop this morning which would work (although its really pre-punk) -


  • DJ_WubWubDJ_WubWub 874 Posts

  • bboyparkzbboyparkz 549 Posts

  • awallawall 673 Posts
    these all kill:

    pylon - danger
    the dance - she likes to beat
    section 25 - dirty disco
    a certain ratio - shack up, lucinda, the fox, etc.
    delta 5 - try, colour, mind your own business, etc.
    ruts DC - push yourself make it work
    PIL - death disco
    esg - moody
    maximum joy - strech, searching for a feeling
    liquid liquid - optiomo, cavern
    sonic youth - burning spear
    material - secret life
    talking head - w/our love, born under punches, pull up the roots, etc.
    tom tom club - wordy rappinghood
    23 skidoo - vegas
    crass - walls
    was not was - wheel me out
    modettes - white mice (sherwood mix)
    glaxo babies - shake, max sexual joy
    jah wobble & holger czukay - how much are they
    bush tetras - das ah riot, too many creeps, can't be funky
    medium medium - hungry so angry (sherwood mix)
    schlaflose nachte - move
    pop group - she is beyond good and evil, where there's a will
    the fall - totally wired
    flying lizards - move on up
    malaria - your turn to run
    kleenex - ain't you, u
    blurt - get
    orange juice - rip it up
    clash - this is radio clash
    APB - all your life
    slits - grapevine
    lora logic - brute fury
    christiane f - wunderbar
    this heat - 24 track loop (12" version)
    the clean - at the bottom
    raincoats - animal rhapsody (12" mix)
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