Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave

A 77 song journey through the DIY spirit of 1977 and beyond
featuring many, incredibly rare one-off classics

On 15th September, Demon Music Group will release a punk collection by Soho Radio Punk and New Wave show host, Gary Crowley.

Taking their inspiration from Lenny Kaye’s 1972 ‘Nuggets’ compilation, this collection was compiled by Crowley and his Soho Radio co-host, Jim Lahat. For the first time it brings together on CD many rare, one-off singles which were very much in keeping with the DIY spirit of the times. Although these songs would be classified as ‘punk’ or ‘new wave’, many could also be described as ‘power pop’, as a lot of these bands were reared on the brilliant 45s of this genre from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Whilst there are artists featured that punk fans will be aware of – including Generation X, Mo-Dettes, The Saints and The Skids – even where those artists are concerned the aim has been to introduce people to other songs from their cannon, as opposed to the usual well-known classics. The majority of tracks here are fantastic examples of the burst of energy that punk triggered, with bands with very little experience – certainly no recording experience whatsoever – inspired by Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP self-release, entering a studio to bash out their three-minute bid to punk stardom.

As Richard Jobson of The Skids says: “We recorded Charles in an hour in a studio in Edinburgh. It’s all we could afford. I was 16. The song was written By Stuart Adamson and caught our politics and sense of adventure at the time.”

The collection includes extensive and passionate sleevenotes by Crowley and Lahat, very much personal notes on what inspired these selections and Crowley’s first-hand memories of the time.

Crowley grew up in central London and was very fortunate from the age of 15 to see many of these bands play live, whereas Lahat’s experience was listening to them on BBC World Service in his bedroom in Israel, but both credit one man as the catalyst through which they were ture on to punk; John Peel. “I was tuning in religiously from North West London whilst Jim was getting his weekly fix while growing up in Israel via Peelie's influential World Service and BFBS Shows,” says Crowley. “Later we were both incredibly lucky to be able to meet him and tell him what a pivotal role he had played in both our musical educations.”

‘Gary Crowley’s Punk and New Wave’ is a vital collection for any fan of this most extraordinary genre and period in British music.


1. The Vibrators - We Vibrate
2. Mo-Dettes - White Mice
3. Automatics - When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again
4. The Saints - Do The Robot
5. Ultravox! - Young Savage
6. Scars - All About You
7. Starjets - School Days
8. Suburban Studs - I Hate School
9. Advertising - Lipstick
10. TV 21 - Ambition
11. The Nice Men - Nuclear Summer
12. Eater - Thinking of the USA
13. Alternative TV - How Much Longer
14. 999 - Emergency
15. Altered Images - Dead Pop Stars
16. The Stiffs - Inside Out
17. The Carpettes - Small Wonder
18. The Fall - It’s The New Thing
19. The Drones - Bone Idol
20. Skunks - Good From The Bad
21. The Nips - All The Time In The World
22. The Boys - First Time
23. Bee Bee Cee - You Gotta Know Girl
24. The Circles - Opening Up
25. Glaxo Babies - This Is Your Life
26. John Cooper Clarke - Suspended Sentence

1. Fast Cars The Kids Just Wanna Dance
2. New Hearts - Just Another Teenage Anthem
3. Clive Culbertson - Time To Kill
4. The Only Ones - You’ve Got To Pay
5. Lori And The Chameleons - Touch
6. The Things - Pieces of You
7. The Negatives - Love Is Not Real
8. The Photos - Barbarellas
9. Expressos - Tango in Mono
10. The Stukas - Klean Living Kids
11. Tonight - Drummer Man
12. The Quads - There Must Be Thousands
13. Shake - Culture Shock
14. Girls At Our Best - Getting Nowhere Fast
15. The Cuban Heels - Downtown
16. The Donkees - Listen To Your Radio
17. Spizzenergi - Soldier Soldier
18. The Telegents - Get Out
19. The Collectors - Talking Hands
20. The Stripes - One Step Ahead
21. The Doubt - Time Out
22. Bobalouis - Go Ahead
23. The Letters - Nobody Loves Me
24. Perfectors - YT502951D
25. Fun 4 - Singing In The Showers
26. Tours - Language School

1. The Skids - Charles
2. The Tights - Howard Hughes
3. The Form - Start Again
4. The Head - Nothing To Do In a Town Like Leatherhead
5. Pop-Tones - Wooden Heart
6. Disguise - Juvenile Delinquent
7. Dolly Mixture - Been Teen
8. The Teenage Filmstars - Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape
9. Apocalypse - Teddy
10. Tinopeners - Set Me Free
11. The Plague - In Love
12. The Crack - Easy Street
13. The Smirks - Angry With Myself
14. Straightshooter - She’s So Fine
15. Bleeding Hearts - This is the Way…OK?
16. Apartment - The Car
17. Knife Edge - Say You Will
18. The Tea Set - Parry Thomas
19. The Zips - Take Me Down
20. Really 3rds - Everyday, Everyway
21. The Kicks - If Looks Could Kill
22. TPI - She’s Too Clever For Me
23. Gobblinz - Love Me Too
24. The Moondogs - She’s Nineteen
25. Generation X - Wild Dub

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