Tag Archives: 7″ single

ROTW – The Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela

  This week’s ROTW is “get well” shout out to one of the towering figures of the late 20th century, Nelson Mandela. First released in March 1984 by The Special AKA, the Jerry Dammers-penned and Elvis Costello-produced track became an … Continue reading

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ROTW – Kraftwerk – The Model

  Formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1970, the men-machines of Kraftwerk were at the forefront of experimental electronic music. Their 1974 breakthrough album, “Autobahn” remains a great influence in the genre and is a favourite … Continue reading

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2012 in Review – I Hope You Have a Great New Year

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Here’s an excerpt: The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, … Continue reading

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ROTW – Devo – (I can’t get me no) SATISFACTION

Apart from the inclusion in Libertines album names, brackets are under-used in song titles (I love brackets)…… unless you are Devo. Devo were the bastard lovechild of a couple of blokes from Ohio called Gerald and Bob (proper rock names). … Continue reading

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ROTW -The Sex Pistols – Holidays in the Sun

“I don’t want a holiday in the sun, I wanna go to the new Belsen”, Mr Rotten certainly had a way with words ….. some of them were even swear words! Taken from their only real album, ’77’s “Never Mind … Continue reading

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ROTW – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Playground Twist

Taken from their 1979 (there’s that year again) album “Join Hands“, Playground Twist sees the Banshees living up to their name. Siouxsie wails, Banshee, John McKay’s guitar screams like a jet engine in a drainpipe. The result is like a … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Ruts – Babylon’s Burning/Society

How do follow The Clash? Easy, play The Ruts. Another track from the Golden Year of 1979, Babylon is Burning was the follow-up to The Ruts’ debut single, “In A Rut”   It proved to be the soundtrack to ’79, strikes … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Clash – Bankrobber/Rockers Galore ……..UK Tour

Of course it would be very easy to have a Clash track every week as ROTW, such is the depth of their musical legacy, but we don’t like phoney Beatle mania ’round here. This rather unique 1980 release is a bit … Continue reading

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ROTW – Desmond Decker and the Aces – Israelites

Contrary to recent evidence, 1979 wasn’t the only year that good music was released on vinyl. This week’s record topped the charts in the UK back in 1968, one of the first Jamaican reggae hits outside of the country and … Continue reading

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ROTW – The Undertones – You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)

Was 1979 pop music’s finest year? There was so much great stuff released this year and here’s a classic example. Fergal Sharkey looks like he’s straight from teaching a geography class, backed by a few Bay City Roller fans! The … Continue reading

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