New Wave, Post Punk, Art Punk, Darkwave. Call it what you will, but I've always been a sucker for pulsing basslines, danceable rhythms and angular guitars. Much thanks goes to Jon for the tip on the Birthday Party. Without him, I would never have been spurred into posting this. So, if it all sounds shit, not really my fault.
I couldn't make you all a mixtape, so a thorough pillaging of Youtube will have to suffice. Let's begin the proceedings with The Fall and Big New Prinz.
Next up, let's have some of that aforementioned Birthday Party with Release The Bats.
What celebration of post-punk with be complete without some Gang Of Four? Well, a shit one presumably.
A Certain Ratio are sadly underrated band. To be fair though, if you believe Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People, then they were being stacked up against Joy Division. Hardly fair really. Still, Shack Up.
ESG are the coolest ladies in the world. You can melt that fact and It'll freeze solid again. Why? Because it STOOONE COLLLLDDD! Sorry. They were the first band to make me dance, and my dancing is a gift to the world at large. Thank these fine ladies. Here they are, in 2006, still looking fly, with Moody.
The sound has been updated, modified and downright bastardised several times. Very few get it right, but to finish off, I thought a bit of a wild card was in order. Something more contemporary and one of the few current bands to get it right, !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk) with Heart of Hearts.
The Faux Bot