Punk rock videos

Siouxsie and the Banshees -“Peek A Boo” (Live)

Bizarrely, Siouxsie is wearing only a bra, and there’s  a backing trio dressed as frogs.

You’ll also enjoy this goth disco remix.

For UK budget day, Dead Kennedys - “Kill the Poor”

Efficiency and progress is ours once more 
Now that we have the Neutron bomb 
It’s nice and quick and clean and gets things done 
Away with excess enemy 
But no less value to property 
No sense in war but perfect sense at home: 

The sun beams down on a brand new day 
No more welfare tax to pay 
Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light 
Jobless millions whisked away 
At last we have more room to play 
All systems go to kill the poor tonight 

Gonna 
Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor:Tonight 

Behold the sparkle of champagne 
The crime rate’s gone 
Feel free again 
O’ life’s a dream with you, Miss Lily White 
Jane Fonda on the screen today 
Convinced the liberals it’s okay 
So let’s get dressed and dance away the night 

While they: 
Kill kill kill kill Kill the poor:Tonight

The Slits - “I heard it through the grapevine” (live)

The Jam- Live At Bingley Hall, Birmingham, 1982

Full concert, 1 hr 20 mins

3 men and Black - Alternative Ulster (acoustic)

3 men in Black were  J.J. Burnel (The Stranglers), Jake Burns (Stiff Little Fingers) and Nicky Welsh (The Selecter & Bad Manners) and Pauline Black (The Selecter) , doing acoustic versions of songs they are famous for, and talking a little about how they came to write the songs etc.

Above is Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers who originally recorded this song.

1980: Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, Poly Styrene & Pauline Black.

1980: Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie Sioux, Chrissie Hynde, Poly Styrene & Pauline Black.

The Boomtown Rats - “Someone’s Looking At You”

In honour of Mummy NSA and Daddy GCHQ.

On a night like this I deserve to get kissed at least once or twice
You come over to my place screaming blue murder, needing someplace to hide.
Well, I wish you’d keep quiet,
Imaginations run riot,
In these paper-thin walls.
And when the place comes ablaze with a thousand dropped names
I don’t know who to call.
But I got a friend over there in the government block
And he knows the situation and he’s taking stock,
I think I’ll call him up now
Put him on the spot, tonight.

They saw me there in the square when I was shooting my mouth off
About saving some fish.
Now could that be construed as some radical’s views or some liberals’ wish.
And it’s so hot outside,
And the air is so sweet,
And when the pressure drop is heavy I don’t wanna hear you speak.
You know most killing is committed at 90 degrees.
When it’s too hot to breathe
And it’s too hot to think.

There’s always someone looking at you.
S-s-s-s-someone.
They’re looking at you.

And I wish you’d stop whispering.
Don’t flatter yourself, nobody’s listening.
Still it makes me nervous, those things you say.

You may as well
Shout it from the roof
Scream it from your lungs
Spit it from you mouth
It could fall on deaf ears to indulge in your fears
There’s a spy in the sky
There’s a noise on the wire
There’s a tap on the line
And for every paranoid’s desire…

There’s always Someone looking at you.
S-s-s-s-someone looking at you…
They’re always looking at you.

The Stranglers - “Nice ‘n’ Sleazy”

To celebrate JJ Burnel’s 62nd birthday, here’s is finest bass-driven song.

The Smiths - “Reel Around The Fountain”

Track 1 of The Smiths’ debut album, released 30 years ago today. (Jesus H Dawkins. 30 years)

Devo - “Mongoloid” (1980)

In memoriam guitarist Bob Casale who died yesterday, and drummer Alan Myers who died in June.