Punk rock videos

Stinky Toys “Plastic Faces”

Stinky Toys were a Parisian band who, 38 years ago today, played at this gig for the princely sum of £1.50

Dead Kennedys - “California Uber Alles (Jazz Mix)”

James - “Sit Down” 

I’ll sing myself to sleep
A song from the darkest hour
Secrets I can’t keep
Inside of the day
Swing from high to deep
Extremes of sweet and sour
Hope that God exists
I hope I pray

Drawn by the undertow
My life is out of control
I believe this wave will bear my weight
So let it flow

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Now I’m relieved to hear
That you’ve been to some far out places
It’s hard to carry on
When you feel all alone
Now I’ve swung back down again
It’s worse than it was before
If I hadn’t seen such riches
I could live with being poor
Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Those who feel the breath of sadness
Sit down next to me
Those who find they’re touched by madness
Sit down next to me
Those who find themselves ridiculous
Sit down next to me
Love, in fear, in hate, in tears

Down
Down

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Oh sit down
Sit down next to me
Sit down, down, down, down, down
In sympathy

Down

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros perform one of his old Clash songs, Rudi Can’t Fail.

Frantic Elevators - “Searching for the Only One”

I heard this listening to John Peel under the bed clothes, so saved up my pocket money to buy this single.

The lead singer, Mick Hucknall, went on to found “Simply Red”.

My Bloody Valentine - Blown A Wish (live, 1991, London)

What a gig that was. Back in the days when they didn’t fuck up their mixes so badly the vocals were entirely inaudible.

Ladytron - “Destroy Everything You Touch” (London Astoria 2008)

Punk, or Abba? Anyway, it’s dark toe-tappin’ fun.

ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK “My Favorite No.9” A marvellous list-reciting track with splendid video from the Tokyo garage rockers. Hat-tip @heydonworks

The Ramones - Live at The Rainbow, London, December 31st, 1977

14 songs, 26 minutes

The first band I ever saw live (in 1980!) The Undertones, covering Velvet Underground’s “We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together”, then doing “My Perfect Cousin”.