TMX 10 top 10
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trakMARX.com – Issue 10 Top 10s

Boys & girls, punks & punkettes, mums & dads – in celebration of 10 issues of tMx we’ve cobbled together a cache of Top 10s from our Top 10 tMx staffers, contributors & chums. Some are deadly serious, others not so. Whatever the levels of irony being employed in each particular list, nothing can detract from the sincerity of each individual compiler (NB - all tMx 10s have been compiled as a unit of 10 – NOT in any specific order of merit or display of implied hipper than thou-man-ship). Copy, cats?


Bryan Swirsky’s Top 10 Comedy Punk 45s:

In no particular condescending order:

1) Water Pistols - "Gimme That Punk Junk" b/w "Soft Punk" - State Records, UK, 1976

2) Norman & the Hooligans - "I'm a Punk" b/w "Re-entry [Unidentified Flying Punk]" - President Records, UK, 1977

3) Matt Black & the Doodlebugs - "Punky Xmas" b/w "Nightmare" - Punk Records, UK 1976

4) The Punkettes - "Going Out Wiva Punk" b/w "Polythene", Response Records, UK, 1977

5) Andy Cameron - "I Want to Be A Punk Rocker" b/w "Ally's Tartan Army" - Klub Records, UK, 1977

6) Ritchie Hale & the Stormers - "Punkski" b/w "I Never Find You" - Pye Records, UK, 1979

7) Johnny Rubbish - "Living in NW3 4JR [Anarchy in the UK]" b/w "The Other Side" - UA records, UK, 1978

8) Kevin Short & his Privates - "Punk Strut" - UK, 1977

9) Your Hero - "Snoggin' at the Roxy" - UK, 1977

10) Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias - 'Snuff Rock' EP - Stiff records, UK 1977


Jean Encoule’s Top 10 Punk LPs:

1. Richard Hell & The Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
2. Ramones – “Ramones”
3. The Adverts – “Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts”
4. The Damned – “Damned Damned Damned”
5. The Sex Pistols – “Never Mind The Bollocks”
6. Wire – “Pink Flag”
7. The Fall – “Live At The Witch Trials”
8. Buzzcocks – “Time’s Up”
9. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – “LAMF”
10. Buzzcocks – “Another Music In A Different Kitchen”


Evan Halshaw’s Top 10 Punk Diseases Of All Time:

1. NSU (Non Specific Uteritus) – “Can you be more specific”, said Alexi Sayle. “Oh no, it’s non-specific”, said the doctor.
2. Acne – “If you have acne I apologise for hating you intensely,” The Stranglers. Is this a real disease or just a symptom of a poor diet? This one’s set to run & run.
3. Hepatitis Box Set – Contains strains of Hepatitis A, B, C & D!! (Ltd Edit.) “I’ve taken a thousand gobs & I ain’t gonna take no more”, Joe Strummer, Coventry, shortly before being drowned in spit by the front row, jumping into the audience & twating the culprits with a trusty Fender Telecaster.
4. The DTs – Delirium Tremens, to you. You drink – you fall over – you wake up in the precinct at 6.30am covered in puke & shaking like Stevens.
5. Amphetamine Psychosis – Keeps you up all week.
6. Collapsed Veins – Over use of the chalky heroin substitute Dicanol often meant having to use legs, feet & other suitable organs/appendages to “get it in” successfully.
7. Fractured Skull – Pogoing did have its down side, especially in venues with abnormally low ceilings.
8. Scabies – In some cases this condition can last for life!
9. Rotting Teeth – A combination of speed, lager, cider, pasties, chips & way too much sugar has meant a life of dental issues for many old punks.
10. Piles – A combination of cold floors, squatting, poor diet & little sleep has meant a life of anal issues for many old punks.


Suburban Kid’s Top 10 Punk LPs:

1. Sex Pistols – “Never Mind The Bollocks”
2. The Clash – “The Clash”
3. The Damned – “Machine Gun Ettiquette”
4. The Stranglers – “Rattus Norvegicus”
5. X-Ray Spex – “Germ Free Adolescence”
6. Ramones – “Ramones”
7. Ramones – “Rocket To Russia”
8. Stiff Little Fingers – “Inflammable Material”
9. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – “LAMF”
11. The Dead Kennedys – “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables”


Rat Scabies’ Top 10 Punk Rock Records:

1. MC5 – “Tonight” – LP track
2. Television – “Little Johnny Jewel” - 45
3. New York Dolls – “Jet Boy Jet Girl - 45
4. Ramones – “Ramones” – LP
5. MC5 – “Back In The USA” – LP
6. MC5 – “High Times” – LP
7. MC5 – “Kick Out The Jams – LP
8. The Adverts – “Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts” - LP
9. The Stranglers – “Rattus Norvegicus” - LP
10. The Damned – “Damned Damned Damned” - LP

Honourable mentions: Eddie & The Hotrods – “Live At The Marquee EP”, anything by Buzzcocks, the Pistols & The Clash.


Everett True’s Top 10 Punk LPs:

1. Ramones – “Ramones” (has to be: I may prefer other Ramones albums personally,
but this is the one that stands alone: unique sound and fury)

2. Slits – “Cut” (I prefer the rawer stuff myself, but this is the record that made me want to move up to London - all those squeals and salacious giggles
and sounds of glee)

3. Buzzcocks – “Another Music In A Different Kitchen” (the second was my favourite when I was young, but this is bittersweet punk-pop honed down to perfection)

4. Patrick Fitzgerald – “Grubby Stories” (he was the biggest influence on me, bar none - South London bedsit poetry, all awkward and soulful)

5. Hole – “Pretty On The Inside” (mainly cos Scout Niblett reminded me the other day what an amazing record this is - and also cos all of other Hole's recorded work is shit in comparison)

6. Subway Sect – “What's The Matter Boy?” (the reissued version is far better, but this is brilliant, the way everything is wrong yet everything is right)

7. Huggy Bear/Bikini Kill – “Our Troubled Youth/Yeah Yeah Yeah” (title from memory: Riot Grrrl in a seething turbulent microcosm, long before it became codified into a style)

8. Undertones – “Undertones” (along with Ramones and Buzzcocks, an unbeatable trio of spiky pop-punk)

9. Pussy Galore – “Corpse Love” (NYC noise-fest extravaganza, fast giving the lie to the piece of shit that is Jon Spencer Blues Explosion)

10. The Gossip – “Movement” (2003's finest punk band)


Marcus Gray’s Top 10 Punk LPs:

1. The Clash – “The Clash”
2. Sex Pistols – “Never Mind The Bollocks”
3. Television – “Marquee Moon”
4. Patti Smith – “Horses”
5. Iggy Pop & The Stooges – “Raw Power”
6. The Modern Lovers – “The Modern Lovers”
7. Ramones – “Rocket To Russia”
8. The Stranglers – “Rattus Norvegicus”
9. The Adverts – “Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts”
10. Wire – “Pink Flag”


Shane Quentin’s Top 10 Punk LPs:

1. Sex Pistols - “Never Mind The Bollocks” - Virgin
2. The Ruts - “The Crack” - Virgin
3. Buzzcocks - “Another Music In A Different Kitchen” - UA
4. Wire - “Pink Flag” - Harvest
5. Ramones - “Rocket To Russia” - Sire
6. The Fall - “Live At The Witch Trials” - Step Forward
7. The Stranglers - “IV Rattus Norvegicus” - UA
8. Iggy Pop - “The Idiot” - RCA
9. XTC - “White Music” - Virgin
10. The Damned – “Damned Damned Damned” - Stiff


Wrath Records Top 10 Punk LPs:

Here is the list from the Wrath Records collective (contributors: Steven Morricone, Paul Morricone, Rene Les Flames, Stuffy Gilchrist, Eric The Who, Emma Bob III & Ieuan Jones):

1. The Stranglers – “Black & White”
2. The Birthday Party – “Junkyard”
3. PIL – “Metal Box”
4. The Fall – “Grotesque”
5. Wire – “Chairs Missing”
6. PIL – “First Issue”
7. The Damned – “Machine Gun Etiquette”
8. Joy Division – “Unknown Pleasures”
9. The Clash – “The Clash”
10. XTC – “White Music”


Nat Shooter’s Top 10 Punk LPs & 45s:

LP's:

1. Ramones – “Ramones”
2. Sex Pistols – “Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols”
3. The Clash- “The Clash”
4. The Damned- “Damned Damned Damned”
5. Buzzcocks- “Another Music In A Different Kitchen”
6. Stiff Little Fingers – “Inflammable Material”
7. The Slits – “Cut”
8. Richard Hell & the Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
9. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – “L.A.M.F”
10. Wire- “Pink Flag”

45's:

1. Richard Hell and the Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
2. Metal Urbain – “Panik”
3. Modern Lovers – “Roadrunner”
4. Stiff Little Fingers – “Suspect Device”
5. Ramones - “Rockaway Beach”
6. The Clash – “London Calling”
7. ATV – “Action Time Vision”'
8. The Adverts – “One Chord Wonders”
9. Vic Goddard & The Subway Sect – “Ambition”
10. The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks”


Marquee Smith’s Top Punk LPs:

1. The Stooges – “Funhouse”
2. The Velvet Underground – “Velvet Underground & Nico”
3. The Sonics – “Here Are The Sonics”
4. The Saints – “(I’m) Stranded”
5. Radio Birdman – “Radios Appear”
6. Ramones – “Ramones”
7. Iggy & The Stooges – “Raw Power”
8. Televsion – “Marquee Moon”
9. Richard Hell & The Voidoids – “Blank Generation”
10. MC5 – “Kick Out The Jams”

Artrocker’s Top 10 Punk Clothing Outlets (of all time):

NO, SEX AND BOY ARE NOT ON THIS LIST. WE'RE NOT TALKING DESIGNER PUNK HERE, THIS IS WHERE THE PUNKS REALLY BOUGHT THEIR GEAR AND IN SOME CASES, STILL
DO.

1. MILLET'S. CHEAP AND NASTY JEANS, MONKEY BOOTS AND COMBAT JACKETS.

2. WOOLWORTH'S. PURVEYORS OF THE NOW SADLY DEFUNCT 'WINFIELD' LABEL, WHICH NOT ONLY MADE THE TIGHTEST AND FLIMSIEST JEANS IN THE WORLD BUT EVEN HAD IT'S OWN LINE IN ELECTRIC GUITARS. ALSO GREAT FOR ACID GREEN FRAMED SUNGLASSES A LA CAPTAIN SENSIBLE.

3. GENT'S OUTFITTERS, LOWER MARSH, WATERLOO. I RECKON IAN CURTIS HAD AN ACCOUNT HERE. IF IT'S OLD MEN'S SHIRTS BUTTONED TO THE THROAT TEAMED WITH A GOOD PAIR OF PLEAT FRONT WOOLEN TROUSERS (WITH BELT) YOU'RE AFTER THEN THIS IS THE PLACE. SPEND £30 AND YOU'LL COME OUT ALL DARK AND MANCUNIAN.

4. LEWIS LEATHERS. NUFF SAID.

5. OGEE'S. SITUATED IN SHAFTSBURY AVENUE, THIS HAIRDRESSER'S SUPPLY SHOP HAS BEEN SUPPLYING THE PEROXIDE AND WILD COULOURINGS OF LONDON PUNKS FOR 25 YEARS.

6. LAWRENCE CORNER. CAMDEN ROAD. FANCY GETTING A BIT MILITARY? GET YOURSELF AN IRAQUI SOLDIERS UNIFORM, NOW THAT REALLY IS PUNK. WATCH OUT FOR STRAY LIBERTINES IN THE WANNABE CORNER.

7. THE LONDON UNDERGROUND SHOP AT ST. JAMES' STATION. T-SHIRTS WITH LOVELY 'LONDON' MESSAGES.

8. AMERICAN RETRO WAREHOUSE, PRINCELET STREET OFF BRICK LANE. NOWHERE IS CHEAPER FOR USED AMERICAN JEANS, SHIRTS, LEATHERS, ETC. GO IN WITH £30 QUID, COME OUT WITH BAGS FULL.

9. MISS SELFRIDGE/TOP SHOP. A CERTAIN LADY WHO WISHES TO REMIN ANONYMOUS SAY'S THAT THESE TWO SHOPS ARE GREAT FOR ACCESSORIES. I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE HER WORD FOR IT.

10. DOCTOR BARARDO'S-BRIXTON. BEST CHARITY SHOP IN LONDON, DIRT CHEAP AND FULL OF FABBY GEAR, LEATHER JACKETS, JEANS, COWBOY BOOTS ETC. ETC.


Johnny Forgotten’s Top 10 “Punk” Wankers:

1. Sting.
2. Paul Weller.
3. Richard Jobson.
4. Tony Parsons.
5. Gary Bushell.
6. Plastic Bertrand.
7. Kevin Rowlands.
8. Mick Hucknall.
9. Jim Kerr.
10. Billy Idol.


The Katestar’s Top 10 Punk/Indie Mail Order/Distributors (of all time):

1. Small Wonder
2. Rough Trade
3. Backs
4. Fast
5. Revolver
6. Red Rhino
7. Probe
8. 9 Mile
9. Munster
10. Good Vibrations


Ron Post-Punk’s Top 10 Neo New Desert Island Punk LPs:

1. some Iggy Pop
2. The Slits – “Cut”
3. The Dictators – “Go Girl Crazy”
4. Buzzcocks – “Another Music In A Different Kitchen”
5. Wire – “Pink Flag”
6. Television – “Marquee Moon”
7. Alternative TV – “The Image has cracked”
8. Crass – “Feeding the 5000”
9. The Fall – “Live At The Witch Trials”
10.Various – “Live At The Electric Circus”


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