Times Of Our Lives: 1978 – The Sound Of Music


The Burton Suits Joe Strummer so despised were out in full force in 1978. Punk became New Wave as parental wardrobes were raided for anything mohair or material which could be passed off as mohair. Shops did the same, well, the same process and in the sticks, there was a choice of Burton, Top Man or hideously expensive boutiques. Or boutiques which were both hideous and expensive in our case.

But musically, what a time to be alive. If 1977 was the start, 1978 was getting into full flow. A year later, it would be full stride. A wide variety, with New Wave, Mod Revival, whatever tag or label you wish to add. That was then, this is now. Music’s tribalism for teenagers didn’t appeal much then and elitism doesn’t now. You like what you like. Aside from Genesis. No-one likes Genesis.

Anyway, this is the 1978 playlist:

The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
Blondie Hanging On The Telephone
Skids The Saints Are Coming
Buzzcocks Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
The Slits I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Siouxsie and the Banshees Helter Skelter
Public Image Ltd. Public Image
The Police So Lonely
The Boomtown Rats Rat Trap
XTC Statue Of Liberty
The Motors Airport
Culture Two Sevens Clash
Bruce Springsteen Candy’s Room
Elvis Costello & The Attractions Radio, Radio
Marvin Gaye Anger
Hot Chocolate Let Them Be The Judge
The Who Who Are You
The Rolling Stones Miss You
Bryan Ferry Sign Of The Times
Patti Smith Because the Night
Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia
Kate Bush The Man With The Child In His Eyes
The Rezillos Top Of The Pops
The Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
Stiff Little Fingers Alternative Ulster
Dr. Feelgood Milk and Alcohol
The Undertones Teenage Kicks
Sham 69 Angels With Dirty Faces
Squeeze Take Me I’m Yours
Nick Lowe I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass
The Stranglers Walk On By
Talking Heads Take Me To The River
CHIC Le Freak
DEVO (I Can’t Get Me No) Satisfaction
Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated
Buzzcocks What Do I Get?
Blondie (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
Flamin’ Groovies Feel A Whole Lot Better
XTC Are You Receiving Me?
Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
X-Ray Spex I Am a Poseur
Joy Division Leaders Of Men
The Ruts Babylon’s Burning
Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove
The Adverts One Chord Wonders
Warren Zevon Werewolves Of London
The Only Ones Another Girl Another Planet
Skids Melancholy Soldiers
Ian Dury, The Blockheads What A Waste

As per usual, if they don’t work or you don’t have Spotify, click here to open the playlist in your browser.




4 thoughts on “Times Of Our Lives: 1978 – The Sound Of Music

  1. Prog is still a four letter word though. The Lamb lies down on Broadway is a fecking great record. All went downhill (rapidly) when Gabriel buggered off like, no argument there.

    Enjoying these Sir. Keep ’em coming.


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