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3 Of the Best: The Jam/The Clash/The Stranglers/Ian Dury/Squeeze/Graham Parker

3 Of the Best: The Jam/The Clash/The Stranglers/Ian Dury/Squeeze/Graham Parker

About the show

Playing tracks by

The Jam, The Clash, The Stranglers, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Squeeze and more.

Three tracks each for favourite artists from the Punk/New Wave/Pub Rock period of the late seventies early eighties. Starting off with Paul Weller, it's not often integrity is retained in rock but he seems to have done it, great music & a great man. Joe Strummer wasn't far behind, maybe it's the age thing but never did rate the Pistols, they seemed all smoke & mirrors unlike The Clash. In fairness with The Stanglers I would struggle to get more than three tracks but it doesn't diminish the quality of the tracks selected. What can you say about Ian Dury ably assisted by Chaz Jankel & the very musical Blockheads, a unique man. Next up the literate Difford & Tilbrook carrying the Ray Davies torch for idiosyncratic lyrics pertaining to life in England & wonderful melodies. Finally we have the nearly man Graham Parker, who could never get out from under the giant shadow of Elvis Costello, but he definitely deserved to.

Comments

Tim Engle
Tim Engle

Forgot all about how great White Honey by Graham is.

radiodave
radiodave

Absolutely right Tim, love it to bits, glad you reconnected.

Tim Walker

Wow, like me RadioDave keeps odd hours! Tans for the feedback to the feedback! You have a wide and eclectic spread of listening which is gratifying to see/hear. I have clicked to follow and shall endeavour to do more of the listening over coming weeks and months. Keep meaning to do a few more "collections" myself, must soon. Perhaps an hour or so of The Stranglers might be just what you need, I'll sort something out soonish! I enjoyed the threes and started getting into a Swedish blues artist, will investigate further another time. Cheers for now. Oh, and your comments make much sense.

Tim Walker

I am only listening to it now, at track one…an interesting selection of artists…what strikes me immediately is the following: the struggle to find any more than three Stranglers tracks?... hmmm… as for the honesty and integrity of Joe Strummer?... okay, another interesting remark… all I can say really is that it would be a dull world indeed if we all shared the very same views on things, wouldn’t it? It’s great then that I see things differently from the views expressed here. As for Graham Parker and the struggle he had in attempting to get out from the shadow of Elvis Costello…no. Graham was very much his own man. Indeed, he actually was offered the name and persona of Elvis Costello BEFORE Elvis Costello, but turned it down. All in all though there is a common core of integrity that runs through most if not all of the artists featured in this collection of, well, “greatest hits” really. I’m up to “London Calling” now and I’m interested in just what three Stranglers tracks make it to the final cut, the other couple of hundred of their songs having been so instantly dismissed. That’s following an almost forty-year recording career. My guess would be “No More Heroes”, “Golden Brown”, and perhaps “Grip”. I stand – and hope – to be proved wrong entirely. A fun exercise though.

radiodave
radiodave

Hi Tim, thanks for the comments, it's great to have someone listen through the whole mix. As for Joe Strummer I only mentioned integrity not honesty, I'm aware of the John Lydon 'False Prophet' accusations but hey it's tough getting 'street cred' when you are the son of a colonial diplomat. I have to say though that ultimately I did believe there was some credibility there. As for Graham Parker I never meant to suggest he wasn't his own man, his great body of work is not diminished because he never achieved real commercial success, I just meant as far as the record buying public was concerned he seemed to be perceived as a poor man's Costello & it was their loss. I have to put my hand up for The Stranglers, I was less a fan of theirs than the others on this mix & have delved less into their music than the others, so my struggle is my fault as opposed to The Stranglers catalogue of music.
Thanks for the comments.

Pumiki
Pumiki

gr8 music, loved that a lot :)