Ptooff! – The Deviants

It seems like there is a continual search by music historians to find the band that typifies proto-punk year zero. Is it MC5, The Stooges, Patti Smith, The Ramones, The Dictators, Dr. Feelgood or Johnathan Richman? Although I think it is a bit of a pointless exercise (perhaps the fact that there is no answer means music is a continuum, without a year zero) I would still like to throw The Deviants into the mix.
I thought I would give this a spin tonight as a way of celebrating the life and work of Mick Farren who died in July 2013 (If you only read one rock music memoir this year, try, Give the Anarchist a Cigarette, a very different version of the late 1960s).
Deviation Street sounds particularly fantastic tonight and years ahead of its time. And my favourite track, Garbage, The Cramps meet The Stooges in a dark alley and find a harmonica and spawn The Damned, is just the work of the unhinged, fantastic.
Hidden gem; Child of the Sky, for a band that couldn’t play, they could certainly play.

Oxygène – Jean Michel Jarre

He recorded this in his kitchen and it went on to sell 15 million copies. This was the first Electronic album that I heard, and I have been wandering around, alone, on that slippery slope ever since. In the decade of Punk Mr. Jarre wasn’t exactly roots, rock, rebel and the transportation of said album between friends’ houses could only occur after 6pm, and then only sandwiched between two Clash albums. I haven’t played this for years and I am pretty sure I have never listened to this digitally (CD/MP3 etc), been vinyl only up until today.
Actually the track that really stands out tonight is Part I, which I never really rated before. It is funny as I return to many of these albums again, it seems that the tracks that are the most interesting now are the very ones that I found the least interesting when I was younger.
Best lyrical moment; ………
Hidden gem; Part VI