I was lucky enough to be a teenager listening to John Peel in the mid 1970s and it was fascinating to see how the development of punk rock and new wave music shook up the music establishment.
Suddenly it was down with Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd…
and up with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.
Where did it come from?
What Inspired Punk Rock And New Wave? Proto-Punk Did.
The Velvet Underground, MC5 and Iggy And The Stooges are obvious sources along with the New York Dolls. In Britain, the sources were diverse from the driving, intense R&B of Dr Feelgood to the futuristic rock of Roxy Music and David Bowie.
Later punk and new wave fed on itself as The Pistols, The Clash etc inspired others to pick up guitars and play.
Often inspiration came from concerts well before the acts were recorded in the studio. Some of those concerts have been captured, but often with poor quality equipment by the audience. Other acts have been recorded live after their prime period of influence but we can see why they mattered so much.
The Best Live Proto-Punk Albums
Please vote for what you think are the most important live albums that influenced punk and new wave development.
What did I miss?
Inevitably there will be some controversial selections. Is it right to think of The Ramones as proto-punk when I’ve also classed them as punk? I’ve done it because they led the pack with their first studio album Ramones released in February 1976 and even came over to London to promote it in concert in July 2006.