I’ve put together a poll for you to vote in to find out what are the best punk and new wave live albums.
I’ve got a quite a narrow definition of punk and new wave.
For me, punk and new wave started around 1976 and went through to 1981 or 82. After that the acts became something else – think Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones, Talking Heads and many more acts that don’t deserve to disappear into obscurity.
Later acts will be classified as alternative or indie rock.
You can vote for up to 5 live punk albums
My Thoughts On The Results So Far – October 2014
The top five are:
- It’s Alive by The Ramones
- The Name Of The Band Is Talking Heads
- Live At Shea Stadium by The Clash
- Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
- Live At The El Mocambo by Elvis Costello
Other albums to look out for are:
- From Here To Eternity by The Clash, in my opinion better than Shea Stadium
- Live At Hollywood High by Elvis Costello, in my opinion better than El Mocambo
- Hanx by Stiff Little Fingers
- Albums by The Jam and The Buzzcocks.
Of these, I particularly recommend the Name Of The Band Is Talking Heads. It’s terrific and as far as I’m concerned significantly better than Stop Making Sense because of the superior set lists.
What Great Punk & New Wave Live Albums Have I Missed?
I’m sure that I have missed an obvious live album from someone from the mid to late seventies and early eighties that is obviously punk and new wave but who?
Leave me a comment and put me out of my misery.
I’d love to hear about how you voted and why as well.