What Are The Best Punk & New Wave Live Albums?

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

What Are The FIVE Best Punk & New Wave Live Albums? (Click on the links to go to the reviews)

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My Thoughts On The Results So Far – October 2014

The top five are:

  1. It’s Alive by The Ramones
  2. The Name Of The Band Is Talking Heads
  3. Live At Shea Stadium by The Clash
  4. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
  5. Live At The El Mocambo by Elvis Costello

The Ramones It's Alive album cover

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads

The Clash Live At Shea Stadium

Talking Heads Stop Making Sense

Elvis Costello Live At The El Mocambo

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.

2 thoughts on “What Are The Best Punk & New Wave Live Albums?

  1. There are two albums that should also make this list:
    1. Time by Richard Hell and the Voidoids (most of the tracks were also released on the album R.I.P.)
    2. The Peel Sessions by Gang of Four

    I’ve only just got Time, so I don’t have an opinion on it yet, but Richard Hell and the Voidoids need an entry on this list.

    Gang of Four’s Peel Sessions is arguably their best recording. The band recording top notch versions of the songs from Entertainment! and Solid Gold. Definitely worth a listen.

    Another random thing to add is that I prefer Stop Making Sense to the Name of the Band is, but with the caveat that you must watch the concert film. They are absolutely exhilarating to watch.

    • Thanks for the suggestions. I like it when readers tell me about albums I’ve missed as well as voting in the poll.

      I knew about Richard Hell & The Voidoids ‎Funhunt Live At CBGB’s And Max’s but I’d overlooked Time. When there are complaints about sound quality, I like to see mp3 samples so that people can judge for themselves.

      I’d thought about including The Peel Sessions by the Gang Of Four but I’d prefer an in concert performance. There’s a vinyl album called At The Palace but I haven’t heard it.

      I enjoyed the Stop Making Sense film but I prefer The Name Of The Band as a listening experience. Mind you I’m biased because I’ve bought their first four studio albums on vinyl at the time and as CDs since.

      Does anyone else thing these Richard Hell and Gang Of Four albums should be included in the poll?

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