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Steve Lamacq continues his look at the impact of punk, charting the demise of the first punk explosion with the deaths of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen.

Steve Lamacq continues his look at the impact of punk. Programme two begins with the murder of Nancy Spungen and the subsequent death of Sid Vicious, two appalling events which marked the end of the first punk explosion.

By 1979 the Pistols had imploded, The Clash had embraced rock 'n' roll and a new generation was making its feelings known. The late 70s saw an explosion of street punk culture in all its myriad forms; whether the beery Oi scene, the anarchist art rock pioneered by Crass, the Ska revival, or the student-driven, post punk, post rock sounds of Joy Division and U2...the bastard sons and daughters of Johnny Rotten were keeping the spirit alive.

It was a time of confusion and gang fights, of danger and excitement, culminating in the 1981 riots and 1984 miner's strike - a colourful street reaction to the scourge of Thatcherism.

But let's not forget the intense sounds of those second wave bands who virtually created the template for modern rock - The Exploited, GBH, Angelic Upstarts and UK Subs. Discharge laid the foundations for heavier outfits such as Metallica, and it's no coincidence that Guns 'n' Roses liked to cover UK Subs songs.

The DIY ethic kick started by punk inspired a lot of these new bands, who would go on to lay down the blueprint for independent music. The post rock/post punk era was in full swing, with Joy Division coming out of Manchester, Gang of Four forging ahead across the Pennines in Leeds and U2 laying plans for world domination across the Irish Sea in Dublin. It was obvious that the punk revolution had spread far and wide and with it the spirit of independence; punk's legacy was assured.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Sex Pistols

    PRETTY VACANT

    • KISS THIS.
    • VIRGIN.
    • CDV-2702.
  • Sex Pistols

    ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

    • 1977 - The Spirit of Punk.
    • Virgin.
    • VTDCD-870.
  • Sex Pistols

    HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN

    • The Best Punk Album In The World Ever.
    • Britannia Music.
    • BMVTDMC-79.
  • Sex Pistols

    Problems

    • Never Mind the Bollocks.
    • Virgin Records.
    • CDV-2086.
  • Sex Pistols

    Bodies

    • Never Mind the Bollocks.
    • Virgin.
    • CDVX-2086 [1].
  • Chris Spedding

    Motorbikin'

    • Absolute Glam.
    • Demon.
    • CRIMCD-491.
  • ABBA

    MONEY MONEY MONEY

    • GREATEST HITS.
    • EPIC.
    • EPC-10017.
  • Roxy Music

    Virginia Plain

  • Showaddywaddy

    Under The Moon Of Love

    • The Best Steps To Heaven.
    • Tiger.
    • SHCD-1.
  • Generation X

    Your Generation

    • Greatest Hits of the 70's.
    • Disky.
    • DB-991552.
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    What A Waste

  • New York Dolls

    PERSONALITY CRISIS

    • PUNK (BOXSET).
    • COLUMBIA.
    • 504678-2.
  • Ramones

    Blitzkrieg Bop

    • Anthology.
    • Warner Bros.
    • 8122-73538 2.
  • Ramones

    CHAIN SAW

  • Sex Pistols

    ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

    • 1977 - The Spirit of Punk.
    • Virgin.
    • VTDCD-870.
  • Skids

    Sweet Suburbia

    • The History Of Punk - Vol.1.
    • Old Gold Records & Tapes.
    • OG-3301.
  • Sex Pistols

    Music 3 No Fun

    • Live and Loud.
    • Link.
    • Linkcd-063.
  • Sex Pistols

    New York

    • Spunked.
    • Sanctuary.
    • N/A-N/A.
  • Subway Sect

    Nobody's Scared

    • Sniffin Glue - The Essential Punk Accessory.
    • Castle Music.
    • CMF-CD764.
  • Sex Pistols

    SEVENTEEN

    • NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS.
    • VIRGIN.
    • CDV-2086.
  • Sex Pistols

    ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

    • THE BEST PUNK ALBUMS EVER!.
    • CIRCA.
    • VTCD-198.
  • The Stranglers

    London Lady

    • GREATEST HITS 1977 - 1990.
    • EPIC.
    • LC-0199.
  • Sex Pistols

    Don't Give Me No Lip Child No Lip

  • The Adverts

    GARY GILMORE'S EYES

    • Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts.
    • Link Records Classics.
    • CLINK-CD 1.
  • The Stranglers

    (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)

    • PEACHES:THE VERY BEST OF THE.
    • EMI.
    • 540202-2.
  • Penetration

    DON'T DICTATE

    • FUN,FILTH AND FURY.
    • VIRGIN.
    • CDOVD-313.
  • Sex Pistols

    God Save The Queen

    • KISS THIS.
    • VIRGIN.
    • 077778648925--.
  • Sex Pistols

    HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN

    • Never Mind The Bollocks.
    • Virgin.
    • 72438-4193720.
  • The Vibrators

    Automatic Lover

  • The Clash

    White Riot

    • THE CLASH.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • 495-3442.
  • The Clash

    CLASH CITY ROCKERS

    • CLASH -THE SINGLES.
    • COLUMBIA.
    • 495353-2.
  • X‐Ray Spex

    I Am A Poseur

  • The Damned

    Neat, Neat, Neat

    • Smash It Up-The Anthology.
    • Sanctuary Records.
    • CMEPR-476.
  • The Clash

    LONDON'S BURNING

    • ON BROADWAY.
    • EPIC.
    • 497453-2/A-C.
  • The Damned

    New Rose

    • THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
    • UNIVERSAL/ISLAND.
    • B000007-Y8M.
  • Sex Pistols

    Substitute Sex Pistols

    • The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle.
    • Virgin.
    • TEALCD-01.
  • The Ruts

    Babylons Burning

    • The Best Punk Anthems Ever.
    • Circa Records.
    • VTDCD-198.
  • Sex Pistols

    Problems

    • Never Mind the Bollocks.
    • Virgin Records.
    • CDV-2086.
  • Sex Pistols

    ANARCHY IN THE U.K.

    • 1977 - The Spirit of Punk.
    • Virgin.
    • VTDCD-870.
  • Sinéad O’Connor

    Mandinka

    • Chrysalis.
  • The Very Best

    Warm Heart of Africa

    • CD SINGLE.
    • MOSHI MOSHI RECORDS.
    • 1.
  • Oasis

    Columbia

    • Creation Records.

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