Sex Pistols -- Pretty Vacant
The Buzzcocks -- I Don't Mind
Joy Division -- She's Lost Control
The Fall -- Victoria
The Smiths -- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Meanwhile, in case you think we're being too UK-centric, Jeffrey Lewis fills you in on how this all actually all began on the Lower East Side of our beloved NYC, starting with Harry Smith and all his records and ending with Malcolm McLaren's pre-Sex Pistols proteges, The New York Dolls, in "The History of Punk on the Lower East Side," a seven-minute didactic anti-folk song (download the mp3 here). It's pure genius.
The last thing the sweet, sweet bartender said last night was "Enjoy your hangover." Oh, how right he was! There was no better way to usher in my 30th birthday than seeing one of my favorite bands at a bear-and-leatherman-friendly gay dive bar and then subjecting various friends and members of the band in question to my favorite shot, the Cowboy Cocksucker (oh yes, really!). It was fantastic, all of it.