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I class Proto-Punk as the attitude driven music which inspired the Punk explosion of '76, typically including the harder edged garage rock/art rock tracks such as “The Sonics - Psycho”, “The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog”, “The Velvet Underground - Run Run Run”, “The Who - My Generation”, “The Kingsmen - Louie Louie” and “The Kinks - All Day And All Of The Night”. Of course, the tag can still applied in the 21st century in retro-inspired works from bands such as The Black Lips, The Fall and Oneida.

The Jukebox Pick (of 486):

 Roadrunner [1972]

 (Jonathan Richman)

 The Modern Lovers

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Proto-Punk

 Just to be clear, there are two main versions of this song - one recorded in 1972 (which I've tagged as Proto-Punk) and one recorded in 1974 (which I've tagged as New Wave). The latter “baked in California” version was first to see the light of day, recorded in 1974 with the uncredited Earth Quake backing Jonathan. This version was first out on the b-side to “Friday On My Mind” by Earth Quake (Beserkley B-5701) circa springtime '75. It also appeared in July 1975 on the v/a compilation LP “Beserkley Chartbusters Volume 1 - Home of the Hits” (Beserkley BZ-0044). It was often titled “Roadrunner - Once” on subsequent releases. The definitive faster / punkier version was recorded in 1972 with John Cale as producer. It was first issued on “The Modern Lovers” LP ‎(Home Of The Hits HH-1910) in August, 1976. It was often titled “Roadrunner - Twice” on subsequent releases. They're both perfect tens to be fair - but the '72 original is the best!

Some favourite artists:

Monks, The Sonics, Captain Beefheart, The Stooges

The Jukebox pick:


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