Unfinished Business, Part 1 (1980s Post-Punk)

Over the past year or so, we've dedicated different series of Way Out broadcasts to the musical genres/movements of 1980s and early 1990s U.K. indie-pop, 1980s U.S. punk and hardcore, and shoegaze and its roots (among other topics). It seemed about time that we devoted an extensive series to one of our other favorite genres, and one that we constantly seemed to be skirting around with those other series: 1980s post-punk. Surely, we play post-punk music often within various other shows, but it's been awhile since we've delved deeply into the genre. And "post-punk" is an incredibly broad and diverse topic - not really a single genre so much as a category that includes a variety of genres and styles, from art punk, no wave, and dance punk to goth rock, industrial, darkwave, and synth-pop and new wave. So, we knew it was going to take quite a bit of time to provide an in-depth (although hardly comprehensive) survey of the genre.

Luckily, we have a 2-hour weekly slot throughout the summer. We decided to dedicate the entire month of July to the series: that's 5 shows, or 10 hours of radio, covering (mostly U.K.) post-punk music from the late 1970s and 1980s. Believe it or not, July is already over and there's still lots of great post-punk music that we didn't have a chance to play - so we'll likely continue this series for a couple more broadcasts in August. As is usual for us, the emphasis has been placed on more obscure artists, or lesser-known songs from more popular artists.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of Unfinished Business (1980s Post-Punk), which was broadcast on Thursday, July 3, 2014:

Wire - "Two People in a Room"
Gang Of Four - "Natural's Not In It"
Public Image Ltd. - "Careering"
Crispy Ambulance - "Deaf"
Joy Division - "New Dawn Fades"
New Order - "Ceremony"
Killing Joke - "Change"
Virgin Prunes - "Pagan Lovesong"
Inca Babies - "The Interior"
Executive Slacks - "The Bus"
Ski Patrol - "Agent Orange"
Rema Rema - "Rema Rema"
Glaxo Babies - "Christine Keeler"
Manicured Noise - "Metronome"
Medium Medium - "Hungry, So Angry"
Theatre of Hate - "Do You Believe in Westworld?"
The Danse Society - "Woman's Own"
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - "Monkey's On Juice"
Opposition - "Moving Targets"
The Stranglers - "Peaches"
Spherical Objects - "The Kill"
Minny Pops - "Dolphin's Spurt"
Spizzenergi - "Soldier Soldier"
Malaria - "Zarah"
Kleenex (LiLiPUT) - "Hedi's Head"
Disturbed - "I Don't Believe"
Family Fodder - "Savoir Faire"
Heaven 17 - "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang"

Archived streaming audio of this show can be heard here now (playable in Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers):

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