1. Anarchy In The U.K. – The Sex PistolsI just love this song. It encapsulates totally the vibe in 1977 back in England. It was real and pure and summed up the total apathy and disillusionment in Britain during the Labour government’s disastrous governance of a once great nation. Also, the raw energy was the real deal, before all the public school and grammasr shool charlatan poseur punk began parasiting off the working class roots. This song is a song of hope. Few people really get it. They’re too thick. Hope springs eternal as Mister Lydon would agree.
2. Universal Soldier – Buffy St. Marie.
Sums up pretty much what a bunch of whackjobs enter public service then fuck it up for the rest. It’s where Delphi techique and focus groups get you. Misery and suffering. Don’t go there. Listen to Buffy, she’s a diva of wisdom. Can’t get more smart than her.
3 Pyschosocial – SlipknotThis is what heavy metal was always supposed to be but no one had the balls to do it. Took over thirty of forty years to evolve to this level of brilliance. Hats off to Corey, Mick, Jim et al. This song epitomises rock. Job done. Now FOAD.
4. Handsworth Revolution – Steel PulseI was there in Birmingham back in ’78. Lived nearby, saw the squalor and brutality on these poor, beautiful people. Of course, the rancour spread to Brixton and Toxteth, but the roots reggae of these British Commonwealth subject just pours emotion and defiane. True rebel music with a peace pipe. Fucking love it brother. Praish Jah!
5. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – Bob DylanThis is what songwriting is all about. Anyone who doesn’t ‘get’ Bob is a fake. This man was in the zone at this time, and along with a bunch of other tunesmiths, this song is pure class. It has everything. Listen and learn. Mr Zimmermann knows.