The Ledge #508: 1977

Bring a thimble and I’ll pour my thoughts out – Paul Westerberg, “How Can You Like Him?”

Sure, it was a pose. The Clash may have sung those lyrics, but they were actually true students in the history of rock and roll. But the British punk scene of 1977 was certainly a time when the walls were pushed over and new blood took over the music scene. Maybe the lyrics should have been “No Floyd, Yes, or ELP!”
So tonight’s celebration includes a ton of artists that proved themselves to be legendary, along with many other bands that had long careers. And there’s also quite a few acts that crashed and burned, leaving behind a fabulous two or three minute piece of dynamite!
I would love it if every listener bought at least one record I played on either of these shows. These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. And if you buy these records directly from the artist or label, please let them know you heard these tunes on The Ledge! Let them know who is giving them promotion! You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher…or


1. The Clash, 1977
2. The Clash, I’m So Bored With The U.S.A.
3. The Clash, Police & Thieves
4. Sex Pistols, No Future
5. Sex Pistols, Pretty Vacant
6. Elvis Costello, Miracle Man
7. Elvis Costello, (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
8. Elvis Costello, Watching The Detectives
9. Wreckless Eric, Whole Wide World
10. The Boomtown Rats, Lookin’ After No. 1
11. The Jam, Away From The Numbers
12. The Drones, Just Want To Be Myself (7” Version)
13. The Drones, Be My Baby
14. The Damned, Neat Neat Neat
15. The Vibrators, Bad Time
16. The Stranglers, London Lady
17. Buzzcocks, Boredom
18. Sham 69, Red London
19. John Cooper Clarke, Innocents
20. The Only Ones, Peter And The Pets
21. Swell Maps, Ripped And Torn
22. Ultravox, Rockwrok
23. Alternative TV, How Much Longer
24. The Count Bishops, I Need You
25. The Rezillos, I Wanna Be Your Man
26. Slaughter and the Dogs, Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone
27. Generation X, Day By Day
28. Tom Robinson Band, 2-4-6-8 Motorway
29. Eddie & the Hot Rods, Quit This Town
30. 999, Nasty, Nasty
31. Chelsea, High Rise Living
32. The Rats, First Mistake
33. The Boys, I Don’t Care
34. Cock Sparrer, Runnin’ Riot
35. Johnny Moped, Incendiary Device
36. The Zeros, Radio Fun
37. The Exile, Jubilee ’77
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