During the late ’70s and pushing into the early ’80s, what was known as the much loved Post-Punk genre helped to celebrate the independent music that was then flooding the market. There was so much great discover-able music that it’s remembered apart from many genres for its diversity of style and classic elements. (In many ways, the music of today is reminiscent of that grand period.)

On December 1, the great UK label, Cherry Red will release a 5CD collection of the period’s best known bands from the UK as well as a nice selection of lesser known UK bands of the time. What will make this set a fascinating one is the chance to not only have a great cross-selection of representative hits of that time frame, but it also provides a chance to discover some bands from that period that you may not have heard about (remember, there was no internet back then to alert us). There are certainly bands here that I’m completely unaware of but WILL be checking out!

Peruse the track-list of the new box set from Cherry Red, to be released as To The Outside Of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981. You’ll find it to be a rich treasure of songs from a time of the past. (The title is drawn from Magazine’s “Shot By Both Sides” hit. (LOVE Magazine!). The phrase says “…shot by both sides, on the run to the outside of everything…”

The 5CD Box will pack in a richly-filled 48-page book with an essay and a band-by-band set of biographies. Plus plenty of photos, and lots of credits!

To The Outside Of Everything – A Story of UK Post Punk 1977-1981Various Artists

CD1:
01. YOUNG SAVAGE – Ultravox!
02. SHOT BY BOTH SIDES – Magazine
03. I AM THE FLY – Wire
04. EAST SHEEN – ‘O’ Level
05. UNITED – Throbbing Gristle
06. T.V.O.D. – The Normal
07. PUPPET LIFE – Punishment Of Luxury
08. BOMBERS – Tubeway Army
09. REPETITION – The Fall
10. PRIVATE PLANE – Thomas Leer
11. CHINA’S ETERNAL – The Tights
12. WAX DOLLS – Fischer-Z
13. SKANK BLOC BOLOGNA – Scritti Politti
14. DAMAGED GOODS (LP VERSION) – Gang Of Four
15. SUMMERTIME BLUES – The Flying Lizards
16. SUICIDE A GO GO – Big In Japan
17. STEADY EDDIE STEADY – Fashion
18. HEARTS IN EXILE –The Homosexuals
19. THIS IS YOUR LIFE – Glaxo Babies
20. SLEEPING GAS (ZOO 7” VERSION) – The Teardrop Explodes
21. NEEDLES AND PILLS – The Passions
22. FAIRYTALE IN THE SUPERMARKET – The Raincoats

CD2:
01. THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR PT. 1 – Human League
02. LOST IN ROOM – Alternative T.V.
03. THE PICTURES ON MY WALL – Echo And The Bunnymen
04. DEATH DISCO – PiL
05. EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS – The Monochrome Set
06. COURTS OR WARS – Second Layer
07. IDEOLOGICALLY UNSOUND – Poison Girls
08. TYPICAL GIRLS – The Slits
09. SOLDIER SOLDIER – Spizzenergi
10. YOU – Au Pairs
11. TRANSMISSION – Joy Division
12. BACK TO NATURE –Fad Gadget
13. 16 HOURS – The Passage
14. WE ARE ALL PROSTITUTES – The Pop Group
15. SPIRIT OF YOUTH – The Last Gang
16. THIS WEEK – The Adicts
17. TURN TO RED – Killing Joke
18. SECOND STILL – Modern Eon
19. WE LOVE YOU – The Psychedelic Furs
20. WHITE MICE – Mo-Dettes
21. EMILE ZOLA – The Deep Freeze Mice
22. FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – Crispy Ambulance
23. SKETCH FOR SUMMER – The Durutti Column

CD3:
01. LET’S BUILD A CAR – Swell Maps
02. WARM – Family Fodder
03. CARTROUBLE – Adam And The Ants
04. BRIGADE – Clock DVA
05. WARM GIRLS –Girls At Our Best!
06. ICE AGE – The Membranes
07. BOOTS FOR DANCING – Boots For Dancing
08. LULLABY CHEAT – Ludus
09. SWANS ON GLASS – Modern English
10. SQUARES AND TRIANGLES – Thompson Twins
11. MARY MILLINGTON – The Disco Zombies
12. FIRE – Occult Chemistry
13. FINAL ACHIEVEMENT –In Camera
14. GIRLS DON’T COUNT – Section 25
15. HARD OBJECTS – Art Objects
16. RADIO DRILL TIME – Josef K
17. CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT – The The
18. MY MOTHER WAS A FRIEND OF AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Blurt
19. THE AFFECTIONATE PUNCH – The Associates
20. THERE GOES CONCORDE AGAIN – …And The Native Hipsters

CD4:
01. THE FRIEND CATCHER – The Birthday Party
02. PRECINCT – The Cravats
03. IT’S SO DIFFICULT – Dislocation Dance
04. DO DIFFERENT DANCES – Spöön Fazer
05. B. – Colin Newman
06. DISNEY BOYS – Blue Orchids
07. CABBAGE – Mass
08. GET UP AND USE ME – Fire Engines
09. ANONYMITY – Dance Chapter
10. OVERSPREADING ART GENIUS – Blancmange
11. WE ARE ALL ANIMALS – The Diagram Bros.
12. A STILL REFLEX – Repetition
13. CEREMONY – New Order
14. HUNGRY, SO ANGRY – Medium Medium
15. 50 YEARS OF COMPARATIVE WEALTH – Steve Diggle
16. ANOTHER REASON – Five Or Six
17. CLOCK – The Danse Society
18. SOMETIMES I WISH – The Laughing Apple
19. RAINDANCE – The Past Seven Days
20. INVISIBILITY – Eyeless In Gaza
21. IDIOT STRENGTH – The Nightingales
22. NOTHING – My Captains

CD5:
01. REBEL WITHOUT A BRAIN – Theatre Of Hate
02. I AM THE BISHOP – Notsensibles
03. CENTRAL PROPOSITION – New Asia
04. LIFE IN REVERSE – Marine
05. WATCHING THE HYDROPLANES – Tunnel Vision
06. FADING – Jah Wobble
07. SNAKES AND LADDERS – TV21
08. HAPPY FEELING – The Sinatra’s
09. TRIBES – Soul
10. STORAGE CASE – The Drowning Craze
11. IMAGINATION – Sad Lovers And Giants
12. HU – Dif Juz
13. ANIMALS – Spider King
14. VEGAS – Nico
15. I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITH MONKEYS – The Higsons
16. I’D LIKE TO SHOOT YOU DOWN – APB
17. NOTHING – René Halkett David Jay
18. STRETCH (7” VERSION) – Maximum Joy
19. AFTERWARDS – Artery
20. LAST WORDS (7” VERSION) – 23 Skidoo
21. EVERYBODY THINKS EVERYBODY ELSE IS DEAD BAD – The Skodas
22. HEART DISEASE – Biting Tongues
23. COUNTRIES – The Reflections
24. RADIO PRAGUE – This Heat