Buy One For Dad, Punk

The worst of the crop of bad gifts for dad I’ve seen is the tooth-whitening kit on the Father’s Day stand in Boots. “Hey dad, I thought your teeth were looking a bit yellow.” This beats the ad running on daytime TV: “Do you think your father’s s memory is failing. Buy him Professor Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?” Dad would be delighted.

Most adverts, such as the 1977 Spirit of Punk Compilation ad, are content with simply slapping a disjointed voice on the end that says “buy one for dad”. The 77 Spirit of Punk collection “dad” tag really gets me down. I loved punk and have a serious collection of singles from 1976, when it started. In 77, you would never find anyone who claimed to like punk. Everyone liked the Bee Gees in 77. Now of course, they all say they loved it. Did they? I don’t think so. Anyway, here’s the track list. There’s no Patrik Fitzgerald, Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart. You see, that’s how selective memory is.

CD 1

1. The Clash- 1977
2. Sex Pistols- Anarchy in the UK
3. The Damned- New Rose
4. The Adverts- Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
5. The Only Ones- Another Girl Another Planet
6. Iggy Pop- Lust for Life
7. The Stranglers- No More Heroes
8. The Jam- In The City
9. Buzzcocks- Orgasm Addict
10. Sham 69- Borstal Breakout
11. Eddie & The Hot Rods- Do Anything You Wanna Do
12. Ian Dury & The Blockheads- Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
13. Wreckless Eric- Whole Wide World
14. Talking Heads- Psycho Killer (Live)
15. Patti Smith- Gloria
16. Blondie- Rip Her To Shreds
17. The Saints- This Perfect Day
18. The Ramones- Blitzkrieg Bop (Live)
19. X-Ray Spex- Oh Bondage Up Yours!
21. The Stranglers (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
22. The Skids- The Saints Are Coming
23. The Saints- (I’m) Stranded
24. Chelsea- Right To Work
25. Buzzcocks- Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?

CD 2

1. Sex Pistols- God Save The Queen
2. Siouxsie & The Banshees- Hong Kong Garden
3. Buzzcocks- What Do I Get?
4. The Undertones- Teenage Kicks
5. The Rezillos- Top Of The Pops
6. Generation X- Ready Steady Go
7. The Clash- Tommy Gun
8. The Ruts- Babylon’s Burning
9. The Skids- Into The Valley
10. The Members- Sound Of The Suburbs
11. Magazine- Shot By Both Sides
12. Public Image Ltd- Public Image
13. Penetration- Don’t Dictate
14. Stiff Little Fingers- Alternative Ulster
15. 999- Homicide
16. The Vibrators- Automatic Lover
17. UK Subs- Stranglehold
18. Bow Wow Wow- C30 C60 C90 Go
19. Adam & The Ants- Deutscher Girls
20. Wire- I Am The Fly
21. Devo- Jocko Homo
22. The Motors- Dancing The Night Away