(post-) punk gems, v. 40 — Bad Manners

The autumn equinox has been a rich one in terms of music history, and punk history in particular. Patti Smith first retired in mid-September 1979, at age 32, after playing before 85,000 people in Florence, which nearly coincided with the dissolution of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the first single of Graduate (see here), who eventually morphed into Tears for Fears.

A mere 34 years ago this week, Bad Manners served up “Special Brew” (backed with “Ivor the Engine”) on 7″, and it became one of the biggest hits.

And really: if you’re going to lip-sync (which is fine by me), why not have a fun go of it and wear grass skirts? I do miss the horn sections of BM and their brilliant brethren.

Tomorrow, 18 Sept, 5-6pm EDT, I’ll be hosting “The Spirit of ’77” and spinning discs at http://www.wobc.org, 91.5 FM in Northeast Ohio. Send any requests to @stealingclash. Cheers!

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