Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Blank Numbers...Show # 208

For a change of pace this week I thought I'd talk about individual songs as opposed to my usual band history posts.

Richard Hell & The voidoids - Blank Generation

The song "Blank Generation" was Richard Hell's response to generation songs such as The Who's "My Generation". It is meant to be seen as a "Blank Generation" in terms of filling in the blank according to your choice. Essentially it's a song about the freedom of choice and about not being labelled by other people. The song is featured on the Voidoids first album, Blank Generation. The song was also featured on the Voidoids very first EP titled the Richard Hell EP. The EP (released in 1976) contains three songs all of which differ from the versions found on the 1977 Blank Generation album. For example the song "Blank Generation" is titled "(I Belong To The) Blank Generation" and it is a sloppy version compared to the album version (but still great). The EP which is long out of print also contains the blues inspired track "You Gotta Lose" and "(I Could Live With You) In Another World".

Undertones - (You've Got My Number) Why Don't You Use It

One of my favourite all time Undertones songs. This track was recorded in 1979 and issued as a single in October of the same year. It went to # 32 on the UK Charts and was written by Undertones guitarist John O'Neil. The song can now be found on the remastered/re-issued version of the Undertones second album, Hypnotised.

This weeks song selection:

1. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – (I don’t want to go to) Chelsea
2. The Diodes – Noise
3. White Stripes – Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine
4. The Saints – No Time
5. Modernettes – Surf City Strangler (Live)
6. Buzzcocks – Boredom
7. Teenage Head – Picture My Face
8. Ugly Ducklings – Nothin'
9. Undertones – (You’ve Got My Number) Why Don’t You Use It
10. Dirty Pretty Things – Doctors and Dealers
11. Ramones – I’m Against It
12. Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation
13. Dead 60’s – Soul Survivor
14. The Piranhas – Green Don’t Suit Me
15. The Shades – New Clientele
16. Enigmas – Teenage Barnacle
17. The Scavengers – True Love
18. The Features – City Scenes
19. The D4 – Exit to the City
20. The Clash – Car Jamming
21. Iggy Pop – Tell Me a Story
22. The Hives – No Pun Intended
23. Ride Theory – Great White Sharks
24. Television – Guiding Light
25. The Rapture – Crimson Red
26. Pointed Sticks – What Do You Want Me to Do
27. Gang of Four – Damaged Goods

Next week I will be doing a show devoted to the music of Bob Dylan. It will be a two part special (next week being the first part). Leave requests in the comment section of this post if you would like to.

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