If you have fifty quid to spend on a rare punk record, then why not consider ‘My Girlfriend was a Punk’ – an unofficial French compilation LP covering early female-led punk bands from across the world. Those who study the ‘meaning of meaning’ and other philosophical semantic greats would do well to ponder on that past tense title.
My girlfriend was a punk , and …….
she dumped me because I wear M & S slacks?
so I had to pretend to my mother that she worked on a Saturday and couldn’t come for tea?
but honestly, I don’t mind at all… I’m really open minded, I’m cool with that?
then she got a job at Barclays Bank?
but I converted her to jazz-funk?
if you’re in doubt, then the album cover shows the concept of the album. The music is great, early raw punk.
‘An unofficial release’ means that someone – and it’s not clear who – gathered loads of demos and had them pressed into a vinyl album, without it being an actual record company with listed catalogue numbers….yawn.. Here’s the back cover:
Out of the track list, it’s only The Doll that I had previously heard of; some are French, German and U.S. bands; the sound production varies, but the energy is brilliant.
If you haven’t got time to listen to the whole 33 minutes of it, have a listen to my favourite track 365 by Gluearms!
|A2||–Sick Things*||Antisocial Disease|
|A3||–Ici Paris||Le Centre Du Monde|
|A5||–Rough Cut||Danger Boy|
|A6||–The Stripes||Week End Love|
|A7||–The Questions (4)||Take A Ride|
|A8||–Electric Deads||30 Years|
|A10||–Mary Monday||I Gave My Punk Jacket|
|B2||–S.I.B.||No One Rules|
|B3||–Joy Rider* And Avis Davis||Nasty Secretary|
|B4||–Anouschka Et Les Privés (2)||Contrôle|
|B5||–Tyranna||Back Off Baby|
|B6||–Sado-Nation||Mom And Pop Democracy|
|B7||–The Reactors (2)||World War 4|
|B8||–Sheena & The Rokkets||Omae Ga Oshi|
Blogger Maggie Spear includes more tracks with comments on her excellent 2015 blog post https://delunula.com/on-blast-my-girlfriend-was-a-punk/. Maggie describes herself as a ‘good-for-nothin’ 22-year-old with an obsessive personality and a deliberately non-obsessive lifestyle’.
And when there are 22-year old punkgirls in 2015, who are interested in music made before they were born, we can truly say punk’s not dead!