1970s

VINTAGE RT: 70s PUNK

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Sometimes only the classics will do. This show is full of them. Listen live, today, 4-6EST on 8ball Radio, or catch what you miss on my archive. I wish music still sounded this good! 1970s punk rock tracks from Patti Smith, The Fall, Richard Hell, Magazine, The Stranglers, Wire, The Damned, New York Dolls, The Stooges, The Rezillos, Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Modern Lovers, Johnny Thunders, The Clash, Television, Germs, The Vibrators, Pere Ubu, Suicide, The Saints, Ramones, The Slits, X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Adverts, Fear, and more!

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VINTAGE RT: CHROME

Last Thursday I was beyond fortunate to see Helios Creed perform as Chrome at El Corazon in Seattle, definitely something I never thought I would get a chance to see. Chrome is an amazing, and deeply under-appreciated band. They were an experimental, “acid punk,” “godfathers of industrial rock” group formed in San Francisco in the 1970s by Damon Edge and Gary Spain. Their first singer quit after their first album, at which point Helios Creed joined the band. Edge died in 1995, but Creed continued touring as Chrome throughout the late 90s and has recently begun to do so again. Chrome’s music is heavily distorted and sounds alien, which accounts for many of their sci-fi album titles including Alien Soundtracks, Half Machine Lip Moves, Blood on the Moon, 3rd From the Sun, Half Machine From the Sun, and, most recently, Feel It Like a Scientist. And, most importantly (to me), the name of my radio show, retrotransmission, is taken from the Chrome album of the same name. In honor of the show, which sounded absolutely killer, I’ve posted this all Chrome playlist (with some solo Edge and Creed, respectively, thrown in for good measure), from this past spring. Enjoy.