The Present Age is a postmodernist music show, a mix of different genres from modern pop to instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything and any theme is pure coincidence.

Featuring

TRACKLIST / BRIEF COMMENTS

Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
Kicking off with an extended mix of the band's debut single from late 1980. Emerged from the London Blitz club scene.

Visage – Mind Of A Toy
Another extended mix, this time from Steve Strange led electro project. Another group from the Blitz club.

The Only Ones – No Peace For The Wicked
From a John Peel session, recorded for the show in April 1978 – available on the “Peel Sessions album”, released on Strange Fruit in 1989.

The Clash – Robber Dub
Another 1980 release, this is the dub version of their top 20 hit “Bankrobber”.

Capital Letters – Run Run Run
Roots Reggae classic on the Greensleeves label, released 1979, from this Wolverhampton band.

The Ruts – Something That I Said
Top tune from this very underrated London band. Sadly, singer Malcolm Owen succumbed to drug addiction.

XTC – Sgt. Rock
Jaunty pop slant on new wave from the best band to ever come out of Swindon!

ramones – Rockaway Beach
Live, quick and raw version of one of their early singles – the US band that launched a million T-shirts.

Penetration – Don't Dictate
Many punk and new wave singles hit the Top 30, and this gem was no exception. Still gigging today.

Patti Smith – Frederick
A love song for her late husband, Patti Smith is the real deal and one of the founders of punk 50 years ago.

Bizarre Unit – I Can Wave My Hands
Minimal synth from Staffordshire – shades of early Soft Cell and Bowie. Now re-issued on the VOD label.

Bauhaus – A Kick In The Eye
Staple goth-tinged epic that guaranteed a full dance floor at indie / alternative discos throughout the 80s.

Elvis Costello – You Belong To Me
Another huge and diverse talent, Elvis has always come up with the goods, be it via fast or slow and reflective tunes.

Squeeze – Take Me I'm Yours
Another critically acclaimed band, this Deptford based outfit celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. How time flies.

X-Ray Spex – Germ-free adolescent
Girl power from 1978. Poly Styrene et al attracted some controversy over this social comment on the UK's first test-tube baby.

The The – This Is The Day
From the ‘must have' album “Soul Mining”.

A Manchester section :
Joy Division – Transmission and Isolation
Stunning heart-felt vocals over a solid, dark but soulful beat.

New Order – Ceremony, Temptation and Confusion
One of the finest debut singles ever, followed by two more singles that saw the band slowly moving into electro / synth dance music.

Yeah Jazz – Rain Of Crystal Spires
Overlooked C86 / indie pop band from Uttoxeter, Staffordshire – this track is their version of the Felt classic.

U2 – An Cat Dubh / Into The Heart
From their 1980 debut album “Boy”, U2 spent the rest of that decade becoming one of the biggest bands in the world.
You can clearly hear the influence of the legendary skids guitarist Stuart Adamson on these early U2 songs.

Talk Talk – It's My Life
Extended mix of the single – singer Mark Hollis is another of those unsung talents from the era.

The Associates – Party Fears Two
Synth pop gem from Dundee's finest. Top 20 hit in 1982.

sex pistols – Submission
From the album that changed everything – John & Co. we salute you !

Bleeding Hearts – This Is The Way … OK
Catchy power-pop from Midlands based combo, released on the Crazy Plane label in 1980.

Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Rankin'
This classic reggae track topped the UK charts in Feb 1978 – a great way to end this show.

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