Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Virgin Records Show - 6/22/09

While other major record companies had some post-punk and new wave artists signed to their labels, Virgin was really the only one dedicated to the genre. And by doing so, they were able to build a giant corporate empire. Of course there will always be Johnny Haterz out there who are against anything big and corporate but when it comes to Virgin, that is the incorrect opinion to have. Sir Richard Branson, Nik Powell, and Simon Draper, who founded the label, did things the right way and deserve a ton of credit for growing the post-punk/new wave sound and bringing it to our ears. This is their story!


1.) Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Part One - Tubular Bells
2.) Sex Pistols - EMI - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
3.) XTC - Science Friction - 3D EP
4.) Althia & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking - Single
5.) Penetration - Don't Dictate - Moving Targets
6.) Magazine - My Tulpa - Real Life
7.) Public Image Ltd. - Memories - Metal Box
8.) The Flying Lizards - Money - The Flying Lizards
9.) The Ruts - Babylon's Burning - The Crack
10.) The Men - I Don't Depend On You - Single
11.) The Human League - Empire State Human - Reproduction
12.) Skids - Thanatos - Days In Europa
13.) Sparks - Beat the Clock - No. 1 In Heaven
14.) Martha and the Muffins - Monotone - Faraway in Time
15.) Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark - Messages - Single
16.) Nash the Slash - Glass Eye - Children of the Night
17.) The Revillos - Scuba Scuba - Single
18.) John Foxx - Underpass - Metamatic
19.) Japan - Gentlemen Take Poloroids - Genglemen Take Poloroids
20.) Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang - Penthouse and Pavement
21.) Simple Minds - Oh Jungleland - Once Upon A Time
22.) Rip, Rig, and Panic - You're My Kind of Climate - Single
23.) Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya - Kissing To Be Clever
24.) D.A.F. - Der Mussolini - Alle Ist Gut
25.) Cabaret Voltaire - Animation - The Crackdown
26.) UB40 - 12 Bar - Signing Off

PS. I didn't play Devo even though they were distributed by Virgin in the UK. The band had verbally committed to both Warner Brothers and Virgin (while stoned in Jamaica) and so the courts had decided that Warner Brothers would distribute them in the US and Virgin in the UK. I guess I just figured being in the US myself, it would be wrong to think that but as I type this, I realize that was stupid. Still a fine collection of songs though.

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