We often stray from our own punky reggae remit at times but today’s post is actually about disco, or more specifically, disco made by post-punks. In fact even more specifically, disco made by British post-punks, as I’ve often thought the UK’s appropriation of that familiar four to the floor thud is overlooked in favour of our mutant-disco cousins in NYC.
And why pray tell am I entertaining such a skankless sub-genre? Well, I put this mix together back in 2008 for my mate Jonny Reggae’s radio show on Juice FM in Brighton, and while I was flipping through records it suddenly occurred to me how many of these punks had made a reggae track.
Imagine this eureka moment as a 10 watt light bulb sparking up above my head… and thus Spiky Dread was born.
The mix itself features a fair few of these artists so the link isn’t half as tenuous as it might initially have seemed, and despite the absence of our usual low slung skankings, there’s a healthy dose of disco dubbing going on, so put on your boots for dancing and head over to the discoteque where we’re busy getting dumb…
and here’s the tracklist:
Glaxo Babies vs Wrongtom – Wrongtom Meets The Disco Dinosaurs
The Clash vs Wrongtom – Radio Edit
Rip Rig And Panic – Take A Don Key To Mystery
Coco Beware – Tropical Depression
Fad Gadget – Make Room
Public Image Limited – Death Disco (Live In Tokyo)
Orange Juice – Lord John White And The Bottleneck Train
Pig Bag – Getting Up
Boots For Dancing – Hypnotize
Return Of The Panthers – Crown Of Thorns (Wrongtom’s Disco Dub)
Au Pairs – Shakedown
Blank Students – I Want To Be Happy
Phil Daniels + The Cross – Kill Another Night
The Beat – Too Nice To Talk To
Penetration – Movement (Wrongtom’s Disco Dub)