28 Augustus 2020
Legendary British label CHERRY RED RECORDS – The Unmistakable Voice Of Independence Since 1978 – released a 3-CD set last year called 1977 – The Year Punk Broke Down covering the UK punk explosion in microscopic detail, prompting rave reviews, extremely healthy sales figures and numerous comments along the lines of “You guys are the mutt’s nuts – when’s the follow-up coming out?”
Guess what? Cherry Red Records are still the mutt’s nuts as they released today
1978 – THE YEAR THE UK TURNED DAY-GLO (RIP, you wonderful Poly Styrene)
Over three glorious, packed-to-the-brim CDs, they investigate the sounds of 1978 as
the original punk template fractured into a dazzling day-glo riot of sub-genres: new wave, post-punk, proto-Oi, power-pop, punk poets, the mod revival, ska-punk, synth-oriented electronic/industrial music and a whole load of additional noises that, over forty years later, have still to be classified by the fifth estate, the fourth column or even the Third Reich. We document various regional scenes, paying close attention to the likes of Manchester, Scotland and, in particular, Northern Ireland, where the arrival of punk
was a life-affirming relief from the horrors of everyday life.
From household names (The Jam, The Stranglers, The Cure, Public Image Ltd) to
groups who barely progressed beyond their own bedrooms, major label careerists
to DIY enthusiasts, one-off mavericks (led by the blessed Jilted John) to songs specifically crafted as hit singles, every aspect of a vibrant, multi-faceted scene is represented on our marathon four-hour, 79-track anthology.
Housed in a capacity wallet, 1978: The Year The UK Turned Day-Glo includes a 48-page booklet that includes the lowdown on every track. Loaded with vim and vigour, it’s another essential purchase for anyone with even a passing interest in the British music scene of the late Seventies. OI OI OI!
It’s hard to pick only five classics to show how unmissable this historic document is but Turn Up The Volume! did it anyway…
‘The Day The World Turned Day-Glo’ by X-RAY SPEX
‘Public Image’ by PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.
Another Girl, Another Planet by THE ONLY ONES
‘10.15 Night Saturday Night’ by THE CURE
‘Borstal Breakout’ by SHAM 69