The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 768: 10 Great Proto-Punk Acts

This week we’re going to talk about 10 proto-punk acts, artists both came before punk and who created the most basic foundations for all the alt-rock we hear today. This is deep history.

Many of the usual suspects are here—Iggy and the Stooges, Bowie, The Velvet Underground—but we’re also going to look at some groups who really deserve all kinds of credit but haven’t received it. For example, one of the most fascinating is a group from Peru—yes, Peru—called “Los Saicos.” They released some records in the 60s and you won’t believe how contemporary they sound.

Trust me when I say that this show is gonna sent you scrambling to Spotify to learn more about a lot of old bands that you may not have paid much attention to. Here’s a list of songs from the show.

Television, “Little Johnny Jewel”

Los Saicos, “Demolicion”

The Saints, “(I’m) Stranded”

Rocket from the Tombs, “Life Stinks”

Kingsmen, “Louie Louie”

MC5, “Kick Out the Jams”

Roxy Music, “Virginia Plain”

David Bowie, “Ziggy Stardust

Iggy and the Stooges, “Raw Power”

Velvet Underground, “Venus in Furs”

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We’re still looking for more affiliates in Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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