“Fame” Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978-81)

The  art of the good compilation album is one that is finely balanced between selecting the familiar and the obscure. known pleasures sit alongside previously unheard offerings, ready to open up new areas of musical contemplation.
When Caroline True Records and Jon Savage embarked in selecting tracks for this post-punk compilation album, things were certainly never going to be neither humdrum nor boredom inducing. here is the idiosyncratic final cut....for those of you who may not know him, Jon can best be described as a cultural commentator, writer and long-time music journalist. (The Guardian, NME, The Face, Melody Maker). he is also the Sex Pistols and Joy Division biographer and writer of the acclaimed Teenage' and soon-come documentary on the book. Actually, he's really a secret national treasure.

The spine of this collection are tracks by post-punk luminaries Wire, Joy Division and the Prefects. not so 'secret' you may think, but consider the nascent lo-fi Subway Sect, the tough polemic of Noh Mercy, and the hyper obscure experimentalism of File Under Pop and you're getting the idea. From Pere Ubu's dystopian phychedelia to the motorik of Chrome, it's a snapshot of a brief era, heavy on invention.
Full Tracklisting:

Side A:
Pere Ubu-Heart Of Darkness
Chrome-Chromosome Damage
Nigel Simpkins-Times Encounter
File Under Pop-Heathrow
Subway Sect-Imbalance (Rehearsal
Kleenex-Ain’t You

Side B:
The Prefects-Total Luck
Rosa Yemen-Herpes Simplex
Wire-A Touching Display
Joy Division-Autosuggestion

Side C:
Cabaret Voltaire-Partially Submerged
Robert Rental & Thomas Leer-The Hard Way In
The Human League-The Dignity Of Labour Part 3
A.C Marias-Drop
Noh Mercy-Caucasian Guilt
X_X-No Nonsense

Side D:
The Urinals-Sex
The Method Actors-Do The Method
Rema Rema-Rema Rema
Judy Nylon-Dateline Miami
DNA-Blonde Red Head
This Heat-A New Kind Of Water (Edit) 

Some of it doesn’t sound like anything that has happened since.”  (Jon Savage 2012)