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 01  I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds 1970

 02  Do It - Pink Fairies 1971

 03  Roxette - Dr. Feelgood 1974

 04  How Long - Ace 1974

 05  Rough Kids - Kilburn & The High Roads 1974

 06  She Does It Right - Dr. Feelgood 1975  

 07  The Ugly Things - Brinsley Schwarz 1975

 08  The Roadette Song - Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1975

 09  Teenage Letter - The Count Bishops 1975 

 10  Back In The Night - Dr. Feelgood 1975

 11  So It Goes - Nick Lowe 1976   

 12  Keys To Your Heart - The 101’ers 1976      

 13  Back Door Love - Graham Parker & The Rumour 1976   

 14  Cincinnati Fatback - Roogalator 1976  

 15  Boogie In The Street - Lew Lewis & His Band 1976

 16  Teenage Depression - Eddie & The Hot Rods 1976

 17  Sweet Revenge - The 101’ers 1976

 18  Heart Of  The City - Nick Lowe 1976

 19  White Honey - Graham Parker & The Rumour 1976

  20  Welcome To The Working Week

                  - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1977

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Pub Rock was mainly based in Greater London and parts of Essex.   Peaking in the mid-70s, it provided a stepping stone to the Punk and New Wave genres. By returning live rock to pubs and clubs and eschewing stadium venues, it gave a back-to-basics incentive to aspiring rock musicians.

This reaction against Glam & Prog Rock, although short-lived, provided a vibrant and exciting live music scene. However, it only produced one chart success (Ace’s ‘How Long’) as bands found it difficult to reproduce their live sound in the studio.  Later, Stiff Records would successfully take their signings on the road and produce a number of successful recordings.

Ducks Deluxeand Chilli Willli & the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were two bands which I particularly admired

Pub Rock UK ‘70s


 21  Wake Up and Make Love To Me

                                         - Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1977

 22  I Need You - The Count Bishops 1977

 23  Do Anything You Wanna Do - Eddie & The Hot Rods 1977

 24  You’re All That I Need - Ace 1977

 25  Blame It On Cain - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1977

 26  Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric  1977

 27  Inbetweenies - Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1978

 28  Milk and Alcohol - Dr. Feelgood 1978  

 29  (I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass - Nick Lowe 1978

 30  Don’t Ask Me Questions

                                        - Graham Parker & The Rumour 1978   

 31  Watch Your Step - Jook 1978       

 32  What A Waste - Ian Dury & The Blockheads 1978   

 33  Accidents Will Happen

                                      - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1979  

 34  Mercury Poisoning - Graham Parker & The Rumour 1979

 35  Stranglehold - U.K. Subs 1979

 36  Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe 1979

 37  Oliver’s Army - Elvis Costello & The Attractions 1979


  

but I have no tracks of theirs in my collection.  I have very few recordings of pub rock bands during this period so I have included early tracks by artists who were around then and later. U.K. Subs were an early punk band who had the rock’n’roll style of the live pub rockers.

The most popular venues, and ones I attended among others, were Hope & Anchor, Tally Ho!, Lord Nelson, Red Lion, Dingwalls, Dublin Castle, Brecknock, Bull & Gate, George Robey, Greyhound, Rochester Castle and many more.

It should not be forgotten that in the USA there was a Garage Rock movement that was also a-back-to-the-roots genre that was both live but also produced a prolific number of recorded material.  There will be a future program or two about this genre in future weeks.