The Damned – Strawberries (The ’59) #149

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The Damned – Strawberries (1982)

Strawberries is the fifth studio album by the Damned. It was released in October 1982 on the Bronze record label.

Limited editions included a strawberry-scented lyric insert. The album reached No. 15 in the Official UK Album chart.

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Iggy Pop – Lust for life (The ’59) #119

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Iggy Pop – Lust for life (1977)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 19 – 1977.

Lust for Life was the second studio album from Iggy Pop, his second solo release and his second collaboration with David Bowie, following ‘The Idiot’ earlier that year. As well as achieving critical success, it was Pop’s most commercially popular album to date, and remains his only Gold-certified release in the UK.

The Virginmarys – King of Conflict (Epic #346)

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The Virginmarys – King of Conflict (2013)

The Virginmarys are an English three-piece Macclesfield. They band formed in 2009 and self-released a limited series of sold out EPs, before releasing their debut album King of Conflict on DoubleCross/Cooking Vinyl in the UK and Wind Up Records stateside in February 2013. The album was awarded Editors Choice by iTunes US following their songs “Bang Bang Bang” and “Just A Ride” both being iTunes Singles Of The Week and was then nominated for Album Of The Year at the Classic Rock Awards 2013 where they won the ‘best breakthrough act’ award.

In 2014 we caught them at Brighton’s Concorde II on a triple bill also featuring ‘Reverend & the Makers’ and my daughter’s band ‘Mok’.

Patti Smith Group – Easter (Epic #219)

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Patti Smith Group – Easter (1978)

Easter is the third studio album by the Patti Smith Group, released in March 1978 on Arista Records. Produced by Jimmy Iovine, it is regarded as the group’s commercial breakthrough, owing to the success of the single, “Because the Night” (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached No.13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.5 in the UK.

The song was originally recorded by Springsteen during sessions for his Darkness on the Edge of Town album. He was not satisfied with the song and later declared he already knew he wasn’t going to finish it since it was “a[nother] love song”; the Patti Smith Group was working on Easter in the studio next door, with engineer/producer Jimmy Iovine working on both albums. Iovine gave Smith a tape of the song, she recast it, and it was included on Easter, becoming the first single released from that album.

‘Because the Night” also has another distinction. Every couple should have ‘a song’, and ‘Because the Night’ is ours. Released on 2 March 1978 when Sally and I first realised we were true soulmates, we purchased two copies of the single – one each – and exchanged them (akin to a ring). Of course, the song was the first on the turntable for our wedding reception some 16 months later. And, 39 years on, those 45″ singles still get an airing from time to time. Nostalgia rules as one of the sleeves still has Sally Haselum written on it (Sal’s maiden name).

Bikini Kill – Revolution style girl now (Epic 2017 #022)

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Bikini Kill – Revolution Style Girl Now (1991)

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Bikini Kill was an American punk rock band formed in Olympia, Washington, in October 1990. The group consisted of singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna, guitarist Billy Karren, bassist Kathi Wilcox, and drummer Tobi Vail. The band is widely considered to be the pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and was known for its radical feminist lyrics and fiery performances. Their music is characteristically abrasive and hardcore-influenced. After two full-length albums, several EPs and two compilations, they disbanded in 1997.