An hour-long themed mixtape….and if I had a magic time-machine, it’s what I’d have played if I could have DJ’d at Mrs Villain’s 21st Birthday party, which would have been 40 years ago today……and a full decade before we first met!

mp3 : Various – The Class of ’79 (volume 1)


The Clash – I Fought The Law
Squeeze – Up The Junction
Blondie – Heart of Glass
The Specials – Gangsters
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough
Joy Division – Transmission
The Jam – Strange Town
Wire – On Returning
The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
David Bowie – Boys Keep Swinging
Gary Numan – Cars
OMD – Electricity
Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him?
The B52’s – Rock Lobster
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Earth, Wind & Fire – Boogie Wonderland
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
The Undertones – Get Over You

I’ve a feeling that further volumes will follow in due course, given that I’ve failed to include so many great songs from that particular year.


7 thoughts on “THE CLASS OF 79

  1. ’78-’81 was an embarrassment of riches. Music was on fire. So much innovation and synthesis.Technology was exploding but computers were not yet widespread. My big problem with digital was that it was all about manipulating existing data rather than forging ahead. By the mid-80s it was all about sampling old riffs. Sigh.

  2. One of the best years for music bar none. Looking forward to the second set featuring songs from PiL, Slits, The Fall, Magazine, The Cure, DEVO, Banshees, etc.

    And a very Happy Birthday, love–see you very soon!

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