By Jack Sharkey, October 20, 2017

 

1977

It was the year of punk music (except not everyone knew that), a genre throwback to the earliest days of Rock & Roll that would change music permanently. 

 

Police & Thieves - Clash Sure they were a pre-fab band with a corporate entity, but there was something there that made everyone kind of ignore that (at least until the early 80s). The band's seminal, eponymous 1977 release took the madness and rough edges of the Sex Pistols and brought it to a level of musicianship that allowed punk to reach a far broader audience. (Self-serving sidenote: I was at this very show and it was and still remains the best rock & roll experience of my life). 

 

Rockaway Beach - The Ramones Punk's answer to Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Rocket To Russia is maybe one of the ten best albums of the rock & roll era. If you don't own it, buy it, if you don't like it, there are no words.    

 

Psycho Killer - Talking Heads The .44 Caliber Killer (later known as Son of Sam) was terrorizing New York City and then this little punk band from Rhode Island (by way of Greenwich Village) hit the world with this song and people seriously began to think that society was finished.  

 

God Save the Queen - Sex Pistols NME's pick for Best Single in 1977, this was the song that turned England on its head. The US kind of held back and skipped the Pistols in favor of the Clash, but this was the song that divided music fans into punks and everyone else.

 

Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees Just in case all of that spit, those rough guitars, and that complete lack of slick was giving you a headache there was always the single biggest thing in the world that year.

 

 

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