Late Early Punk (or Early Late Punk)

Dreaming of early Billy Childish update: My piece on the 1970 film Colossus: The Forbin Project will be online soon as part of the Klaatu You series, in which writers “revisit their favorite pre-Star Wars sci-fi movies.” But first, I’ve got another short essay due up. The series Cabona Your Enthusiasm contains 25 posts about participants’ favorite punk songs (from between 1974-1983). I selected a very early Billy Childish track, “Dreams of ’63,” from the 1979 debut album of his band the Pop Rivets. None other than Mike Watt (of the Minutemen) has contributed to the series, along with personal favorites Deb Chachra and Douglas Wolk. Here’s the great lineup. Several of the posts are already online:

Mimi Lipson on Flipper’s “Sex Bomb” | James Parker on The Jam’s “Going Underground” | Dan Fox on The Cramps’ “Human Fly” | Adrienne Crew on Bad Brains’ “I and I Survive” | Devin McKinney on Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never” | Deb Chachra on The Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen in Love” | Mark Kingwell on The Demics’ “New York City” | Jessamyn West on Dead Kennedys’ “Kill the Poor” | Douglas Wolk on The Homosexuals’ “Soft South Africans” | Josh Glenn on The Freeze’s “This is Boston, Not L.A.” | Stephanie Burt on Sorry’s “Imaginary Friend” | Luc Sante on Public Image Ltd.’s “Public Image” | Miranda Mellis on X-Ray Spex’s “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” | Adam McGovern on The Clash’s “Washington Bullets” | Mandy Keifetz on Germs’ “Forming” | Gordon Dahlquist on The Sex Pistols’ “Problems” | Anthony Miller on The Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You” | Deborah Wassertzug on The Mekons’ “Where Were You?” | Tor Aarestad on Gang of Four’s “Return the Gift” | Marc Weidenbaum on The Pop Rivets’ “Dream of ’63” | David Smay on The Rezillos’ “(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures” | Vanessa Berry on The Cure’s “So What” | Chelsey Johnson on The Slits’ “Typical Girls” | Lynn Peril on Crass’s “Smother Love” | Mike Watt on The Dils’ “You’re Not Blank.”

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