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Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time

Gang of Four πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

1980 (single), 1981 (Solid Gold LP)

If there's one band whose influence seems to massively outweigh their own commercial success, it's Gang of Four. Year-in, year-out, we hear new acts influenced by their funk and dub influenced post-punk rock. This song encapsulates everything I loved about them. It's angry. political, energetic, and yet it grooves.


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Heart of Glass

Blondie πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

January 1979 (single), 23rd September 1978 (LP)

Another landmark record in terms of production, this is one of those records that still sounds amazing over 40 years on. Like the previous song on this blog, it has a hook whereby the time signature sometimes changes. Golden Brown adds an extra beat here and there, but Heart of Glass skips a beat. Reportedly the result of an editing accident which was kept when it sounded great, the result is an iconic "middle 8" section which sounds wrong when repeated in normal time in an extended version.


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Golden Brown

The Stranglers πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

10th January 1982 (single), 9th November 1981 (LP)

Following on from the wildly experimental concept album The Gospel According to the Meninblack , The Stranglers continued their shift well away from punk with the 1981 album La Folie. Early in 1982, Golden Brown was released as a single from this record. It's a great tune with many hooks - but one of the first hooks you notice is the extra beat in the intro. This is the first song of a pair - this song is enhanced by an added beat, while the next is enhanced by a missed beat.