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Sound Opinions Presents: 1977 – The Year Punk Broke

From: Sound Opinions
Series: Sound Opinions Specials
Length: 59:00

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In this FREE, EVERGREEN one-hour program, Sound Opinions celebrates one of the most significant years in rock and roll history. 1977’s punk explosion energized young musicians, scandalized their parents, and changed the music industry forever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot introduce listeners to the personalities, bands, and landmark records of this game-changing year, from The Ramones’ "Rocket to Russia," to The Talking Heads’ "77," to the Sex Pistols’ "Never Mind the Bollocks." Read the full description.

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In 1977, punk rock went from an underground fringe movement to a full-blown mass culture phenomenon. Formerly unknown bands like The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols became mega-stars and released classic albums including Never Mind the Bollocks, The Clash, and Rocket to Russia. Kids in the U.S. and Europe responded to punk’s “do-it-yourself” message by starting their own bands regardless of musical ability. Parents, governments and the major labels stood on the sidelines, wondering what it all meant.

Few years in music history have seen more dramatic changes in attitude and sound than 1977. Now Sound Opinions presents the one-hour special: 1977: The Year Punk Broke.

Tune in as hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore punk’s development in both New York and London, touching on landmark bands and albums along the way. Punk journalist Ira Robbins takes listeners through New York’s CBGB’s, where bands like Television, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads formed punk’s first organized scene. Later music writer Jon Savage remembers London’s “punk explosion” and the historic single that got the Sex Pistols banned across the British media. Finally, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite tracks from 1977 by bands including Wire, The Adverts, and The Voidoids.

So whether you’re a veteran of the punk underground or simply a casual music fan wondering what all the fuss and safety pins are about, join us for 1977: The Year Punk Broke.

This EVERGREEN Sound Opinions special is available free to all stations with current PRX memberships, even if they aren't signed up to get the show weekly.  Learn how to get the show weekly at prx.org/soundopinions

 

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In 1977, punk rock went from an underground fringe movement to a full-blown mass culture phenomenon. Formerly unknown bands like The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols became mega-stars and released classic albums including Never Mind the Bollocks, The Clash, and Rocket to Russia. Kids in the U.S. and Europe responded to punk’s “do-it-yourself” message by starting their own bands regardless of musical ability. Parents, governments and the major labels stood on the sidelines, wondering what it all meant.

Few years in music history have seen more dramatic changes in attitude and sound than 1977. Now Sound Opinions presents the one-hour special: 1977: The Year Punk Broke.

Tune in as hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore punk’s development in both New York and London, touching on landmark bands and albums along the way. Punk journalist Ira Robbins takes listeners through New York’s CBGB’s, where bands like Television, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads formed punk’s first organized scene. Later music writer Jon Savage remembers London’s “punk explosion” and the historic single that got the Sex Pistols banned across the British media. Finally, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite tracks from 1977 by bands including Wire, The Adverts, and The Voidoids.

So whether you’re a veteran of the punk underground or simply a casual music fan wondering what all the fuss and safety pins are about, join us for 1977: The Year Punk Broke.

This EVERGREEN Sound Opinions special is available free to all stations with current PRX memberships, even if they aren't signed up to get the show weekly.  Learn how to get the show weekly at prx.org/soundopinions

 

Transcript

Promos:

0:30 A (Voiced by Jim DeRogatis)
In 1977, punk rock hit the mainstream. It energized kids, scandalized their parents, and put the music industry on notice. Tune in to Sound Opinions Presents: 1977 – The Year Punk Broke with me, Jim DeRogatis and my co-host Greg Kot. We’ll explore the year rock went DIY – the attitudes, the fashion, and of course the records.

0:30 B (Voiced by Greg Kot)
In 1977, punk rock hit the mainstream. It energized kids, scandalized their parents, and put the music industry on notice. Tune in to Sound Opinions Presents: 1977 – The Year Punk Broke with me, Greg Kot and my co-host Jim DeRogatis. We’ll explore the year rock went DIY – the attitudes, the fashion and of course, the records.
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Timing and Cues

Total Program Length: 59:00

(0:00 - 1:00) Program Billboard
In Cue: [music]
Out Cue: “…of course the records.” [music]

(1:00 – 19:00) Program Segment 1
In Cue: “This is Sound Opinions Presents…”
Out Cue: “…across the pond.” [music]

(19:00 – 20:00) Program Break
Vocal music bed for local announcements

(20:00 – 42:04) Program Segment 2
In Cue: [music] “Welcome back to Sound Opinions …”
Out cue: “...this watershed year." [music]

(42:04 – 43:04) Program Break
Vocal music bed for local announcements

(43:04 – 59:00) Program Segment 3
In Cue: [music] “Welcome back to Sound Opinions…”
Out Cue: “...soundopinions.org.” [music]

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones Ramones. Sire 1976 :18
Can't Wait Till 78 The Wasps Live at the Vortex. NEMS 1977 :34
I'm Waiting for the Man The Velvet Underground Live at Max's Kansas City. Cotillion 1972 :21
Personality Crisis New York Dolls New York Dolls. Mercury 1973 :23
Prove It Television Marquee Moon. Elektra 1977 :16
Sheena is a Punk Rocker The Ramones Rocket to Russia. Sire 1977 :21
Teengenerate The Dictators Go Girl Crazy!. Epic 1975 :30
Pinhead The Ramones Leave Home. Sire 1977 :11
See No Evil Television Marquee Moon. Elektra 1977 :38
Venus de Milo Television Double Exposure. unofficial release 1992 :20
Venus Television Marquee Moon. Elektra 1977 :26
Chinese Rocks The Heartbreakers L.A.M.F.. Track 1977 :15
Marquee Moon Television Marquee Moon. Elektra 1977 01:15
Anarchy in the U.K. The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Warner Bros. 1977 :26
Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John and Kiki Dee Don't Go Breaking My Heart. RCA 1976 :35
Judy is a Punk The Ramones Ramones. Sire 1976 :27
New Rose The Damned Damned Damned Damned. Stiff 1977 :24
See No Evil Television Marquee Moon. Elektra 1977 :19
Anarchy in the U.K. The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Warner Bros. 1977 :17
Holidays in the Sun The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Warner Bros. 1977 :43
Pretty Vacant The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Warner Bros. 1977 :32
God Save the Queen The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. Warner Bros. 1977 :38
London's Burning The Clash The Clash. CBS 1977 :46
White Riot The Clash The Clash. CBS 1977 :33
Breakdown The Buzzcocks Spiral Scratch. New Hormones ORG1 1977 :29
Police and Thieves The Clash The Clash. CBS 1977 01:19
Plastic Bag X-Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescents. EMI 1978 :32
Blank Generation Richard Hell and the Voidoids Blank Generation. Sire 1977 01:21
Don't Worry About the Government Talking Heads Talking Heads: 77. Sire 1977 01:26
Ex-Lion Tamer Wire Pink Flag. Harvest 1977 01:30
One Chord Wonders The Adverts Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts. Bright 1978 01:32

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