The Ledge #459: UK Punk 1981

Since it’s a new year I have a whole list of new “anniversaries” to celebrate this year. You can expect many upcoming episodes devoted to years such as 1986, 1991…and, obviously, 1981. Tonight’s broadcast is the first of a series of programs celebrating the great tunes of that year, and this week we feature the UK punk sounds of the year.

1981 is a year where the punk went a little more underground in England and definitely got a lot louder. There’s also some elements of postpunk making inroads, and quite a few bands trying to figure out just what direction to go. It’s a fun show featuring a ton of big names next to bands who released one single and disappeared.

After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs


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