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The Damned outside Stiff Records (pic credit TeamRock)


The Stiff record label was founded in 1976, it was at the heart of punk and new wave scene, bringing the world artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Motorhead, Ian Dury and what is generally regarded as the first ever punk single,
New Rose by The Damned. In his occasional blog looking at punk, Hassan Mahamdallie uncovers the magic of Stiff Records.

29 October 2016 | In depth
Has Spiralscratch

In 1976-77 punk hit Britain like a tidal wave, sweeping away all the tired music that stood in its way. It wasn’t just a London thing. Across the country local scenes developed. Many would argue that Manchester was the most important. In his occasional blog looking at punk, Hassan Mahamdallie looks at the Manchester scene.

25 August 2015 | In depth
Jimmy Pursey at Victoria Park. Pic credit: Syd Shelton

Hassan Mahamdallie digs out his old Sham 69 singles and looks back at a band whose gigs became a battleground between NF fascists and their opponents

5 May 2015 | In depth
Eddie and the Hotrods 12"  single with sticker

The youth anthem of 1977 was Do Anything You Wanna Do, by Eddie and the Hot Rods. One of my best memories of that summer was going to see the band live at the Marquee club in Soho.

14 March 2015 | In depth
The cover of The Damned's Neat Neat Neat

In the first of an occasional series, Hassan Mahamdallie, a bored teenager growing up in 1970s south west London, delves into his box of punk and New Wave singles and takes us on a personal, musical, cultural and political journey.

18 January 2015 | In depth