The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1970s

CULT ’70s: Gang Of Four – ‘Entertainment!’

Razor-sharp, angry and intelligent, Gang Of Four’s 1979 debut album ‘Entertainment!’ was instrumental in laying down a template for post-punk that still endures today.

CLASSIC ’70s: Gary Numan – ‘The Pleasure Principle’

While synthesisers had been around for a while by 1979, Gary Numan’s chilly, immersive album ‘The Pleasure Principle’ represented a Year Zero for commercially successful electronic pop.

CULT ’70s: The Slits – ‘Cut’

Four decades on from its release, The Slits’ scintillating debut album ‘Cut’ still blazes a trail for women in the music industry.

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Fear Of Music’

Turning his neuroses inwards, David Byrne and Talking Heads delivered their first proper masterpiece in 1979 with third album ‘Fear Of Music’.

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

The final part of the fabled Berlin trilogy, ‘Lodger’ is under-appreciated in David Bowie’s discography but provided a bridge to his glittering pop future.

CULT ’70s: Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘The Scream’

A key marker in the evolution of the British post-punk and goth scenes, Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1978 debut album ‘The Scream’ is brilliantly and darkly compelling.

CLASSIC ’70s: The Jam – ‘All Mod Cons’

The point at which Paul Weller’s muse kicked in to life, ‘All Mod Cons’ was the start of The Jam’s imperial phase, full of incisive social observations and razor-sharp punk.

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