The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category 1970s

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.

CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘The Man-Machine’

‘The Man-Machine’ was the second of Kraftwerk’s holy trinity of influential masterpieces, and one that gradually opened them up to a wider audience.

CLASSIC ’70s: Elvis Costello & The Attractions – ‘This Year’s Model’

‘This Year’s Model’ is the sound of Elvis Costello perfecting his art at a precociously young age, with a backing band that acts as an efficient vector for his caustic humour and barbed cynicism.

CULT ’70s: Suicide – ‘Suicide’

Key progenitors of no-wave and synth-punk, New York duo Suicide made their confrontational and divisive appearance on the city’s underground scene 40 years ago.

CULT ’70s: Wire – ‘Pink Flag’

Seething with a creativity and artfulness that set it miles apart from British punk in 1977, Wire’s debut album ‘Pink Flag’ remains a totem for indie culture.

CULT ’70s: Kraftwerk – ‘Autobahn’

Kraftwerk are famous for many other incredible records, but arguably they never made a more influential record than 1974’s ‘Autobahn’.