The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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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.

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘”Heroes”‘

The second of the so-called ‘Berlin trilogy’, “Heroes” is one of the most complete works of Bowie’s illustrious and varied career.

CLASSIC ’70s: Ian Dury – ‘New Boots And Panties!!’

Ian Dury’s debut album ‘New Boots And Panties!!’ often sounds rather dated 40 years later, but was one of the surprisingly few great albums of first-wave British punk.

CLASSIC ’70s: Iggy Pop – ‘Lust For Life’

Housing two of his most famous hits, Iggy Pop’s second solo album ‘Lust For Life’ turned a proto-punk icon into a mainstream star.

CULT ’70s: Dennis Wilson – ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’

‘Pacific Ocean Blue’, the one and only solo album from Beach Boys co-founder Dennis Wilson, is a beautiful piece of ’70s West Coast psychedelia and blues-rock.