Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1976 ESL Proto-Punk/I Just Don't Have "the Touch"/Movie Instead - Repost from March 2010

Buried under with comparative legal studies for the time being, a golden oldie from March 2010:

A rustic Jonathan Richman lp cover photo. Check. Clanking Scotty Thurston piano playing. Good. Warped misanthropic lyrics to rival JW Farquhar on that sub-basement psych lp "The Formal Female." That too. There was point last decade where I was compiling an lp of non-native English speaking proto-punk and this track ("Movie Instead") was in the running. So maybe not the crusher you were hoping but I can safely say that this is the best proto-punk track from the Middle East from 1976 CE. The rest of Ariel Zilber's lp "Rutzi Shmulik" you can pass on like the b-side to Freestone's "Bummer Bitch." Trust me on that one.

In the meantime, it turns out that "Movie Instead" had a single issue in France of all places. See it here.


  1. Re: Middle Eastern proto-punk, 75/76, there is also this;

    Perhaps more on the quasi-thug/psych rock side of things, I know this guy did one other 7" advertised (on the sleeve?) as "Punk Rock" (I think....).

    Salak = "{A} silly, stupid, crazy, dimwitted, doltish, dopey, gullible, jerky, obtuse
    {N} idiot, fool, stupid, silly, country bumpkin, cretin, dolt, dope, ninny, sucker"

  2. Yes, you called it on the thug rock angle. Nice fuzz for '75. Missed last FD swing through Auckland but will expect a cover from you guys. "Salak" is punk rock like the Raven lp "Back to Ohio Blues" from the same year, 1975: