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The History of Punk Show 91: You’re not Hardcore unless you live Hardcore!


The History of Punk Show 91 traced the history of hardcore punk, looking at its origins, characteristics, and ongoing legacy.

The show aired on CJSR 88.5FM in Edmonton on 15 August 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Slapshot (Boston) – “Ole Tyme Hardcore”
  2. Minor Threat (DC) – “Guilty of Being White”
  3. Jodie Foster’s Army (Phoenix) – “Jodie Foster’s Army”
  4. Cro-Mags (NYC) – “Hard Times”
  5. Circle Jerks (Hermosa Beach) – “Question Authority”
  6. Hüsker Dü  (Saint Paul) – “The Girl who Lives on Heaven Hill”
  7. Sham 69 (Hersham) – “Who Gives a Damn”
  8. The Germs (LA) – “American Leather”
  9. The Middle Class (Santa Ana) – “Out of Vogue”
  10. The Fartz (Seattle) – “You Got a Brain (Use it)”
  11. Bad Brains (DC) – “Sailin’ On”
  12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Slumlord”
  13. Black Flag (Hermosa Beach) – “Damaged”
  14. TSOL (Long Beach) – “Abolish Government/Silent Majority”
  15. MDC (Austin) – “I Remember”
  16. Vibes (Edmonton) – “Unafraid to Believe”
  17. I Hate Sex (Edmonton) – “Sleep Paralysis”

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And here’s the show!

The History of Punk Show 64: Mean things Happenin’


On the History of Punk Show #64, Dr. Daniel Johnson picked the tunes and discussed SARS, media, Treaty 6, colonization, US politics, and, of course, how folk = punk.

Show 64 originally aired on CJSR 88.5 on 8 February 2016.

Here’s the playlist!

  1. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
  2. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean things Happenin'”
  3. Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch) – “John Henry”
  4. Chris Brown and Kate Fenner (Toronto) – “Oklahoma Tape Deck”
  5. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “New York is Killing Me”
  6. Gil Scott-Heron (the Bronx) – “Winter in America”
  7. Odetta (LA) – “Easy Rider”
  8. Kris Demeanour (Calgary)  – “One Show”
  9. Hurray for the Riff Raff (New Orleans) – “Everybody Knows”


And here’s show #64!

The History of Punk Playlist #37


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 29 June, when Professor David Mills returned to the show!

This show focused on the protest music of the Boomers. Professor Mills had 5 main themes:

1. As baby-boomers came of age, they discovered the world really wasn’t that great. They decided it had to change, and they’d be the ones to do it. With music specifically, they built on the existing foundation of folk and protest songs and wrote about what affected them.

2. The 1960s were a period of growing awareness of social problems like Civil Rights, the environment, and Indigenous rights, and the popular music of the time reflected this.

3. The Vietnam War was the issue impacting white teenagers most directly in the USA – because of that whole draft thing. The war also heightened existing social problems domestically.

4. Canadians were especially prescient observers of the situation in the United States – while not having to worry about being drafted, they could still see how the behaviour of the country was in sharp contrast to its founding myths. Such as, you know, liberty!

5. By the end of the 1960s, folks increasingly believed that the war had come home (at Kent State for example). Because of this, the Boomers were in conflict with the older generation and those in power. This led to the politics of generational identity.

1. The Clash (London) – “Know Your Rights”
2. The Yardbirds (London) – “Shape of Things to Come”
3. Thunderclap Newman (London) – “Something in the Air”
4. Hedgehoppers Anonymous (Peterborough) – “It’s Good News Week”
5. Barry McGuire (Pasadena) – “Eve of Destruction”
6. Rolling Stones (London) – “Street Fighting Man”
7. Steppenwolf (Toronto) – “Monster”
8. Creedence Clearwater Revival (El Cerrito) – “Fortunate Son”
9. Country Joe and the Fish (Berkeley) -“The ‘Fish’ Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag”
10. The Bossmen (Toronto) – “Brainwashed”
11. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (Not in Laurel Canyon) – “Ohio”


“Art = the Clash = Politics” The Clash play Edmonton, 29 June 1982


Today in 1982, The Clash performed in Edmonton at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse. CJSR volunteers contributing to the station’s fanzine, Airtight, were there to cover the show.

Airtight August 82 Cover

An interview with Paul Simonon and Kosmo Vinyl:

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A review by Marc Coulavin:

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And another review by none other than Marcus Aurelius!

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The History of Punk Radio Show #24


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 9 March, when Blake from the Anatomy Cats visited the show!

1. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes”
2. Dead Kenneys (San Francisco) – “Well Paid Scientist”
3. Minor Threat (DC) – “Seeing Red”
4. Minor Threat (DC) – “Straight Edge”
5. Conflict (Eltham) – “Conflict”
6. The Rebel Spell (Vancouver) – “Please Resist”
7. Bad Religion (LA) – “You Are the Government”
8. War on Women (Baltimore) – “Servilla”
9. Refused (Umeå) – “The Deadly Rhythm”
10. Good Riddance (Santa Cruz) – “Indoctrination”
11. Fugazi (DC) – “Cashout”
12. Bad Brains (DC) – “The Big Takeover”
13. Against Me! (Gainesville) – “We Laugh at Danger”
14. Jughead’s Revenge (LA) – “Hit and Run”
15. Down the Hatch (Edmonton) – “No Apologies”
16. NOFX (Berkeley) – “Dying Degree”
17. Zero Cool (Edmonton) – “Square Pusher”
18. Blag Flag (LA) – “Revenge”
19. Rebuild/Repair (Edmonton) – “Summary”
20. Against Me! (Gainesville) – “Pints of Gunniess Make You Strong”
21. Micelli (Edmonton) – “Seize”
22. Refused (Umeå) – “Coup D’etat”
23. Exits (Edmonton) – “Save Yourself”
24. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Night Letters”
25. Thoroughbred Racing Pigeon (Edmonton) – “Pigeons”
26. The Anatomy Cats (Edmonton) – “Disaffected”

The AC

The History of Punk Radio Show #18


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 26 January!

1. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (London) – “Johnny Appleseed”
2. The Clash (London) – “Capital Radio” (Live)
3. The Dils (Carlsbad) – “I Hate the Rich”
4. Blackfire (Flagstaff) – “Mean Things Happening in this World”
5. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Against th’ Law”
6. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Dust Bowl Blues”
7. Scott Cook (Edmonton) – “The Lord Giveth (And the Landlord Taketh Away)”
8. John Prine (Maywood) – “Sam Stone”
9. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “Talking Cuban Crisis”
10. Mike McDonald (Edmonton) – “Lying to an Activist”
11. Billy Bragg (Barking) – “A New England”
12. Hüsker Dü (Saint Paul) – “Newest Industry”
13. The Nightwatchman (LA) – “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine”
14. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Vessels”
15. Anatomy Cats (Edmonton) – “Tear Them Down”

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The History of Punk Radio Show #17


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 19 January!

1. The Smugglers (Vancouver) – “Nardwuar vs. Kim Fowley”
2. Kim Fowley (LA) – “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
3. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “Jolly Banker”
4. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “Bound for Glory”
5. Pete Seeger (New York) – “Joe Hill”
6. Bill Bragg (Barking) – “I dreamed I saw Phil Ochs Last Night”
7. Leon Rosselson (North London) – “The World Turned Upside Down”
8. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Tom Joad”
9. Bruce Springsteen (Freehold Borough) – “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
10. Rage Against the Machine (LA) – “People of the Sun”
11. The Nightwatchman (LA) – “Union Song”
12. Avail (Reston) – “Order”
13. Tim Barry (Richmond) – “Avoiding Catatonic Surrender”
14. Ramshackle Glory (Tucson) – “Any Place (Growing Up)”
15. Pat the Bunny (Tucson) – “Times Worth Living (The Tension)”
16. Fire Next Time (Edmonton) – “We Are The Streets”

Whatever it takes

The History of Punk Radio Show #16


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 12 January!

1. X (LA) – “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts”
2. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Pastures of Plenty”
3. Bob Dylan (NYC) – “Song to Woody”
4. The Clash (London) – “Complete Control” (Live)
5. Billy Bragg (Barking)  – “Lovers Town Revisited”
6. Rancid (Berkeley) – “The Wars End”
7. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “All You Fascists”
8. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “One More Parade”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “March of the Crabs”
10. Jim Nowhere (Edmonton) – “Alberta Advantage” (Live on CJSR)
11. Tyler Butler (Edmonton) – “Plover” (Live on CJSR)
12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Billy and the Socreds”
13. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Mouthpiece”

This Machine

The History of Punk Radio Show #8


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 17 November!

1. The Clash (London) – “Know Your Rights” (Live)
2. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Firing Squad”
3. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Holiday in Cambodia”
4. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round”
5. Gang Green (Braintree)– “Kill a Commie”
6. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Political Song for Michael Jackson”
7. Bad Religion (Los Angeles) – “New America”
8. Fugazi (Washington DC) – “Turnover”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Note to Self”
10. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “Born in the USA”
11. Banshee (Edmonton) – “Raoul Found a Dead Dude” (Live)
12. Ben Disaster (Edmonton) – “See you Next Spring”
13. Single Mothers (London) – “Womb”
14. Still Life (Edmonton) – “Safe as a Hospital”


The History of Punk Radio Show #7


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 3 November!

1. The Offspring (Huntington Beach) – “LAPD”
2. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Police Truck”
3. Sex Pistols (London) – “Anarchy in the UK”
4. Crass (Epping) – “Big A, little a”
5. Stiff Little Fingers (Belfast) – “Alternative Ulster”
6. The Ramones (NYC) – “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”
7. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “West Germany”
8. The Minutemen (San Pedro) – “Viet Nam”
9. DOA (Vancouver) – “WWIII”
10. The Clash (London) – “Washington Bullets”
11. The Avengers (San Francisco) – “The American in Me”
12. The Sonics (Tacoma) – “The Hustler”
13. The Subhumans (Vancouver) – “Slave to My Dick”
14. The Slits (London) – “Typical Girl”
15. Worst Days Down (Edmonton) – “How’d You Like a Putter to the Face?”

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