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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 #46


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 5 October!

The guys from Snake Legs and Old Towns co-hosted and we talked about the bands’ upcoming Blackout West Tour, the awesomeness that is the Edmonton punk scene, the unawesomeness that is displacement of the homeless in downtown Edmonton, protest music, and the upcoming Solidarity with Survivors: A Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton Fundraiser.

1.  The Clash (London) – “I’m Not Down”
2. Old Towns (Edmonton) – “Freight Train Blues”
3. Snake Legs (Edmonton) – “Desperate Times”
4. Fire Next Time (Edmonton) – “Chorus of Crows”
5. Audio/Rocketry (Edmonton) – “Hey Dynasty, Don’t Forget”
6. No Use For A Name (San Jose) – “Justified Black Eye”
7. Anatomy Cats (Edmonton) – “Shared Existence”
8. Johnson From Accounting (Edmonton) – “I Wanna Skate”
9. Youth Brigade (LA) – “One in Five”
10. Blue Rodeo  (Toronto) – “Stealin’ All My Dreams”


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:

AT August 1982 p.1

A review by Marc Coulavin:

AT August 1982 p.4

And another review by none other than Marcus Aurelius!

AT August 1982 p. 5

The History of Punk Radio Show #28


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 20 April, when Blake from the Anatomy Cats was back on the show!

“Social Justice” 

1. Adam’s Mind (Toronto) – “Bad Guy”
2. Suicide Machines (Detroit) – “Black and White World”
3. Gorilla Biscuits (NYC) – “Degradation”
4. Reagan Youth (Queens) – “New Aryans”
5. Antillectual (Nijmegen) – “The New Jew”
6. Dead Kennedys (San Francisco) – “Kill the Poor”
7. Choke (Edmonton) – “Bent on Profits”
8. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “Refusal to be a Man”
9. War on Women (Baltimore) – “Say it”

Racism-free Edmonton report
Canada’s Racism Problem
US is an oligarchy, not a democracy
“Ending Poverty in Alberta”
“Outrageous Fortune: Documenting Canada’s Wealth Gap”
Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet Who Oversaw Residential Schools
Canada’s Nutrition Experiments on First Nations: 1942-1952
“Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview”

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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”

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