Hats off to whoever did the bookings for the Hope & Anchor, a pub in Islington that championed first pub rock in the mid-seventies, then later punk rock as the decade wore on. Judging from the line-up for the pub's Front Line Festival that took place in late 1977, that booker had a deep sense of music's past and its future. Early sixties survivors like The Pirates and Steve Gibbons (and facsimiles of the same like the Pleasers) sit beside their pub rock disciples like Wilko Johnson, Tyla Gang and the Dire Straits, alongside older vets gone punk like the Stranglers, The Only Ones and 999 all of whom jostle with young punk upstarts like XTC, the Saints, X-Ray Spex (and don't forget reggae greats Steel Pulse!)
01 Wilko Johnson Band - Dr Feelgood 02 The Stranglers - Straighten Out 03 Tyla Gang - Styrofoam 04 The Pirates - Don't Munchen It 05 Steve Gibbons Band - Speed Kills 06 XTC - I'm Bugged 07 Suburban Studs - I Hate School 08 The Pleasers - Billy 09 XTC - Science Friction 10 Dire Straits - Eastbound Train 11 X Ray Spex - Let's Submerge 12 999 - Crazy 13 The Saints - Demolition Girl 14 999 - Quite Disappointing 15 The Only Ones - Creatures Of Doom 16 The Pirates - Gibson Martin Fender 17 Steel Pulse - Sound Check 18 Roogalator - Zero Hero 19 Philip Rambow - Underground Romance 20 The Pleasers - Rock & Roll Radio 21 Tyla Gang - On The Street 22 Steve Gibbons Band - Johnny Cool 23 Wilko Johnson Band - Twenty Yards Behind 24 The Stranglers - Hanging Around
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