VARIOUS ARTISTS – “THE ROXY, asthma LONDON, WC2: JAN-APR 1977″ (1977)
So much has been hashed and rehashed about the original English punk scene by now — but sometimes, certain artifacts never fail to thrill.
Here’s a great live compilation featuring most of the important players who participated at the ground zero of the London scene, The Roxy, a cramped dingy club that only existed for about two years (from ’76-’78). This disc features groups like Wire, The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex and Slaughter & The Dogs.
Last time I was in London, I had to pull a queasy all-nighter, as I had nowhere in particular to go during an eighteen-hour layover inbetween a flight from Frankfurt and a flight back to Los Angeles; I was carted around the bustling (and retardedly touristy) Covent Garden district by a friend of a friend, who at one point mentioned to me that the generic boutique we’d just speedwalked past had in the late ’70s been The Roxy. There may or may not have been some dinky commemorative plaque — or maybe not. It was a long night.