Recommend me irresistible dance-punk-wave music
June 23, 2011 11:49 AM   Subscribe

Recommend me some music near the intersection of"dance" and "punk."

I DJ at a club one Friday a month with my wife. We play lots of No Wave, post-punk, and related late 70s/early 80s stuff; 60s/70s Western-influenced pop from Asia and South America; African pop, girl groups, dub, screw, hip hop - all sorts of stuff. We love music and we love making people dance.

There's just so much more music out there that we don't know about - and what I need is recommendations of punky, noisy, or unusual stuff with a good beat that you can dance to. We go for "fun" over "tough" or "scary," in general.

Thanks for your help!

Stuff we play all the time along these lines: Lizzie Mercier Descloux, Dance Disaster Movement, the Ex, Glass Candy, ESG, James Chance, Eternals, Blonde Redhead...
posted by jtron to Media & Arts (42 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
The Gossip?
posted by infinitywaltz at 11:52 AM on June 23, 2011

The Faint
posted by wuzandfuzz at 11:56 AM on June 23, 2011

Joy Division?
posted by Gilbert at 11:59 AM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Ghostland Observatory
posted by Zoyashka at 12:01 PM on June 23, 2011

Les Georges Leningrad
Shangaan Electro - New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
posted by wcfields at 12:04 PM on June 23, 2011

Response by poster: We play Joy Division and Warsaw some but usually stay away from New Order; the place has pretty well established New Wave, Goth, and Shoegaze nights and we're trying to carve our own niche.

That Shangaan Electro comp is great; off to look up some of the other suggestions.. Keep em coming!
posted by jtron at 12:09 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: Erase Errata
posted by Ideal Impulse at 12:14 PM on June 23, 2011

Pere Ubu?
'Street Waves'
'Non-alignment Pact'
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 12:16 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

These aren't necessarily "punk" per se, but fulfills similar qualifications of awesome in my brain. Not all of them may qualify as danceable enough for you, so YMMV.

"And the Washington Monument (Blinks) Goodnight" by Q and Not U
"Lucky Star" by Basement Jaxx (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
"Kill the Rock" by Mindless Self Indulgence
"Don't Say No" by Patrick Wolf
"The Magic Position" by Patrick Wolf
"Desperate Guys" by The Faint
"Song #1" by IMA Robot
"Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck" by The Blood Brothers
"11th Dimension" by Julian Casablancas
"Hey Boy"by The Blow
"Future is in the Future" by Electric Six
"She Will Only Bring You Happiness" by Mclusky
"The Razor" by Head Automatica
"Crank Heart" by Xiu Xiu
"Ceremony (Joy Division Cover)" by Xiu Xiu
posted by haveanicesummer at 12:21 PM on June 23, 2011

I heart this album.
posted by corn_bread at 12:22 PM on June 23, 2011

Microchip League - New York
Kebekelektrik - War Dance / Bolero
posted by wcfields at 12:26 PM on June 23, 2011

Black Eyes
Gang of Four
The Rapture
posted by spectrevsrector at 12:31 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

you want this.

(also you are *so* making me wish I still lived in Chicago! I want to come dance.)
posted by dizziest at 12:31 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: oh dude. i've been meaning to stop in because you're just down the street from our house. i know the people who frequent you, and i think they would get off on:

austra, esben and the witch, lioness (iffy), click click, the good natured, teenagersintokyo, home video, and my boyfriend has a ton of covers (both good and terrible!) of old classic punk/new/no wave tracks you would LOVE.

just so you know where we're coming from: he occasionally goes dancing at neo and comes home annoyed. i occasionally go dancing at berlin and come home frigging wasted but happy. so our taste runs to a combo of pup and punk. i'd be happy to bring you guys some choons.
posted by patricking at 12:39 PM on June 23, 2011

came in like others to recommend The Faint.

Drop Kick The Punks
Symptom Finger
Agenda Suicide
posted by namewithoutwords at 12:44 PM on June 23, 2011

!!! - goes great with Bush Tetras, ESG, Liquid Liquid, etc.
posted by ryanshepard at 12:44 PM on June 23, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Kumbia Queers!
posted by Tom-B at 12:50 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: dizziest: you want this.

That this is Mutant Disco, a compilation on the fantastic Ze Records label who were active in the early 1980s, and started re-issuing material in the last few years. Lots of highly recommended stuff.

To branch out, check the compilations for the artists listed above. Example: The Faint. Some are generic compilations of new music, but others will be structured around a specific sound.

The Wikipedia pages for Dance-punk and Synthpunk have a few more suggestions (LCD Soundsystem & co, Clinic, Death From Above 1979, Liars; and Nervous Gender, The Units, The Screamers, Le Tigre, The Epoxies, Ima Robot)

Possibly overwhelming:, which has big lists of artists, both Classic and Revival. Hover your cursor over the artist/band links to see the short descriptions of some bands (example: Altered Images: Poppy, Dark, Dancey).
posted by filthy light thief at 1:07 PM on June 23, 2011

WU LYF. Please, please check this out.
posted by holdkris99 at 1:15 PM on June 23, 2011

Avoiding a bunch of stuff I'd mention that others already have...

These New Puritans' first album, eg. Elvis. The second album is much slower and darker, but amazing.
Light Asylum: check out Knights and Weekends
The Presets
Twin Shadow
posted by Su at 1:15 PM on June 23, 2011

Oops. Proper link for Light Asylum
Mods, feel free to edit/merge
posted by Su at 1:21 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: I don't know how danceable it is, but Bathtub Shitter is mostly pulsing without being crazy fast despite being a grindcore band, at least on the Lifetime Shitlist album. They're also noisy and fairly unusual.

They have an album called Dance Hall Grind as well as a Christmas album which may be even more suited to the occasion.
posted by ignignokt at 1:36 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: Death Disco is a nice compilation along the lines of Mutant Disco. It's got The Higsons' "Put the Punk Back into Funk."

The Sexual Life of the Savages is a comp of Brazilian post-punk bands: Fellini, Muzak, As Mercenarias, Akira S e as Garotas Que Erraram
posted by hydrophonic at 1:53 PM on June 23, 2011 [2 favorites]

Maximo Park?
posted by echo target at 2:09 PM on June 23, 2011

Mother Fucking Death Set

posted by DeltaZ113 at 2:09 PM on June 23, 2011

Romeo Void - "Never Say Never"
posted by Trurl at 2:10 PM on June 23, 2011

Public Image Ltd. - "Memories"
posted by Trurl at 2:13 PM on June 23, 2011

Le Tigre!
posted by shortyJBot at 2:14 PM on June 23, 2011

Response by poster: Our last poster, as you can see, uses the phrase "mutant disco" as well as the punk-crunk connection, so those recommendations are right on target (other comps we love include "post post punk" and the "new york noise" series).
posted by jtron at 2:44 PM on June 23, 2011

I like Tussle.
posted by box at 2:44 PM on June 23, 2011

I like the Ze records suggestion and sleeping bag records has some good things too. Maybe not exactly in the same vein but check out some ON-U sound stuff like "african headcharge"
posted by jade east at 2:52 PM on June 23, 2011

posted by anagrama at 2:54 PM on June 23, 2011

oh, there's also an awesome french compilation of covers from classic mute records tracks, and it is awesomesauce. (this is coming from someone who hates cover compilations.)
posted by patricking at 3:10 PM on June 23, 2011

Shout Out Out Out Out
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The Faint
Nitzer Ebb (might be edging in on too-old industrial for you)
Holy Fuck

posted by kaseijin at 3:24 PM on June 23, 2011

posted by Gilbert at 4:06 PM on June 23, 2011

posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:20 PM on June 23, 2011

The Knife
posted by humboldt32 at 6:20 PM on June 23, 2011

irresistible dance-punk-wave music:


Klaus Nomi: Total Eclipse
Wire: Outdoor Miner
The The: Uncertain Smile
Stranglers: Toiler on the Sea
The Smiths: These Things take Time
Shriekback: My Spine is the Bassline
The Raincoats: Baby Song
Magazine: Cut-out Shapes
Lene Lovich: Bird Song
Ian Dury: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Midnight Oil: The Power and The Passion
Kid Creole: Stool Pigeon.
posted by ovvl at 7:02 PM on June 23, 2011

Got to throw in props for:
!!! (Chk chik chick)
holy fuck
amino acids
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Cex (huge fan, many different sounds, some lyrics, many more without.)
four tet
prefuse 73
Q and not u

That's about all... !!! Is unbelievable live, just don't check out their newest album (disappointing)
posted by handbanana at 7:52 PM on June 23, 2011

Best answer: So Young but so Cold: Underground French Music 1977-1983

"I came across this CD by surprise, but once I found out it was released only in France on the seminal TIGERSUSHI label, I knew it was gonna be good - and wasn't let down. A fascinating, eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and even highly-educational selection of the cream of the obscure, cult 70s/80s French electro/no-wave/synth-pop/punk movement." source
posted by TheGoodBlood at 9:48 AM on June 24, 2011

Oh damn, I missed this one. FIGURINE!!!!
posted by wuzandfuzz at 7:29 PM on July 12, 2011

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