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May 26, 2016 8:14 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for punk/post-punk/new wave songs that feature spaghetti western styled guitar sections. Examples include: Do You Believe In The Westworld? by Theatre of Hate, Obsessed by 999 and tons of Adam and the Ants songs.
posted by ericthegardener to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I cannot listen to the tracks at work, but you might find John Zorn's The Big Gundown of interest - it is a no wave reworking of Ennio Morricone.
posted by Frowner at 8:35 AM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Big Audio Dynamite, maybe?

Joe Strummer and Mescaleros, maybe?

Wall of VooDoo and Stan Ridgeway's solo album, maybe?
posted by humboldt32 at 8:38 AM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Plugz -- "Reel Ten" from the Repo Man soundtrack.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 8:41 AM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Alarm - 68 Guns
posted by davebush at 8:50 AM on May 26, 2016

Federale has an extremely spaghetti western sound, though I don't know if they are sufficiently new wave for what you want.
posted by Dip Flash at 9:02 AM on May 26, 2016

The Mermen have a shit-ton of stuff over at archive.org. Really surf-psychedelia, but lots has a feel that might interest you.
posted by j_curiouser at 9:11 AM on May 26, 2016

You might like Man or Astro-Man, although they are more dark punk surf rock than spaghetti western, but it's kind of hard to tell the difference sometimes!
posted by pazazygeek at 9:21 AM on May 26, 2016

The song I posted above has a link to a playlist that is worth checking out.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 9:28 AM on May 26, 2016

Oh, man, Wall of Voodoo. All the Wall of Voodoo. Hell, they even COVERED Morricone! Seriously, just go listen to everything Wall of Voodoo ever recorded.
posted by SansPoint at 10:16 AM on May 26, 2016 [2 favorites]

If you can find "incident at cima" by the 90's band Scenic they fit this bill exactly:

posted by Annika Cicada at 10:19 AM on May 26, 2016

The Pixies' Surfer Rosa has some of these elements. Strange, messed up versions of these elements, but might be worth a listen.
posted by littlewater at 10:28 AM on May 26, 2016

There was a really terrible movie call "Dudes" featuring a young Jon Cryer that was about two punks traversing the wild west. It was absolute shit, but I remember much of the soundtrack having a western vibe and being at least pseudo-punk. Check out the track list
posted by cosmicbandito at 10:45 AM on May 26, 2016

Tortoise - I Set My Face to the Hillside
posted by Allez at 1:01 PM on May 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Calexico are pretty much this, right? Also Friends of Dean Martinez. For a bleaker twang, check out Black Heart Procession.
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:19 PM on May 26, 2016

I went a little beyond spaghetti western - there's some surf and other things here, too.
Fidget - To Hell With Music
The Gun Club - Sexbeat
100 Flowers - Reject Yourself
The Mo-Dettes - White Mice
The Prids - The Glow
Pylon - Crazy
Red Temple Spirits - Dark Spirits
Abecedarians - Dinner. Also have a song called Spaghetti Western.
Jonström - P3
Blurpz - Life
JÄRNTVÄTT - Ålderskramp. Lots more fun stuff at Bosse Sound, if you're into obscure and Swedish.
The Three O'Clock - Jet Fighter

Others, somewhere on the spectrum of punk/post-punk/goth: 45 Grave, The Fall, Killing Joke, the Legendary Golden Vampires, Lords of the New Church, Savage Republic, Sex Gang Children, The Urinals, Gang of Four, The Wipers
posted by ortoLANparty at 3:52 PM on May 26, 2016

Blondie, Sugar on the Side.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:55 PM on May 26, 2016

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