[Post-Punk] – ‘No Heroes’ (2016 Expanded Edition) (1978-1982)


A Musicophilia first: an expanded edition of a mix from the early days of the blog, the post-punk covers mix ‘No Heroes’. ‘No Heroes’ is a messy, fun compilation of Post-Punk and New Wave covers of classic tunes. Tongue in cheek, loving homage, or both? Post-punks could have it all ways, and they do here, with a few hip nods (VU, Eno, Roxy Music) and a few album rock faves (Beatles, Dylan, Jimi, Stones) but just as many Motown and girl-group oldies, soundtrack legends, plus Sinatra, Robert Johnson, Marlene Dietrich and Erik Satie thrown in for good measure. With fourteen additional cuts added to the original twenty-seven (now a “3LP”). For all the futurist Year Zero no history talk that gets applied to the “post-punks” (the “post,” while silly, is telling), it seems they knew their heritage well and could have a lot more fun with it than they’re given credit for. Even when they ripped it up and started again, they knew better than to throw away the raw materials.

‘No Heroes’ features A Certain Ratio, The Creatures, Gun Club, Lydia Lunch,  Yellow Magic Orchestra, Tom Tom Club, Flying Lizards, The Feelies, Dolphins, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, Plastics, Japan, Lene Lovich, XTC, Hector Zazou, Lizzy Mercier-Descloux, Antena, Bauhaus, The Pretenders, Devo, Selecter, Soft Cell, Trio, Talking Heads, The Slits, and Orange Juice, from the original mix; and now adds Grace Jones, The Beat, Half Japanese, Agent Orange, Tracey Thorn, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Y Pants, Magazine, Family Fodder, Material, Dalek I Love You, The Mo-Dettes, Klaus Nomi and The Human League.

Full tracklist, Mixcloud stream, and download after the “more” link.  As always, if you like what you hear, pass it on, and please support the artists and labels who made the music!


Various Artists – ‘No Heroes’
(3xLP Set, The Musicophilia Co., 1982 [Reissued and Expanded 2016])


A1  [00:00]      A Certain Ratio [Banbarra] – “Shack Up” (1981)
A2  [03:07]      Creatures [The Troggs] – “Wild Thing” (1981)
A3  [06:17]      Gun Club [Robert Johnson] – “Preaching Blues” (1981)
A4  [10:15]      Lydia Lunch [Dusty Springfield] – “Spooky” (1980)
A5  [12:45]      Yellow Magic Orchestra [The Beatles] – “Daytripper”  (1979)
A6  [15:28]      Tom Tom Club [The Drifters] – “Under The Boardwalk” (1981)


B1  [21:37]      Flying Lizards [Berry Gordy, Jr.] – “Money” (1978)
B2  [23:42]      The Feelies [The Beatles] – “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide…” (1980)
B3  [27:56]      Dolphins [Syd Barrett] – “She Took A Long Cold Look” (1981)
B4  [28:57]      The Cure [Jimi Hendrix] – “Foxy Lady” (1979)
B5  [30:53]      Psychedelic Furs [Frank Sinatra] – “Mack The Knife” (1980)
B6  [34:18]      Plastics [The Monkees] – “Last Train to Clarksville” (1979)
B7  [37:29]      Japan [The Velvet Underground] – “All Tomorrow’s Parties” (1979)


C1  [43:09]      Lene Lovice [Tommy James & The Shondells] – “I Think We’re Alone Now” (1979)
C2  [45:41]      XTC [Bob Dylan] – “All Along the Watchtower” (1978)
C3  [50:27]      Hecter Zazou [The Beatles] – “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1979)
C4  [52:29]      Lizzy Mercier-Descloux [Lalo Schifrin] – “Mission Impossible 2.0” (1979)
C5  [54:56]      Antena [Antonio Carlos Jobim] – “The Boy From Ipanema”  (1982)
C6  [57:40]      Bauhaus [Brian Eno] – “Third Uncle” (1982)
C7  [62:26]      Pretenders [The Kinks] – “I Go To Sleep” (1981)


D1  [65:14]      Devo [Lee Dorsey] – “Working In A Coalmine” (1981)
D2  [67:55]      Selecter [Monty Norman] – “James Bond” (1980)
D3  [70:15]      Soft Cell [The Supremes] – “Where Did Our Love Go?” (1981)
D4  [73:35]      Trio [Lee Dorsey] – “Ya Ya” (1981)
D5  [75:27]      Talking Heads [Al Green] – “Take Me To The River”  (1978)
D6  [80:27]      The Slits [Marvin Gaye] – “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” (1979)
D7  [84:31]      Orange Juice [Al Green] – “L-O-V-E Love” (1982)

E1  [87:46]      Grace Jones [Roxy Music] – “Love is the Drug” (1980)
E2  [94:20]      The Beat [Andy Williams] – “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” (1980)
E3  [97:48]      Half Japanese [Buddy Holly] – “Rave On” (1980)
E4  [99:11]      Agent Orange [Dick Dale] – “Miserlou” (1981)
E5  [101:23]      Tracey Thorn [The Velvet Underground] – “Femme Fatale”  (1982)
E6  [104:04]      Siouxsie & The Banshees [The Beatles] – “Helter Skelter” (1978)
E7  [107:41]      Y Pants [Lesley Gore] – “That’s The Way Boys Are” (1982)


F1  [110:47]      Magazine [Sly & The Family Stone] – “Thank You (Falettenme Be Mice Elf Agin)” (1981)
F2  [114:16]      Family Fodder [Erik Satie] – “The Big Dig” (“Gnossienne No. 1”) (1982)
F3  [116:59]      Material [Ennio Morricone] – “For a Few Dollars More” (1981)
F4  [120:54]      Dalek I Love You [The Kinks] – “You Really Got Me” (1980)
F5  [122:47]      The Mo-Dettes [The Rolling Stones] – “Paint it Black”  (1980)
F6  [125:07]      Klaus Nomi [Marlene Dietrich] – “Falling in Love Again” (1982)
F7  [127:56]      The Human League [The Righteous Brothers] – “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” (1979)

[Total Time: 133:34]


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