Friday, March 05, 2021

Out March 26: Shake The Foundations: Militant Funk & The Post-Punk Dancefloor 1978-1984

Available for pre-order now from Amazon.


In the wake of punk’s seismic and well recounted impact on the UK music scene, countless hitherto unavailable influences suddenly became available and de rigueur for the nation’s would-be pop stars. Enabled by a new kind of record shop that began to appear across the country in Rough Trade’s image, and encouraged by an absolute disregard for ‘the rules’, interested young people were quickly exposed to a broad spectrum of music from beyond the realm of three chord rock ‘n roll. Nowhere was the outcome more notable than on the dancefloors of the day.

‘Shake The Foundations’ captures that after dark revolution, showcasing an era when disco, dub, electronica, funk and – whisper it – pop sensibilities – began to flood into the alternative, post-punk landscape. Running parallel with Ze Records and the no-wave movement in the US, clubs such as Marc Almond’s Digital Disco and legendary nights at The Garage in Nottingham, The State in Liverpool, the Blue Note in Derby and across London at nights like the Batcave became fast moving, democratic melting pots.

Across 3CDs, Bill Brewster selects highlights from his own extensive DJing career, each disc individually curated. As he himself puts it, “The important thing was not to impress James Brown, emulate the Fatback Band or wear Kraftwerk’s game-face. The point was to have a go. ‘Shake The Foundations’ is not a comprehensive look at post-punk, so much as a shakily hand-drawn map of a particular area. It’s what happened when the post-punk fallout collided with the dancefloor, and forty years later we’re still feeling its effects”.

Track Listing:


1. GUESS WHO? – A Certain Ratio

2. COUP – 23 Skidoo

3. 100 EVIL SMOKESTACKING BABY – Haircut 100

4. THIS FEAR OF GODS – Simple Minds

5. LOVE 30 – The Stranglers

6. BORN EVERY MINUTE – The Passage

7. SARAVA – Blue Rondo A La Turk

8. SERBIAN VILLAGE – Medium Medium

9. PUSH OUT THE BOAT – The Higsons

10. POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS – John Cooper Clarke

11. SKIN DEEP – The Passions


13. CAN YOU MOVE – Modern Romance

14. SLANG TEACHER – Wide Boy Awake

15. HYPNOTISED – C Cat Trance

16. STRETCH – Maximum Joy


1. LIONS – Tones On Tail

2. TRUST IS A MUST – Ian Dury

3. WHAT DANCE IS THIS? – Perfect Zebras

4. FAITH & HOPE & CHARITY – The Fun Boy Three

5. DREAM GAMES – Shock

6. RUSHA – Jesse Rae

7. DON’T – Thomas Leer

8. BIG MAN RESTLESS – Kissing The Pink

9. BLUE FOR YOU – Paul Haig

10. FREQUENCY 7 – Visage

11. BANG EM RIGHT – Six Sed Red

12. TINGLE – Quando Quango

13. CCCAN’T YOU SEE – Vicious Pink

14. MOVE ON – Fashiøn

15. SET FIGHTER – Wide Boy Awake


1. WHEN ARE WE? (NOW WE ARE) – Surface Mutants

2. WHY ARE WE IN LOVE – Furniture

3. ROB A BANK – The Pop Group

4. GET IT RIGHT – Animal Magic

5. BLACK LEATHER – Nightmares In Wax

6. OBEDIENCE – Normil Hawaiians



9. LIVING WILD – Mataya Clifford

10. SO MANY WAYS – Electric Chairs

11. DREAMS ARE BETTER – London Underground

12. ARTY-FACT – Group Therapy

13. WE ARE ALL ANIMALS – The Diagram Brothers

14. QUIT THE BODY – The Chicken Granny

15. BED BOUND SAGA – Machine Gunn Hogg And Co

16. HOGGS MIGHT FLY – Playgroup

17. SHAKE (THE FOUNDATIONS) – Glaxo Babies

18. DISCO PURGE – Family Fodder

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