Jon Savage compiles Secret History of Post-Punk

Caroline True Records have tapped up pop culture commentator supreme Jon Savage to oversee the release of an impressive looking compilation of his favourite tracks from the post-punk era.

Entitled “Fame” Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978-81) the compilation has been a long time coming, with the label stating the process of selecting the 23 tracks for with Savage started all the way back in 2006. Savage has handpicked his personal gems from acts such as Wire, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Subway Sect and The Human League and the compilation comes replete with cover/liner-notes from the writer as well as previously unpublished photos, artwork and memorabilia from the era.

Savage is perhaps the best person to document an overview of the genre, with a bounty of first-hand experience writing for Sounds, Melody Maker and The Face (all critically important publications in the pre-internet era) from the late 70s onwards as well continuing to grace music with his journalistic wit – check Dummy’s recently republished review of Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 that originally featured in the iconic Jockey Slut for example.

Set to drop in both physical and digital forms, Caroline True have really put together an enviable package for the former, presenting a limited one-off pressing of 500 double LPs replete with grey 12″ vinyl housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve package accompanied by colour inner sleeves and digital dropcard. The first 50 copies pressed also include a limited edition 7″.

Caroline True will release “Fame” Jon Savage’s Secret History Of Post-Punk (1978-81) on digital and Double LP on March 26.

Tracklisting:

Side A:
1. Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
2. Chrome – Chromosome Damage
3. Nigel Simpkins – Times Encounter
4. File Under Pop – Heathrow
5. Subway Sect – Imbalance (Rehearsal
6. Kleenex – Ain’t You

Side B:
1. The Prefects – Total Luck
2. MARS – 3E
3. Rosa Yemen – Herpes Simplex
4. Wire – A Touching Display
5. Joy Division – Autosuggestion

Side C:
1. Cabaret Voltaire – Partially Submerged
2. Robert Rental & Thomas Leer – The Hard Way In
3. The Human League – The Dignity Of Labour Part 3
4. A.C Marias – Drop
5. Noh Mercy – Caucasian Guilt
6. X_X – No Nonsense
Side D:
1. The Urinals – Sex
2. The Method Actors – Do The Method
3. Rema Rema – Rema Rema
4. Judy Nylon – Dateline Miami
5. DNA – Blonde Red Head
6. This Heat – A New Kind Of Water (Edit)
double grey 12″ vinyl gatefold sleeve deluxe package with colour inner-sleeves + digital dropcard.