Hi and welcome to the US punk discography. Firstly my apologies to those who tried to find this throughout 2000 when the server it previously sat on was functionally dead. Many, many thanks to Justin who has offered to house this at CollectorScum.com for the forseeable future and is also doing a lot of work with the web side of things - spending many hours uploading sleeve scans for one thing. The one thing this discography needs now is annotation, just so you don't see something listed in here, run off and spend a week's wages on eBay, only to find it is mediocre new wave. I'm not sure of the best mechanism to do this - maybe email short pithy descriptions to me and I'll eventually incorporate them.
InspirationWithout doubt the most amazing book I own is B. George and Martha DeFoe's International Discography of the New Wave Volume 1982/83, usually just referred to as Volume (or the Bible in some households). That they were able to compile such an incredible discography in virtual real time (ie as it happened) on a computer that while it may have been advanced for the time was, let's not kid about it, incredibly primitive, verges on the unbelievable. Yet they did it and generations of record collectors tips their collective hat to them. There are mistakes and omissions though, and bands are included that have no place (Haircut 100 anybody?). So, following on from the Texas discography that Paul Routenberg and I compiled I started on Ohio and then everywhere else in the states.
Where are they now?B. George emailed me recently. His current project is the ARChive of Contemporary Music, a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center located in New York City. You can get copies of the first (pink, 1979) Volume direct from him or from amazon.com.
RangeThe aim of this project is to compile concise, correct information about punk records from America in the years 1976 to 1983. In doing so I extend Volume's range by about 18 months to about the time speed took over from inventiveness as the number one priority for American punks. I also leave band member info to that august book. This discography lists punk records. I extend outwards slightly into garage rock and other sub genres but pretty much ignore rockabilly, anything overtly electronic, ska, anything too sweetly pop or Big Star/Raspberries influenced, protogoth/overly Joy Divisiony or experimental. In general the larger the scene the more hardcore I am about chronological and stylistic cutoffs.
Gee thanks...Apart from B. George and Martha DeFoe I have to thank and credit a bunch of people on whose shoulders I am standing: Chuck Warner's alphabetical catalogues are the other essential guide to US and world punk and I used them extensively in compiling these lists; The Flex website has a lot of extra info on pressing variations for a lot of records I list, they also give ratings and short descriptions for records. Brian Devereux is one of the experts whose help will become more obvious as the discographies take shape. He has kindly volunteered to check facts where necessary and eventually you'll see more of his comments pop up. Various people have helped with their local scene - at this stage I have to thank Steve Dilley and Ryan Richardson (Texas), Steve Green (Arizona), Dalton Rasmussen (Colorado), Jason Litchfield (New England) and Marty Rips (California). And thanks to the usual bunch of miscreants from whom I've picked up a heap of knowledge by osmosis over the last few years: Paul Routenburg, Mike B, Roger Mah, Marek Urbanski, Steve Floyd, Bruce Roehrs, Jello Biafra, Peter P, Abe King, Behjan Mirhadi, Justin Frohwirth, Mike Teo and many others I'm sure I'm forgetting. Oh yeah, lots of the pictures on the websites come from eBay listings, and some from Chris Renna's sleeve site, Ingo Eitelbach's website, Scott Eidelman's site, Justin Frohwirth, David Holliday, Michael Train, Jason Willis, Marc Littell, Holy Cow Records, Clancy Carroll and Jeffrey Menz, Larry-bob, Arne Hurty, Brad Castlen, Mikel Biffs, Bill Cuevas, Joe Snow, Marcus Talbot, Michael Gillham, Thomas Schueller, and heaps from Mike Teo (thanks Mike - musta taken you many hours). The following people have added info: Brett Herron, Scott Bass, Chris Renna, Michael Train, Jeroen Vedder, Kees Smit, Gavin McNett, Mike Garber, Gary Mollica, Robert Griffin, Tom Walsh, Jake Lind, Karl Meyer, Greg Borman, Hugo Montoya, Brian GTA, Tony Azu-Popow, Jeff Lemlich, S. Scum, Scott Soriano, Guillaume Dumoulin, Dal Basi, Lee Ashlin, Sean Doody, Graham Booth, Joachim at Get Happy!! Records, Chris Minicucci, Michael Bateman, Kevin Dwyer, Barak Meiri, Tony Pope, Ola Sjoholm, Dan de Pasque, Mike Pyatt, Brian Kirchner, Chris Bisorca, Rick Ele, Peter Aaron, Danny Gromfin, Collin Makamson, Luke Marinovich, Marc Metzke and Jason Rerun.
Sleeve ScansWe're currently working to add a small scan of every record to the discography. If you'd like to contribute a picture, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org (this address is for image contributions ONLY.) For sleeveless releases, please scan only the label, not the whole record. If possible, please properly crop the image and resize it to 140 by 140 at 72 dpi (except for Texas, Ohio and North Carolina entries, which should be 250 by 250) and save it as medium-high quality level JPG format. If you are not graphics-savvy, just send what you have and we'll take care of it.
NotationSome notation: NS means no sleeve was ever issued, SS means a stamped sleeve was issued, PS means a high proportion of the pressing had a picture sleeve (ie it's pretty unusual to find a copy without a sleeve), HS means some appreciable proportion of the pressing was sleeveless - say only 20-80% came in sleeve - you can find these records both with and without sleeves, RS means that the record was basically sleeveless but some very small number of copies had sleeves - finding a copy of one of these in a sleeve is hard work. Henry Weld email@example.com
ProgressAs will become obvious this is a work in progress. Check back frequently as the listings will be slowly updated - hopefully to the level of the Ohio list if not to the level of the Texas list. Last update: February 2013 (see individual listings for update info) Return to Henry Weld's Music Page Return to CollectorScum.com