‘To the Outside of Everything’ 5-disc box set to chronicle U.K. post-punk from 1977 to 1981

Cherry Red Records is preparing a 5-disc box set that will chronicle the U.K. post-punk scene from 1977 to 1981, collecting more than 100 songs from artists including Wire, The Slits, Joy Division, The Fall, Gang of Four, The Pop Group and many, many more.

To the Outside of Everything: A Story of U.K. Post-Punk 1977-1981 is due in early December, and is being assembled by the same team that put together the label’s Manchester North of England, Silhouettes and Statues and Scared to Get Happy box sets, as well as the C86, C87 and C88 collections.

The post-punk set features big names from the scene, like those mentioned above, as well as Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, Public Image Ltd. and Killing Joke, plus many lesser-known acts, including Glaxo Babies, The Deep Freeze Mice, Family Fodder and Spöön Fazer.

Check out the 111-song tracklist below, though the set’s curators note “one or two tracks may change.”


Tracklist: Various Artists, To the Outside of Everything: A Story of U.K. Post-Punk 1977-1981

Disc 1
1. Ultravox!, “Young Savage”
2. Magazine, “Shot By Both Sides”
3. Wire, “I Am The Fly”
4. ‘O’ Level, “East Sheen”
5. Throbbing Gristle, “United”
6. The Normal, “T.V.O.D.”
7. Punishment Of Luxury, “Puppet Life”
8. Tubeway Army, “Bombers”
9. The Fall, “Repetition”
10. Thomas Leer, “Private Plane”
11. The Tights, “China’s Eternal”
12. Fischer-z, “Wax Dolls”
13. Scritti Politti, “Skank Bloc Bologna”
14. Gang Of Four, “Damaged Goods” (LP Version)
15. The Flying Lizards, “Summertime Blues”
16. Big In Japan, “Suicide A Go Go”
17. Fàshiön, “Steady Eddie Steady”
18. The Homosexuals, “Hearts In Exile”
19. Glaxo Babies, “This Is Your Life”
20. The Teardrop Explodes, “Sleeping Gas” (Zoo 7-Inch Version)
21. The Passions, “Needles And Pills”
22. The Raincoats, “Fairytale In The Supermarket”

Disc 2
1. Human League, “The Dignity Of Labour Pt. 1”
2. Alternative T.V., “Lost In Room”
3. Echo & The Bunnymen, “The Pictures On My Wall”
4. Public Image Ltd., “Death Disco”
5. The Monochrome Set, “Eine Symphonie Des Grauens”
6. Second Layer, “Courts Or Wars”
7. Poison Girls, “Ideologically Unsound”
8. The Slits, “Typical Girls”
9. Spizzenergi, “Soldier Soldier”
10. Au Pairs, “You”
11. Joy Division, “Transmission”
12. Fad Gadget, “Back To Nature”
13. The Passage, “16 Hours” (EP Version)
14. The Pop Group, “We Are All Prostitutes”
15. The Last Gang, “Spirit Of Youth”
16. The Adicts, “This Week”
17. Killing Joke, “Turn To Red”
18. Modern Eon, “Second Still”
19. The Psychedelic Furs, “We Love You”
20. Mo-dettes, “White Mice”
21. The Deep Freeze Mice, “Emile Zola”
22. Crispy Ambulance, “From The Cradle To The Grave”
23. The Durutti Column, “Sketch For Summer”

Disc 3
1. Swell Maps, “Let’s Build A Car”
2. Family Fodder, “Warm”
3. Adam and the Ants, “Cartrouble”
4. Clock DVA, “Brigade”
5. Girls At Our Best!, “Warm Girls”
6. The Membranes, “Ice Age”
7. Boots For Dancing, “Boots For Dancing”
8. Ludus, “Lullaby Cheat”
9. Modern English, “Swans On Glass”
10. Thompson Twins, “Squares And Triangles”
11. The Disco Zombies, “Mary Millington”
12. Occult Chemistry, “Fire”
13. In Camera, “Final Achievement”
14. Section 25, “Girls Don’t Count”
15. Art Objects, “Hard Objects”
16. Josef K, “Radio Drill Time”
17. The The, “Controversial Subject”
18. Blurt, “My Mother Was A Friend Of An Enemy Of The People”
19. The Associates, “The Affectionate Punch”
20. …and The Native Hipsters, “There Goes Concorde Again”

Disc 4
1. The Birthday Party, “The Friend Catcher”
2. The Cravats, “Precinct
3. Dislocation Dance, “It’s So Difficult”
4. Spöön Fazer, “Do Different Dances”
5. Colin Newman, “B.”
6. Blue Orchids, “Disney Boys”
7. Mass, “Cabbage”
8. Fire Engines, “Get Up And Use Me”
9. Dance Chapter, “Anonymity”
10. Blancmange, “Overspreading Art Genius”
11. The Diagram Bros., “We Are All Animals”
12. Repetition, “A Still Reflex”
13. New Order, “Ceremony”
14. Medium Medium, “Hungry, So Angry”
15. Steve Diggle, “50 Years Of Comparative Wealth”
16. Five Or Six, “Another Reason”
17. The Danse Society, “Clock”
18. The Laughing Apple, “Sometimes I Wish”
19. The Past Seven Days, “Raindance”
20. Eyeless In Gaza, “Invisibility”
21. The Nightingales, “Idiot Strength”
22. My Captains, “Nothing”

Disc 5
1. Theatre Of Hate, “Rebel Without A Brain”
2. Notsensibles, “I Am The Bishop”
3. New Asia, “Central Proposition”
4. Marine, “Life In Reverse”
5. Tunnel Vision, “Watching The Hydroplanes”
6. Jah Wobble, “Fading”
7. Tv21, “Snakes And Ladders”
8. The Sinatras, “Happy Feeling”
9. Sou, “Tribes”
10. The Drowning Craze, “Storage Case”
11. Sad Lovers And Giants, “Imagination”
12. Dif Juz, “Hu”
13. Spider King, “Animals”
14. Nico, “Vegas”
15. The Higsons, “I Don’t Want To Live With Monkeys”
16. Apb, “I’d Like To Shoot You Down”
17. René Halkett David Jay, “Nothing”
18. Maximum Joy, “Stretch” (7-Inch Version)
19. Artery, “Afterwards”
20. 23 Skidoo, “Last Words” (7-Inch Version)
21. The Skodas, “Everybody Thinks Everybody Else Is Dead Bad”
22. Biting, “Tongues Heart Disease”
23. The Reflections, “4 Countries”
24. This Heat, “Radio Prague”



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  • Michael Krystek

    Nice set but a couple of big oversights:
    Simple Minds from that era
    The Sound

  • Colin

    Great set. Will definitely get.
    I’m a massive Post-Punk fan.

    No Comsat Angels is a slight niggle (‘Be Brave’ or ‘Eye Of The Lens’ would’ve been great).

    Also, could’ve had ‘In Shreds’, ‘Nostalgia’ or ‘The Fan and The Bellows’ by The Chameleons during the time-frame covered (1981 is slightly early for the band, barring a handful of songs).

    Still, both minor quibbles. Day one purchase for me.

  • No Pere Ubu? Personally not a fan, but they should be included here. Also second The Sound. They are a glaring omission. One of the most underrated bands for sure.



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