Bovine Juice wrote:
Incidentally when did the term post punk first get coined? At the time I remember new wave tended to be used a lot more but then I was more into the powerpop stuff of the Undertones, Buzzcocks and the Jam and the quirky arty stuff of Monochrome Set, Devo, Talking Heads and early XTC rather than the reggae or funk influenced stuff that is now termed post punk.
Although it wasn't exactly in common usage, I seem to remember post punk being used in the early 80s in the literal sense for anything that followed or evolved out of punk, long before it was considered as a term denoting a specific genre, as typified by the likes of The Gang Of Four; a bit like the term indie started as a broard descrirption of a bands's staus and attitude before it becoming used as denoting a more narrow genre.
The narrowing of the meaning of 'post punk' was, I'm sure, only applied in hindsight some years later.
Liked the third program, but it suffered, like the second, by having to cram too much into one hour. I think as punk had a much stronger social context and diversified into so many strands, it wouldn't have been unreasonable to make this a longer series than, say, Prog Britainia.
Also remember liking, at the time, the Arena doc that Simon mentioned as well as the book it was based on.