MILLIONS NOW LISTENING WILL NEVER DIE WITH JON MOONEYHAM

What IS “post-punk”? For starters, it’s an aesthetic rather than a style. After the UK punk bands smashed the status quo of rock in the mid-70s with their back-to-basics attack, subsequent bands started recombining rock with other approaches — funk, reggae and dub, noise, DIY primitivism, jazz, electronics, even the dreaded disco — to create then-unique new sounds that heavily influenced many later bands. Concurrently, in the US, new sounds burbled up from the underground (no wave, the mutated rock of Pere Ubu, Chrome, &c., and the innovators on the SST label). Back then, all this was considered the spikier end of new wave and punk (the actual term “post-punk” didn’t emerge until a few decades later).

For the handful of bands that rose to high profile like Joy Division, Gang of Four, Devo, or Talking Heads, there’s hundreds (thousands?) more that managed to eke out an amazing single or EP before vanishing. MILLIONS NOW LISTENING WILL NEVER DIE surveys the wild breadth of all the remarkable music that emerged during that time. From the better-known groups (Cabaret Voltaire, Wire, ESG, The Fall, The B-52’s) to lesser-known worthies (Tone Set, Mudmen, The Passage, Ludus, and others), the show packs each hour with a hearty dollop of post-punk, from 1978 (and often earlier) to 1984 (but rarely later). Host Jon Mooneyham occasionally chimes in with an anecdote or bit of historical context, but generally tries to stay out of the way of the music…