It wasn't until I discovered allmusic and starting looking up my favorite bands that I learned that lots of my favorite music is considered part of the same genre and that it has a name: post-punk. I just thought of it as music I like.
I recently came upon an 80s post-punk archetype: Josef K. The first
time I heard the band on the radio, I was confused. They sounded
familiar without sounding familiar, in that I knew I'd never actually
heard them before although their sound resembled lots that I'd heard
before. There were glints of the angularity of the Fall, Gang of Four
and early Echo & the Bunnymen, the jangly pop of the Woodentops and
the revved-up jangly pop of early Wedding Present. That they had
previously escaped my attention, apart from recognizing their name from
the 1991 edition of the Trouser
Press record guide, is not surprising considering that they only
issued one proper album, The Only
Fun in Town, before breaking up, and that album never had a U.S.
release. Their new compilation, Entomology,
rounds up 22 album tracks and singles for a worthy introduction to