a 10 song, 42 minute digital album of 1970s Protopunk.
Raw, red hot performances recorded 1976/77:
-Do the Wait (studio version featured on UNCUT magazine’s ’protopunk’ CD)
-In the Summer (‘Finest Canadian summer anthem ever’ chart.com)
and lots more!!!
musicemissions.com on Proto-Spunk: "Canadian legends The Scenics are back once again with missives from the vault, this time a set of crude, rude and holy live covers and originals from back in the day. The first in a planned series of music and biographical "punk haiku," "Proto-Spunk 1976-77" is a listening experience akin to being there when the Monolith showed the monkey how to use tools for the first time.
Besides the historical value, this shows a band who, by their own admission, barely knew what they were doing, yet in their covers of tunes like "Little Johnny Jewel," "See Emily Play" and a must-have, must-hear version of Dylan's (then available only on bootleg from the Basement Tapes) "Too Much of Nothing," they touch on virtually all the disparate streams unleashed by punk, including art-rock, no-wave, hardcore, Television-esque minimal psych.
Of the originals, guitarist Ken Badger/singer shows his melodic chops on the crunchy but meditative "In the Summer." "Farm Reports (and Test Patterns)" is a gem that would have fit perfect in any Music Machine or Sonics setlist.
To say that "Proto-Spunk 1976-77" is a must have is beyond redundant. The more that the Scenics release from the vaults the more it becomes obvious that punk history needs to be revised a bit. How many other bands were out there in the 70s, making vital music, on some nights even equal to the legends?
Andy from the Scenics sez: "Proto-Spunk is the sound of a bunch of kids diving head first into new sounds- it's The Scenics very young, very early, very raw, before we knew what we had or what we were doing. It begins in the Summer of 1976, when Ken Badger and I had just began playing.
Proto-Spunk is the collected audio from the first 5 chapters of The Scenics' memoir blog, PUNK HAIKU. It is the first album of a series that will be continued soon (as we get caught up to the PUNK HAIKU story) with volume 2- "See Me Smile"