Sunday, October 30, 2022

K's PUNKY REGGAE PARTY SPECIAL - VA Punky Reggae Party - Two Sevens Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (9 x CD's)


K's PUNKY REGGAE PARTY SPECIAL   - VA Punky Reggae Party - Two Sevens Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers (45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) [2022] (9 x CD's)

In celebration of 45 years since the first DJ sets by Don Letts at the London punk club The Roxy in the summer of 1977, where he played his amazing reggae collection to the punks.  This led to many punk bands incorporating reggae into their sound. Bands like The Clash, The Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers, Gang of Four, The Slits, Generation X, The Police, Blondie, The Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, XTC, The Specials and many more all recorded songs with reggae influences.   There has never been an official compilation of this fantastic mix of punk and reggae; the original songs which influenced the punks and the songs the punks went on later to record.

Reggae and punk were thrown together by being mutual outcasts, two fingers against authority and a sense of an established order breaking down. 1977 was to be a seminal year for music, fashion and society as white and black street culture found itself with the same aspirations for possibly the first time. The relationship was cemented as bands like Misty in Roots and Steel Pulse appeared on shared stages at the Rock Against Racism gigs with bands like Generation X. In fact, The Ruts first single was released on Misty’s ‘People United’ record label and Steel Pulse went on tour with The Stranglers.  When Bob Marley went to London in 1977, he discovered, documented, and reveled in the punky reggae party.

Hope you enjoy this fantastic mix of classic punk and reggae. I put a tremendous amount of time and research into this compilation to make it truly authentic to what was being played in the clubs by Don Letts and the reggae inspired punk music that followed.








Sky Arts presents: Two Sevens Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers by acclaimed director, DJ and musician Don Letts as he trawls through his extensive archive of Super 8 films from the 1970s to tell the story of when the politically alienated, multicultural youth of the era made their voices heard via the sounds of punk, dub and reggae.

The sounds of Rasta culture in London could be heard in readings by Linton Kwesi Johnson and records played at The Roxy - by Letts himself when resident DJ - and were key influences on songs by The Clash and The Slits. Bob Marley would pinpoint the era as the ‘Punky Reggae Party’. Don offers a first-hand account of this scene and the trail that it blazed to shape music history.

Don Letts - Two Sevens Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers - Sky Arts (2017)



Track lists


01 Poet And The Roots All Wi Doin' Is Defendin' (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 5:32

02 Poet And The Roots Defense (Dub) 3:15

03 Willie Williams Armagideon Time (Original 1979 Studio One 7" Single Version) 5:09

04 The Clash Armagideon Time 3:51

05 The Clash Justice Tonight / Kick It Over 8:54

06 Gang Of Four At Home He's a Tourist 3:31

07 Jacob Miller; Augustus Pablo Baby I Love You So b/w King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown (Original 1974 Pablo International 7" Single Version) 4:59

08 The Ruts Babylon's Burning 2:35

09 Leroy Smart Ballistic Affair 3:06

10 The Boomtown Rats Banana Republic (Original 1980 12" Extended Version) 5:05

11 The Clash Bankrobber 4:34

12 The Clash Feat. Mikey Dread Rockers Galore...UK Tour 4:42

13 The Police The Bed's Too Big Without You 4:25

14 Dr. Alimantado Best Dressed Chicken in Town 2:43

15 Dr. Alimantado Born for a Purpose (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 5:52

16 The Police Bring on the Night 4:15

17 The Clash The Call Up 5:25


18 The Clash The Cool Out 3:51

19 Dr. Alimantado Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks 3:19

20 The Police Can't Stand Losing You 2:59

21 U-roy Chalice in the Palace 3:30

22 Max Romeo; Lee "scratch" Perry & The Full Experience Chase the Devil / Disco Devil (The Jamaican Discomix) 14:24

23 Dillinger Cocaine in My Brain 2:46

24 The Congos Congo Man (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 6:15

25 The Heptones Cool Rasta b/w Rasta Dub (Original 1976 Cancer 7" Single Version) 5:51

26 Johnny Clarke Crazy Baldhead 3:39

27 Gang Of Four Damaged Goods 3:28

28 Blondie Die Young Stay Pretty 3:34

29 Stiff Little Fingers Doesn't Make It Alright 5:48

30 Graham Parker & The Rumour Don't Ask Me Questions 5:36

31 Junior Byles Fade Away b/w Fading Dub (Original 1975 Well Charge 7" Single Version) 6:39

32 Elizabeth Archer & The Equators Feel Like Makin' Love 3:30

33 Elizabeth Archer & The Equators Feel Like Makin' Love (Version) 3:37


34 The Congos Fisherman (Original 1977 12" Single Version) 6:05

35 Joe Jackson Fools in Love 4:23

36 The Specials Feat. Rico Ghost Town (Original 1981 12" Extended Single Version) 6:03

37 The Ruts Give Youth a Chance 3:12

38 The Clash The Guns of Brixton 3:09

39 The Clash Return to Brixton (Extended Mix) 6:29

40 Gregory Isaacs Handcuff (Hey Mr. Babylon) 3:33

41 Siouxsie And The Banshees Happy House 3:50

42 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come (Original 1972 Island Records 7" Single Version) 3:08

43 Prince Far I Heavy Manners 3:14

44 The Boomtown Rats House on Fire (Original 1982 12" Extended Version) 4:46

45 The Boomtown Rats House on Fire (Original 1982 12" Dub Version) 5:55

46 The Passions Hunted 3:31

47 Linval Thompson I Love Marijuana 3:29

48 The Mighty Diamonds I Need a Roof b/w Roof Top Dub (Original 1975 Channel 1 7" Single Version) 5:32

49 Culture I'm Not Ashamed 4:00

50 The Mighty Two I'm Not Ashamed (Version) 3:47

51 The Ruts In a Rut 3:41

52 The Slits Instant Hit 2:41


53 Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out with Him? 3:35

54 Gang Of Four It's Her Factory 3:10

55 The Ruts Jah War (Original 1979 12" Extended Single Version) 6:54

56 Big Youth Jim Screechy 3:17

57 Bob Marley And The Wailers Johnny Was (Woman Hold Her Head and Cry) (Original 1976 7" Single Version) 3:47

58 Stiff Little Fingers Johnny Was 8:09

59 Steel Pulse Ku Klux Klan (Original 1978 12" Single Mix) 6:46

60 Peter Tosh Legalize It 4:40

61 Errol Dunkley & The Gaytones A Little Way Different (Original 1972 7" Single Version) 2:57

62 The Clash Lost in the Supermarket 3:47

63 The Ruts Love in Vain 4:10

64 The Clash The Magnificent Seven 5:32

65 The Clash The Magnificent Dance (Original 1981 12" Mix) 5:37

66 Xtc Making Plans for Nigel 4:12

67 The Paragons Man Next Door (also known as "Quiet Place" or "I've Got to Get Away") (Original 1968 Duke 7" Single Version) 2:00

68 Dr. Alimantado I Shall Fear No Evil 2:18

69 Misty In Roots Mankind (Live at the Counter-Eurovision, Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium, March 31, 1979) 4:17


70 Burning Spear Marcus Garvey b/w Marcus Garvey (Version) (Original 1974 Fox 7" Single Version) 7:19

71 The Police Message in a Bottle 4:52

72 Dennis Brown & Prince Mohammed Money in My Pocket (1979 12" Extended Discomix) 8:12

73 Barry Brown Mr. C.I.D. 5:04

74 Gregory Isaacs Mr. Cop b/w Mr. Cop (Version) (Original 1976 Micron Music 7" Single Version) 7:54

75 The Classics (the Wailing Souls) Mr. Fire Coal Man (Original 1971 Banana 7" Single Version) 3:28

76 Stiff Little Fingers Mr. Fire Coal Man 4:54

77 U-roy Natty Rebel b/w Natty Rebel (Version) (Original 1976 Volcano 7" Single Version) 7:30

78 Bob Marley And The Wailers Natural Mystic 3:27

79 The Stranglers Nice 'n' Sleazy 3:13

80 Prince Far I No More War 4:37

81 Prince Far I No More War (Dub) 3:59

82 Earl Zero None Shall Escape the Judgement b/w Judgement Version 6:54

83 Johnny Clarke None Shall Escape the Judgement 3:14

84 Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Egyptian Reggae 2:35


85 The Members Offshore Banking Business / Pennies in the Pound (Original 1979 12" Single Version) 6:26

86 The Clash One More Time 3:31

87 The Clash One More Dub 3:37

88 Stiff Little Fingers The Only One 4:17

89 Gregory Isaacs Party in the Slum 3:23

90 Gregory Isaacs' All Stars Slum (In Dub) 3:53

91 The Stranglers Peaches (Original 1977 Unedited 7" Single Version) 4:04

92 Militant Barry Pistol Boy 3:15

93 Dr. Alimantado Poison Flour 2:35

94 Junior Murvin; The Upsetters Police and Thieves b/w Grumblin' Dub (Original 1976 Island Records 7" Single Version) 7:06

95 The Clash Police and Thieves 6:03

96 The Maytals Pressure Drop (Original 1969 Beverley's Records 7" Single Version) 2:59

97 The Clash Pressure Drop 3:25

98 The Pretenders Private Life 6:24

99 Steel Pulse Prodigal Son 5:07

100 Steel Pulse Prodigal Son (Dub) 5:11

101 Bob Marley And The Wailers Punky Reggae Party (1977 UK 12" Version) 6:55


102 Patti Smith Redondo Beach 3:26

103 Danny Ray And The Revolutioners Revolution Rock b/w Revolution Dub (Version) (Original 1976 High Note 7" Single Version) 6:12

104 The Clash Revolution Rock 5:33

105 The Mighty Diamonds Right Time (Original 1975 7" Single Version) 3:16

106 The Mighty Diamonds Right Time (Version) 3:00

107 Marlene Webber Right Track (Original 1977 Rattie Soul 12" Single Version) 5:51

108 Lee "scratch" Perry Roast Fish & Cornbread 3:48

109 The Upsetters Corn Fish (Dub) 4:26

110 The Clash Rock the Casbah 3:42

111 The Clash Mustapha Dance 4:28

112 Stiff Little Fingers Roots, Radicals, Rockers and Reggae 3:55

113 The Police Roxanne 3:11

114 The Clash Rudie Can't Fail 3:28

115 Dandy Livingstone Rudy, a Message to You (Original 1967 Ska Beat 7" Single Version) 2:33

116 The Specials Feat. Rico A Message to You Rudy 2:52

117 Stiff Little Fingers Safe as Houses 5:28

118 The Abyssinians Satta Massagana b/w Satta Massagana Dub (Original 1976 Penetrate 7" Single Version) 6:59

119 Culture See Them a Come 3:21

120 Basement 5 Silicone Chip (Original 1980 7" Single Version) 5:12


121 Horace Andy Skylarking (Original 1972 Bongo Man 7" Single Version) 3:05

122 Capital Letters Smoking My Ganja (Original 1978 Greensleeves 12" Special Mix) 8:45

123 Burning Spear Slavery Days 3:24

124 Burning Spear I and I (Slavery Days) 3:52

125 The Police So Lonely 4:49

126 Linton Kwesi Johnson Sonny's Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem) 3:53

127 Linton Kwesi Johnson Iron Bar (Dub) 3:43

128 Junior Delgado Sons of Slaves 6:39

129 Stiff Little Fingers Stands to Reason 3:04

130 Black Slate Sticksman 3:44

131 The Clash Straight to Hell 5:30

132 The Heptones Sufferer's Time 3:58

133 The Upsetters Sufferer's Dub 4:17

134 Jacob Miller Tenement Yard b/w Tenement Dub (Original 1975 Arab 7" Single Version) 5:24

135 The Paragons Feat. John Holt The Tide Is High (Original 1967 Treasure Isle 7" Single Version) 2:43

136 Blondie The Tide Is High 4:39

137 Killing Joke Turn to Red 3:57


138 Killing Joke Turn to Red (Dub) 6:30

139 Culture; The Mighty Two Two Sevens Clash b/w Two Sevens Clash (Version) (Original 1977 Joe Gibbs Record Globe 7" Single Version) 7:08

140 The Slits Typical Girls 3:59

141 Dawn Penn You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) (Original 1967 Studio One 7" Mono Single Version) 4:31

142 Trinity Three Piece Suit (Original 1975 Belmont Records 7" Single Version) 3:46

143 Marcia Aitken And The Mighty Two I'm Still In Love (With You Boy) (Original 1977 12" Extended Single Version) 6:35

144 Althea & Donna Uptown Top Ranking (Original 1977 Joe Gibbs Record Globe 7" Single Version) 3:53

145 XTC Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down 4:20

146 The Police Walking on the Moon 5:01

147 Linton Kwesi Johnson Want Fi Goh Rave (Original 1979 12" Long Version) 7:20

148 Max Romeo & The Upsetters War Ina Babylon (1976 12" Extended Version) 8:16

149 Elvis Costello Watching the Detectives 3:46

150 Glenroy Richards Wicked Can't Run Away b/w Ranking Dub (Original 1977 Grove Music 7" Single Version) 5:53

151 Generation X Wild Dub 3:46

152 The Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais 4:01




  1. Been listening to similar sounds this year, been on a nostalgia trip. This will be the cherry on top for me!

    1. Thanks for that excellent comment, exile 62.

    2. the quality of compilations offered here has been outstanding, this one is particularly appropriate as its getting hot in brissie.

    3. Thanks again, exile 62.
      Enjoy this and others to come.

  2. Butterboy, this is an incredible compilation. Takes me back to my high school and early college days! Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Eric,
      It never ceases to amaze me as to the profound impact music has in our lives. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks Butterboy for this excellent compilation. Your compilations are some of the best online. Keep up the great work!!!

    1. Hi Ace Ven,
      Thanks for your kind words.
      This is actually another wonderful K special. Enjoy!

  4. Amazing ! great concept, very well done , thank you very much for this fantastic comp !!

    1. Hi Strummer62.
      Glad you are enjoying this K special.

  5. I am never less than astounded at the quality of these compilations. Truly excellent work.
    Many thanks

    1. Thanks, Andymann.
      I am glad that K is a major contributor here and that his work is appreciated.

  6. This is awesome. Thanks so much for your hard work and insightful comps.

    1. Thanks heartofstone.
      Enjoy these compilations from K.

  7. K has done it again. Perfect. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, StoneRose.
      I am sure your comment will be appreciated.

  8. Outstanding Work. This Is A Dream Compilation For Me & So Well Done. Thanks So Much For The Time & Effort. Very Much Appreciated!!!

    1. Glad to hear that, John R.
      It is a great set created by K.

  9. I was never really a mod, but I do love this music. Thanks K
    Hi BB

    1. Hi lemonflag,
      Do you mean you were never really a Punk? Mod music is different to me. Great music indeed.
      Watch out for a Mod later collection this week...

  10. .. great stuff. Thx a ton. This will fill & enhance my Reggae/Ska Folder :)
    All best

  11. Wonderful concept and post, love the effort.

  12. Great collection! Again! I guess Bad Brains were too punk and too reggae to include, but I always think of HR when I think of Punky Reggae.

    1. I knew you would like this set, Pol.
      Some magic to be had.

  13. This is the ducks nuts! Outstanding

    1. Hi g8rrick,
      Will accept ducks nuts. Have fun reminiscing.

  14. This is particularly good and unique I think. Thank you.

    1. Thanks, chico.
      It is a thing of beauty. Enjoy!

  15. dear butterboy, is it possible to re-up the links? they are all dead now and i missed this amazing comp. thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Unknown,
      New links established, tested and working.

  16. Linton Kwesi Johnson, Big Youth,Steel Pulse, The Heptones amongst many others ....150 tracks. All is right with the world.Thank you!

    1. It is a wonderful set, Richard Bock.
      Enjoy now and into the future.

  17. Hi Butterboy, just wanted to say this is a fantastic site. So many compilations that reflect my music taste. I make my own mixes all the time but these are much better, I appreciate the thought that goes into them. Keep up the great work,

    1. Thanks, Mr Gaggles,
      K has curated a wonderful set here. His attention to detail and his love of music is evident in all his Specials. I hope you take the opportunity to pick up the excellent documentary that is also attached.