Interactive Matrix

  • 1976, 1977, 1978
  • 1979, 1980, 1981
  • 1982, 1983, 1984
  • The interactive Matrix includes a range of user-controllable features. Select a time period from the links above, and a grid matrix showing the range of punk single releases across each year, and their geographical relationship to London, will be displayed. Click on a single year, and you will be taken to the interactive version of that matrix.

    By selecting from the first pull-down tab at the top of the page, each year can be displayed individually. The second tab allows you to choose from three ‘filters’ to display particular selections of sleeves on the matrix according to punk sub-genre, region or wave. The third tab then shows a further menu related to:

    • Sub-genres including Proto Punk, Punk Rock, Novelty Punk, New Wave, Hardcore and Oi.
    • Regions including the North East, Scotland, South West, Wales etc.
    • The First, Second and Third Waves of UK punk.

    When you click on an individual sleeve on the matrix, a larger image is displayed, together with artist and title details, record label, catalogue number, year of release, designer and further information related to the sleeve design itself: artwork/number of print colours/black or coloured vinyl/print method used/style of typography. When the image and details are displayed, a short sample from the title track of the record also plays.