“(Your Love is Like) Nuclear Waste” – Tuff Darts

One of the least heralded bands of the late 1970s CBGB punk scene, the Tuff Darts still put together a pretty good album for Sire Records at the time.  This is arguably their most famous song and if you’re a fan of Ugly Kid Joe’s “I Hate Everything About You” (Dave sheepishly raises his hand), you’ll like this song.  A bit obvious and stoopid, but still pretty fun.  Trivia note: rockabilly legend Robert Gordon was a member of the Darts before this album came out and before his later renown as a solo artist.

“Max’s Kansas City” – Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys

Here’s the punk version of Arthur Conley’s “Sweet Soul Music.”  Wayne (now Jayne) County gives a special shout-out to one of the preeminent underground music clubs of 1960s-1970s NYC, as well as all of the NYC punk icons of the day: Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, the New York Dolls, Pere Ubu (yes, they’re from Cleveland, but they deserve a shout-out), Lance Loud and the Mumps, Richard Hell, Television, Tuff Darts, etc.  And no, the Backstreet Boys who backed Wayne up are not the barely pubescent, New Millenial bad-facial hair boys who want it THAT way.