on 18 November 2009
There are a number of truly great and not so obvious Punk tracks on this compilation, and as usual, some marketing exec/nerd spoils what could have been perfect by including stuff not from the era or the genre. ( I know the speel..."this is an example of how punk influenced, blah, blah, blah"). Shame.
"Top of the Pops" was probably one of the Rezillos' worst......"I cant stand my baby" would have been the one to go for.
Bow Wow Wow, Tom Robinson..........are you having a laugh ?
I love Dr Feelgood, but not on this please. And do we really need another inclusion of "Lust For Life" on a compilation, jeez I used to love that tune and I cant listen to it anymore.
The good stuff makes it better than average though, and hopefully it will expose how under-rated The Saints were.
on 10 July 2012
This double CD collection covers a good cross-section of the punk and even not quite so punk (it being a 'broad church') classics.
An even older friend of mine recommended it, and it now takes pride of place amongst the rest of my eclectic collection (Prog Rock, blues, classic rock, soul, classical etc.)
on 2 October 2012
Given the wide and varied output labelled as 'punk', it is unlikely that any compilation will ever achieve universal greatness. However this is a nice mixture of classics, standards and fringe tracks, well worth a play on anyone's CD player who has a fondness for the punk era. A good one for early evening at the weekend - kick back with an old school can of beer and enjoy the memory trip!
on 2 January 2013
The 'Spirit' of punk means that the compilers can put in things that weren't 'Punk' but they consider that they were executed with the spirit of punk. Mostly, I agree with this to give the wider perspective of what was going on with the inclusion of The Stranglers and Ian Dury, they're great but clearly not playing punk music. What's the Talking Heads doing here? PiL and Bow Wow Wow were a lot later. Take no notice of me, Old, Grumpy and Snooty are a bad combination, there are no weak tracks here and if you want the best punk compilation, this is it.. I bought this album because it's got a lot of tracks by bands that I saw or heard played in the clubs but didn't buy at the time and overall it does evoke the spirit of the time. Some tracks are poppy crossovers but there's not the bandwagon jumpers you get on other albums. There's no Plastic Bertrand or ex Pistols-fantastic. I think the Gary Gilmore's Eyes single was better than this version but that's me being snooty again. Buy this, play loud and enjoy the glorious celebration of youth and freedom.