Page 2 into the linear notes and i can see that they were short of imagination for the name of this compilation and the lack of bands like pooh sticks,talking heads,cure,radio 4,crass,fire engines,this heat etc but it is only post-punk 1, so more is too come.
It starts with an absolute classic from one of the most innovative bands of the last...well ever. After 2 listens i was worryingly singing along madly to I found that essence rare by the gang of four.
A good start then, the rest of the compilation is a mixture of catchy, punky material and more lo-fi,experimental songs from the early 80s - and in some cases, modern bands like the rapture and futureheads (whom already sound out of date compared to their predecessors).
This compilation has so many great moments, from the political 'We Are All Prostitutes' by the Pop Group and the always different Swell Maps with one of their classics 'Another Song' to pure love (or unloved) of different kinds such as 'Searching For Mr Right' by the Young Marble Giants(One of my personal favourite bands) and 'I, Bloodbrother Be' by Shockhead Peters there is something for all the purists and self indulgant music lovers.
And who can complain with the always brilliant bands like the Slits, LiliPUT, ESG, Wire, Au Pairs, Scritti Politti, XTC and, of course, my fave's The Fall accompanying more obscure bands like Les Georges Leningrad and Blurt.
Along with additional linear notes about the compilers opinions of the songs they put on, its an almost perfect selection which sits nicely on my shelf next to all the other rough trade compilations. Heres hoping all those '02' compilations are just as tastefull.