on 12 January 2003
This is a good compilation of post-punk tracks with a few oddities thrown in. It covers what I was listening to in my teens pretty well, and has some classic punk and new wave tracks here, from the likes of the Jam, Siouxsie and the Banshees, etc.
There are a few oddly placed tracks too, like 'Grimly Fiendish' - not one of the Damned's best tracks, and not from the period of the other songs. Also there is an Aswad track here, but I don't really see Aswad as anything other than a pop-reggae band, so it isn't really new wave.
Overall a great mix of late 70's/early 80's get up and take notice songs that always deserve a rerun.
on 3 October 2004
An above average compilation of punk and new wave, with some reggae. In places it seems eclectic and random, but I'm happy with a CD that puts Siouxsie, the Velvets, the Dolls, Richman and Richard Hell together. (Note that "Blank Generation" isn't the original version, it's the album version that's usually on compilations. Also, some versions of the track listing, including the inner back cover of the CD, say that "Safety Pin Stuck in my Heart" is included, but on the disc it's been replaced by the Only Ones' "Another Girl Another Planet".)
on 19 July 2013
Initlally bought this compilation for X-Ray Specs (Oh Bondgae Up Yours), Slaughter And The Dogs (Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone) and Spolodgenessabounds (2 Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please) not forgetting Eddie & the Hotrods (Teenage Depression) and as expected they brought back some wonderful memories as music is supposed to do. Given the sheer volume of songs to choose from this double CD provides a pretty good representation of the era and has a bit of something for everyone, which is not always easy. Forgotten how good Iggy Pop's 'Real Wild Child' is/was as well. As with all things though there is always a down-side and in my case this is The Cure's 'Boys Don't Cry'.
This excellent compilation brings together a selection of the best late 1970s rock, punk and reggae from the UK. Disc One contains classics like In The City by The Jam, White Riot by The Clash, Hong Kong Garden by Siouxsie And The Banshees, Blank Generation by Richard Hell, Oh Bondage by X-Ray Spex, Something Better Change by The Stranglers and Teenage Kicks by The Undertones.
Reggae is represented by Junior Murvin’s lilting protest song Police And Thieves, Ku Klux Klan by Steelpulse and War Ina Babylon by Max Romeo. The quirky Typical Girls by The Slits has a skittering reggae rhythm but should properly be called post-punk, and then there’s the brilliant 1960s track White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground that is appropriately included here since the Velvets exercised such a heavy influence upon the music of the time.
Disc Two has a similar mix of rock, reggae and pop tracks. My favourites include Elvis Costello’s Watching The Detectives and the Joe Jackson song (both reggaefied rock), The quirky Rock Lobster by the B-52s, So it Goes - a great pop song by Nick Lowe and Wreckless Eric’s charming Whole Wide World. The other great reggae tracks here are Warrior Charge by Aswad and Forces Of Victory by Linton Kwesi Johnson. Jilted John contributes his charming eponymous song and The Cure adds some atmospheric sounds with Boys Don’t Cry, whilst the Squeeze, Graham Parker and Ultravox songs also remain memorable.
All the contributing artists played a part in the musical history of the times The New York Dolls, Jonathan Richman, The Ramones, Ian Dury, Sham 69, The Damned, Iggy Pop and The Dickies also deserve a mention. The music has aged remarkably well and there is still that punky sense of urgency that I remember so well from my youth. Teenage Kicks offers a varied and rewarding listening experience.