Blitz were one of the most uncompromising and unforgettable 'street punk' (or Skunk...remember that tag...awful eh?)bands to come out of the 80's and a listen to this CD proves that they have lost none of their clout in today's technological cyberworld!
This is punk rock at it's rawest form and from the opening rasp of 'We Are The Boys' you know it's gonna be a brutal and savage joy ride through 22 real gems. 'Voice of A Generation', 'Propaganda' and 'Bleed' are undoubted highs here whilst 'T.O?' with it's 'Watcha think yer doin', touchin' me there?' refrain is just plain weird...in the nastiest sense. 'Warriors' is nothing short of absolute class and starts with one of those 'bass lines you need to learn'. The lyrics, considering they are 25 years down the line are in most cases as relevant to today as Orwell's 1984!
Nidge's underated guitar work is far from a straight 3 chord workout too. There's ample chorus, reverb and soaring lead breaks here to keep your average muso rubbing their chins. Listen to the crisp intro to '4Q' or the chugging rhythm employed on the top notch cover of Lou Reed's 'Vicious'. Brilliant! Nidge's tragic and untimely death earlier this year means that punk rock has lost one of it's great innovators. Infact many of the USA's top punk bands of today are quick to emphasise the influence the guitar work on this LP has had on them.
Blitz came out of the Manchester suburbs with more arrogant swagger than the Gallaghers could ever hope to muster. They were, to coin a phrase, 'For Real'. Having shifted bucketloads of their first three 45's on No Future, the legendary 'All Out Attack EP'(included here), the anthemic 'Never Surrender' single (which was coupled with the oft overlooked masterpiece that is 'Razors In The Night' which for reasons best known to the compilers is criminally omitted from this CD) and the 'Warriors' 45, Blitz unleashed their debut LP onto the world in 82. The sound and formula of the music contained here has never been recaptured and therefore remains unique.
Get this CD in yer rack sharpish if you haven't got it already...then, in the word's of the song, be prepared to 'SCREEEAAAMMM'!!!!....you'll be so glad you did.