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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mighty Saints ...., 21 Sep 2010
This review is from: Know Your Product - The Best Of (Audio CD)
A very generous slice of the Saints (22 tracks) from their original incarnation, nearly all of their debut LP (I'm Stranded), most of their second, the cruelly underrated Eternally Yours, and a couple of numbers from the third Prehistoric Sounds. Highlights? If you must; the breakneck pace of 'Stranded' alongside their finest track 'Know Your Product', a brass fuelled eruption with Chris Bailey's characteristic sneering vocals. But in truth there is loads to admire here. The Saints were rough'n'ready and streetwise and you knew it. But they also had a bit of depth and a few more dimensions than most of the '76/'77 crop (and they made sure we knew it by 1978 - check out the dry wit and accoustic guitars of 'Memories Are Made Of This'). A couple of almost obligatory punk-band-covers-pop-classic-at-breakneck-speed ('Lipstick On Your Collar','River Deep Mountain High') may bring a smile but it's the originals that show how well, original, they were. 'This Perfect Day' (covered by The Fall on The Marshall Suite) even got them on TOTP (check out You Tube if you don't believe me) and knawed at the very lower end of the hit parade. Good starting point for or all you need of (you decide)a band who are essential listening if you have even a passing interest in 'punk rawk' from back in the day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that was solid was blasted into the air, 23 Jan 2011
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Know Your Product - The Best Of (Audio CD)
Buried under the rubble of history, crawling to get out, the Saints were the real deal, the petrol sniffing Ozzies prowling the streets of London looking for the cultural revolution proclaimed in their homestead papes. When they arrived however, they were mis-sold a pension, it was clowns in suits twanging the guitar to fey pap that bestrode the stage of fools. The young ones who wanted to blast the past into history were being ushered off into oblivion by the cultural pressures which stress conformity is freedoom.

Hair too long, trousers too wide these punkers were deemed too outre to be on the in even for those who were out. That is the power of the pack. It obliterates thos cultural artefacts which are stronger and permeates its mediocrity as a standard for all to follow.

This album is way above most that bestrode the stage in 77/78/79. This is the most ferocious use of electricity since the East Germans stuck up their fences around old Berlin. Harnessed to the most sneering nonchalant, could not be bothered vocals extolling the vacuity of everyday existence.

This culls 3 albums, an ep and some singles and brings them all together. The effect is stunning, visceral a million miles away from middlebrow hair over the eyes shoe gazing or twanging braces replacing this visceral heart attack music. This is the liver bile, full sonic attack, bad attitude, performed in your face sounds. Unlike those who never passed ther toilet training exam this is layered with a fine mesh of intelligence. Attacks on a society that promises so much, but delivers so little in Perfect Day and Know your product. The full bayonet charge and blast of Demolition Girl. The electric frazzle of love/lust is captured in Wild about You and Story of Love. Pure trash trash on Kissin Cousins, Lipstick on your collar and River Deep Mountain High. Attacks on conformity with Do the Robot. Finally there is electric welded to brass in the last collected moments as they found a more fundmental soul to link to All the Times through Paradise. This marked a departure at the time. Here it appears a logical move as Prehistoric Sounds is moulded into the collective as something ripened with imagination, just waiting to be picked and plucked.

This needs rehabilitation in lifes rehab, kept in a precious time capsule. These seeds can be germinated for the future so it will still remain unwritten rather than becoming an IKEA shopping list of things that fall apart.
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