on 10 May 2002
Most compilations of a similar nature will feature a couple of the big name bands, but mostly will be filled with obscure, mundane bands which all sound the same - a prime example being the many English punk compilations, which never feature bands such as the Clash and the Buzzcocks.
This compilation, however, features all the important bands of a particular genre, from the Velvet Underground to the Dead Kennedys. It is a fine guide to all those interested in perhaps hearing the groups which went on to influence bands such as the Damned and the Sex Pistols, but didn't know where to start. It should also be purchased by those who think punk started with Green Day and ended with Sum 41.
There are so many stand out tracks on this album, but a bizarre cover of 'Louie, Louie' by the Sonics, 'Road Runner' by Jonathan Richman and the magnificent 'Slip Inside this House' by 13th Floor Elevators and later covered by Primal Scream, are perhaps the best. Also featured is a great live performance from Television, and the timeless 'Trash' by the New York Dolls.
All in all, a fantastic compilation, but could 'Teenage Riot' by Sonic Youth perhaps have been slipped in at the end? Oh well, hopefully there'll be a 'volume 2'.....
on 26 May 2002
This is USA calling. I was very pleased to see the inclusion of rare 60s punk (Sonics, 13th Floor Elevators) along side legends such as the Velvets, the Ramones, the Dolls & Iggy. 60s garage bands usually don't appear on these "histories" and are limited to "60s Punk" comps.
As with all retrosectives the only drawback is not with what's here but what isn't. The liner notes appologise for the exclusion of Talking Heads. But other essential US band aren't represented: MC5, Dictators, Patti Smith, Devo, Germs. Fortunately a "Vol. 2" was promised- maybe all the afore mentioned will then appear.