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This review is from: Teenage Kicks 1977-1981 The Music That Changed Everything (Audio CD)
One of an ever-growing list of nostalgic compilations featuring punk, new wave and ska hits from the late 1970's and early 1980's. This popular budget-priced 60 song collection makes a reasonable job out of it. There are many memorable moments spread across Teenage Kicks 1977-1981 that still make my heart skip a beat, such as Pil's 'Public Image', The Specials 'Ghost Town' and Magazine's 'Shot By Both Sides', as well as plenty of fine - if highly predictable - selections from commercially successful groups like The Jam, The Stranglers, Madness, and the Pretenders.
However, this 3-and-a bit-hour survey of a significant period in rock history isn't without its faults. There is nothing here by heavy hitters The Clash and Sex Pistols; an undeniable Anglo-centric bias on the part of its compilers, and no post-punk from the likes of Gang of Four and Wire. Subtitling it "The Music That Changed Everything" also seems hubristic- did Tenpole Tudor's 'Swords Of A 1000 Men' or The Vapors' 'Turning Japanese' really turn anybody's world upside down? Whilst the inclusion of Junior Murvin's reggae classic 'Police and Thieves' felt tokenistic. That is why I have to say I prefer Demon Music Group's comparably priced 100 Hits: Punk & New Wave to this unimaginatively named TV-advertised 3 CD set: it is bigger and far more daring in its selection of material.