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Punk

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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00005Q7EZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Of course, it's nigh impossible to comprehensively document a scene as disparately diverse as punk, but to their credit, the compilers of Punk, Chris Sullivan (ex-Blue Rondo a la Turk singer) and Steven Colegrave, have made a mighty fine stab at it. Alongside the usual suspects (Sex Pistols, Clash, Buzzcocks et al) are contributions from influential, pre-punk pioneers such as the Velvet Underground, MC5 and Iggy and the Stooges, as well as the more idiosyncratic likes of PIL and Joy Division. Inevitably, there are omissions. The non-inclusion of bands as pivotal as Television, Patti Smith, The Fall, Dead Kennedys, etc. is disappointing, though presumably unavoidable on licensing grounds. By compiling the tracks in chronological order, it's possible to trace the blank generation's haphazard development as it frantically embraced everything from white-knuckled rock & roll and art-school avant garde to poetry and reggae. Despite such diversity, the tracks here are--with the exception of Sid Vicious's panto karaoke "My Way"--uniformly brilliant and provide a thrilling soundtrack to the history of the original, pre-Green Day, punk movement. --Chris King

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Format: Audio CD
Since nobody could be bothered here's a track list.

1, Generation X - Ready Steady Go

2, The Jam - In the City

3, The Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy

4, Buzzcocks - Promises

5, The Stranglers - 5 Minutes

6, Sham 69 - Hurry Up Harry

7, Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia

8, Eddie & the Hot Rods - Teenage Depression

9, 999 - Homicide

10, The Boomtown Rats - She's so Modern

11, The Damned - Neat Neat Neat

12, The Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes

13, The Nosebleeds - Ain't Bin to No Music School

14, Stiff Little Fingers - At the Edge

15, Anti-Nowhere League - Streets of London

16, Sex Pistols - Anarchy in th UK (Alternate Version)

17, The Lurkers - Ain't got a Clue

18, Bow Wow Wow - I want Candy

19, Spizz Energi - Where's Captain Kirk

20, Toy Dolls - Nellie the Elephant
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The most immediatley stiking aspect of this album is how misleading the title is; many tracks are not so much punk but either direct influences on punk (such as the Velvet Underground or the MC5) or the post punk style which followed 1977 (Pil or Joy Division for instance). This lends the album a far wider scope than, say, a "best of punk" collection comprising of solely the Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones etc (Although of course these excellent bands are included here). However, the historical and cultural significance of punk are not what is important here, what matters is that this album plays FANTASTICALLY. Pretty much every song is a killer (although the John Cooper Clarke poetry of "psycle sluts" is a bit bizarre) and the combination of artsy gloom (e.g the Velvet Underground), raw agression (the Sex Pistols), poppy melodies ("the sound of the suburbs" by the members), reggae ("Ku Klux Klan" by Steel Pulse) and even dance ("Contort Yourself" by James White) means that, even as a 2 hour double album, you will find yourself hard pressed to turn this off once it's in your CD player. I would reccomend this unequivocally to anyone with even the slightest liking for punk.
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It's nice to see a compilation that actually acknowledges the real roots of punk with bands like MC5, The Stooges and The Ramones included.
Also there are the classics from bands such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned and the Clash. I'm a little surprised to see that more obscure tracks are included for bands that have produced classics that epitomise punk, such as Day by Day from Generation X, when everyone knows tracks like King Rocker or Dancing with Myself.
Overall this is a great brief history of punk that includes all the major players from the genre's roots in the tail-end of the 60's up until the death of punk at the start of the 80's. I'm glad it doesn't include any of the post-punk bands that label themselves punk, but unfortunately it does include a couple of turkeys from John Cooper Clarke and Sid Vicious. This doesn't detract from the overall excellent quality of the tracks though.
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This is lovingly put together. The only glaring error to my ears is Throbbing Gristle which is gonna be a challenge regardless, but this is a primitive live recording for their song. First disc intros roots of punk for ya. Really, this 2xcd set is pure UK vision of punk. The recording quality of the tracks is otherwise excellent. Each song bursts. A perfect set to turn some kid onto that period of music. It's one of my favorite collections of old punk songs cuz the song selected really are excellent.
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For those that missed it when most of the world banned it one way or another, it's back, just as viscous as ever, but with modern sensibilities, it's not really that bad. Great recordings as they all were once.
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This brings together a classic group of songs on two discs. The music here would all have been played by des at punk gigs at the time. If you want a bigger collection go for no thanks a rougher collection Babylon is burning. Get it secondhand and it is likely to be an absolute bargain.
For completists this has a good liner booklet and includes the American influence on uk punk.
This does bring back strong memories for anyone who saw these bands in the seventies.
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This is USA calling! "Punk" is probably the best retrospective of this late 70s/early 80s revolution, even better than the original "Burning Ambitions". "Ambitions" didn't even include the Dolls, VU, Stooges or MC5! However, there are some important sub genres that are still ignored here: Oi, American hardcore and the REAL anarchy of the "peace" punks. This comp needed a third CD to include the Cockney rejects, Angelic Upstarts, Business, Black Flag, Dead Kennedy's, Germs, Crass, Conflict and Poisen Girls. Maybe Columbia should be talked into releasing "Punk Vol. 2".
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Maybe if the track list was available, one could decide whether one would like to buy it or not.. it might be good but then again it might be bad.. who knows. I might be a little picky but it does say various artists does it not????
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