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True DIY Punk at its Very Best
on 5 October 2017
This album is what the original punk movement was all about. I always had a lot of time for Mark Perry, from Sniffin' Glue onwards. This album shows that punk wasn't all crashing guitars and shouting vocals, this is the real DIY deal. It is very difficult to categorise (something I don't like doing anyway) but if pushed I would point roughly in the direction of early incarnations of The Fall. The album is a mix of live & studio recordings which showcase a variety of styles. As extras, all the early singles & B sides are present, giving the full package of early ATV. Standout tracks for me would have to be the more experimental numbers 'Nasty Little Lonely', 'Viva La Rock 'n' Roll' and the B side to 'Action Time Vision' - 'Another Coke'. Marks vocals are very powerful & lyrically he is up there with the greats of the early movement.
The first review was a strange one to read. I have a lot of time for Siouxsie & the Banshees but The Scream is definitely more Post Punk & the band were very dismissive of the punk label anyway. Joy Division's debut album Unknown Pleasures is one of the all time greats of the post punk movement but Permanent is a compilation album so forget it.
The Image Has Cracked is one of the greatest albums ever released from one of the most important eras in modern music. Ignore the aforementioned review about middle class mockney vocals. Mark P was the real deal, a working class kid from Deptford who is still loyal to his roots today. If you are expecting the shouty nonsense of latecomers like The Exploited or the Oi gang then you will be disappointed but try it, give it a listen & hear for yourself the true sound of British punk rock.