if you are new to punk, like me, this is a brilliant album to get. Its great to be able to listen to all the punk bands that i've read about or seen on TV. My only grumbe is there is nothing by the Sex Pistols on this album apart from an imbarrasing and very short video advert for there piontless 'jubelee' album. Also the only clash song is White Riot which in my opinion isn't there best. Anyone wishing to expand there musical tastes should listen to this album. You may (should!!) find a group that you like and that you find it worth spending money on!!
This is a very good Punk Rock compilation that covers nearly all of the Punk classics. If it had also included: Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & the Banshees, My Perfect Cousin or Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones and Stranglehold - UK Subs, plus it had a bit more of the Clash and the Sex Pistols thrown in for good measure, then this would have been perfection. However, I'm very grateful for what is on these 2cd's and would recommend it to anyone who likes angry, spiky, guitar music with attitude.
This is a great punk rock compilation. Not perfect, in that some of the most influential bands of the time have been omitted, but quite comprehensive with a lot of the era's classic tracks by the rest. And of these there were plenty, like New Rose by The Damned, Into The Valley by The Skids, Blank Generation by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Shot By Both Sides by Magazine and Oh Bondage Up Yours! by X Ray Spex. The contrast between the angry little anthems by Poly Styrene's band and the moody, brooding electronics of Howard DeVoto's Magazine demonstrates the magnificent variety of sounds and flavours that went under the umbrella of Punk.
There was the pop punk of The Buzzcocks, The Only Ones, The Vapors and The Undertones, the experimental edge of Devo, Wire and XTC, the hard but melodic rock of The Stranglers and Penetration plus various obscure gems like Jilted John's eponymous little tale of woe and The Flying Lizard's exquisite interpretation of the old classic Money. The Tom Robinson Band and Ian Dury and the Blockheads are well represented too. On the minus side, there are no proper tracks by those fathers of punk The Sex Pistols or by other seminal artists like Siouxsie and the Banshees or The Jam. This album should thus be complimented with Never Mind by the Pistols and the Best Of The Banshees for a truly representative view of the era and the style.