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on 23 July 2013
Another interesting addition to DMG's large, if inconsistent, budget-priced series. The slightly misleadingly-titled 100 Hits: Punk & New Wave bears some similarities with EMI's popular, but predictable, Teenage Kicks 1977-81. That can be seen in the fact that songs from Buzzcocks, Department S, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, The Knack, The Members, Public Image Ltd, The Ruts, The Selecter, The Skids, Stiff Little Fingers, Tenpole Tudor, and The Vapors, feature on both titles.
But, I prefer this plainly-presented 5CD compilation of 1970s and 1980s tunes to that slightly flashier-looking 3CD one. Why? It is more diverse; it swings comfortably from the agit-prop new wave rock of the Tom Robinson Band to the austere electronica of D.A.F. The track selection is also more daring; quirky stuff that doesn't normally get exposure, like The Flys' 'Love And A Molotov Cocktail', Silicon Teens' 'Let's Dance', and Scars' 'They Came and Took Her', is included here. And at 5-and-a-half hour's duration it is noticeably bigger than its 60 song counterpart. Whilst powerful contributions from Devo, Magazine, and The Saints also provided me with a welcome reminder of how good these groups were when they were at the peak of their powers.
That is not to say it is without its faults. Firstly, the inclusion of too many offerings from artless second division punk bands like UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts, 999 and The Cockney Rejects almost had me yearning for a triple LP of prog-rock. Secondly, it fails to feature some of the heavy hitters of that period of time such as The Clash, the Ramones and Talking Heads, who you would expect to be there.