With the Sex Pistols et al in the vanguard and the limelight, across the country bands sprung up to peddle their own brand of anger and disillusionment, and here is a collection of some of the best. Anyone with memories of the time will see a couple of familiar names, such as the Mekons and the Killjoys, but there are lesser known gems,too. Some clever lyrics that you wouldn't get away with in any other genre, and the opening lines of 'Mucky pup' should be listened to after lunch, not before. Nice accompanying booklet that gives a real feel for the period. Go on, annoy the neighbours...........
Im a lover of Punk,New Wave,Ska revival,New Romantics, Mod revival and Indie from the beginning which was of course late 76 when bands like The 101er's released their debut and i love hearing songs that never made the the top 40 or even the top 100. Punk 45 vol 2 has some great tunes from bands such as O-Level (Who was Ed Ball who also formed TV Personalities,Teenage Filmstars and The Times), The Shapes with their 92 seconds of "Wots For Lunch Mum?" is a corker and The Killjoys featuring Kevin Rowland before his Dexy Midnight Runners days is pretty cool too. I didnt know too much about any of these band except whats in the booklet.... Id heard of The Killjoys, Johnny Moped TV Personalities and Swell Maps (and also The Cigarettes who happen to be on Mod compilations). I love playing this set of compilations even if im not that into the american punk side but they did do a few corkers which i consider punk and not just rock but you cant beat British Punk..... Great stuff for some unknown pleasures and a few known treasures. These songs came out when the charts were full of ****:and Dog Meat and this really did kill the hippies
Most compilation's of this musical era tend to focus on "new wave" bands that made the fringes of the charts. So its a nice change to find one with more obscure bands like this one. Sure there are some better known bands here, Mekons, Television Personalities,Josef K, Swell Maps etc. But there are some half forgotten gems too, The Jermz and the Shapes for instance. And anything with the Prefects is fine by me. Very nice booklet too.
I really enjoy listening to compilations such as this, which bring together many and varied odds and ends from the more obscure corners of punk and new wave. They also fill gaps in my collection. A fine compilation for completists. Highly recommended.