Alright John? Wind back the clock 20 odd years. "Sounds" was the rock music paper, Two Tone is on it's way to being a national obsession, new romanticism is still hiding in its closet and The Jam are at the helm of a mod revival. Great stuff. But what of punk? The phenomenon which only 2 years ago terrorised the nation to it's very foundations had fallen on sterile ground. The anger, the rage and the "Anyone can do this approach" had gone. Enter The Cockney Rejects, bang on time! This is real street punk which epitomised real life. Kicking off with the marvellous opening riff of "I'm Not A Fool", this CD really does get you right where it counts. It says on the rear of the original LP "all your faves are here" and although that was down right impudent arrogance at the time it has proved to be quite prophetic. "Headbanger", the timeless wonder that is "Bad Man", "Ready to Ruck" and the wonderful "Join The Rejects" are indeed still faves now. As far away as Mexico! We never got to find out where Babylon was but it didn't matter cos' the East End was all around. As a 13year old kid a million miles away from it all it meant the world to me. Tagged on at the end of the CD is the debut single "Flares and Slippers", "Generation Of Scars", a track from the first Oi! LP plus four tracks from the first BBC session. Spot on quality and total value for money. The Upstarts and The Rejects were always my top bands as a kid. They wrote songs that I could identify with, dressed in a manner you could copy on your paperboy's wage and in Mond and Mick Geggus produced guitarists who were really in touch with the true meaning of the word "punk" and who inspired thousands to pick up guitars and write songs for themselves again. The Rejects though were always first past the post (infact they're still running like all good thoroughbreds)! The main reason being that they kept clear of politics and concentrated on the crack. And without the crack, where would we be?