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"The Best Punk Album in the World... Ever!" is a compilation album released in 1995 of various punk rock records, recorded between 1974-88.
With this compilation, you get 48 songs on two discs of some of the most influential punk rock bands to emerge at the top of the movement. The Sex Pistols are here, as is the Ramones, Iggy Pop, the Stranglers, and more. However, it must be noted that the likes of Sham 69, Peter & the Test Tube Babies and Bad Brains don't get a look in on what is conveyed to be the best punk album ever.
But what is on the double CD are a few artists that cannot really be classed as punk, such as Talking Heads, Devo and Joe Jackson, all three of which can be classed as in the New Wave genre, although each individual band ventured into the punk genre for awhile.
Then there's the choice of songs from each band. I can see the record company wanting to keep things clean for younger listeners, but punk music had that certain aura associated with aggression, anarchy and violence. I have to question why the Buzzcocks' "Orgasm Addict", X-Ray Spex' "Oh Bondage Up Yours" and "Rock the Casbah" by the Clash were not included.
Of course while I gripe at the exclusions, the majority of songs that did make it are good, albeit predictable. There's probably not a punk compilation in the world that doesn't have "Anarchy in the U.K." on it, or "Teenage Kicks", or "New Rose", for example, but gems such as "Sheena is a Punk Rocker", "Making Plans For Nigel" and "Roadrunner" please and surprise me that they made the grade.
In summary, it's not the best punk album in the world ever. The only reason for this being that the label could have brought in better songs from some bands. Blondie, for instance, could have had "Hanging on the Telephone" included, the Jam, while a mod band and not really punk, could have been represented by "Going Underground" and Elvis Costello & the Attractions' "Pump it Up" or even "Oliver's Army" should have secured a spot. It's still a good punk album, but not the best.
1. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K.
2. Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
3. The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
4. The Skids - Into the Valley
5. The Damned - New Rose
6. The Ruts - Babylon's Burning
7. Ramones - Sheena is a Punk Rocker
8. The Members - The Sound of the Suburbs
9. The Jam - All Around the World
10. The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
11. Iggy Pop - The Passenger
12. XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
13. The Stranglers - Peaches
14. Ian Dury & the Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
15. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea
16. Blondie - Denis
17. Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
18. Dr. Feelgood - Milk and Alcohol
19. The Boomtown Rats - Lookin' After No. 1
20. Adam & the Ants - Deutscher Girls
21. Siouxie & the Banshees - Christine
22. X-Ray Spex - Identity
23. Bow Wow Wow - C30, C60, C90
24. Public Image Ltd - Public Image
25. Sid Vicious - My Way
1. Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
2. The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
3. The Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
4. Rezillos - Top of the Pops
5. The Motors - Dancing the Night Away
6. Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
7. Jilted John - Jilted John
8. Wire - I am the Fly
9. Devo - Mongoloid
10. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
11. The Tubes - White Punks on Dope
12. Richard Hell & the Voivods - Blank Generation
13. Television - Marquee Moon
14. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
15. Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
16. Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him
17. Generation X - Ready Steady Go
18. The Stranglers - (Get a) Grip on Yourself
19. Magazine - Shot by Both Sides
20. Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
21. Killing Joke - Eighties
22. Flying Lizards - Money
23. John Cooper Clarke - Kung Fu International
My rating: 7/10