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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Punk / Artist: Various / Audio CD released 1995-02-02 at Virgin

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      07.02.2012 18:21
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      Some classics on here, but some missed off, too.

      "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.

      Disc One

      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

      Disc Two

      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

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