Sane Records followed up their 'Electropop' compilation of undiscovered uk synthbands, with, believe it or not, a 'Punk'compilation of those horrible groups that called themselve 'Punx' in 1984 UK.They also did a NWOBHM comp too....I don't think I could survive listening to that one as well as this!!??
By this time in the radioactive decay scale equivalent of generic music lifespan, 'Punk' was about 6 years past its Half-Life. What was tired and irritating by the end of 1978,had started to lose its intelligence, and what we were left with was the rotting seeds of 'Oi' and 'UK82', championed by Gary Bushell; like the Angelic Upstarts and Cockney Rejects. The real intelligence had departed for fresher fields by 1979, leaving just the yob element to flesh out the Daily Mirrors desciption of 'Punk' Rock exactly.
Legions of uniformed, agressive young men on a quest to repress each other down to the lowest possible common denominator. This album could have been made by one single group, not 14!!!? Every track follows exactly the same formula, like a male only club. This had already happened in the USA, where this genre had become a macho male club on a quest to get faster and faster, just for the sake of 'Speed' because that's 'Punk' innit? Depressing stuff...for all the wrong reasons.
Having said that, i sort of enjoyed this, now thats it resides strictly in the vintage section of the rock'n'roll jumble sale. Some of the Guitar sounds are enviably dirty, but the lyrics are toe curlingly bad. Especially shit about Punx'n'Skinz, or Notts Punx!!? Best not to listen too closely, and just let the basic-ness tug at your funny bone.
A1 –Primitive - Why
A2 –Vicious Hamsters - Soul City Boys
A3 –Acid Attack - Suburbia's Dream
A4 –Oi Polloi - Punx 'n' Skinz
A5 –Devoid - Conned
A6 –The Abductors - Notts Punks
A7 –Catch 22 - Danger Zone
B1 –Criminal Justice - Machines And Systems
B2 –Criminal Justice - Middle East Mayhem
B3 –Fungus - Swimming Life
B4 –4 Minute Warning - I Don't Care
B5 –The Clergy - Blow This Town
B6 –Dead On Arrival - Molester
B7 –Dead On Arrival - Zyklon B
B8 –Obscene Females - Brain Surgeon
B9 –Obscene Females - Undersea
B10 –Obscene Females - Modern Art
B11 –Rough Justice - Victory To The Rebels