August 1st, 2010


This is not what it appears to be

So, a few weeks back, I obtained a CD: The Best Punk Album In The World... Ever! While reading through the track listing I came to two conclusions:
* A lot of the music on this album is really good;
* A lot of the music on this album could not, under any reliable definition of the word, be termed "punk".

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So, among the actual old-school punk rock, a couple of artists which have been grandfathered in to the movement (Ramones, Iggy Pop) and a song which fits the form quite well even though the group isn't thought of as punk rock (Mongoloid), we also get:
* A large number of notable post-punk tracks (hint to the compiler: "post-punk" does not mean "punk by mail order");
* A song which sounds like it belongs on a bad `seventies dirty movie (Peaches);
* A song which wouldn't sound out of place on one of the Nuggets `sixties garage-rock compilations (2-4-6-8 Motorway);
* An old-fashioned rhythm-'n-blues song (Milk and Alcohol);
* Something that's as close to hip-hop as anything ever got in 1981 (C30, C60, C90, Go);
* An ordinary `seventies rock song which, despite having the word "punks" in the title, doesn't actually have anything more in common with punk rock than Dirty Harry does (White Punks on Dope);
* A nice jangly pop tune (Stop Your Sobbing);
* A novelty hit which is not only not punk rock, but is probably not any other musical genre ever invented (Money); and
* A poetry reading (Kung Fu International).

So, while most of this album is actually quite good and worth listening to... it's really, really, not what it appears to be going by its cover.