Daveosaurus (southerndave) wrote,

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".

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K.
The Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)
The Undertones - Teenage Kicks
The Skids - Into The Valley
The Damned - New Rose
The Ruts - Babylon's Burning
Ramones - Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
The Members - The Sound Of The Suburbs
The Jam - All Around The World
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet
Iggy Pop - The Passenger
XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
The Stranglers - Peaches
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Blondie - Denis
Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
Dr. Feelgood - Milk And Alcohol
The Boomtown Rats - Lookin' After No. 1
Adam & The Ants - Deutscher Girls
Siouxsie And The Banshees - Christine
X-Ray Spex - Identity
Bow Wow Wow - C30, C60, C90, Go
Public Image Ltd - Public Image
Sid Vicious - My Way
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
The Damned - Neat Neat Neat
The Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Rezillos - Top Of The Pops
The Motors - Dancing The Night Away
The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?
Jilted John - Jilted John
Wire - I Am The Fly
Devo - Mongoloid
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner
Tubes - White Punks On Dope
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation
Television - Marquee Moon
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Generation X - Ready Steady Go
The Stranglers - (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
Magazine - Shot By Both Sides
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster
Killing Joke - Eighties
Flying Lizards - Money
John Cooper Clarke - Kung Fu International

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.
Tags: consumer complaints, music: various artists
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