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Third in the series of the Soul Jazz Punk 45 compilations and this time we’re taken further back to the proto-punk/post-glam beginnings of punk history with many of these bands opting for a more stylized viewpoint to the music. According to the great little booklet you get with these collections, a lot of the bands here are donned in spandex, glitter and even long hair.
The music certainly doesn’t suffer because of this with gems like Death’s ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ with it’s garage rock guitar noise ending, The Hammersmith Gorillas great version of The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me’ and an early track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire. There’s loads more going on here with the messy glam noise of Jack Ruby, Joe Strummers 101ers and the bubblegum punk of the Electric Eels, these little comps get better and better each time and are a comprehensive guide to an important part of musical history.
9/10 Andy Customer review, 13th August 2014
A very interesting collection of pretty much unknown (proto) punk bands. Proof that punk really was around a long time before Sex Pistols, Ramones etc burst on the scene (all the bands featured existed between 1969 and 1976). The reason these bands didnt 'make it' was because at the time, there was no 'frame of reference' for the music that these bands were playing and so therefore labels were not willing to take a chance on them as they were not considered commercially viable. Another reason is that the bands featured did not come from places were a 'new scene' was developing, such as New York, Detroit or London. I found this secret history of punk to be very interesting and the music to be great too. I have been into punk for 30 years now and about 90 per cent of this stuff was new to me... A worthy companion piece to the previous 2 volumes in this series, which are also excellent. Recommended.
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