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Whereas the first two Punk 45 collections focused on categories as broad as ‘America’ and ‘Britain’, this release is one of two that closely document specific scenes: here, we have 5 years in the punk-life of Akron, Ohio. Typically lovely Soul Jazz cover art and liner notes, and a whole host of amazing music, including Devo.

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PUNK 45: Burn, Rubber City, Burn - Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80 by Various
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9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 14th July 2015

This compilation gathers together a bunch of little known, lost or forgotten about nuggets of pre-punk, punk and post punk from Akron, Ohio from 1975-1980. It was seemingly a fertile period for the city too.

The most well-known band on here would be Devo. Their contributions are from the weirder end of their catalogue, “Mechanical Man” and “Auto Modown”. The Waitresses, known for their new wave Christmas hit “Wrapping Paper” appear here with one of the highlights, “The Comb”. The Bizarros, who open the album with “I, Bizarro” and also contribute with “Nova”, sound very similar to the New York bands of the era such as Richard Hell & The Voidoids or The Heartbreakers. Rubber City Rebels sound like pre-Pere Ubu band Rocket From The Tombs. Their two cuts “Kidnapped” and “Such A Fool” are fab. This really is a great compilation.


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