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100% British Punk

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100% British Punk is a budget-priced, four-disc box set from Cleopatra illustrating the state of British punk as the '80s were dawning -- when the first wave of seminal artists had faded or broadened their styles, and a strongly populist wing was pushing straight-ahead punk in the more aggressive, testosterone-driven directions of Oi! and hardcore. The set is full of yobbish humor and frequently broad, nihilistic political statements, plus lots of loud, crudely performed, visceral guitar rock. Some of the bigger-name bands here are the Cockney Rejects, the Angelic Upstarts, Sham 69, Discharge, the Exploited, GBH, the English Dogs, and the 4 Skins, among many, many others.

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