Various Artists

No Spitting [CD1]

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Are you intimidated by Disky's three-disc punk retrospective, No Spitting? You shouldn't be -- it's a less than comprehensive, often haphazard collection that offers sporadic insight into the genre. Nevertheless, the label has also released the box in three separate, easily digestible units. No Spitting's first volume might be its strongest. It features Iggy Pop's ubiquitous "Lust for Life" and the equally overexposed Vapors track "Turning Japanese," as well as Blondie's "Rip Her to Shreds." "Babylon's Burning" and "Alternative Ulster" from Ruts and Stiff Little Fingers, respectively, inject some plucky piss and vinegar into the proceedings, but there's nothing here that longtime genre fans will not already have (a live version of Wasps' "Can't Wait Till 78" is underwhelming), and little in the way of documentation or liner notes to aid the neophyte.

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