A good concept deserves a second helping. After all, the majority of folks remain 100 percent unaware of all the gold recorded north of the U.S. border in punk's hot heyday, so a first-rate tribute LP remains a fine way to educate. Once again, it's the super-charged Vancouver scene of 1977-1981, the greatest North American punk scene ever (!!!), that's most toasted here: the Subhumans' rare first single "Death to the Sickoids"'s B-side, "Oh Canaduh," gets a raw, rough treatment from modern Vancouverites Cub; the Young Canadians' classic, still-gets-a-loud-laugh EP track "Hawaii" is treated in a similar, louder, grinding manner by Calgary's Huevos Rancheros with Chixdiggit's singer; the Modernettes' "Barbara" is wonderfully manhandled by Japan's More Fun (love this one); a lesser light, the Metros, gets a tip from Sweden's Sator; the more bizarre Vancouver 1979 post-punk bands, the hiccuping No Fun and the spaz-out sounding the UJRK5, also get remembered by locals Maow and the equally oddball Servotron from Georgia; and even Rude Norton have their "Tits on the Beach" immortalized again by Houston's Sugar Shack. The other Canuck cities get their due, too, even if there is no D.O.A., Viletones, Diodes, or Teenage Head tunes. Mudhoney steals the show with the fictitious TV show, punk rock, shock band Queen Haters' "We Hate the Bloody Queen," while the most exciting new version is turned in by Calgary's Mants, who better their home city's the Sturgeons' "Punk Rock Virgins."
Lastly, just to prove Canada continued to rock thereafter, Personality Crisis and Nomeansno are similarly feted. Overall, this is very, very strong, and one of the few good tribute LPs in the sea of crappy ones. It's great listening on its own, and it's also terrific history made present. (1223 College Dr., Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 5Z5, Canada)