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Punk & Disorderly [Poshboy]

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The U.S. and England played equally important roles in the punk rock revolution of the late '70s and early '80s. Great Britain had the Sex Pistols, the Clash, 999, Generation X, the Stranglers, and the Damned, while the U.S. was responsible for the Ramones, Black Flag, Fear, the Dead Boys, the Dead Kennedys, the Avengers, the Dickies, X, the Germs, and the Circle Jerks. On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, punk was very much a grass roots phenomenon -- some punk bands were signed to major labels, although punk rockers usually recorded for small independent labels. And it was those smaller labels that assembled noteworthy punk compilations like Punk and Disorderly. Released on Abstract in England and Posh Boy in the U.S., this 1982 LP tends to favor British punk but isn't without American artists. The best-known American band on Punk and Disorderly is the Dead Kennedys, whose "Kill the Poor" is a classic. Most of the time, however, the collection surveys the British punk scene with raw, angry, in-your-face selections that include Blitz's "Someone's Gonna Die," Chaos U.K.'s "4 Minute Warning," Red Alert's "In Britain," Peter & the Test Tube Babies' "Banned From the Pub," and the Partisans' "Police Story." The 16-song LP ranges from excellent to decent, and quite often, it underscores the vitality of punk's classic era.

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