The Damned

Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions

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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato

Along with the Sex Pistols, the Damned are definitely one of the most re-packaged bands of first-wave U.K. punk. It seems like every year, there's a new "harvest" of odds and ends Damned compilations, and the 2004 edition went by the title of Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions. Comprised of 19 tracks (which frustratingly includes absolutely no track info), the set consists primarily of live versions -- which appear to have been sourced by a soundboard. And instead of focusing on uncommon tracks, the majority of Punk Generation is of Damned classics, including simply explosive readings of "Stab Your Back," "New Rose," and "Wait for the Blackout" (you can easily picture a group of young punks pogo'ing the night away to these tracks). That said, there is indeed an oddity or two, such as a cover of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life." Obviously, Punk Generation is aimed at the longtime Damned fanatic, but how many similarly themed compilations is one leather jacketed, mohawked human being expected to buy?

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Damned 03:29 Amazon
2 The Damned 02:49 Amazon
3 The Damned 01:53 Amazon
4 The Damned 02:44 Amazon
5 The Damned 02:18 Amazon
6 The Damned 00:57 Amazon
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The Damned 05:55 Amazon
8 The Damned 04:05 Amazon
9 The Damned 04:45 Amazon
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The Damned 03:01 Amazon
11 The Damned 03:46 Amazon
12 The Damned 03:59 Amazon
13 The Damned 03:37 Amazon
14 The Damned 04:02 Amazon
15 The Damned 05:16 Amazon
16 The Damned 02:41 Amazon
17 The Damned 03:36 Amazon
18 The Damned 02:02 Amazon
19 The Damned 04:37 Amazon
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