Various Artists

Punk's Not Dead: A Tribute to the Exploited

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The Scottish punks that became known worldwide as the Exploited began their onslaught nearly 20 years ago. While they never enjoyed the pleasure of being as exploited as such movie-making punks as the Sex Pistols or the Ramones, the group was instrumental in defining punk. Their bilious "Fuck the Mods" (recorded here by New Jersey oi group Squiggy) suggested more violence than the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat" or Dayglo Abortions' "Kill the Poseur." Present are other anthems of venom, like "I Hate You" (covered by Pennsylvania's Violent Society), but that's not all this group was about. Toward government and authority of all kinds they bore a vicious cynicism. Toward that end, NJ oi band Niblick Henbane resurrect "Cop Cars" with its "mee-mar, mee-mar" onomatopoeia of a police siren, NY old-school punkers Abalienation offer a rendition of "Don't Pay the Poll Tax." Other classic punk rock acts that turn up for this part include the UK's Special Duties ("Sid Vicious Was Innocent"), New Jersey's US Chaos (with the very anti-American "USA") and Billyclub, which features Karl Morris of the Exploited. All in all, there are 17 cuts by different groups honoring one of punk's truly seminal bands.

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