Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Various ‎100 Hits Punk & New Wave

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Don’t be duped by the totally no frills packaging; Demon Music Group’s 100 Hits: Punk & New Wave is a first-rate budget package collecting a bit of essential and a whole lot of obscure. The title alone is priceless. Were there even 100 punk and new wave hits during the ‘70s and ‘80s? Not likely. So the compilers aren’t required to assemble five discs of material anyone should expect to be definitive. Yes, there are beloved warhorses from The Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, and XTC. And certainly no one with even a passing interest in this kind of music should be without full-length L.P. by those artists. The real value of this set is the odd treasures by Department S, Fad Gadget, D.A.F., Modern Eon, Leyton Buzzards, The Records, The Flys, Honey Bane, and many others.Because this set covers such a wide swath of sub-genres, the compilers arranged the individual discs fairly thoughtfully. There are few jarring stylistic shifts. The Human League isn’t sandwich between, say, The Saints and The Fun Boy Three. Disc one is the most eclectic, providing an overview of each subgenre to come and parading out most of the best known tracks (“God Save the Queen”! “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)””! “Hanging on the Telephone”! “Whip It”!). Disc two is mostly devoted to synthy, dancey new wave. Disc three is cheekily split between the set’s lightest and heaviest numbers. Disc four spotlights power pop and ska. Disc five is wall-to-wall punk.


Rigid Digit said...

Another slightly jarring track selection.
Disc 1 contains all the big, expected tracks.
And then finishes with Be Bop Deluxe - Blazing Apostles.
A fine track, but archetypal Punk compilation fodder?

To it's further credit, it contains a Vapors track which is not Turning Japanes

AJ said...

Ha ha ha...'tis a fun looking 5CD selection, but yeah I concur with Rigid Digit with some of the questionable track selections.

I've got the 100xNew Wave 5CD selection if you feel the need :))

legion63 said...

Yes please AJ. Would be fun to see what the compilers regard as New Wave. Love the random, filler choice.
What a great blog this is. Thanks.

AJ said...

100 X New Wave 5CD collection!EXAEjJyQ!xrsj_DNAl4vEW5kdzOhxrTiVnnvaT5bNvZQsur9bHNo

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