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No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion Box set

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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000DD539
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Blitzkrieg Bop - Ramones
2. White Riot - The Clash
3. Heart Of The City - Nick Lowe
4. Boredom - Buzzcocks featuring Howard Devoto
5. (I'm) Stranded - The Saints
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
2. Gary Gilmore's Eyes - The Adverts
3. Satday Night In The City Of The Dead - Ultravox!
4. What Do I Get? - Buzzcocks
5. X Offender - Blondie
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Ready Steady Go - Generation X
2. Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
3. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll - Ian Dury
4. Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?) - Buzzcocks
5. Rocket U.S.A. - Suicide
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & The Banshees
2. Hanging On The Telephone - Blondie
3. Top Of The Pops - The Rezillos
4. Adult Books - X
5. The Sound Of The Suburbs - The Members
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Editorial Reviews

Over 100 tracks that smashed through the bloated excesses of arena rock and disco in the late '70s, cross-licensed from everywhere. Blitzkrieg Bop Ramones; White Riot Clash; Personality Crisis New York Dolls; Neat Neat Neat Damned; See No Evil Television; Free Money Patti Smith; Sonic Reducer Dead Boys; In the City Jam; Pablo Picasso Modern Lovers; Boredom Buzzcocks; Mongoloid Devo; Wasted Black Flag by far the most complete punk collection ever assembled. A 116-page book contains essays, track-by-track commentary and personal recollections!

Customer Reviews

Most importantly, there are the songs themselves.
R. Woollen
Boy, listening to this collection, and reading this book really makes me wonder what has happend to music.
Daniel Cronin
Having all of these collected in one set is great!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

81 of 91 people found the following review helpful By T. M. House on November 12, 2003
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The point of box set compilations, like this one, is to provide the listener with an overview of a particular era or type of music. It's impossible to include everything everyone, especially completists would want or even expect. The questions to answer then are "Does this set provide you with a insightful look into 70's punk?" and "When I'm finished listening, have I learned something useful?" The answer is yes, resoundingly. If you were around in the 70's, you will hear and remember some old stuff that you have probably forgotten, and if you weren't around then, you can see how punk morphed into new wave and then devolved into the pop music that often passes as "punk" today. (Devo was right!)
If you like to show off your knowledge of obscure punk bands, or if you think hair gel and a trip to Hot Topic to get a Blink 182 shirt makes you a punker, then this box set isn't for you. It's for people who are interested in, not obsessed with the music and who at least know the difference between punk and "punk." Enough said.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. Woollen on March 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It should be obvious to those looking here that punk is not about the style or being bratty just to get on your parent's nerves. That would be "punk rock," aka Good Charlotte/Yellowcard/any other generic pop-punk today. Punk was a position, a radical position at the time. New wave, while there were redeeming moments, corrupted this ideal and made it safe. Early grunge and underground music made it wild again, until the former became mainstream and redundant, leaving the latter to gradually rise up in opposition. But this was where it started. And thank God.

This collection is for anyone who wants to be reassured, or potentially taught, that punk did not just mean simple, generic, almost alike songs. There may be those that say punk was the "return to the great two-and-a-half minute singles," and while this was true to a great extent, there were those exceptions that made the classification special and exciting. All of this is represented in just the right amounts, just enough simple British punk, just enough art-punk, just enough hardcore, etc. It's also a way to show anyone who writes off punk as interminal skronk as people who were seriously engulfed in their work, even if their work wasn't entirely serious. It's catchy as hell, even the artsy stuff, and even with those that "couldn't play," there are still those that can truly play their instruments. This box set shows every side of things related to the genre.

Most importantly, there are the songs themselves. Every song has a right to be on here, as they all represent something similarly primal in its spirit but different in its execution. It's incredibly difficult to pick out the best songs, as practically all amaze me; still, the ones that most amaze me are the things I had not heard before, potentially for that reason.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dieter Jirmann-Heidl on October 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Looking back to the original Punk scene you have to realise it was mostly about singles - the odd 7" you had to look forward to every friday (that was the day when my record dealer returned from his London trip). This collection has all the essentials. One might argue that one gem or the other is missing but all in all you will either get a fine replacement for all your scratched and worn vinyl items or a perfect introduction to the scene and times. One special point I'd like to make as an European: Neither the US nor the UK scene are over- or underweighted - this is just what it was like between 1976 and 1979. Plus with the last tracks on disc 4 you see where it's heading: New Wave rears its head with the modern pop of Joe Jackson and the punk/jazz/funk of The Pop Group. Buy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on July 22, 2005
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Want a near-perfect primer on punk? A set of dozens and dozens of tracks by the bands who got it going? Well, you could do a whole lot worse than this four-CD set. No, the Pistols aren't here - they wouldn't allow it, apparently. But with so many great tunes by so many bands, this is more just observation than complaint.

What you do get with "No Thanks," is the Ramones, the Jam, the Clash, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Patti Smith, Generation X, the Dictators, the Damned and scads of others reminding us one more time just what you can do with a few chords, a few scruffy friends, and a dislike of the music you're currently hearing on the radio. And the tunes? Howzabout "Born to Lose," "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Search and Destroy," "Alternative Ulster," "X Offender," "Sonic Reducer" and "Hanging on the Telephone" to name but a few? In fact, plowing through these discs - and skimming the COOL book included with this set - it's amazing to think that almost all of these tunes and these bands came out within just a few short years of each other. Incredible.

But even though "No Thanks" is comprised mainly of tunes from Punk's mid-70s to 1980 heyday, there are tracks by the Stooges, New York Dolls, Modern Lovers and a few others just to show us how Iggy and his like paved the sonic path to New York and London of '76. Likewise, there's a nod to the LA punk of a slightly later vintage (Fear, X, Black Flag).

Of course, whatever it is that's represented here couldn't last. Whatever was punk rock at one time has splintered into various factions, died, been resurrected and, for better or worse, become a bigger part of popular culture than it ever was when the bands represented here were at their peak.
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