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No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion Box set

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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!

Track Listings

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
  6. Neat Neat Neat - The Damned
  7. In The City - The Jam
  8. Final Solution - Pere Ubu
  9. Roadrunner - The Modern Lovers
  10. Little Johnny Jewel - Television
  11. One Chord Wonders - The Adverts
  12. Born To Lose - The Heartbreakers
  13. Search And Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges
  14. Let Me Dream If I Want To (Amphetamine Blues) - Mink DeVille
  15. Oh Bondage Up Yours! - X-Ray Spex
  16. 1 2 X U - Wire
  17. Blank Generation - Richard Hell & The Voidoids
  18. (Get A) Grip (On Yourself) - The Stranglers
  19. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
  20. Personality Crisis - New York Dolls
  21. Teenage Depression - Eddie & The Hot Rods
  22. Two Tub Man - The Dictators
  23. Hey Joe (Version) - Patti Smith
  24. Your Generation - Generation X

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
  6. Lookin' After No. 1 - The Boomtown Rats
  7. Don't Dictate - Penetration
  8. Bingo Master - The Fall
  9. Free Money - Patti Smith
  10. The Modern World - The Jam
  11. Chinese Rocks - The Heartbreakers
  12. New Rose - The Damned
  13. Ambition - Subway Sect
  14. See No Evil - Television
  15. Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
  16. Mannequin - Wire
  17. Baby Baby - The Vibrators
  18. Love Comes In Spurts - Richard Hell & The Voidoids
  19. First Time - The Boys
  20. Sonic Reducer - Dead Boys
  21. Shot By Both Sides - Magazine
  22. Mystery Dance - Elvis Costello
  23. Trash - New York Dolls
  24. The Day The World Turned Day-Glo - X-Ray Spex
  25. Do Anything You Wanna Do - Eddie & The Hot Rods

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
  6. Mongoloid - Devo
  7. Homicide - 999
  8. Mr. Big - The Dils
  9. Warsaw - Joy Division
  10. Where Were You? - The Mekons
  11. Lexicon Devil - The Germs
  12. (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures - The Rezillos
  13. The Wait - The Pretenders
  14. We Got The Neutron Bomb - The Weirdos
  15. Pablo Picasso - The Modern Lovers
  16. Action Time Vision - Alternative TV
  17. 2-4-6-8 Motorway - Tom Robinson Band
  18. We Are The One - The Avengers
  19. Borstal Breakout - Sham 69
  20. Wasted - Black Flag
  21. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Ramones
  22. I Love Livin In The City - Fear
  23. She's So Modern - The Boomtown Rats
  24. Ghosts Of Princes In Towers - Rich Kids
  25. We're Desperate - X
  26. You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla) - The Dickies
  27. Dancing The Night Away - The Motors

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
  6. California =DCber Alles - Dead Kennedys
  7. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
  8. (I Want To Be An) Anglepoise Lamp - The Soft Boys
  9. Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  10. Typical Girls - The Slits
  11. Human Fly - The Cramps
  12. Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
  13. Babylon's Burning - The Ruts
  14. If The Kids Are United - Sham 69
  15. Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers
  16. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
  17. She Is Beyond Good And Evil - The Pop Group
  18. Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson
  19. Get Over You - The Undertones
  20. Love Like Anthrax - Gang Of Four
  21. Peaches - The Stranglers
  22. Into The Valley - Skids
  23. You Can't Put Your Arms Round A Memory - Johnny Thunders
  24. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division

Product Details

  • 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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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