No Thanks! The 70s Punk Rebellion Box set
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This is a must have for any punk fan. I purchased this as a gift for my husband. He loves it. Its the onky thing he will play in his car now. Read morePublished 7 months ago by antoinette minor
this is a great introduction to the 70's punk scene. which I grew up during that time. I feel this would make an excellent collection to anyone who grew up in that period and to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by arnold
The best punk compilation out there. All your favorites and the songs you're not familiar with soon become your favorites. Very few clunkers. Unbeatable. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Crazy Feline
Outstanding collection of Punk and 70s alternative rock. There is plenty for the uninitiated to learn about some of the key punk(? Read morePublished 20 months ago by michael seller
This great box set has a lot of the great songs representative of the early punk movement. I love it. Sex pistols, Patti Smith, Clash, the Jam. All good stuff.Published on May 30, 2013 by Dream's Raven
I just purchased this box set and it is definetly worth the money. I remember all of these bands while going to high school. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Scott F. Goldfine
This is an astounding set of songs from start to finish. The selection is just the right combination of catchy, underground, dark, bizarre, famous, funny, and everything else 70s... Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Marx reader
Released by Rhino Records in 2003 and with a total length of more than 300 minutes of music, "No Thanks! Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Stranger
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