Chuck Eddy
January 26, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Punk You Vol. 1

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Reissues, Rock

We gave it an A

Cynically subtitled ”Music for the Discerning Slacker Punk,” Punk You Vol. 1 emphasizes the high-speed wit, skewed catchiness, and screwy tribal rhythms of late-’70s new wave: Future stars (Adam Ant, Billy Idol), token Americans (Blondie), and legends (the Buzzcocks, Wire) contribute definitive odes to labor, murder, masturbation, German girls, and driving cars. For sheer listenability, it’s as consistent as any punk overview assembled. A

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