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No Thanks! The '70s Punk RebellionPurists could split hairs about some of these selections (was Nick Lowe really a punk?), but in general this is simply top-notch: four CDs' worth of...No Thanks! The '70s Punk RebellionRockPurists could split hairs about some of these selections (was Nick Lowe really a punk?), but in general this is simply top-notch: four CDs' worth of...2003-10-31
The Clash

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No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Various Artists

Purists could split hairs about some of these selections (was Nick Lowe really a punk?), but in general this is simply top-notch: four CDs’ worth of vintage pogo-party starters by everyone from big guns like the Ramones and the Clash to more-marginal-but-equally-worthy weirdos like Pere Ubu and Magazine. The absence of any Sex Pistols tracks is glaring – that rotten punk John Lydon forbade their licensing – but any compilation that rescues both Television’s ”Little Johnny Jewel” and Eddie and the Hot Rods’ ”Do Anything You Wanna Do” from obscurity deserves a coupla tons of praise. The perfect Christmas gift for your blink-182-loving nephew who thinks Green Day invented this stuff.

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