WHO’S A PUNK? / JE SUIS PUNK – The Very Best of British & European Punksploitation

 

 

”First came ‘Je Suis Punk”, a collection of unheard French Punk “punksploitation” obscurities (i.e. band’s who were created to – or changed their sound in order to cash in on the burgeoning “punk fad”), and now comes “Who’s A Punk?” – the British counterpart to those finicky Francs. LOADED with razor-sharp riffs and catchy as hell melodies designed to make you pogo your safety pins right off!”

”Absolutely scorching compilations of what is known, alternately, as either “fake punk” or “punksploitation;” in other words, the short-lived practice of putting together a group of seasoned session musicians and asking them to produce a loud and crude punk single in order to quickly cash in on the punk “fad” that was peaking in the late 70s. You would think that this would be a recipe for disaster, but in practice it’s actually great. To me, it’s the best of both worlds; you have people who are seasoned veterans at writing and arranging songs, but you’re asking them to do something very immediate, loose, and off the cuff. So, what you end up with is very well-written and well-arranged songs that are kind of deliberately stupid. What could be better? If you have a Crass tattoo or something I could see finding this whole scene kind of offensive, but if you like a lot of those early British punk groups who were actually around before punk but adopted the look in order to ride the wave of punk’s popularity–bands like the Boys, Slaughter and the Dogs, the Vibrators, maybe even the UK Subs and Cock Sparrer–then you will absolutely love this compilation… there isn’t a dud on it.”

Vinyl rip of these two great unofficial comps with rare UK & French late 70’s early 80’s punk/new wave exploitation gems. Fake punk rules! Do you feel lucky, well, do ya, punk?

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5 thoughts on “WHO’S A PUNK? / JE SUIS PUNK – The Very Best of British & European Punksploitation

  1. fun foune ! beute eu litteule précijeune tout de même for the incult people, strychnine / dogs / guilty razors / olivensteins / warm gun are the real thing, in france maybe beute tout de même bloddy feuquin’ arrogants vous même

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