punk's not dead, it's just sitting in a box set
Imagine my excitement when I heard that Rhino Records released a four-disc punk box (spanning 1973 to 1980) set last week. Hours and hours of punk rock! Glory be!
Then I read the track listing. Eh.
Sure, there's enough Jam and Buzzcocks on there to make me happy. And it's got Richard Hell and The Stranglers and Fear. And they do get bonus points for including 2-4-6-8 Motorway by the Tom Robinson Band. But (and isnt' there always a but with these things?), I will take issue with some of the tracks.
1. I never considered Joy Division to be punk. Yes, they were a great band, but not a great punk band. Of course, that's just my opinion. Your mileage my vary.
2. Including Joe Jackson is great. Including Is She Really Going Out With Him is a mistake. Of all the songs on Look Sharp, that is probably the least punk. Got the Time would have been much more appropriate. Or even On Your Radio from I'm the Man.
3. No Sex Pistols.
4. The Boomtown Rats? What did they ever contribute to punk? Bleh.
5. No Circle Jerks (they did have a release in 1980, thus qualifying them).
6. No Crass.
7. Including Nick Lowe: Yes, he was a great songwriter, but I think he was as punk then as Blink 182 is now.
8. Is the Cure really punk? As much as I love them, I would put them in whatever category you would throw Joy Division in.
So, what do you old school punk rockers think?