Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions [Bonus Tracks]

Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions [Bonus Tracks]

by The Damned
     
 

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In the interest of truth in packaging, both fans and casual observers of U.K. punk trailblazers the Damned should be aware that "Oddities & Versions" is the key part of this compilation's subtitle, not "Best Of." Most of the tracks that appear on Punk Generation are live recordings; two date from 1977 ("Stab Your Back" and "Idiot Box") and are

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In the interest of truth in packaging, both fans and casual observers of U.K. punk trailblazers the Damned should be aware that "Oddities & Versions" is the key part of this compilation's subtitle, not "Best Of." Most of the tracks that appear on Punk Generation are live recordings; two date from 1977 ("Stab Your Back" and "Idiot Box") and are presented in less than impressive fidelity, while the remainder were drawn from a 1985 concert as the Damned were touring in support of Phantasmagoria and were delivering a significantly more polished version of their back catalog than they did in their early days (and without the help of Captain Sensible). Only five studio tracks have been included -- slightly tinny demos of "Thanks for the Night," "Do the Blitz," and "Love Song," a sloppy alternate version of "I Just Can't Be Happy Today," and a take of "Nasty" that could pass for the original in dim light. While the 1985 live stuff lacks the sloppy genius of the original late-'70s recordings of tunes like "New Rose," "Smash It Up," and "Wait for the Blackout," the band is game and energetic, and Dave Vanian is in fine voice throughout, though exactly why the Damned are covering Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" is hard to explain. (Given their documented garage rock fetish, the Electric Prunes and MC5 tunes make a bit more sense, though more Damned classics would have been welcome.) But the odd sequencing of this set and the less-than-forthcoming liner notes do the disc no favors, and unless you're a hardcore Damned loyalist, there are a lot of other compilations that are more worthy of your time and money than this. [Originally released by the Cleopatra distributed Anarchy Music label in 2004, Punk Generation: Best of Oddities & Versions was reissued in expanded form by The Store for Music in 2008.]

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Release Date:
04/22/2008
Label:
Store For Music
UPC:
8231950113621
catalogNumber:
136

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