Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude

Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude


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Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude

Proto-punk compilations are nearly always worth hearing, since there are so few of them, and this one from Year Zero and compiler Kris Needs is no different -- better even than the usual cream of the crop. Needs is no stranger to great music, having championed great rock and dance music from the '70s and his time at ZigZag magazine all the way to the acid house era and his associations with Primal Scream and the Orb. The two-disc set includes 33 tracks over two discs, running basically in chronological order and beginning in a great place: the Standells' mangy and noisy "Dirty Water," a prime piece of garage rock. From there Needs draws from various streams of music, from glam (T. Rex, Mott the Hoople), the resurgence of rock & roll in the '70s (MC5, the Stooges, New York Dolls, the Up, Flamin' Groovies), pub rock (Dr. Feelgood), jazz and spoken word (Sun Ra, the Last Poets), and various strains of art rock (the Deviants, Pink Fairies, Silver Apples). Aside from those highlights, other tracks stand out: a live "Hurricane Fighter Plane" from Texas avant-acid pioneers Red Krayola, and obscurities from the Jook (oddly, a spinoff of art rockers John's Children) and Third World War (a working-class English rock band of the early '70s) and Death (one of Detroit's earliest punk bands circa the mid-'70s). The end of the second disc verges on straight-ahead punk rock at its best, including classics from the Dictators and the Saints, but ending with an excellent left-field choice, Culture's "Two Sevens Clash."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
Label: Year Zero
UPC: 5055311050089
catalogNumber: 8

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Can   Producer
Peter Hammill   Composer
Ian Hunter   Composer
David Peel   Composer
Pink Fairies   Producer
Buster Poindexter   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Gene Vincent   Composer
Sky Saxon   Composer
Rob Tyner   Composer
Joe Gibbs   Producer
Wilko Johnson   Composer,Producer
Terry Stamp   Composer
Ed Kuepper   Composer
Marc Bolan   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Alex Harvey   Composer
Wayne Kramer   Composer
Alton Abraham   Producer
John Alder   Composer
Jim Avery   Composer
David Batchelor   Producer
Gary Burger   Composer
Ed Cobb   Composer,Producer
Holger Czukay   Composer
John Fenton   Producer
Daryl Hooper   Composer
Russell Hunter   Composer
Roger Johnston   Composer
Michael Karoli   Composer
Murray Krugman   Producer
Roy Loney   Composer
Hugh McKenna   Composer
Malcolm Mooney   Composer
Sandy Pearlman   Producer
Sun Ra   Composer
Mick Ralphs   Composer
Paul Rudolph   Composer
Duncan Sanderson   Composer
Andy Shernoff   Composer
Neil Slaven   Producer
Fred "Sonic" Smith   Composer
Guy Stevens   Producer
Johnny Thunders   Composer
Earl Beal   Composer
Raymond Edwards   Composer
William Horton   Composer
Kris Needs   Liner Notes
Up   Composer,Producer
Richard Robinson   Producer
Jaki Liebezeit   Composer
Hal Levy   Composer
Stephen Della "SDB" Bosca   Composer
Bobby Hackney   Composer
Chris Bailey   Composer
David Hackney   Composer
Larry Spangler   Composer
Laughner   Composer
Jimmy Bowien   Producer
Jim Dickerson   Producer
David Merril Havlicek   Composer
Hearpen   Producer
Ian Kismet   Composer

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