You know, I moaned a bit on some previous posts ‘bout the lot of the so-called ‘Garage Revivalists’ of the 80s. OK, there was a good percentage of them all that had one at least kick ass record in their arsenal but hey, paisley shirts never was punk. And sometimes (as the old slogan says) “Image is everything!”
Johnny Rotten used to refer onto ‘pub rock’ bands as “rubbish”... Of course I rate Pistols high, but I always thought of Wilko’s chunky Telecaster as punkier than Steve Jones Gibson. And there were much more groups in the UK that period of time that were more ‘garage’ or ‘punk’ than the ‘obvious’ press darlings (even though once again, many of them were totally great).
And this compilation’s got plenty. You can actually hear Wilko Johnson doing Sam the Sham’s “Wooly Bully”, Eddie & the Hot Rods on a blistering live execution of their classic "Teenage Depression", Steve Hooker's excellent "Thunders meets the Cramps" Shakers, on "How Did You Know" (Mr. Hooker was the mastermind behind this release also) or the Len Bright Combo with members of Wreckless Eric's band and the Milkshakes! "Chunkchakanchunk - chunkchunck, chunk" Bo and Chuck rhythms and riffs for those who knows where the roots of garage punk are.
This record not long time ago posted on TwilightZone! from the CD reissue with the bonus tracks.
If you wanna hear now how this sound through a needle's dive in the plastic, check once again brilliant Jean Philippe's rip contribution exclusively for White Trash Soul!