Punk anthologies tend to be flawed in the following ways:
They exclude important acts such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols and The Ramones (contractual reasons are usually cited).
They don’t know where to begin.
They don’t know where to stop.
They include a lot of ‘new wave’ pop music that whilst touched by punk was not really punk (what is punk? submit your definitions here please…).
Seriously- let's have some debate on this folks...
This compilation is pretty good. Here I state opinion as though it was fact.
Its real strength lies in the presence of a lot of proto punk, plus there are tracks from 'all' the major bands of 76-78.
The point is stretched when it comes to the inclusion of Joy Division- but that’s about as far off on a tangent as we are taken. Having said that Steel Pulse are here, but I can understand the inclusion of a reggae track as reggae was a vital part of the punk scene.
There’s no Oi (unless you count Sham 69), nothing gothic, no anarcho punk and none of the so called second wave stuff.
This was released as a companion to a book .

Velvet Underground- White Light White Heat
Mc5- Kick Out The Jams
Iggy And The Stooges- Search And Destroy
New York Dolls- Personality Crisis
Jonathon Richman And The Modern Lovers- Roadrunner
Kilburn And The High Roads- Rough Kids
Ramones- Blitzkrieg Bop
The Damned- New Rose
The Saints- I’m Stranded
Buzzcocks- Boredom
The Clash- White Riot
Sex Pistols- God Save The Queen
Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers- Chinese Rocks
The Vibrators- Baby Baby
Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
The Adverts- Gary Gilmore’s Eyes
The Stranglers- No More Heroes
Generation X- Day By Day
John Cooper Clarke- Psycle Sluts
The Jam- Modern World

Blondie- Rip Her To Shreds
Suicide- Cheree
Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Sham 69- Borstal Breakout
Devo- Jocko Homo
Throbbing Gristle- Zyklon B Zombie
The Only Ones- Another Girl Another Planet
Sid Vicious- My Way
Siouxsie And The Banshees- Hong Kong Garden
The Undertones- Teenage Kicks
Public Image Ltd- Public Image
Subway Sect- Ambition
Stiff Little Fingers- Alternative Ulster
The Members- Sound Of The Suburbs
Steel Pulse- Ku Klax Klan
The Ruts- Babylons Burning
Joy Division- She’s Lost Control
Adam And The Ants- Zerox
The Slits- New Town
James White- Contort Yourself

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