CD Reviews

Various Artists – Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 1976-1979

Written by John Deaux

2016 has been a special year for punk. Singes by The Sex Pistols, The Damned, Crime & the incredible Saints all turned 40 this year.

There has been no other music revolution that was as dangerous or has more books written about the subject thank PUNK. Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 1976-1979 brings together no less that 111 tracks of some of the best songs of that period.

1976 brought the winter of discontent. The 3 day working week, the constant strikes & of course this dissociation from the establishment in general. This is what gave birth to punk in the UK & gave it it’s edge, before it died out in 1979 & started down the paths of disco (Sparks), new wave (Bow Wow Wow)& of course new romantic (Classix Nouveaux)

This Cherry Red 4 CD box is an essential purchase as every track has been fully remastered from the original analog sources, preserving these outstanding works for many years to come.

Of course no punk compilation is complete without the inclusion of Sham69, The Damned, The Skids & Angelic Upstarts. However there is an abundance of oddities from bands such as Tubeway Army, Notsensibles, Horrorcomic & Lockjaw.

All the music on these discs sound fantastic & still have the raw power & exuberance that they had when originally released.

The long form packaging is outstanding. The 64 page book has some of the best authoritative liner notes ever committed to a box-set of this nature by Kris Needs (who is best known as the front man of Vice Creems).

This is a compilation album to slam dance to (but not on your own as you’ll look a dick). An essential purchase for those who were & weren’t there to witness unsafe the last great musical revolution.

Score 9/10AATR Approved

 

atv-3d-packshotTrack List
DISC ONE:

1. THE DAMNED – New Rose
2. EATER – Outside View
3. THE RADIATORS FROM SPACE – Television Screen
4. THE CORTINAS – Fascist Dictator
5. THE DRONES – Lookalikes
6. THE LURKERS – Shadow
7. THE REZILLOS – I Can’t Stand My Baby
8. 999 – I’m Alive
9. JOHNNY MOPED – No One
10. SHAM 69 – I Don’t Wanna
11. PUNCTURE – Mucky Pup
12. THE SNIVELLING SHITS – Terminal Stupid
13. THE VACANTS – Worthless Trash
14. THE ZEROS – Hungry
15. MANIACS – Chelsea 77
16. THE OUTSIDERS – One To Infinity
17. THE KILLJOYS – Johnny Won’t Get To Heaven
18. JOHNNY AND THE SELF ABUSERS – Saints And Sinners
19. THE UNWANTED – Withdrawal
20. THE WASPS – Teenage Treats
21. THE PIGS – Youthanasia
22. LOCKJAW – Radio Call Sign
23. NEON HEARTS – Venus Eccentric
24. JERKS – Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me
25. THE PANIK – Modern Politics
26. SOME CHICKEN – New Religion
27. THE CARPETTES – Radio Wunderbar
28. THE FLYS – Love And A Molotov Cocktail
29. ALBERTO Y LOST TRIOS PARANOIAS – Gobbing On Life
30. THE ONLY ONES – Lovers Of Today
31. SUSPECTS – Nothing To Declare (Live at The Vortex)

DISC TWO:
1. SWELL MAPS – Read About Seymour
2. PATRIK FITZGERALD – Safety-Pin Stuck In My Heart
3. THE BOYS – No Leaders (Demo)
4. THE STOAT – Office Girl
5. ACME SEWAGE CO. – I Don’t Need You
6. V2 – Speed Freak
7. BAZOOMIS – Give It All To Me
8. RAPED – Moving Target
9. BIG G – I Hate The Whole Human Race
10. SUBS – Gimme Your Heart
11. TUBEWAY ARMY – That’s Too Bad
12. THE XTRAVERTS – Blank Generation
13. FRUIT EATING BEARS – Door In My Face
14. FRONT – System
15. SATAN’S RATS – You Make Me Sick
16. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Suspect Device
17. MENACE – G.L.C.
18. THE DYAKS – Gutter Kids
19. SKIDS – Reasons
20. RUDI – Big Time
21. THE ART ATTACKS – I Am A Dalek
22. BEARS – On Me
23. ‘O’ LEVEL – Pseudo Punk
24. THE MEMBERS – Solitary Confinement
25. NIPPLE ERECTORS – King Of The Bop
26. ANGELIC UPSTARTS – The Murder Of Liddle Towers
27. MEAN STREET – Bunch Of Stiffs (Live at The Vortex)

DISC THREE:
1. ALTERNATIVE TV – Action Time Vision
2. SOCIAL SECURITY – I Don’t Want My Heart To Rule My Head
3. THE TIGHTS – Bad Hearts
4. RIFF RAFF – Cosmonaut
5. THE DOLE – New Wave Love
6. JOY DIVISION – Failures
7. LEYTON BUZZARDS – 19 And Mad
8. DEMON PREACHER – Little Miss Perfect
9. THE OUTCASTS – Just Another Teenage Rebel
10. THE FALL – Psycho Mafia
11. CHELSEA – Urban Kids
12. PROTEX – Don’t Ring Me Up
13. THE CRAVATS – Gordon
14. HORRORCOMIC – England ’77
15. U.K. SUBS – C.I.D.
16. SPIZZOIL 6,000 – Crazy
17. THE DODGEMS – I Don’t Care (Full Version)
18. THE USERS – Kicks In Style
19. PETER AND TEST TUBE BABIES – Elvis Is Dead
20. THE RUTS – In A Rut
21. DISCO ZOMBIES – Drums Over London
22. NICKY & THE DOTS – Never Been So Stuck
23. THE SHAPES – Wot’s For Lunch Mum ? (Not B****s Again!)
24. NO WAY – Breaking Point
25. THE WALL – New Way
26. THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS – Sick On You

DISC FOUR:
1. ADAM AND THE ANTS – Zerox
2. NOTSENSIBLES – Death To Disco
3. THE VICE CREEMS – Danger Love
4. MURDER THE DISTURBED – D.N.A.
5. COCKNEY REJECTS – Flares ‘N’ Slippers
6. PSYKIK VOLTS – Totally Useless
7. THE MOLESTERS – The End Of Civilisation
8. THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS -Hypocrite
9. PURE HELL – These Boots Are Made For Walking
10. FIRE EXIT – Timewall
11. THE PACK – King Of Kings
12. STEROID KIDDIES – Dumb Dumb
13. ENGLISH SUBTITLES – Time Tunnel
14. THE PROLES – Soft Ground
15. THE ADICTS – Easy Way Out
16. THE DARK – My Friends
17. WOODY & THE SPLINTERS – I Must Be Mad
18. VICTIM – Why Are Fire Engines Red
19. THE X-CERTS – Anthem
20. F-X – Slag
21. THE RIVALS – Future Rights
22. SILENT NOISE – I’ve Been Hurt (So Many Times Before)
23. VICE SQUAD – Nothing
24. THE PREFECTS – Things In General
25. THE LICKS – 1970’s Have Been Made In Hong Kong
26. FATAL MICROBES – Violence Grows
27. POISON GIRLS – Under The Doctor

Release Date
December 9th 2016
Label
Cherry Red

Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 1976-1979 is available to purchase HERE

About the author

John Deaux

Some say Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy! is a biographical movie based on John

Some have even said that his favourite artist is Chesney Hawke

All we know is he is the ultimate bargain hunter & his skin, a hazy shade of winter

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