The Clash: Michael Putland / Retna
Tom Sinclair
October 31, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
genre
Rock
We gave it an A

Purists could split hairs about some of these selections (was Nick Lowe really a punk?), but in general this is simply top-notch: four CDs’ worth of vintage pogo-party starters by everyone from big guns like the Ramones and the Clash to more-marginal-but-equally-worthy weirdos like Pere Ubu and Magazine. The absence of any Sex Pistols tracks is glaring — that rotten punk John Lydon forbade their licensing — but any compilation that rescues both Television’s ”Little Johnny Jewel” and Eddie and the Hot Rods’ ”Do Anything You Wanna Do” from obscurity deserves a coupla tons of praise. The perfect Christmas gift for your blink-182-loving nephew who thinks Green Day invented this stuff.

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