External Menace: Coalition Blues 12"
I'm pretty sure that I have an External Menace 7" or two floating around in my collection, but I hadn't listened to this band and years and for some reason this band was filed in my head as "bottom of the barrel UK82 punk." However, once I dropped the needle on this that notion was immediately expelled... this thing rips! External Menace are definitely a UK82 band, but with really powerful production, a gnarly, nearly-hardcore rhythm section and just a dash of oi! melodicism, External Menace are anything but bottom of the barrel. Rank this up there with the Partisans as some of the catchiest, most intense, and best of the UK82 set... a total banger!