Various: Who's A Punk? 12"
Absolutely scorching compilation of what is known, alternately, as either "fake punk" or "punksploitation;" in other words, the short-lived practice of putting together a group of seasoned session musicians and asking them to produce a loud and crude punk single in order to quickly cash in on the punk "fad" that was peaking in the late 70s. You would think that this would be a recipe for disaster, but in practice it's actually great. To me, it's the best of both worlds; you have people who are seasoned veterans at writing and arranging songs, but you're asking them to do something very immediate, loose, and off the cuff. So, what you end up with is very well-written and well-arranged songs that are kind of deliberately stupid. What could be better? If you have a Crass tattoo or something I could see finding this whole scene kind of offensive, but if you like a lot of those early British punk groups who were actually around before punk but adopted the look in order to ride the wave of punk's popularity--bands like the Boys, Slaughter and the Dogs, the Vibrators, maybe even the UK Subs and Cock Sparrer--then you will absolutely love this compilation... there isn't a dud on it. Oh, and bonus points to these intrepid bootleggers for ripping off the center label from Lightning Records, the original kings of punksploitation.Tags: '77&KBD 70s compilations recommended reissues UK