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Album: Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979 [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    New Rose - The Damned
2)    Outside View - Eater
3)    Television Screen - The Radiators from Space
4)    Fascist Dictator - The Cortinas
5)    Lookalikes - The Drones
6)    Shadow - Lurkers
7)    I Can't Stand My Baby - The Rezillos
8)    I'm Alive - 999
9)    No One - Johnny Moped
10)    I Don't Wanna - Sham 69
11)    Mucky Pup - Puncture
12)    Terminal Stupid - Snivelling Shits
13)    Worthless Trash - The Vacants
14)    Hungry - The Zeros
15)    Chelsea 77 - Maniacs
16)    One to Infinity - The Outsiders
17)    Johnny Won't Get to Heaven - The Killjoys
18)    Saints and Sinners - Johnny & the Self Abusers
19)    Withdrawal - The Unwanted
20)    Teenage Treats - Wasps
21)    Youthanasia - The Pigs
22)    Radio Call Sign - Lockjaw
23)    Venus Eccentric - Neon Hearts
24)    Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me - The Jerks
25)    Modern Politics - The Panik
26)    New Religion - Some Chicken
27)    Radio Wunderbar - Carpettes
28)    Love and a Molotov Cocktail - Flys/The Flys
29)    Gobbing on Life - Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias
30)    Lovers of Today - The Only Ones
31)    Nothing to Declare [Live at the Vortex] - The Suspects
1)    Read About Seymour - Swell Maps
2)    Safety-Pin Stuck in My Heart - Patrik Fitzgerald
3)    No Leaders [Demo] - The Boys
4)    Office Girl - The Stoat
5)    I Don't Need You - Acme Sewage Co.
6)    Speed Freak - V2
7)    Give It All to Me - Bazoomis
8)    Moving Target - Raped
9)    I Hate the Whole Human Race - Big G
10)    Gimme Your Heart - The Subs/U.K. Subs
11)    That's Too Bad - Tubeway Army
12)    Blank Generation - Xtraverts
13)    Door in My Face - Fruit Eating Bears
14)    System - The Front/Front
15)    You Make Me Sick - Satan's Rats
16)    Suspect Device - Stiff Little Fingers
17)    G.L.C. - Menace
18)    Gutter Kids - The Dyaks
19)    Reasons - Skids
20)    Big Time - Rudi
21)    I Am a Dalek - The Art Attacks
22)    On Me - Bears/The Bears
23)    Pseudo Punk - O Level
24)    Solitary Confinement - The Members
25)    King of the Bop - Nipple Erectors
26)    Murder of Liddle Towers, The - Angelic Upstarts
27)    Bunch of Stiffs [Live at the Vortex] - Mean Street
1)    Action Time Vision - Alternative TV
2)    I Don't Want My Heart to Rule My Head - Social Security
3)    Bad Hearts - Tights
4)    Cosmonaut - Riff Raff
5)    New Wave Love - The Dole
6)    Failures - Joy Division
7)    19 and Mad - Leyton Buzzards
8)    Little Miss Perfect - Demon Preacher
9)    Just Another Teenage Rebel - Outcasts
10)    Psycho Mafia - The Fall
11)    Urban Kids - Chelsea
12)    Don't Ring Me Up - Protex
13)    Gordon - The Cravats
14)    England '77 - Horrorcomic
15)    C.I.D. - U.K. Subs
16)    Crazy - Spizz Oil
17)    I Don't Care [Full Version] - The Dodgems
18)    Kicks in Style - Users
19)    Elvis Is Dead - Peter & the Test Tube Babies
20)    In a Rut - Ruts
21)    Drums Over London - Disco Zombies
22)    Never Been So Stuck - Nicky & The Dots
23)    Wot's for Lunch Mum? (Not B****S Again!) - The Shapes
24)    Breaking Point - No Way
25)    New Way - Wall
26)    Sick on You - Hollywood Brats
1)    Zerox - Adam and the Ants
2)    Death to Disco - Notsensibles
3)    Danger Love - The Vice Creems
4)    D.N.A. - Murder The Disturbed
5)    Flares 'n' Slippers - Cockney Rejects
6)    Totally Useless - Psykik Volts
7)    End of Civilisation, The - The Molesters
8)    Hypocrite - Newtown Neurotics
9)    These Boots Are Made for Walking - Pure Hell
10)    Timewall - Fire Exit
11)    King of Kings - The Pack
12)    Dumb Dumb - Steroid Kiddies
13)    Time Tunnel - English Subtitles
14)    Soft Ground - Proles
15)    Easy Way Out - The Adicts
16)    My Friends - The Dark
17)    I Must Be Mad - Woody & The Splinters
18)    Why Are Fire Engines Red - Victim
19)    Anthem - The Xcerts
20)    Slag - F-X
21)    Future Rights - Rivals
22)    I've Been Hurt (So Many Times Before) - Silent Noise
23)    Nothing - Vice Squad
24)    Things in General - The Prefects
25)    1970's Have Been Made in Hong Kong - The Licks
26)    Violence Grows - The Fatal Microbes
27)    Under the Doctor - Poison Girls
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Remasterer: Simon Murphy .
  • Introduction by: Kris Needs.
  • In the early years of the punk rock explosion of the '70s, the record industry didn't know what to make of the aggressive new sound. Punk certainly seemed like the coming thing, but no one seemed sure of how to sell music that was built around open disrespect for authority figures -- which in the eyes of the punks included the music industry. Thankfully, punk was born with a passionate desire to document itself, and if the major labels weren't going to put punk rock on records, the punks would do it themselves. No previous rock movement was more closely associated with independent labels and the D.I.Y. philosophy than punk, and countless indie labels were launched to commit fresh talent to vinyl. Action Time Vision: A Story of Independent U.K. Punk 1976-1979 is an exhaustive and wildly entertaining four-volume box set that examines both the indie label scene in the United Kingdom as well as the bands that emerged on homegrown labels. The set opens, fittingly enough, with "New Rose" by the Damned, widely acknowledged as the first British punk single and the release that turned Stiff Records into a going concern. Just as that record still sounds fresh and explosive four decades later, nearly all of the 111 songs on Action Time Vision are filled with energy, passion, and a sense of discovery, as the musicians strive to find their place in a new musical landscape and have fun doing it. This set is also a potent reminder that early punk was never as monochromatic as many liked to believe (or as samey as U.K. punk would become in the '80s). Along with the foursquare punk attack of the Lurkers, the Cortinas, Sham 69, and many others, there's the speeded-up pub rock of Fruit Eating Bears, the joyous power pop of the Stoat, the prog-inspired twists and turns of Psykik Voltz, the arty minimalism of English Subtitles, the psych-inspired surrealism of Victim, the edgy cool of the Flys, and the acoustic guitar in a bedsit parody/tribute of Patrik Fitzgerald. And while the set includes lots of familiar names, the compilers have included plenty of obscurities that often prove to be as satisfying as the best-known tracks, another reminder of how fertile this era truly was. (There are also a number of tracks from artists who would go on to greater fame in the future, such as Billy Bragg in Riff Raff, Kevin Rowland in the Killjoys, and Shane MacGowan in the Nipple Erectors.) The liner notes from Andy Davis are a great read, and an impressive history of the many bands and labels featured here. This is hardly the first or best study of the U.K. punk scene of the '70s, but Action Time Vision is an impressive tribute to the early stirrings of indie culture in England, and it's great listening throughout. ~ Mark Deming
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