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England's Dreaming -
25 Tracks before, during and after Punk
Various Artists
Trikont US-0301
25 Tracks before, during and after Punk 
Compiled by Jon Savage

Over a quarter of a century has passed since punk changed the world. Today the revival machinery operates at full speed. Johnny Rotten, former singer of the Sex Pistols, keeps a tryst with royal reporter Jenny Bond under the Australian sun, while European radios blare out „Anarchy in the UK“ non-stop. But Punk was not a band, it was neither simply a fashion nor merely music. It was the last teenage movement that imaginatively and creatively declared a cultural war. In England and America hundreds of bands formed during the hot summer of 1976, putting weird haircuts and (often more than three) chords to good political use. Jon Savage, author of „England’s Dreaming“ (faber&faber), the ultimate book on punk, has compiled the secret and not so secret musical milestones. Those, that you still don’t usually get to listen to on the radio. 

Artists include: Iggy & The Stooges, Electric Eeils, Patti Smith, Ramones, The Saints, Penetration, Devo, Buzzcocks, Wire, Residents, The Germs, The Dils, The Avengers, The Diodes, The Weirdos, The Zeros, Eno & Snatch, The Normal, Cabaret Voltaire, The Urinals, Bizarros, Metal Urbain, X-Ray-Spex, Siouxsie & The Banshees, PIL. 

“It‘s as refreshing as cold water.”

The Wire 

“The REAL punk story: Mind-expanding punk comp with not a twist on a mohawk in sight!
Compiled by Jon Savage - previously noted for an identically titled and similar brillant book about punk - ‘England‘s Dreaming‘ is one of those rare and wonderful things: an album that makes you reconsider everything you thought you knew. Punk, it turns out, had nothing to do with all those gob-stained tosspots that clog up every other compilation tagged with the ‘P‘ word because punk was, initially, a glorious, experimental movement that drew on 60s pop, psychedelia, garage rock and, perhaps most suprisingly of all, the cloaked and bloated entrails of prog: the very music it was to soon strangle.

Rob Fitzpatrick, NME

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Aus Glucklichen Tagen
Kap. Wlodek
Aus glucklichen Tagen

Kap. Wlodek is an ensemble from Hanover, Germany with a loose line-up of musicians who are also visual artists. By blending unusual instruments like harmonium, glockenspiel, toy piano, tuba and melodika with electric guitar, keyboards and drums they create a highly original sound, a kind of cafe house music of the 21st century. Kap. Wlodek is the best backing band Tom Waites never had!

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Billige Flaggen
Ich Schwitze Nie
Billige Flaggen

'Billige Flaggen' translates as 'Cheap Flags', though I wouldn't be surprised if it had some more specific harbourside connection because 'Ich Schwitze Nie'' (the name means 'I don't sweat') exists in astrange twilight zone of sailors' songs feborn as art cabaret - a kind of trash lumpen pathos that recalls Tom Waites, Kurt Weill and Ennio Morricone. Although this album is more upbeat and polished than their last - more synthesizer and simple poppiness here, instead of their former ramshackle rock skiffle expressionism - they retain the format of a small, lightfooted combo, a taught vehicle for Lars Rudolph's mannerist delivery of lullabies, chansons and streetsongs. Backed by Hanno Leichtmann on drums and Nicholas Bussman on cello and electric bass, and with additional notes of theremin, trumpet and piano, Rudolph's lisping and seductively ugly voice is the centrepiece. The whole billows in and out of focus between something you might overhear in the foyer of an East European hotel restaurant and something more huskily perverse. This is a great mixture of the punchy and the slinky, deadpan and slush, with its own sidling-swagger.

Matt Ffytche The Wire

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