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Various Artists

Action Time Vision: A Story of UK Independent Punk 1976-1979

Cherry Red

Jan 20, 2017 Issue # 59 - 15th Anniversary Bookmark and Share

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Two days after Led Zeppelin's concert film The Song Remains the Same hit theaters, The Damned dropped U.K. punk's opening salvo with their debut single, "New Rose." The four-CD box set Action Time Vision celebrates the 40th anniversary of British punk rock with a focus on the independent punk scene over the course of 111 tracks.

Early key figures such as Stiff Little Fingers, Sham 69, and The Ruts are included, as well as some who made a post-punk mark (Adam and the Ants, Joy Division). The real treat here, however, is in exploring the galaxy of obscure names. Johnny and the Self Abusers may have morphed into Simple Minds, but Some Chicken's frantic glory and Lockjaw's snarling "Radio Call Sign" are among the many gems deserving of a new day in the sun. (

Author rating: 8/10

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