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DIY Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79)


DIY Teenage Kicks – UK Pop I (1976-79)
Punk Pop/ Mp3 @ 320

Some amazing timeless gems in this collection of Punk Pop classics.

Having two of my favourite songs of all time – the sublime Another Girl, Another Planet and Teenage Kicks -is a good start! Add in more great stuff from the likes of Squeeze, Nick Lowe, XTC, etc etc, and you’ve got a mighty fucking fine collection!

Punk helped restore a nervy, stripped-down sensibility to rock that was quickly filtered through a number of more pop-oriented bands that were labeled as new wave.

Not surprisingly, many of these new wavers were holdovers from pub rock, whose unpretentious, anti-star attitude foreshadowed punk rock.

These pub rockers were devoted to the three-minute pop single, but they also had a biting wit and kinetic energy that separated them from conventional pop/rock bands, and the best of this first wave of new wavers are collected on the dynamic D.I.Y.: Teenage Kicks: UK Pop (1976-79).

Beginning with Nick Lowe’s explosive “So It Goes,” the collection runs through a series of classic singles from Eddie & the Hot Rods (“Do Anything You Wanna Do”), Wreckless Eric (“Whole Wide World”), the Motors (“Dancing the Night Away”), Tom Robinson Band (“2-4-6-8 Motorway”), Squeeze (“Take Me, I’m Yours”), the Only Ones (“Another Girl, Another Planet”), XTC (“This Is Pop?”), the Rezillos (“Top of the Pops”), and the Undertones (“Teenage Kicks”), throwing in a number of forgotten gems along the way.

Although the collection doesn’t feature Elvis Costello due to licensing restrictions, he isn’t missed – in fact, the collection plays better without him, since focusing on overlooked artists demonstrates what an amazing era new wave was for smart, catchy guitar pop. Few various-artist collections capture their subject as well, or as infectiously, as Teenage Kicks does.

~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Tracklisting

1. So It Goes – Nick Lowe
2. Do Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie And The Hot Rods
3. Mary Provost – Nick Lowe
4. Whole Wide World – Wreckless Eric
5. Dancing The Night Away – The Motors
6. 2-4-6-8 Motorway – Tom Robinson Band
7. Television Generation – Kursaal Flyers
8. Take Me, I’m Yours – Squeeze
9. Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones
10. This Is Pop? – XTC
11. Brickfield Nights – The Boys
12. Airport – The Motors
13. Jilted John – Jitled John
14. Top Of The Pops – The Rezillos
15. Ghosts Of Princes In Towers – Rich Kids
16. Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
17. Look Back In Love (Not In Anger) – Yachts
18. A Girl I Know (Precis Of A Friend) – The Pleasers
19. Into The Valley – Skids

Here be perfect punk pop;

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August 29, 2008 Posted by | Music_Pop, Music_Punk, Nick Lowe, The Only Ones, The Undertones, Wreckless Eric, XTC, _MUSIC | Leave a comment