'Punk' You Up
Rhino Records is this week releasing a four-disc box set with more than 100 songs chronicling the punk movement. "Ever Get the Feeling You've Been Cheated?: The '70s Punk Rebellion" features tunes from the full gamut of the era's punk artists, ranging from obvious masters to flashes-in-the-pan to artists initially labeled punk but later transcended the genre
Says album producer Gary Stewart, "Before there was punk the genre -- narrowly defined by records that were loud, fast, confrontational -- there was punk the movement, where anything that was rebellious, intelligent but non-pretentious, and showed a sense of chaos or (more importantly) a sense of fun, was accepted and embraced."
The set features songs from 1973 to 1980, by which time the movement had shifted into a number of subgenres. "Classic" punkers like the Ramones, the Clash, Dead Kennedys, the Jam, the Damned, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, Wire and Generation X are featured, as are artists such as Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Joe Jackson, Television, the Pretenders, the Boomtown Rats and Blondie, who were originally aligned with the punk movement but later became associated with other genres.
"The '70s Punk Rebellion" also boasts material from short-lived acts like the Adverts, the Rezillos and Eddie & the Hot Rods and punk progenitors such as Iggy & the Stooges, the Modern Lovers and the New York Dolls.