Album Details

RELEASE
May 22, 2001
LABEL
Dressed To Kill
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Punk, Goth Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Pub Rock, Post-Punk, Oi!, Hardcore Punk, Proto-Punk, New York Punk, Anarchist Punk, New Wave, British Punk, Rockabilly Revival, American Punk, Psychobilly, Alternative/Indie Rock, Detroit Rock, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

The Entire History of Punk is not one of those meticulously compiled and annotated box sets that comprehensively survey a portion of musical history. Instead, it is a randomly organized collection of tracks with virtually no annotations beyond song titles, group names, and a brief introduction by former Vice Squad singer Beki Bondage. That may seem appropriate to punk music, a style that incorporated the suggestion of a rip-off as part of its essence, but the result is scattershot. Dressed to Kill has not licensed tracks from any of the major labels, so whenever an important song by a prominent artist turns up, a hit by the Sex Pistols or the Stranglers, for instance, it's a live performance or outtake, not the original recording. And although by this method some of the major names in British punk are included, along with legendary progenitors like Iggy Pop and the MC5, many others are missing. There is nothing here by the Clash or the Ramones, except for remakes of their songs by lesser known performers. So, the set does not live up to its ambitious title. But it does contain fifteen-and-a-half hours of punk music (which could have fit onto 13 CDs instead of being spread across 20), 314 tracks by 127 different artists, three dozen of them successful enough to make the U.K. charts. Most of those performers are second- or third-division punk acts, and many are second or third generation as well, with the recordings stretching from the mid-'70s until well into the 1980s. The real stars of the box are raucous, political British groups like the Angelic Upstarts (who have 12 cuts), the Adicts (nine), and Sham 69 (seven). As long as the listener doesn't expect a complete portrait of punk, there are many discoveries to be made.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Holiday in Cambodia
  2. Black Sheep
  3. I Hate People
  4. Homicide
  5. Chinese Rocks [Live]
  6. Four Minute Warning
  7. Bad Boy
  8. GLC
  9. How Much Longer?
  10. Listen
  11. Alternative
  12. Babylons Burning
  13. White Light, White Heat
  14. Disco Man
  15. Another Dead
  16. Catch
  17. Evacuate
  18. Jet Boy, Jet Girl
  19. Joker in the Pack
  20. Thinking of the USA
  21. Bone Idol
  22. No Faith
  23. Kill the Poor
  24. Hurry up Harry
  25. Chinese Takeaway
  26. Help!
  27. All My Friends Are Dead
  28. I Live in a Car
  29. Tough Shit Wilson
  30. Teenage Depression
  31. New Guitar in Town
  32. Peaches
  33. No Time to Be 21
  34. Misadventure
  35. New Rose
  36. Cut Your Head Off
  37. The Mess
  38. Machine Gun Kelly
  39. Cum on Feel the Noize
  40. Baby Baby
  41. Upstart
  42. Bullshit Crass
  43. Flares and Slippers
  44. Tommy
  45. Fight the Cuts
  46. Unionize
  47. It Says Here
  48. Don't Dictate
  49. Old Tart
  50. Death of the European
  51. Spirit of the Falklands
  52. Paved With Gold
  53. Chemical Warfare
  54. Irrelevant Battles
  55. No Respect
  56. Selfish Few
  57. Fuck Religion, Fuck Politics, Fuck the Lot of You
  58. Hitler's in the Charts Again
  59. Bye Bye England
  60. Submission
  61. Soldier Soldier
  62. (I'm in Love With) Margaret Thatcher
  63. Government Stinks
  64. If the Kids Are United
  65. Glad to Be Gay '94
  66. Between the Wars
  67. Fascist Regime
  68. Streets of London
  69. Alternative Ulster [Live]
  70. Solidarity/Sing a Tune
  71. Persons Unknown
  72. Fruit Flies
  73. Living With Unemployment
  74. No Government
  75. Class War
  76. Protest and Survive
  77. Politicians and Ministers
  78. Fuck the Tories
  79. How Sad
  80. Rowche Rumble
  81. America
  82. Fiasco
  83. Cop Cars
  84. Peasant in the Big Shitty
  85. Reds Strike the Blues
  86. Do You Believe in the Westworld
  87. Stand Strong Stand Proud [Live]
  88. Vengeance
  89. In a Rut
  90. Mania
  91. Five Minute Fashion
  92. Suburban Rebels [Live]
  93. Two Pints of Lager
  94. Police Car
  95. Blind Ambition
  96. Time Bomb
  97. Rapist
  98. Runnin' Riot [Live]
  99. Clockwork Skinhead
  100. Violence in Our Minds
  101. Give a Dog a Bone
  102. Riot Riot
  103. Borstal Breakout
  104. Get Out of My 'Ouse
  105. Two Little Boys
  106. Such Fun
  107. Motorhead
  108. Daily News [Live]
  109. 4q
  110. Poseur
  111. Run for Cover
  112. Plastic Gangsters
  113. Leave Me Alone
  114. Held Hostage
  115. Joys of Oi!
  116. Last Years Youth
  117. Blitzkreig Bop
  118. Naplam Job
  119. Tell Us the Truth
  120. Wiffy Woman
  121. Change
  122. Outlaw
  123. Living Next Door to Alice
  124. Youth
  125. F82123
  126. Never Return to Hell
  127. Teenage Heart
  128. Come Clean
  129. Product [Live]
  130. Smiling My Life Away
  131. Street Rock 'N' Roll [Live]
  132. Gonads Theme
  133. Emergency
  134. Delirious
  135. When Will They Learn
  136. Garageland
  137. Escape
  138. Dead Generation
  139. Gestapo Khazi
  140. On Yer Bike
  141. You Kept Me Waiting
  142. I Won't Pay for Liberty
  143. Soldier
  144. Cockney Kids Are Innocent [Live]
  145. School's Out
  146. Eat the Rich
  147. Time Was Right
  148. Chasing Rainbows
  149. Transvestite [Live]
  150. Computers Don't Blunder
  151. Summer Holiday [Live]
  152. Stark Raving Normal
  153. Twist and Turn
  154. Brighton Bomb
  155. Disco Girls
  156. Oh!
  157. Every Saturday [Live]
  158. Eight Pounds a Week
  159. I'm on Heat
  160. The Jinx [Live]
  161. Cum on Feel the Noize
  162. It Will Only Ever Be
  163. Dick Barton
  164. Land of Hope and Glory
  165. Splitting in Two
  166. Woman in Disguise
  167. Finger Up Bum
  168. Fuck Your Nationality
  169. G.L.O.R.I.A.
  170. Born to Lose
  171. Self Destruct
  172. Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)
  173. Fuck It Up
  174. Expensive Being Poor
  175. Smash It Up
  176. Goat Fuckin' Virgin Killerz from Hell
  177. I Kill Children
  178. Get Raped
  179. Dead and Buried
  180. Pass the Axe
  181. Boys in the Gang
  182. Stab the Judge
  183. Angel of Death
  184. Up Yer Bum
  185. Massacred Millions
  186. New Blood
  187. Locked in a Room With Betty
  188. Baby's Got a Gun
  189. Psychowoman
  190. Belsen
  191. Because the Night
  192. Murder in the Subway
  193. Burn in Your Own Flame
  194. Razors in the Night
  195. Sick on You
  196. 17 Years of Hell
  197. I've Got a Gun
  198. Rape and Pillage
  199. Riot in the City
  200. Just Thirteen
  201. Rock & Roll Nigger
  202. Anarchy in the U.K.
  203. Codeine
  204. 50 Years of Comparative Wealth
  205. Victim of the NHS
  206. I Believe in Anarchy
  207. George
  208. Absolution
  209. Silent Night
  210. (She's Got) Big Boots
  211. 8 Days a Week
  212. I'm the Leader of the Gang
  213. Personality Crisis
  214. Smart Alex
  215. Police Oppression
  216. Action Time Vision
  217. Take No Heroes
  218. No Fun
  219. Christian Militia
  220. Right to Work [Live]
  221. Get Up and Fight
  222. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  223. Pretend
  224. Gun Fury
  225. First Time
  226. Hersham Boys
  227. Firing Squad
  228. Spanner Badge
  229. Happy Talk
  230. No War No Hate
  231. Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle
  232. Ballroom Blitz
  233. So What [Live]
  234. Living Dead
  235. Fascist Dictator
  236. Generals
  237. I Wanna Be Your Dog
  238. Ode to Joy
  239. Teenile Dementia
  240. Go Buddy Go [Live]
  241. Who Killed Et? (I Killed the Fucker)
  242. Last Night Another Soldier
  243. Kick Out the Jams
  244. The Bomb Blast
  245. Harry May
  246. Argy Bargy
  247. Borstal Breakout
  248. Suspect Device [Live]
  249. Low Life
  250. I Don't Care
  251. Warriors
  252. Jackanory
  253. Gary Gilmore's Eyes [Live]
  254. Where Have All the Bootboys Gone
  255. Police State
  256. Streetheat
  257. Search and Destroy
  258. Antishoo
  259. Shake Rattle Bang Your Head
  260. Ray Gun
  261. Ha Ha
  262. Blitz Krieg Bop
  263. Chronic Generation
  264. Wot [Live]
  265. Rebel Without a Brain
  266. CND
  267. Coming for You
  268. California Über Alles
  269. Mr. X
  270. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  271. Fifteen
  272. Be My Baby
  273. Cyanide
  274. Atom Drum Bop
  275. The Murder of Liddle Towers [Live]
  276. Pretty Vacant [Live]
  277. Reality
  278. The Last Time [Live]
  279. Motor City Is Burning
  280. Let's Break the Law
  281. Do What I Do
  282. King of the Jungle
  283. Kill Your Baby
  284. You'll Never Walk Alone
  285. Nagasaki Sauce
  286. I Got Nothing
  287. I Got Shit
  288. I Lost My Love to a UK Sub
  289. One Law for Them
  290. For What It's Worth
  291. My Way
  292. Space Oddity
  293. I Fought the Law
  294. Teenage Kicks
  295. As Tears Go By
  296. Summertime
  297. Barbed Wire
  298. Heartbreaker
  299. Free Money
  300. 50ft Queenie
  301. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
  302. Slammers
  303. See Through
  304. Transvestite Blues
  305. Let's Go Somewhere
  306. Wooly Bully [Live]
  307. Whip It Up
  308. Coffin Nails
  309. Johnny Cynic
  310. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  311. Bambooland [Live]
  312. Militant Tendancy
  313. Raisin Hell
  314. I'm on Fire