Thursday, 22 January 2015

V/A - Underground Rockers 2 1989

One of the best covers I think is made here on this compilation and I quote the liner-notes on the back cover which I can only agree: "Another bunch of UNDERGROUND ROCKERS bands who, outside of the fanzine network and for a few, the John Peel show, are totally ignored. The first "Underground Rockers" compilation saw The Instigators sing "Full Circle", a phrase that seems very suitable when you think about influences. A growing number of British bands are being influenced by the American "Hardcore" groups, whose sound has evolved from listening to the likes of The Ruts and Stiff Little Fingers. On this LP you'll find both bands who lean towards the U.S. Hardcore sound and others who favour the early sound of the British Punk bands. But who ever they listen to they refrain from straight copying, each strives for their own sound and style, with just a nod in the right direction of their musical preferences. As with the first volume, it's not important whether you'd give these bands the "Punk" or "Hardcore" tag, judge 'them on their songs, be they fast or slow and on their energy, excitement and power. They deserve to be heard. Many of these bands are finding that they're better received over in Europe. Countless tales of big crowds at gigs, friendly, appreciative people and good treatment all round. It's time we, in this country, stopped being so snobbish and started treating bands, be they British, American, European or whatever, with the respect they so rightly deserve." (Tony Suspect)

1.One Word - H.D.Q.
2.Busload To Bingo - SENSELESS THINGS
3.Fear Is The Key - THE AB'S
4.Shattered Land - THE PRICE
5.Suicide Alley - MANIC STREET PREACHERS
6.Caroline - IDENTITY
7.Nothing To Me - SUSPECT DEVICE
8.Love Alone - H.D.Q.
9.Legal Lies - SENSELESS THINGS
10.Englebert Humperdink's Racing Pigeon - THE AB'S
11.The Cover Up - THE PRICE
12.Tennesse I Get Low - MANIC STREET PREACHERS
13.What's The Point - IDENTITY
14.Raw Deal - SUSPECT DEVICE


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