Beast Of British CD (2001)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview


Label High Speed
SKU 60512327
UPC 600773880924
UPC 14 00600773880924
Format CD
Release Date 12/11/2001
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 9
Lable Name High Speed Recordings
Released 12/11/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00600773880924
Album Notes and Credits
The liner notes for Beast of British assert that this early-'00s release is meant to "prove that in 21st century Britain, punk most certainly ain't dead." To be sure, punk has never really left England -- or the United States for that matter. Much of the alternative rock recorded in England (and the U.S.) in the early '00s (everything from post-grunge to emocore to alternative metal) had some type of punk influence. Not all of the British bands on this 20-song compilation embrace a classic British punk sound ? la the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Sham 69 or the Damned -- some of them do, some of them don't. But all of the artists are punk-minded, even if they aren't quite straight-ahead punk. Thus, High Speed (which licensed these recordings from the London-based Deck Cheese label) has provided a compilation that is diverse and fairly unpredictable, yet cohesive. On Beast of British, bands that favor an old-school British punk sound (Engage, Sick on the Bus, Varukers, and the well-known U.K. Subs) are right at home with ska-punk (including King Prawn, the Foamers, CapDown, and Shootin' Goon) and emocore tunes (by Vanilla Pod and Cleatus). Meanwhile, Jesse James (not to be confused with the American pop-rapper Jesse Jaymes) combines British punk with classic garage rock on the infectious "Black Sheep Generator." Like other garage/punk combos, Jesse James has plenty of loud electric guitar -- the thing that separates it from similar U.K. bands is its use of horns. Although not for punk purists, Beast of British offers a generally decent illustration of punk's influence on the British rock scene of the early '00s. ~ Alex Henderson
Disc 1
1 Easy Come, Easy Go
2 Black Sheep Generator
3 My Art
4 Everybody Wants To Be A Star
5 Alarm Bells and Fuck Ups
6 Oblivion Generation
7 How Do You Sleep?
8 Shadowboxing
9 Never Enough
10 Old Father Time
11 Bitter and Twisted
12 Crushed Under Foot
13 Kids On The Street
14 Hotel Hell
15 Rebuilding
16 Headstrong
17 World Sized Playground
18 One Last Joke
19 No Peace
20 Fallen On Your Feet
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